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COVID-19 Vaccine – Service Talk

Jan.  20, 2021 (From the USPS)

When will it be my turn to get vaccinated?

Like you, we are eager to learn when Postal Service employees will have access to COVID-19 vaccines. The goal is for everyone to be able to get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible.

Currently, the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States is limited, but we are starting to hear that more vaccines should become available soon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others are providing recommendations to federal, state and local governments about who should be vaccinated first. The collective recommendation is that Postal Service employees be considered during the Phase 1B rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in state and local jurisdictions.

While the Postal Service continues to strive toward a standardized priority opportunity for our employees who choose to get the vaccine, we urge you not to delay your own access to a COVID-19 vaccination.

States, and in many cases, local jurisdictions, have their own plans for deciding which groups of people will be vaccinated first. We strongly urge you to review the information on your state and/or local public health websites, sign up for alerts and schedule a COVID-19 vaccination at the first opportunity available to you.

We will continue to provide updates as more information regarding access to COVID-19 vaccinations for our employees becomes available. Thank you for listening.

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability Service Talk (pdf)

Mail Handler January Update: RETIREMENTS, APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS AT THE NPMHU

National Postal Mail Handlers Union will experience a flurry of transitions in the coming months starting with the Contract Administration Department (CAD) in the National Office. National President Paul Hogrogian also made four appointments to the NPMHU’s Committee on the Future (COTF). Local Presidents Kevin Tabarus(300), Dan St. Marie (301), Anthony Coleman (302) and James (JC) Morris (317) will be joining the Committee. These appointments continue to ensure that the COTF accurately reflects the NPMHU Local Union structure, and its membership alike. “It is imperative that the make-up of the Committee represents all of our membership and will encompass a diverse line-up of representatives from all walks of life, including locals large and small,” said President Hogrogian.

Mail Handler Update – January 2021 (pdf)

The 2021 Union Plus Scholarship deadline is January 31, 2021.

Start or complete your application today! https://unionplus.co/scholarship2021

NPMHU Negotiates MOU With USPS Converting 5,288 MHAs

December 24, 2020 – Memorandum of Understanding Re Additional Mail Handler Staffing; Conversion of MHAs (pdf)

Linked here, please find a new MOU just signed by the NPMHU and the Postal Service to provide for additional Mail Handler staffing, in large part by converting 5,288 Mail Handler Assistants to full-time regular career employment no later than March 13, 2021. Also attached is a 4-page chart listing the 183 facilities in which these 5,288 conversions will take place and the number of conversions that will take place in each listed facility.

Various COVID Memoranda Extended to 3/26/21

  1. MOU – Temporary Expanded Sick Leave for Dependent Care During COVID – 19
  2. MOU – Temporary Additional Leave for MHAs This extension provides the Mail Handler Assistants (MHAs) the opportunity to utilize the 80 hours of paid leave provided in the original MOU, it does not provide an additional 80 hours.
  3. MOU – MHA Temporary Exception Period – COVID – 19
  4. Liberal Changes of Schedule and Leave Letter dated March 23, 2020.

Note: Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was an act of Congress that expires 12/31/20.

Extension of Various COVID Related Memoranda 12-22-20

NY/NJ Peak Crossdock details

New York/New Jersey Cross Dock, NJ Peak Cross Dock Volunteers Needed! From: P&DC’s located in the Bethpage, Brooklyn, DVD, Greater Newark, ISC/JFK, Mid-Island, Morgan, NJ NDC/STC, N. New Jersey Metro, Queens, Western Nassau 

 WHEN: December 5, 2020 through December 23, 2020 for 24/7 coverage 

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The New York/New Jersey Cross Dock, NJ Peak Cross Dock needs your help! The Cross Dock is located at 145 Talmadge Road, Suite 1, Edison NJ 08817. We are looking for volunteer Mail Handlers and Mail Handler Assistants to work for the duration of the facility’s operation (Friday, 12/5/2020 through Wednesday, December 23, 2020). 

The work will include and is not limited to loading and unloading trucks, surface visibility scanning, consolidating containers, moving containers to and from staging areas and helping to keep the building fluid by organizing work areas and mail transport equipment. Although not required for consideration, trained equipment operators are helpful. Coverage across the twenty-four hours is needed so preferences will be granted based on a first come first served basis. 

Overtime opportunities will include pre-tour, post-tour and non-service day as warranted. Travel expenses reimbursed. See service talk for further information.

