Stop Delaying America’s Mail!
Postal Unions are calling for a National Day of Action on Nov.14
The Four postal unions are calling for a National Day of Action on Nov.14 to send a message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!”
The Postmaster General is ready to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service. Click here for info
USPS Cyber Attack – Employee Data Compromised
The Postal Service recently informed the NPMHU of a cyber intrusion into some of its information systems and an investigation began as soon as the intrusion was discovered. Steps already have been taken to strengthen the security of USPS systems and there will be additional measures in the coming days and weeks. The investigation indicates that files containing employee information were compromised, including names, dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, beginning and end dates of employment, and emergency contact information for all active employees.
USPS OIG Report – Proposed Mail Delivery Service Standard Changes – Bad Idea!!!
The Office of Inspector General has concluded USPS has not analyzed Planned Service Standard changes or informed stakeholders of the changes related to Phase 2 of the plant closures/consolidations. Service standard impact studies were not performed in 91 of 95 Area Mail Processing feasibility studies. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act indicates that the Postal Service must: provided adequate public notice to affected communities, provide info on any effects to customers and employees, afford affected persons ample opportunity to provide input, take public comments into account in making a final decision.
The OIG stated that with the planned service standard changes, the Postal Service may experience: DEGRADATION of SERVICE to communities, including delayed mail, more carriers delivering mail after 5PM, customer dissatisfaction, harm to the Postal Service’s brand and affect future revenue.
NPMHU Prevails in Lead Clerk National Arbitration
We are extremely pleased to announce that the NPMHU has prevailed in its National arbitration against the Postal Service over the ability of the Postal Service to allow Lead Clerks to supervise or in any way to assign or direct the work of members of the Mail Handler craft.
Mail Handlers to Receive Guaranteed Wage Increase – Effective 11/15/14
Effective on November 15, 2014, all career Mail Handler craft employees are scheduled to receive the second of three guaranteed wage increases, as outlined in Article 9.1 of the 2011 National Agreement. Specifically: “the basic annual salary schedule, with proportional application to hourly rate employees, for all grades and steps for those employees covered under the terms and conditions of this Agreement shall be increased as follows: Effective November 15, 2014 — the basic annual salary for each grade and step of Table One and Table Two shall be increased by an amount equal to 1.5% of the basic annual salary for the grade and step in effect on February 15, 2013.” Please note that all Mail Handler Assistant (MHA) employees will receive an additional 1.0% increase, for a total increase of 2.5% effective on November 15, 2014.
2014 Open Season Going Green
Health, dental and vision guides
Beginning this Open Season, the following Guides will be available for downloads on LiteBlue: Guide to Benefits for Career USPS Employees, Guide to Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program. The Guides will no longer be automatically mailed.
Open Season Schedule: Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) – November 10 – December 9, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Federal Employees Dental and Vision insurance Program (FEDVIP) November 10 – December 8 , 2014 at 11:59 Eastern Time
NPMHU files National Level Grievance to Protest Closing/Consolidations
The National Postal Mail Handlers Union is protesting that the Postal Service is using old data, not current data to close or consolidate 82 Mail Facilities around the country. The USPS Handbook PO-408 “Area Mail Processing Guidelines” also requires notification to stakeholders, affected politicians, public input, etc. The Postal Service appears to be in direct violation of the Handbook PO-408, Violating the NPMHU National Agreement. Click here for more info
Northeast Area Network Rationalization
The Postal Service announced their agenda, which they intend to implement around January 10, 2015. One of the changes they would like to make is the service standards, changing overnight service for first class will be changed from 1 day to 2 day. 2 day service will not change.
More of the DPS mail will be worked on tour 2 and 3 and the number of DPS machines used will go down as they will have more run time. Flats operations could change to. They will be going ahead with their proposed consolidation plans unless congress gets involved to stop the service standard change and prevent 82 processing plants across the country from being consolidated or closed. Click here for more info.
