Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the August 2016 Postal Record
Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe
Happy summer to the best workforce in the world. I don’t say this in jest. I fervently mean it! Sometimes we
tend to forget our self-worth. And we as carriers are the best of the best. This is particularly important in
light of how our company tends to exhibit bi-polar tendencies in how they deal with us. So, instead of
focusing on them, I still say we have to encourage each other. Recently, our district management had
some national training. That person was dumbfounded on how they did business. One point was why they
needed to have those bullying telecoms. But those very same abusive telecoms are being held daily. A
recent point was made to “treat the CCAs with dignity and respect”. But in the next breath, the manager
blasted one of the postmasters for speaking up for his carriers. Now, postmasters are told to “come down
hard up to and including removal” on carriers. They are ordered to walk at least two routes a week and do
daily street observations. Is this not “unbalanced behavior”? One thing they fail to understand is that we
have a great union. And we won’t back down! Personally, I am tired of their threats, putdowns, and lack of
empathy during the most trying times of the year. Not only the heat, but primetime vacations present
challenges to us all. But we endure and all we hear is their bitching. So, bring it on! It will only make us
better at avoiding you clowns in your air-conditioned vehicles. We don’t have a choice BUT to be out there.
So, get up off your lazy butts and come see us or treat us as the MVPs of this company that we are.
Letter carriers will always adapt and prosper. UNITY!
Eric Jackson, Branch 725
|NALC Branch 725 S.E. PA Merged
617 MacDade Blvd.
Milmont Park, PA 19033
|Branch Meetings: First
Wednesday of every
month at Union Hall
Thursday of each
month @ 7:00 PM at
Schedule of Branch
Meetings & Events
Oct 5, 2016
NALC Branch 725 Union Hall
617 W. MacDade Blvd.
Milmont Park, PA 19033
Safety is always our goal. Keep yourself safe and stay aware of what is going
on around you. Report anything you feel may be a problem.
Please make sure you know the warning signs of heat related problems and
how to deal with them. Report any problems you may have.
Ardmore / Haverford
Glenolden / Folsom
Norwood / Essington
Ridley Park / Woodlyn
Sharon Hill / Folcroft
Call in cases of
Extreme Weather two
scheduled start time
Keeping safe out
there in the cold
open season site
Planning to Retire
Change your address
Q-and-A’s for CCAs
MOU on CCAs being
temporarily assigned to
other post offices
CCA annual uniform
NALC Retirement Page
2016 Color Coded Calendar
2017 Color Coded Calendar
Carrier Daily Log
NALC Joint Step A
|Watch Us Deliver
USPS has a new site
that is very interesting
- make certain to
watch the live eagle
August 23, 2016
2016 NALC 70th Biannual Convention
Director Of Education
Solidarity in Action was the theme for our 2016 NALC National Convention in Los Angeles Ca. last week. It
was a great honor for me to be among the nearly 5,500 delegates gathered at the Los Angeles Convention
Center. The convention week started with a major outdoor meet and greet outside of the convention
center on Sunday night. There was plenty of food, drink and games as the delegates and their families had
an opportunity to say hello. On Monday morning NALC President Fred Rolando asked the delegates to
look around the hall during his keynote address. ““Every union is like a family,” he said.” “Families often
have disagreements. We may disagree with each other from time to time, but we are one. We are family.
We are a Union. We are the NALC. “While the NALC has real adversaries in postal management, in
Congress and in the media” he said, “you have no enemies in here.” “The President said that one of his
goals is to take this convention’s theme- “Solidarity in Action”- and use it to develop ways to improve the
lives of America’s Letter Carriers.” President Rolando’s keynote address was the beginning of a fantastic
week for all of the delegates to come together as one united family. The week was filled with a diverse
group of speakers such as members of Congress State Rep Maxine Waters (D-CA), Loretta Sanchez (D-
CA), Judy Chen (D-CA) and David Joyce (R-OH). There were more speeches by key Union leaders such as
Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, Cecil Roberts, President of the United Mine Workers
Association, Mark Dimondstein, President of the APWU, and others including Chrystine Neff of the United
Food and Commercial Workers Int’l and UNI Global Union Secretary Phillip Jennings which represents
employees in 150 countries and other international organizations including the NALC. There were many
other speakers all united with the NALC in our quest to represent and stand with all of our Sisters and
Brothers of the NALC.
