|The President's Report
NOVEMBER 7, 2017
SHOP STEWARD ELECTIONS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH NALC BRANCH 725 BY-LAWS ARTICLE XII-STEWARDS
SECTION 1. Stewards in each Branch or Station shall be elected annually, by members in each Branch
Office or Station.
SECTION 2. Nominations will be held the last week in November.
SECTION 3. Elections shall be by secret ballot during the month of December and supervised by the
President of the Branch or his/her designee.
SECTION 4. Steward’s salary will be paid seven hundred and twenty-five dollars ($725.00) per year paid
quarterly. Where necessary, The President shall appoint an Alternate Shop Steward. That Alternate shall
receive two hundred dollars ($200.00) per year paid quarterly. To receive this salary, the steward MUST
attend at least (9) meetings during the course of the year, unless excused by the President.
ANYONE WISHING TO SUBMIT HIS OR HER NAME IN NOMINATION FOR SHOP STEWARD FOR THE
CALENDAR YEAR 2018 MUST SIGN THE NOMINATION SHEET ATTACHED BY NOVEMBER 30, 2017.
IF ANYONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL ME AT THE UNION OFFICE.
March 28, 2017
Million Mile Awards Clifton Heights Office
They say you can never go home again, but I disagree! I was very proud to return to my home station Clifton Heights to celebrate Million Mile Awards for Bill Grazel,
Mike Klick and Dave Press. I would like to congratulate each one of them for reaching this milestone. Thank you for being an example to all letter carriers by driving safe
for over 30 years! Congratulations!!
Left to right : Postmaster Mark Glenn, Million Mile award winners Bill Grazel, Dave Press and Mike Klick, with Shop Steward Colleen Haynes and supervisor Dan Grady
Million Mile Award Recipients
Bill Grazel, Dave Press and Mike Klick Dave Press and Mark Glenn Bill Grazel and Mark Glenn Mark Glenn with Mike Klick
April 19, 2016
Chester 30 Year Acknowledgements
I had the pleasure of attending a celebration at the Chester Post Office honoring those carriers who have dedicated their hard work and commitment for over 30 years!
It's a huge accomplishment and to have so many in one location is truly amazing. On behalf of your Brothers and Sisters of Branch 725 Congratulations!!
Chris Roman Barry Green, Rick Riley, Brenda Day, Mike Tancredi. Not pictured Margaret Polite
Dave Zaffarano 35 Years of Service - Ridley Park / Woodlyn Office
Another celebration at the Ridley Park Post Office! City carrier Dave Zaffarano celebrated over 35 years as a letter carrier. He was presented with a certificate of his
accomplishment by PM Palmer Wingfield. President Rhonda Massari was also present to offer congratulations on behalf of the Brothers and Sisters of Branch 725.
Congratulations Dave on this amazing milestone!
Dave Zaffarano & Rhonda Massari Dave Zaffarano & Palmer Wingfield
May 25, 2016
Million Mile Celebration
The Lansdowne/Springfield Post Office was in full celebration mode on Tuesday May 24, 2016 as they honored 5 carriers who reached 30 year, million mile status. Ed
Reardon and Dan Bissell (missing from photo) from our Branch as well as Ken Vetter, Al Campanile and Bruce Fagibli (missing from photo) from Lansdowne Branch
were honored. On hand to join the celebration and give out the coveted million mile jacket, plaque and safety pin were district manager Chu Fallingstar, NALC National
Business Agent Bill Lucini, Safety Specialist Mark Yacker, Lansdowne Vice President Bill Odougherty and Postmaster Jim Hamilton. As we all know, to obtain a no
vehicle accident status over the course of thirty years is a very difficult thing to do and these carriers are to be commended. Please join me in congratulating (please fill
in carriers names)on this momentous occasion. Another amazing accomplishment for the whole office is working safely for 196 days without any accident. The
Employees of the Lansdowne/Springfield should also be commended for such an amazing job. They are an inspiration to all of us. Keep up the great work! My hope is
that each and every one of us works safely and returns home to our families healthy every day. On behalf of all the Brothers and Sisters of Branch 725, I would like to
extend congratulations for a job well done.
