Health Benefits- New Self Plus One Enrollment
As a matter of general interest, the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program and the USPS Non- Career Employee Health Benefits Plan will expand enrollment options to offer a Self Plus One enrollment type beginning in Plan Year 2016. Click here
House Appropriations Committee Votes to restore USPS Service Standards
While the House Appropriations Committee was approving the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill on June 17, 2015, an amendment to the bill was offered by Congressman Chakah Fattah, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, to restore USPS service standards back to July 1, 2012. That amendment was passed by a bi-partisan vote of 26 to 23, with six Republicans joining all voting Democrats on the Committee to support the amendment. The Members that voted yes for this amendment have heard and listened to their constituents and the business community, and clearly understand that we all need a Postal Service that is both vibrant and on time.
This battle is far from over, as this step is only the first of many needed to enact responsible postal reform. We will be monitoring the bill as it leaves the Committee and heads to the full House of Representatives. And if successful, it would then need to be taken up by the Senate. So our collective work is far from over.
“This initial victory was a team effort,” said NPMHU National President Paul Hogrogian, adding “I’d like to thank the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the American Postal Workers Union, and the National Association of Letter Carriers for closely working together to educate our elected officials as to why restoring the service standards is so important.”
NPMHU: Unions Request to White House: Proclaim Postal Heritage Day
On behalf of the nearly 500,000 postal employees who live and work in communities all across America, the NPMHU, APWU, NALC and NRLCA have jointly endorsed a request to the White House, seeking a Presidential Proclamation establishing a “Postal Heritage Day”. This proclamation would recognize America’s Postal Service as one of our great national treasures. By way of the proclamation, all Postal Unions respectfully request that President Obama designate July 26 “Postal Heritage Day” to recognize the Postal Service as a vital institution which belongs to the American people, and should be protected as a public service, a public asset, and a national treasure. Click here
Mail Handler’s awarded Craft Determination for the New SPSS Machine
Local 300 is pleased to announce that the Mail Handler’s was awarded the primary craft for all duties on the Small Parcel Sorter System (SPSS). Local 300 currently has one SPSS Machine in Flushing and is awaiting for another one in the near future tp be placed there. Click here for info
2015 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 annual competition for the Bernard Holloway, John A. Orchard, Edward J. Miller, Wally Merwin and Arron Preston 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 regularunion 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 July 11, 2015:click here for a copy
USPS has suspended nearly all remaining closures and consolidations to a date to be determined.
On May 22, 2015, the USPS announced significant changes to the Phase II-2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation initiative. With the exception of the Houston P&DC and Queens P&DC, the USPS has suspended all remaining closures and consolidations to a date to be determined. The National Office of the NPMHU has confirmed the revised list and requested a meeting to discuss the implications of these decision. Additional information will be disseminated as it becomes available.
The announcement and revised list is posted on our National website npmhu.org Click Here
Kevin Tabarus & Wilfredo Delgado Sworn In as Local 300 President & Local 300 Treasurer
New Local 300 Executive Board Is Ready
Kevin Tabarus has now assumed the position of Local 300 President. He was sworn into office by our new National President Paul Hogrogian. Kevin has been a Mail Handler since 1987. He started representing Local 300 as a steward in 1990 in the Hicksville/Mid Island Branch, where he later became a Chief Steward. In 2001, he transferred to Bethpage, NY the (then) NY PMPC installation. He was Branch President at Bethpage from 2001 to 2007. In 2007, Kevin became Treasurer for Local 300. He has served as a Local 300 delegate to several NPMHU & LiUNA Conventions. Tabarus has performed various duties for Local 300 over the years including, the Local 300 Website, Local 300 Mail Handler Newsletter, successful Arbitration Advocate, etc.
Kevin has assumed the duties of Contract Administration for Local 300. He remains committed to maintaining our financial stability. “We shouldn’t forget the past, concentrate on the present, and look ahead to the future of this labor organization. Contract enforcement is critical! We must ensure that postal management is held accountable.”
Wilfredo Delgado NYC Branch President has been selected by Local 300’s Executive Board as the new Local 300 Treasurer. Wilfredo has assumed this officer position effective May 2, 2015. Delgado will serve the remainder of the unexpired term of office. He was also sworn in by our new National President, Paul Hogrogian as Local 300’s Treasurer.
Wilfredo started as a Mail Handler since 1981. He first became a Steward in the NYC Branch in 1993 and has held various positions and performed numerous functions in the Union during his career. Willie also served as a Judge of Election in several Local 300 elections. Delgado served as NYC Branch President from 2005 through the present. Brother Delgado also was a delegate to several NPMHU National Conventions and LIUNA Conventions. We are certain that Willie’s knowledge and experience will prove a tremendous asset in his new position as Treasurer of Local 300.
