The Scribe's Corner

By Eric Jackson

October 2020

Southeast Pennsylvania Merged We are enduring unprecedented times in the Post Office. NALC has spent millions of dollars and so many hours trying to bring awareness
to our issues. Then we get a new postmaster general (and all the political ramifications), and voilà, we are the news. Our plight was the No. 1 story nightly. But all of our hard
work did not fall on deaf ears. When the politicians talked, they knew our issues from all of our lobbying efforts. Every customer wants to know our story and blame
anything that happens to us on the current administration in the White House. NALC has asked us to not say negative things about the company online and on camera like
our sister unions. We are still in negotiations for a new contract. NALC chooses to keep those words in-house. And with our union set to go to arbitration for our next
contract, we must be strategic. So please be careful to not get roped into an uncomfortable interview. Our problem has been staffing. Once the pandemic hit, we were not
able to fill positions lost through resignations, removals and retirements. All the while, we started our prime-time vacation period. When we “opened” the country back up,
we had to start training in a social distancing setting (16 CCAs). But the training teams fell victim to retirements and COVID-19 as well. That left only a few teams to train the
new classes. Now, more teams have been trained. We should slowly get our staffing back. In the meantime, we have been challenged by 12-hour days (or more). And routes
not going out for days. But we will get past this. What doesn’t kill us will make us stronger; that is if we don’t kill each other first (LOL).

#StayUnified




September 2020

Southeast Pennsylvania Merged Challenge given; challenge met! 2020 has been one obstacle after another. And the persistence, perseverance and patience of the letter
carriers prevailed once again. Yes, it was tough, but we adjusted and stand at this point ready for the next “thing.” At the beginning of the year, many rumors of the demise
of the Postal Service came to the surface. Then the pandemic hit and shook the whole nation. Projections were that without financial assistance, the company would be
bankrupt by the end of this month. But we went right out and delivered for America. We were hailed as heroes. Ironically, we are still heroes. But you would never know it,
because, as if a switch was flicked, us carriers were vilified again by management. But the new challenge became survival because staffing issues caught up to us, because
of the halt to training new carriers due to COVID-19. So, when training started back up, the stuff already had hit the fan. Offices were starting days with more than 20 routes
down. Parcels built up and routes did not go out. Mail was brought back daily and became a regular occurrence. And then they brilliantly pushed our start times up. But we
pushed through 12-hour days (even on Sundays). Then the 60-hour became relevant. And through all this hard work, we were suddenly not told by management that we
were valuable (at the most apparent time). So, when postmasters and supervisors were forced to carry mail, we knew we had reached an apex. Now, the heat, the soreness
of our bodies, and general discuss with management became secondary to our lack of days off and that thing called an eight-hour day. And through it all, carriers were fired,
quit, retired, and now we are here.

#WeAreReadyForTheNextChallenge

#WeWillAlwaysEndure



August 2020

Imagine this: A pandemic hits the world suddenly and the whole country goes into lock-down mode with only essential-service employees going to and from work with a
paper verifying that they are indeed allowed to be on the streets coming to and from work.  The employees are lauded as heroes because they are putting their lives and
their families' lives at risk.  As time goes by, more and more of these dedicated workers still come to work and most work more to make up for those who are not at work.

Then suddenly (as if overnight the virus went away), management goes back to their same old tactics.  The only thing is, people are still testing positive for the virus weekly.  
President Les Dillman will tell you that most of his calls are still COVID-19 related.  That is, until these management fools turn up their discipline on us.  Please stay focused
and vigilant.  Your health is more important than any games that these weak-minded supervisors may play.

With all that is going on, let us keep our eye on the prize.  Please continue to write/email your members of Congress.  Through these challenging times, NALC has come
through with flying colors, and we all owe a debt of gratitude to President Dillman.  He has exhibited patient leadership with a steady hand.  And kudos also go out to the
executive board and the shop stewards.  But what I am most proud of is our membership.  Together we have endured.  But we are all smart enough to know what comes
next.  They will bring the noise, but we will bring the funk!  We are the ones out there pounding these streets!  And without us, this company is nothing.


July 2020

Happy Fourth of July to all of our proud members.  We are enduring a most trying time in our country.  And letter carriers, along with this great country, are strong.  First, we
adjust, then we excel.  And that's what you've done.

During the pandemic, the greatest threat to our livelihood has been the financial hit taken by the company.  This made the USPS seek funding in the first round of stimulus
funding.  While most private industry received billions, our company was only offered a $10 billion loan.  NALC, along with all your help, went on to lobby Congress for
monies that we deserve be granted, not loaned.  There has been an email / letter-writing campaign daily.  The death scenario was / is that without additional funding, the P.O.
would run out of money by the end of September.  And therefore, all your hard work with political activism is so vital.  Whether you are active or retired, there are scenarios
out there that can have a grave impact on your future.  So, please keep up your good work of writing your representatives when asked by NALC through the NALC Member
App.  If you have not downloaded it to your phone or computer, please do so.  It allows you to stay aware of all things pertaining to your job.

