Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the June 2018 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe

It’s that time of the year. Not letter carrier appreciation season. No, it’s nice weather, so the fleas that
we call management take time out to drive around and “observe” us
doing our job. Sure, we are not perfect, but we are the best thing going in the USPS.

But this shouldn’t surprise us. First, we get a new district manager. Then a new head POOM. Then a
new temporary POOM to fill that position. This is followed by very inept
supervisors moving around into positions that they have twice as much responsibility as the ones
they were failing miserably at in the first place. And the 204Bs???.

The tactics employed by this new group are obvious and mean spirited. Let’s look; first they count at
least two routes per week for no reason but to intimidate. Then they
add MSP points to every route (after a promise was made to the NALC that the MSPs would be
eliminated). Next, they put out an edict to “super pivot” on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, and Saturdays (because these are supposed to be “light days”). What ever happened to
“load leveling? This goes on and on. But now it seems like they are
attempting to limit steward time (imagine that). And oh, it seems that the bidding process has suddenly
gotten screwed up as well. Stewards are even having to fight for
documents to investigate grievances. It seems apparent that these things are not a coincidence. But
guess what? We are just better, smarter, and more persistent than
them. Let’s support our stewards and executive board.

Over time, all these issues will be rectified. And that’s a tribute to all of US! #StayStrongStayUnited

The branch is sponsoring a Phillies outing on July 1, 2018. Please call the office for information.
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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

Legislative Update From National

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.

Click here to read more.

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.

Click here to read more.

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.

Click here to read more.

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

Click here to read more.

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

Click here to find out whether your rep is a co-sponsor.

H.Res. 28 (door delivery):—237 co-sponsors

Click here to find out whether your rep is a co-sponsor.

H.Res. 31 (service standards):—187 co-sponsors

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The President's Report
Rhonda Massari

May 25, 2018

Million Mile & Safety Awards - Chester Office

The Chester Post Office celebrated safety with two Million Mile award winners Jim Higham and Barry
Lee. Many others received acknowledgement for many years of safe driving. In attendance was the
new District Manager Judy Herrick POOM Anthony Johnson, Labor specialist Kevin Mahoner and
NALC Regional Administration Assistant Brian Thompson. The celebration was complete with a
plethora of food for all. The employees of the Chester Post Office have demonstrated the
importance of safety and  are an example to all of us. Congratulations to all the safety award winners!

Pictured Jim Higham with his sons and Barry and Mrs Lee.

Safety award winners

April 6, 2018


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.

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.

Rhonda Massari

February 10, 2018

Director of Route Inspection: Les Dillman
Vice President Branch 725

Route Inspection Training

We will have training for the Clifton Heights office on Thursday March 15.  Time to be decided.  Once
we get any updates on any other offices we will do the same.  For now we are dealing with Clifton
Havertown, Pa.  A million miles,
accident free
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November 13, 2017

Gerry Gallagher, Health Plan and MBA Director

Reminder Open Season started today November 13, 2017 and ends on December 11, 2017 so GET

For those of you who have the NALC Health Benefit Plan and either never received your CVS Extra
Care Health card or may have lost your card call 888-543-5938 to request a card.  Also when you have
the NALC Health Benefit Plan and you take the Health Assessment when completed you will be given
a choice of:
1 Enrollment in Cigna Plus Savings discount dental program self only when one completes the Health
Assessment and family Cigna Plus Savings discount dental program when two or more
complete the Health Assessment NOTE you must be 18 or older to complete the Health Assessment
any questions call 877-521 0244.

2 Waiver of two $20 medical office visit co payments when one covered member completes the Health
assessment Waiver of four $20 medical office visit co payments when  two or more (including the
member) complete the Health Assessment.
3 A wearable activity tracking device (limit 2 devices per enrollment) To take the Health Assessment
go to click on High Option Plan then click on Health Assessment you will need to
register with an ID and Password if you have taken the Health Assessment in the past your
information should be saved.

Thanks again for your time and remember this is YOUR union Health Plan !

Any Questions call the Union Office @ 610-461-8333 and Rhonda will get your concerns to me or you
can reach me @
Postal Workers Dealing  With
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October 29. 2017

A New Day for the Civil Service
Federal Benefits Open Season
(Federal Employees Health Benefits and Federal Employees Dental & Vision Insurance Programs)
November 13, 2017 through December 11, 2017
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Letter carriers in Media join
million mile club

June 6, 2018

Newest Last Punch Bunch Member - Villanova

Steve Curry - Steward

Last day for our girl Karen  Bissell from Villanova Pa. with our President Rhonda. Enjoy your well
deserved retirement