June 3, 2016
Ray Johnson Retirement - Folsom / Glenolden
Ray Johnson of the Folsom/Glenolden Post Office has joined the coveted “ Last Punch Bunch”! Today, June 3, 2016 was the last day that Ray will walk through those
swinging doors. After 48 years of serving his customers with pride and dedication, Ray can now enjoy his retirement from a job well done. Please join me in wishing
Ray a very long, happy and healthy retirement. Ray you will be missed. Congratulation!
June 30, 2016
It has been brought to my attention that management has been giving stand up talks and or orders concerning AMAZON PACKAGE DELIVERY BY AN INDEPENDENT
SERVICE OR AN AMAZON EMPLOYEE. These talks or orders were about giving third party companies access to the USPS receptacles.
The official position of the NALC and USPS Headquarters is as follows:
ANY parcel found by a letter carrier in a USPS receptacle that was delivered by a third party company are to be handled like any other item delivered to a mailbox
without postage. The carrier should return it to the office. If any of you receive instructions to the contrary, PLEASE call the Union office immediately.
Thank you very much for all you do today and every day
July 14, 2016
Today marked a very special day for the members of Branch 725. We are now the proud owners of our very own Union Hall! Settlement was made on the property at
613-617 W MacDade Blvd Milmont Park, Pa 19033. The renovations will begin very soon. Our plan is to have all the work done and moved in to our new space by
September 1, 2016. The September meeting will still be held at the Cheese Club in Havertown and the Retiree Luncheon will still be held at the Lamb Tavern on Sept
15, 2016 at 12noon. We will begin our regular monthly meetings at the new Union Hall beginning Wednesday October 5,2016. Stay tuned for updates along with
pictures of the progress made. I would like to personally thank all who worked so hard and displayed such an amazing positive vision to make all this possible. To the
Executive Board, thank you for seeing the vision and supporting our goals with a steadfast devotion. A special thank you to Eric Jackson who went above and
beyond to make sure the financials were in order and for coordinating the communication between the realtors, lawyers and the members of the committee. To the
Facilities committee, Chairperson Belinda Tridente, Gerry Gallagher, Rick Murphy, Tim Grover, Gary Smith, Bill Mellon and Eric Jackson, thank you for the hours and
hours of tedious work pouring over listings, giving of your time after a long hard day of delivering the mail to look at the many properties and finally finding our new
home!! Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation for the work you did for your brothers and sisters of Branch 725. Finally, thank YOU, the members of
NALC Branch 725 for your continued support. Without it, none of this would have been possible.
"Don't wait for the PERFECT MOMENT, take the moment and make it PERFECT"!!
July 27, 2016
ATTENTION ALL DELEGATES!
The PA State Convention will be held on October 27-29, 2016 in State College PA. Any delegate wishing to attend should call the Union office at 610-461-8333 to notify
us of your commitment to attend. If you have any question or comments, please call the office.
FEGLI OPEN SEASON
For the first time in 12 years, CAREER Letter Carriers will have the opportunity to enroll or increase their coverage in the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance
(FEGLI) without taking a physical exam or waiting for a ‘qualifying life event”. Please take this opportunity to assess your family’s needs and take advantage of this
rare event. Open season is September 1, 2016 and runs through September 30, 2016. For more information, please go to NALC.org or call the Union office.
September 14, 2016
Work In Progress
Work in the new Union Hall is proceeding on schedule and we will be done with all the improvements to have our October 5, 2016 and all future monthly meetings in
our very own Union Hall!
October 1, 2016
Last Punch Member
Springfield / Lansdowne Office
Congrats to Nick Citrone and wishes for a long and happy retirement!
October 23, 2016
Branch 725 in ACTION
NALC branch 725 hosted a phone bank to support Hillary. We had a great turnout. Thanks to our sister branches Norristown 542 and Lansdowne for joining in. It
shows that TOGETHER we are STRONGER
Thanks to those who participated in the 725 phone bank to support HILLARY.
Colleen and Rhonda at the Clinton rally October 22 in Philadelphia / phone bank in full swing with Barb Kearney, Andy Kearney, Eric Jackson & Bruce Fagioli /
"You support HILLARY? Awesome!! Colleen Haynes & Rhonda Massari / Joe Pease / Rick Murphy / Eric Jackson
November 1, 2016
I received the following from SEPTA. I hope it is helpful.
