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.
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.
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.
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