The saving gracer has been parcels.  They are up more than 50 percent.  But parcels alone will not sustain our futures.  You will!  Your work ethic, integrity and political
activism to lobby on our behalf will be key.

So, please understand very clearly, you are the company's most valuable resource.  You are the engine.  You have been our saving grace.  And while "hero" is thrown
around loosely now, your resiliency exemplifies what it means.  Through rain, sleet, snow and the bull*^t management decisions, you endure!



June 2020

I take my hat off to the most loyal, dependable and prideful employees in the world.  Yes, you letter carriers.  What you displayed this past to the world and your customers is
truly admirable!

Thanks to Branch 725 President Les Dillman, this branch has steadied the ship in the most trying time.  Les answered your questions and endured both day/night telecons.  
And if you think those rules were confusing, then ask Les.  He might say yes, but he worked through the initial stages of the pandemic seamlessly.

Also, the stewards did a fantastic job through this trying time.  You exhibited leadership that is to be applauded.  It's not easy to relay the unpleasant that we had to
disseminate.  When we talk about heroes, you are among the elite.

Let's be honest, at any time were you scared?  I was.  But we show the way, not show fear.  I saw no fear in my brethren.  What people showed were intellectual choices.
So many of us support people and family members who have compromising health issues that we had to make choices that place us out of work.  I salute you!  This issue is
no joke.  Death is final.

But through it all, stewards (including myself) had to endure more discipline that was place on carriers.  Some offices had less awareness for the pandemic.  They still
practiced their bu@*$^it!

So, among enduring the travails of life, carriers had to endure the travails of the Postal Service.  For that, you are to be applauded.  Because we all know what that means.

That's why this executive board serves you.  We have been and will be there for you until the end.

Let's use this as a steppingstone rather than a boulder!

You held this country together!

#UnityPrevailsThroughChallenges

Eric Jackson, Branch 725



May 2020

Thank you! I can’t express that strong enough to you. This past month has been one of the most challenging times in the history of this country. And the letter carriers took
heroic steps daily to keep this country going. This scenario has been talked about for years and you passed with flying colors! You not only have diligently come to work,
but you have bravely done it while adjusting to the most unforeseen of circumstances. The NALC led the way and quickly pressured the USPS to provide supplies for our
safety and that measures were taken to help contribute to your safety at the same time.

But it is your patience, understanding, and pride that allowed us to push through the current challenge. You did it through the anthrax scares. You do it every day in the
most severe of situations. So, just know your value. You are heroes! You are the bridge that allows our country to get through this trying time.

A huge challenge has been managing rumors. They often are the enemy of progress. The NALC/USPS put out a series of MOUs that set policy in how we were to move
forward in this demanding time. They were all geared toward the protection of the letter carriers (their safety, benefits, and welfare). Your President Les Dillman worked
tirelessly (taking calls from NALC leadership well into the night). The result was that our branch was well prepared to handle the daily barrage of information.

Unfortunately, this still didn’t deter some managers/supervisors from acting like fools. But they know not what they do. Let’s forgive them for their ignorance where
perpetrated. Because if you can’t be understanding and unified in purpose at this time then when?
In the end, It’s you! Thank you!!!!!

#LetterCarriersAreUniquelyStrong        #TheWholeCountryIsCountingOnUs!

Eric Jackson, Branch 725




April 2020

Safety! It’s a major priority in the district. The NALC will never disagree with an emphasis being placed on safety. After all, article 14 of the National Agreement addresses
safety. Simply put, we want our members to have a lasting and safe experience while at work and beyond. The problem comes with management. They always go too far to
make their point. This is when discipline comes into the picture. Many members are being taken off the clock (placed in a non-pay status) when found by management to not
be following safety rules. The #1 issue is earbuds and seatbelts. It sounds simple but our members seem to be cutting corners. But in doing so, we can be cutting our lives.
The seatbelts work. But until it happens to someone close to us, we seem to think “not us”. Let’s change this way of thinking.

Elsewhere, our greatest challenge has been attendance. But it directly ties to staffing. Many of our members have been so worn out due to so much work that they break
down or wear down. The challenge has been unscheduled absences. Please be careful when calling out sick to stay away from social media. Believe it or not, that has been
a major problem. We have been battling every attendance discipline but eventually they are removed. So, when a carrier talks about calling out for not the “right” reasons,
we must give them tough love and good advice. It sounds hokey, but when a member is removed, it seems to take away a piece of that shop steward that worked harder to
save the carrier’s job than they seemed to have.

I would like to thank every member who appeared in the February Postal Record for their contributions to the LCPF!  

