The Newsletter.....the Good....the Bad....and the Ugly!

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November 29, 2014

We Help Deliver Christmas

This is our busy season.  We deliver more mail and parcels a day during this period then at any other time in the year.  But, that is not all we deliver.  We deliver  Christmas to a lot of people.  With all the pressures and
volume we encounter this time of year we don't fail our customers.  We get those deliveries done.  Last year our competitors failed to do that and there were a lot of upset customers.  And a lot of kids.  We do what we
have to in order to see that doesn't happen with us.  The smiles on their faces when we deliver those cards, letters and packages just pushes us to get it all done on time.  Some of you answer the "Dear Santa" letter.  
Others are secret Santas to a lot of kids. There is so much more you do then just deliver the mail.   Keep doing what you do best.  Have a Merry Christmas.

November 16, 2014

Looking Forward

We all got word this week that the PMG is retiring and the name of his replacement.  Let us all hope that this Woman has the vision of any great leader and looks to improve and grow the great network and foundation she
has to work with.  Not the gloom and doom, we are heading for failure outlook of her predecessor.   I don't even want to mention his name.  But, his departure I have to think comes only through all the hard work of all of
you.  The protests at the Plants, Post Offices, Staples and the constant awareness you all brought to the public had to bring a tremendous amount of pressure on him to make this decision.  The Day of Action November
14th had to be the final straw.  While we are all optimistic about the change in leadership, we also must be prepared to take action once again if we feel the need to protect the Postal Service.  Not only for our own selfish
needs of having a job, but for the public that depends on us to provide that service.

November 8, 2014

Carrier's That Go Bump In The Night

They closed down some plants.  Moved those operations to ones farther away.  They changed your start time so they could allow for the increased time it would take to get your mail to you.  Then, something like what
happened in our area happens.  There was a power failure at the Philly Plant.  Mail did not arrive to our offices until hours after the normal times.  We were all forced to be on the street past sunset.  Like our President
Jimmy McCullough stated at our last general meeting - darkness is not a good enough reason to not deliver mail.  But, he stated, safety issues are.  This time of year a lot of people have all kinds of lawn decorations for
the various holidays.  You can't see the trip wires that attach to those blow up ones especially.  Don't be a hero or feel that you have to plow through.  If you can deliver the mail and it takes you more time to do so then
please do so.  More money in your pocket.  But, if you feel unsafe then let your Supervisor know and why.  Let them get you the help you might need or bring the mail back.  Tag it as undeliverable and why using  form
1571.  It isn't so bad on your own route because you know where most of those hazards are.  But, if you are doing a piece on another route you are in the dark in more then one way.  Be diligent in getting the mail
delivered.  But also, make sure you do it safely.  They created this problem.  Not us.  We are always left with cleaning up after them and making their new ideas work.  We have to stop that.  They are trying to force that
square peg through a round hole.  Do your job the way it is supposed to be done and take the time to do it SAFELY.

Branch 725 Newsletter October 31, 2014

NALC endorsed candidates for election Click Here!

AFL-CIO endorsed candidates for election Click Here!

The NALC does not endorse candidates for State elections.  Only in National elections.  The AFL-CIO does both.  This is where you can find out who Labor feels is the best candidates to protect your jobs and future.  Vote
for whoever is best for you and your family.  It is our job to get this information to you.  We won't tell you who to vote for.  But, please take the time to vote.

A Message from Southeastern PA AFL-CIO

Dear Union and Family Members:

This year we have the tremendous opportunity of electing a member of our union family to the State Senate in Delaware County.  As I’m sure you’re aware by now, John Kane from Plumbers Local 690 is running for the
open State Senate seat in the 26th District that has been represented by State Senator Ted Erickson for more than a decade.

The campaign that has been run against John Kane has clearly shown all of us what his opponent thinks of unions.  John, and the entire labor movement, have been attacked.  The disrespectful, anti-union campaign that is
being waged against John in this race is disgraceful.

We want to clear up some of the lies that have been hurled at John by his anti-union opponent.

Unions have to file extensive reports with the Department of Labor to show how all of our money is spent.  John’s opponent has used these reports and taken them out of context to claim that John Kane makes $276,000.  
This is blatantly false.  In the past few years John has borrowed from his retirement account to pay for his children’s college education.  On the Department of Labor forms this is classified as income even though this is
money that he’s borrowed from his very own retirement fund.  