What Customers Need to Know During the City Transit Service Interruption
At midnight on October 31, the contract between SEPTA and the Transport Workers Union Local 234 expired. SEPTA City Transit service is now suspended and our
alternate service plan will be in effect until further notice.
What SEPTA Service Will Run?
Regional Rail Train service will be the only option for travel in and around Philadelphia
Norristown High Speed Line
Suburban Bus, Trolley Routes 101 & 102
LUCY (Loop through University City), Route 310 (Horsham Breeze), Routes 204, 205, and Cornwells Heights Parking Shuttle
CCT Connect: Regular service will operate for registered ADA and Shared Ride customers. There may be some delays due to increased demand and local street
What SEPTA Service Will Not Run?
City Bus Routes (This includes Route 78, Cornwells Heights to Center City Express)
Market Frankford Line
Broad Street & Broad Ridge Spur Lines
Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34, and 36
As daily Regional Rail riders know, service is already operating at near capacity. All Regional Rail Lines will operate according to the current published timetables
with some adjustments, such as Express trains making additional stops to accommodate the anticipated increase in riders.
Everyone should be prepared for very crowded trains and travel inconveniences. If at all possible, we would encourage individuals and businesses to consider
adjusting their work/business hours, in the event of a service interruption. This may help to make your trip just a little bit more comfortable.
All service interruption information will be available at http://www.septa.org/service/interruption/2016-guide.html and will also be accessible through the SEPTA
homepage http://www.septa.org. Customers are encouraged to check the SEPTA website, social media and local news outlets for service interruption information.
Customer service will operate with extended hours and representatives can be reached at (215) 580-7800.
November 4, 2016
Retirement - Mark Bettner - Chester Office
Congratulations to Chester carrier Mark Bettner on his retirement. We were so pleased to finally be able to honor him and present him with an NALC watch at last
nights meeting. Please join me in offering our best wishes to Mark for a very long, happy and healthy retirement
November 8, 2016
Branch 725 Helping To Get Out The Vote
Nalc Branch 725's best shined once again at the GOTV phone bank. Thanks to Joe Pease, Les Dillman, Colleen Haynes, Joe Benning, Andy Kearney, Beth Tarasca
Lloyd, Eric Jackson, Tony Tallon and Rick Murphy for giving their precious time AFTER a long day to Get out the Vote! You are the BEST!!
November 17, 2016
Tri-County Million Mile Awards
What an amazing accomplishment! The Tri-County Post Office celebrated 16 employees who earned the coveted Million Mile Award on Tuesday November 15, 2016. 8
of the 16 were NALC Branch 725 members. Please join me in congratulating Paul Kincade, Paul Kletzel, Gerry Kelly, John Brunke, Victor Georgio, Tom Costello, Mike
Astrino and Brien Boyle for a job well done! We would also like to congratulate those members of Norristown Branch 542 and Paoli Branch 3417 for receiving the
Million Mile Award. The Tri County recipients set an example for us all! Congratulations and thank you for your many years of safe driving.
November 28, 2016
****NALC RETIREMENT SEMINAR****
DECEMBER 13, 2016 7:00PM
JANUARY 24, 2017 7:00PM
Due to the increasing demand for retirement information, and in an effort to provide more training to our members, NALC Branch 725 will be hosting two retirement
These seminars will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Anyone who is interested should call the Union Hall to reserve their place for either seminar. It is requested that only those carriers who are within 3 years of
retirement apply at this time. We will have more seminars in the future for those of you interested in learning more about retirement.
Space is limited, so please call ASAP to reserve your spot.
If you have any questions or comments, please call the Union office at 610-461-8333 for more information.
December 21, 2016
& HAPPY NEW YEAR!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM NALC BRANCH 725
This is the time of year that one often reflects on the past year while also looking forward to the next. 2016 proved to be a year of many changes and the members of
Branch 725 had a very successful year.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for all the hard work and dedication that you have shown throughout the year. Letter Carriers
have the most difficult, demanding and under-appreciated job in the Postal Service. Yet even with these challenges, Letter Carriers continue to Shine! YOU are the
shining stars of the Post Office and you are appreciated! Your hard work has made yet another year and this Holiday Season a successful one. No one can take that
away from you.
