Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the February 2017 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe


Does anyone know what the Postal Plan is for us as a company? I only ask this question because what postal
management says and does are two different things.

At the highest levels, the NALC and the Postal Service are negotiating our next contract. All the “nice words”
are being exchanged from them and honest (yet direct) words are being exchanged by the NALC. But the pure
truth comes out when people talk under stressful times. One example of this is this past holiday season. We
had just completed our most successful season of delivering mail, parcels, and SPRS. And we got two
communications from management. The District manager (actually) gave us a nice, complimentary letter for our
efforts. However, our POOM echoed those sentiments only to be followed by insulting words about us using
more overtime than last year. Duh! Doesn’t it cost more to deliver more. And don’t take credit for us doing so
well then expect us to do it faster and cheaper. Doesn’t that lead to safety issues that you always talk about.
And, also at a time when our revenue is at its highest in years. Please don’t insult our intelligence!

So, our branch will continue to attack these very issues on the surface that they arise. We only ask that each
member continue to help us help you. Our meetings are the 1st Wednesday of each month (excluding July and
August). Let’s encourage our CCA’s to attend these meeting even if you may not. They could benefit greatly
just from being in a room with so much knowledge and understanding about the contract, your rights, and
responsibilities.

Our retirees have done their part. Now it’s up to the next generation to rise and take their place in this branch.

Eric Jackson, Branch 725      
  
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January 28, 2017

Branch 725 Steward workshop Tuesday February 7, 2016 @ 7:00 PM



All stewards are encouraged to attend this workshop that will focus on the Dispute Resolution
Process. (DRP)  We will have a sign-up sheet at our next meeting on February 1st for those that have
not signed up.  Stewards can also contact President Rhonda Massari @ 610-461-8333.  

The focus on this workshop will begin with the ins and outs of the Pre-Disciplinary Interview (PDI) and
will carry through each step of the DRP process.  This training will be designed to answer any
questions or concerns that our Shop Stewards have regarding the grievance process.  We will have a
wealth of
knowledge on our panel to include President Massari, Vice-President Les Dillman, Recording
Secretary Rick Murphy, Marcus Hook Shop Steward Belinda Tridente and myself to answer all
questions and address any area of concern that stewards may have.  I look forward to seeing you on
February 7th.

Joe Pease,
Branch 725


February 11, 2017

Legislative Update From National

February 11, 2017

Legislative Update From National

February 11, 2017

Rolando testifies about postal legislation before House committee

On Feb. 7, NALC President Fredric Rolando testified before a House Oversight and Government
Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756).

Click here to read more.

Click here to watch his opening statement.

Click here to read his submitted written testimony.

Bipartisan postal reform bills introduced

Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA) have introduced postal bills similar to ones
introduced in the 114th Congress.

Click here to read more.

Postal reform update: A changed political landscape requires a new strategy

Postal reform has strong bipartisan support and our goals have not changed. Our strategy, of course,
will have to change to reflect the new political landscape in Washington, DC.

Click here to read more.
Center City Philly letter bomb
victim speaks out
2 postal workers indicted in
marijuana distribution ring in
West Philadelphia

The President's Report
Rhonda Massari

February 10, 2017

Thaddeus Harris Retirement - West Chester Office











It was my pleasure to welcome Thaddeus Harris of the West Chester post office to the February
meeting to celebrate his retirement after 31 years.  On behalf of his Brothers and Sisters of Branch 725
we congratulate Thaddeus and wish him well in his retirement.


February 9, 2017

Goundhog Day Breakfast











Thanks to the Carriers of the Media Post Office for hosting the first Groundhog Day Celebration and
NALC Branch 725 Scholarship Fund Fundraiser.  What a great testament to those who participated in
the early morning hours before clocking in to work.  We had a great turnout and a great time.  
Unfortunately, Punxsutawney Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter. ​Special thanks to Matt Heavens
for putting together this awesome event.  Same time next year??

February 9, 2017

Jim Fox Retirement - Media Office











Today, I had the pleasure of joining the Media Station Carriers to celebrate the retirement of Jim Fox.  
Despite the anticipated 4-8 inches of snow for the day, Jim showed up for his last day of delivery.  Jim
was the ultimate professional even to his last day.  On behalf of the Brothers and Sisters of Branch 725,
I would like to thank Jim for his years of service and dedication and wish him well in his retirement.​

April 19, 2016

Director of Route Inspection: Les Dillman
Vice President Branch 725

Fss

I thought we were done with the fss adjustments but here we go again. I want to remind everyone that
fss is a management program and not endorsed by the NALC.  The review process however is.  How
fss has worked in the past is management would select a period and add up all of your case able flats
and come up with a percentage that was going to be placed on the machine. They would then make
adjustments in the offices off of these numbers. After 60 days you would review the office and if
changes were need they would be made at this time. This time around management will implement fss
with no changes being made and in 30 days review the office. If changes are required they will be
made at this time. Once the changes are made and implemented than your 60 day
review will begin.

CDRAPP

We are finishing up our reviews in our last couple of offices. Once again CDRAPP was very good for
our letter carriers in our district. Newtown Square originally was receiving one full time route and a
aux. Through the review it was determined that the aux will now become a full time position and this
would also create another Q2 position. Hats off to the letter carriers in Wayne they did a nice job
during their review period maintaining their street time. We will be doing some minor changes to
territory in Wayne.

February 20, 2017

Branch 725 Newsletter
Andy Kearney - Webmaster

Retirees Fighting For Our Jobs









I got this picture of Retiree Bob Zigmont protesting outside Senator Tommey's office in Philadelphia
February 7th for economic equality and Union rights.  I want to thank Bob and others like him for not
turning their backs on us after retirement.  Tommy Mullin and Bill Mellon represent us well when asked
to show up at a rally or write letters to the editor about the misinformation the public receives about us
or unions in general.  There are more like them and I am sorry if I didn't mention your names.   But, we
all appreciate your efforts and making the rallys we can't attend.  Too often these rallys are scheduled
on Saturdays which is a regular work day for us.  Other Unions don't have that problem and can get
more of their people to attend since they are not working that day.  We depend on our Retirees to
show we are just as concerned as they are and an important part of the AFL-CIO.  Thank you all for
doing that.  And I hope more Retirees join your ranks.  I know I will be once I retire following your
example.
Delivering Packages In The
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January 9, 2016

Gerry Gallagher

Health Plan / MBA Director

NALC Mutual Benefit Association Rates for 2017

MBA Retirement Savings Policy

Current rate for 2017 is 3.25%

If you had the policy before 2015 your rate for 2017 is 3.50%

If you had the policy before 2000 your rate for 2017 is 4.50%

All things considered these rates continue to exceed the
interest rates offered by most if not all financial institutions.
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