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MHA Career Opportunities On Lite Blue

There is a new procedure for MHA Career Canvassing. No service talks will be given. MHAs should check on LiteBlue 2x a month. Career Opportunities for MHAs will be posted on the 1st and 15th of the month and be open for 10 days. These opportunities will be open for all MHAs within 50 miles of the career position. MHAs are advised to look on LiteBlue 2x a month (between 1st to 10th & 15th to 25th).

We will update the Local 300 webpage & smartphone app when we receive notification that career vacancies are available for MHAs within the Local 300 area.

Current career positions below will close on the 15th

  • FULL-Time Regular (PTR) position is available in Norwalk, CT
    • ​Position Schedule:
      • MON-:00:00 Midnight to 08:30AM Norwalk Main PO, TUES-10:30AM to 19:00PM Norwalk Main PO, WED-10:00AM to18:30PM NOR-Belden Station, THUR- 03:00AM to 11:30AM NOR-Belden Station, FRI – 00:00Midnight to 08:30AM Norwalk Main PO
      • SAT/SUN Days off
      • Weekly hours: 40 hours

Local 300 Scholarships Awarded

2022 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 winners of the annual competition for the Bernard Holloway, John A. Orchard, Edward J. Miller, Wally Merwin, and Aaron Preston Memorial Scholarship Awards.

This year we have awarded five (5) $1,000 scholarships for study at an accredited college, university, or trade school.

Marina Rezk – Daughter of Samah Rezk of the DVD Branch. Marina is attending Rutgers University and her major field of study is Pharmacy.

Kerissa Henry – Daughter of Gregory Henry of the DVD Branch. Kerissa is attending Rutgers University and her major field of study is Veterinary Medicine.

Beshoy Rezk – Son of Samah Rezk of the DVD Branch. Beshoy is attending Middlesex County College and his major field of study is Engineering.

Aniya Mayo – Daughter of Vallie Mayo of the Greater Newark Branch. Aniya is attending Rutgers University and her major field of study is Psychology.

Angelica Cimirro – Daughter of Lawrence Cimirro of the DVD Branch. Angelica is attending Kean University and her major field of study is Elementary Education.

Updated Wage Charts

Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) set at $2,455

Effective August 27, 2022, all career Mail Handler craft employees are scheduled to receive a cost-of-living (COLA) adjustment as outlined in Article 9.3 of the 2019 National Agreement. This is the last of six possible COLA increases under the terms of the current agreement. This COLA increase is based on the upward change in the relevant Consumer Price Index (CPI) following release of the July 2022 Index, using the July 2019 CPI index as a base.  The increase will appear in paychecks dated September 16, 2022 (Pay Period 19-2022).The resulting calculation provides an annual increase of $2,455 or $1.18 per hour for all Steps in Table 1 and for Step P of Table 2. The remaining Steps in Table 2 will receive the proportional COLA increase percentages as outlined in Article 9.3 of the National Agreement.

Wage Chart (pdf)

Night Differential Charts (pdf)

2022 Contract Update #10

2022 Contract Negotiations Extended Past Deadline

The final days and hours of bargaining over the terms of the NPMHU-USPS 2022 National Agreement have come to a close, with the parties unable to reach a tentative agreement over all of the terms and conditions that need to be covered by the National Agreement as of contract expiration at midnight on September 20, 2022.

Discussions are continuing, however, and thus the parties have agreed to extend their negotiations past last night’s deadline to give their bargaining representatives additional time to reach a comprehensive settlement agreement.

Though many topics have been discussed, there are still several items left for both parties to discuss. Due to these unresolved issues, the parties have agreed to extend their negotiations based on their shared hope that an overall agreement can still be reached without the interference of a third-party arbitrator.

More details about the past three months of bargaining, and the plans for future negotiations, will be shared in NPMHU publications and discussed with representatives of the Local Unions at a virtual meeting scheduled for Friday, September 23, 2022, with the NPMHU Negotiations Team.

