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

Last month our branch had the pleasure of attending the 2016 Pennsylvania State Association
Congressional Breakfast. During a three-day period, our union lobbies our Senators and Congressman for
the rights of Letter Carriers. This process is one of the NALC’s most effective means of getting our
message to the politicians that run this country. Being in the lobbying sessions with the state officers and
the business agent was very rewarding. It really shows how organized this great union is. These are some
of the things that the average member doesn’t see or hear about.
On the day before the breakfast, the NALC holds a rap session with the members that attend. This meeting
is held at the NALC national headquarters. There, President Rolando informs us of all the current
information concerning our union and entertains any questions that we may have. This year, the contract
negotiations were thoroughly discussed. One very encouraging thing was that workroom floor issues were
being addressed as a part of the negotiations.
While that is promising, I’ll wait with bated breath for the results. Intentions can be good, but we face some
pretty scandalous stuff every day. The heat is on again as management teams have been out checking on
carriers during their street duties. They are checking to see how much mail carriers have left and if they are
done their routes early, etc. Please be careful! Vehicle accidents have drastically increased in the district.
So, you know what that means. They always react to situations with a heavy hand instead of solving the
core issues. We all know that the company is treating the CCAs like horses. Realistically, this has to take a
Stay strong and do is to not let these people take us off our square.

Eric Jackson, Branch 725  
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Let me start off by thanking the members of Branch 725 and President Rhonda Massari for allowing
myself and Rick Murphy to attend the NALC Advanced Formal A and Beyond Training last week at the
Maritime Institute in Linthicum MD.    The training was very intense with some very interesting and useful
information.  The training was led by National Vice President Lew Drass along with 4 Regional
Administrative Assistants from across the country.   The training started by teaching us how effective
writing can help with the statements that we use to back up our facts and contentions is very critical in
filing a strong grievance.  We were taught how to look at each grievance from both the Union and
management point of view.  This will help us protect our brothers and sisters from management when we
are under attack.  The knowledge that we received will be used in our drop in steward workshops on
Thursday nights.  I look forward to Thursday night training and thank you Rhonda for putting the program
in place.

Joe Pease,
Branch 725

June 18, 2016

Legislative Update From National

House committee releases postal reform ‘discussion draft’

The leaders of the House committee with USPS oversight have released a discussion draft of a potential
postal reform bill. NALC’s initial review has revealed a number of shortcomings and omissions—and at
least one provision we simply cannot support.

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House committee approves appropriations bill preserving six-day language

The House Committee on Appropriations has approved the Subcommittee on Financial Services and
General Government’s fiscal year 2017 bill, which—among other things—preserves long-standing six day
mail delivery language.

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Senate committee preserves six-day language in unanimous FY2017 FSGG appropriations bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations has voted to approve Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services and
General Government (FSGG) appropriations measure, which includes the long-standing six day mail
delivery language.

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FY 2017 appropriations: Where are we now?

Every year, NALC lobbies Congress to ensure resolutions that support our issues are included as
spending packages move forward. This year’s appropriations process, however, is significantly more
different than ever before.

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Rural delivery postal routes
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battling heat inside post office,
as well as outside
The President's Report
by Rhonda Massari

