Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the October 2017 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe

Some of the members of this branch have been around long enough to see many bad postal managers pass
through the company.  More are retiring monthly.  But
unfortunately, their culture has not changed with the times.

Some of the new batch of supervisors believe that they are supervisors.  This has and will still be a major thorn
in our side.  That is unless we become a major thorn in
their side(figuratively speaking).  The new contract contains for the first time a mechanism that addresses the
workroom floor issues more than ever.   This process is called
JWIP (Joint Workplace Improvement Program).  In it's infancy, it will at least add to the tools that we have to
fight against a culture of bullying tactics, etc.

President Massari has initiated an agressive approach ahead of the MOU.  But it all starts with us demanding
our dignity.  Dignity is something you feel when it is taken away
from you.  You know what it feels like (even the tone in which we are spoken to).  We will give up until we get
our dignity and respect.

The old way doesn't work because it is one-sided.  If a carrier acts in any way that offends, disrespects, or
embarrasses someone in management, that person is written up.  
Then we must defend ourselves even if their actions precipitated a situation.

Most of us are respectful people who have worked under this uneven system for so long.  In the past, the only
thing that got attention was when someone died or was hurt.  
That same precept applied to safety.  But after a couple of heat-related deaths,management is more amendable
to the efforts of NALC.  The JWIP MOU finally addresses
these issues.  Let's hope we can move toward a better work environment.
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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

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

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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

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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

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 appreciated!!


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.

August 31, 2017

2018 Calendars

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

April 19, 2016

Director of Route Inspection: Les Dillman
Vice President Branch 725


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


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

August 23, 2017

Wage Increase Update

Andy Kearney - Webmaster

Finally they have announced when we should see the changes to our pay and the dates we should
expect them.  The back pay is still being worked on and we need to be patient with that.  It is a lot of
work since they have to figure out each Carrier 's pay differently.  There are OT hours, CCA issues etc.
that have to be calculated  before processing the payments out to us.  You don't have to ask the
Steward or anyone else when this will happen.  When we know, you will know.  We don't know the
exact date yet but it will be announced soon.   Just relax and know it is coming.  I am proud of our
Union in getting us this contract and it just goes to show you that collective bargaining and working
with each other to get a good contract is better then going to an arbitrator.  Keep fighting for your rights
to collective bargaining.  People will always say it could have been better but don't understand it could
have also been a hell of a lot worse as well.

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January 9, 2016

Gerry Gallagher

Health Plan / MBA Director

NALC Mutual Benefit Association Rates for 2017

MBA Retirement Savings Policy

Current rate for 2017 is 3.25%

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

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

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