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January 10, 2016

Retirement - Newtown Square












On Saturday night , I had the pleasure of attending a retirement celebration for Letter Carrier Steve Kawecki of the Newtown Square Post Office. He was surrounded by his friends and
co-workers who sent him off into retirement in style. Please join me in wishing Steve a very happy and healthy retirement. Thanks for your many years of service. You will be missed.
Pictured Rhonda Massari (left) Steve Kawecki (center) and shop steward Paul Bongarten (right)
2nd picture (carriers of Newtown Square)

Rhonda Massari
President Branch 725



January 8, 2016

You Are Invited

Celebration of Letter Carriers and Installation Dinner

To all the Brothers/Sisters,


























Rhonda Massari

President Branch 725

December 9, 2015

Happy Holidays

To all the Brothers/Sisters,

I would like to wish you and your families the best of the holiday season. This will be the last time as president of this great branch to extend my best wishes to all the members of branch 725,
a happy and healthy holiday season. I know that you will be working many hours in the upcoming days till Christmas arrives and it is sometimes hard to have a great holiday season, when
you are working all these hours.  But it is important that during this season you enjoy the times with your families. That is the most important thing about the holiday season, being with your
loved ones.  I wish you and your families nothing but the best in the new year, stay healthy, and God bless all of you.

With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough


December 3, 2015

Kaizen Project

Brother/Sister,

In region 12 there are rumors about a program about Voluntary Improvement Project called the "Kaizen Project". It is an eastern Area MANAGEMENT project that ask employees to volunteer
to discuss work issues to help improve mail distribution and delivery.   This project is NOT an NALC/USPS mutually agreed to project. We should not and will not volunteer to work with
Management on any project that they unilaterally want to initiate.

Any questions about this issue feel free to call the Union Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough

President Branch 725



November 19, 2015

Exclusion of Penalty Overtime

This year for the month of December (Pay Period 26-15), the exclusion of Penalty Overtime will start on December 5, 2015 and will end (Pay Period 1-16) January 1, 2016, as per Article 8
(Hours Of Work) Sections 4-5.  Any questions please call the Union Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough

President Branch 725



November 17, 2015

Million Mile Drivers and Carriers over 40 years service










I had the pleasure to visit two of the offices in the branch today to thank the carriers from these offices for their safe driving and for years of service.  First, at the Glenolden Post Office Mike
Duffy has joined the million mile club. Congrats to you Mike, for a awesome job well done. Also, two Letter Carriers have past the 40  years of service, Ray Johnson has almost 48 years,
THAT'S RIGHT 48 years  and Tom Feehery has over 40 years. Congrats, to both for a job well done.  Secondly, I attended another safety recognition at the Norwood Post Office. Eight carriers
were recognized for their safe driving record. Bill Brooks, Steve Donegan, Mike McDevitt, Kevin Laskowski, Lisa Oswald, Ed O'Brien, Jackie Coleman and Cliff Daisy.  Again congrats to all
the Brothers and Sisters for a great job.  Please be safe, the mail will be picking up and the hours will be getting longer.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your families.


With My Best wishes,
Jim McCullough
President  Branch 725



November 12, 2015

Thanksgiving day holiday

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

On behalf of the Executive Board of Branch 725, let me wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving holiday.  Hopefully, we have things to be thankful for, especially the health of you and
your families, and hopefully this year the Congress will begin to pass some sort of ostal reform. The long Christmas season is coming very quickly and the hours will be long and arduous,
but as usual the Letter Carriers of branch 725 will step up and take care of business.  Again, my personal best wishes to all the dedicated Brothers/Sisters of Branch 725, for a happy and
healthy holiday season. Also, thank all of you for your support over the last 12 years.

Be safe.

Fraternally,
Jim McCullough
President Branch 725


November 6, 2015

Text messages on mobile devices

Brothers/Sisters,

It has come to the attention of the Union that Management is using the MDD scanners to send text messages to the Carriers about their performances and time spent at a specific location.  
This is not proper and the District Manager has been informed of this and has stated it will stop  The only thing that the MDD scanner can be used for "TO CONTACT ON DUTY CARRIERS
VIA THE MOBILE DELIVERY DEVICE FOR LIMITED USPS BUSINESS OR AN EMERGENCY."

