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Thursday, February 15, 2024

USPS Mail Handler Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) set at $353

  Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) set at $353

Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) set at $353

Effective March 9, 2024 (Pay Period 07-2024), all career Mail Handler craft employees are scheduled to receive a cost-of-living (COLA) adjustment as outlined in Article 9.3 of the 2022 National Agreement. This is the third 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 January 2024 Index, using the July 2022 CPI index as a base. The resulting calculation provides an annual increase of $353 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 wage charts to be provided soon.

Note: Links Added

Reference: NPMHU via NPMHU Local 317
 

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

For these Post Offices, Valentine’s Day is a labor of love

  For these Post Offices, Valentine’s Day is a labor of love

Shopping for Valentine’s Day? The Postal Service has gifts you’ll love
"...More than 30 Post Offices across the nation with romantic-sounding names allow customers to send preaddressed Valentine’s Day cards, letters and more to receive a local postmark before the pieces are mailed to sweethearts. ..."

Reference: USPS
 

Mail Stories | All About the Royal Mail Heist Which Drained Millions in Funds From the Postal System

  All About the Royal Mail Heist Which Drained Millions in Funds From the Postal System

"Narinder Sandhu, a 62-year-old conman, was recently put behind bars for orchestrating a sophisticated decade-long fraud that drained $97 million from the Royal Mail. Sandhu, along with his brother Parmjeet and accomplice James Mooney, manipulated the postal system with..."

Reference: marketrealist.com
 

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Resolutions and Proposed Constitutional Amendments

  Resolutions and Proposed Constitutional Amendments

RE: Resolutions and Proposed Constitutional Amendments (pdf)

Members of the NPMHU who wish to submit proposals for consideration by the delegates at the 2024 National Convention must follow the requirements set forth in the NPMHU National Constitution.

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

As set forth in Article XII of the National Union Constitution, the delegates to the 2024 National Convention will consider and vote upon amendments to both the NPMHU National Constitution and the Uniform Local Union Constitution that governs all Local Unions affiliated with the NPMHU. As stated in Article XII, Section 10:

“For proposed amendments to this Constitution to be considered by a National Convention, such amendments must be submitted in writing by Delegates, Local Unions or other subordinate bodies in good standing, or regular members in good standing to the National President no later than sixty (60) days prior to the opening of the National Convention. Such proposed amendments shall be referred by the National President to the Constitution Committee for consideration and recommendation to the National Convention.”

Although not required by the Constitution, it would greatly assist the Constitution Committee if submissions were formatted as follows: (1) List the current constitutional language; (2) List the new or changed language that you are proposing; and (3) Explain the reason for the proposed change. For your convenience I have attached a form which may be used to submit constitutional amendments.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS

In addition, the current National Constitution also sets forth the governing procedure for the consideration of resolutions, whether related to legislation or other topics of interest to mail handlers. In particular, Article XII, Section 15 provides as follows:

“Resolutions submitted for consideration of the National Convention must be received by the National President no later than sixty (60) days prior to the opening date of the National Convention. For proposed resolutions to be considered by a National Convention, such resolutions must be submitted in writing by Delegates, Local Unions or other subordinate bodies in good standing, or regular members in good standing to the National President no later than sixty (60) days prior to the opening of the National Convention. Such resolutions shall be referred to the Committee on Resolutions for consideration and recommendation to the Convention delegates for adoption, modification, or rejection thereof.”

Should you have any constitutional amendments or resolutions that you would like to propose, please be sure to follow the procedures set forth in Article XII of the National Constitution. The National Convention commences on Monday, August 19, 2024, all submissions must be received at the National Office no later than Thursday, June 20, 2024, which is sixty (60) days prior to the opening of the 2024 National Convention.

The address for submitting any proposed amendments or resolutions is:

NPMHU 2024 National Convention

815 16th Street NW, Suite 5100

Washington, DC 20006

You may also FAX proposed amendments or resolutions to 202-833-0008

NPMHU 2024 Constitution Amendment Suggestion Form (pdf)

Reference: NPMHU via NPMHU 317
 

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Stamp Collecting | Tagging-omitted error of U.S. 1981 B-rate Eagle booklet stamp discovered on first-day cover

  Stamp Collecting | Tagging-omitted error of U.S. 1981 B-rate Eagle booklet stamp discovered on first-day cover

"In early January, Linn’s Stamp News learned of the discovery of a tagging-omitted error on the United States 1981 nondenominated (18¢) B-rate Eagle booklet stamp (Scott 1819).

