Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the August 2017 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe


Sense of urgency is an attribute that every great unionist must have in my opinion. I had the honor of attending
the Congressional Breakfast and the National Rap Session since our last “talk”. NALC President Fred Rolando
gave all the leaders in attendance great insight into the process of negotiating the latest contract and his
vision for our near future. The sense of urgency that I formally mentioned is paramount now. The political
climate in Washington dictates that we are in for one of the fights of our union lives. The proposed budget by
President Trump has so many anti-union items in it that the fear is that even if we kill most of those items,
some may be make it into the budget.  To combat this, the NALC has added more positions to our legislative
staff in Washington and have restructured the way our political machine will work.

While your leadership is poised and ready for the fight of our lives, the question is what can you do? The irony
is that your role is done daily with the great job that you do. The answer is to walk proudly, knowing that you are
part of something so great that most of us don’t understand. You will remain professional, and hopefully let the
people that are trained to fight for you go to work. But we ask that you stay aware and participate when asked.

Under the leadership of President Rhonda Massari, Branch 725 has made a point to invest in the training of
your local leaders. Now is the TIME for those investments to pay dividends. Let’s fight for our members until
infinity. After all, management has shown that they never frown at any chance to walk over us. Those days are
over!
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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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The President's Report
Rhonda Massari

August 31, 2017

2018 Calendars

Deadline for ordering the 2018 Color Coded Calendar is Wednesday September 6, 2017.  If you have not
ordered yours, please see the shop steward in your station.  The cost of the Calendar is $5.00.  ​For
those members who are retired and wish to purchase a calendar, please send a check made payable to
NALC Branch 725 to the Union Office or bring to the Union meeting on 9/6/17.
​Thank You!  Rhonda

August 25, 2017

Full Time Employee Guarantee.

It has come to my attention that management in some offices are "Offering" both ODL and non-ODL
employees to work less than 8 hours on their scheduled day off.  I have also been made aware that
these employees are not being paid the Guarantee of 8 hours pay in  lieu of work.  
If you are working on your scheduled day off you are GUARANTEED 8 hours work (or pay in lieu
thereof), which means you should be paid a minimum of 8 hours on that day.  If you worked less than 8
hours under these circumstances, see your shop steward immediately to file a grievance.  Do not let
management take advantage of you. This is not negotiable! You may not agree to waive this
requirement.   It is a guarantee in the contract.

JCAM PROVISION UNDER ARTICLE 8
8.8.B B. When a full-time regular employee is called in on the employee’s
non-scheduled day, the employee will be guaranteed eight hours work
or pay in lieu thereof.
Pay Guarantee For Full-Time Employee on Non-Scheduled Day. A
full-time regular or full-time flexible employee called in on a nonscheduled
day is guaranteed 8 hours of work (or pay in lieu thereof).
This guarantee also applies on a holiday or designated holiday.

August 16, 2017

Veteran's Day

I have received many calls about the Veterans Day Holiday.  Veterans Day is always celebrated on the
11th of November.  No matter what day of the week it falls on.  If your non-scheduled day off  is
Saturday November 11th, and you have rotating days off, you will have Thursday November 9th off​ as
your designated holiday.  If you have Saturday as a non-scheduled day off and you have a fixed
schedule, you will get Friday November 10th as your designated holiday. Everyone else will have
Saturday November 11th off for the holiday. I encourage all members to download the NALC App for
your smartphone. Go to the calendar and enter your day off for the week. Once you enter your day off,
the calendar will reflect all days off along with holiday information for the calendar months/years that
appear.  Hope you find this information helpful.  

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.

August 23, 2017

Wage Increase Update

Andy Kearney - Webmaster


Finally they have announced when we should see the changes to our pay and the dates we should
expect them.  The back pay is still being worked on and we need to be patient with that.  It is a lot of
work since they have to figure out each Carrier 's pay differently.  There are OT hours, CCA issues etc.
that have to be calculated  before processing the payments out to us.  You don't have to ask the
Steward or anyone else when this will happen.  When we know, you will know.  We don't know the
exact date yet but it will be announced soon.   Just relax and know it is coming.  I am proud of our
Union in getting us this contract and it just goes to show you that collective bargaining and working
with each other to get a good contract is better then going to an arbitrator.  Keep fighting for your rights
to collective bargaining.  People will always say it could have been better but don't understand it could
have also been a hell of a lot worse as well.

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January 9, 2016

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NALC Mutual Benefit Association Rates for 2017

MBA Retirement Savings Policy

Current rate for 2017 is 3.25%

If you had the policy before 2015 your rate for 2017 is 3.50%

If you had the policy before 2000 your rate for 2017 is 4.50%

All things considered these rates continue to exceed the
interest rates offered by most if not all financial institutions.
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