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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Image Archive: A look back at the mail handler crew in Huntsville (35813) under Plant Manager Doug Miller

  Image Archive: A look back at the mail handler crew in Huntsville (35813)

Image of NPMHU Local 317 - Huntsville
From Left (Standing): Ed Semanek, James Stallworth, Jes Berry, Ernie Ray, Leonard Soliday, John Hill, Larry Kirby, John Magers, Ray Dunavant (Chief Steward), Jackie Conoway, Jessie Leonard (State President),
From Left (Seated): Joe Oliver, David Roop.

Image of NPMHU Local 317 - Huntsville
From Left (Lower): Melvina Gardner (in Santa Hat), Lawyer Brown, Joe Oliver, Lee Singleton, James Stallworth, John Magers, Charlie Kea (hat, blue shirt), Leroy Cartledge.
Top Row Are Individuals Previously Named in First Picture

Reference: rocket-city.us  

Yet Another Impasse at the Postal Service as Two More Labor Contracts Expire

  Yet Another Impasse at the Postal Service as Two More Labor Contracts Expire

"...The fate of compensation and other issues for 250,000 employees now hangs in the balance..."

Reference: www.govexec.com  

Thursday, September 19, 2019

2019 Contract Update #8

 
2019 No. 8 – September 19, 2019 (pdf)
2019 Contract Update #8

You are reading the eighth Contract Update produced and distributed by the NPMHU during the course of 2019 negotiations. These updates, along with the Union’s magazine and monthly bulletins, will keep mail handlers throughout the country informed about the issues raised during this round of bargaining.

Bargaining has escalated in intensity, as both USPS representatives and the NPMHU team have spent the past six days in meeting rooms of the hotel discussing revisions, continuing subcommittee discusssions on especially heated topics, and holding internal team meetings to assess the state of negotiations.

At the time of this writing, the parties have agreed to initial six tentative agreements, and have decided which of the contracts existing Memoranda of Understanding will continue as written without further debate. The Postal Service has only begun to present additional revisions to our team at daily Main Table meetings. We are reviewing and revising all new submissions, while emphasizing those the Union has submitted previously to encourage their continued discussion.

The CAD representatives on our bargaining team have been reaching out regularly, sometimes repeatedly over the course of a day, to the field—to our Local Unions and Regional Offices—to obtain more evidence which demonstrates the necessity of certain proposals. The Postal Service might not take our word for it, but they certainly will be listening to yours. This collaboration is crucial, and greatly appreciated. Our side of the bargaining table extends far beyond the eight chairs present in the room.

The NPMHU also is carefully watching the recent and ongoing negotiations amongst our fellow postal unions. The Rural Letter Carriers have all but finalized their new three-year agreement, and the APWU remains engaged in interest arbitration. Meanwhile, the NALC is bargaining toward the same deadline as the NPMHU.

Still, though the parties have met almost daily for the past two weeks, the parties have only recently begun their discussions of the crucial economic proposals—including those that are high priority and must-have items for our workforce. Of course, the NPMHU will continue to focus on these issues as bargaining nears its conclusion.

Thank You

All of our membership plays a role in bargaining by continuing to stay informed. We thank you for your participation—from your earlier submission of proposals during the survey by the Field Negotiating Committee, to your responsiveness in the contract’s final days. Our September Update discussing this round of bargaining in full will be released soon, as well as any further updates stemming from these last 24 hours of negotiations. It is certainly not over until it’s all over.

Looking Forward

Following this final week of negotiations, we will be looking ahead to the SAMLU meetings scheduled for the end of September and the beginning of October. Local Union Presidents will meet here in Washington, DC to review the state of negotiations. Many discussions will be facilitated to ask and answer questions, provide feedback, and present specific priorities for the period of this contract and beyond.

Continue to watch your bulletin boards and the National website for the latest information.