John Musser of Michigan, an avid collector of untagged stamps for the past 22 years, contacted Linn’s via email to report that he found the new error on an Artmaster cacheted first-day cover for the stamp franked with a ..."

Reference: www.linns.com
 

Amazon | Postal Employee Hoodie Sweatshirt

  Amazon | Postal Employee Hoodie Sweatshirt

Amazon | Postal Employee Hoodie Sweatshirt
"Postal Employee Hoodie Sweatshirt Made in the USA or IMPORTED, 50% Polyaster 50% cotton, Machine Wash, Pull On. "

Reference: AMAZON
 

Uniform and Work Clothes Annual Allowance Carry Over

  Uniform and Work Clothes Annual Allowance Carry Over

Mail Handler Hoodie form Shopify
Effective March 13, 2024 the following provision of Article 26, Section 26.3 of the 2022 National Agreement will be implemented:

Unused portions of an eligible employee’s annual allowance for uniform and work clothing will be carried over and available for use beginning twelve (12) months after the end of each anniversary year. An eligible employee’s uniform and work clothing allowance balance may not exceed the sum of two (2) years of the employee’s annual allowance entitlement. This uniform and work clothing program adjustment will be implemented no later than twelve (12) months from the ratification date of the 2022 Agreement.

Any unused portion of an eligible employee’s annual allowance starting 3/13/2024 will be accumulated and will be reflected in the employee’s uniform allowance accounts starting 03/13/2025 at the end of each of their anniversary year.

Reference: NPMHU via NPMHU Local 317
 

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Mail theft in Huntsville causes USPS collection boxes to be removed

  Mail theft in Huntsville causes USPS collection boxes to be removed

"...she went into her local post office a few days later to remail the check directly when the USPS workers told her something strange about their collection boxes.

“The woman that was there told me not to put any mail in their blue box that was still out there because it had been compromised and that someone had a way, thieves, had a way of getting into it,” she continued. “They were no longer utilizing that, it was being locked up.”..."

Reference: www.waaytv.com
 

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

USPS | This program encourages employees to share Postal Service info on social media

  This program encourages employees to share Postal Service info on social media

USPS Zone is the first initiative of its kind in the federal government

Monopoly US Stamps Edition
Postal Service employees across the nation are sharing news and information about the organization on social media through a first-of-its-kind program in the federal government.

USPS Zone, which began in 2021, allows Executive and Administrative Schedule employees to post approved content on their personal social media accounts.

“Employee advocacy is one of the most effective ways to improve online presence, build a great brand reputation and reach exponentially more customers than you can with your company’s social profiles alone,” said Melissa Lomax, acting social media strategist and USPS Zone community manager.

Participants can pick and choose what they share, as well as suggest content of their own. All content is preapproved so participants can share with confidence.

Since the voluntary program began, USPS Zone users have shared approximately 200,000 posts on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and X, drawing almost 134 million impressions.

The posts have also resulted in more than 168,700 clicks to usps.com, driving traffic to the Postal Service’s main website.

Ashly Purcell, a Coppell, TX, customer relations coordinator who signed up for USPS Zone last year, said posts about hiring fairs usually get a lot of traction.

Purcell, who had fallen on hard times before joining the Postal Service in 2018, said she’s mindful that “hitting the share button on a post could end up changing someone’s life for the better.”

In addition to job fair information, some of the program’s all-time top-performing posts have been about the Great American Mail Race board game, the Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp and the USPS collectible bobblehead set.

Although employee social media advocacy programs are common in the private sector, USPS Zone is unique in the federal government.

Last year, the program received an honorable mention in the employee relations category at the PR News Platinum Awards, an annual competition for communications professionals.

In touting the program, the award organizers praised USPS for taking a “promote, don’t punish” approach to engaging employees online.

Mary Beth Levin, the Postal Service’s social media strategy and analytics manager, said the program benefits the organization and employees alike.

“Our intention here is not only to promote the brand, but also to develop social media literacy, helping our colleagues to develop their personal brand and be seen as leaders and subject matter experts in their fields,” Levin said.

EAS employees interested in joining USPS Zone, learning more about the program or scheduling a presentation for their team should send an email to uspszone@usps.gov.



Reference: USPS via NPMHU Local 317
 

IRS will not officially begin accepting and processing tax returns until Jan. 29

  IRS will not officially begin accepting and processing tax returns until Jan. 29

"...people do not need to wait until then to work on their taxes if they're using software companies or tax professionals. For example, most software companies accept electronic submissions and then hold them until the IRS is ready to begin processing later this month. IRS Free File will also be available on IRS.gov starting Jan. 12 in advance of the filing season opening. The IRS Direct File pilot will be rolled out in phases as final testing is completed and is expected to be widely available in mid-March to eligible taxpayers in the participating states. ..."