XDock Volunteer Service Talk_Peak 2020

MHAs Now Can Be Called Back from Lack of Work – for 2 Years

Previously, “MHAs separated for lack of work before the end of their term will be given preference for reappointment ahead of other MHAs with less relative seniority and ahead of other applicants who have not served as MHAs, provided that the need for hiring arises within twelve (12) months of their separation.” (emphasis added).

On 12/4/20 a NEW Memorandum Of Understanding was signed.

The parties now agree that for MHAs hired between March 26, 2020 and December 31, 2020, the above provision will be amended to read “within twenty-four (24) months of their separation.”

Reappointment Opportunities for MHAs Separated for Lack of Work

Benefits & Retirement Education Seminar

Federal Prep is doing a virtual Benefits & Retirement Seminar via Zoom on 12/9/20 at 1PM. This is for Union Members Only.

Local 300 AFL-CIO is proud to arrange this extremely informative, hands on, NO COST RETIREMENT AND BENEFITS EDUCATION SEMINAR for our members.

This workshop will help you understand your benefits and help you make educated decisions, with professional advice. This seminar is highly recommended for all members, whether you plan to retire within 10 years or are a MHA that started working just 10 months ago. You can never plan too early.

You must register by phoning Federal Prep at (631) 750-6499. You must provide your name, email address and EIN.

Presentation Topics:

• Prepare for Retirement and Learn about your benefits

• Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS)

• Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS)

• Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

• Federal Employee Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)

• Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB)

• Social Security

• Medicare

Seminar Flyer. December 9

New Paychart – Salary Increase

As provided for in Article 9.1 of the NPMHU 2019 National Agreement, the wage scales for all Mail Handler employees will be adjusted upward effective November 21, 2020. This is the second of three guaranteed wage increases provided for in the 2019 contract. Specifically, with regard to career employees: Effective November 21, 2020 – the basic annual salary for each grade and step of Table One and Table Two shall be increased by an amount equal to 1.0% of the basic annual salary for the grade and step in effect on September 20, 2019.

In addition to the general increases provided in Section 9.1 above, MHAs will receive an increase of 1.0% annually, for a total of 2.1% effective November 23, 2019, 2.0% effective November 21, 2020.

Click here to view or download a chart which reflects the new wage rates, for both career and MHA Mail Handlers, resulting from these November 21, 2020 contractual increases.

Consistent with Article XIV, Section 3 of the NPMHU National Constitution, we will be implementing a regular membership dues increase of one dollar ($1.00) per pay period to correspond with the second guaranteed wage increase provided for in the 2019 National Agreement.  We are attempting to time the dues increase to coincide with the wage increase that is effective on November 21, 2020 (Pay Period 25) to be reflected in paychecks issued on December 11, 2020.

MHBP Info & Rates

Open Season – Benefits & Annual Leave 

Open Season begins 11/9/20 and ends on 12/14/20 for FEHB (Federal Employees Health Benefits), FEDVIP (Federal Employees Dental & Vision Insurance Program), ALE Program (Annual Leave Exchange), FLTCIP (Federal long Term Care Insurance Program) and the USPS Health Benefits Plan for Non-Career (MHA) employees.

Additional information can be found at www.liteblue.usps.gov/openseason  and www.opm.gov/insure

UPDATE ON RETROACTIVE PAY

The retroactive pay due under the terms of the 2019 -2022 National Agreement will be included in the October 30, 2020 paychecks. There are multiple variables that determine how much any one employee will receive.

The retroactive general wage increase period was November 23, 2019 through April 24, 2020. The retroactive period for the March COLA increase was February 29, 2020 through April 24, 2020.

Retirees received retroactive pay for the hours that they were actively employed and worked from November 23, 2019 until their retirement date if their date was prior to April 24, 2020. This check was sent to their last office of record.

The amount an employee received was based on the following:

  • Actual hours worked
  • Step and level of pay during the retroactive pay period. For example a Level 5, Step P employee will not receive the same pay as a Level 4, Step A employee.
  • Overtime hours worked
  • Any shift differential worked, such as Sunday Premium, Night Differential, etc.
  • Leave Hours paid
  • LWOP Hours used

Women’s Caucus Newsletter

Sister2SisterNewsletter 2020

Local 300 Breast Cancer Shirts 

The Local 300 Women’s Caucus has Breast Cancer T-Shirts on sale now. Local 300 will be subsidizing the cost to offer the shirts at a reduced cost.