John Kane’s opponent has also accused him of taking money and being cozy with organized labor when the reality is that John’s opponent has accepted money and endorsements from the very same unions.

In the past several years we have seen repeated attacks on working families in Harrisburg.  Harrisburg politicians are continually trying to privatize our jobs, gut our pensions, end job protections and pass right to work
legislation.  Just as the State Senate session ended last week, there was a concerted effort to move legislation to eliminate union dues deductions for public employees.  

With John Kane as a State Senator we know that he will never take a vote that will hurt the issues that we believe in for the simple reason that he is one of us.

John Kane will work to restore funding for public education.  He will work to grow our economy in a way that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy few.  He will be a friend of working families and a voice of reason in
Harrisburg during a time when we are under constant assault.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th.  We believe that John Kane, candidate in the 26th State Senate, is the candidate that best represents us as working families.

In Solidarity,

Carol Carvalho
Executive Director
Southeastern Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

Branch 725 Newsletter October 27, 2014

Benefit for Bob Paxson

The benefit was a huge success.  Thanks to all of you that went or donated money to help this brother.  His family was overwhelmed by the support that you all showed along with family, friends and
customers.  It is a mixed feeling I get when I see things like this.  Some of us don't know how much we mean to others until tragedy strikes.  We should express that more often to each other.  Michele
DeFelice did a great job organizing this event.  So great we didn't get any pictures.  Too many people so there was no room to get good shots.  But, that there were so many people there to support Bob is
all that matters.

Branch 725 Newsletter October 22, 2014

Postal Service wants to go Green

Did you read that card we received in the mail from the Postal Service the other day?  It was asking us to do our Health Care changes online.  We are going green.  Wow, how clueless are these people?  We
are trying to encourage people to use the mail and the importance of what we do.  And here they are telling us that we shouldn't use the mail.  It just baffles me that we have Daffy Duck type people running
this company.  Where do they get these people from?  Mars? I am betting Uranus.

Branch 725 Newsletter October 14, 2014

They had a political walk in Philly yesterday.  Encouraging people to get out and vote.  Like President McCullough mentioned at our October general meeting about the importance of voting for our Union's
National officers, it is equally as important to vote for future leaders of our local areas, State and National offices.   These people will have huge control of our lives during their terms in office.  So many
people don't think their vote counts.  It does.  It does because so many people don't vote.  The best person for the office doesn't always win.  It is the person that convinced enough people to vote.  About 50
to 55% of registered voters actually vote for the President of the U.S.  Much less in midterm elections.  So those that get elected do not really represent the "Wish of the people".  What they represent are the
wish of those who cared to take the time or G-A-S to vote.  Please take the time and vote.  Whoever wins, let it be because enough of you G-A-S to vote.

Branch 725 Newsletter October 2, 2014

We had two guest speakers at our Union Meeting last night in Glenolden.  Leanne Krueger-Braneky who is running for the 161st District in PA and William Mellon from the APWU.  Leanne is very pro Labor
and deserves our support from the members living in that district.  William Mellon is the son of our own Bill Mellon and I count him as a friend from all the hard work we have done together to protect Postal
jobs.  He even came out  with another clerk from Glad Wynne to help me unload trucks at Loaves and Fishes during our last food drive.  It is important to note that all four Postal Unions are now in lock step
towards just that.  Working with him is easy.  Never have to explain why.  Just when do you need us, what time and where.  

Branch 725 Newsletter September 30, 2014

Get out and vote.  It is important to exercise your right to elect those people that will make so many decisions that will effect your life and the people you love.  If you are not registered then here is the link in
Pennsylvania to do so.  Make your voice count.  Don't assume your vote don't count.  Let the other person think that.

Click Here!

Branch 725 Newsletter September 13, 2014

Mail was light as usual during the summer months.  It has started to pick up recently as normal.  The Political mail varies in volume depending on the districts we work in.    Parcels have been very steady all
the time.  That volume will only increase.  Not only because of Christmas but the recent decisions by Fed-Ex and UPS to increase their prices while the Postal Service has stated they are lowering their
prices to large volume shippers like Amazon.  Experts are predicting that the Postal Service will be unable to handle such a rise in parcels.  Management began tracking how many parcels the Carriers get
each day and dropped that once they realized how much time they would have to adjust your route for.  This is our best source of revenue for the future and they need to understand it takes time and we
need that time in order to keep that business.  We are willing to adapt to the changes in our jobs but need them to adjust their idea of the time it takes to do it.  Most crafts start at one time and clock out at
the end of their shift.  Their job is done.  The Carrier's job isn't done until that last delivery is made.  We can't shut the door and turn off the lights.