Reference: www.npmhu.org  

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

With Regret and Sorrow - The National Union Announces the Passing of Retired Alabama Local 317 President Harrison Beasley

  With Regret and Sorrow - The National Union Announces the Passing of Retired Alabama Local 317 President Harrison Beasley
Harrison Beasley, Jr.
It is with regret and sorrow that the National Union announces the passing of Harrison Beasley, Jr. Brother Beasley served in various positions within his Local Union, culminating with his election and service as Local 317 President. The National Office has just received the following information regarding Brother Beasley’s funeral services:

Funeral services will take place at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Zion Star Missionary Baptist Church, 254 3rd Avenue SW, Birmingham, AL 35211.

The Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery. Please keep the family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

9-18-19 Memorandum (pdf)


Reference: www.npmhu.org

Friday, September 13, 2019

Court Rules Postal Service's Largest-Ever Stamp Price Increase Is Illegal

 
Decision sparks confusion as USPS says it is weighing its legal options.
Court Rules Postal Service's Largest-Ever Stamp Price Increase Is Illegal

"...federal court dealt a major blow to the U.S. Postal Service on Friday, ruling that the mailing agency’s five-cent price increase for stamps that went into effect earlier this year is illegal..."

Reference: www.govexec.com  

5 Tips to a Quicker Retirement

 

Achieving your financial goals in a shorter time frame.

5 Tips to a Quicker Retirement

"...If you’re under the Federal Employees Retirement System, keep working. At least until you qualify for Social Security retirement, the 1.1 percent FERS annuity calculation factor and cost of living adjustments..."

Reference: www.govexec.com  

2019 Contract Update #7

 
2019 No. 7 – September 13, 2019 (pdf)
2019 Contract Update #7

You are reading the seventh Contract Update produced and distributed by the NPMHU during the course of 2019 negotiations. These updates, along with the Union’s magazine and monthly bulletins, will keep mail handlers throughout the country informed about the issues raised during this round of bargaining.

Representatives from the Postal Service, led by Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President David Williams, met with the NPMHU bargaining team on September 10, 2019 to discuss USPS operations forecasts. The USPS also provided the Union with relevant financial materials after cancelling a live presentation on USPS Finances that originally was planned for August 30.

Operations Overview

Williams presented a doom and gloom picture of the future state of mail processing operations, emphasizing several key points along the way. The growth of package mail has not offset the continuing decline in first-class mail, and even package mail is slowing as the Postal Service’s four largest competitors are developing of their own delivery networks. USPS claims that the mail volume which is processed by the mail handler craft is “leaving the system,” and that “growth … is going into delivery injection.” Moreover, investments needed for a new vehicle fleet may be made by cutting the workforce of other crafts. Also highlighted were the automation systems that have been implemented at the Portland, OR P&DC, which were called “the model for the future.” At that facility, mail processing work hours have been reduced by 17%. USPS investments in the Universal Sorting System (USS) are expected to increase, with 23 sites now planned, and even the supersized EPPS machine may be the subject of additional orders. As these sites receive new automation, machines like the APPS and APBS are being re-deployed to other facilities.

While the growth of automation is inevitable, the Postal Service also believes that the total number of mail handler employees is expected to remain fairly stable over the next several years. Management’s emphasis, as always, is in increasing the “flexibility” of workforce hours rather than reducing the total number of hours.

A Look at Finances

Although the Postal Service has now shared its economic forecasts, the economic bargaining proposals from both parties still have not officially be introduced at the Main Table. Nonetheless, it is safe to predict that the ultimate debate during upcoming negotiations will have to address some of the trends and arguments put forth in the USPS, including that:

Mail volume mix is changing, with declines led by electronic mail.
Intense competition will incentivize the workforce and customers in ways that USPS cannot.
2018’s total expenses were $76.1B.
Wages = $32.7B
Benefits = $20.5B
Paid Time Off = $5.1B
Labor & benefit costs make up approximately 80% of USPS total costs.