Consolidations and Closings Update
As you are aware the NPMHU was recently notified that the USPS would resume implementation of the plant closings and consolidations that were previously put on hold in February. There are 82 installations nation-wide on the closing and consolidation list provided by the Postal Service. Three of those installations (Flushing, Mid Hudson and Stamford) fall within the jurisdiction of Local 300. In addition the NPMHU was recently notified by the USPS’ Northeast Area that the Northern NJ Metro P & DC (Teterboro) outgoing operations would also be included in this round of closings and consolidations. Click here for more.
URGE YOUR HOUSE MEMBER TO SUPPORT A ONE YEAR MORATORIUM ON PLANT CLOSURES
Prevent the Elimination of up to 15,000 Postal Service Jobs
The National Postal Mail Handlers Union is calling upon every member to contact their respective House Member, and urge them to support a one-year moratorium on the PMG’s proposed closure of 82 mail processing facilities. These actions will inflict irrevocable harm upon the mail system; adversely affect commerce and the quality of mail service, and potentially eliminate up to 15,000 Postal Service jobs.
Now is the time to act .Please help get our message out. Contact your House Member and ask them to co-sign a letter in support of inserting language, in the FY 2015 Continuing Resolution, and any potential omnibus legislation, requiring the Postal Service to suspend its processing facility closure plans for one year.
The letter will be sent to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowery and the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee. Click here
COLA Totals $1,227 – Effective 9/6/14
Effective on September 6, 2014, all career Mail Handler craft employees are scheduled to receive both the second and fourth of seven possible cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments as outlined in Article 9.3 of the 2011 National Agreement. These two COLA increases are based on: (1) the upward change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) following the release of the July 2013 Index (this amount totaled $540, as per the Fishgold Arbitration Award, this COLA increase was deferred by one year); and (2) the upward change in that Index Base following release of the July 2014 Index (this amount totaled $687, but was not subject to a deferral period). Taken together, these two COLA adjustments resulted in an annual increase of $1,227 for all Steps in Table 1 (Mail Handlers hired before 2/15/13) and for Step P of Table 2. (The $1,227 COLA equals a 2.2% increase for a top step FTR Mail Handler.)
The remaining Steps in Table 2 (Mail Handlers hired after 2/15/13) are scheduled to receive the proportional COLA increase percentages as outlined in Article 9.3 of the National Agreement. MHAs wage rates remain unchanged. Click here for the Payscales
The next scheduled wage increase for all Mail Handlers (career & non-career) shall occur on 11/15/14. FTRs, PTFs, PTRs shall receive a 1.5% general wage increase. MHAs are scheduled to receive a 2.5% general wage increase.
Local 300 Memorial Scholarships 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.
The winners are as follows : Bria Cherelle Barnes – Daughter of Tyrone Barnes of the NJI/NDC Branch, Meemu Chacko – Daughter of Jasmine Chacko of the Western Nassau, Justin Lombardo and Antonio Lombardo III – Sons of Anthony Lombardo of the Teterboro and Vrunda Parikh – Daughter of Milan Parikh of the Westchester Branch. (Click Here for more info)
Labor Day Parade
All Mail Handlers join NYC’s working families for the 2014 Labor Day Parade.Local 300 will be assembling at 10:00 AM on September 6th at West 45th street between 5th & 6th Ave. We will be marching at 11:30 AM up Fifth Ave to 65th street.Bring your family and friends. Join us for a few hours as we march to celebrate and honor Union Sisters and Brothers! Food and Beverages will be provided. Local 300 T-shirts will be given to those who march with us. Click here
Bidding Allowed on Probation
Full time mail handlers (including recently converted MHAs) who are serving on probation are now eligible to bid for vacant duty assignments in accordance with Article 12.3 of the National Agreement. This includes any bids that are now posted. Click here
Changes in Local 300
Yvette Johnson has been appointed as Local 300’s RI 399 Coordinator for jurisdictional disputes. Yvette has been a mail handler since 1992. She first became Chief Steward of the Brooklyn Branch in 1996. Yvette was elected as Branch President of the Brooklyn Branch in 2008, 2011, 2014. Yvette also serves as the New York State Executive Board Member. Yvette has held various positions and performed numerous functions in the Union during her career. Yvette also served as a delegate to the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 NPMHU Conventions as well as the 2011 LIUNA Convention.