At this time, I would like to thank you for allowing me and the Executive Board the opportunity to serve you. We are looking forward to the next year, may it be even
better and more prosperous than the last. I would like to extend our warmest thoughts and best wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year. I
wish you and your loved ones the gifts of the season-Peace, Joy, and Hope.
As we look forward to the New Year, Whatever is beautiful…whatever brings you happiness…may it be yours this holiday season and throughout the New Year.
Sincerely and fraternally yours,
President Branch 725
& NALC Executive Board Members
Les Dillman, Eric Jackson, Joe Pease, Rick Murphy, Mark Picarelli, Gerry Gallagher, Gene Dolan, Tom Mullin, Bill Mellon, Barb Kearney and Mike Homola
January 5, 2017
In our continuing effort to provide information to our members and their families , the attached link provides information on the Pa House of Representatives'
scholarship program for graduating high school seniors. We hope that this information is helpful. Rhonda Massari
Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship Program now open
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship Program enhances educational opportunities for graduating high school seniors who reside in
Pennsylvania. The program is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and provides four-year scholarships to two high school seniors per
year. Each award consists of the value of one semester of tuition at the State System of Higher Education for each of the four years. Students must maintain eligibility
criteria in all four years in order to receive the ongoing award.
Due to issues in the recent past with students obtaining outdated information, interested applicants are asked to destroy any old applications or correspondence
relating to the Scholarship from previous years and use the website below for Scholarship information, including the application and deadline dates. If applications are
not received by the deadline or if students turn in the wrong materials, their applications will be dismissed.
• Graduating High School Senior
• Legal Residency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
• Attendance at a PA College, university, or career school as a full-time student
• Academic achievement (Minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA)
• Commitment to community and leadership qualities
• Extracurricular activities
• Financial need
The application process is now online on the Foundation's website:
The Deadline for all materials is March 1, 2017
166th Legislative District
January 24, 2017
Media Station Hosts
The Branch 725 Scholarship Fund
Groundhog Day Breakfast
Time: 7:00 AM
Where: Court Diner
140 E. Baltimore Pike
Media. PA 19063
Cost - $12.00
Click Here to view flyer
January 31, 2017
Tom Keeney Retirement - Media Office
Please join me in congratulating Media carrier Tom Keeney on his retirement. Tom completed his 30 years with the USPS and is moving on to his next
career...enjoying life! Tom spent many years representing letter carriers as a shop steward and mentor. Thank you for your many years of service. We wish you a very
happy and healthy retirement
February 1, 2017
Rick Dolan Retirement - Linwood / Marcus Hook Office
Shop steward Belinda Tridente and Rick Dolan / Rick with his cake / Rick Dolan and Tammy Pearsall
The one of the best parts of my job is to welcome our members into the world of retirement. On Tuesday January 31, 2017 I had the pleasure of joining the carriers in
the Linwood / Marcus Hook Post Office to celebrate the retirement of Rick Dolan. After dedicating 31 years, he decided to hang up the Mailbag. Please join me in
congratulating Rick and wishing him a very long, happy and healthy retirement.
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.
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 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
June 20, 2017
It’s that time of year again, when the temperatures begin to rise, and the potential for heat related illnesses becomes a factor during your daily work routines. It’s
important to remember the keys to staying cool and safe this summer season.
Here are some quick tips for battling the heat:
1. Hydrate before, during and after work. Prevention is important, so make sure to maintain good hydration by drinking at least 8-ounces of water every 20 minutes. Soda
and sugary drinks and drinks containing caffeine should be avoided.
2. Dress appropriately for the weather. On warm days, make sure to wear light colored, loose fitting, breathable clothing to keep body temperatures down.
3. Utilize shade to stay cool. When possible, use shaded areas to stay out of direct sunlight. When you feel the effects of heat stress, find shade and take the time to
4. Know the signs of heat stress. You should understand what heat stress is, and how it can affect your health and safety. Here are some things to look out for:
Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
Confusion or dizziness
Weakness or fatigue
Finally, it’s important to notify your supervisor or call 911 if you’re experiencing signs of heat related illnesses. This will not only ensure your safety, but can also
save your life! Don't take these signs lightly. Take care of yourself.