Branch 725 Newsletter September 4, 2014

Congratulations to Kevin Loomis from Kennett Square office on his retirement.  Kevin received his watch from Branch 725 President Jim McCullough at our September 3, 2014 meeting at the Cheese Club in Havertown.  
Good luck Kevin and enjoy your retirement.

Branch 725 Newsletter July 26, 2014

In this edition of the Newsletter, we would like to discuss the National Convention 2014 in Philly. There were some great speakers and supporters of ALL Postal Workers like Bernie Sanders and Ed Shultz. It is good to
listen to them on TV or the radio but to see them in person was really awesome. The training was intense and gets better every Convention. The Steward's training and Safety and Health were of great value to me and
those I attended them with personally. Social Security, Route Adjustments, City Delivery and other classes to other members as well. Many said they didn't go because it was only in Philly. We can go to Philly anytime. But,
you can't get the training or exchange ideas and experiences with your brothers and sisters from across the Country anytime. Only when you make that commitment to do whatever it takes like a lot of our members did.
Special shout out to Joe Pease who did a great job handing out materials to every one for a lot of classes. It was a very hard and time consuming job. And to Gary Smith who is new and was eager to get all the training he
could and did. Members like you are our future. Keep encouraging others to get involved. Lastly we all got together and signed a card for a little boy from Foxboro, Mass. who has inoperable brain cancer. His only wish
was to have his mailbox full of birthday cards. Kudos to Barb Kearney for getting cards for all members in our branch to sign individually as well that were in attendance the next day. I was touched deeply by the video of
him getting more cards and packages from all over the world then the rest of Foxboro combined. Watch that video and you will see the power a letter or card still has over an email

Branch 725 Newsletter July 14, 2014

In this edition of the Newsletter, we would like to discuss why you need to get more involved. I have heard it said many times how the Postal Service will do what it wants to so why bother going to a rally or making a phone
call. Saturday delivery has been on the chopping block so many times I can't count. It has only been through the hard efforts of those that did bother that we still deliver mail on Saturday today. Now comes the news that
Staples and the USPS have backed out of a deal to have mini Post Offices inside Staples stores. This only came through the hard efforts of Postal Workers from all four Unions and the support of other Unions. The threat of
a boycott and the protest showed Staples this would not be in their best business interests. So, the Postal Service can't do what they want to do. They will only do what we, and the public, allow them to do. Next time we
ask you to get involved - remember it can make a difference. Thanks to all of you who are there whenever we ask.

Branch 725 Newsletter June 30, 2014

I heard a lot of people complain about Management's use of MSP points against them. What these people don't understand is they can be used to our advantage. First off, they tell you where they expect you to be and
when. So, when they say you should be leaving the office at 9:15 AM but you can't leave until 9:30 A.M. because of the mail or parcels not up in time then that is not possible. Maybe you had to wait for that pivot or extra
piece to be pulled down. Later in your route you are supposed to hit an MSP at a certain time and maybe even see yourself farther behind due to whatever you faced on that day. Every day is different right? We encounter
different challenges every single day. But, my point is these are approximations of what times we should be at these delivery points. At each one of them we know what reasons we have for being behind what those
exceptions are. Call the office and tell them you aren't going to make it with those reasons. Fill out a 3996 when you get back to the office with those reasons listed and keep a copy for yourself. Every day is different and I
can't remember the problems I had on a day a week ago. Keeping a record of that will refresh your memory. Too often I hear Carriers complain they had to run to get done in time. There is no reason to. They gave you the
times you are supposed to be at a certain place and if you are running late then there are reasons behind them. Legitimate reasons. They have established gateways that show where and when we should be. Use them to
your advantage to explain what issues you faced on any given day. Stop being abused. This job has enough stress with everything we deal with. Allowing things we can control to be controlled by others is just adding that
more stress to our job and lives.  
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November 12, 2015

Q & A with Jimmy McCullough on his tenure as President of Branch 725

Andy Kearney, Webmaster

I thought it was a good idea to talk to the Man who ran this Local for the last twelve years and pick his brain a little.  I know there are a lot of people who respect the man as much as I do and would like to
hear his thoughts on his service .  I want to state that Jimmy and Don were influential in me and my wife both becoming more active in the Union and not taking it for granted.  We both thank him for
everything he has done.  I am sure  a lot of your feel the same.