 T-SHIRTS ARE $10.00 

SIZES ARE:  S-4XL

 SEE A SHOP STEWARD TO PLACE YOUR ORDER

ALL MONEY IS DUE BY OCTOBER 2, 2020

LOCAL 300 WILL MAKE A $1,000 DONATION TO THE MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER

Breast Cancer Shirt 2020 (pdf)

NPMHU Endorses Joe Biden for President

NPMHU members are facing unprecedented times. Despite the USPS being the most trusted federal agency, often it feels as if our work is undervalued and unappreciated by elected officials.  We’ve seen attacks against our rights as workers, the service we provide, and the constitutionally protected institution we work for. We need a leader who will stand with us. We need Joe Biden.

Over the past four years, NPMHU members have faced direct threats on their livelihood from the Trump Administration. We saw a White House Postal Task Force that attacked postal labor, recommended taking away our collective bargaining rights and increasing the cost of our retirement benefits. The Task Force also made efforts to undermine the Postal Service itself, calling for moving away from a six-day delivery; expanding third-party partnership, which could lead to privatization; and, increasing postal rates, pricing customers out of the market.

President Trump further attacked the Postal Service in the media, calling it a “joke.” Our union knows how dedicated mail handlers and all postal employees are to their jobs; we take our work seriously. We ensure that every single American household and business receive their mail. We deliver needed medication to the elderly and our veterans. We make sure Social Security and Medicare checks get out on time. We deliver home goods to the house-bound during the pandemic. We keep family and friends connected.

Joe Biden has a history of supporting the United States Postal Service and postal workers and has committed to supporting the dedicated men and women of USPS. As a Senator, he fought against privatization; spoke out on the need for a six-day delivery; and has committed to protecting the universal service obligation, ensuring that every American, regardless if they are in urban, suburban, or rural areas, gets the same quality service. Joe Biden will support putting the Postal Service on a sustainable path forward and will ensure quality service continues.

Additionally, Joe Biden is a proven advocate for members of the labor movement, understanding its value to the growth of the middle class with the development of paid-leave, health and retirement benefit provisions, and the 40-hour work week. In contrast to the Trump Administration’s attacks on collective bargaining rights through the use of executive orders, Joe Biden will be a leader who will support and protect the men and women of labor.

Furthermore, Joe Biden picked a pro-postal, pro-labor running mate with Senator Kamala Harris. Currently, she’s the co-sponsor of several pieces of legislation protecting USPS from privatization; supporting the organization rights of public sector employees; and aiding the Postal Service through emergency appropriations in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

We’re facing a turning point in postal history. We need strong leadership that will have our backs. I urge every member of NPMHU to support Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, just as they’ll support us. – Paul Hogrogian, National President NPMHU

Statement of Paul V. Hogrogian, National President of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, on the Endorsement of Joe Biden for President(pdf)

Local 300 Scholarships Awarded

2020 BERNARD HOLLOWAY, JOHN A. ORCHARD, EDWARD J. MILLER, WALLY MERWIN, AND AARON PRESTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

The Local Union Council and members of Local 300 of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union are proud to announce the winners of the annual competition for the Bernard Holloway, John A. Orchard, Edward J. Miller, Wally Merwin, and Aaron Preston Memorial Scholarship Awards.

This year we have awarded five (5) $1,000 scholarships for study at an accredited college, university, or trade school.

Marina Rezk – Daughter of Samah Rezk of the DVD Branch. Marina is attending Rutgers University and her major field of study is Pharmacy.

Christine Philipose – Daughter of Anil Philipose of the Western Nassau Branch. Christine is attending St. John’s University and her major field of study is Pharmacy.

Beshoy Rezk – Son of Samah Rezk of the DVD Branch. Beshoy is attending Middlesex County College and his major field of study is Engineering.

Henry Lagreca – Son of Nicholas Lagreca of the NYC Branch. Henry is attending Eastern Connecticut State University and his major field of study is Sports medicine.

Angelica Cimirro – Daughter of Lawrence Cimirro of the DVD Branch. Angelica is attending Kean University and her major field of study is Elementary Education.

Happy Labor Day!

YouTube message from the NPMHU National President Paul Hogrogian and National Secretary-Treasurer Mike Hora.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/JlltN2wAWwI

GET OUT AND VOTE on 11/3/20!!!

This will be the most important election of our lifetime! We need to insure that Postal friendly candidates are elected.

Are you registered to vote? Do you know how to register?  Do you need to know polling locations? What valid forms of ID?  How to apply for absentee/vote by mail?