You can download the OSHA heat index app for information on the Heat risk conditions and how to work safely in weather related condition. Information on the app is
Please remember to take these precautions and look out for each other. If you are experiencing any resistance from management in your office, please see your shop
steward or call the Union office immediately.
May 3, 2017
Thanks so much to our Beautification committee of one Barb KEARNEY who did an amazing job of planting flowers at the Union Hall well into the dark of night!! It looks
Tuesday night at the Union Hall as Director of Education Joe Pease, Recording Secretary Rick Murphy and Clifton Heights Shop Steward Colleen Haynes are hard at
work writing grievances. Stop by on Tuesdays and join in on the fun!! There is a seat waiting for you. We are here to assist our members after office hours for your
convenience. Call the Union office for details.
Attention Retired Members
It has been brought to my attention that all Lifetime members are having $.59 deducted from their pension checks stating that it's for NALC dues. The Department of
Retired members at NALC Headquarters is well aware of this situation and are diligently working on rectifying this problem. They have assured me that anyone effected
by this error will be refunded the full amount. I will post updates as I am made aware. Thank you for your patience.
April 24, 2017
Thursday April 20, 2017 was the first Retiree Luncheon held at the new Union Hall. It was a great success! The retired members of NALC Branch 725 gathered to
reconnect, laugh and reminisce the good old days as they enjoyed a nice meal. National Business Agent David Napadano addressed the crowd on current contract
negotiations and Director of Retirees Gene Dolan presented Gerry Kelly a watch as we celebrated his recent retirement.
President Emeritus Don Coughlin gave a thumbs up on the new building and wished the membership good luck. Based on a short survey that was given to those in
attendance, all future luncheons will continue to be held at the hall two times per year. I would like to thank Gene Dolan, Gerry Gallagher, Les Dillman, Eric Jackson, Joe
Pease, Beth Lloyd, Barbara Kearney, Andy Kearney, Rick Murphy and Shirley Hagner for making the day a huge success. Thank You!
March 31, 2017
John Murray Retirement - Marcus Hook Office
Congratulations to John Murray on his last day after 37 years as a letter carrier! His fellow letter carriers put together a nice celebration complete with a beautiful cake
and a table full of delicious food. John you will be missed!!
John Murray and Rhonda Massari President Massari presenting John with a watch Last Day!!
on behalf of his Brothers and Sisters of Branch 725
August 8, 2017
The tentative agreement has been ratified. Now What?
The agreement between the USPS and the NALC has been overwhelming approved by the membership with a vote of 78,935 to accept ratification versus 4,732 to reject.
The number one question asked is “When do I get my back pay”? We do not know the answer to that question as of the writing of this article. Our National Union will let
us know as soon as the details are confirmed.
With the contract details now approved, there are still issues that must be negotiated locally. Specifically, but not limited to, a provision for our CCAs to be granted annual
leave selections during the choice vacation period and for incidental leave. This issue must be negotiated and is part of the new contract. Another issue is the Holiday
pecking order to include CCAs. There are 22 items of which will be open for both management and the Union to bargain locally. The bargaining will take place during a
30-day period mid-October through mid-November. I encourage all members to read and understand the current local agreement posted on the NALC bulletin board in
your office. If there are changes that members want to see take place or wording that needs to be clarified, please make your opinions known to your shop steward. The
Executive board is now preparing for these local negotiations and will be available to assist each station during the preparation and negotiating. In each office, there will
be a negotiating team that will communicate with the carriers in your office and take the necessary votes on changes to the current local agreement. They will do the
actual bargaining with local management and address issues specific to your office. Please get involved and make your voices heard. When asked “What is the Union
doing”? The answer should be “I am participating in my workplace issues by getting involved”. After all, WE ARE ALL THE UNION. What you choose to do now will have
a direct effect on local issues in your office for years to come. Now is the time to start to prepare and get involved!
We will let you know when you will be receiving your back pay as soon as we are made aware. More information on local negotiations can be found here as we get closer
to the bargaining period. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call the Union office.