Q 1. When did you realize you wanted to take on a larger role in the Union?

A 1. I think I realized I wanted to by more pro-active, when I went to my first Union meeting and realized that to just sit there and do nothing and blame the Union for all that was wrong in the station that I
worked. The Carriers back in the early seventies really did not know what rights they had, because the new Postal Service had just been established and the first collective bargaining agreement had just
been signed, and nobody knew which way to go. People Like the late Mario Taborelli, who was the president of the Union in Upper Darby, where I was a PTF made me think that I had to get involved. I
started out as the alternate Shop steward in Upper Darby.

Q 2.Who do you feel was the most influential to you in becoming more active in the Union?

A 2. As stated above Mario Taborelli, got me interested, but two other people were the most influential people in my career. The first person is the late Neil McGlade. Neil got me involved at a high level when
he asked me to start up the Carrier Training Academy, for the Philadelphia district. I was involved setting the academy up with a carrier from Philadelphia named Walt Debes, and both of us were the trainers
for about 4 years.

But the most influential person in my career was President Coughlin. He not only became my mentor but became a dear friend of mine. Under President Coughlin I advanced to become the Director of
Education, and was on the original joint venture with the Postal Service with the route inspection team, and final I was promoted to the Dispute Resolution Team (DRT), which I served on for about three
years before I became President of Branch 725.

Q 3. Looking back, what would you say you are most proud of during your tenure?

A 3. Tough question to answer, over the last twelve years it is difficult to pick out just one aspect of twelve years of service. I am proud of almost everything this branch has achieved over this time period. It
just is not one person, but, every member had a part to play in making this branch as one of the most influential branches in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Every program that has been start as a joint
venture with the Postal Service and the NALC, a member of Branch 725 is part of the venture. I am proud that anyone that has been in the field has represented the branch very well.

Q 4.Looking back again, what would you say you wish you had done differently?

A 4. This answer is somewhat easier that the last one. What I would have done differently is delegate more things to other people as opposed to me trying to do everything by myself. I have problems
delegating because I am a person who sees something and feels the need to get it done, therefore I know the task is done. I had people who could have done more.

Q 5- What were your feelings during the strike and how did it effect you and your family personally?

A 5- The strike had no effect on me. At the time of the strike I was a college student in Alabama and at that time the Postal Service hired college student who would work about twenty hours a week. and in
the summer would carry mail for the entire summer. We were considered full time employees and enjoyed all the benefits of the job. It did not effect my family because I was single at the time. To be truthful
with you I thought it was fun to be on strike, but it was not long lived in my situation.

In closing I thank all the members of this great organization for their support.  And I wish them all nothing but the best for them and their family. Thank you and God Bless.

November 5, 2015

2016 Election Results

The Election Committee has released the results of our Local's 2016 Executive Board elections:

President - Rhonda Massari
Vice President - Les Dillman
Financial Secretary - Mark Picarelli
Treasurer - Eric Jackson
Director of Education - Joe Pease
Recording Secretary - Rick Murphy
Health Plan Director - Gerry Gallagher
Director of Retirees - Gene Dolan
Sergeant At Arms - Tommy Mullin

Bill Mellon
Barb Kearney
Margaret Polite

September 10, 2015

Retiree's Luncheon

I had the privilege of talking to a lot of Retired Letter Carriers today at Branch 725's Fall Retiree's Luncheon.  It was nice to see some people I have not seen since their retirement and talk to a few I never met before.   A lot
of these people worked through the Strike and helped mold the Union into what it is today.  Just a chance to talk with them and hear their stories, both horror and humorous, made for a pleasant afternoon.  It's a shame
things have changed so much that most people treat this job like a sentence instead of a career.  When I started the Retirees would stop by from time to time and talk to us over a cup of coffee like they did today.  Anymore
once we retire we avoid the Post Office as much as possible.  We were a family then and at this luncheon I felt like that again.  If you know a Retiree that doesn't go to these outings I would suggest you let them know what
they are missing.  If you are retired yourself or even if you are a new Carrier you are welcome to come as well.  Feel good about what you do and spend a few hours at a Letter Carrier family outing called the Retiree's

