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The President's Report

by Jim McCullough





<<<<<<< Carrier Alert! >>>>>>>>

Watch your posts on Facebook and other social media outlets! Recently, an arbitrator upheld evidence put forth where it contradicted the claims by the grievant. For example, if you are out sick or have restrictions as a result of and on-the-job injury and are seen on social media, it will catch up to you. They are watching!



HOT ISSUE: >>>> SCANNING MSP POINTS <<<< ... management has upped the anti on scaning MSPs. Be careful to scan. It takes time, and we actually get payed for our time. LET THEM MANAGE!

December 30, 2010

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

Why is there a double standard when it comes to the letter carriers and the union being required to abide by the National Agreement, when management goes on it's merry way, doing what ever they want to do? Management has no intention of abiding by the National Agreement. Most of them do not even know what is in the National Agreement. On a daily basis, management violates Article 8 of the National Agreement, when it forces non-ODL letter carriers to work, because of their bogus "window of operation". When grievances are filed, and ODL Carriers are paid, Management goes right back at it again the next day. Under Article 15, there a time limits set up for the DRP,when Management does not abide by the time limits, they should lose the grievance. But the DRT remands the grievance back when Management fails to response with in the time limits and gives managemnt a "second bite of the apple". As a Union President, I have a major problem with this issue. The DRT must abide by the National Agreement!

They cannot decide what articles of the National Agreement they will uphold and which ones they will not. I for one am tired of my letter carriers having their "feet held to the fire", for every issue in the work place, when management is not being held accountable for their actions.

As a Union, we must step up our efforts to make sure that what is good for the craft employees, is good for management. The Brothers/Sisters who make up this great Union deserve no less!

Jim McCullough
Proud President Branch 725
Email me at: jimmac725@rcn.com

December 7, 2010

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

Season's greetings from the Executive Board of Branch 725. Let me personally wish you and yours the best of the holiday season and a healthy New Year. The year 2010 will soon be history and I hope that the year 2011 will bring some good news to the Postal Service and especially to the Letter carriers in Branch 725. The 2010 year saw many changes in the Postal Service. We had our Brothers/Sisters excessed from their chosen offices and we also saw the elimination of some of our routes. We will be in for a long struggle in 2011 with regards to the Congress and the future of the Postal Service. We will be battling all the way to keep our members working in the future.

There are some postive things that have happened in 2010. We all still are gainfully employed and last month the Letter Carriers received a raise. In this recession that the country is enduring, any increase in salary is a good thing.

During the holidays, take a minute to remember the brothers and sisters who are no longer with us. The year 2010 took a heavy toll on Branch 725's members. Also, say a prayer or have a good thought for the young men and women who are in harms way all over the world fighting for our freedom.

Again, Season's Greetings to all of you for the support over the last year.

With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough
President

October 7, 2010

October 7, 2010

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

On November 2nd, the voters of Pennsylvania will be going to the polls for the mid-term elections. These elections historically draw a low voter turn out, but this year the election will have very important ramifications, not only to the country but to the future of the Postal Service.

The financial crisis of the Postal Service is slowly filtering onto the workroom floor and is affecting the Letter Carrier around the country. The rumors of 5 day delivery, the closing of Post Offices around the country are taking a negative toll on the workers of the Postal Service.

I ask you not only to vote for the canidates that are being endorsed by the NALC, but take your spouses and voting age children to the polls and vote. You may think that your vote does not mean anything, but you would be wrong.

We need to continue to support the canidates that support the issues and fight for the hard working middle class people in this country. Please take the time on November 2nd to vote and have you voice heard. If we fail in our efforts to keep the canidates who support our issues, all of our futures may be in jeopardy. The Postal Service may survive but we may not like what survived.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough
President

September 9, 2010

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

The branch is sponsoring a Bowl For The Cure on Sunday, November 7, 2010. All the proceeds from this event will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For the flyer please click here . Everyone is envited to come and bowl. Bring your children, spouses, and anyone who wants to have a good time. Incidentally, this event was our biggest fund raiser for MDA last year. We hope that this continues. And only with your help will that happen!

It is one a a very few times tha letter carriers and their families can get together outside the Post Office. The event is for a good cause and you can bowl for three hours(the shoes included for $25.00).

Please call Bill Mellon if you wish to be in the Bowl For The Cure. Last year the Bowl For The Cure was well attended, and this year I hope that we can do better. The Eagles game on November 7, 2010 is a four o'clock game, so you should be homem in plenty of time.

I hope to see a lot of letter carriers and their families on November 7, 2010 at the AMF Conchester Highway, Boothwyn, Pa. 19061.

I know the letter carriers of Branch 725 will answer the call.

With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough
President

September 8, 2010

RE: DRT New Address

Dear Stewards,

Effective immediately the new address for the Philadelphia Resolution team is:

Dispute Resoultion
3300 Chestnut St.
Room 1021
Phone# (215)895-8836


If you have any questions regarding this issue pleasing feel free to call the Union Office.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough
President

September 3, 2010

RE: Election of Region 12 Business Agent

Dear Brother/Sister

Over the next couple of weeks you will be receiving a ballot from the National Headquarters of the National Association of Letter Carriers. On the ballot will be listed the two candidates that are running for the position of Business Agent for the Region 12.

I would never think of telling you who to vote for, what I am asking you is to take a minute and VOTE. It cost a National a lot of money to run an election, but more importantly, your vote gives you a chance to be heard. You may say, "what does my one vote mean"? Your one vote counts towards putting the right person for the job in the job. We are at a critical time with regards to the future of the Postal Service. We need capable people in position to lead us over these critical times.

Take the time to check off your choice for the job and place the ballot in the stamped envelope and send it back to National Headquarters. Do not put it aside and get to it later, later may be too late. National will calculate the ballots and the more members of Branch 725 who vote, the more that National will see that this Branch is interested in the future of this organization.

