Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the May 2019 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe

Thanks to all who attended the retiree’s luncheon on April 11, 2019. It’s always nice to break bread and
have fellowship with our highly valued members.

President Massari always said “our routes are being inspected daily”. The USPS is always looking at the
numbers. They instantly try to take out routes when given the opportunity. So, when our routes are
“overly pivoted’ daily, these opportunities are created. This ends up costing us routes. And when bad
financial numbers come in for the quarter, the super squeeze commences. But we all know that when
routes need to be put in offices, they drag their feet. This has always been the approach. So, we must
take advantage in those circumstances with our other options (271-g special count inspections) if it
benefits us.

The prevailing thought has always been that full-blown inspections were too much of a risk. But our
branch has always left it up to the carriers in their offices to decide. But now, the PO is just coming in for
the inspection with no pre-walks in some cases. My office just underwent an inspection. In retrospect, I
agree with all the retirees who said “years ago we used to do inspections yearly. And it taught us how to
walk routes better”. This notion could not be truer. While and inspection is uncomfortable, it’s nothing to
FEAR. We provide training (if needed) and guidance from Vice-President Les Dillman. And we have an
aggressive disposition. Basically, let’s fight for ourselves, for our routes.
The best thing we have going is each other. The more that management gets us arguing or disrespecting
one another, the more they negatively affect our union.  It doesn’t matter what we face. Rest assure, we will
face it together and directly.

#NextStopContractNegotiations #EachOneHelpOne #PowerInNumbers
Eric Jackson, Branch 725
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April 10, 2019

Branch 725 Shop Steward Training
Tuesday May 7, 2019 @ 7:30 PM

Director Of Education - Joe Pease

All Shop Stewards are encouraged to attend this training session that will focus on the Dispute Resolution
Process. (DRP)  We will have a sign-up sheet at our next meeting on May 1, 2019.  Please let me know by
email or text if you can attend this training class. Stewards can also contact President Rhonda Massari @
610-461-8333 or Joe Pease @ 610-724-2144.
I would like to thank you all for taking on the job of NALC Shop Steward.  We all appreciate the effort and
the dedication it takes to represent your brothers and sisters.  The Shop Steward’s job is difficult and
demanding, this training will aid you in understanding the Dispute resolution Process.
The focus on this training will start with a recap of our February training and carry into the Formal A
Meeting of the DRP.  This class will be designed to answer any questions or concerns that our Shop
Stewards have regarding the grievance process.
I look forward to seeing you on May 7th.

Thank you.
Joe Pease

June 17, 2017

Legislative Update From National

Gowdy takes over as Oversight Committee chairman

On June 13, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) took over as chairman of the House Oversight and Government
Reform Committee, replacing Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who announced he would leave Congress on
June 30.

Click here to read more.

Budget process underway in Congress

With the Trump administration’s first full budget request for Fiscal Year 2018 out, Congress now turns to
its onerous task of pulling together its own budget principles and will decide whether it includes some, all
or none
of the White House's priorities.

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Tell Congress to reject the White House’s FY2018 budget proposals

It’s time to hit the phones. Budget talks for Fiscal Year 2018 have begun, with the White House calling for
inexcusable hits to federal employees’ retirement benefits and to cuts to the Postal Service.

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Congress passes VA Accountability Bill and Whistleblower Protection Act

On June 13, the House of Representatives passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and
Whistleblower Protection Act, a bill that weakens longstanding civil service protections for VA employees.

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Senate committee holds hearing on STOP Act

A Senate committee held a hearing on a bill to require merchandise mailed to the U.S. to be subject to
Customs review and to require advanced electronic tracking of all packages and large envelopes mailed
to the United

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Senate committee approves nomination of Vought for OMB leader

The Senate Budget Committee voted on June 14 to advance Russell Vought’s nomination to the position
of deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget.

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NALC members from Pennsylvania on Capitol Hill

More than 100 letter carrier activists from Pennsylvania traveled to Washington, DC, June 6 and 7 to
educate their members of Congress on issues of importance to letter carriers, including NALC’s priority

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Resolutions update

With 221 co-sponsors on H.Res. 15 (six-day mail delivery) and 237 on H.Res. 28 (door delivery), both
measures would almost certainly pass the House if put to a vote. Thank you for your hard work on these
resolutions—but we can’t stop now. Congress still needs education from letter carriers on these
resolutions, as well as on H.Res. 31 (service standards), which needs more co-sponsors. All of these
resolutions have seen broad bipartisan support in previous Congresses, and our progress toward
exceeding a majority of voting co-sponsors for each is on track. There’s more work to do—keep it up.

