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
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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.