August 7, 2015

Branch Officer Nominations and Delegate Sign ups at September Branch Meeting

The Branch has posted it to the Postal Record and we have tried to spread the word as best as possible but there are still people that are unaware how important this meeting is to make.  Nominations for all
Branch offices and sign ups to be a Delegate to the State and National Conventions can ONLY be done at this meeting.  If you can't make the meeting and want to sign up as a Delegate please contact the
Union Office for instructions on how to do so prior to the meeting date.  Not everyone can be a Delegate.  We only have so many slots.  But, we will fill as many of those slots allowed to us.  In the event we
get too many applicants they will hold a Special Election to decide who is going to be a Delegate.  Know this in advance and that is all those chosen will be held to being at least the minimum of Branch
Meetings in order to go to the State and National Conventions.  You may be excused for good reason but not for just not showing up.  As far as the Branch Officers go you need to vote and get everyone in
your Office to do as well.  Don't complain about who is in office when you didn't vote yourself.  I hear that all the time from the nitwits on the National scene.  Maybe that person you wanted to win didn't but
at least you should have made an effort to get them there.

July 9, 2015

Use Your Head Dealing With The Heat

Management will give you all the safety warnings on dealing with the heat.  Then they will  give you a Pivot or expect you to return on time.  When that heat hits you like a brick to the face you realize you
can't push yourself too much.  If you feel the need to take a break due to the heat please do so.  Sit in the shade or in a cooler place and get yourself to a better state of health. Hydrate  yourself all day long.   
Alert Management if you are having any health concerns.   Do not feel pressured to perform to an unrealistic level.  We work in very extreme conditions.  We alone know our bodies limits. The News will alert
people not be outdoors too long.  To not allow their pets outside too long as well.  But, what about you and others that have to be in those elements?   Don't allow anyone else to tell you what those limits
are.  You know your body better then they do.  Stay safe and alert Management to any problems you may have.  That is doing the best you can.  That is all they can ask.  Don't try to be a hero.  You are too
important to us if not to them.

April 19, 2015

And Then There Were None

Congrats go out to Phil Dunfee of the Glenolden Office on his conversion to Regular Status.  Phil was the last PTF left in our Branch and I know he waited a long time for this day.  Now that the Local has
converted all of it's PTF's it will be working on getting the CCA's promoted when the opportunities arise.   Know that it is as important to the Union as it is to you to seek your advancement.  A strong Union
stays that way by looking after the welfare of it's members.  These things take time but the Union never lets any chance to improve your standing slip by.  Or allow more time then necessary to get that done.

April 12, 2015

MDA Beef And Beer Night

It started out with a plan and went from there.  Karen McPoyle got us the place and we built around it.  Everyone pitched in.  It was such a great thing to see so many different offices and individuals get
involved.   The weather cooperated to help make it even more of a positive sign for what was to come.  We had a lot of donations from various offices and individuals.  So many that we had to ask for
additional tables to put them on.  We will announce how much money we raised as soon as the totals are in.  But, the important thing is we got so many people from all over the branch to work together for a
common cause.  And the funny thing is somehow having a great time doing so.  With the brow beating a lot of us take on a daily basis we lost that.  We used to do more things like this and here is hoping
this is a sign we will do more.  Special shout out to those that helped us set up.  Rhonda Massari, Tim Grover, John Schneider and Barb Kearney.  Check our photos page to see what you missed if you
didn't come this time maybe you will try to make our next event.  