Thomas Reid has been appointed as Local 300’s Legislative – Political Coordinator. Thomas has been a mail handler at the NJI & NDC since 1974. He became a steward in 2001, Chief Steward in 2002 and then elected branch president in 2005. Thomas has been serving as the chief steward since 2009 till present. He also has served as judge of election in 2011 and 2014. He was elected to the 2006 laborers convention and the 2008 NPMHU National Convention.
The NPMHU was recently notified that the USPS would resume implementation of the plant closings and consolidations that were previously put on hold in February. There are 82 installations nation-wide on the closing and consolidation list provided by the Postal Service. Three of those installations (Flushing, Mid Hudson and Stamford) fall within the jurisdiction of Local 300.
Local 300 will work closely with the National Office, other Postal Unions and elected officials to oppose the Postal Service’s ill-conceived plans to cut postal services which could lead its ultimate demise. Local 300 will work with all our allies (other unions, community groups, elected officials) to develop a strategy which should include mobilizing our membership, contacting Members of Congress and hold coordinated “Days of Action.” (Click here for more info)
Local 300 Vice President Vacancy
Local 300 Vice President Robert Blum has accepted a position at National NPMHU Headquarters to be Assistant to the National President. Vice President Blum shall resign from his position of Local 300 Vice President on or about August 8, 2014.
Article IV, section 4 of the Uniform Local Union Constitution (ULUC) states: “In the event of a vacancy in any office of this Local Union, the vacancy…shall be filled by a majority vote of the Local Union Executive Board. Such vacancies shall be filled only for the unexpired term of office.”
Local 300’s Executive Board will be discussing this matter at its September 30, 2014 meeting. Any member wishing to apply for the Local 300 Vice President position or nominate another member for this position should notify Local 300’s Executive Board by September 29, 2014. Applications/Nominations should be sent as follows:
By Mail: Local 300 Executive Board, C/O Local President Paul Hogrogian, 111 John Street-Suite 710, New York, NY 10038
By Fax: 212 941-6499, Att: Local 300 Executive Board, C/O Local President Paul Hogrogian
By E-Mail: Hoagievp@aol.com, Att: Local 300 Executive Board, C/O Local President Paul Hogrogian
$20K Student Loan Giveaway from Union Plus
The $20K Student Loan Giveaway is the latest way Union Plus is showing its commitment to Union families and higher education. Union Plus will put a major dent in the student loan debt of three lucky winners who will receive a grand prize of $10K or one of two $5K loan payments. Plus, more prizes of courses, consultations and books – provided by The Princeton Review – will also be awarded.
Register to win by August 15, 2014. Terms and Conditions
Local 300 Installation of Officers
On July 17, 2014, National Mail Handler President John Hegarty, presided over the swearing in of recently elected officers for Local 300. Also in attendance were National Secretary-Treasurer Mark Gardner and Northeast Regional Director Tom Ruther. The newly elected officer’s term will be for 3 years.
