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      MOU: Sorting and Delivery Centers (S&DC) Staffing

      RE: MOU: Sorting and Delivery Centers (S&DC) Staffing (pdf)

      Enclosed is a copy of a recently signed MOU on the Staffing of the Sorting and Delivery Centers (S&DCs) between the USPS and the NPMHU. The S&DCs are a new facility from the Deliver for America Plan that will create large carrier stations by consolidating smaller offices.

      As set forth in the MOU the parties agree to allow management to exceed the MHA and/or PTF cap for a period of 120 days from the activation of an S&DC. During this period a jurisdictional inventory per the RI-399 process should be completed. At the end of the 120 days the USPS and NPMHU will discuss the staffing of the S&DC.

      Should you have any questions about these appeals or implementation of the MOU in any particular facility, please contact the National CAD.

      SEP25

      2022 National Agreement - Distribution

      The formatting and review of the 2022 National Agreement has been completed and sent to the printer. The 2022 National Agreement expires on September 20, 2025. The printed bounded copies of the 2022 National Agreement for each member will be shipped in bulk to each Local Union Headquarters. The Local Union will then distribute a copy to each member. The pdf version of the 2022 National Agreement is now posted and available for download on the National website (npmhu.org) on the home page under the Member Resources tab.

      Download a copy of the current 2022 National Agreement (pdf)

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      USPS issues updates for User Guide and FAQs to Enroll and Sign in to LiteBlue with Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

      Dear Brothers and Sisters:

      Please find enclosed a copy of the above-reference USPS issues updates for User Guide and FAQs to Enroll and Sign in to LiteBlue with Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

      According to the Postal Service, maintaining the privacy of the employees' personal data is a shared priority of the Postal Service. Your private information stored online is a target for criminals who seek to compromise this data for their financial gain. As an additional safety measure, the Postal Service has deployed multifactor authentication (MFA) on LiteBlue.

      This means that, in addition to providing your Employee Identification Number (EIN) and Password, you will be required to provide a second security factor (MFA), such as Push Notification approval from Okta Verify, Google Authenticator, One-Time Passcode (OTP) SMS Text, One-Time Passcode (OTP) Phone call or E-mail verification (default).

      After January 15, 2023, employees are required to set up MFA to access LiteBlue.

      After March 20, 2023, employees must have MFA enabled to access LiteBlue and their Self­ Service Profile (SSP).

      • _Employees who have already set up MFA can sign in to both LiteBlue and SSP. No additional action required.
      • _Employees who have not set up MFA will receive a letter by U.S. Mail. Follow the instructions to enable MFA.
      • _New employees should follow the instructions in their USPS welcome letter or email to set up MFA.

      The objectives of this document are to provide detailed instructions for users who are establishing a security method (or methods) to sign in to LiteBlue with multifactor authentication and to provide detailed instructions on how to access your Self-Service Profile.

      Please disseminate this information as you deem appropriate. Should you have any questions contact the Contract Administration Department.

      https://www.npmhu.org/media/news/body/mfa-faqs.pdf

      https://www.npmhu.org/media/news/body/mfa-user-guide.pdf

      Annual Leave Carryover for Leave Year 2024 and Annual Leave Exchange Option for Leave Year 2024

      Re: New Memoranda of Understanding - Annual Leave Carryover for Leave Year 2024 and Annual Leave Exchange Option for Leave Year 2024 (pdf)

      Please find attached a copy of two new Memoranda of Understanding that expands annual leave benefits for the 2023 leave year.

      The first MOU allows for additional Annual Leave Carryover for the 2024 Leave Year. In the 2022 National Agreement, the MOU on Annual Leave Carryover allows regular work force employees to carryover 440 hours of accumulated annual leave. The new MOU on Annual Leave Carryover for Leave Year 2024 expands that limit and allows regular work force employees to carryover 520 hours of accumulated leave from leave year 2023 to leave year 2024.

      The second MOU deals with the Annual Leave Exchange Option for the 2024 Leave Year.  The Annual Leave Exchange Option MOU for Leave Year 2023 will allow career employees to sell back a maximum of 80 hours of annual leave prior to the beginning of the leave year provided the following criteria is met: 1) The employee must be at the maximum leave carryover ceiling (440 hours) at the start of the leave year and 2) the employee must have used fewer than 75 sick leave hours in the 2023 leave year. Normally the maximum amount of hours that may be sold back under the 2022 National Agreement MOU on Annual Leave Exchange Option is limited to 40 hours.

      If you have any questions, please contact the National Contract Administrative Department.

      MAIL HANDLERS RATIFY 2022 NATIONAL AGREEMENT

      MAIL HANDLERS RATIFY 2022 NATIONAL AGREEMENT

      The terms of the 2022 National Agreement between the NPMHU and the U.S. Postal Service were officially ratified on March 13, 2023.  The certified results show that over 84% of the membership approved the new contract, with the final vote tally at 6,617 in favor of ratification and 1,237 in opposition to ratification.

      Further details about the implementation of the 2022 National Agreement will be provided to Local Union officers and representatives in the coming weeks. All members are encouraged to retain and utilize their copy of the ratification booklet until National Agreements are printed and distributed.