#LetsNotBeAprilFools

Eric Jackson, Branch 725




March 2020

Hot Issues! These are the things that management places their laser focus on at the time. Please stop by our branch meetings the 1st Wednesday of every month to hear in
more detail. I’ve placed an emphasis on this in the reports to the membership at our meetings because it may help you understand why your offices feel like they are under
attack. But please understand one thing; every office in the country is “under attack”. Its just the new approach at the higher levels that management has been taking.

Attendance. The focus is for obvious reasons. But the union disagrees with management’s discipline 1st policy on every issue. They are having weekly attendance reviews
at the district level. On the telecons, they are ordered to discipline carriers for absences. The problem is that any discipline must be for just cause. And while we are doing
great in defending our brethren, we have lost some carriers due to exceptionally bad attendance records. Now, they are trying to write people up for only a few occurrences.
Please be careful.

Safety. The district manager has made a new year’s resolution to reduce accidents in the district by 50%. This is a VERY lofty goal. The union would be first in line to reduce
accidents of any type by 100%. We would only differ in the tactics used negatively against us and any discipline used to meet their goals.

While these hot issues are very valid and need to be addressed, the NALC prefers a more broad-based approach to reduction of employee absences and safety accidents.
Neither of these issues are necessarily the fault of the carrier. Let’s work together!

#IfYouWorkLongExhaustingHoursYouWillBreakDown!

#WorkHarderToGetCarriersToBuyIntoSafety-NotDisciplineOrEmbarassment

We have started our annual Letter Carrier Political Fund Drive. In an election year, it’s most impactful.

Eric Jackson, Branch 725  




January 2020

Happy New Year! The Executive Board and I wish you and your families good health and prosperity in the coming year.

For those of you that have not heard, Rhonda Massari retired as Branch President effective December 31, 2019. So, it gives me great pleasure to address the membership in
this first scribe article for the year.

I would like to thank Rhonda for all that she has not only done for the branch but what she has done for me personally. She has served this branch as President for the last
four years but also served the NALC for over 30 years. While I’ll be sad to see her go, life must go on for the branch. Fortunately, we planned for this day. We have trained
our next generation of leaders well. And now it’s time for them to step up. But again, thank you Rhonda! I always said, “you are the big sister I never had” and you said “you
are the little brother I never wanted (LOL). Thanks again for making this transition somewhat seamless for the branch.
I also would like to thank two other board members who retired during this past year. Bill Mellon and Gerry Gallagher. Your many years of dedication to this branch will be
missed.

I have appointed Eric Jackson as my Vice President. Colleen Haynes will be moving into Eric’s former position as Branch Treasurer. Also, Ed Donahue will be filling Colleen’
s former position as Branch Trustee. With this newly formed executive board, I’m confident we will move into the future with the strength and stability that the membership
deserves.

I am aware of all the challenges that we face as a branch. But together we move without fear!

Great things happen when people work together.

Les Dillman, President Branch 725



December 2019

Happy holidays from the Executive Board of Branch 725. While this month is a busy one for all of us, let’s focus on the most important thing… our families. From
Thanksgiving through the new year, these times reenergize us for all the challenges that we face.  But none of this means anything if you don’t have anyone to share it with.

Our Union family continues to grow and prosper. There are always members retiring just as the new CCA is hired. Visiting different offices, I am noticing the ever-changing
landscape. But I look at it as growth and opportunity. These new members represent a chance to be taught the traditions and integrity that it takes to be a letter carrier.

And for all that the future will bring, we have so many to thank. Thanks to all our valued stewards. They do the thankless job daily. To our President Rhonda Massari, Thank
you! You have given us so much. To our executive board, you do so much to make this branch function. And you provide the framework from which our success
springboards. The members give us inspiration. Without you, there is no purpose for existence. But mostly, I am thankful for the NALC. The all-encompassing organization
that brilliantly guides us. Their tireless work should never go unnoticed! They do so many things concurrently that we tend to take them for granted. Let us not forget that
we are still in negotiation for a new contract. Those very negotiations are well planned and strategized to set the union up for years to come. And through them we have
benefitted immensely. But let us not forget our beloved retirees. You have done it. You have shown us the way.

But our greatest asset is our unity!

#NoIOnlyWe         #Let’sLeadWithLove

Eric Jackson, Branch 725



November 2019

Thanks to everyone who voted in this round of elections! Your concern and intellectual investment in not only your community but also your branch sets you apart from the
others. Our next action is to “convince” others to get involved in the process. I believe every vote counts, and that those very individuals can count tenfold when we realize
that they talk to their family and friends about issues important to them. For the NALC, the issues are those that relate to our jobs. The NALC does not support any party but
instead supports individuals who best serve our interests.

Congratulations to those elected by our branch to serve on the executive board for the 2019-2021 term. And now, as we organize for the business of the branch, we refocus
on our mission to serve the membership and uphold the contract between the NALC-USPS.  For those not elected we say, “there are no losers in a Branch 725 election”. By
running, you have shown that you CARE enough to get involved. And THANK YOU for your participation.

