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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 7, 2012
The Branch will be holding the 4th Annual Bowlathon for MDA, on January 13th, at the Conchester Lanes. The event will start at noon and go until 3pm. The cost is $25.00 per person and includes the shoes and pizza and soda for everyone.

It is alot of fun and a great way to get togehter and forget about the Post Office for a few hours. We will have prizes to give away and you should be home for the 4 o'clock football game.

All proceeds will go to the MDA, so it is for a good cause.

Bring the kids and have some fun.

Happy Holidays to all of you and your families.

Thanks for your support.

Jim McCullough,
President

November 25, 2012
It has come to the attention of this office that Management is keeping employees disciplinary records over the time stated in the National Agreement.

Management is under the impression that they can keep all discipline issued to an employee indefinitely. This would be incorrect.

Article 16.10 Employee Discipline Records

The records of a disciplinary action against an employee shall not be considered in any subsequent disciplinary action if there has been no disciplinary action initiated against the employee for a period of two years.

Upon the employee's WRITTEN REQUEST, any disciplinary notice or decision letter will be REMOVED from the employee's official personnel folder after two years if there has been no disciplinary action initiated against the employee in that two-year period.

I highly recommend that ALL EMPLOYEES take the time to check their personnel file ASAP. Put it in writing and do not let them put you off. If you have any problems please call the Union Office.

Happy Holidays to you and your family.

With My Best Wishes,
Jim McCullough
President

October 17, 2012
The 2013 calendars are in. They will be available at the November meeting at the Best Post in folsom.

Please pay by check if possible. We have 500 calendars, so we have plenty to sell. Again, the price is $5.00 each.

Thanks, Jim McCullough

September 27, 2012
There Are Two Methods To Bid Jobs

Phone Bidding:
1.You need a touchtone phone
2.The Phone # 1-800-222-2415 or 1-800-520-0625 (Hearing Impaired)
3.Must enter Employee ID (EIN)
4.Have Pin #
5.Now you are at the Main Menu
Follow the voice prompts and enter the number you wish from the bidding selections. The voice prompt will confirm your bid input after you complete one bid at a time.

Web-Based Bidding US PostalLite Blue Web Page

1.You can review all the jobs that are posted
2.Enter or withdraw multiple
3.Print a hard copy receipt
4.Review online and print your present job
5. you can bid anywhere you have access to the internet


Lite Blue is at LiteBlue.USPS.gov

The system is available 24 hours a day,7 days a week.

If you do not know your PIN number call 1-877-477-3273, to get a new one. Do not wait until the last minute to callor bid. All offices are now into automated bidding.

Fraternally,
Jim McCullough

September 17, 2012
In the next couple of days, you may be told that the MSP scans on your route will be increased to as many as fifteen. Three in office and twelve on the street.

Do not get mad, the more scans the better. Each scan takes STREET TIME, to scan. It should take you longer to scan the extra scans. STREET TIME is us.

Fraternally,
Jim McCullough

August 14,2012
Brother/Sister

Effective immediately Automated Bidding for Letter Carriers routes is in effect. In order to bid a route you must have a PIN Number. The only way to access the system is with a PIN NUMBER.

Most of our brothers/sisters do not know how to bid on line. Management must give instructions to all Letter Carriers on how to bid in the automated system. If you do not have a computer, the Postal Service must allow you access to their computers, in order to bid.

If you do not remember your pin number, you must call Shared Services at 1-877-477-3273. Please call this number ASAP, to get your PIN NUMBER. It will take about 7 to 10 days to ger your number.

There are routes that are going up now and in the near future, so you will need to bid on the automated bidding process.

If you have any questions please call the Union Office.

Faternally,
Jim McCullough

August 9,2012
Brother/Sister

On August 13, 2012 the USPS will be installing Expedited Flat Rate Supply containers in your vehicles. These containers will hold supplies for Postal patrons who request these to either be delivered or asked for on the street.

I do not know if all vehicles will be supplied with these containers, and I will keep you up to date on any more information which becomes available. Just something else for you to do that Managment will tell you it takes no extra time. Customer connect is good for the service, but you know this will become another issue about street time.

If you have any questions please call the Union Office.

Faternally,
Jim McCullough

July 19,2012
Brother/Sister

On Saturday August 11, 2012 a rally will be held at Eakins Oval, in front of the Art Museum, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The rally will start at 11:00AM and run to 4:00Pm.