The Final Stretch

The NPMHU bargaining team will be checking into its hotel residence for round-the-clock bargaining this weekend. Several TAs have been agreed upon and are in the editing process. As several important understandings have already been reached at the Main Table, the parties are ready to focus their discussions on those most disputed and prioritized issues that have emerged in this round of negotiations.

Continue to watch your bulletin boards and the National website for the latest information.

Reference: NPMHU.org  

Thursday, September 12, 2019

2019 Contract Update #6

2019 No. 6 – September 6, 2019 (pdf)
  2019 Contract Update #6

Contract Expiration Approaches

You are reading the sixth Contract Update produced and distributed by the NPMHU during the course of 2019 negotiations. These updates, along with the Union’s magazine and monthly bulletins, will keep mail handlers throughout the country informed about the issues raised during this round of bargaining.

With two weeks remaining before the current National Agreement expires at midnight on September 20, 2019, your bargaining team has been hard at work. In spite of management’s sluggish pace—the Postal Service announced their first proposals only last week—we have continued to hash out the history and evidence behind each of our proposals in Main Table and Subcommittee meetings. Those proposals that were submitted to us from the field by our membership have been especially helpful in making our needs known.

During the most recent Main Table meetings, management reviewed all of the proposals submitted so far, one by one. As our proposals were submitted in segments, this was the NPMHU’s first time to get an overall look at what management is thinking. Some topics were officially designated ‘economic’ issues in this meeting, so we will know more about their considerations and potential offers soon. As several of our highest negotiation priorities, like Night Shift Differential and Overtime, fall into this deferred economic discussion category, we are working to learn more.

Meanwhile, the USPS canceled its formal presentation on the current state of Postal Service finances, which originally was scheduled for August 30, 2019. Instead, the Union were presented with a written presentation and we are awaiting additional relevant documents that, management claims, will give the Union a better understanding of the current financial outlook.

Both the Union and USPS proposals that have been discussed at length during Main Table bargaining will be further reviewed within the various subcommittees. The proposals that are talked about most extensively are typically the ones that are more likely to be adopted in some form, as these are continuously considered and refined throughout the bargaining process. On the other hand, those proposals which have not sparked lengthy discussions, but rather feelings of fear or even ridicule, are less likely to find their way into any agreement. But that doesn’t mean these less-discussed proposals are over and done with, unless and until they are withdrawn by the party that initially proposed them. Finally, even relatively minor or cosmetic changes to the National Agreement, including the updating of dates and alterations to Article and Section headings, will take some time to process, even if they eventually will be written fairly quickly.

The Tentative Agreement Process

On the topic of tentative agreements—the first hints toward possible “TAs,” as they are known—a limited number of references to TAs have begun to appear in ongoing conversations at the bargaining table. Tentative agreements follow the presentation and discussion of proposals, but also must be initialed by both parties and are dependent upon agreement on all terms in the new National Agreement.

In previous Contract Updates, we have taken a closer look at the general workings of the bargaining process. Tentative Agreements are the semi-final phase of that process. As the name suggests, however, these tentative agreements are only final and binding when they are inserted into and become part of an overall settlement on all terms of the next National Agreement. The final collection of TAs, signed by both parties, will then be dependent on ratification by the NPMHU membership. If the eligible membership does not vote to ratify the negotiated settlement agreement, these agreed-upon TAs will become null and void.

Looking Forward: The remainder of this month leading up to contract expiration will include more frequent meetings, with the final submission of documents obtained from the NPMHU’s records and archives, the Regional Offices, and the Local Unions aimed at strengthening our case for each proposal. During the current contract’s final week, the negotiating teams will be available to meet around the clock at a hotel in downtown Washington, DC. Team members’ schedules will be cleared to focus entirely on bargaining; it is hoped that such concentration of effort will create an abundance of TAs during that time.

The next Contract Update will focus on the state of USPS finances, and what it means for this year’s round of negotiations—and beyond.

Continue to watch your bulletin boards and the National website for the latest information.

Reference: www.npmhu.org

 

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