Contract Update #10- https://www.npmhu.org/media/news/body/Contract-Update-10.pdf

Bidding Procedures Modified as Negotiations Continue

The parties affirm that effective September 21, 2022, employees represented by the NPMHU will be allowed to bid under the new contract, whether or not the parties reach a tentative settlement, extend bargaining, or enter into impasse procedures. Successful bids on or after September 21, 2022 will be counted towards the bid maximums established in the 2022 National Agreement.

September 20, 2022 Memorandum (pdf)

Labor Day Parade

Local 300 members, families, and friends all marched together in solidarity up 5th Avenue in the 2022 NYC CLC AFL-CIO Parade. It was a great day to celebrate that Union Workers are Essential to America!!!

Special thanks to Joe Palau & Shirley Ramos for organizing the parade event!

See more Labor Day Photos on NPMHU Local 300’s Flickr page

NPMHU National Convention – Local 300 Delegates – Denver, Colorado 2022

37 elected Delegates from Local 300 attended the NPMHU 2020 National Convention held in Denver, CO in August 2022. This convention was postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local 300 and 35 other NPMHU Local Unions from all over the country,  gathered together for important administrative business regarding the governance of the NPMHU. Changes were made to the NPMHU National and Uniform Local Union Constitutions.

Reports were provided by the National Officers, Constitution Committee, Resolutions Committee, Rules Committee, Credentials Committee, NPMHU Women’s Committee, Legislative and Political Committee

Local 300 was represented by the following 37 delegates at the NPMHU Convention…

Local President: Kevin Tabarus, Vice President: Yvette Johnson, Treasurer: Wilfredo Delgado, Recording Secretary & DVD Branch Pres.: Ray Bermudez, NY State Exec. Bd. & ISC-JFK Branch Pres.: Lucy Lombardo, NJ State Exec. Bd.: Michelle Kimber, CT State Exec. Bd. & Stamford Branch Pres.: James Smith, NJI/NDC: Joseph Costigan, Tommy Russo, Ann Goodlow, Jason Espinal NYC: Irene Delgado, Joe Palau, Erika Williams, Annesia Williams-Arnold, Brooklyn: Howie Spindler, Atika Muhammad, Kim Pinkney, DVD: Linda Gibbs, Lawrence Cimirro, Bethpage: Alan Sacks, Frank Schultz, Mid Island: David Lang, Flushing: Trevor Stuart, Jessie Lewis, Saieda Brown, Westchester: Alberta Prieto, Tracey Guzman, Phil Hester, ISC/JFK: Dan Danzo, Teresa Start, Greater Newark: Latina Crenshaw, Sediqua Perry, Teterboro: Mark Chandler, Western Nassau: Pete Bilotta, Stamford: Don Utz, Bronx: Shirley Ramos

See more NPMHU Convention – Local 300 Delegates on NPMHU Local 300’s Flickr page

OWCP & FMLA Training

Local 300 conducted OWCP & FMLA training on 9/15/22 at Local 300 HQ. Officers and Stewards were given instruction on OWCP & FMLA procedures and enforcement. Training given by National Shop Steward Trainer John Gibson, Recording Secretary & OWCP Representative Raymond Bermudez and Local 300 President Kevin Tabarus.

Vice President Yvette Johnson, Bethpage: Alan Sacks & Frank Schultz, Brooklyn: Atika Muhammad, Malik Sheppard, DVD: Larry Cimirro, Linda Gibbs, Nina Hinton, Flushing: Antonio Sanchez & Roland Phillips, Greater Newark: Latina Crenshaw, Sediqua Perry, Rasheerah Landrum, ISC – JFK: Lucy Lombardo, Ralph Gonzalez, Mid Hudson: Peter Letizia, Mid Island: Bob Lussos, Bob Cappuccio, Dennis Weinheim, Norbert Cirne, David Lang, NJI/NDC: Marie Chery, Michelle Kimber, Sunil Babu, Charles Valentine, New York City: Irene Delgado, Gail Tolbert, Yolanda Urena, Davis Wong, Lafia Sang, Stamford: James Smith, Teterboro: Mark Chandler, Westchester: Alberta Prieto & Jasmine Mills, Western Nassau: Pete Bilotta

Steward Training

Local 300 conducted Steward training on 9/14/22 at Local 300 HQ. Stewards were given instruction on representation, grievance procedure, etc. Training given by National Shop Steward Trainer John Gibson and Local 300 President Kevin Tabarus.