August 16, 2017
I have received many calls about the Veterans Day Holiday. Veterans Day is always celebrated on the 11th of November. No matter what day of the week it falls on. If
your non-scheduled day off is Saturday November 11th, and you have rotating days off, you will have Thursday November 9th off as your designated holiday. If you
have Saturday as a non-scheduled day off and you have a fixed schedule, you will get Friday November 10th as your designated holiday. Everyone else will have
Saturday November 11th off for the holiday. I encourage all members to download the NALC App for your smartphone. Go to the calendar and enter your day off for the
week. Once you enter your day off, the calendar will reflect all days off along with holiday information for the calendar months/years that appear. Hope you find this
Augst 25, 2017
Full Time Employee Guarantee.
It has come to my attention that management in some offices are "Offering" both ODL and non-ODL employees to work less than 8 hours on their scheduled day off. I
have also been made aware that these employees are not being paid the Guarantee of 8 hours pay in lieu of work.
If you are working on your scheduled day off you are GUARANTEED 8 hours work (or pay in lieu thereof), which means you should be paid a minimum of 8 hours on
that day. If you worked less than 8 hours under these circumstances, see your shop steward immediately to file a grievance. Do not let management take advantage of
you. This is not negotiable! You may not agree to waive this requirement. It is a guarantee in the contract.
JCAM PROVISION UNDER ARTICLE 8
8.8.B B. When a full-time regular employee is called in on the employee’s
non-scheduled day, the employee will be guaranteed eight hours work
or pay in lieu thereof.
Pay Guarantee For Full-Time Employee on Non-Scheduled Day. A
full-time regular or full-time flexible employee called in on a nonscheduled
day is guaranteed 8 hours of work (or pay in lieu thereof).
This guarantee also applies on a holiday or designated holiday.
August 31, 2017
Deadline for ordering the 2018 Color Coded Calendar is Wednesday September 6, 2017. If you have not ordered yours, please see the shop steward in your station. The
cost of the Calendar is $5.00. For those members who are retired and wish to purchase a calendar, please send a check made payable to NALC Branch 725 to the Union
Office or bring to the Union meeting on 9/6/17.
Thank You! Rhonda
September 25, 2017
Media Service awards
On Thursday September 21, 2017, Letter Carriers in the Media Post Office were recognized for reaching 25, 30 and 35 years of service in the Postal Service. I was
pleased to be in attendance. On hand to present these awards were, District Manager Chu Fallingstar, POOM Vicky Russel and Postmaster Pat Whalen. Please join me
in congratulating these carriers for the years of dedication and hard work that they have shown to the USPS and their customers. Congratulations are also in order for
all employees of the Media Post Office receiving this recognition.
October 6, 2017
Celebrating Retiree Milestones
On Thursday October 5, 2017 retired members of NALC Branch 725 gathered to celebrate one another during a luncheon at the Union Hall. This special event
highlighted the dedication and commitment of our retirees to this great Union. The event was made even more special as we recognized some very special members
who have reached milestones within the branch.
Presentations were given to the following members who were in attendance for their years of service to the NALC. Leslie Simmler for 70 years. Yes, you read that right.
70 years of service! John Cucci, John Cullen II, John O'connor, Richard Treagear,and Charles Worrall celebrating 60 years of service. Fred Feldkircher, Daniel Kelleher,
Bud Lentz, William McWilliams, Gabe Muscella, Robert Nunan, Russ Quann, and Dennis Schaeffer were given a gold membership card to signify lifetime membership for
reaching 50 years of commitment to the NALC.
Service award lapel pins were also presented to members celebrating 30,35, 40, 45 and 55 years. Please join me in thanking these members for all they have done for
the NALC and Branch 725.
Thank you to Special guests, National Director of Health Benefits, Brian Hellman and Regional Administrative Assistant Brian Thompson who joined in the celebration
and helped with the presentations.
Special thanks to Branch 725's Recording Secretary Rick Murphy who worked tirelessly to make sure that our Retired members received the recognition they deserve.
He also stepped up to fill in for our Director of Retirees, Gene Dolan who was unable to be in attendance due to health reasons. Thank you so much Rick!
