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2016 -2017 SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION FOR LOCAL 301 MEMBERS AND DEPENDENTS

The following scholarships are available to Local 301 Members and/or Dependents:

Local 301 Scholarship
Two (2) – $1000.00 Scholarships to a dependent of a Local 301 Member in good standing. Applications available at the Union Office and at the Local 301 website www.npmhul301.org . Deadline May 31, 2016.

NPMHU Arthur S. Vallone National Scholarship Program
$1000.00 Renewable (annually) Scholarship. Applications available at the Union Office and at the NPMHU website www.npmhu.org . Deadline March 15, 2016.

Arthur E. Coia Scholarship
$2000.00 Renewable (annually) Scholarship. Applications available at the Union Office and at the Arthur E. Coia Scholarship & Education Fund website www.coiascholarship.org. Deadline April 30, 2016.

Union Plus Scholarship Program
$500.00 to $4000.00 Scholarships. Apply online at website www.unionplus.org. Deadline January 31, 2016.

Please see your Branch President / Steward or contact the Local Office for further information.

HOGROGIAN TAKES OATH AS NATIONAL PRESIDENT

Paul V. Hogrogian of Local 300 has taken the oath of office to serve as the next National President of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union. His installation took effect at 12:01 a.m. on May 1, 2015, when Hogrogian officially began his service as National President.

President Hogrogian is well known to the NPMHU’s National Office and to thousands of Mail Handlers across the country. For the past twelve years, Hogrogian has served as President of Local 300 in New York, the largest Local Union affiliated with the NPMHU. In addition, since 2005, he also has served on the National Executive Board as the Northeast Regional Vice President. Prior to becoming Local President, Hogrogian served as Vice President for thirteen years and as Recording Secretary for Local 300.

Hogrogian’s involvement with the National Union also has been extensive. He has served as a member of the National Training Committee since 1996, and has been a member of the Field Negotiating Committee during contract negotiations in 1998, 2000, 2006 and 2011.

Hogrogian was an elected delegate to the last seven NPMHU National Conventions. He has served on an array of convention committees during that time, and was Chairman of the Rules Committee at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 National Conventions. Paul has sat on the Article 12 Task Force, and served as the National Shop Steward Trainer. In this latter capacity, Hogrogian has helped to train hundreds of Local Union officers and representatives on a host of crucial topics, including limitations on the hiring and use of casual employees, occupational safety and health, family and medical leave, and arbitration advocacy. He also has been a member of the Committee on the Future and a key leader on various contractual and legislative matters. Paul was employed as a Mail Handler in New Jersey (NJI BMC) beginning in 1976.

“I am deeply honored to serve as the National President of this great Union,” said Hogrogian after his installation. “I am excited about my new job, and looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

With Hogrogian’s installation as National President, his position as Northeast Regional Vice President has been filled by David E. Wilkin, who also serves as the President of Local 309 in Buffalo, NY.
David E. Wilkin began his career as a Mail handler in 1981. In November of 1987, Brother Wilkin was elected to the position of Administrative Vice President in the Rochester P & DC in Henrietta, New York. David held this position for two terms. In 1993, Brother Wilkin was elected to the position of New York State Executive Board Member for Local 309, a position he held until assuming the Local presidency in 2005. Brother Wilkin has held the position of Local President continuously ever since.

David is a seasoned and skilled Arbitration and MSPB advocate, and has participated in all LMOU negotiations in Local 309 since 1987. David serves as a member of the RI-399 Arbitration Team, and has attended a plethora of training opportunities over his 33 years. Wilkin was elected to represent Local 309 as a Delegate at both LIUNA and NPMHU Conventions, serving on the Constitutional Committee during the 2008 and 2012 conventions.

Wilkin’s new position places him on the National Executive Board, which also is comprised of President Paul V. Hogrogian, Secretary-Treasurer Mark A. Gardner, and Regional Vice Presidents Kevin L. Fletcher (Eastern), Jefferson C. Peppers III (Central), Lawrence B. Sapp (Southern), and Rudy Santos (Western).

HEGARTY ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, National President John Hegarty delivered his 26th and final report to the attendees of the Semi-Annual Meeting of the Local Unions (SAMLU). At this meeting in San Francisco, as customary, the President’s comprehensive report focused on the activities of the National Union since the previous meeting of Local Presidents… As part of his report to the SAMLU attendees, President Hegarty announced his plans to retire from his position as National President on May 1, 2015.

With Hegarty’s retirement, the National Executive Board has announced its unanimous selection of Paul Hogrogian to fill the unexpired term of office as National President, with that appointment effective on May 2, 2015.

2015 -2016 SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION FOR LOCAL 301 MEMBERS AND DEPENDENTS

The following scholarships are available to Local 301 Members and/or Dependents:

Local 301 Scholarship
Two (2) – One Thousand Dollar ($1000.00) Scholarships to a dependent of a Local 301 Member in good standing. Applications available at the Union Office and at the Local 301 website (www.npmhul301.org). Deadline May 31, 2015.

NPMHU Arthur S. Vallone National Scholarship Program
One Thousand Dollar ($1000.00) Renewable (annually) Scholarship. Applications available at the Union Office and at the NPMHU website (www.npmhu.org). Deadline March 15, 2015.

Arthur E. Coia Scholarship
Two Thousand Dollar ($2000.00) Renewable (annually) Scholarship. Applications available at the Union Office and at the Arthur E. Coia Scholarship & Education Fund website (www.coiascholarship.org). Deadline April 30, 2015.

Please see your Branch President / Steward or contact the Local Office for further information.

Senator Tester Sends Clear Message to PMG and Congress

December 4, 2014 – With the Postal Service and some members of Congress giving the green light to closing more mail processing facilities, Senator Jon Tester is sending a clear message: stop digging the hole deeper. Tester today led a group of Senators to the Senate floor to tell Postal Service leadership and Congress that as long as the Postal Service continues to close area mail processing facilities, it is shooting itself in the foot as it strives to improve its finances.

“There are a lot of folks around here who’d love to see the Postal Service go out of business. But the Postal Service – whether in urban America or rural America – delivers the goods Americans need,” Tester said. “All the Postal Service doing with its short-sighted cuts is weakening trust in the Postal Service. Essentially, they are digging their fiscal hole deeper.”

Starting in January, the Postal Service plans to eliminate overnight delivery in most of the country and close 82 mail processing facilities. These facilities route mail around the country so that letters, packages, medicine, equipment – and, yes, holiday gifts – get where they need to go. Closing the facilities would also cost up to 15,000 jobs.

Tester and his colleagues are pushing for a moratorium on processing facility closures while Tester and Congress work on a balanced reform bill. Tester said previous reform efforts do not preserve needed mail delivery standards or the future viability of the Postal Service.

“A proposal we’re working on will give the Postal Service the flexibility to raise new revenue while reducing the costly mandate to pre-fund retirement benefits,” Tester said. “We are trying to reform the Postal Service without putting the burden on rural America. But in the meantime, there’s no reason to make our work harder and hurt regular American families.”

The Postal Service is struggling financially in part due to the 2006 law – enacted before Tester was a member of the Senate – that requires the Postal Service to prepay retirement benefits of postal employees at a rate higher than necessary.

Tester is a member of the Senate’s Governmental Affairs Committee that oversees the Postal Service. He has previously criticized the Postmaster General for taking steps to privatize the agency and opposed the Committee’s postal reform bill because it did not preserve strong enough mail delivery standards in rural America or adequately support postal workers.