|The Director of Education's
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.
August 23, 2016
2016 NALC 70th Biannual Convention
Director Of Education
Solidarity in Action was the theme for our 2016 NALC National Convention in Los Angeles Ca. last week. It was a great honor for me to be among the nearly
5,500 delegates gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The convention week started with a major outdoor meet and greet outside of the convention center on Sunday night. There was plenty of food, drink and
games as the delegates and their families had an opportunity to say hello.
On Monday morning NALC President Fred Rolando asked the delegates to look around the hall during his keynote address. “Every union is like a family,” he
said. “Families often have disagreements. We may disagree with each other from time to time, but we are one. We are family. We are a Union. We are the
“While the NALC has real adversaries in postal management, in Congress and in the media” he said, “you have no enemies in here.” “The President said that
one of his goals is to take this convention’s theme- “Solidarity in Action”- and use it to develop ways to improve the lives of America’s Letter Carriers.”
President Rolando’s keynote address was the beginning of a fantastic week for all of the delegates to come together as one united family. The week was
filled with a diverse group of speakers such as members of Congress State Rep Maxine Waters (D-CA), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Judy Chen (D-CA) and David
Joyce (R-OH). There were more speeches by key Union leaders such as Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, Cecil Roberts, President of the United
Mine Workers Association, Mark Dimondstein, President of the APWU, and others including Chrystine Neff of the United Food and Commercial Workers Int’l
and UNI Global Union Secretary Phillip Jennings which represents employees in 150 countries and other international organizations including the NALC.
There were many other speakers all united with the NALC in our quest to represent and stand with all of our Sisters and Brothers of the NALC.
I feel an enormous sense of pride while standing shoulder to shoulder with my Brothers and Sisters of the NALC. The NALC does an excellent job in
providing education as well as historical information of our great Union. The classes and workshops are the backbone as to why we are able to stay united
and continue the fight for the strongest Postal Service possible. The diversity of workshops and classes range from City Delivery, Contract Administration
Unit, OWCP, negotiating techniques, retirement, Thrift Savings Plan, Dignity and Respect and many more. NALC Officers and staff along with outside experts,
present more than 40 workshops over the convention week. There is always so much to learn and the NALC provides the resources for all of the delegates
to be educated which allows us to pass the information on to all the members. There is also a new app available for IPhone and Android phones so that we
can have all necessary information at our fingertips.
There is so much emotion swirling around the convention hall as the speeches are made and the business of the convention is conducted. There are
videos of heroic carriers and also the history of our great Union. We had an opportunity to salute Executive Vice President Timothy O’Malley a fond farewell
as he announced his retirement from the Executive Board. We also saw a glimpse of the future when Allentown, PA Branch 274 Letter Carrier Jason Nelson,
a former CCA and Marine Corps Veteran gave a powerful speech about the sense of brotherhood and comradery he felt as being part of this convention.
Brothers and Sisters we are all a key ingredient as to why the NALC is one of the strongest Unions in America. We can feel a great sense of pride in knowing
that if one of us falls, there will be one of us to pick you up. Thank you to Branch 725 for affording me the opportunity to serve as a delegate to the 2016 NALC
January 18, 2016
Let me start off by thanking the members of Branch 725 and President Rhonda Massari for allowing myself and Rick Murphy to attend the NALC Advanced
Formal A and Beyond Training last week at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum MD. The training was very intense with some very interesting and useful
information. The training was led by National Vice President Lew Drass along with 4 Regional Administrative Assistants from across the country. The training
started by teaching us how effective writing can help with the statements that we use to back up our facts and contentions is very critical in filing a strong
grievance. We were taught how to look at each grievance from both the Union and management point of view. This will help us protect our brothers and
sisters from management when we are under attack. The knowledge that we received will be used in our drop in steward workshops on Thursday nights. I
look forward to Thursday night training and thank you Rhonda for putting the program in place.
January 3, 2016
I would like to take this opportunity to thank President Jim McCullough for helping me learn the ins and outs of being an effective Shop Steward. I wish
President McCullough the best of luck in going forward into retirement. We will continue the fight that he taught us all to protect each other in each and
Brothers and sisters the new year brings us an opportunity to grow as a union. We will all work together to make sure that each and every Letter Carrier is
protected and treated with the dignity and respect that we all deserve. We will introduce a new form of training at the meeting on January 6th at the Cheese
Club in Havertown. The training will be called the Steward’s Workshop and will take place on select Thursday evenings at the Union office in Holmes PA.
Steward’s workshop will be open to all Shop Stewards of every level of experience. We will all work together to make sure that every office is protected in
the Branch 725 family. More details will be given at the next meeting. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as Director of Education.