Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the March 2018 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe

While driving home from jury duty last month, I stumbled onto a short but esoteric conversation with
President Rhonda Massari. After having sat through a long trial, I expressed the impact that we have
on the USPS as unionists. For three weeks I served while handling a union situation in between
breaks, and during lunch because I (obviously) couldn’t have my phone on in court.

But this is what union officials do daily. We are so used to doing five things at once that sometimes we
forget how much we matter. You may not think your steward is “great”. But He/she is doing their best.
Or you may not get the answer that you would like, but when you compare us to any union in the
country, the NALC is the very best. We practically hold this company up just by our pride,
determination and love for our members. That same pride is sometimes crushed by management
when their lack of foresight and insistence on a management-by-numbers style conflicts with our
realities. Let’s keep fighting, scratching, and most of all, staying unified in the face of our daily
adversities. But it’s the members who inspire us!

Much of the years long work that culminated in our new contract is working its way to our members.
The CCA back-pay was recently paid. While money is usually the focus in a contract. All the “other”
provisions that lead us to getting more money and a better quality of life must be enforced. The fool’s
brigade (postal management) are always looking for a few sellouts, lazy, and soulless people to do
their bidding. But at some point, we must ask ourselves “are they getting dumber or are we getting
more educated to their BS?”

Together we stand….. #EaglesAndNalcAreWorldChamps!
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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

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.

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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

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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 resolutions.

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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

Click here to find out whether your rep is a co-sponsor.

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

March 6, 2018

To All:  Attached please find a posting for your office notifying our members of the cancellation of our
March monthly meeting scheduled for tomorrow Wednesday March 7, 2018.  Please post and make an
announcement on the workroom floor.  If you know of any retirees that frequently attend, please take a
moment to reach out to notify them.  I have contacted many but would rather have repeated attempts
than none at all.  All Shop Stewards and Delegates will get credit for attending the March meeting.  

As I'm sure that you are aware, a decision like this is not made lightly.  I appreciate your anticipated
support​ in the decision to cancel the March meeting, as the safety of our member is of the utmost
importance.  As always, I and the members of the Executive Board will make safety of our members the
deciding factor ALWAYS.  
If you have any questions or comments. Please feel free to call.

Click Here For Posting

Thank you and be safe!

February 20, 2018

CCA Backpay Update

As letter carriers eligible for retroactive pay began reviewing their earnings statements over the
weekend, errors were discovered.  NALC has been and will continue to work with USPS to identify
those affected and correct the errors as soon as possible.  We will provide more information as it
becomes available.

February 14, 2018


President Trump proposed overhauling the U.S. Postal Service in his fiscal 2019 budget released
Monday, calling for a slew of changes that would provide the agency with an additional $80 billion over
10 years.  Trump’s proposals largely mirrored those submitted in his last budget, as well as legislation
that has been introduced in Congress. While lawmakers have sought to maintain delivery standards,
however, Trump would allow USPS to “reduce mail delivery frequency from six days to five days
where there is a business case for doing so.” That proposal would likely face pushback in Congress,
especially from lawmakers representing rural areas, and even postal management has dropped its
proposal to eliminate mail delivery on Saturdays.
The White House suggested USPS bring its retirement benefits in line with the same changes
proposed for the rest of the federal workforce, which would save the agency $35 billion over the next
Under Trump’s plan, the postal service also would increase employees’ contributions toward their
health and life insurance.
Similar to reform legislation in Congress, Trump suggested USPS increase collaboration with state
and local governments, reduce to-the-door mail delivery “where appropriate,” change its governance
structure and create postal-specific assumptions about the demographics of the USPS workforce to
prevent possible overpayment into the agency’s Federal Employees Retirement System account. The
proposal said the Postal Service should institute a one-time price hike and have more flexibility in
setting its
rates, something postal management has also advocated.
The operational changes to the Postal Service would improve the agency’s financial position $45
billion over 10 years, according to the budget, while the benefits changes would reduce costs by an
additional $35 billion. The total unified budget impact would be just $44 billion over the next decade.
Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who authored a bill approved by the House Oversight and
Government Reform Committee last year, went to the White House in 2017 to discuss overhauling the
mailing agency with Trump. His bill has yet to receive a vote on the House floor, despite having
widespread support from an array of postal stakeholders.  
Now is the time... to act.  The best way to protect your future and the future of the Postal Service is to
contribute to the Letter Carrier Political Fund (LCPF). Go to the link on this page or to to sign
up. If you need help, please contact the Union Office right away.


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

March 19, 2018

PA State Association Trip To Capital Hill, Washington DC

By Eric K. Jackson. Branch 725 Treasurer & Scribe

The 2018 Congressional Breakfast was an exercise in how times are changing.  From the schedule to
the unified lobbying efforts, the NALC has improved it's approach to lobbying Congress on behalf of
the more than 300,000letter carriers across the country.  Each month a NALC state association comes
to Washington, D.C. to talk face to face with each representative and senator about the issues that face
letter carriers.  All year long, communication takes place between the NALC liaisons and at the local
level.  These year long efforts are galvanized when we meet them in their office and then have a sit
down breakfast on the final morning of the three day event.  At the breakfast we get to hear them
verbally show their support when they address the body.

The NALC is a non partisan organization.  Therefore, we support any politician that supports the
agenda of letter carriers.  The national office has a staff of people that work full time to get out our
message and to also train the local NALC leaders on how to get our message out to every concerned.

In past years, only the higher level lobbyist would attend all the preparatory meetings.  Now we all
convene and together go to as many members of congress as possible as a united front with an
organized approach.  It is amazing to watch this all get better and more streamlined over the years.

Also, the unified approach allows us to work hand in hand with other brethren from across the state.  
By doing so, we foster relationships with each other as unionists as well as build on the relationships
we have with our local congressman.

I don't know what course the congressional breakfast will take in the future, but if  the 2018 version is
any indication, it will continue to evolve as a part of our legislative efforts.
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November 13, 2017

Gerry Gallagher, Health Plan and MBA Director

Reminder Open Season started today November 13, 2017 and ends on December 11, 2017 so GET

For those of you who have the NALC Health Benefit Plan and either never received your CVS Extra
Care Health card or may have lost your card call 888-543-5938 to request a card.  Also when you have
the NALC Health Benefit Plan and you take the Health Assessment when completed you will be given
a choice of:
1 Enrollment in Cigna Plus Savings discount dental program self only when one completes the Health
Assessment and family Cigna Plus Savings discount dental program when two or more
complete the Health Assessment NOTE you must be 18 or older to complete the Health Assessment
any questions call 877-521 0244.

2 Waiver of two $20 medical office visit co payments when one covered member completes the Health
assessment Waiver of four $20 medical office visit co payments when  two or more (including the
member) complete the Health Assessment.
3 A wearable activity tracking device (limit 2 devices per enrollment) To take the Health Assessment
go to click on High Option Plan then click on Health Assessment you will need to
register with an ID and Password if you have taken the Health Assessment in the past your
information should be saved.

Thanks again for your time and remember this is YOUR union Health Plan !

Any Questions call the Union Office @ 610-461-8333 and Rhonda will get your concerns to me or you
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October 29. 2017

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