Pictured in the photo are, seated (L to R): Kevin Tabarus – Treasurer, Yvette Johnson – NYSEBM & BP Brooklyn, Linda Yancey – Recording Secretary, Bob Blum – VP, Paul Hogrogian – Local 300 President & NPMHU NE Reg. VP
Standing (L to R): Pete Bilotta – BP Western Nassau, Tony York – BP Westchester, Mark Gardner – NST, Alex Frazier – BP NJ LDC, Ray Bermudez – BP DVD, Wilfredo Delgado – BP NYC, Terry Flynn – BP NJI/NDC, Charlie Price – NJSEBM, John Hegarty – NP, Lucy Lombardo – BP ISC/JFK, Tom Ruther – NE Regional Director, Ron Sodaro – BP Stamford, Don Utz – CTSEBM, Trevor Stuart – BP Flushing. Not pictured: Jim Perkins – BP Mid Hudson, Dawn Licata – BP NY LDC, Bob Lussos – BP Hicksville/Mid Island, Ricky Gonzales – BP Teterboro (Click here for photos)
New York Liberty Outing by Local 300
On Sunday, June 29th Local 300 sponsored an outing to see the NY liberty Woman’s basketball Game against the Connecticut Sun. Approximately 90 tickets were sold for the event which also featured Maddie’s (the Liberty Mascot ) Birthday. All those in attendance received posters. A lot of fun was had as the fans enjoyed the poster, the tee shirts that were thrown into stands, and of course the game. The game was a nail biter but eventually was won by the New York liberty women’s team. Click here for photos
The next sporting event sponsored by Local 300 will be on August 17th at 1 PM as the New York Mets take on the Chicago Cubs. See your shop steward or branch president to purchase tickets to the game.
AMP Network Consolidation Notice
The Postal Service announced on 6/30/14 that they would resume with the Area Mail Processing Network Consolidation activities, which were previously put on hold. It is proposed to consolidate the following installations within Local 300 beginning in January 2015 (to what degree is not known at this time): Flushing P&DC into Brooklyn P&DC, Stamford P&DC into Westchester P&DC, Mid Hudson P&DC into Albany P&DC. Memo from NPMHU President Hegarty RE: Closings/Consolidations 6-30-14
Local 300 Officer Election Results
The results of the recent Officer Election have been certified by the Judges of the Election. Click here for the, 2014 Local 300 Officer Election – Certified Results
Local 300 Scholarship Open
The Local Union Council and members of Local 300 of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union are proud to announce the annual competition for the Bernard Holloway, John A. Orchard, Edward J. Miller, and Wally Merwin Memorial Scholarship Awards.We will be awarding five (5) $1,000 scholarships for study at an accredited college, university, or trade school. The scholarships are available for children, grandchildren, and legal wards of our regular members.
The five brothers memorialized in this scholarship devotedly served the cause of Mail Handlers and enabled us all to benefit. In awarding these scholarships we re-affirm our commitment to increasing the educational opportunities available to our members and to the working class. We also reaffirm our commitment to struggle for knowledge and genuine democracy in order to create a better world in which an informed and enlightened people can best decide their fate.
All members are urged to read the “Requirements” for consideration and to urge every eligible applicant (a regular union member’s child, grand-child, or legal ward who meets the scholarship requirements) to apply. Completed applications must be received at Local 300 headquarters by August 1, 2014. Click here for the Local 300 Memorial Scholarship 2014 application. If you have any questions contact Kevin Tabarus, Treasurer at Local 300 headquarters.
Sponsored Member Sporting Events
Local 300 has purchased tickets to various sport ventures in the NYC area. Tickets cost $20 each. They must be purchased in advance, contact Local 300 HQ or see a steward for details. On June 1st at 1PM, members can see the NY Yankees vs, the Minnesota Twins. (Click here for info) On June 29th at 3PM members can see a WNBA game @Madison Square Garden featuring the NY Liberty vs. the Connecticut Suns. (Click here for info) On August 17th at 1PM, members can see the NY Mets vs. Chicago Cubs. (Click here for info)
Say “No!” to VOE Survey
The Union has recently received notification that all non-career (MHA) employees will also be provided with Voice Of the Employee (VOE) surveys. It is highly recommended that all Mail Handlers do not complete the survey. In the past, data from these surveys were used against the Mail Handler craft in contract negotiation. Participation is voluntary and not recommended.
