Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Branch
Item to the October 2018 Postal Record

Eric K. Jackson, Branch 725 Scribe

Congratulations to Branch 725 President Rhonda Massari and Vice-President Les Dillman on being
elected for another term by acclamation at our last branch meeting. In challenging times it’s always
good to have a stable executive board to counter what is postal management.

As time has moved on, our first class of CCAs has grown in seniority. NALC National President Fred
Rolando foresaw these times when he urged us (then) to take them under our wings as “they are the
future”. I really want to emphasize that point now as we continue to gain new members. The more we
empower them with correct information, the better we all become. As a group, we are only as strong
as our weakest links. And we don’t want ANY of our members to be taken advantage of.

Our branch fought long and hard during the local negotiations last year. The disagreements have now
reached arbitration. Whatever the results turn out to be, I am very proud of this branch for always
fighting. When the next contract arrives, we will fight even harder (2019 is right around the corner).

At the national convention our leaders informed us that a new alternative route adjustment process
would be coming by the end of the year. Please be mindful that when that comes your actual clock
rings will count as a part of the process. Stand strong in protecting your route and your wellbeing.
None of the things that management throws our way are a surprise. But their lazy, arrogant, and
juvenile ways continue to hurt our members. And some of this “stuff” can be prevented just by our
communication with one another.   

We are looking forward to seeing our beloved retirees at the next retiree luncheon on October 18,
2018.

#UntilThenWeFightOn! #ProudToBeALetterCarrier #UnitedBehindTheBlueShield  
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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.

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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.

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

October 19, 2018

Safety Teams

To All:  I have just been notified that Management teams will be driving around looking for carriers who
are violating safety rules.  If an infraction is found, the carrier will be taken off the street and sent home.
This is a new directive issued by the new district manager. We know discipline will be sure to follow.  
Currently, there are 5 carriers which have been sent home. Some examples of a safety infraction are,  
driving without a seatbelt, wearing headphones, wearing improper footwear, not curbing your wheels,
not applying the emergency brake and the absolutely worst, exiting the vehicle while still running!
None of these rules are new, but we know some of our members cut corners when it comes to safety
just to get done. We all must adhere to the safety rules, so lets not give management a reason to put
us off the street and off the clock. Let's not give them that win.   Please share this information with the
carriers in your office asap and continously. Safety depends on all of us. If you have any question or
concerns,please feel free to contact me.  Rhonda


October 5, 2018

Tri-County celebrates the Million Mile Club yet again!!





















Wayne carrier Barry Patterson received the coveted award along with Paoli carrier Joe Recchilongo.
Congratulations to both. You’re commitment to safety is an inspiration to all of us!

Pictured from left Joe Recchilongo( Paoli )Barry Patterson(Wayne)


October 5, 2018

Retirements














Congratulations! to Patrick Drumm of the Ardmore post Office, Rick Riley of Chester, who retired last
February and Susan Ersek of Ridley Park, who just made the leap in September.
We were able to present these recent retirees with a NALC watch at the October meeting. Please join
me in wishing Pat, Rick and Susan a very long, happy and Healthy retirement.

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
Heights.
Havertown, Pa.  A million miles,
accident free
New NALC APP
PA Online Voter Registration
Postal Workers Dealing  With
Arctic Blast starring  our own
Nancy Benson

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
This is the only notification you will receive regarding Open Season
If you are satisfied with your current health plan, you do not need to do anything
It's quick and easy to request health benefit changes and plan information.
- Go to Open Season Online at https://retireefehb.opm.gov
- Call Open Season Express at 1-800-332-9798
- Write to us at:   
FEHB Open Season Processing Center