This all contrasts with Postal Management refocusing their energy on letter carriers because of their financial situation. In a recent meeting at the area level, management
stated that they can save money by “going after letter carriers”. Please be aware that they will engage you with more demands and tactics to intimidate you into skipping
breaks, lunches, and using “pivots” as a vehicle to do this. Nothing new right? Please use your form 3996 and phone calls to meet our obligation to notify them when we are
unable to complete our assignments. Our fight never ends.  

Congratulations to Les Dillman and Joe Pease on completing the NALC Advanced OWCP training.

Stay safe, stay vigilante, and most importantly, stay #725STRONG.

Eric Jackson, Branch 725


October 2019

Sometimes we must look in the mirror. That time is now!  The NALC is in negotiations for your next contract. That fight looks to be a long and arduous one. But at the same
time, Postal Management has made their intentions very clear (discipline).

Some of our offices are up for inspection. Les Dillman is running training for EVERY office that will be inspected. He invites any carrier to attend (even if your office is not
inspected). This training has resulted in great benefit to our branch. The numbers bare out that people who attend these trainings do better during the actual inspections.
Attendance and safety have been our Achilles heel lately. While most of you do such a great job with these issues, we are in a “crisis” mode! And we are asking our family to
look out for one another. One of the best forms of love is touch love! We must put out the word that we are not holding up our end of the bargain. The result has been our
brethren losing their jobs for attendance, and so many more being “taken off the clock’ (yes that means fired until we can hopefully get them back) for safety (i.e. earbuds,
no seatbelts, etc.).

The district has been out and pulling people off the clock for being out of uniform, wrong footwear, etc. Yes, they are sending a message! But being a proud letter carrier
encompasses all those things. We should look professional, act professional, and work safely. And we damn sure never condone carriers doing embarrassing things like
throwing away mail! We are proud, professionals who are the best at what we do. Let’s keep OUR standards high. And while management sucks, we can’t let their inferiority
permeate our family.

#TakeControlOfOurDestiny          #EachOneTeachOne

Eric Jackson, Branch 725   


September 2019

Bye bye summer! Your dedication is applauded. This summer recorded two of the hottest months recorded in history. But letter carriers always endure. That is why our
branch is working harder than ever for the membership. Imagine this; during the aforementioned heat of the summer postal management has quietly declared war against
us. The numbers don’t lie. Everyone sees all the driver observations, write ups for expansion of street time, etc.

Imagine this; you give us floor talks about hydration and the negative effects of heat exhaustion/stroke. But then when we work safely, you write us up knowing very well
that the discipline is not for merit. We obviously will need more comfort stops from drinking fluids. Ironically, comfort stops are also meant to serve us to get our body
temperature down in the event of heat issues. I personally know of many carriers who had to go to the hospital and miss days of work because we ignored our heat related
symptoms. But the crime by management is that they talk out both sides of their mouth when they tell us to be safe, but carriers hear that others are being disciplined. And
don’t forget, they only “care” when a carrier dies on the job. This latest “concern” is a result of another letter carrier’s death.

We must do better regarding attendance. The district is very hot on this issue. And frankly speaking, we have not done well. We are losing jobs due to our unscheduled
absences. There is a point where us calling out sick (be it for a legitimate reason or not) will result in removal. So please be careful. Attendance, and those damn earbuds will
be the death of us if we don’t be more careful.

We are proud letter carriers!

#LetsMakeOurForfathersProud

Eric Jackson, Branch 725


August 2019

Thank you! Thanks for being the best at what you do. Our district has been very aggressive towards us (especially considering our recent bad financial quarter). But they
always act as if it’s us. The truth is we are better than we’ve ever been. But our workforce is changing at the same pace as the management staff.

But the new carriers face unprecedented challenges. With DPS, FSS, low mail volume, and a lack of guidance from management our CCAs take longer to catch on to this
very challenging job. That’s where I’m asking all of us to continue to nurture them into professional carriers. One of the most important things we can stress to them is the
importance of coming to work. Our job requires staffing. And the district has put an emphasis on attendance. They are now trying to make lateness an occurrence equal to
missing the whole day.

They are also focusing on “stationary time”. Please be careful. They are always watching us. But we are resilient. We will endure. But we don’t want to give them the
satisfaction of disciplining us and ultimately having us lose our precious jobs. Let’s pay special attention to the earbuds too. If we make these adjustments, maybe
management can focus on something other than us!  

On June 19th, Branch 725 participated in the Variety Club Camp for MDA. This camp is provided for kids with Muscular Dystrophy. It’s a chance for them to participate in fun
times with other kids like them. At the urging of President Massari, our branch participated for the second year in a row. Les Dillman, Barbara Kearney, Beth Lloyd, Joseph
Pease, and I gave of our time to volunteer for these kids. But I think WE all benefitted more!

