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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mail Handlers Cost of Living Adjustments to be Effective September 6, 2014

  Mail Handlers Cost of Living Adjustments to be Effective September 6, 2014
Effective on September 6, 2014, all career Mail Handler craft employees are scheduled to receive both the second and fourth of seven possible cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments as outlined in Articles 9.3 and 9.7 of the 2011 National Agreement. These two COLA increases are based on: 1) the upward change in the relevant Consumer Price Index (CPI) Base following release of the July 2013 Index (this amount totaled $540, and as prescribed in the Fishgold Arbitration Award, the implementation of this COLA increase was delayed by one year); and 2) the upward change in that Index Base following release of the July 2014 Index (this amount totaled $687, but was not subject to a deferral period). Taken together, these two COLA adjustments resulted in an annual increase of $1,227 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 National Agreement.

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Reference: www.npmhu.org

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Letter to All House Members: Support the Preservation of First-Class Mail Delivery Standards and Moratorium on Plant Closures

  Dear Colleague Letter Sent to All House Members Seeking Moratorium on Postal Closures
The primary message of an NPMHU-endorsed August 15, 2014 “Dear Colleague” letter by Congressman David Joyce sent to all House members is to Support the Preservation of First-Class Mail Delivery Standards. In response to the United States Postal Service’s plans to close 82 mail processing facilities throughout 37 states in January of 2015, Representative Joyce writes, “[w]e ask you to support our efforts in obtaining a one-year moratorium on the closure of these 82 processing facilities and the preservation of First-Class mail delivery standards while Congress continues to work on comprehensive postal reform.” The letter highlights the degradation of mail service, and the possible elimination of up to 15,000 Postal Service jobs. It is hoped that this one-year moratorium will give Congress the time it needs to enact the comprehensive postal reforms that are necessary for the Postal Service to function effectively into the future.

Read the August 15, 2014 “Dear Colleague” letter. (pdf)
Reference: www.npmhu.org

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Consumer Price Index Data for July 2014

  Consumer Price Index Summary

"...The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) increased 1.9 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 234.525 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index fell 0.1 percent prior to seasonal adjustment...."

Reference: www.bls.gov  

Schedule for plant consolidations released

  Postal Service releases schedule of plant consolidations set for 2015

"...The Postal Service has released a schedule showing when the phase-two mail processing plants will be consolidated next year. The spreadsheet shows the date on which each type of mail will be relocated from a closing facility to a gaining facility. As the schedule shows, the process would begin in January 2015 and continue until October, with much of the activity taking place next summer. ..."

Reference: www.savethepostoffice.com  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Albuquerque Postal Shooting

  Post office shooting: Man went after supervisor

"...in the vehicle maintenance facility. It's unclear if the suspect worked in that part of the post office or not. Police did say the shooting occurred inside a fenced off area...."

Reference: www.koat.com  

Friday, August 15, 2014

One-Year Moratorium Sought on Postal Service Mail Processing Plant / Facility Closures

  50 Senators Call for Moratorium on USPS Facility Closures
"...So without congressional reform, the post office has already consolidated 141 mail-processing facilities since 2012 and more closures are expected, which the bipartisan group wants to halt by including a provision on the omnibus or continuing resolution Congress is likely to pass before the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. “In the absence of Congressional compromise, the Postal Service will propose more sweeping changes to its operations,” the letter warned...."
Reference: rollcall.com

Sunday, August 10, 2014

NPMHU Local 317 2014 Nomination Meeting for Local Officers: Notification Letter



August 8, 2014



To: Members of Local 317
Subject: National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local #317
      2014 Nomination Meeting for Local Officers



We The Judges of Election have received a protest from a member in good standing of Local 317 concerning the notification of the nomination meeting.



It has come to our attention that the nomination meeting held on July 19, 2014 was not in accordance with the National Constitutions of the NPMHU. This letter is serving notice that the before mention meeting and all of the nominations are rescinded immediately. This is also to advise all members in good standing of Local 317 of the NPMHU that a new meeting will be held on September 6, 2014 and will be at 12:00pm. The meeting will conclude following the reading of all properly mailed nominations and nominations from those on the floor at the commencement of the meeting. The meeting will be held at: Local #317 Headquarters, 216 Oporto Madrid Blvd; Birmingham, Alabama 35206. Nominations shall be made in the following order:

  1. Local President
  2. Vice President
  3. Recording Secretary
  4. Treasurer
  5. State Executive Board Member(s)
  6. Branch President(s)


A candidate shall not be entitled to simultaneously run for more than one office in the local union, except candidates for Branch President who may also run for one other position, which entails membership on the Executive Board. Branch President must be nominated and elected by members in good standing from their branch.

If you are unable to attend the Nomination Meeting you must send your nomination(s) via registered, certified or express mail to:

  • Judges of the 2014
  • Election of Officers of Local #317
  • P.O. Box 610630
  • Birmingham, Alabama 35206



Nominations made in advance of the Nomination Meeting by other methods, such as regular mail, facsimile, or hand delivery will not be accepted. Mailed nominations must be received by the Nomination Meeting and shall be read by the Judges at the Nomination Meeting. No member may not nominate more than one (1) candidate for each office. If a member nominates more than one (1) candidate for a particular office, all nominations for that office by that member shall be null and void. A member need not be present at the Nomination Meeting in order to be nominated. After the nominations have been completed, the judges shall determine whether or not each nominee possesses all of the qualifications for serving as an officer. Any member in good standing wishing to protest the eligibility of a nominee must communicate his/her objections to the Judges as soon as possible, but in no case later than five (5) days after the close of nominations.



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