NPMHU REACHES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT
Ballot Count Delayed Due to Covid 19
Greetings Local 302 members and friends! A lot has happened since our newsletter last year, and I am happy to be able to share it with you.
NEW CONTRACT! Our National Officers and Contract Administration Department have negotiated an outstanding National Agreement to follow the contract that ended last September. The new contract will cover 3 years and contains four general wage increases of 1.1%, 1.0%, 1.0% and 0.8% (3.9% total), the first of which will be retroactive to November 23, 2019. It also includes continued Cost of Living Allowances (6 total), continues the Article 6 No Layoff Clause, includes a one-time conversion of MHAs with 2.5 years of service, elimination of ALL CASUALS, an increase in night differential which has been locked since 1996, increased clothing allowance, and more. Full details are available on the National and Local 302 websites, and should have already been mailed to you with your ratification ballot. As NPMHU members, you have the right to vote to ratify the negotiated National Agreement, and ballots were mailed to your address of record on February 18th for that purpose. I highly recommend that you vote to ratify this contract, with all of it’s benefits and protections. Feel free to contact your shop steward or me personally if you have any questions or concerns.
Officer Elections. You recently voted to elect our Local 302 officers for the next 3 years, and I thank you for participating in this process. I was honored to join the 12 other officers who were sworn in by National President Paul Hogrogian on January 25th in Oakland. The ceremony was held at the LIUNA Local 304 business office, and was also attended by National Secretary-Treasurer Mike Hora and Western Regional Vice President Don Sneesby, new officers’ guests and Local 302 members. The new officers are all pictured on the cover of this newsletter and the election results are included herein. I look forward to working with our newly elected and re-elected officers for the next 3 years!
Convention Election. The National Postal Mail Handler Union will convene our quadrennial National Convention from August 11-15, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. The Local 302 Council has agreed to send 12 members of Local 302 in addition to the Local President (me) to represent us at this gathering, which constitutes the highest decision-making body of our National Union. The National Convention is responsible for electing our National Executive Board officers, making changes to our NPMHU Constitution, adopting resolutions, etc.. All members in good standing should have been mailed a ballot to select the 12 delegates to attend the Convention on February 13th. The ballots will be counted by Unilect Election Services and announced by the Judges of Elections (Renata Ball, Sonja Miller and myself) on March 16th. Once again, I urge you to return your ballot and support your candidates of choice.
Later this year, Local 302 will be hosting the Local Presidents and their guests at the Semi Annual Meeting of the Local Unions (SAMLU) at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada from November 16-18, 2020. It is a great honor for Local 302 to host this event, and I would like to acknowledge Reno Branch President and Nevada State Board Rep Matthew Story for making the request to the National officers for us to host. Reno continues to boast 100% Union membership, and we are incredibly proud of the branch.
NDC Excessing. USPS Pacific Area notified the NPMHU in June 2019 that they would be excessing 22 FTR mail handlers from the NDC facility in Richmond, CA. While that number has been reduced through attrition, management has notified the 10 junior mail handlers that they will be excessed on February 29, 2020. We fought for the excessed mail handlers to choose from various mail handler and custodial positions at NDC, San Jose, Oakland and the San Francisco ISC. We will continue to fight to stop this excessing and retreat these mail handlers as quickly as possible.
USPS financial losses. The NDC excessing and other staffing shortages we are experiencing throughout the Local are being caused by the dramatic decrease in USPS mail volume. The USPS declared another net loss of $748 million for the 1st quarter of 2020 (10/1/19-12/31/19). The continued financial losses reported by the USPS are mostly due to the mandate that the USPS pre-fund future retiree health benefits at a cost of over $5 billion per year! No other government agency or private company has this requirement. The NPMHU, and every other Postal Union and Postal Labor Organization has been fighting to get this 2006 law reversed for over 10 years. There is finally a light at the end of the tunnel! The House of Representatives passed HR 2382, the USPS Fairness Act, on February 5, 2020. This bill would repeal the prefunding requirement, and allow the USPS to be able to focus on revenue growth. In order to make this bill law, the companion Senate bill S.2965 must pass the Senate, and then be signed by the President. There is more information about this and other legislative issues in Recording Secretary Kim Garcia’s article in this newsletter.
Your new Executive Board has agreed to once again make Local 302 logo’ed aprons available to every member this year. Each year we purchase either Tshirts or Aprons for our members, and last year it was Tshirts, so… APRONS! We have T-shirts, umbrellas, jackets and many other Local 302 logo items available for sale (at our cost) on the website and NPMHU Local 302 mobile APP. As usual, we try and have logo gear giveaways at all branch meetings in or near your facility every calendar quarter. Stay involved, eat free and get stuff!
In closing, I want to recognize the Local 302 shop stewards in every facility that represent their mail handler brothers and sisters in their respective branches. These steward volunteers work diligently to protect all the rights and freedoms we enjoy as NPMHU Union members. Many times this is thankless work, and I hope that you join me in offering them the recognition they deserve. For anyone interested in joining our ranks as a shop steward, I encourage you to reach out to your Branch President, or me directly. We are always looking for new blood to continue the fight for our Union brothers and sisters!
NPMHU Releases Details on RI-399 Payments
As previously announced, the Update MOU on RI-399 that was signed by the NPMHU, the APWU, and the Postal Service in June 2018 included a monetary payment to individual Mail Handlers. Here are the details, except for the payment date, which is still to be determined.
In order to be eligible for payment, a Mail Handler had to be in the NPMHU Bargaining Unit (Career or MHA) and on the rolls of the Postal Service during the Pay Period which ended on September 1, 2017 AND the Mail Handler has to be in the NPMHU Bargaining Unit (Career or MHA) and on the rolls of the Postal Service during the Pay Period which ended on March 15, 2019. Any action taken by the Mail Handler after March 15, 2019 (e.g., retirement, transfer, resignation) is not considered.
A) If eligible, and in the Bargaining Unit for less than 5 years (as of September 1, 2017), the Mail Handler will receive 1 Share.
B) If eligible, and in the Bargaining Unit for 5 years or more but less than 10 years (as of September 1, 2017), the Mail Handler will receive 2 Shares.
C) If eligible, and in the Bargaining Unit for 10 years or more but less than 20 years (as of September 1, 2017), the Mail Handler will receive 3 Shares.
D) If eligible, and in the Bargaining Unit for 20 years or more (as of September 1, 2017), the Mail Handler will receive 4 Shares.
There are more than 38,000 eligible Mail Handlers, and the Share amounts are as follows:
1 Share = $143.90
2 Shares = $287.80
3 Shares = $431.70
4 Shares = $575.60
Once the actual date for distribution of these monies is set, the National Office will announce that date to all Locals and to all Mail Handlers. In addition, the National Office will establish a union-run appeal procedure for claims to be filed by ineligible Mail Handlers who believe they should have been listed amongst the eligible and by eligible Mail Handlers who believe they did not receive the proper number of Shares authorized. The decisions made by this appeal procedure will be final and binding, and will cause distributions of additional monies.
USPS Expands Wounded Warrior Leave
OAKLAND BRANCH MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS EPIDEMIC !
* ALL BRANCH MEETINGS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!
Alvin S. Gant Scholarship
2020-2021 School Year
Deadline is April 17, 2020
USE YOUR POLICAL VOICE TO HELP USPS EMPLOYEES
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