Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the January 2018 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe


To the hardest workers in the world, I congratulate you on another brilliant year. You are special! I hope
that you know this. You need to be confident in knowing that you are the cog that makes this engine
run. Another great job done through the arduous holiday season. Oh, excuse me. Through the pivoting,
hot summer, cold winter… You get the picture. After being told so many times that we are not good
workers, it can sometimes seep into our mindset.

As carriers we have endured so much this past year. The patience that we exhibited through the
national and local contract negotiations, the effort and pride that we did our jobs this year is beyond
measure. But what we face presently is always going to be our greatest accomplishment. We stand
ready and invigorated to serve our membership as a branch. I do ask that anyone within the readership
of this column continue to try and get the next group of leaders pointed our way. It’s a tough business
but the reward is immeasurable. To see the look on the face on somebody that you help in any way,
coupled with the stupid look on management’s face when they are proven to be faulty in their thinking
and actions is worth it all.

But the arrogance of this new breed of management only makes us better. We must be better to keep
them at bay. They will always have the advantage, but we will never make it easy for them. We are on
the righteous side of this. We only want and DEMAND our dignity, respect, and (most importantly) that
the contract is honored.

If you have a fair PM, just know that eventually, they will be replaced by a dumb SOB!

#LetUsDoOurJobs!  #StrengthAndUnityWillPrevail!
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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
employees.

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
States.

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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.

Click here to read more.

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

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

The President's Report
Rhonda Massari

January 16, 2018

CCA RETRO PAY NOTICE!

USPS has told us that due to programming difficulties, CCA retro pay will be on the PP 04 paycheck on
February 23 rather than PP 03 on February 9 as they previously
told us.


January 5, 2018

Mark Picarelli













It was a bitter sweet moment at the January monthly Union meeting.  West  Chester carrier Mark
Picarelli retired from Branch 725's Executive Board and his duties as Financial Secretary to spend
more time with his family. Mark has served this branch for over 30 years as Shop Steward in both the
Broomall and West Chester offices. He served as the Recording Secretary for many years and also as a
Step B representative for the Dispute Resolution Process. With Mark in that capacity, we knew we
would get fair and favorable decisions for our members. One of his greatest accomplishments was his
work as an Arbitration Advocate. Not only did he advocate for our members, he also spent a career
mentoring other carriers. I personally relied on Mark on many occasions and he was my "go to " guy if I
needed help. His knowledge of the contract is extensive and a valued asset to our Branch. Even
though Mark is retiring from his position with the branch,  he isn't going anywhere. I know we will still
be able to reach out and he will always be there for us. Congratulations Mark!  Thank you for your many
years of service to the branch.

January 5, 2018

Tommy Mullin Snow Removal




















Who is that guy all bundled up?  None other than Retired member and Executive Board member
Tommy Mullin. Many thanks of appreciation to Tommy for making sure the snow was cleared from the
Union Hall. Tommy is one of those guys that just jumps into action and gets things done. Wish we
could bottle his dedication to NALC Branch 725!  We are so very thankful for all of his volunteer efforts.
The best part is, the only thing that he requests is a Pepsi when he's finished. Thanks Tommy

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.

January 12, 2018

Million Mile Awards - Media Office

Andy Kearney - Webmaster











Letter Carriers Mike Neuman, Alexander Georges, Douglas A. Linker, Joseph F. McWilliams, Robert H.
Westbrook, Michael M. Bradley, Tim J. Griest, Mark J. Sharkey and Richard P. Wagner were recognized
for having 30 years without a vehicle accident this week in Media.  Congrats on such a tremendous
feat.  With all the conditions you face on the roads on a daily basis it is something to be really proud of.

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Havertown, Pa.  A million miles,
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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
STARTED !

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
www.nalchbp.org 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 @
irish14@comcast.net
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October 29. 2017







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Letter carriers in Media join
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