H.Res. 15 (six-day mail delivery): —221 co-sponsors

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H.Res. 28 (door delivery):—237 co-sponsors

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H.Res. 31 (service standards):—187 co-sponsors

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The President's Report
Rhonda Massari

January 31, 2019

Last Punch Bunch - Mike Bradley, Media Office

Congratulations to Media’s Mike Bradley! Today, he celebrates his last day on the job after serving for 35
years!  That is quite an accomplishment! Joining in the celebration were Mike’s wife Debbie and his
daughter Celeste. Please join me in wishing Mike a very long, happy, and healthy retirement.

January 18, 2019

Scholarship Fund Raiser

To All:  Attached please find a flyer for the Media Groundhog's Day fundraiser to benefit the NALC Branch
725 scholarship fund.  This is a great way to show your support to our member's children attending college
in the coming years.  We are trying to grow the fund so that we may help defray rising college costs.  The
more money we raise, the more students we can help

Please Post on the NALC bulletin board and encourage members to attend.  
Thanks so much! Rhonda

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January 15, 2019

Region 12 Rap Session Update

To All:  It has come to my attention that there is an issue with the on-line reservation system that was
provided to you for the Rap Session. Please be patient. I have contacted the National Business Agent and
am waiting for a response.  Please do not make your reservations via telephone, as you will be responsible
for the $15 charge.  When the system has been corrected, I will advise you how to proceed.  Any questions,
please let me know.  Thanks! Rhonda

February 10, 2018

Director of Route Inspection: Les Dillman
Vice President Branch 725

Route Inspection Training

We will have training for the Clifton Heights office on Thursday March 15.  Time to be decided.  Once we
get any updates on any other offices we will do the same.  For now we are dealing with Clifton Heights.
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October 9, 2018

Branch 725 Elections

Belinda Tridente - Election Committee Chairwoman

The Election Committee appointed by the President of Branch 725 to conduct the election of the Officers
of Branch 725 is overseeing the printing, stuffing and mailing of ballots.

Candidates for President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Director of
Education and Director of Hospital and MBA were unopposed and elected by consent at the
September Union meeting.

Two (2) Candidates were nominated for Sargent of Arms.

Two (2) Candidates were nominated  Director of Retirees.

Six (6) Candidates were nominated for the Position of Trustee.

The election is being conducted by mail ballot in accordance with the NALC Constitution.

The Committee has reviewed and approved all nominations forms and has created the ballot for mailing.
Official election instructions will be included with all ballots mailed to eligible NALC members.

To be eligible to vote, a person must be a regular member of NALC and in good standing.

Ballots are currently being prepared, inserted and mailed.  All ballots are expected to be mailed by October
17, 2018.

If you are eligible to vote and do not receive a ballot by October 24, 2018 or if you have spoiled your ballot
you must notify the branch office to request a duplicate ballot.

Ballots must be received by 9:00 am on November 6, 2018 to be counted.  The counting of the ballots will
be counted November 6, 2018.

Nominees who will appear on the ballot (in the order that they will appear on the ballot) are:

Tim Grover
Tommy Mullin

Gene Dolan
Andy Kearney

John Schneider
Bill Mellon
Colleen Haynes
Miles Revis
Margaret Polite
Barb Kearney

The election committee, as appointed by President Rhonda Massari is made up of Belinda Tridente,
Shirley Hagner, Keith Bailey, and Steve Curry.
Philly Columbus Day Rally

February 5, 2019

Health Assessment

Gerry Gallagher - Health Plan Director

Don't forget as a member of the NALC Health Benefit Plan you should take the Health Assessment
questionnaire it only takes about 10 minutes click on the link below

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May 25, 2019

Andy Kearney - Webmaster

Congrats to Beth Lloyd

Congratulations to our Financial Secretary Beth Lloyd on her completion and graduation from the
Leadership Academy.  You have made this whole branch proud.
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