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The Republican controlled House of representatives just passed a budget that, among other things, calls for an increase in Federal pension contributions to 6 %.
This applies to both CSRS and FERS. There is no increase in the pension amount. It is being done to balance the budget by forcing government employees to pay more income tax because the excess contributions are going to cut the deficit. It is interesting the millionaires, billionaires, and corporations continue to get their tax loopholes and government subsidies, and are paying lower percentage of tax than the average working person with a family of 4. For 35 years, conservatives starting with Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp have been attacking working family while at the same time cutting tax rates for corporations and the wealthy. This is just one more of those attacks.
So, you wouldn’t contribute $ 5.00 a pay for COLCPE because of whatever lame excuse you came up with. I guess now you can afford the extra $135.00 a pay for your pension, and your extra $100.00 or whatever per pay for your Health Insurance , and the extra $200.00 a month taken from your retirement check, etc., etc. etc.
You can either do nothing or together we can inundate our senators and representatives with our protests.
The choice is yours. We live in a democracy.
That means YOU are expected to PARTICIPATE.
you will start contributing $5 or $10 a pay to
More information is available on both the House Budget and the Senate Budget, both of which aim to gut our benefits, in the LATEST NEWS.
If you want to contact your senators and representative CLICK HERE.
The April Stewards Meeting will be held on Wednesday April 1, 2015. For more information CLICK HERE.
Spring is here(officially), weatherwise, maybe not so much yet.
CDRAAP, the latest and greatest RAP (Route Adjustment Process) is in full swing. Several units have been moved to the front of the line based on their having requesting special inspections. So if your unit has been postponed, consider it an opportunity to practice being professional all day, every day. Remember, do your route every day like you are being inspected, because you are. Clock rings, 3999 times, MSP intervals are all fair game. NALC members are working with USPS management representatives to form “teams” that will evaluate and, where appropriate, adjust routes. No carrier likes to have their route changed, but all in all, the negotiated “RAP” is the fairest system to come down the road for evaluating and adjusting routes, because they are using the regular carrier’s office and street times. Hopefully the regular has had the foresight to do his/her route everyday as a professional. There are 3 MOUs. For M-01845 Click HERE. For M-01846 Click HERE. For M-01847 Click HERE.
Just so you all know, even carrying mail out in the AOs isn’t so safe. A Branch 40 carrier from the Wickliffe Post Office was accosted by a young man demanding money brandishing what appeared to be a revolver on Tuesday 3/10/15.
WICKLIFFE PATROL OFFICERS ARREST EUCLID JUVENILE AFTER MAIL CARRIERS ROBBED
On Tuesday, 03/10/15 at approx. 1018 hrs., a USPS mail carrier called 911 and advised that she was just approached by a black male at the intersection of Bryn Mawr and Parkwood where he pulled a revolver out of his pocket and demanded money. A passerby, unaware that the male was attempting to rob the mail carrier, pulled up in a vehicle to drop off a letter to the mail carrier, causing the suspect to flee. Wickliffe patrol officers responded to the area in less than one minute and located the suspect walking on E. 280th in the city of Euclid. The suspect immediately fled on foot with the officer giving chase through back yards in Euclid. Other Wickliffe and Euclid Officers set up a perimeter and the suspect was caught in the rear yard of 263 Lloyd Rd. in the City of Euclid after he was observed attempting to hide the weapon in a snow pile behind the house. The weapon was found to be a plastic, cap revolver, with the orange safety tip removed. The suspect, a 17 year old juvenile resident of Euclid, was found to have robbed another mail carrier in the area of Lakeshore and E. 276th in Euclid City, earlier to this incident. The suspect is being held at the Lake County Juvenile Detention Facility.
WARNING! USPS has come out with a new carrier seniority list for the 441 stations. If you thought that the Bid Sheet was screwed up, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. SO, until we can get it corrected, DO NOT pay any attention to the latest list. The December list, although not complete for newly converted CCAs, is correct for everyone else.
A link to the Branch Meeting Schedule from March 2015 through January 2016 has been added to the Branch links.
