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The President's Report

by Jim McCullough




December 17, 2008

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

I am writing to you ask your help for a fellow Union Brother, who is need of our help. The Brother's name is Tom Halloran and he is a Letter Carrier from Sharon Hill Post Office. Tom has been an active member of Branch 725 for many years and is the Shop Steward in Sharon Hill.

Brother Halloran has a wife and children and some of his children are in college. Tom has a degenerative joint disease which has temporarily rendered him incapable of working as a Letter Carrier for the near future.

Tom is asking for the Brothers/Sisters of the NALC and any Postal worker to donate annual leave to Tom to him so that he can recover from his ailment and return to work.

His family really needs your donations to make sure that they keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.

Brothers/Sisters this family needs our help.

I know over the last couple of weeks I have asked you for help for Brothers/Sisters, in the branch. Whenever a Brother/Sister ever has problems the membership has always stepped up to the plate. I am positive this time will be no different.

If you can not give a donation, I ask you one more thing; please keep Tom and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough
President

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December 12, 2008

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

Let me be the first to wish you and your families the happiest of times during the holidays. I know I speak for the entire Executive Board of Branch 725 in extending to you and yours a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

I know a lot of things are going on around you and your offices. The Postal Service is going through some very hard times, exactly what the economy of the country is going through. I hope that the New Year and the new President brings back the prosperity to the country and more importantly to the Postal Service.

Again, my personal best wishes for the holidays to all of the dedicated Brothers/Sisters of Branch 725, and thank you for the support that you gave me during this very trying year.

Have a merry and safe holiday season.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough
President

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November 12, 2008

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

On behalf of the Executive Board of Branch 725, I would like to wish all of you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving day. As I have stated in previous memos, it has been a tough year for the Letter Carriers throughout the area, but there is always something to be positive about.

Last month the Letter Carriers received the largest cost of living raise in history and at the end of this month the Letter carriers will receive a 1.9% contractual raise. More importantly, I hope that you and your family are in good health. We have some of our Brothers/Sisters who are not in the best of health during the holiday season keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

As President of this Branch, I am thankful to all of you for your support during the year. Sometimes, it gets tough because of some of the policies and decisions that have to be made at both the National and local levels. Here's hoping that you and your families have a wonderful holiday season.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough
President

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November 6, 2008

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

The holidays are quickly approaching and the time of giving thanks for what we have is upon us. Unfortunately, we have a Union Brother that needs our help. His name is Gerry Kelly and he is a letter carrier out of the Media office. He has been diagnosed as having stage 4 colon cancer and this horrible disease has become a financial burden on his family.

Brother Kelly is a 42 year old man who is married and is the father of two beautiful daughters.

The Media letter carriers are running a benefit for Gerry on Sunday, December 7, 2008 at the Knights of Columbus on Baltimore Pike is Springfield. The time is from 4pm to 8pm. The price of the tickets are $25.00 per person and you can order the tickets by sending checks payable to Benefit for Gerry Kelly 122 Barbara Dr. Springfield, Pa. 19064. You may also buy tickets at the door.

Brothers/Sisters this family needs our help. At the present time he has enough sick and annual leave to see him clear for the immediate future. What the family needs are donations. If you can not attend the benefit on December 7, you can send a donation to Benefit for Gerry Kelly c/o Commerce Bank 212 E. Lancaster Ave. Wayne, Pa. 19087.

As a member of this fine Branch for over 36 years and it's proud President for the last 5 years, whenever a Brother/Sister ever had problems the membership has always stepped up to the plate. I am positive this time will be no different.

If you can not attend of give a donation, I ask you one more thing; please keep Gerry and his family in your prayers.

Please make the holidays for the Kelly family a HAPPY OCCASION!!!

Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough
President

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October 12, 2008

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

I know the past year has not been a good time for the Postal Service and more importantly for my Letter Carriers in Branch 725. the falling mail volume in most offices and the reverting of routes throughout the entire area has taken its toll on everybody. As President of the branch it is extremely difficult to see the amount of the routes in the Branch diminishing. I understand why the members of the Branch are upset as to what is transpiring, and the way it is happening, but unfortunately the Postal Service is in dire straits, and changes need to be made. I wish that I could give you something that is positive regarding your jobs as Letter Carriers, but the one thing that I will not do as President is to lie to the membership. Things may get bleaker before it gets better.

President-elect Obama will not be the miracle cure for what ails the Postal Service. Hopefully, he will help the middle class people in this country and be pro-labor, but he is not the silver bullet that some people believe him to be. The Postal Service is bleeding money and is heavily in the red. One person cannot fix the Postal Service and if it is fixable it will take time.

In the near future your office may be visited by the "route inspection team". I ask all the Brothers/Sisters to be courteous and act professionally to them. All they are doing is following the MOU that was approved by the National parties. the NALC representatives will do everything within the MOU to protect the offices that you work in. DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER!!!