Urge Your House Lawmaker to VOTE NO on H.R. 1563, the Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act
On Wednesday, April 15, the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider H.R. 1563, the Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2015.
H.R. 1563 would require the federal government to fire federal and postal employees who have an outstanding tax lien. It would amend federal law to make individuals with any federal tax liability ineligible for federal employment.
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the ranking member on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Government Operations have jointly championed their opposition to H.R. 1563 by way of today’s “Dear Colleague” letter urging their fellow colleagues to vote against this bill. For more info click here
NPMHU Joins Federal-Postal Coalition Calling on House Members to Defeat Harmful Republican Budget Resolution
The NPMHU has joined with 28 other federal and postal employee and retiree organizations, as members of the Federal-Postal Coalition, in calling upon House Members to defeat the Republican budget resolution. The House budget resolution specifically proposes the following benefit reductions: 1) FERS-covered federal and postal employees would contribute more toward their retirement benefits, paying an additional 6% with no increased benefit; 2) The “special retirement supplement” that pays benefits to FERS retirees who retire before they hit the age of eligibility for Social Security would be terminated; 3) The federal and postal workforce would be forced to make greater employee and retiree contributions toward health insurance premiums, whereby postal employees would be required to pay the same share of health and life insurance premiums as do federal employees, effectively stripping them of their right to bargain with the Postal Service over such terms; 4) The rate of return for the most popular G fund within the Thrift Savings Plan would be reduced.All Members are urged to write to their elected representatives if they are interested in helping to stop or limit this attack on future benefits. Visit the NPMHU Legislative Center for additional information. Click here
Connecticut State Executive Board Member Position Eliminated
The number of Connecticut Mail Handlers represented by Local 300 has fallen below 100 Mail Handlers. Article IV, section 1 of the NPMHU Uniform Local Union Constitution (ULUC) states in relevant part:
“The officers of this Local Union shall consist of a Local President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Board Members from each state within the Local’s territorial jurisdiction with a mail handler complement in excess of 100, and Branch Presidents as provided for herein.”
Local 300’s Executive Board voted to eliminate the Connecticut State Executive Board position at its March 5, 2015 meeting.
Don Utz held the position of CTSEBM from 2012 to 2015. Don was also Branch President of the Stamford Branch from 2010 to 2014. Don Utz began his career as a Mail Handler in 1985. He has proudly represented the Mail Handler craft as a Shop Steward for over 2 decades. In addition, he has proven to be a successful arbitration advocate. He has also represented Local 300 as a Delegate for 2011 LiUNA Convention, 2008 & 2012 NPMHU Conventions. We thank Don Utz for his dedication and years serving as an officer of this Local Union.
Don Utz shall continue representing the Mail Handler craft as a steward and arbitration advocate for Local 300. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
Arbitration Advocate Training
Local 300 presented an Arbitration Advocate Training Program given by the National Shop Steward Trainers Tim Dwyer and Paul Hogrogian. The training was conducted on March 18&19, 2015. The following representatives participated in the program:
Terence Flynn NJI NDC, Michelle Kimber-Sadler NJI NDC, Antonio Sanchez Flushing, Jessie Lewis Flushing, Roland Phillips Flushing, Tracey Grooms Westchester, Tony Allen Westchester, Alex Frazier NJ LDC, Shirley Ramos NYC, Annesia Williams-Arnold NYC, Maurice Torres San Juan, Julio Collazo San Juan, Kim Pinkney Brooklyn.
Vice President Tom Reid, Treasurer Kevin Tabarus, Recording Secretary Linda Yancey, NYC Branch President Willie Delgado and Regional Director Tom Ruther also participated in the training. Click here for photos
Local 300 Steward Training
Local 300 presented a Basic Shop Steward Training Program on March 17, 2015 given by National Shop Steward Trainers Paul Hogrogian and Tim Dwyer. The following stewards will be participated in the program: Mark Perlowski - Mid Island, Simon Kandoth -Westchester, Robert Gilliam – Westchester, Steve Valentin – Westchester, Patrick Gilmartin – NJI NDC, Michelle Kimber-Sadler – NJI NDC, Michelle Boyer NJI-NDC, Megan Ford – NJI NDC, Robert Petruska – NJI NDC, Crystal Cuthbertson – NJI NDC, Thomas Samuels – NJI NDC, Marie Chery – NJINDC, Linda Gibbs – DVD, Nina Hinton – DVD, Mia Winters – DVD, Theresa Start – JFK, T. T. Mui – JFK, Ralph Gonzalez – JFK, Lynn Bennett – NYC, James Smith Stamford
Local 300 Vice President Tom Reid and Local 300 Treasurer Kevin Tabarus also participated in the presentations. Click Here for photos
Kevin Tabarus Selected as Next Local President
Kevin Tabarus, Treasurer of Local 300 has been selected by Local 300’s Executive Board as the new Local 300 President. Kevin will assume his new office effective May 2, 2015.