March 19, 2015

Customer Connect - Not Just Job Protection

I have been involved in Customer Connect since it started.  Some of our Brothers and Sisters do not understand the importance of it.  We are not going to regain the levels of first class mail we had in the
past.  While you may think those house to house deliveries are a nuisance, in reality they are protecting your route.  That volume along with the first and second class mail we still deliver.  Also, the parcels
that seem to increase daily.  My childhood friend Bob Irwin is going around to every office trying to explain the merits of this program.  He will also be going to our next Union Local meeting to do the same.  
The Philadelphia District, of which we are a part of, is number one in the Country in Customer Connect through his efforts and those that are buying into the program.  Les and Rhonda will tell you when
they are doing Route evaluations that this helps them protect your Routes.  Parcel and mail volume.  In some cases even add ones.  So, when my friend Bobby comes and visits you at your office, or you
see him at our Union meeting, listen to what he says.  And, do whatever you can to help him promote business and protect your Routes.  Numbers just released state that Customer Connect is responsible
for about two billion dollars in revenue for the Postal Service so far.  And we don't have everyone on board with it yet.  Once we do how well will the Postal Service do?   By the way, Bobby is a Union
Brother from the Southwark Station in Philly.  He is not a management person.  He knows the importance of making this program work to protect jobs.  

March 2, 2015

Regional 12 Rap Session

I know a lot of you don't like to talk shop when you are off work.  When we get together with our brothers and sisters at the Rap sessions and Conventions that is almost impossible.  But the better we are
for it.  Often I am told by someone they learn more talking to each other then they do in the actual classes.  Real time problems and how they were addressed.  Not a bitching session but a how to on what to
do if we encounter the same problems.  Not text book but actual cases.  It is always great to get this exchange with these people.  We grow stronger as a Union by them.  We have our fun while at the Rap
Session after classes but we never forget we are there to learn, educate and exchange thoughts.  We are off the clock with the Postal Service but on your dime at these events.  We are never off your clock.  
We are always working towards the betterment of your job and working environment.  We have forged great friendships and know we can count on each other when we ever have an issue to deal with.   We
are a stronger Union knowing how to deal with real issues.  You can hate those talking shop at these things but they are the first people you should go to when you need help.  They go the extra mile to
protect your job.  They know what needs to be done.

I want to mention we had a very nice dinner together as a branch on Monday night.  Jimmy McCullough will be retiring after this year and had a lot of tributes to him and his service to this Local.   Well
deserved.   We will miss him dearly.

February 11, 2015

What Management Doesn't Understand

I remember when I first started a Manager calling from her home asking who didn't show up for work on a bad snow day in the 90's.  She couldn't get out of her house yet but where are the Clerks and
Carriers?  Amazing isn't it?  Things haven't changed much since then.  Recently we had a lot of ice to deal with.  Management had no problem driving from the Plant to a meeting after a certain time so
wanted to know why the Carriers had a problem.  While the roads were not so bad about the time this person drove he did not have to walk along some sidewalks or climb steps that were icy.  We do a great
job in adapting to whatever conditions we face on a daily basis.  Each day is different.  Yesterday there was a weather issue, today there was some kind of construction going on, and tomorrow some kind of
event you had to work around like a block party or parade.  We deal with it the best we can.  We don't work in a controlled environment.  We are forced to control the environment we work in as best we can.  
Stay safe and continue to do what you know is the right and the safest way to do your job.  Report anything you need to.  Even if you think it should be totally obvious.  Don't assume Management
understands.  3996's can be filled out after the fact to explain what happened.  Don't be shy to use them.  You can't fix stupid.

February 4, 2015

The Most Important Report At Our Meetings

We have a Union Meeting tonight and there are always people that want to waive various reports by the board to move things along.  One of the most important reports to hear is the Treasurer's Report.  
Managing the Web Site I post articles on all the good and bad things in the news about the Postal Service.  Too often those articles are about a Treasurer or other Branch Officer involved in misappropriation
of funds.  Our Branch does a great job in making sure that all the I's are dotted and the T's crossed so you will never read about that about our Branch.  This is a report you all should hear.  Every Branch
should be aware of the finances and question anything they think is out of line.  Our Branch, I am proud to say, has a great check and balances way of doing that.  The Treasurer,  Eric Jackson is very
careful to make sure any funds are paid out only when they are supposed to be.  Our three Trustees, Bob Zigmont, Karen McPoyle and Bill Mellon do quarterly audits to ensure there are no problems.  
Sometimes they may question a payment but it is only for clarification and dotting those I's and crossing those T's.  In the end we can be assured that we won't be reading any of those stories about our
Branch.  So, take the time to listen to that report.  A lot of people have worked hard on making sure our funds are dispersed properly.  And you should know how your Union Dues are spent.  Listen to that
report and don't waive it.