If you are having this problem please call the Union Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough

President


October 29, 2015

New Leave Year

Brothers/Sister,

The new leave will start on January 9,2016. All craft employees have to be down to 440 hours of Annual Leave by the date or you will lose the leave over 440. Make sure that you do not lose
the leave that you have earned. Submit the PS form 3971, requesting leave. Please do not lose any leave.

If you have any questions, please call the Union Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough

President Branch 725



October 27, 2015

Medicare Premium Fairness Act


On October 15, 2015, the Medicare Premium Fairness Act was unveiled in the Congress. The act is a result of the fact that social security has stated that there will be no cost-of -living this
year for those who receive social security.  Under current law, when there is no-cost-of-living adjustment, Medicare Part B premiums cannot be raised for people who already are receiving
social security checks. The social security act has a provision that states a "hold harmless" provision that states the dollar increase in the Part B premium is limited to the social security in
the COLA. With no COLA this year the "held harmless  will be enacted and the premiums for those individuals will remain at $104.90 a month.  This provision however, does not cover all
people. Among those who are covered by CSRS and do not receive social security benefits, there premiums may rise by as much as 52%.

Please call your representative and senator and tell them to support the Medicare Premium Fairness Act. ( Phone Number 1-202-224-3121).

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725


October 14, 2015

Formal A Training and Beyond

National is offering Formal A Training.  If you feel you may qualify for this training and wish to attend please contact me.  We would love to send every Steward to this training but they are
only going to select 80 people.  Like all training offered by National they have a limited amount of slots.
 

Check this link and see if you are interested.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725


September 14, 2015

2016 Color Coded Calenders

Brothers/Sisters,

Good news !  The 2016 color coded calendars are in, they will be available at the October's meetings at the American Legion Hall in Glenolden on October 7, 2015.  The price is $5.00 a piece.
We have 500 calendars.  See you in October.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President




August 28. 2015

Ardmore retirement

Yesterday, an Ardmore legend retired from the Ardmore Post Office. "Louie" Needles has joined the many brothers and sisters who have recently retired from the Postal Service. "Louie" had
worked 35 years all at the Ardmore station. Louie was always a gentlemen and a well liked carrier in Ardmore.  On behalf of the entire membership of Branch 725, Louie, have a long and
healthy retirement.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725


August 18. 2015

Gerry Gallagher's 40 plus years








Congratulations go out to Gerry Gallagher, for his 40 years plus service to the Postal Service. Not only does Gerry perform as a Letter Carrier in Media, he has been the shop steward for over
twenty years. He is also the Director of the Hospital Plan for the NALC.  Gerry was the Vice-President of the branch for 3 years.  Congrats again Gerry, stay healthy.

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725


August 5. 2015

Retirement at West Chester













I attended the retirement of our brother Kevin Johnson Sr. aka "KJ" at the West Chester Post Office, on August 3rd. KJ had 30 years of service and all the employees spoke well of him.  I
speak for all the members of Branch 725, in wishing KJ a long and healthy retirement.  Again, the employees of the West Chester Office went above and beyond and had a nice spread of
food and a cake and a gift for KJ  Kevin, enjoy your retirement and stay healthy.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725




July 22, 2015

Coatesville Retirees









I had the pleasure today to visit the Coatesville Post Office for the retirement of two of our brothers. Vince Gulli and Joe Smith both are retiring at the end of the month.  I know I speak for the
entire branch when I wish both brothers a long and healthy retirement.  I also like to thank all the brothers and sisters in the Coatesville Post Office for putting a lot of time and effort into
having a awesome spread of food they put out at their own expense. It makes me feel good to see our brothers/sisters willing to go the extra yard for each other. Again, I thank all of you for
your kindness and generosity.

Best of health Vince and Joe.


Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725



July 14, 2015

Newly converted CCAs annual leave

Newly Converted CCAs,

An national arbitration concerning the use of annual leave usage by newly converted CCAs has rejected the Union's contentions that the CCAs are not "new employees." Arbitrator Das has
concluded that the newly converted CCAs are "new employees" and therefore Section 512.313 of the ELM will be imposed.

