On June 26, 2018, the NPMHU, APWU and USPS reached a tripartite agreement Re: Update of Regional Instruction (RI) 399 Procedures.
With certain exceptions, the MOU effectively withdrew and administratively closed all cross-craft grievances that were pending in the RI- 399 process prior to September 1, 2017. The Update MOU also provided for monetary payments to mail handlers and clerks in consideration of the withdrawal of these grievances. The parties have agreed that $14,500,000 will be distributed among mail handlers designated by the NPMHU. The settlement and monetary payment distribution details were widely released and are also posted at npmhu.org.
The USPS will make payment on this settlement in the final pay period of the 2019 fiscal year; thus, the settlement will be included in the October 4, 2019 paycheck.
The National Office has established a union-run appeal procedure for any claims that may be filed (1) by Mail Handlers who do not receive a monetary payment on October 4, 2019 but who believe they should have been listed amongst the eligible, or (2) by eligible Mail Handlers who receive a payment on October 4, 2019 but believe they did not receive the proper number of shares authorized. The decisions made by this appeal procedure will be final and binding.
2019 Scholarships Recipients
Congratulations to the dependents of Local 301 NPMHU Members who have been awarded the following Scholarships:
Local 301 NPMHU Scholarships
Marissa Wonson - Daughter of Middlesex-Essex P&DC Mail Handler Raymond Jacques.
Juliet Batek - Daughter of Providence P&DC Mail Handler Eduardo Batek.
NPMHU - Arthur S. Vallone National Scholarship
Joshua Labonte - Son of Springfield NDC Mail Handler David Labonte, Jr.
Taline Mkrtschjan – Spouse of Providence P&DC Mail Handler John Mkrtschjan.
Arthur E. Coia Scholarship (LiUNA)
Jason Canuel - Son of Middlesex-Essex P&DC Mail Handler Louis R. Canuel, Jr.
Central MA AFL-CIO Scholarship
Celine Pelton – Daughter of Central MA P&DC Mail Handler Dena Pelton.
Effective May 25, 2019- In accordance with Article 9.7 of the 2016 National Agreement between the NPMHU and the Postal Service, all Mail Handler Assistants will receive an hourly wage increase of $0.21 per hour effective on Saturday, May 25, 2019. This is the sixth MHA wage increase occurring during the 2016 National Agreement.
The 21 cent per hour increase raises the Level 4 MHA hourly rate to $16.21 and the Level 5 MHA hourly rate to $17.07, which is an increase of approximately 1.3% and 1.2% respectively. These additional increases were included in the 2016 National Agreement to help close the current gap between MHAs and career employees and to reduce attrition amongst MHAs.