I feel an enormous sense of pride while standing shoulder to shoulder with my Brothers and Sisters of the
NALC. The NALC does an excellent job in providing education as well as historical information of our
great Union. The classes and workshops are the backbone as to why we are able to stay united and
continue the fight for the strongest Postal Service possible. The diversity of workshops and classes range
from City Delivery, Contract Administration Unit, OWCP, negotiating techniques, retirement, Thrift Savings
Plan, Dignity and Respect and many more. NALC Officers and staff along with outside experts, present
more than 40 workshops over the convention week. There is always so much to learn and the NALC
provides the resources for all of the delegates to be educated which allows us to pass the information on
to all the members. There is also a new app available for IPhone and Android phones so that we can have
all necessary information at our fingertips.
There is so much emotion swirling around the convention hall as the speeches are made and the business
of the convention is conducted. There are videos of heroic carriers and also the history of our great
Union. We had an opportunity to salute Executive Vice President Timothy O’Malley a fond farewell as he
announced his retirement from the Executive Board. We also saw a glimpse of the future when Allentown,
PA Branch 274 Letter Carrier Jason Nelson, a former CCA and Marine Corps Veteran gave a powerful
speech about the sense of brotherhood and comradery he felt as being part of this convention.
Brothers and Sisters we are all a key ingredient as to why the NALC is one of the strongest Unions in
America. We can feel a great sense of pride in knowing that if one of us falls, there will be one of us to pick
you up. Thank you to Branch 725 for affording me the opportunity to serve as a delegate to the 2016 NALC
September 17, 2016
Legislative Update From National
It’s time to beat the drum for door delivery
We need you to make sure your representative stands with us in support of door-to-door delivery as
something that is too valuable to consider slashing.
Click here to read more.
Congress returns from summer recess with big agenda
Congress is back on Capitol Hill and has a long “to do” list before their next recess begins on Oct. 3. Here
is an overview of what we can expect to be put before the House and Senate over the next month.
Click here to read more.
Lawmakers working to craft short-term spending bill
House and Senate leaders are hammering out details on a short-term continuing resolution that would
extend current funding levels to prevent a government shutdown from happening after Sept. 30.
Click here to read more.
Oversight Committee approves several fed bills
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has marked up and approved several bills of
interest to federal employees.
Click here to read more.
NALC joins UMWA to protect mineworkers’ retirement benefits
On Sept. 8, dozens of NALC members from several states joined thousands of other union members in
Washington in solidarity with the United Mine Workers Association, calling on Congress to pass crucial
pension and health legislation.
Click here to read more.
The President's Report
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!
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 www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/life-insurance or call the Union
|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.
|Branch 725 Newsletter
September 21, 2016
When I took on the position as events coordinator I knew it was going to be huge a task. It's something I
have taken on within in my own office. So I know first hand how difficult it can be. Outings such as happy
hours, bowling and Christmas Parties have been a huge success in Clifton heights. It creates unity within
our office. So to bring that to fruition in a branch that consists of 31 offices can be a challenge. Sometimes
all the negativity can get the best of us but we need to remind our brothers and sisters that there is a lot of
positives to this job. I strongly believe as a team we can accomplish more. Planning events with the soul
purpose of unity is something that comes natural to me. I love seeing people enjoying themselves whether
it's over a beer or just chatting after work. The possibilities of accomplishing that is endless to me. It also is
something that I strongly believe is necessary within our union. However with that said taking on an entire
branch requires a lot more. I have to give thanks to my team for there is no "I" in team. Thank you to Joe
Pease, Belinda Tridente, Steve Curry, Shirley Hagner, and Joe Benning. You guys rock and honestly it
wouldn't be possible without you. Also I would like to thank all the brothers and sisters who attended as
well as donated a basket to be raffled off. We seriously had an amazing MDA event! The people who came
had nothing but great things to say about it. Which deserves a pat on the back. Together we raised
$2281.75 as a branch we need to be proud of that. First thing that pops in my head is its only the
beginning, and I know this branch can produce more. I look forward to many more events. And I hope as
we continue grow together we not only start out as coworkers but become family. I will leave you with this.
I encourage all offices to start with a happy hour after work. If you get three people then to me that's a
success. Talk it up at work the next day I swear you will get more! We have to put the work in, unity is a
must! We must stand together, for there is no "I" in team.
Thank you for all the hard work,