If you have any questions regarding this issue, please call the union office at (610)461-8333.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough
President

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September 12, 2008

RE: Article 12 Withholding-USPSNortheast Area Flat Sequencing Sorters (FSS) Northwest Boston Installation

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

The Article 12-Withholding that is in effect at this time covers every office in Branch 725's area. The USPS has estimated that 1787 Letter Carrier Grade 1 (Q1) and Grade 2 (Q2) may be impacted by this FSS implementation. This area covers 500 mile radius from the Northwest Boston Installation. The NALC will be meeting with the USPS to discuss their estimates and the 500 mile radius.

Brothers/Sisters this is not good news for our letter carriers not only in our branch but thoughout the entire area. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning of what is to come. When the FSS machines come to this area the whole process will begin again.

If you have any questions regarding this issue, please call the union office. I will try to answer your concerns.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough
President

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August 6, 2008

RE: Article 12 Principles of Seniority, Posting and Reassignments

Dear Shop Stewards,

Effective immediately Region 12 is under Article 12 for the forseeable future. This does not mean that vacant routes are not to be posted. If you are in a bidding process now, the process will continue. When the bidding stops, the route(s) that are left vacant will become residual and can be bid for hold-downs by the PTF's in your facility.

All T-6 jobs must be filled with regular Letter Carriers, so if you have a T-6 position that becomes vacant, then a PTF must be made regular.

The reason Article 12 has been implemented is that there are over one hundred (100) clerks that have been excessed in the Philadelphia area. I know that the PFT's in your office will be upset, but hopefully this Article 12 does not last long.

If you have any questions regarding this issue, please call the Union office.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough
President

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July 30, 2008

RE: OPF SEARCH

Dear Brother/Sister,

Please find on your bulletin board or with your Shop Steward a form letter made up by this office that you may use to check your Official Personnel file (OPF). You and only you are entitled to and should periodically check your OPF for items that should have been expunged from the file.

Under ARTICLE 16 DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE of the National Agreement Section 16.10, you must request in writing to the installation head to check your OPF files. Management may not cite any discipline that is over two (2) years old, but most of the time this discipline has not been expunged. If you are thinking about transferring or retiring, these items that are still in the OPF may be seen by someone who may be considering you as a transfer or thinking of hiring you.

Do not write on the form. Get a copy if you wish to inquire inot your OPF. Make sure that you date the request and finally make sure that your request is taken care of in post haste.

You can check your OPF file online by going to liteblue.usps.gov.

Any questions please call the Union office.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough
President

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July 29, 2008

RE: PTF'S ON HOLD DOWNS-OFFICE/STREET OBSERVATIONS

I have just received a memo from the Philadelphia District that states the following "All PTFs will work six days a week and six hours a day, even if they are on a hold-down".

This blanket policy is not only a violation of Article 41, Letter Carrier Duties, but it may also be a violation of Article 7 Employee Classifications.

Article 41 Section 41.2.B3 gives all the criteria with regards to hold-downs and when and how a Letter Carrier can be "bumped" off the assignment. Unless management has become clairvoyant, the question that must be asked is how can they forsee that the hold-downs will not be available next week, let alone next month? Shop Stewards will be filing grievances on this issue everyday if necessary.

Article 7 Employees Classifications, is very clear on the scheduling of TE's in lieu of PTF Letter Carriers. For example, if a PTF works 6 hours and a TE is scheduled to work at all, Article 7 states that the PTF must work as long as he/she is not in overtime status. Grievances will be filed.

Another memo that has come to my attention states that managment will be on the floor between 8AM and 10AM to review the DOIS and to pinpoint 3 POOR PERFORMING CARRIERS on a daily basis, both in the office and on the street.these Carriers will then be called in to discuss their performances and to see if any corrective action should be taken. in other words DISCIPLINE!!!!

If management thinks that this branch is going to stand by and let them hold my Letter Carriers up to be ridiculed and harrassed, they are sadly mistaken. The shop stewards will be filing grievances for every violation of the National Agreement. Management must be held accountable for their blatant violation of the National Agreement.

Any questions, please call the union office. FILE GRIEVANCES!!!!! THIS IS GETTING ABSURD!!!!!!

Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough
President

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July 11,2008

Signing For Accountable Mail

Over the last several weeks two Letter Carriers form this branch have received not only discipline from management for signing and leaving accountable mail at their postal customers homes or businesses, they have also received a letter of indebtness from the postal service because the accountable mail signed by the letter carrier was never found.

STOP SIGNING FOR ACCOUNTABLE MAIL WHEN THE POSTAL CUSTOMER IS NOT THERE TO SIGN FOR IT THEMSELVES!!!