Reference: www.irs.gov

MORE READING: You can use the IRS Where's My Refund? official website to view your refund status. Additionally, you can download the official IRS mobile IRS2Go app

 

Saturday, January 20, 2024

From the Postal Museum | Precious Packages-America's Parcel Post Service

  From the Postal Museum | Precious Packages-America's Parcel Post Service

Newspaper Article From the Postal Museum on Parcel Post
"...Parcel Post Service became available to Americans on January 1, 1913. Farm families, having made Rural Free Delivery a nation-wide success, were especially anxious to welcome the new service. Prior to 1913, farmers had to convey their produce to the nearest town large enough to support an express office, which added to the price of transporting their goods to the city. But with the combination of RFD and Parcel Post, package service was provided right from their mailbox. ..."

Reference: postalmuseum.si.edu
 

A customer mailed handwritten letters to all 580 of her Facebook friends

  A customer mailed handwritten letters to all 580 of her Facebook friends

"Amy Weinland Daughters said her ‘social experiment’ showed the importance of USPS...She discovered that Rivera’s young son, Parker, was battling cancer. The two women caught up through Facebook messages, then Daughters began mailing letters and cards to Rivera and Parker in Memphis, TN, where the mom and son were staying while he received treatment.

Writing to Rivera — and receiving letters from her friend in return — inspired Daughters to contact more people. She eventually decided to write a letter to each of her 580 Facebook friends.

“I started writing daily, and each new letter was an adrenaline rush,” she said. ..."

Reference: news.usps.com
 

Friday, January 19, 2024

Stamp Collecting | Firearms Transfer Stamps

  Stamp Collecting | Firearms Transfer Stamps

Mystic Stamp Company | Firearms Transfer Tax Stamps
"...In 1934, US Attorney General Homer Cummings wanted to reduce what were thought of as “gangster weapons.” Cummings, believing the Second Amendment prohibited the outright banning of firearms, instead proposed laws to restrict certain guns and make them more difficult to own. ...The result was the 1934 Firearms Act, which was known as the “Tommy Gun Act,” after a well-known automatic firearm of the time. "

Reference: www.mysticstamp.com
 

USPS wants everyone to know its policy on firearms on postal property

 

"A recent Florida district court decision is being misreported or may be misinterpreted as holding that the Postal Service’s ban on carrying firearms — either openly or concealed, or storing them on USPS property — is unconstitutional. ...Employees are reminded that carrying or storing firearms, other dangerous or deadly weapons, or explosives — either openly or concealed — on USPS property is prohibited and can result in discipline up to and including removal from the Postal Service, as well as potential prosecution..."    


This Article is From: usps.com


MORE READING: Ban on guns in post offices is unconstitutional, US judge rules



 

Monday, January 15, 2024

How do your holiday packages get delivered? USPS offers tour of Birmingham package sorting plant

  How do your holiday packages get delivered? USPS offers tour of Birmingham package sorting plant

NPMHU Local 317 Huntsville Branch Photo Collection
"...Some people refer to this as the most wonderful time of the year. For those working at the United States Postal Service package sorting facility in Birmingham, it's the busiest time of year and it's not over yet.

Not too far away, WVTM 13 found people dropping off holiday cards and gifts to be mailed at the downtown Birmingham Post Office. ..."

Reference: www.wvtm13.com
 

In the News: Ban on guns in post offices is unconstitutional, US judge rules

  Ban on guns in post offices is unconstitutional, US judge rules

"...Jan 13 (Reuters) - A federal judge in Florida on Friday ruled that a U.S. law that bars people from possessing firearms in post offices is unconstitutional, citing a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling from 2022 that expanded gun rights. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, an appointee of Republican former President Donald Trump in Tampa, reached that conclusion in dismissing part of an indictment charging a postal worker with illegally possessing a gun in a federal facility. ..."

Reference: www.reuters.com
 

Gov. Kay Ivey issues state of emergency ahead of winter weather

  Gov. Kay Ivey issues state of emergency ahead of winter weather

Does it snow in Alabama
"WHEREAS the National Weather Service is forecasting that certain counties in northern Alabama may be severely affected by ice, snow, sleet, and freezing rain, as well as extreme and prolonged freezing temperatures, beginning on Sunday, January 14, 2024;...According to the Office of Gov. Kay Ivey, the counties include: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, St. Clair, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston.

The state of emergency is in effect as of 2 p.m. Sunday.

