By memorandum dated February 27, 2018, President Hogrogian notified Local Presidents of a Complaint and Notice of Hearing issued by the National Labor Relations Board against the U.S. Postal Service. The Complaint is based on the Postal Service’s refusal to respond to a series of information requests about the F-1 Scheduler that were filed by the NPMHU Contract Administration Department during the period running from May through November of 2017.
The Complaint also alleges that the Postal Service, even with regard to other information that it eventually did provide to the NPMHU, acted unlawfully by unreasonably delaying its responses and disclosures to the Union.
The Postal Service has been given until March 7, 2018 to answer the Complaint, and a hearing already has been set for May 24, 2018.
Effective on March 3, 2018, career Mail Handler craft employees are scheduled to receive the fourth of seven possible cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments as outlined in Article 9.3 of the 2016 National Agreement. This COLA increase is based on the upward change in the relevant Consumer Price Index (CPI) following release of the January 2018 Index, and provides an annual increase of $520 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. The increase will appear in paychecks dated March 23, 2018.
February 13, 2018- The National Postal Mail Handlers along with LIUNA and several other affiliated unions of the AFL-CIO joined the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) marching shoulder-to-shoulder to voice concerns over the privatization of the Veterans Administration (VA). The AFGE is the largest federal employee union representing over 70000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas. As part of their Legislative & Grassroots Mobilization Conference, AFGE organized a rally on the steps of the AFL-CIO which sits just feet away from the White House. Speaking at the rally were AFGE President J. David Cox Sr., AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and several other labor leaders who all expressed their concerns over the US Governments’ attempt to attack the VA and its jobs. Many speakers addressed the VA staffing shortages and the ramifications of more than 30,000 vacant positions. The message was unified, “Save the VA.”
Also, in attendance were Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Congressman Rueben Gallego (D-Phoenix) and Mark Takano (D-California) who got the crowd fired up, chanting, “Staff the VA.”. The rally ended on a high note with AFGE President J. David Cox thanking the hundreds of guests and Union representatives that came out in the cold to stand up and with the faces of labor to join in their fight in protecting the jobs of veterans. The rally piggy-backs on the recently adopted AFL-CIO Convention Resolution 40, Rejecting the Privatization of Veterans’ Health Care.
The following scholarships are available to Local 301 Members and/or Dependents:
Local 301 NPMHU Scholarships
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, 2018.
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, 2018.
Arthur E. Coia Scholarship
$2500.00 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, 2018.
Please see your Branch President / Steward or contact the Local Office for further information.
The Postal Service unilaterally announced earlier today that it is offering Voluntary Early Retirement (VERA) to eligible mail handlers throughout the United States. This VERA comes without any monetary incentive payments to retire, and simply makes early retirement available to eligible employees.
More detailed information will be widely circulated to all eligible mail handlers, directly from the Postal Service, during the coming weeks. In general terms, to be eligible to retire under the VERA, an employee must have completed 20 years of service and be at least age 50, or have completed 25 years of service and be of any age. There will be three options to choose as a retirement date in 2018 – January 31, February 28, and March 31. In the meantime, we wanted to ensure that all Local Unions and all members were informed that the process for implementing this opportunity for voluntary early retirement has been initiated.
The National Office has filed a National-level grievance challenging the F-1 Scheduler because it is based on improper time or work studies. The Union alleges that this action by the Postal Service violates Article 34. The detailed grounds for this grievance are set out in the attached grievance letter. The parties will be meeting on this grievance next week, to start the processing of this dispute, and developments will be circulated as they occur.
Effective November 25, 2017 – the basic annual salary for each grade and step of Table One and Table Two shall be increased by an amount equal to 1.3% of the basic annual salary for the grade and step in effect on May 20, 2016. This is the second of three-scheduled general wage increases as outlined in the 2016 National Agreement. In addition to the general increases provided in Section 9.1, MHAs will receive an increase of 1.0% annually, for a total of 2.3% effective November 25, 2017 as outlined in Article 9.7 of the 2016 National Agreement.
To protect against statutory deadlines, the National Office has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that the Postal Service has failed to bargain in good faith by providing all of the relevant information requested by the National Union. The National Contract Administration Department has been pressing the Postal Service for months seeking information and worksheets relevant to the application of the Function-I Scheduler in any and all mail processing facilities that may be affected by this management tool.
Veterans’ Day is celebrated on Nov. 11th– in 2017, the holiday falls on a Saturday. In view of the confusion caused by this anomaly, the Contract Administration Department issued a memorandum intended to clarify the holiday schedule for Mail Handlers.
The Federal Health Benefits Open Season provides an opportunity for career mail handlers to make any necessary changes to their health insurance coverage through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). Open Season is November 13, 2017 through December 11, 2017.