Bethpage Branch: Denny Lindo, Brooklyn Branch: Michael Vincent, DVD Branch: Randorf Asiama, Greater Newark Branch: Lakira Davis, ISC-JFK Branch: Charles Cooper, NJI/NDC Branch: Jennifer Williams, Romerson St Juste, Rishi Kishan, Tamika Hinnant, James Smith, NYC Branch: Davis Wong, Diana Bennett, Peter Jaipinta, Greg Anderson, Edward Bravo, Stamford Branch: Devin Gritten, Michelle ONeal, Myra Williams-Orr, Sandy Robinson, Tina Inabenet, Jamie McKenzie, Staten Island Branch: Alex Dew, Western Nassau Branch: Marvin Banos, Priscilla Wilson.

Great Adventure Event

NPMHU Local 300 is again sponsoring its annual event. Great Adventure Members friends & family day on Saturday, October 15, 2022!

Tickets $40.00 a person

Single day admission to Six Flags Great Adventure

Includes parking voucher

All you can eat & drink from 1PM to 3PM

Bus service MAY be available, if a bus can be filled. Bus $25 a person.

Tickets: first come, first served, No Refunds. 10 tickets per member. 

Mail checks or money orders payable to:

“NPMHU Local 300” 20 West 33rd Street, Suite 8A, New York, NY 10001 Attn: Treasurer

Must be received at Local 300 HQ by 10/3/22

Great Adventure Event printable flyer 2022

USPS Lists Post Offices and Facilities to Consolidate Operations

Articles have been published online indicating consolidations of various postal installations, without naming the affected installations.

Information has been shared with Postal Headquarters and the Union. This initiative is part of Postmaster General DeJoy’s “10 Year Plan.”

Currently, no plans to consolidate installations within the Local 300 area would adversely impact the membership.

We have been informed of plans to consolidate some delivery operations into  Mid Hudson and a location in Brooklyn. Creating new Sorting and Delivery Centers (S&DCs).

Mid Hudson P&DC is projected to have delivery (Letter Carrier) operations from 17 nearby post offices. We expect to gain work in Mid Hudson.

At a new location in Brooklyn (Alabama Ave.), it is projected to have “Foot/Parcel Delivery” operations from up to 7 nearby post offices.

There are several other S&DCs proposed around the country, involving hundreds of post offices.

In addition, there are proposals to create super processing centers, called new Regional Processing and Distribution Centers (RPDCs). Initial plans are for Atlanta and Indianapolis. There are no immediate or future plans named for RPDCs in the Local 300 area.

As soon as we know of any changes to your installation, you will be immediately informed.

STC Arbitration Won!!!

We are extremely pleased to announce that the NPMHU has prevailed in National arbitration concerning the Postal Service’s decision to subcontract Mail Handler work at the Kansas City Surface Transportation Center or STC.  A copy of the decision is attached.  The award also should apply to several other STCs that have been subcontracted, and favorably interprets several prior National awards under Article 32 and related contract provisions.

This case began in August 2019, when the Postal Service first notified the NPMHU at the National level that the Postal Service had decided to subcontract all mail handler work at the Kansas City STC, scheduled for opening and staffing in September 2019.  The National Union initiated a grievance at the Step 4 or National level, followed by additional grievances during subsequent months arising from similar situations in Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta, Washington DC, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Southern California, and Northern California.

In short, this Brent Award should help to restrict or even end the USPS practice of subcontracting Mail Handler work to private employers without first considering the views of the Union on all issues properly presented.

The Brent Award remanded the issue of remedy to the National parties, meaning that the remedial portion of this Award and its impact on subcontracting at the STC in Kansas City, and in other locations, is still to be determined.