#LookOutForYourBrother/Sister     #KnowYourWorth    #RespectYourselfAndOthers  

Eric Jackson, Branch 725


July 2019

Happy July! A month that signifies heat, fireworks, and independence. The temperature is real this time of year. We must do our best to stay hydrated through these “dog
days”. The threat of heat exhaustion and heat stroke are real. Have you noticed the PO’s emphasis on hydration lately? Yes, because it has had a negative affect on their
bottom line. But that makes it more offensive that they would turn up the “heat” on the carriers at this time of the year. Carriers are being harassed on the street as well as
the office this summer to make numbers that are unrealistic. In fact, these numbers are so unrealistic that they have to be shoved down our throats. Now does this
aggressive approach make sense when the heat is at record highs? How are we to drink more to stay hydrated and not have to have more comfort stops.
And how about the comfort stop to cool down your body temperature when you face symptoms of heat related illness? The PO’s actions never match their words.

With the new aggressive approach by management (couched as cost saving measures), their actions are consistent with fireworks because they are causing people’s lives
to explode (metaphorically). We should not have to put up with this.

The independence that this month represents is apropos. We still have control of our actions. They can try and pick at us with their tactics, etc., but the overriding notion is
that if we do the right thing, they will be working hard only to get an empty result. And you know that they don’t like to work. This is our reality, so complaining only serves to
make us feel better, but it does not help our existence.

So, stay strong and united.

Eric Jackson, Branch 725


June 2019

The best days of branch 725 are yet to come. I know that sounds odd but that is the attitude we all must have if we are to get where we need to go as a branch. We must stay
hungry and work harder and (more importantly) smarter in order to serve our members in this ever-changing USPS.

Last month, Vice-President Les Dillman held a class at the Coatesville PO for our members for their full inspection. The training was well attended.  The subject matter
addressed almost every aspect of the process. If you have ever talked to Les, you know he has a passion for route inspection. His knowledge and experience greatly benefit
Branch 725. Kudos to the members who attended. Management has made no bones about it that they are coming for routes. And in this environment of reactionary and
alarmist management we have to fight for what’s ours. #Fthem!  

We had another successful fundraiser for MDA at our annual event. The fellowship and family fun reign second only to the money raised for MDA. Great job by the events
committee (chaired by Colleen Haynes. Members are Shirley Hagner, Joseph Pease, Steven Curry, Belinda Tridente, and Joe Benning). The upcoming Phillies outing
promises to be another chance to share time together as a family. The Phillies game proceeds benefit the Branch scholarship fund.

We also held an event organized by NALC Leadership Academy class #24 member Beth Lloyd to reach out to our CCAs. It was a big hit and well attended. Our future rests
on the backs of our CCAs. We will continue to invest in their growth because the next branch leaders will move forward from the seeds of knowledge that we plant amongst
them.

But currently, our focus remains on you!   
Eric Jackson, Branch 725        


May 2019

Thanks to all who attended the retiree’s luncheon on April 11, 2019. It’s always nice to break bread and have fellowship with our highly valued members.

President Massari always said “our routes are being inspected daily”. The USPS is always looking at the numbers. They instantly try to take out routes when given the
opportunity. So, when our routes are “overly pivoted’ daily, these opportunities are created. This ends up costing us routes. And when bad financial numbers come in for
the quarter, the super squeeze commences. But we all know that when routes need to be put in offices, they drag their feet. This has always been the approach. So, we
must take advantage in those circumstances with our other options (271-g special count inspections) if it benefits us.

The prevailing thought has always been that full-blown inspections were too much of a risk. But our branch has always left it up to the carriers in their offices to decide. But
now, the PO is just coming in for the inspection with no pre-walks in some cases. My office just underwent an inspection. In retrospect, I agree with all the retirees who said
“years ago we used to do inspections yearly. And it taught us how to walk routes better”. This notion could not be truer. While and inspection is uncomfortable, it’s nothing
to FEAR. We provide training (if needed) and guidance from Vice-President Les Dillman. And we have an aggressive disposition. Basically, let’s fight for ourselves, for our
routes.

The best thing we have going is each other. The more that management gets us arguing or disrespecting one another, the more they negatively affect our union.  It doesn’t
matter what we face. Rest assure, we will face it together and directly.

#NextStopContractNegotiations #EachOneHelpOne #PowerInNumbers

Eric Jackson, Branch 725


April 2019

While the most apparent fight that our members face is the day-to-day “battles” with management on the workroom floor, the NALC is fighting for you on all fronts.  So, as
we move through these challenging times let’s be mindful of how each of our letter carriers play a vital role in the future prosperity of the NALC.