Ninety Day Qualifying Period

Requirement. New employees are not credited with and may not take annual leave until they complete 90 days of continuous employment under one or more appointments without a break in
service.

If you have any questions please call the Union office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President




June 30, 2015

Baseball Game

I would like to take a moment to personally thank all the people who attended the Phillies game on Sunday. The weather was perfect and there was plenty of food and "refreshments". I heard
a couple of our people took to some serious tailgating and "missed" the game.  Events like this are great because our brother and sisters get an opportunity to come together with their
families and have a good time. It is sometimes hard to get our members together at the same place because of how spread out the branch is, but kudos to all who participated in the event. I
hope to see more of these events in the future.  I would  also like to thank all the people who put this event together. Combined with them and the people who came out, made the event very
successful.

Good job,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725


June 29, 2015

George Barbine Retirement

Congratulations goes out to George Barbine a Letter Carrier from the Media Post Office who retired after over 30 years of service. I know that the membership of Branch 725 wish George a
long and healthy retirement. George worked his entire career at the Media Post Office  Again, George enjoy your retirement and stay healthy.

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With MY Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725



June 22, 2015

Effective immediately the new address for the Dispute Resolution Team (DRT) is:


NALC-USPS Dispute Resolution Team

Philadelphia District

600 Enterprise Rd.

Horsham, Pa. 19044


Any questions please call the Union Office.


Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725



June 1, 2015

Retirees













It is my pleasure to announce the retirement of two of our brothers, Rob Rowe from the Sharon Hill /Folcroft Post Office and Rich Connor from the Clifton Heights Post Office. I know I speak
for the entire branch in wishing both the brothers a long and healthy retirement. Both the brothers had over thirty years of service.

Good luck Rob and Rich!

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725


May 12, 2015

Million Mile Club










Congratulations go out to Jerry O'Neill from the Springfield/Lansdowne Post Office for becoming a member of the Million Mile Club. To become a member of this exclusive club is just
awesome. It also takes a lot of hard work to drive for over thirty years and not have an accident.

Again congrats Jerry for a job well done.

Fraternally, Jim McCullough
President Branch 725



April 28, 2015

Article 12

Shop Stewards,

Good news for the CCAs!! Article 12 has been lifted, effective April 21, 2015. Now we can move forward with the promoting the CCAs to routes that may become residual Hopefully, in the near
future the process will move forward and the CCAs will become career employees of the Postal Service.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

April 13, 2015

MDA Beef & Beer

To all the people who showed up for the Beef and Beer on Saturday at Tip O'Leary's, thank you. The event was very well attended by a lot of our brothers/Sisters. Many people also had
bought their friends and family.  I would like to personally thank everybody who supplied a basket to be auctioned off for MD. The event raised over $2,000.00 for MDA  
Along with the people who showed up the people who organized the event deserve most of the credit for the success of this Beef and Beer.  Once again thank you for your support.

With My Best wishes,

Jim McCullough



April 8, 2015

By-Laws

Brothers/Sisters,

As per the By-Laws of Branch 725, you are hereby given notice as described in Article X- Amendments.

These By-Laws shall not be altered, amended or repealed except in the following manner:

Section 1. All changes other than by the By-laws committee must be in writing and submitted to the By-Law committee stating the Article and section to be changed and signed by at least 25
eligible voting members. From that total, not more than 20% or five can be from the same station.

Section 2. All changes must be noted on call for the meeting at which they will be introduced.

Section 3. All changes will be discussed and amended at the meeting when introduced.

Section 4. All changes will be voted upon by a majority on the members present and voting at the Branch Meeting immediately following the one which the By-Law changes were presented.

Section 5. No amendment to any By-Law changes will be accepted at the final voting Branch Meeting,.

Section 6. Suitable Notification to members will be made at least Ten days before any regular meeting at which a vote on an amendment to alter the By-Laws is made. changes will be
submitted to the NALC for approval.

The next regular meeting is May 6, 2015 at the Cheese Club in Havertown, Pa.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough

President Branch 725


April 6, 2015

CCA Probationary Period

Brothers/Sisters

A new Memorandum of Understanding dated April 1, 2015,
(M-01857) states that "City carrier assistances converted to full-time status during the term of this agreement will NOT serve a
probationary period when hired for a career appointment provided the employee successfully served a cumulative 360 days as a city carrier assistance directly before the conversion to full
time status."