Click here for more information

Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) set at $2,455

Effective August 27, 2022, all career Mail Handler craft employees are scheduled to receive a cost-of-living (COLA) adjustment as outlined in Article 9.3 of the 2019 National Agreement. This is the last of six possible COLA increases under the terms of the current agreement. This COLA increase is based on the upward change in the relevant Consumer Price Index (CPI) following release of the July 2022 Index, using the July 2019 CPI index as a base.  The increase will appear in paychecks dated September 16, 2022 (Pay Period 19-2022).The resulting calculation provides an annual increase of $2,455 or $1.18 per hour for all Steps in Table 1 and for Step P of Table 2. The remaining Steps in Table 2 will receive the proportional COLA increase percentages as outlined in Article 9.3 of the National Agreement.

Updated pay scales to be available soon.

Local 300 Newsletter

Local 300’s Newsletter is back. The Summer 2022 edition is in the mail to all members. We are planning to have a Winter edition in December.

NPMHU Local 300 News – Summer 2022 web

Local 300 Endorses Grace Meng

Local 300 is proud to once again endorse NY Congresswoman Grace Meng’s re-election to NY’s 6th Congressional District representing a large part of Queens.

Meng – Endorsement 5-6-22

New MOU: Annual Leave Carryover for Leave Year 2023 and Annual Leave Exchange Option for Leave Year 2023

The MOU on Annual Leave Carryover allows regular work force employees to carryover 520 hours of accumulated annual leave from Leave Year 2022 to Leave Year 2023.

Annual Leave Exchange Option for Leave Year 2022 will allow career employees to sell back a maximum of 80 hours of annual leave prior to the beginning of the leave year provided criteria is met.

3-29-22 New Memorandum of Understanding – Annual Leave Carryover for Leave Year 2023 and Annual Leave Exchange Option for Leave Year 2023

U.S. Department of Labor updates COVID-19 Claims Processing Guidelines Relating to Reinfections and Home Test

US Department of Labor amending previous FECA bulletins. COP for COVID-19

U.S. Department of Labor updates COVID-19 Claims Proccessing Guidelines Relating to Reinfections and Home Test 2-17-22

COVID-19 Positive? FECA OWCP Claims for Pay Compensation

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/owcp/FECA/InfoFECACoverageCoronavirus

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/owcp/FECA/regs/compliance/DFECfolio/FECABulletins/FY2020-2024#FECAB2109

Diagnosis of COVID-19. In order to establish a diagnosis of COVID-19, an employee (or survivor) should submit:

a. A positive Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result; or

b. A positive Antibody or Antigen COVID-19 test result, together with contemporaneous medical evidence that the claimant had documented symptoms of and/or was treated for COVID-19 by a physician (a notice to quarantine is not sufficient if there was no evidence of illness); or

c. If no positive laboratory test is available, a COVID-19 diagnosis from a physician together with rationalized medical opinion supporting the diagnosis and an explanation as to why a positive test result is not available.

In certain rare instances, a physician may provide a rationalized opinion with supporting factual and medical background as to why the employee has a diagnosis of COVID-19 notwithstanding a negative or series of negative COVID-19 test results.

Medical reports from nurses or physician assistants are acceptable if a licensed physician cosigns the report.

There is the possibility that Postal Employees can be compensated through OWCP. The hyperlink below has information on this. While the DOL states federal positions that interact with the public, we believe that Mail Handlers can claim similar exposure to other federal employees due to the confined nature of our works areas, since we work in a a high-risk environment.

All federal employees who develop COVID-19 while in the performance of their federal duties are entitled to workers’ compensation coverage pursuant to the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). See https://www.dol.gov/owcp/dfec/.