The national leaders are gearing up for negotiations for our next contract. So, if you get a survey from the NALC, please give them your feedback as they are gathering
information for a possible arbitration (if needed) to settle the next contract.

Many national level grievances are always in the works. In the last contract more attention was payed to the workroom floor issues that may arise. That will continue. Those
very issues are also being addressed at the regional level through training that takes place at the regional rap sessions. Your stewards sacrifice their time to get essential
training to help you. But none of us are perfect. We need our members to help us help them.

We are always vulnerable to attendance because its finite. We were there or not. We were late or not. Management is seeking removal for almost anything now. So please be
careful. And stay the hell off social media if we have called out!

The most IMPORTANT thing right now is our contributions to the Letter Carrier Political Fund (LCPF). The best thing that the NALC has going is its relationships with our
elected officials. With the simple stroke of a pen, most of our long fought for rights can be gone! Consequently, most of the ideas that are proposed yearly would cost us so
much more than our chosen contributions. I respectfully implore you to contribute.

Branch 725 will always fight!


March 2019

While driving home from jury duty last month, I stumbled onto a short but esoteric conversation with President Rhonda Massari. After having sat through a long trial, I
expressed the impact that we have on the USPS as unionists. For three weeks I served while handling a union situation in between breaks, and during lunch because I
(obviously) couldn’t have my phone on in court.

But this is what union officials do daily. We are so used to doing five things at once that sometimes we forget how much we matter. You may not think your steward is
“great”. But He/she is doing their best. Or you may not get the answer that you would like, but when you compare us to any union in the country, the NALC is the very best.
We practically hold this company up just by our pride, determination and love for our members. That same pride is sometimes crushed by management when their lack of
foresight and insistence on a management-by-numbers style conflicts with our realities. Let’s keep fighting, scratching, and most of all, staying unified in the face of our
daily adversities. But it’s the members who inspire us!

Much of the years long work that culminated in our new contract is working its way to our members. The CCA back-pay was recently paid. While money is usually the focus
in a contract. All the “other” provisions that lead us to getting more money and a better quality of life must be enforced. The fool’s brigade (postal management) are always
looking for a few sellouts, lazy, and soulless people to do their bidding. But at some point, we must ask ourselves “are they getting dumber or are we getting more educated
to their BS?”

Congratulations to Richard Murphy on his completion of the national branch officer's training

#LearnAndApplyYourLearning#TeachAndApplyYourTeachings

Eric Jackson, Branch 725


January 2019

Best wishes for the upcoming year go out to each member.

Your resiliency has shown it’s face again. Up against the new “aggressive management” you have endured what weak people would crumble from. This new style of
management first spoke of by USPS Postmaster General, Megan Brennan has filtered its way down. They are using the route adjustment team to go to “underperforming
offices” and do what they are supposed to do per the handbooks and manuals. However, if they say or do things to us that infringes on our dignity and respect (while doing
their “aggressive management”) then they are violating the same handbooks, and manuals that are covered under the contract.

The very supervisors and upper managers who prey on some of our members inexperience are the very same ones who internally envy us. How many times have you
heard references to the money we are making? How many times have they judged us in saying something so wrong contractually? The level of ignorance is appalling! But
they still look down on craft workers. In fact, this whole “crackdown” on letter carriers and references to us the being in ANY way the problem with this company is absurd!
They want to make our money, but they don’t want to put in the hard work that we do. Why? Because that’s why they went into management (to sit on their asses and
criticize what they couldn’t do).

But YOU must know your worth. You are the backbone of this company. You do amazing things daily better than all your competitors. And the thanks we get can ONLY
come from our peers. So, thank you family! You had an amazing year. And your national union is already at work on your next contract.

#TeachTheCcas #StayUnified #LetterCarriersRock


December 2018

Thanks to everyone who voted in this round of elections! Your concern and intellectual investment in not only your community but also your branch sets you apart from the
others.   Our next action is to “convince” others to get involved in the process. I believe every vote counts, and that those very individuals can count tenfold when we realize
that they talk to their family and friends about issues important to them. For the NALC, the issues are those that relate to our jobs. The NALC does not support any party but
instead supports individuals who best serve our interests.

Congratulations to those elected by our branch to serve on the executive board for the 2019-2021 term. And now, as we organize for the business of the branch, we refocus
on our mission to serve the membership and uphold the contract between the NALC-USPS.  For those not elected we say, “there are no losers in a Branch 725 election”. By
running, you have shown that you CARE enough to get involved. And THANK YOU for your participation.

This all contrasts with Postal Management refocusing their energy on letter carriers because of their financial situation. In a recent meeting at the area level, management
stated that they can save money by “going after letter carriers”. Please be aware that they will engage you with more demands and tactics to intimidate you into skipping
breaks, lunches, and using “pivots” as a vehicle to do this. Nothing new right? Please use your form 3996 and phone calls to meet our obligation to notify them when we are
unable to complete our assignments. Our fight never ends.