P.O. Box 5000

Lawrence, KS 66046-0500
For General Open Season information, click the above link to use Live Help or send a secure webmail
message.
For information on comparing health plans visit
http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/plan-information/compare-plans.
For more information regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's requirement visit
www.irs.gov/uac/Questions-and-Answers-on-the-Individual-Shared-Responsibility-Provision.
For information on the Federal Employees Dental & Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) visit the
secure enrollment website www.benefeds.com or call 1-877-888-3337, TTY
1-877-889-5680.
For more information on Open Season or health care reform legislation, visit www.opm.gov/insure.
For information on Medicare, visit www.medicare.gov.
This is the only notification you will receive unless you request additional information be mailed to you.
If you are having trouble reading this email you may copy and paste the following link into a web
browser's address bar: https://retireefehb.opm.gov
Please do not reply to this email. The Office of Personnel Management will not respond as it is not a
monitored mailbox.
United States Office of Personnel Management
Letter carriers in Media join
million mile club


October 18, 2018

Retirees Luncheon

Gene Dolan - Director Of Retirees
















Congrats and thanks to all who made our Retiree Luncheon another Great success, our President
Rhonda Massari, the Executive Board and the members who volunteered their time and talents and
who did such a great job.  Many compliments were given to the fine food and hard work to honor our
retirees.  A small talk about what we face with the effort to privatize the Post Office was given by:  
Tony Perconte, the legislative and political advocate from the National Union.  Also, Union
membership pins were awarded to some of those attending.  Including a 60 yr pin, two 55 yr pins, two
45 yr pins a 25 yr and 20 yr pin.  A 50 yr Gold Card was awarded to:  Tom Parker.  Again, many thanks
to all!

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OSHA Heat APP
Media Letter Carrier Matt
Havens receives award for
40 years of service

Videos From The Convention

President Rolando's Keynote
Address 2018

Gary Jones - President of UAW

CCA The Bridge to a Postal
Career

We Carry On: Dedication in the
face of disaster - Part 1

We Carry On: Dedication in the
Face of Disaster - Part 2

We Carry On: Dedication in the
Face of Disaster - Part 3

We Carry On: Dedication in the
Face of Disaster - Part 4

Sara Nelson - President of the
AFA-CWA

Mark Dimondstein

Paul Hogrogian

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Ady Barkan

Mike Palecek

Marc Perrone

Jaxon Hunt

Richard Trumka

Nancy Pelosi

October 9, 2018

Branch 725 Elections

Belinda Tridente - Election Committee Chairwoman

The Election Committee appointed by the President of Branch 725 to conduct the election of the
Officers of Branch 725 is overseeing the printing, stuffing and mailing of ballots.

Candidates for President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer,
Director of Education and Director of Hospital and MBA were unopposed and elected by consent at
the
September Union meeting.

Two (2) Candidates were nominated for Sargent of Arms.

Two (2) Candidates were nominated  Director of Retirees.

Six (6) Candidates were nominated for the Position of Trustee.

The election is being conducted by mail ballot in accordance with the NALC Constitution.

The Committee has reviewed and approved all nominations forms and has created the ballot for
mailing. Official election instructions will be included with all ballots mailed to eligible NALC members.

To be eligible to vote, a person must be a regular member of NALC and in good standing.

Ballots are currently being prepared, inserted and mailed.  All ballots are expected to be mailed by
October 17, 2018.

If you are eligible to vote and do not receive a ballot by October 24, 2018 or if you have spoiled your
ballot you must notify the branch office to request a duplicate ballot.

Ballots must be received by 9:00 am on November 6, 2018 to be counted.  The counting of the ballots
will be counted November 6, 2018.

Nominees who will appear on the ballot (in the order that they will appear on the ballot) are:

SARGENT OF ARMS:
Tim Grover
Tommy Mullin

DIRECTOR OF RETIREES:
Gene Dolan
Andy Kearney

TRUSTEE:
John Schneider
Bill Mellon
Colleen Haynes
Miles Revis
Margaret Polite
Barb Kearney


The election committee, as appointed by President Rhonda Massari is made up of Belinda Tridente,
Shirley Hagner, Keith Bailey, and Steve Curry.
Philly Columbus Day Rally

October 14, 2018

NALC Heath Plan Rates

Gerry Gallagher - Director of Health Benefits and MBA

The Rates are out for 2019.  Click on the link below to view them.  I think that when you compare them
to the other plans you will realize the NALC Health Plan is your best option.

2019 Rates

2019 Brochure

Important Change is on page 18 Read Below