Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the Novmber  2016 Postal Record
Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe


Know your sense of worth! Sometimes we look at every reason why our experience at the post office comes
up short as employees. Do we have challenges that practically no other employees in the country have?
Hell yes! The term “postal stress” has become a part of the American lexicon. So, how we attack that stress,
has many components. But when things go haywire, often the thing to do is “reset”. In my opinion, that
reset starts with our sense of self-worth.  As letter carriers, we should walk around with our heads held high
and our self-esteem soaring! We are the backbone and the #1 reason why our company has the highest
likability (Q rating) of any governmental agency. We have relationships with our customers that
most companies would die for. Those very same relationships are exemplified in the customer connect
program. But more than that, we endure all that the elements AND postal management throw at us. So, the
next time you walk into your office, carry yourself with the confidence and pride of kings and queens. This
“respect” is found in the Joint Statement On Violence and Behavior in The Workplace memo where it states
(in part) “… should be treated at all times with dignity, respect, and fairness”.  President Rolando informed
the members that “workroom floor issues” are, (for the first time), being negotiated as part of the contract.
Let’s see if these well intended rules take root at our level any time soon. But it is always up to US to
DEMAND our respect.  The Executive Board would like to say that we are thankful for the opportunity to
serve you, our proud, illustrious members. Please know that to us, our members are kings and queens.
Happy Thanksgiving brothers and sisters!  
Eric Jackson, Branch 725  
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an. 4, 2017
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on around you.  Report anything you feel may be a problem.

2016 Penalty Overtime Exclusion period

As referenced in Article 8, Sections 4 and 5 of the National Agreement between
NALC and USPS, the December period during which penalty overtime
regulations are not applicable consists of four consecutive service weeks.

This year, the December Penalty Overtime Exclusion period begins Pay Period
25-16, Week 2 (Dec. 3) and ends Pay Period 01-17, Week 1 (Dec. 30).
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August 23, 2016

2016 NALC 70th Biannual Convention
Director Of Education
Joe Pease








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
National Convention.

Joe Pease,
Branch 725


November 18, 2016

Legislative Update From National

Andy Kearney
Political Liaison

Congress returns for ‘lame duck’ session

On Nov. 14, Congress returned to Capitol Hill for the remaining “lame duck” session. Here’s an overview of
members’ agenda.

Click here to read more.

PRC nominees advance in Senate

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has approved the re-appointment of
the Robert Taub and Mark Acton as commissioners of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

Click here to read more.

Make-up of the 115th Congress

As the 114th Congress comes to a close following an intense election cycle, we can now glean what the
next Congress will look like.

Click here to read more.

Leadership of 115th Congress begins to take shape

This week, Senate and House members began naming their leaders, setting the stage for the 115th
Congress. While there will be more shuffling up until the 115th convenes on Jan. 3, here is an outline of
committee assignments and leaders.

Click here to read more.

Senators up for re-election in 2018

Every two years, one-third of the U.S. Senate is up for re-election. Here is a list of those who will be running
in the 2018 elections.

Click here to read more.
Philly cops, ATF release video of
person of interest in Center City
package bombing
Three charged with theft,
accused of breaking into Austin,
TX mailboxes

The President's Report
Rhonda Massari

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 seminars.  

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.

Sincerely and fraternally,


Rhonda Massari
President, NALC Branch 725


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 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!!
April 19, 2016

Director of Route Inspection: Les Dillman
Vice President Branch 725

Fss

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.

CDRAPP

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
Beth Lloyd

November 4, 2016

West Chester Awards














West Chester employees recognized for 25/30/40 years of Usps service.:Peggy Phillips (30), Mike Reeves
(25), Dennis Carroll (30),  Bruce Johnson (40), Dave Mackey (30).  
Other 30 year west Chester employees also pictured.














Carriers Tim Klales, Peggy Phillips, Bruce Johnson, David Hartman (not pictured) and Thaddeus Harris(not
pictured) received million mile recognition.
Second Memphis postal carrier
robbed at gunpoint with weeks
Authorities search for suspect
in Chester, PA post office
robbery
U.S. Postal Service Brings
Holiday Cheer To Families In
Need
Driver smashed South
Burlington postal worker’s
legs, no charges filed
DC Postal Workers on Edge
After Local Carrier Assaulted,
Robbed
New NALC APP
PA Online Voter Registration

November 5, 2016

Health Plan Update

Gerry Gallagher
Health Plan Director

New Rates for 2017

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2017 Health Plan Brochure

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February 26-28, 2017