Congratulations to Les Dillman and Joe Pease on completing the NALC Advanced OWCP training.
Stay safe, stay vigilante, and most importantly, stay #725STRONG.


November 2018

Many chants were yelled at the top of our voices in unison as Branch 725 was among the many union members (and their families) who came out last Columbus Day to rally
against the privatization of the postal service. Along with the overt attack on the whole labor movement, the Trump administration is considering privatizing the U.S. Postal
Service. At risk are residents, businesses and organizations that rely on the most cost-efficient postal service in the western world.

The rally has effects that most of us don’t even think about. One, is to energize us on the ground floor activism level. Two, is public visibility. And thirdly, the exchange of
discourse between the politicians and those who help get them elected. For me it was inciteful walking side-by-side with congressman/women and talking/laughing as
equals as we marched down the street. Also, it’s always nice seeing friends in the union movement that we have known for over 20 years. The moral is when we let our
guards down and talk with common interests, we can move mountains. I’m so proud!

Another surprise I got was on my way to my car, a man at a newsstand asked me “what was that all about”. What followed was a conversation between me, him and the lady
working the stand. We discussed the postal issues, and what we were rallying for. To my surprise, the lady advocated so much for letter carriers that I only needed to add
some facts and perspective. She “loved what the speakers had to say”.  Yes, they love us! Why wouldn’t they?

#WeHaveToFightForOurRights #KeepOurFeetOnTheirNecks

This past month our branch also held another retiree seminar which NBA David Napadano attended. Later in the month, we enjoyed the great company of our retirees at our
semi-annual luncheon.


October 2018

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  


September 2018

Congratulations! It’s another long, hot summer of great letter carrier service to our customers.  We must never sell ourselves short. The amount of dedication and
perseverance that we display daily is not a common thing.

We returned last month from another successful convention energized. So, if you were thinking, “oh, management is not so bad. I like my supervisor”. The latest thing
going on is that the postal service is under siege across the country for stealing letter carrier money. That’s right, changing clock rings to not only take away letter carrier
penalty time, but also overtime and to meet manufactured time lines. As usual, the NALC has addressed this. The NALC is putting out booklets out to keep track of your
time. It’s just that simple! Like old times. But they are also putting out an app that will allow you to track your time worked. From my perspective, NALC president Fred
Rolando has had his hand on the pulse of what is going on daily with us. If you just search “USPS stealing time” you will see what is going on around the country. The
NALC will always be at the forefront of attacking, exposing, and the result has also been JAILING some of these fools. And many years ago, we got training at a national
convention on management stealing time. We ALWAYS must be vigilante.

The other big highlight of the convention was our brother Bill Mellon presenting branch 725’s MDA contribution of $6,000 to the body. This meant a lot to us because we
love Bill so much.

If you notice, all our gains are through the grievance/arbitration process. The power of a grievance is immeasurable. Just like the power of binding arbitration.
#TheFightNeverEnds

The next retiree luncheon is October 18, 2018.


July 2018

About six months ago I received an email that contained an attachment with the training that management had for attendance.  Many of us had heard that this training had
taken place.  Upon going over it, I observed generalities that basically said how to get us on attendance but also had protections for the company or “outs” for management
to rely on should their people go too far in applying the rules against us.

We know that attendance is high on their list every year.  The surprise is that they have had success in this incarnation.  We have had some carriers fired for attendance
lately and many others put up for removal.  But I say this now only to say that this can’t be taken lightly.  When someone’s job is on the line, we lose sleep!  The union has
always told members that attendance is one of the few things that will get us fired simply because it is an absolute thing.  It’s easy to prove that you had an unscheduled
absence.  Now, lateness has been exaggerated, and along with unscheduled absences, presents some of our most challenging fights in the grievance process.  So, please
be careful.  Consult your steward on all your rights.  But particularly as it relates to attendance.

This brings me to an interview that I recently read with Postmaster General Megan Brennan.  In the article she stated that the post office would be employing “aggressive
management”.  What does that mean?  Well, we can put it all together when the top postal executive speaks in these terms, we can think back to what is currently
happening.  So, please be careful and understand that we are one of a few companies where most of the employees know more than the people “managing” them.

#StayAwareAndBeSafe   #BeProudToBeALetterCarrier


June 2018

It’s that time of the year. Not letter carrier appreciation season. No, it’s nice weather, so the fleas that we call management take time out to drive around and “observe” us
doing our job. Sure, we are not perfect, but we are the best thing going in the USPS.

But this shouldn’t surprise us. First, we get a new district manager. Then a new head POOM. Then a new temporary POOM to fill that position. This is followed by very inept
supervisors moving around into positions that they have twice as much responsibility as the ones they were failing miserably at in the first place. And the 204Bs???.

