New Shop Steward Training April 4th 2018
Local 300 conducted training for new shop stewards at headquarters. These mail handlers are stepping up and joining the fight to protect our membership’s rights under the collective bargaining agreement. The struggle is real and the need is everywhere for all our sisters and brothers to come forward and join in solidarity. Preserve our jobs. Preserve our benefits. Preserve out future.
McConnell v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC Issues Final Decision
Excessing Out of Installations Cancelled – Residuals Released From Withholding
Proposed excessing of Mail Handlers has been cancelled from all installations. Local 300 was able to negotiate the release of all residual duty assignments from withholding. The release of residuals will result in the conversion of MHAs to Full-Time Career Mail Handlers in those installations with residual duty assignments. This shall be in accordance with the MOU “FILLING OF RESIDUAL VACANCIES “ on page 172 of the National Agreement.
NPMHU Local 300 – Members Only Smartphone APP:
Local 300 is proud to have completed a smartphone application, only for the members of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 300. We are the first & only NPMHU Local Union in the nation that has developed a smartphone app for its members. The app is available for download to all Local 300 Members via the Google App store, or the Apple App store (via a private link). The app will send ‘push notifications’ on breaking news, events, contract information, salary increases, etc. It also contains many other useful resources, such as the National Contract, Contract Interpretation Manual (CIM), etc.
To download this member-only app, click on the link to the Google App Store or log in to your google APP store and add NPMHU Local 300:
Google App Store:
APPLE APP Store:
The process for the app download is as follows:
1. Download the app via your iPhone or Android device.
2. Signup as a new user to the app. (Complete all fields)
3. You will first be sent an automatic ‘verification code’ to your email
4. After you enter the code into the app you will be sent an email advising you that have been approved, but pending membership verification. Be aware that you will not have automatic access to the app until we verify that you are a member of Local 300.
5. After the verification of your membership, you will receive a final email message indicating that you are approved. Log in, enter your password and start using the app.
NOTE: (iPhone users must trust the App on their device).
1. Go to settings on your iPhone
2. Go to (general)
3. Go to (Profile & Device Management)
4. Add NPMHU Local 300 App as a trusted app on your device.
First Cost of Living Allowance of 2018 – $520 to be effective March 3rd
Effective on March 3, 2018, career Mail Handler craft employees are scheduled to receive the fourth of seven possible cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments as outlined in Article 9.3 of the 2016 National Agreement. This COLA increase is based on the upward change in the relevant Consumer Price Index (CPI) following release of the January 2018 Index, and provides an annual increase of $520 for all Steps in Table 1 and for Step P of Table 2. The remaining Steps in Table 2 will receive the proportional COLA increase percentages as outlined in Article 9.3 of the National Agreement. The increase will appear in paychecks dated March 23, 2018.
For more info click here https://www.npmhu.org/media/news/first-cola-of-2018-520-to-be-effective-in-march-2018
Annual leave for new leave year confuses some.
Many of our members have been seeking out their stewards asking why the new annual appears short. It seems that in upgrading the system which reflects our leave, the system is now more accurately detailing the leave accrued and earned. Since pay period 2 of 2018 had already ended, we earned the annual leave for that pay period and therefore the advanced annual is for the remaining pay periods of the 2018 leave year. Example: those career FTR’s with 15+ years of career service, would see 200 hours advanced instead of the 208. The other 8 hours were earned in pay period 2. The balance reflected would be accurate. Contact your steward if you have any questions.
NPMHU HQ Update: USPS Unilaterally Offers Early Retirement (VERA)
2018 Leave Charts are here!
The Local 300 leave tracking charts have been published and received. Shipment to your branches will begin next week. Please make sure to stop at your branch union office to pick up yours. Stay on top of your leave usage, FMLA hours used, and leave accumulation. It also serves to keep a track of all that overtime the USPS has been providing us lately.
It is with great sorrow that Local 300 reports the loss of one of our own. Grady Fitzgerald, a long and dedicated union advocate, passed on December 7th 2017. Grady was a Union steward, Branch President at the NJNDC, Regional Vice President on the NPMHU National Executive Board, and delegate to several National Conventions. Grady or “Groove” as he was known to his close and oldest friends, worked tirelessly for our members. He made his presence known and garnered tremendous respect from USPS management. We will miss you brother!
Wage increase will take effect November 25th 2017.
The second of three contractual increases will go into effect this coming Saturday. Under the terms of the 2016 National Working Agreement, career mail handlers will receive a 1.3% increase of their salary. Mail Hander Assistants will receive a 2.3% increase. wage chart 11252017
Contract Interpretation Manual Version 4 is online!
The CIM 4 is now available online to our membership. The National CAD team worked extensively to get this latest version out and available.