I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't thank those who gave their time and energy into making the Retiree Celebration Luncheon a huge success. Eric Jackson, Joe
Pease, Les Dillman, Beth Lloyd, Rick Murphy, Gerry Gallagher, Tom Mullen, John Schneider, Barb Kearney and Andy Kearney. Thank you so much! You are so
November 2, 2017
Promotion Pay Anomaly
NALC challenges change to promotion pay provisions
Pursuant to Article 19 of the National Agreement, USPS notified NALC of proposed revisions to the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) Section 422.2, City
Carrier Schedule. The revision eliminates the requirement that two times the most prevalent step be added to a table two grade 1 letter carrier’s salary when promoted to
a grade 2 assignment. If this pay rate fell between two steps, the carrier would then receive the higher step. This calculation resulted in table two grade 1 letter carriers
receiving a two step increase when assigned to a grade 2 assignment.
Additionally, the USPS notified NALC that they would be holding employees who previously received the two step promotion pay increase in place in their current step
for an additional 92 weeks less any time served since their last step increase.
The ELM revision and the “hold in place” were effective October 14, 2017.
NALC has filed a national class action grievance (Q16N-4Q-C 17638188) on the issues and appealed it to arbitration. Any local grievances should be held in abeyance
pending resolution of the national grievance.
December 4, 2017
PENALTY EXCLUSION PERIOD. (December 2, 2017 – December 29, 2017).
Article 8.5.G provides that employees on the Overtime Desired List may be required to work up to 12 hours per day and 60 hours per week. It further provides that the 12
and 60-hour restrictions do not apply to employees on the Overtime Desired List during the month of December.
Simply stated: this means that a letter carrier on the OTDL can work as many hours as they choose to during the exclusion period, & those who letter carriers who are
not on the OTDL remain protected by the 12-60 hour limits of Article 8.5.G of the National Agreement.
CCA letter carriers are protected under the National Agreement’s Maximum Hours Limitation as explained on JCAM page 8-20. Keep in mind that CCA hour limitation is
for hours worked in a day, weeks are an exception; in that there is no limit for the total hours worked by the CCAs.
December 19, 2017
December 21, 2017
Norwood Million Mile Awards
Please join me in congratulating , Paul King, Jackie Coleman and Cliff Daisy of the Norwood Post Office for reaching the coveted Million Mile Status. Postmaster Pam
Jackson with the help of District Manager Chu Fallingstar presented each recipient with a Million Mile Jacket as a show of appreciation for safe driving over the last 30
years. Congratulations to all!
January 5, 2018
It was a bitter sweet moment at the January monthly Union meeting. West Chester carrier Mark Picarelli retired from Branch 725's Executive Board and his duties as
Financial Secretary to spend more time with his family. Mark has served this branch for over 30 years as Shop Steward in both the Broomall and West Chester offices. He
served as the Recording Secretary for many years and also as a Step B representative for the Dispute Resolution Process. With Mark in that capacity, we knew we would
get fair and favorable decisions for our members. One of his greatest accomplishments was his work as an Arbitration Advocate. Not only did he advocate for our
members, he also spent a career mentoring other carriers. I personally relied on Mark on many occasions and he was my "go to " guy if I needed help. His knowledge of
the contract is extensive and a valued asset to our Branch. Even though Mark is retiring from his position with the branch, he isn't going anywhere. I know we will still be
able to reach out and he will always be there for us. Congratulations Mark! Thank you for your many years of service to the branch.
January 5, 2018
Tommy Mullin Snow Removal
Who is that guy all bundled up? None other than Retired member and Executive Board member Tommy Mullin. Many thanks of appreciation to Tommy for making sure
the snow was cleared from the Union Hall. Tommy is one of those guys that just jumps into action and gets things done. Wish we could bottle his dedication to NALC
Branch 725! We are so very thankful for all of his volunteer efforts.
The best part is, the only thing that he requests is a Pepsi when he's finished. Thanks Tommy
January 16, 2018
CCA RETRO PAY NOTICE!
USPS has told us that due to programming difficulties, CCA retro pay will be on the PP 04 paycheck on February 23 rather than PP 03 on February 9 as they previously
January 31, 2018
West Chester Last Punch Bunch
Congratulations to Peggy Shortlidge Phillips and Bruce Johnson of the West Chester Post Office on their retirement. Best wishes for a very long , happy, and healthy
February 2, 2018
Glenolden Office Awards
Congratulations to the Glenolden / Folsom Carriers on their years of Union membership. Mike Duffy - 30 years, Bill Morgan, Jimmy Doonan, Randy Waldie, Steve
Deegan, Jeff Travascio and Andy Kearney - 25 years. Also receiving gift cards for their perfect attendance in 2017 were Jeff Travascio, Ron Tiefel and Charles Nevin.