I know that most of you are working on this day, but if you can make please try. The rally is being sponsored by the AFL-CIO.

Times are rough and things are probably going to get worst, if that's possible.

I know alot is going on out in the workplace and Manaegement is trying everything they can to harraaa you into coming back on time.Forced ovwertime is a daily occurence. You must fill out a 3996, when you cannot make it back on time. And if necessary call the station. I do not give a damm about what DOIS says. Every day is a different day to a Letter Carrier.

Shop Stewards have to keep alert, and offices without Shop Stewards also have to keep alert, as to what Management is doing. Thery have no intention of abiding by the National Agereement.

Fraternally,
Jim McCullough

July 18, 2012
Brother/Sister,

The Post Office is starting to excess clerks into our craft. Based on the fact that clerks can bid positions in their craft that are less than 8 hours and less than 40 hours a week, the Union is taking the position that these full-time clerks should not be excessed to the carrier craft. The NALC is filing a National grievance on this issue.

If you get a clerk excessed to your office(or craft within your office), please call the Union Office.

Fraternally,
Jim McCullough

July 11, 2012
Brother/Sister,

The Post Office is at it again!!!!! The new policy is all the ADVOs must go in one day. ADVOs get better service than first and second class mail. There is forced overtime in all the offices and now Postal management has made the burden on the Letter Carriers even harder.

It if is a stupid idea, you can be sure the Postal Service will be sure to implement it.

Like I always say, when the Post Office makes changes, the Letter Carriers make money!

Keep up your professionalism, as always.

Jim McCullough

July 10, 2012
Dear Brother/Sister,

Please do not sign anything that management gives you after giving you any kind of floor talk. You are not required to sign any form

M-00544 Step 4 Management may document the fact that specfic provisions of handbooks and manuals were reviewed by the carrier and that information regarding vehicle operations was given to the carriers. However, in as much as there is no national requirement for carriers to acknowledge that the subject information was recieved, carriers SHOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A FORM.

If there are any questions please call the Union Office.

Sincerely,
Jim McCullough

June 27, 2012
Brother/Sister,

The branch's legislative representative, Andy Kearney is working this summer talking to small business' and senior citizens groups and a variety of other people, to try to get the word out that the Congress is doing the wrong thing with regards to the operations of the Postal Service.

What Andy needs is leads on your routes that he can contact to speak to them about how the Postal Service is and will be important to them in the future. Any organization or business on your route that you believe will be a help to Andy, please send them to the Union Office, and I will forward them to Andy or you can E-mail them to Andy directly at ajkearney725@comcast.net.

Sincerly,
Jim McCullough

May 29, 2012
Guess what??? The Post Office is at it again. They are now forming a new "goon squad", to bother and harrass you on the street. They may walk with you or check your truck to see how much work you have left.

The only thing that I can tell you is to be where you are supposed to be. Have your carrier bag, dog spray, and have the vehicle secured at all times.

You would think that they would have better things to do, but apparently they don't.

Play the "game" and be professional every day, and they will not have anything to bother you about.

Stay safe and be alert. Happy summer??????

Jim McCullough

May 23, 2012
Management is trying to make all routes office time in the PM as 5 minutes. They are telling carriers that they do not have wash-up time, which they are entitled to under the LMOU. PM office time is what it takes you to complete your duties when you clock back to the office upon returning.

When you have accountable mail, DO NOT LEAVE THE KEY/CAGE UNTIL YOU ARE CLEARED OF YOUR ACCOUNTABLES. If you just leave your keys,scanner or accountables and something is missing YOU WILL BE HELD LIABLE for the loss.

Do the job like you do everyday, PROFESSIONALLY.

Happy Memorial Day.

Jim McCullough
President

April 18, 2012
Dear Brothers/Sisters,

Once again the members of Branch 725, came to the aid of one of our own. Letter Carriers from offices from Branch 725 turned out to help Brother John Oldham in his time of need. It made me proud to see so many Carriers at the benefit on April 7th.

Joe Pease and all the people who help put the benefit together are to be congratulated. John Oldham was in attendance and we all wish him the best.

Please keep John in your prayers and thoughts.