      National Arbitration Decision on Automated Delivery Unit Sorter (ADUS) (pdf) (Updated Decision October 17, 2022) We are enclosing a copy of National Arbitrator Joseph Sharnoff’s long-awaited decision in the RI-399 jurisdictional dispute concerning the Automated Delivery Unit Sorter or ADUS.
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      March 29, 2022 - Please find linked here, a copy of two new Memoranda of Understanding that expands annual leave benefits for the 2022 leave year. (pdf) The first MOU allows for additional Annual Leave Carryover for the 2022 Leave Year.
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      March 25, 2022- Memorandum of Understanding - COVID-19 Test Kit Fulfillment Pilot MHA Retention Lists (pdf) As you know the USPS has contracted with the Biden administration to deliver 500 million COVID-19 Test Kits.
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      Due to the perfect storm of the Omicron variant and holiday gatherings, the COVID-19 numbers are spiking. The system put in place by management to protect employees from the spread of the virus crumbled under the increase of USPS employees testing positive for the virus. After two years of this pandemic, members wonder how they will pay their bills if they are forced to quarantine.
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      Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) set at $1,331 Effective February 26, 2022 (Pay Period 06-2022), 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 fifth of six possible COLA increases under the terms of the current agreement.
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      After more than a decade of working with our union brothers and sisters, postal management, Democrats, and Republicans, the NPMHU is pleased to announce that the House of Representatives passed the Postal Service Reform Act, H.R. 3076, on February 8, 2022.
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      February 3, 2022 - Memorandum to Local Presidents re: Jurisdictional Determination re: Operator Position on Advanced Facer Canceller System (AFCS) Legacy Machines (pdf) Linked here, please find a copy of National Arbitrator Sharnoff’s decision on the dispute concerning the Advanced Facer Canceller System (AFCS) Legacy machine.
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      Re: Memorandum of Understanding - COVID-19 Test Kit Fulfillment Pilot MHA Retention Lists (pdf) The parties have agreed to a new Memorandum of Understanding regarding the COVID-19 Test Kit Fulfillment Pilot MHA Retention Lists.
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      President's Message

      Greetings Local 302 members and friends!

      A lot has happened in the relatively brief time since our last newsletter. We have successfully completed our Local 302 officer elections, held our annual picnics at Six Flags Marine World and Reno, and our members have once again processed millions of packages through peak season for our customers. Local 302 conducted numerous steward trainings for new stewards, OWCP, MHBP reps and Local 302 ambassadors. Most importantly, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union Contract Negotiation team was able to successfully negotiate a new proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement to replace our contract that expired in September. There are more details elsewhere in this newsletter, and the full changes to the contract text were mailed to your homes at the end of January. This tentative agreement would cover 3 years until September 20, 2025 and would include the standard 1.3% raises we have been receiving as well as continued Cost of Living Allowances and No Lay Off protections. It would also greatly improve the wages and benefits of our newer mail handlers by decreasing the waiting period to top of scale and eliminating the lowest step (BB) of the pay scale. MHAs would also receive a retroactive $0.50/hour raise and have a second step added to their pay scale after 6 months of service. The contract would also provide for automatic conversions of MHA to career positions after 2 years in offices of 200 man hours. The only thing that could possibly be construed as negative in this contract is the MHA percentage going from 24.5% up to 25%. This is negligible and equates to (possibly) one additional MHA for every 200 FTRs in larger offices.

      The ballot to vote on ratification on this contract was mailed to you in late January. The Local 302 Executive Board heartily endorses this contract and encourage you to vote yes to ratify this agreement (if you have not already voted). If you did not receive a ballot, you can contact the National office in Washington, DC at (202) 833-9095 to request a duplicate ballot.

      A no vote on this contract would send us to arbitration, where we would go to hearings and wait a year or more before we get what an impartial arbitrator deems we deserve. Having been a successful arbitration advocate for 15 years, I can tell you from first-hand experience that this is a crap shoot. As a matter of fact, at our last contract arbitration “award” in 2013, we ended up with all of the worst provisions of our existing contract (Second lower wage scale for new employees, non-career MHA category, proportional COLAs).

      The Local 302 officer elections were successfully completed in December with our officers being sworn in by National President Paul Hogrogian on January 21st at the LIUNA Local 304 office in Oakland. This event was attended by the elected Local 302 officers and their families and friends as well as National Executive Board members President Paul Hogrogian, National Secretary-Treasurer Michael Hora and Western Regional Vice President Don Sneesby. We welcome new Local Vice President and Sacramento Branch President Steve Gutierrez and Recording Secretary and San Francisco Branch President Ruben Martin Jr. to the Local 302 Executive Board. They join me, Treasurer Shawn Dalton and State Board Representative Fernando Matta, who were duly elected as unopposed candidates. We thank Chrystal Wilson and Juanita Contreras for their service on the Executive Board and Tony Mayes for his service as San Francisco BP. We greatly appreciate their continued assistance in other roles for Local 302.

      We also congratulate new San Jose Branch President Esteban Sanchez and returning BPs Paula Ward (Oakland), Chrystal Wilson (NDC), Jennifer Escobar (Reno), David Santos (Fresno) and James Williams (North Bay). These next few years promise to be challenging ones at the USPS, and I am confident we have the right team in place to fight the coming battles. I would also like to thank the Local 302 Judges of Election Wazeer Livingston (NDC), Michael Paulo (SF) and Tim Hammond (Sac) for overseeing the successful election process. If you would like  to volunteer to join our team and help your fellow mail handlers by serving as a shop steward, please contact me or your Branch President.

      Local 302 Mail Handler Benefit Plan representatives returned to attending in person health fairs this year. Juanita Contreras, Chrystal Wilson, Jeanette Amador, Jennifer Escobar, Alison Goughary, Lisa Coleman, Dwight Parker, Lloyd McAllister and Elizabeth Anderson all attended open season health fairs and presented information on the NPMHU sponsored MHBP plan. The plan is improving every year, and if you have not taken a look at it in a while- it’s time to take another look!

      There is more information and pictures from the events above elsewhere in this newsletter and on our website at npmhulocal302.com. I encourage you stay informed as move into the third year of the USPS’ 10-year plan “Delivering for America”. We anticipate there will be serious changes to mail processing and delivering methods, and possible movement of operations. As always, we will fight to minimize any adverse impact to our members and keep you informed every step of the way.

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