Voter information can be found at www.canivote.org. it is all organized by state. Should you have any questions, contact Local 300 Headquarters.

COLA $188 added to wages

COLA adjustment effective 8/29/20 MH Payscale – PP19-20 8-29-20

Senator Schumer calls on Congress to fund billions in COVID aid to Postal Service

On August 12, 2020 NY Senator Chuck Schumer held a press conference in front of Mid Island P&DC in Melville on Long Island. Mail Handlers Union Local 300 President Kevin Tabarus stood with other union officials from the NALC and the APWU.

Schumer called on lawmakers to put $25 billion into the United States Postal Service. Schumer says USPS has been increasingly struggling due to several reasons, including because more people are doing business electronically during the pandemic, COVID-19 expenses, etc.

We applaud Senator Schumer for his support and we support him!

Newsday article 8/12/20

Text of Newsday Article 8/12/20

Senator Schumer’s Press Release 8/13/20

News12 Article 8/12/20

Click here for additional photos

NY Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney visits Morgan P&DC

On August 12, 2020 Congresswoman Maloney (NY 12th district) visited the Morgan P&DC in midtown Manhattan with Local 300 Vice President Yvette Johnson, New York City Branch President Irene Delgado, and Treasurer Wilfredo Delgado. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), is the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform. She has recently introduced the “Delivering for America Act” to Protect Delivery Standards for U.S. Postal Service. She has supported the USPS and we support her.

2019-2022 NPMHU National Agreement

A pdf version of the new contract is available here. Paper copies of the new contract are being mailed to all members home address.

Extension of COVID-19 Related Memorandum

The following Memorandum Of Understanding between the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the United States Postal Service have been extended through September 25, 2020.

1. MOU – Temporary Expanded Sick Leave for Dependent Care During COVID – 19

2. MOU – Temporary Additional Leave for MHAs This extension provides the Mail Handler Assistants (MHAs) the opportunity to utilize the 80 hours of paid leave provided in the original MOU, it does not provide an additional 80 hours.

3. MOU – Temporary Exception Period – COVID – 19

4. Liberal Changes of Schedule and Leave Letter dated March 23, 2020.

Extension of Memoranda COVID -19 July 2020

Doug Durr – Former Greater Newark Branch President

On behalf of Local 300, we would like to extend condolences to the family of Douglas Durr. Doug set the standard for Local 300 (The Greater Newark Branch). His years of solid dedication to USPS and his devotion to ethics and integrity made him a team leader unlike any other. He was a man who was respected by craft, management, associates and competitors alike.

Please accept our deepest sympathies and those of the membership at this sorrowful time.

Temperature Checking to Begin

The Postal Service will begin Temperature Checking at pilot sites for employees entering postal facilities.

5-13-20 USPS delivers Mandatory Stand-Up Talk Proof of Concept Temperature Test to be Conducted in Two Postal Districts

5-13-20 USPS provides NPMHU with Power Point Presentation on Proof of Concept Temperature Taking

Childcare for NYC Residents

Thanks to the hard-work of NY Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, USPS employees are eligible for free Childcare. This is open to all Essential Service Workers residing in New York City.

Enrich Centers Childcare for Essential Service Workers

NJI-NDC Member Nair Tiliouine

It is with regret and sorrow that we announce the passing of Local 300 NDC Mail Handler, Nadir Tiliouine. His death is attributed to complications from the Coronavirus. Brother Tiliouine passed on April 29, 2020.

Nadir began his career with the USPS in 2005; he worked in the NJI-NDC in Jersey City. He was a kind man, known for being a hard worker. Nadir was 62 years old. Please watch local sources for funeral arrangement details.

Please keep Brother Tiliouine’s family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

COVID-19 Info on liteblue.usps.gov

All COVID-19 issued material/information by the Postal Service at the National Level and filtered down to the USPS Areas, Districts, and Installations should be found on the website. Information includes Stand-Up Service Talks, Questions & Answers, Families First Coronavirus Act leave FFCRA. If you are not receiving Stand-Up Talks, see a steward, your branch president, or contact Local 300 HQ at (212)431-0040. https://liteblue.usps.gov/lite-blue/covid19/welcome.htm  