I hope that will resolve any issues that both parties had with this issue.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough

President



March 23, 2015

Congressional Breakfast

Good morning everyone,

Anyone interested in going to the congressional breakfast should make reservations as soon as possible. The dates are May 14 and 15. You must be a automatic contributor to COLCPE and
to be a registered voter. The hotel number is (202)737-1234.

Please call the Union Office if you are going.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough


March 6, 2015

DRT Training

Shop Stewards,

There is going to be Article 15 DRP training taken place on March 18th, 19th and 20th. I am requesting that all shop stewards go down for the training. You must go down to the training with
the person(s) who you deal with at the Informal "A" or Formal "A". That is very important. There is a morning class and an afternoon class. If you run into a problem call the Union Office
ASAP. The class on the 18th is at the tri-county office and the 19th and 20th is at the district office located at 70 th street in Philadelphia. The morning class is 10 to 12 and the afternoon class
is 1 to 3.  Most of the branches shop stewards have not had the DRP training, so it is imperative that you make one of these classes. Any more information please call the Union Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725



February 1, 2015

Retirement

Another one of our brothers, Russ DeMaria has had the pleasure of retiring from the Post Office. Russ worked at the Ridley Park/Woodlyn Post Office. He was a Letter carrier for over 27
years with the Postal service. We wish Russ a long and happy retirement.














With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough



January 9, 2015

Retirement


















Congratulations go out to Mike Repace from the Sharon Hill Post Office on his recent retirement. Mike had over 40 years with the Post Office and I know we all wish Mike a long and healthy
retirement. .Mike was also a million mile award winner.


With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough
President branch 725




December 31, 2014

Retirees

Brothers/Sisters,

The New Year has come early for four of our members. Congratulations good out to Brothers Bob Battista and Rick McQuirns from the Bryn Mawr Post Office, and Mark Hoke from the
Havertown/Wynnewood Post Office and finally Sister Denise Morris from the Clifton Heights Post Office, they have all retired. I know that we all wish the new retirees a long and healthy
retirement.

Congratulations to all and everybody have a safe and healthy New Year.

Jim McCullough

President



December 23, 2014

Retirees

Brothers/Sisters,













Christmas came early this year for two of our members. Walt Umstetter from the Glenolden Post Office and Gerry Remaley from the Marcus Hook Post Office have retired on December 24th.
I know that all of you wish both the brothers a long and healthy retirement.

Merry Christmas to all the members of branch 725.

Happy Holidays,

Jim McCullough
President


December 16, 2014

Holiday Greeting

Brothers/Sisters,

Happy Holidays to you and your families, from the Executive Board of Branch 725. I hope the holiday season is a healthy and fun time of the year for all of you and your family. I am sure that
the days before Christmas were not a pleasant for you, because of the heavy volume and the reaction from Management on how they handle this time of the year.  I hope that 2015 is less
stressful to all of you, and that the Congress will offer some relief for the Postal Service.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa to all of the hard working men and women of Branch 725. Happy New Year

With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough
President


November 25, 2014

Auxiliary Assistance

Attention Shop Stewards,

With the holiday season approaching you may at some point receive auxiliary assistance, to assist in delivering of packages. If you receive assistance it must be recorded on a PS 3996, and
the time used must be recorded on the electronic time clock.  If the Post Office is delivering packages not designated Amazon Sunday delivery, these packages must also be recorded on a
PS 3996, and the time used must be recorded.  It is our job to make sure that everyone to take this very seriously, because the effects may produce an improper time for your route.

Any Questions, please call the Union Office. Remember these times that are recorded may lead to improper route adjustments.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President 725



November 24, 2014

Thank You

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

On behalf of myself and my entire family, I would like to thank all of you for your prayers and condolences, on the passing of my mother. I know my mother would appreciate all of the kind
words and prayers that were spoken about her.  Once again, thank you for your kind thoughts. Happy thanksgiving.

With my best wishes,

Jim McCullough


November 13, 2014

Open Season

Brother/Sister,

Now that open season is here and you are looking to change plans, or are looking for price comparisons, please go to
opm.gov/insure and you will find a chart for all the FEHB plans and
their prices for both active and retirees.