With My Best Wishes,
Jim McCullough

March 16, 2012
Dear Brother/Sister,

I just recieved an E-Mail that scared the hell out of me. The site is called "jobs that died in 2011", written by Jen Luckwaldt. Guess what job was Number 1, of the six jobs listed? If you guessed Letter Carrier, you are unfortunately right. In this case being number 1 is not a good thing.

The old adage "get a government job" and you will be secure. Well that is no longer the case. We all know that the Postal service is trying to cancel saturday delivery and are closing post offices around the country.

I hope that this opens your eyes as to what is going on around all of us that are or were employed by the Postal Service. The battle never ends, and the NALC is trying to keep the service alive and well. We need the help of Congress to get this done. Please do not brush this aside as if it will not happen. The demise of the Postal Service is very, very serious. And make no mistake about it; this will affect all of us.

Stay alert; your job may depend on it.

Faternally,
Jim McCullough
President

March 9, 2012
It seems that every month, I am sending out a notice that a Letter Carrier in this branch has a major illness.

A Brother from the Bala/Merion Station Post Office has pancreatic cancer. The Brothers/Sisters of this office are running a benefit for John Oldham. The benefit will beheld on Saturday April 7th at the Narberth Fire House located at 100 Conway Ave. #1 Narberth, Pa. The price of the tickets are $30.00 per person.

I know that this branch again will answer the call and will make this benefit a success.

I also remind you that the brother also needs are thoughts and prayers.

I hope to see you on April 7th and if you cannot be there you can make a donation to the Brother in care of Joe Pease, at the Bala/Merion Station Post Office, 1 union ave. Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004.

With my best wishes,
Jim McCullough

March 8, 2012
Brothers/Sisters,

I can not believe that I have to post something as stupid as the wearing of shorts by Letter Carriers. But, the Post Office being what it is, this has become a problem.

The Employee Labor Manual (ELM), states in Section 934.4 Seasonal Changes of Uniform, "the head of an installation determines when seasonal changes of uniforms takes place".

The company is losing 10 billion dollars a year and they make an issue out of when a Letter Carrier can wear shorts????? The place gets stupider everyday.

Stay thirsty my friends,
Jim McCullough

January 16, 2012
Dear Brother/Sister,

Awesome!! That is the best expression that I can use for what happened on Sunday night at Tip O'Leary's in Havertown. It never ceases to amaze me when the brothers/sisters of this branch come together when a Letter Carrier is in need. The turnout was overwhelming to say the least.

I would be remiss if I did not point out the people who made this benefit a great success. Michele Defelice and Karen McPoyle did such a wonderful job, in such short notice. Not only was the turnout great, but the donations that these two sisters had for sale was unbelievable. There were many other people who made this a wonderful affair. They are too numerous to name, but I thank them all for there time and dedication to getting this benefit off the ground.

Letter carriers from many of our offices were in attendance at the affair, but that does not surprise me.Some brother/sisters made personal donations for the benefit.Rick Murphy, Tom Griendling and Bob Zigmont, and probably many others made personal donations that raised alot of money for the Bradley family.

There were also many friends of Sasha also attended the affair. I would like to personally thank them for their support.

Remember that even though we raised over $8,000.00. Sasha needs our prayers and be kept in our thoughts. He has a long way to go, but if Sunday is any indication of what is ahead. Sasha has plenty of help to get him on the road to recovery.

Thanks again to all.

Proud President of Branch 725,
Jim McCullough

January 5, 2012
Dear Brother/Sister,

One of our brothers has a serious medical problem and he and his family need our help.

The brother's name is Sasha Bradley and he is a Letter Carrier in the Havertown/Wynnewood Post Office. He has been diagnosed with cancer in three organs.

The Letter Carriers in the Havertown/Wynnewood Post Office will be running a benefit at Tip O'Leary's on West Chester Pike, Havertown (next to Kohl's).The date of the benefit is January 15, 2012. The time will be from 5:30 til 8:30PM. The next day is a holiday. The price of the ticket is $30.00 per person.

If you cannot make it, you can make a donation in care of Sasha Bradley and send it to the Union Office. It will be forwarded to him and his family.

The bradley's have two young children, and they need our help, and I know that the membership of this Branch always step up when needed. Please keep Sasha and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Any questions regarding this issue please call the Union Office.

With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough
Proud President of Branch 725