National NPMHU President Hogrogian’s April 29, 2020 Message to the Membership

April 29, 2020

Brothers and Sisters,

Mail Handlers and postal workers from around the country continue to courageously perform essential federal service under the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When I last reported to you regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) on April 8, 2020, there were 436 postal workers who were confirmed to be COVID-19 positive and 400 employees presumed to be positive for a total of 836 infected employees.  The latest numbers (as of April 28, 2020) show 1,234 postal workers who have tested positive and 847 employees who have been presumed to be positive for a total of 2,081 infected employees.  The number of Mail Handlers who tested positive is 142.  Unfortunately, 46 postal workers have died as a result of COVID-19, including 3 Mail Handlers, although it is uncertain if all of these employees were exposed at their postal employment.  These numbers will certainly continue to rise as the impact of the coronavirus has not yet reached its peak…. (Click here for more)

COVID-19 Resources

USPS Updates FFCRA Freuently Asked Questions 4-15-20

USPS Emergency Paid Sick Leave Supervisor Checklist 4-15 20

COVID-19 Updated Decision Tree 4-1-20

USPS FAQ Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Influenza & Coronavirus Cleaning Contingency (MMO)

Sadly, the NPMHU Announces the Passing of Local 307 Mail Handler, Anthony Smith

NYC Congressional Delegation Postal Service Workers Letter to Postmaster General 3-31-20

Families First Coronavirus Response Act MEMO to LPs 04022020 final CRM2

USPS Updated Criteria for Return to Work after COVID19 3-30-20

COVID-19 Testing sites and information (Note: Not for the “worried well” yet)

USPS Essential Public Service – Traveling to/from work – Stand Up Talk 3-23-20

USPS issues statement on the MOU on Liberal Changes of Schedule and Leave 3-23-20 (updated version)

Manager and supervisor COVID19 Guide FINAL CRM (002)

COVID19 – Frequently Asked Questions 3-20-20

USPS Briefs the NPMHU on Coronavirus COVID-19 3-20-20

MITIGATION MEASURES EMPLOYED AS CORONAVIRUS SPREADS

LP Message – March 18

MOU – Temporary Additional Paid Leave for MHAs COVID-19

MOU – Temporary Expanded SLDC Dependent Care During COVID-19

Memo to LPs – USPS Issues Guidance on Social Gatherings

Message from the Local President regarding the current pandemic.

March 18, 2020
To: Members of NPMHU Local 300

RE: COVID-19 Update

These are trying times for us. We are literally at War with an enemy we cannot see. All of us are on the front lines of this War. Mail Handlers have been through other challenging times (9/11, Anthrax, bombs in the mail, etc.) The Coronavirus is a serious threat to us, we all have to vigilant and remain calm, adjusting to this “new normal.”

On the national level, the NPMHU has been meeting with the USPS – Postmaster General and senior postal officers on a continual basis.

As of today, USPS employees that have tested positive nationwide:

2 – Seattle, WA (Clerk/MH)
2 – Westchester P&DC (EAS)
1 – Raleigh, NC

1 – White Plains, NY Post Office 1 – Manhattan (MVO)
2 – NY District (Postal Police)

There are approximately 150 USPS employees on self-quarantine by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), or other medical professionals.

These numbers will increase as the number of people tested increase with more testing being finally made available.

On the local level, since the evening of Saturday March 14, 2020 – I have been having daily constant contact with the USPS on the NE Area, District(s) and

installation levels. Tom Ruther our NPMHU NE Regional Director has been providing direct updates to Local 300 on a daily basis.

The USPS is not the lead agency during this pandemic. They are to follow the recommendations of the CDC and HHS. Below is a summary of the USPS Policy for COVID-19

  1. Employees returning from a “LEVEL 3” country or a cruise that visited a “LEVEL 3” country or had a confirmed positive test of another passenger, will be told to self-quarantine and paid Administrative Leave for 14 days.
  2. Employees who were in “close contact” – defined right now as within 6 feet or closer for 10 minutes or more – with someone who tested positive with COVID- 19, will be told to self-quarantine and paid Administrative Leave for 14 days. Note the definition of close contact has been changing during this fluid time.
  3. If employees develop symptoms of COVID-19 while on the 14-day self- quarantine, their leave will be changed from Administrative Leave to Sick Leave.
  4. If employee tests positive for COVID-19, they must remain out of work for at least 14 days and only allowed to return to work with a medical certification for work clearance.
  5. Postal Service buildings should be cleaned on regular basis on touch surfaces (door handles, mail processing equipment consoles, etc…)
  6. Gloves, masks, hand sanitizer should be available for employees. -Sanitizing wipes are in short supply. Many locations are making a cleaning solution with alcohol and wiping the commonly touched areas.
  7. All employees should be receiving regular stand-up talks from USPS management. If you are not, please notify a shop steward immediately.