See the proclamation below..."



Reference: www.waaytv.com
 

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Former Mobile postal worker admits to stealing millions of dollars in checks from mail

  Former Mobile postal worker admits to stealing millions of dollars in checks from mail

"Kalaijha Tomeco Rainier Lewis and Brian Christopher Williams III pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. ...Lewis, who worked as a clerk at the downtown post office on St. Joseph Street, admitted that she took stacks of business checks over a roughly three-month period this year and then sold them..."

Reference: www.fox10tv.com
 

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Amazon | Official 2024 US Government Wall Calendar

  Official 2024 US Government Wall Calendar

"Snippet of Article: " About the Official 2024 US Government Wall Calendar: Edition Year: 2024, Perforated pages for easy removal, Convenient punched holes for hanging on walls..."

Reference: Amazon
 

The USPS employee news website has a new look

 

The USPS employee news website has a new look

"... the Postal Service’s employee news website gets a fresh look and feel. We’re adding some new features, such as “Datebook” — a look at forthcoming USPS events — and streamlining other titles (“Heroes’ Corner” is now “Heroes,” for example). We’re also organizing our columns and stories so they’re easier to find and improving our search function. ..."   
Source: news.usps.com


 

Saturday, December 30, 2023

The latest issue of The Eagle magazine

  The latest issue of The Eagle magazine

The Eagle magazine
"...The Postal Service has published the latest issue of The Eagle magazine and mailed it to employees’ homes..."

Reference: usps.com
 

Ethics rules apply after leaving USPS

  Ethics rules apply after leaving USPS

"The Postal Service wants to remind employees that USPS ethics rules apply even after they leave the organization. Former employees and retirees may work for any new employer, but they may not: • Use..."

Reference: usps.com
 

Smart collection boxes and a campaign to keep postal workers safe are new USPS efforts

  Smart collection boxes and a campaign to keep postal workers safe are new USPS efforts

"...U.S Postal Service (USPS) and U.S. Postal Inspection Service has adapted their blue collection boxes to smart devices to help crack down on postal crimes. To combat increasing mail theft across the country, the service announced earlier this year they would begin installing 12,000 high-security blue collection boxes in high-risk areas nationwide. ..."

Reference: www.cachevalleydaily.com
 

Monday, December 25, 2023

USPS sets higher salary caps for management-level employees in 2024

  USPS sets higher salary caps for management-level employees in 2024

"...Under the agreement, USPS will increase the top range of Executive Administrative Schedule (EAS) salaries by 4.7%. USPS will also increase the minimum salaries for each pay band will also increase. UPMA President Edmund Carley said in an interview that members will see about a 5% average pay increase. ..."

Reference: federalnewsnetwork.com
 

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from LiUNA

  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

LiUNA | MESSAGE FROM GENERAL PRESIDENT BRENT BOOKER




LiUNA | WATCH a video message from General Secretary-Treasurer Michael F. Sabitoni

LiUNA Feel the Power

Reference: NPMHU via NPMHU Local 317
 

Friday, December 22, 2023

USPS taking heat from Congress for policy allowing disclosure of customer info

  USPS taking heat from Congress for policy allowing disclosure of customer info

"“I am astonished by such a potential breach of personal information, and I seek information about USPS’s collection of information that it could disseminate to labor unions,” she wrote. “Given the conflicting information between its privacy notes and Privacy Act Statements, I am concerned that if USPS were to disseminate personal information to labor unions, it would breach the Privacy Act, which restricts disclosure of personally identifiable records maintained by agencies.”... "

Reference: midmichigannow.com
 

USPS cracks down on mail theft from stolen ‘arrow keys’

  USPS cracks down on mail theft from stolen ‘arrow keys’

"It’s the busiest time of year for the U.S. Postal Service — and thieves are taking advantage. ...By using stolen USPS master keys — also called “arrow” or “universal” keys — crooks are able to unlock multiple mailboxes at once. ..."

Reference: www.kxan.com
 

USPS Southern Area VP appointed

  USPS Southern Area VP appointed

"...Linda K. Crawford has been named Southern Area vice president. She has held this position on an acting basis since April. Crawford is responsible for retail and delivery operations in 11 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a workforce of more than 124,000 employees. ..."

Reference: usps.com
 

Send a Merry Christmas to Our Troops

  Send a Merry Christmas to Our Troops

Send a Merry Christmas to Our Troops
"Spread Christmas Cheer to our Troops! Join us in supporting our brave troops by donating to our Christmas Troopathon! Lets's make their season brighter!"

Reference: www.troopathon.org