Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the July 2016 Postal Record
Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe
Summertime! It’s usually the season of fun and sun. But in the PO, it’s another thing. Instead of us being
lauded for the great job that we do, we are castigated as being lazy cheats, etc.
The post office has an office downtown which monitors the carriers through the GPS in our scanners. After
the scanner doesn’t move for about 50 minutes, an email is sent to the postmaster. This program has been
in effect for some time now. But NOW the heat has been turned up.
Many times, a carrier simply is doing a multi-point delivery, or servicing a building that just takes time. Now,
if they can implement this system, why would it not contain the portions of the routes that take more than
50 minutes to deliver (according to DOIS)? Instead, they contact the postmasters (who sometimes don’t
know their own office and actually interrogates the carrier or goes out to check on the him/her). In a country
with a jurisprudence system that defaults at “innocent before proven guilty”, the PO is completely
opposite. So, how is that not looking at us and assuming that we are lazy cheats?
Okay, wintertime with snow, cold temperatures, etc. and there is no site of these people. Now, the weather
gets warm and they come out and remind us just what they think of us! And when it’s extremely hot, they
roll up on us in their air conditioned vehicles. A lot of times the carrier is trying to get his route done earlier
when the temperature is LESS hot.
So please be conscious of what these inconsiderate people are doing. How about bringing us out water,
cold compresses, etc.? Oh, I lost my small letter carrier mind for a second.
Please be safe!
Eric Jackson, Branch 725
|NALC Branch 725 S.E. PA Merged
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January 18, 2016
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
July 9, 2016
Legislative Update From National
NALC comments on House committee’s draft postal bill
On June 15, following release of a discussion draft of the Postal Service Reform Act of 2016, the House
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asked postal stakeholders—NALC among them—to
submit comments to gauge support for the measure.
Click here to read more.
House passes spending bill maintaining six-day provision
The House has voted 239-185 to approve a $21.7 billion Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services and General
Government spending package. In another major victory for the NALC, the measure preserved
longstanding language continuing six-day mail delivery.
Click here to read more.
Veterans related news:
House spending bill would increase spending for veterans programs. More…
Senate votes to limit veterans’ preference in federal hiring. More…
Congress invests in suicide prevention for female veterans. More…
The President's Report
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 office.
The President's Report
by Rhonda Massari
July 14, 2016
Today marked a very special day for the members of Branch 725. We are now the proud owners of our
very own Union Hall! Settlement was made on the property at 613-617 W MacDade Blvd Milmont Park, Pa
19033. The renovations will begin very soon. Our plan is to have all the work done and moved in to our new
space by September 1, 2016. The September meeting will still be held at the Cheese Club in Havertown
and the Retiree Luncheon will still be held at the Lamb Tavern on Sept 15, 2016 at 12 noon. We will begin
our regular monthly meetings at the new Union Hall beginning Wednesday October 5, 2016. Stay tuned for
updates along with pictures of the progress made. I would like to personally thank all who worked so hard
and displayed such an amazing positive vision to make all this possible. To the Executive Board, thank
you for seeing the vision and supporting our goals with a steadfast devotion. A special thank you to Eric
Jackson who went above and beyond to make sure the financials were in order and for coordinating the
communication between the realtors, lawyers and the members of the committee. To the Facilities
committee, Chairperson Belinda Tridente, Gerry Gallagher, Rick Murphy, Tim Grover, Gary Smith, Bill
Mellon, Les Dillman and Eric Jackson, thank you for the hours and hours of tedious work pouring over
listings, giving of your time after a long hard day of delivering the mail to look at the many properties and
finally finding our new home!! Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation for the work you did
for your brothers and sisters of Branch 725. Finally, thank YOU, the members of NALC Branch 725 for your
continued support. Without it, none of this would have been possible.
"Don't wait for the PERFECT MOMENT, take the moment and make it PERFECT"!!
|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
July 18, 2016
2nd Annual Branch 725 Phillies Outing
My wife and I had the pleasure of attending the Phillies outing yesterday. Everyone had a great time.
Thanks to Colleen Haynes, Steve Curry and Joe Pease for all their hard work organizing this event and
making it happen. A special shout out to Ryan Anderson who was the grill master for most of the day.
There were many others who jumped in to help and ensure that this day was a success. That is what I
love about this branch. You don't have to ask people to get involved. They just do. It was a time for us to
sit down and just talk about families, vacation plans and sharing personal thoughts. We are a family and
sometimes it seems like a dysfunctional one but events like this help to bring us closer together. I
encourage everyone to take advantage of these outings. You won't be disappointed.
For more photos of this event click here and look at the smiles. That says it all.
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
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”
and you’re done! For every #LiveUnlimited moment shared on mda.org/LiveUnlimited between June 20 and
July 31, $1 will be donated by a generous MDA partner, up to $30,000.
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