Happy thanksgiving to you and your family.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President



November 13, 2014

Million Mile Club









I would like to congratulate two Letter Carriers from the Glenolden Post Office, for joining the Million Mile Club. Walter Umstetter and Tom Feehrey are to be congratulated for an awesome job.
On behalf of the membership of Branch 725, I congratulate both men for a job well done.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President



November 10, 2014

Cyber Intrusion

Brothers/Sisters,

The Postal Service recently learned of a cyber intrusion into some of our information systems.

What was compromised?

Files that contain employees information such as names, addresses, dates of birth social security numbers, dates of employment and emergency contacts for all active employees.

What should you do?

The Postal Service will be sending a letter to your address with an enrollment code for credit monitoring service that will provided free. Also you can visit Blue or Lite-Blue for more
information.

Stay alert.

Fraternally yours,
Jim McCullough
President



October 23, 2014

Shop Steward,



The NALC and the USPS have entered into a new route adjustment process. Part of the process is that Management is REQUIRED TO POST THE WORKHOUR WORKLOAD DAILY,in every
office.  

This is MANDATORY.

Jim McCullough
President 725


October 15, 2014

Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period

Shop Stewards,

The penalty overtime exclusion period for 2014, will begin in pay period 26-14 (December 6, 2014) and will end pay period 2-15-2015 (January 2, 2015.)

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President


October 15, 2014

Health Care Open Season

Brothers/Sisters,

It's that time of the year again. Open season for Health Benefits will begin on November 10, 2014 and end on December 8, 2014. Please don't wait to the last minute if you wish to enroll in a
new health plan.

Fraternally,
Jim McCullough
President

October 15, 2014

Holiday Carrier Assistants

Brothers/Sisters,  You are going to love this one!!!! Effective 9-23-14, the Postal service may hire retired Letter Carriers as CCAs during the month of December. Are they kidding? Who in their
right mind would walk back into the Post Office as a CCA and be abused by the people they were trying to get away from?  Only in the Post Office!!!!!!!!

Fraternally,
Jim McCullough
President Branch 725


October 8, 2014

Voting for National Officers

Brothers/Sisters,

By now you should have received a ballot from the NALC. I cannot emphasis enough how important it is to vote. You cannot complain if you do not voice your choice for runs the Union at
the National Level. The branch would not infringe on your right to vote for whom you wish, but think before you vote. If you have not received a ballot in the mail, please call the Union Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President


October 8, 2014

Benefit for a Brother

Brothers/Sisters,
A Letter Carrier named Bob Paxson from the Havertown Post Office had a stroke that has left him on a respirator, and in very bad shape. The Letter carriers in Upper Darby/Havertown are
running a benefit for the brother.  The benefit will be held at Tip O'Leary's, located on West Chester Pike (next to Kohl"s) in Havertown.  The date is October 25, 2014, at 8 PM to 11 PM. the
cost of the benefit is $30..00 per person. If you cannot attend you can send donations in care of Michele DeFelice at the Havertown Post Office.  Please keep Bob in your thoughts and
prayers. As always I know that the Brothers/Sisters of Branch 725 will step up.

With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough
President




October 6, 2014

Brothers/Sisters,

The branch has ordered the color coded calendars for 2015.   We will have the calendars at the November meeting in Folsom.  The calendars are $5.00 each.

Thanks,

Jim McCullough
President


October 6, 2014

Brothers/Sisters,






Good news! You will be receiving new scanners. The new scanners will be made available during the time period of November 10 thru November 14, 2014. The new scanners are one piece
and do not need a "phone" attached to it before it works. Lets hope that these scanners work better than the old ones. We will see!

Sincerely,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725


September 19, 2014

Brothers/Sisters,







I am proud to announce that Marty Mills a Letter Carrier in the Springfield/Lansdowne Post Office, has joined the Million Mile Safe Driver award. On behalf of the entire membership of Branch
725, I would like to congratulate Marty for this awesome feat.