February 14, 2018
NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT!!
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 decade. 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
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 NALC.org to sign up. If you need help, please contact the Union Office right away.
THE JOB YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN!!
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.
March 6, 2018
March 7 Union Meeting Canceled
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!
March 23, 2018
The annual Congressional Breakfast and lobbying day in Washington D.C. were held on March 19-20. Members of Branch 725 visited the offices of Congressman
Patrick Meehan, Senator Pat Toomey and Senator Bob Casey on your behalf.These carriers informed our Representatives of our positions on maintaining six day
delivery, service standards and door delivery. Another topic discussed was the current attacks facing letter carriers in President Trump’s budget as well as those in
congress that want to balance budget cuts on the backs of hard working letter carriers. These NALC members worked for you and now it’s time to do your part.
Please give to the Letter Carrier Political Fund (LCPF) via direct deposit through payroll deduction. For just $5 per pay, you can help secure the benefits that we
worked so hard to get. Let me ask you. Do you want to pay more for your health insurance? How about paying more into your pension but getting no more when you
retire? Is it okay that your retirement is based on your high 5 instead of your high 3? If you don’t mind finally reaching retirement eligibility and giving up the social
security supplement of around $1,300.00 per month, until you reach the age of 62, then by all means do nothing. I mean, you can live without that money or work for,
say... another 5-7 years right? If you care about your benefits and your retirement, isn’t $5 per pay a small price to pay to protect your future? All of these benefits and
more can be wiped away with the stroke of a pen. NOTHING IS GUARANTEED!!! This is all on the table NOW!! Don’t believe me? Please take the time to look at the
current budget proposal. It’s scary and it’s real. The current political climate and the threats to our benefits are real and we need to act! Please donate to the Letter
Carrier Political Fund today so we can protect our tomorrow. Please click the link on this page or go to nalc.org to sign up. If you have any questions or need help
signing up, please call the Union office and we will assist you. Remember, the job you save may be your own.
By making a contribution to the Letter Carrier Political Fund, you are doing so voluntarily with the understanding that your contribution is not a condition of
membership in the National Association of Letter Carriers or of employment by the Postal Service, nor is it part of union dues. You have a right to refuse to contribute
without any reprisal. The Letter Carrier Political Fund will use the money it receives to contribute to candidates for federal office and undertake other political
spending as permitted by law. Your selection shall remain in full force and effect until cancelled. Contributions to the Letter Carrier Political Fund are not deductible
for federal income tax purposes. Federal law prohibits the Letter Carrier Political Fund from soliciting contributions from individuals who are not NALC members,
executive and administrative staff or their families. Any contribution received from such an individual will be refunded to that contributor. Federal law requires us to
use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 per calendar
year. Any guideline amount is merely a suggestion, and an individual is free to contribute more or less than the guideline suggests and the Union will not favor or
disadvantage anyone by reason of the amount of their contribution or their decision not to contribute.
Pictured left to right
Belinda Tridente, Rhonda Massari, Rick Murphy, Eric Jackson, Colleen Haynes, Joe Pease, Beth Lloyd and Steve Curry
Pictured Senator Robert Casey Jr with Rhonda Massari
April 3. 2018
Jackie Coleman Retirement - Norwood Office
Norwood Letter Carriers Jackie Coleman
It’s always a pleasure to celebrate a retirement. Many of our members sail into retirement. Norwood’s Jackie Coleman swam uphill all the way. I’m so happy for her
that the day has finally arrived. Please join me in Congratulating Jackie and wishing her a long, happy and healthy retirement.
April 6, 2018
NRP CLASS ACTION
The final order by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the NRP case requires the Postal Service to post a notice (of the EEOC finding that it violated
the Rehabilitation Act) in its facilities around the country. This notice must be posted within 30 calendar days of the date of the final order (March 9, 2018) and remain
posted for 60 consecutive days in conspicuous places, including all places where notices to employees are customarily posted. The notice must be posted no later
than Monday April 9, 2018. Make sure your office complies regarding the required posting and require the Postal Service to comply with the EEOC order if necessary.
Click here for the example notice the EEOC provided in the September 25, 2017 decision.