January 21, 2015

Rolling With The Changes

The Postal Service continues to throw a monkey wrench into the way we do our job.  They expect us to roll with all the changes they make and still get done on time.  Each time they do this it increases the
time needed to do our Routes.  Problem is too many Carriers make that happen running through their Routes.  If it takes more time, then show that time.  Too many of you don't and then complain
afterwards.  A lot of you say that the Postal Service will do what they want to do so why bother.  They will do what you allow them to.  What they can and can't do is defined in the Contract.  It is up to
everyone to hold them to that.  Not just your Stewards.  The Contract is your Bill of Rights.  Know it and protect it by not allowing yourself to be used as a doormat.  Stop rolling with the changes and show
the time they cause you to do your job.

December 31, 2014

Thoughts on 2014 and 2015

President McCullough gave out retirement watches almost as fast as he could get them.  There has been a large turn over in our ranks.  Good thing is almost all of the newly promoted Regulars are Union members and
actively involved in it's future.  It has been a long time since we have seen this influx of new career employees and it is great to see their hunger to get more involved in their futures and the future of this Union.  Some
have become Stewards or Alternates.  We need that new blood and their passion and drive.  This Christmas, I think, proved to Congress and all the other doubters what we can do.  That is of course if we are allowed to.  
The Postal Service is not dead.  It just needs to be allowed to adjust like any other business.  New Year's Day to most people is a day of new hope and optimism on what may be accomplished.  The fact  that we have a new
PMG and members of the Government Oversight Committee in both the House and Senate should give us good reason to view our glass as half full instead of half empty.  We don't know what these people will do but we
do know what their predecessors tried to do.  There is  reason to be upbeat and hopeful again.  Keep doing what you do and keep the faith.  Don't allow anyone to drag you down.

December 21, 2014

Stay safe this Holiday Season and Always

We are under a lot of pressure this time of year.  Not just with our job but family and other obligations.  We can't shortcut safety issues.  Take the time to do things safely so we don't hear about something terrible
happening to any of you.  We can make every excuse for doing the wrong things but, when something bad happens, those excuses are proven wrong.  Be alert on the job.  Everyone else is also in a hurry.  They don't see
you so you have to look for them.  While delivering mail be very careful crossing streets.  And, when crossing a driveway  treat it like crossing a street.  Be aware of vehicles around you at all times.  If you are out in the
dark especially.  People don't see you all the time.  Especially when they aren't expecting someone to be delivering mail that late.   Off work either leave early to get where you are going or just realize you will have to be a
little late.  Don't be that idiot driving like a maniac and have your holiday ruined by having something bad happen.  It isn't worth it.  Be the smarter person.  We and your family will appreciate that.

December 4, 2014

Not Just Santa Claus Is Watching You

You may remember the song and it says that Santa Claus knows when you are good or bad.  Well, he isn't the one you should worry about.  Postal Management is able to track your every move.  The new scanners are great
but they also have a hidden problem for our Carriers.  They know where you are at ALL times.  You - behind the WAWA think you are safe.  No, you are not.  They know you are there through GPS on the scanner and just how
long you have been there.   Brothers and Sisters we can't stress this enough to you.  BE WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ALL THE TIME.  We understand you hate working in the dark.  So do we.  But, running through
your breaks and lunch in order to do so only gives them the data to add to your route.  It is called "Demonstrated Ability".  Once you have shown that you are able to accomplish so much in so little time it is harder for the
Union to argue your route doesn't need to be adjusted.  Management pushes you to do this in order to get their bosses off their backs.  We need to show exactly what it takes to do our jobs.  Especially with the need to be
out in the dark.  Stop making the Union's job harder to protect your routes.  You are not just being watched by your local management.  Area management now has the ability with these new scanners to watch you and
sends emails to your office asking why you are so far ahead?  Why didn't they PIVOT you?  Why did you go into overtime?  And they are doing it now.  I know a lot of you don't like to work in the dark so plow through.  STOP.  
You did not create the problem by shutting down plants and having the mail come from farther away.  THEY DID.  You are not the reason you are out there so late.  IT WAS THEM.  Stop making their bad management
decisions work and then complaining to the Union they can't correct this.  We can only fight this by giving the Union the data it needs.  It all starts with you and your "Demonstrated Ability".  Start demonstrating exactly what
it takes to do your job.  THE RIGHT WAY!