Tabarus will serve the remainder of the unexpired term of office. Kevin has been a Mail Handler since 1987. He first became a Steward in the Mid Island Branch in 1990, later serving as Chief Steward, and has held various positions and performed numerous functions in the Union during his career. Tabarus served as NY LDC Branch President from 2001 through 2007. Kevin also served as a Judge of Election in the 2012 National elections. Kevin works with Vice President Reid in maintaining and updating Local 300’s web site. Brother Tabarus also was a delegate to NPMHU National Conventions (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012) and LIUNA Conventions (2006, 2011).
NPMHU ARTHUR S. VALLONE NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR
The National Postal Mail Handlers Union is pleased to offer the opportunity for regular craft members of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, and members of their immediate families, to apply for scholarship assistance from the NPMHU Arthur S. Vallone National Scholarship Program. Click here for more info
FEEA Scholarships Available
Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund Scholarships are now available online, now till the end of March -Click here for More Info
House Resolution 54 Restores Service Standards to those of July 1, 2012
A bi-partisan group of house members are urging the USPS to return to the July 1, 2012 service standards. The coalition of house members led by David McKinley a Republican from West Virginia and Paul Tonka a Democrat from New York are expressing the will of the Congress standing for an efficient and reliable service for all Americans.
Please contact your house member and ask her or him to co-sponsor H. Res. 54 … Take Action
US Labor Department updates FMLA’s definition of spouse
Workers in legal, same-sex marriages, regardless of where they live, will now have the same rights as those in opposite-sex marriages to federal job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to care for a spouse with a serious health condition. The U.S. Labor Department announced a rule change to the FMLA today in keeping with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor. That ruling struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act provision that interpreted “marriage” and “spouse” to be limited to opposite-sex marriage for the purposes of federal law. (Click here for more)
Legislation to Reinstate Overnight Delivery Standards
Protect Overnight Delivery Act Introduced
February 6, 2015-Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Protect Overnight Delivery Act. The bipartisan legislation would reinstate overnight postal delivery service and prevent the Postal Service (USPS) from operating under the current, weaker delivery standards. The elimination of overnight delivery has already resulted in slower mail delivery for millions of Americans. Again and again, members of Congress said to the Postal Service: do not unilaterally eliminate overnight delivery or close postal facilities. The Postmaster General should not preempt Congressional action and, in the absence of a comprehensive bill, Congress should move forward with this legislation. With over 140 facilities already closed, and another 82 set to close in the coming months, Congress must act.
Hogrogian to Resign as Local 300 President – Effective May 2015
I am writing to inform you that our National President, John Hegarty, will be retiring from the NPMHU effective May 1, 2015 after a long and distinguished Union career, and that the National Executive Board has selected me to be the new National President of the NPMHU.
I make these announcements with mixed emotions. First, I hope you join me in congratulating John for all his accomplishments throughout his long and illustrious Union career. Because of John’s efforts the National Postal Mail Handlers Union is as strong and as respected as it is today. Through John’s hard work and that of Secretary-Treasurer Mark Gardner, our Union is one of which all members can be proud.
I am honored to have been selected National President and look forward to face the challenges that lie ahead. However, I am also sad that I will be leaving Local 300 after serving as a Local Officer since 1989 and Local President since 2002. I will miss working with all the officers, representatives and members who I have had the pleasure of knowing over the years. I will forever remain a devoted member of Local 300.
Hegarty Announces Retirement… Paul Hogrogian to become National President
David Wilkin will replace Hogrogian as the Northeast Region Vice President. Wilkin currently serves as the President of Local 309 in Buffalo, NY
Click here for more information.
USPS 2015 Pay Period Calendar
The USPS 2015 Pay Period Calendar, which reflects USPS payroll dates and holidays. Please note that USPS has 27 pay periods during 2015. Click Here to View or Download
USPS 2014 Annual Report to Congress
The USPS has recently released it’s 2014 Annual Report to Congress. Click Here
2015 Leave Chart
The Local 300 Leave chart is now available online. Click here to View or Download
Union Notified of New Developments in USPS Data Breach
December 18, 2014 – In a new development on the earlier data breach at the Postal Service, USPS has now sent individual letters to another group of employees who may have had personal information compromised. USPS informed us that a large number of Workers Compensation records were “possibly” compromised, in some cases including not only personal identifying information (such as social security number), but certain medical information and bank routing information as well. Further, these types of records go back many years, as opposed to the earlier reports related to records back as far as May 2012. For more info, click here
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.
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
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.
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
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.