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.

Plant Closings/Consolidations

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.

Eligible entrants can register and recieve all contest and program detials at this link.

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.

Click here to stay informed and join the fight.

NPMHU JOINS APWU IN THE STOP STAPLES CAMPAIGN

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.

Click here for more information

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.

Payscales 2014 PP07 March 8, 2014

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

USPS Non-Career Health Plan

Health Benefit plan opportunities for MHAs USPS Non-Career Health Plan – Nov 2013

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