Local 300 Mail Handler News
The Fall 2013 issue of the Local 300 Mail Handler News has been published. Copies of this latest issue will be mailed to all members home addresses. This issue includes a brief summary of the new National Agreement, as well as wage tables for all Mail Handler effective 11/16/13. In addition, tables are included reflecting the new increased rate for night differential. Click here
MHA Health Benefits
All Mail Handler Assistants (MHAs) will be eligible for the USPS Non-Career Employee Health Benefits Plan for Calendar Year 2014 (Effective January 11, 2014). MHAs may use PostalEASE to apply. The open season dates are the same as those for FEHB plans (November 11-December 10, 2013). The premiums are $50 per pay period for self only and $260 per pay period for self and family.
MHAs employed for more than 1 year (disregarding breaks in service) are also eligible to select from FEHB plans (with NO USPS contribution.
New Payscales Effective 11-16-13
All Mail Handler craft employees are scheduled to receive the first of three guaranteed wage increases as outlined in Article 9 the 2011 National Agreement. Section 1 of Article 9 indicates that the basic annual salary for each grade and step of Table One and Table Two (Career Mail Handlers) will be increased by an amount equal to 1.0% of the basic annual salary in effect on February 15, 2013. Section 7 of Article 9 indicates that the hourly rates for Mail Handler Assistants shall be adjusted by the general increase provided for in Section 9.1 (1.0%). In addition, MHAs will receive an additional increase of 1.0% effective on November 16, 2013.
Click here for the new Payscales. Note that: Page 1 applies to Career Mail Handlers hired before February 15, 2013 (Tables 1 & 3). On Page 2 – Table 2 is applicable to Career Mail Handlers hired after February 15, 2013 and Mail Handler Assistants, Table 4 indicates the rates of Night Differential for Career Mail Handlers hired after February 15, 2013 and Mail Handler Assistants
The next Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA) will be paid in March of 2014 for all Career Mail Handlers. MHAs do not receive COLAs.
Government Shutdown… Impact on Members
Some agencies that manage benefits for the Mail Handler craft could be affected by the recent government shutdown. Click here for more info and a listing of agencies.
President Hegarty Testifies Before Senate
On September 26, 2013, President Hegarty testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. In testimony, Hegarty commented that, “Further reductions in the number of processing facilities or in the hours worked by mail handlers will have a direct and dire impact on the timely processing and delivery of all classes of mail.” Hegarty highlighted the Mail Handlers ongoing contributions to the financial turnaround of the Postal Service noting all postal employees have contributed to the rejuvenation of the Postal Service. Click here for more
FEHB Premiums to Rise in 2014
Postal enrollees, who make up about 25 percent of FEHBP, will see an overall increase of 3.8 percent. Click here for more.
NYC Stewards Meeting 9-12-13
The Meeting Agenda: LMOU negotiations, Review of contract, Mail handler assistant
hiring, Grievance handling, Operational changes at Morgan P&DC, Staffing at Morgan and C/S stations.
We appreciate the input and support from our members. We will continue to move our Union forward. Click here for photos.
Branch Local Agreements
Current and archived Branch Local Agreements (LMOUs) have been posted on this website. See your steward to ensure that you are viewing the current agreement. Click here.
President Hegarty Addresses AFL-CIO Delegates at AFL-CIO Convention
President Hegarty commented that the NPMHU with support from other postal union affiliates of the AFL-CIO have worked to build broad public coalitions to resist more damaging austerity in the Postal Service and to build support for sensible reform. Such reform has been proposed in Congress: The Postal Protection Act of 2013—S. 316 in the Senate and H.R. 630 in the House. For more, click here.