Two (2) Scholarships Available
The Bergen County Central Trades & Labor Council, AFL-CIO is offering two (2) scholarships for 2014. For information to apply for both scholarships, please click here. Be sure to read the eligibility requirements for each scholarship. All members of NPMHU Local 300 and their dependents are eligible and may apply, regardless of if they live in Bergen County, New Jersey. Applications are due by April 12, 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.
HCES Maintenance 2/14 to 2/18
The USPS has notified the NPMHU that their Human Capital Enterprise System (HCES) will be down for scheduled maintenance from 2/14/14 at 0:01AM (Central Time) & should be completed by 2/18/14 at 5:00AM Central Time. Click here for the notice. This will impact: Web Job Bidding/Phone Bidding, Kiosk Services, eCareer, etc.
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.
NPMHU Nationwide Organizing Campaign
“Join the Union, Join the Fight – It’s a Career Decision”
In an effort to further unify our membership during these difficult and uncertain times, the NPMHU Committee on the Future has renewed a nationwide organizing campaign that has rolled out on January 1, 2014. The theme of this campaign is a familiar one, “Join the Union, Join the Fight—It’s a Career Decision!” As all Mail Handler union members know, there are some who take for granted the hard-fought salary and benefit packages that Mail Handlers enjoy. Many of those individuals do not recognize and value the hard work that NPMHU representatives provide, day in and day out, to secure, maintain, and improve upon our wages, benefits, job protections, and working conditions. Click here for more information. Click here for the New Member $50 Bounty Form.
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.
NPMHU Dues Increase & Adjustment
As a result of the 2011 National Agreement, the Mail Handler craft received its first general wage increase effective November 16, 2013 (Pay Period 25 of 2013).
As required by Article XIV, Section 3 of the 2012 National Constitution, “[e]ach time that Mail Handlers receive a general negotiated or arbitrated wage increase, the dues for each Local’s regular members shall be increased by one dollar ($1.00) per pay period…” Article XIV also directs that the dues and per capita tax increase shall go into effect as soon as possible after the effective date of each general negotiated or arbitrated wage increase.
The Postal Service had indicated that because of programming workload, the Postal Data Center (PDC) was unable to process the NPMHU dues increase until early in 2014. PDC is to first withhold this one dollar ($1.00) membership dues increase during PP03-2014, with retroactive collection back to PP25-2013 (when the wage increase takes effect).
In Pay Period 03-14, the retroactive dues adjustment will be $4.00 (for Pay Periods 25-13, 26-13, 01-14, 02-14). The one dollar ($1.00) dues increase shall be applied in PP03-14. The total amount deducted in Pay Period 03-14 is ($24.00) Twenty-four dollars.
Going forward, the dues amount shall be $20.00 per pay period.
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
Accommodations for Deaf
Management Instruction (MI) EL-670-2013-6 establishes guidelines for US Postal Service policies to provide certain types of reasonable accommodations, known as communication accommodations, to employees who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Postal Service has responsibilities under the law and the collective bargaining agreement to provide reasonable accommodations to employees. MI EL-670-2013-6 Accommodations to Deaf
National NPMHU Scholarship
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. Specific eligibility requirements for the program are detailed in the attached scholarship application. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2014 Click here for more info
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