DOL acknowledges, however, that it is difficult to determine the precise moment and method of virus transmission. Therefore, when an employee claims FECA benefits due to COVID-19, federal workers who are required to have in-person and close proximity interactions with the public on a frequent basis – such as members of law enforcement, first responders, and front-line medical and public health personnel – will be considered to be in high-risk employment, thereby triggering the application of Chapter 2-0805-6 of the FECA Procedure Manual. In such cases, there is an implicit recognition that a higher likelihood exists of infection due to high-risk employment. Federal workers in such positions routinely encounter situations that may lead to infection by contact with sneezes, droplet infection, bodily secretions, and surfaces on which the COVID-19 virus may reside. Therefore, the employment-related incidence of COVID-19 is more likely to occur among members of law enforcement, first responders and front-line medical and public health personnel, and among those whose employment causes them to come into direct and frequent in-person and close proximity contact with the public.

Accordingly, DOL has created new procedures to specifically address COVID-19 claims. Employees filing a claim for workers’ compensation coverage as a result of COVID-19 should file Form CA-1, Notice of Traumatic Injury through your employer using the Employees’ Compensation Operations & Management Portal. The new procedures will also call the adjudicator’s attention to the type of employment held by the employee, rather than burdening the employee with identifying the exact day or time they contracted the novel coronavirus.

  • If a COVID-19 claim is filed by a person in high-risk employment, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) DFEC will accept that the exposure to COVID-19 was proximately caused by the nature of the employment. If the employer supports the claim and that the exposure occurred, and the CA-1 is filed within 30 days, the employee is eligible to receive Continuation of Pay for up to 45 days.
  • If a COVID-19 claim is filed by a person whose position is not considered high-risk, OWCP DFEC will require the claimant to provide a factual statement and any available evidence concerning exposure. The employing agency will also be expected to provide OWCP DFEC with any information they have regarding the alleged exposure, and to indicate whether they are supporting or controverting the claim. If the employer supports the claim and that the exposure occurred, and the CA-1 is filed within 30 days, the employee is eligible to receive Continuation of Pay for up to 45 days.

For full information, click below…

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/owcp/dfec/coronavirusfaqs

Join The Union, Join The Fight!

On behalf of nearly 50,000 active members of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU), we ask that you take a few minutes to review this brochure, which highlights some of the reasons that we believe you should join the NPMHU. We encourage you to join your fellow mail handlers in the fight to preserve the United States Postal Service, and in the continuing struggle to obtain and secure higher wages, increased benefits, and improved working conditions. (More info to Join the National Postal Mail Handlers Union)

The NPMHU’s new employee orientation video.

Join the Union Form

Standard Form 1187 is used to Join the Union. The form must be complete, the mail handler and union official must sign and date, and the completed document must be submitted Local 300 Headquarters for processing.

Standard Form 1187 PRINT VERSION

Standard Form 1187 FILLABLE

Local 300 has moved! Right behind the Empire State Building.

We have finally completed the move. A project which was begun in 2015, has reached fruition. Please come by and pay your HQ a visit.

20 W 33rd Street,  Suite 8A New York, NY 10001.

NPMHU Local 300 – Smartphone APP now in Apple APP STORE

Local 300 is proud to have completed a smartphone application, only for the members of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 300. We are the first & only NPMHU Local Union in the nation that has developed a smartphone app for its members. The app is available for download to all Local 300 Members via the Google App store, or the Apple App store (NPMHU Local 300). The app will send ‘push notifications’ on breaking news, events, contract information, salary increases, etc. It also contains many other useful resources, such as the National Contract, Contract Interpretation Manual (CIM), etc. To download this member-only app, click on the link for android users:     Google App Store   for iPhone users  APPLE STORE

Or search the Google or Apple APP Store “NPMHU Local 300”
The process for the app download is as follows:
1. Download the app via your iPhone or Android device.
2. Signup as a new user to the app. (Complete all fields)
3. You will first be sent an automatic ‘verification code’ to your email this is verification of your email, and does not give you access to the app.
4. After you enter the code into the app you will be sent an email advising you that have been approved, but pending membership verification. Be aware that you will not have automatic access to the app until we verify that you are a member of Local 300.
5. After the verification of your membership, you will receive a final email message indicating that you are approved. Log in, enter your password and start using the app.