If you have any questions regarding this issue pleasing feel free to call the Union Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President

August 24, 2010

Dear Shop Stewards,

In the next couple of days the Branch will be ordering 500 Carrier Color-coded Calendars for the year 2011. The price of the calendars is $5.00 per calendar. The calendars should be available for the November meeting in Folsom.

Treasurer Eric jackson will be taking orders for the calendars at the October meeting in Glenolden American Legion Hall.

Please have a Check made out to Branch 725 for the calendars you wish to order. If the case arises, the branch will order more calendars if necessary.

See you in Glenolden.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President

August 4, 2010

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Eric Jackson is now the new Treasurer for Branch 725. Eric has held numerous positions with the Branch over the last several years and he is highly qualified to handle his new position. I know all of you share with me our commitment to Eric in his new position.

I will miss Dave Carfagno, the out going Treasurer. Dave was not only a great Treasurer, but a dear friend of mine. I can't begin to thank Dave for all that he has done not only for the Branch, but for me personally. As President of the Branch, I knew that I never had to be concerned with the financial aspects of the Branch.

Dave will be missed but I am looking forward to working with Eric and moving this Branch forward

With My Best Regards,

Jim McCullough
President

June 17, 2010

RE: Shared Leave

Dear Brother/Sister,

A sister Letter Carrier from the Coatesville Post Office is incapacitated and therefore can not work. Her husband also works at the Marcus Hook/Linwood Post office as a Letter Carrier. You might say to yourself why would this family need your help? the answer is, in this economy, families especially with children two checks are almost a must.

I know this time of the year most Letter carriers are using their annual leave for their familiy's vacation. If you could just spare eight(8) hours of annual leave to this sister, it would take some of the money issues off this family's back.

Any questions regarding this issue, please feel free to call the Union Office.

With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough
President



May 18, 2010

Accountable Mail

Dear Brother/Sister,

Once you sign for a piece of accountable mail, be it a certified, registered or any other type of accountable mail you are now responsible for the piece of mail. If you can't render delivery of the piece of mail or you deliver the piece of mail, when you return to the office YOU MUST BE CLEARED OF ALL ACCOUNTABLES YOU SIGNED FOR.

If you just leave the accountable mail on or around the key desk of registry section and the piece of mail is lost or missing, YOU WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. You may be subject to discipline, and maybe subject to removal from the service. You may also be held accountable for the value of the piece of mail that you signed for. You get time when you return to the office to be cleared at the key desk. I know that some if not all the offices have no clerks available when you return t the office, but even if management has to clear you, wait to be cleared.

Remember you are paid by the hour.

Any questions regarding this issue, please call the union office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough



May 10, 2010

RE: Food Drive 2010

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

Just a short letter to the brothers/sisters of Branch 725 to thank them for their overwhelming support shown in this years food drive. To no ones surprise, the carriers of Branch 725 came through again when called upon to help the less fortunate in their communities. Through all the changes that the carriers are facing in these times, they were able to put all their differences aside and show what kind of caring people Letter Carriers are.

The total collected by Branch 725 this year will probably surpass last year's poundage. As President of this branch, I am grateful for all the hard work exhibited by my fellow union brothers and sisters.

Once again, thanks for caring.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough
President



March 8, 2010

RE: Prime Time Vacation

Dear Shop Steward,

It has come to my attention that some of the local Postmasters have been given instructions from Labor Relations that they do not have to abide by the Local Agreement, with regards to prime time vacations. Some of the Postmasters have been told that if it is a "HARDSHIP" (that is to pay overtime) on the office to give the allotted number of Letter Carriers off they do not have to abide by the LMOU, with regards to the percentage or a fixed number.

If this is happening in your office, you must contact me immediatley at the union office.

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

Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough
President

February 12, 2010

RE: Letter Carrier In Need

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

On January 14, 2010 a fire struck the house of sister letter carrier Diane McGuire(click on fire strikes the home of one of our own ) and her family. Their house sustained a lot of water and smoke damage. I am pleased to report that nobody was injured in the fire. The homeowners insurance had lapsed; therefore, the damages are not covered.

This is why I need the help of the Brothers/Sisters of Branch 725. The letter carriers in Bala Cynwyd have taken a collection for the McGuire family and the branch has donated $100.00 from the catastrophic fund. Some letter carriers have donated their labor to help repair the home. This however, is not enough. There are still monies needed to put furniture and other needs that the family requires.

I am asking all the members of Branch 725 to step up to the plate and donate any amount that they can afford to help this family. I know that the brothers/sisters of this branch have always stepped up in the past to help our union members in times of distress.

You can send your check or money order to:

Diane McGuire
1 Union Ave.
Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004


There is a beef and beer (for info click on McGuire Beef and Beer Benefit )being run for the family on March 19, 2010 @ 7:30 P.M. at :

Polonia Hall
4431 Belgrade St.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19137


Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at the door. I thank you for your support in the past and I know that I can count on you to help this family.

With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough

January 21, 2010

RE: National Reassessment Process (NRP) Training

Dear Shop Steward,

On Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 7:00 PM, the National Business Agent will be holding training for the NRP. The training will be held at Branch 157's office located at 9607 James St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19114.

The training will be mandatory for all Shop Stewards in Branch 725. The NRP is very detrimental to our members who have been injured in the workplace. The Shop Stewards must know how to proceed when the NRP affects his or her office.

If you cannot make this meeting on January 27, 2010, there will be a training session at the Rap Session in Atlantic City.

If you plan to attend on January 27, 2010, please call the Union Office and we will try and car pool up to the meeting. Any other questions, feel free to call the Union Office.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Jim McCullough