PDF version of Contract Now Bookmarked!
The Adobe (pdf) version of the National Agreement on this website is now user friendly, for your convenience. Bookmarks have been added for each
article, section, memorandum of understanding, and letters of intent. Hyperlinks have been added for the MOUs and Letters of Intent within the articles. Save to your computer to use these features. Click here
STOP STAPLES –National Day of Action– Set for April 24, 2014
The National Postal Mail Handlers Union is encouraging all Union members to mark their calendars and hold April 24, 2014 for a National Day of Action to protest the privatization of postal retail services at Staples office-supply stores.
“The Stop Staples campaign will include protests outside Staples stores in cities across the country. All mail handlers are asked to support the campaign by signing the petition. Members are also encouraged to participate in local rallies where possible,” said NPMHU President John Hegarty.
Postal Union Alliance
All Postal Unions Unite in Historic Agreement to Protect Americas Postal Service
On March 10, 2014 an historic agreement was signed by the Postal Union Presidents representing the Mail Handlers, American Postal Workers, City Letter Carriers and Rural letter Carriers. The purpose of the agreement is to show our solidarity, and to protect the invaluable institution that is the United States Postal Service. We call upon our members, and the American Public to join with us in this important endeavor.We stand for a public Postal Service, enhancement and expansion of service and protection of good union jobs in our communities. We stand with the people of our country in defense of their right to a universal postal service operated in the public interest.
New Payscale Effective – 3/8/14
Effective on March 8, 2014, all career Mail Handler craft employees are scheduled to receive the first of seven possible cost of-living (COLA) adjustments as outlined in Article 9.3 of the 2011 National Agreement. This COLA increase is based on the upward change in the relevant Consumer Price Index (CPI) Base following release of the January 2013 Index. As prescribed in the Fishgold Arbitration Award, the implementation of this COLA increase was delayed by one year. This Consumer Price Index change resulted in an annual increase of $146 for all Steps in Table 1 and for Step P of Table 2. The remaining Steps in Table 2 have received the proportional COLA increase percentages as outlined in Article 9.7 of the 2011 National Agreement. Because of slight deflation in the U.S. economy and a corresponding decline in the CPI Index between July 2013 and January 2014 there was no COLA increase for that adjustment period.
NJ LDC Casual Grievance Settlement
The grievance settlement resulted in awarding approximately $1,600,000 to NJ LDC Mail Handlers. Most NJ LDC Mail Handlers, (that have been continuously on the rolls at NJ LDC since 12/31/06) will receive $6,000 each. Local 300 President Paul Hogrogian negotiated the settlement with assistance from NJ LDC Branch President Alex Frazier & NJ State Executive Board Member Charlie Price.
All Four Postal Unions Oppose Amended Senate Bill S. 1486
The four postal unions sent a joint letter to members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Jan. 27 expressing “strong opposition” to an amended version of Senate bill 1486, and urging senators to oppose the bill when it is considered by the committee on Jan. 29. The substitute bill was issued on Jan. 23 by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), the authors of the original bill.
“As S 1486 proceeds to a Committee mark-up, it is disappointing that this latest version of the bill still contains unnecessary service cuts, attacks on employee benefits, and interferes with our collective bargaining rights” said National President John Hegarty. Click here for more info.
USPS Network Rationalization Initiative Postponed
The Postal Service announced that it is postponing the second phase of the Network Rationalization initiative, and the corresponding service standard changes. This postponement effectively continues the service standards currently in effect and delays any related closings or consolidations. Any future re-implementation of the Network Rationalization initiative will be announced by the Postal Service in the Federal Register at least 90 days before it takes effect. Click here for the announcement in the January 24, 2014 Federal Register.
Local 300 Casual Grievance Settlements
Local 300 has settled (in some instances for substantial monetary remedies) several grievances in which we challenged the Postal Service’s improper use of casual employees. Casual In Lieu Of (CILO) Settlements 2013