With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725  


August 28, 2014

Brothers/Sisters,

Now that the Postal service is starting route inspections in the upcoming weeks, it is very important that you are on the proper operation code. We have talked about you checking your pay
stubs to make sure that all the time that you have worked you are paid for, but don't be fooled, that if Management puts you on different operational codes, you get paid but it effects your
route time  The most common operation codes that takes legitimate route time disappear. Code 743 Carrier Customer Support Activities, Code 354 Standby-Delivery service, Code 782
Training-Delivery service, and code 632 Meeting Time-Delivery Services. If you are on any of these codes you will not receive time credit for your route. I will be sending a copy to your office
a list of operational codes.

Code 743 Carrier Customer Support Services, is used when for example you are reviewing lines of travel after a route adjustments, putting in new case labels.

Code 354 Standby-Delivery Service, is used when you have absolutely have no office or street work to do.

Code 782 Training-Delivery Service, is used when the Carrier is engaged in training activities such as Training on new equipment or are participating on a dry run for inspections.

Code 632, is used for time spent in meetings that don't usual occur on a normal basis such as a adjustment consultation.

Any questions please call the Union Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President NALC Branch 725


August 26, 2014

Shop Stewards,

It has come to my attention that some of the newly converted CCAs are being asked to be fingerprinted again. the Union has no problem with that, but we do have a problem with it done off
the clock. The converted CCAs are being told to report to Lindberg Blvd. off the clock or on their drop day to be fingerprinted, that is not proper.  Shop stewards file a grievance for the time
and the mileage. The grievance will probably be held for a National decision, but you must file so the converted CCA is part of the claim.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725


August 26, 2014

Brothers/Sisters,

On behalf of the entire membership of Branch 725, I would like to congratulate the three brothers from Marcus Hook Post Office for joining the Million Mile Club, Gerry Remaley, Don Wolfe
and Bill Moore. These three brothers all have over thirty years of driving accident free, that is an amazing statistic. The area that these brothers work in is very congested and it is a growing
area.  Be safe and especially be smart.

Again congrats to Gerry, Don and Bill.

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725


July 1, 2014

Brothers/Sisters,

The hot days of summer are now upon us. Please make sure that you are properly hydrated, especially during the hottest part of the day, the afternoon. The Postal service was recently fined
$70,000 by OSHA for the unfortunate death of a Letter Carrier,while working in the heat. If possible park the vehicle under a tree and take every precaution to make sure that you do not suffer
heat stroke, if you feel dizzy, find some shade and drink plenty of liquids.

Be safe and especially be smart.

Fraternally,
Jim McCullough
President Branch 725


July 1, 2014

Attention Shop Stewards,

Management is violating Article 41.2.B.5, in some of our offices. Management is "bumping" CCAs off their hold-downs, contending that they do not have sufficient work to keep the full-time
Letter Carriers working 8 hours in a given day. If Management is paying overtime on a given day how the hell do you not have sufficient work for the full-time Carriers? As usual Management
has a different National Agreement than we have.  Article 41.2.B.5 states "that once an available hold-down position is awarded the opting employee "shall work that duty assignment for its
duration. (JCAM 41-12)".  Bumping is still a last resort.

If you have any questions, please call the Union office. Be alert to this growing problem.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725


July 1, 2014

To all CCAs converted to career status, the Postal service is contending that any CCA regardless if the were TEs prior to becoming a CCA, must go through a new probationary period.
The branch has filed a grievance contending that this is incorrect. A Memorandum of Understanding (M-01826) dated October of 2013, and signed by both the NALC and the USPS, that
states very clearly that a CCA who had serve as a TE and "successfully served as a transitional employee will not have to serve another probationary period.  Unfortunately, the Postal
service will not allow the CCAs to use their annual leave until the probationary period is over. The grievance went to the DRT and was sent to inpasse.
This means that it may go to arbitration.

To all CCAs, do not apply for annual leave, until this issue is resolved.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725


June 12, 2014

Brothers/Sisters,

The Branch has put out a notice to all CCAs who were promoted to career status. The memo states that CCAs will be not approved for annual leave.  The CCAs who are promoted to career
are the ones that will be denied annual leave. The CCAs who remain CCAs may apply for annual leave. This is how absurd the Postal Service's position about this issue. A career employee
cannot get annual leave, but a non-career employee can.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725  
Former President
Jimmy McCullough
Rhonda Massari
President