We all need to practice SOCIAL DISTANCING. Keep 6 feet apart at all times. We have asked for stand up talks to be given to limited number of employees at a time, no huddling together for the talks. The USPS will be giving a stand-up talk on Social Gatherings.

PLEASE, IF YOU FEEL SICK, STAY HOME!

The USPS has now instituted a ‘liberal leave policy.’ Absences taken during this pandemic should not be used in future discipline. It is a matter of choice to come to work if you don’t feel comfortable commuting to work or at work. You should not feel ‘bullied’ by management to come to work or them try to hold you at work. Sick leave, annual leave, LWOP should be approved consistent with USPS leave regulations & documentation requirements. You still have to call to report your absences.

School & Daycare Closings – parents can use up to 80 hours of Sick Leave for Dependent Care (SLDC) for unexpected childcare needs. A national Memorandum Of Understating (MOU) was just signed today to reflect this change. The USPS said they would approve changes of schedule to the fullest extent possible.

The NPMHU National HQ was looking to get special leave available for MHAs. MHAs do not accrue leave in the same manner as FTRs. They are not eligible for paid sick leave or paid administrative leave. Also occurring today, a national MOU was signed giving MHAs up to 80 hours of paid leave for use in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National office of the NPMHU is located in AFL-CIO Headquarters in Washington, DC. The building will be closed for 2 weeks. The national officers, contract administration department, and staff will be working remotely to the fullest extent possible. Phone calls will be forwarded to the remote locations.

The counting of the ballots for the 2019 National Agreement will be delayed. The ballots have been locked and secured. They shall be counted in the near future.

Local 300 Headquarters located in NYC is open. The officers and staff are available. If we cannot answer the phone when you call, we will get back to you.

All around Local 300, we have been enforcing the enhanced cleaning procedures and constantly checking to ensure management is providing masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. Wipes have been in short supply. Please wash your hands frequently, wear gloves. Ask your supervisor for gloves or a mask. If these or hand sanitizer is unavailable request a shop steward.

On Saturday night, the ‘new normal’ started. I was notified of 2 EAS employees testing positive for COVID-19 at Westchester P&DC. The 2 employees did not work since 3/4/20 & 3/6/20 respectively. Other employees that had ‘close contact’ were told not to work and put on mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days. We faced initial resistance when we demanded the facility be closed for deep cleaning and sanitization. The Union was successful. An outside contractor was brought in. The installation was closed for 24 hours for this to occur. I visited the Westchester P&DC on yesterday. It was good to see the members and they were in good spirits.

The contract will be enforced to the fullest extent during this time. USPS leaders on the national, NE Area, and district levels have given us assurances that contractual provisions and procedures will be followed. However, as history dictates, there are many supervisors and managers that do not! If you have an concerns at all, speak with a shop steward, Branch President, or contact Local 300 HQ.

Attendance in each location is becoming a problem. Each location is short staffed. The USPS is looking to hire additional employees. Most locations have open overtime opportunities. Please work safe and perform the functions of one person, not the work of 2 or more.

We are working with the USPS to get even more cleaning done in all locations. Please don’t pay attention to rumors, especially on social media.

The USPS is a vital essential service for the country. We ensure the communication network for the nation – Packages need to be delivered – Medicines need to be received. I am very proud of each and every one of you. Keep up the great work providing this essential service for our country. We are expecting a parcel increase since most products are only available online due to store closures. Now is the time for us Mail Handlers to shine. You are a Hidden Hero of the Postal Service. It would take a Presidential order to shut down the USPS. Even though he has no passion for the USPS, I wouldn’t expect that to occur.

We will provide periodic updates on our official NPMHU Local 300 website atwww.local300npmhu.org – our smartphone app, and postings on Union bulletin boards.

Fraternally,

Kevin Tabarus, President, NPMHU Local 300

BE SAFE!

Local 300 has moved! Right behind the Empire State Building.

We have finally completed the move. A project which was begun in 2015, has reached fruition. Please come by and pay your HQ a visit.

20 W 33rd Street,  Suite 8A New York, NY 10001.

NPMHU Local 300 – Smartphone APP now in Apple APP STORE

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 (NPMHU Local 300). 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 for android users:     Google App Store   for iPhone users  APPLE STORE

Or search the Google or Apple APP Store “NPMHU Local 300”
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 this is verification of your email, and does not give you access to the app.
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.