June 24, 2016

Workroom Floor Issue Victory

Another victory for the NALC and for letter carriers on the workroom floor!  Our Brothers and sisters of
Evansville Indiana won an arbitration grieving the Performance Enhancement Tool program (PET) or
Demonstrated Performance Tool (DPT) or whatever ridiculous name they choose to call this despicable
program. The grievance showed that there were violations of Articles 5, 19 and 34 as well as the Joint
statement on Violence and Behavior in the Workplace by utilizing the Demonstrated Performance Tool
(DPT)  as a sole measurement of determining route times instead of the official methods according to
Handbooks M-39 and M-41.  The Union claimed successfully, that Management’s use of “Demonstrated
ability” (a one day walk) created a hostile work environment by creating extreme and escalating stress to
carriers when management used this tool to bully, harass and intimidate letter carriers.  It was proven and
management even admitted that the data used in the DPT  “could be inaccurate”.  The Union contended
that use of this policy is arbitrary and that management is attempting to instruct or order the carrier on a
leaving time that is inaccurate, misleading, understated and in violation of postal manuals.  Not to mention
that it is used to harass, intimidate, bully and threaten carriers on a daily basis.  We believe in a fair day’s
work for a fair day’s pay, however, there is no time standard associated with a Letter Carrier’s street duties
and there is no set pace at which a carrier must walk and no street standard for walking.  So the next time
your supervisor tells you that you must do your route in the same time as your last walk based on your
demonstrated performance, see your shop steward immediately to file a grievance.  We need to stop this
#*% now!

Fraternally, Rhonda Massari
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
Andy Kearney

May 14, 2016

PA State Association  Visit to Capital Hill

A group from our branch went to Washington this week to speak with our Congressional leaders about
the issues we need them to address with the Postal Service.  Rhonda Massari, Eric Jackson, Joe Pease,
Barbara Kearney and myself personally were in with the visits to both Senators Casey and Toomey's
office and they along with Bill Lucini,  Dan Massari and Jimmy McCullough were with me for my visit to
Meehan's office.  A very long day followed by a RAP Session at our National office.  But, it was a very
productive one.   The climate in Washington about the Postal Service has changed.  It seems that we now
have a Postmaster that is willing to work along with us to improve and protect the service
instead of trying to dismantle it and cause it's ultimate demise.  The timing of our visit was great because it
came a day after a House Oversight Government Reform Committee postal reform hearing titled
"Reforming the Postal Service: Finding a Viable Solution."  This hearing showed us that we have a lot
more people willing to work with us to protect our jobs.  There are still some people that want us to just go
away but they are lessor in number and bring up very weak reasons for that to happen.  Those people
have some sort of personal agenda or just blind hatred towards the Postal Service and will never listen to
reason.  Thankfully for us we have an increasing number of people that are willing to listen.  That only has
come into play because of our members and customers voicing their concerns and educating
Congressional members about their wants and needs.   Thank our customers for doing that and we can
continue to see positive results from these visits because of it.  Our visits are fruitless without your
support.  I would also like to thank Tommy Mullen, Colleen Haynes and Belinda Tridente for making the
long trip for one day to make the Congressional Breakfast.  Numbers show support and solidarity in what
we try to accomplish.  I am sure that when Rhonda updates you with the news we got at the RAP Session
you will be equally as pleased.

On June 20th The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) launched a six-week “LiveUnlimited” campaign
inspired by MDA families who do remarkable things every day despite the physical and societal limits of
neuromuscular diseases.

Watch MDA National Goodwill Ambassador Joe Akmakjian share his live unlimited moment as he skydives
to celebrate doubling his life expectancy and – at the age of 24 – is living with strength, independence and

As one of MDA’s national sponsor, this is an opportunity for our branches and members to share personal
stories of triumph and perseverance – your own examples of living unlimited. Share your story at

using the automated story generator – simply load your photo, write a quick explanation of your “moment”
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We also encourage you to download MDA’s “MDA Amplify” app that revolutionizes the way you can share
and receive MDA news on your own social media channels. Using MDA Amplify, you can post your own
MDA updates or photos and be the first to know about MDA-related news.

This new summer campaign is the perfect launching pad for you and your branch members to get involved
and share with the entire MDA support network how NALC members  #LiveUnlimited.

Attached for your reference is the #LiveUnlimited Social Share Guide, Social Toolkit to explain the
#LiveUnlimited campaign and the MDA Amplify How to Guide. Thank you for all you continue to do to help
children and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases – and their
families – live longer and grow stronger.

NALC Deliver the Cure

Geneva L. Kubal