The tactics employed by this new group are obvious and mean spirited. Let’s look; first they count at least two routes per week for no reason but to intimidate. Then they
add MSP points to every route (after a promise was made to the NALC that the MSPs would be eliminated). Next, they put out an edict to “super pivot” on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, and Saturdays (because these are supposed to be “light days”). What ever happened to “load leveling? This goes on and on. But now it seems like they are
attempting to limit steward time (imagine that). And oh, it seems that the bidding process has suddenly gotten screwed up as well. Stewards are even having to fight for
documents to investigate grievances. It seems apparent that these things are not a coincidence. But guess what? We are just better, smarter, and more persistent than
them. Let’s support our stewards and executive board.

Over time, all these issues will be rectified. And that’s a tribute to all of US! #StayStrongStayUnited

The branch is sponsoring a Phillies outing on July 1, 2018. Please call the office for information.


May 2018

We recently attended the 2018 Pennsylvania State Association’s Congressional Breakfast. While our political activity is year-round, going down to talk to them face-to-face
is always rewarding and impactful. While there, we always get a chance to “rap” with the national officers in an informal session. To no one’s surprise, one of the most
startling things we heard was that after we signed the last national agreement, Postal management acted as if they misunderstood some of the things we had already
agreed to. Imagine that, the USPS going back on their word. This sums up the character of the people that we deal with daily. So, on the lowest level to the highest, the B.S.
factor remains the same. But the point that I want to focus on most is that the NALC filed grievances on the disagreements that we had with management.

We must take the business first approach when it comes to our disagreements with management. Unlike management, we can walk and chew gum at the same time. To do
that, we must help one another with first employing basic communications. The branch is still having too many occurrences of carriers receiving discipline and not notifying
their stewards. Please help us help you! YOU are the reason we are here, so let’s work together to defend ourselves against these new, 204bs, temporary POOMs, OICs, etc.
These are all people trying to make their names on our backs. To challenge and fight any injustices placed upon us, we need everyone looking out for one another. It can be
that simple!

We had a good turnout last month at both the retirement seminar, and the retirement luncheon and the MDA fundraiser and…

Please tell all members about the Branch 725 Scholarship Fund!!! For information ask your steward.


April 2018

Our branch recently attended the 2018 region 12 Rap Session in Atlantic City. The event was well attended by our leaders and stewards. In fact, our very own Colleen
Haynes taught a few classes and represented this branch very well. Why were we there? To add to our knowledge base through intensive training. While the USPS has
made a recent emphasis on training, our focus has never stopped. Think about it. The best way to reinvest in ourselves is to gain more knowledge and understanding of the
contract and the union way of doing things. One goal is better labor/management relations and more dignity and respect for our members.

The reality is the next wave of management has arrived. And they are more “green” than ever. Fortunately, there is nothing that we are not prepared for. But to help our
members at the lowest level we must remain vigilante because the “idiot” factor will always remain in effect. One of the latest incarnations is they are coming after our use of
sick leave. We negotiate in good faith, sign an agreement, and then some newly hired management type comes to the labor division and “tries” to reinvent the wheel.
Remember a long time ago it was “abuse of sick leave”, then came “not regular in attendance (WTF is that???)”, then “deems desirable list”. But let’s not hate on them for
trying. Lets’ wake up and not be afraid to exercise our rights! These parameters are set forth in the ELM. So, until that changes, we should not let them intimidate us.

The big picture is that we are doing great. Our fight is a one-minute-at-a-time thing. Let’s stay unified. And the best gift you can give this union is to help a CCA become a
“MAILMAN”!


March 2018

While driving home from jury duty last month, I stumbled onto a short but esoteric conversation with President Rhonda Massari. After having sat through a long trial, I
expressed the impact that we have on the USPS as unionists. For three weeks I served while handling a union situation in between breaks, and during lunch because I
(obviously) couldn’t have my phone on in court.

But this is what union officials do daily. We are so used to doing five things at once that sometimes we forget how much we matter. You may not think your steward is
“great”. But He/she is doing their best. Or you may not get the answer that you would like, but when you compare us to any union in the country, the NALC is the very best.
We practically hold this company up just by our pride, determination and love for our members. That same pride is sometimes crushed by management when their lack of
foresight and insistence on a management-by-numbers style conflicts with our realities. Let’s keep fighting, scratching, and most of all, staying unified in the face of our
daily adversities. But it’s the members who inspire us!

Much of the years long work that culminated in our new contract is working its way to our members. The CCA back-pay was recently paid. While money is usually the focus
in a contract. All the “other” provisions that lead us to getting more money and a better quality of life must be enforced. The fool’s brigade (postal management) are always
looking for a few sellouts, lazy, and soulless people to do their bidding. But at some point, we must ask ourselves “are they getting dumber or are we getting more educated
to their BS?”

Together we stand….. #EaglesAndNalcAreWorldChamps!


January 2018

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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