The two letter carriers cited have received notice that they owe for the value of the piece of accountable mail that they signed for but the patron never received. Both these cases are going to arbitration to be decided.

I know that you are trying to help your customers by saving them the trip to the post office to pick up their accountable items, but if you sign and leave an insured package, for example, and the package is not received by your customer, but shows that it was delivered and signed for by you, you will receive discipline and you may be held financially responsible for it's value.

Again, you have enough going on out there during the course of your work day, you do not need the aggravationof worrying if someone has received the accountable mail you have signed for. Even if you have permission from your customer to sign for their mail, if you cannot secure it in a safe place, DO NOT SIGN AND LEAVE.

Any questions, please call the Union office. Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough

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June 23, 2008

Moving Carriers Off Bid Assignment

Over the last couple of days, this office has received several calls with regards to moving Letter Carriers off their bid assignment.

Article 41 Section41.1.C.4

The successful bidder shall work the duty assignment as posted. Unanticipated circumstances may require a temporary change in assignment. The same rule shall apply to Carrier Technician assignments, unless the local agreement provides otherwise.

When management request that a Letter Carrier leave his/her assignment and work on another route, Management can not give relief to the above cited Letter Carrier by giving him/her auxiliary assistance on his/her bid assignment.

For example, Carrier A is the regular Carrier on Route 1, Management requires that Carrier A to go and case Route 2 for two(2) hours, Management cannot give Carrier A, auxiliary assistance on his/her bid assignment to complete his/her eight(8) hours day. The Carrier can work overtime on his/her bid assigment and that would not be a violation of the cited article. Unanticipated circumstances are not sick calls or routes that are left vacant on a daily basis by Management.

Management may curtail mail on your route and ask you to "pivot" on a route to make up for "down time", but you must be able to complete your bid assignment to make your 8 hours. When mail is curtailed on your route you are required to fill out a PS form 1571.

All of the above informationis the same for PTF's that have hold-downs in the office. The only time a PTF can be bumped off a hold-down is if there is not sufficient work for the regular work force to make 8 hours.

Shop Stewards must be diligent to make sure that the Letter carriers in your office are allowed to do their bid assignments.

If you have any questions reguardingthis issue please call the Union Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough

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June 9, 2008

In the June 2008 edition of the Postal Record in the State Summaries section, President of the State Association Joe Antal wrote a very well written article. The article states some things that the Letter Carriers in Pennsylvania have done that were positive for the Postal Service with regards to pending legislation.
However, let me assure the members of Branch 725, that this president does not agree at all with President Antal's statement that states "legislation and politics must be a priority for branch presidents."

I understand that we have to play "the game" with regards to politics and legislation in order to keep the Postal Service a viable and sound company, but my first priority as President of this branch is to see that the Letter Carriers in this branch are treated in the proper manner and that the National Agreement is adhered to. Believe me, when I say that these two issues are a full-time job in and of themselves.

This branch is not a rogue or a rebel branch that is out to make a name for itself, I am not certainly trying to make a name for myself, but I will not sit by and see what is happening on the workroom floor throughout this district and not speak up. High level Management in the Philadelphia district has no intention of abiding by the National Agreement. They force non-ODL people to work overtime while ODL people sit home. The intention to revert positions simply because they become vacant are an example of how they have no respect for not only the National Agreement, but for US as Letter Carriers.

Legislation and politics are important, but it will not matter who is in the White House if the Postal Service does not get it's act together.

I am proud to be President of Branch 725, and I will along with the Executive Board of the Branch do everything to make your job as stress free as possible. It is not a one man operation. All Letter Carriers must step up and be counted in our struggle.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough

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May 27, 2008

It has come to the attention of this office that the Philadelphia District has issued a new policy with reguards to filling vacant routes. Their policy is that once a route is vacant because of retirement or separation, the route is NOT TO BE POSTED!!! This is a clear violation of Article 41.Sec 1 A.1 of the National Agreement.

Article 41 Sec. 1.A.1

A vacant or newly established duty assignment not considered for reversion shall be posted 14 calendar days from the day it becomes vacant or is established, unless a longer period of time is negotiated locally.


As usual in the Philadelphia District, the District Manager and the POOMS do not abide by the National Agreement signed by both the USPS and the NALC. They believe that the agreement is for everybody else and not them.

If a route becomes vacant in your particular office or stationh, it becomes incumbent for you to immediately file a grievance under the above cited article. This issue is going to become a very volatile situation over the next coming months. These routes that are not posted are going to be pivoted everyday to each and everyone of you during the course of the upcoming summer months. Be prepared to file3396's everyday if needed. The 3996 is your protection against discipline being issued for unauthorized overtime.

Everybody, not just Shop Stewards should be prepared for a long and tough battle. This Branch is not going to allow them to blatantly violate Articles 41 and 19 of the National Agreement.


Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough

President

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