Branch 40 – Carrier Tip of the Month
OK. Let’s get this out of the way right up front. This is not technically a tip, although I will tell you to dress warmly and in layers. If cold air bothers you or you have asthma, get a heavy scarf and wear it over your face so the air you breathe in is not so cold. Wear warm gloves and waterproof and insulated boots. If your fingers and toes and any other extremity starts to tingle or go numb, get inside, out of the cold, to warm up. It is a COMFORT STOP and doesn’t count toward your two 10 minute breaks. If any of these numbskull Supervisors/CCA204bs/ or other management types try to tell you otherwise, don’t argue, say: “I want my Union Steward”
The following has been reprinted from Denny Belden, NALC Branch 1091, Orlando Florida:
Decisions Decisions! Breaks
Hello Brothers and Sisters! Another month flies by and not a single supervisor has gained a single IQ point! In fact they’ve all lost some! I’m sure you agree since manglement has run the USPS into the ground with their discipline based management system. You’d think they’d wake up and realize…IT’S NOT WORKING! But that would require common sense…nuf said!
Let’s get on with giving you information that you may use in your defense or offense.
A Step 4 Dec., M-00134 states that your 10-minute break that is listed on your form 1564 in your carrier book, should NOT list the approximate time where your breaks are to be taken. Along with that Step 4, you should also note that M-00138 states:
“…The Postal Service considers the line of travel to and from the route as being “part of the route.” Further in the paragraph it reads, “…Inasmuch as the designated line of travel to and from the route is part of the route street time, a designation of an approximate break location on the line of travel is considered appropriate.”
So this means that you may select ANY spot along your line of travel for a break spot. So don’t let mgmt. select one for you. In conjunction with these Step 4’s, M-00834 states that you do not have to take one break in the morning and one in the afternoon. You may take both in the morning or both in the afternoon. Do this on your next inspection and watch the inspector just about blow his top! Hee Hee! Here is the language to this Step 4:
“Handbook M-39, Sec. 242.341, requires that the two ten minute break periods be separate from each other, and that such breaks must be separate from the lunch period. There is no specific requirement in the M-39 Handbook that one of the break periods be before and on after a carrier’s lunch period.”
Now for you PTF’s, did you know that you are allowed 5 min. break for every 2 hours you work? Well now you do! Step 4 Dec. M-00618 and M-00171 both state: “The pro-rata basis will involve four equal segments of 2 hrs. each in the 8 hr. day. Accordingly, a part-time flexible carrier who works 2 hours performing carrier duties is entitled to a 5 min. break; 4 hours carrier work would provide a 10-minute break; 6 hours carrier work would provide on 10-minute break and one 5-minute break; and 8 hours carrier work entitles the carrier to 2 10-minute breaks.”
Well, I hope I have added some good information to the membership and you utilize these the best way for you and your route. These breaks are a negotiated item, they are there for you to use, DO NOT work through your breaks. These are there for you to rest and if you work through them you show a FALSE TIME of what it actually takes for you to do your route. If you skip your breaks, or even worse, skip your breaks and lunch, be prepared to have your route added to. It will be no one’s fault but your own. Use your breaks and show the real time it takes to do your route. In the summer heat do not forget that if you are feeling overheated, sit down and rest in the shade, look for signs of heat stroke or dehydration. These are comfort stops and not your breaks. Do it for your safety and well being. Until next time…BE INFORMED!…BE PROFESSIONAL!…BE UNION!
Aka-VetCarrier Orlando, FL – NALC Branch 1091
The next Stewards Meeting will be on Wednesday April 3rd at 7:30 PM at the Pipefitters’ Hall.
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The next Branch Meeting will be on Friday April 10th at 7:30 PM at the Pipefitters’ Hall.
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To Make Your New Year Brighter
Consumer Reports Study Shows USPS Best Choice for Parcel Deliveries
Impartial consumer watchdog Consumer Reports has released a study that shows that, overall, the USPS has kicked Fed-Ex’s and UPS’s rear-ends all over the country for reliability, convenience, and price. USPS finished first or tied for first in every category. Give yourselves big pats on the back, but be careful not to sprain your elbows. That is not covered under OWCP. To read the whole story Click HERE.
US Postal Management’s Dysfunctional and Failing Culture This is an interesting and thoughtful article by a retired Postmaster detailing the problems with the USPS management culture. To read more click HERE.
Blues on Wheels by Jess Stoner reprinted from The Dallas Morning News. She is off base on some things, like claiming the NALC caved on the TEs during the contract negotiations. She obviously doesn’t understand that binding interest arbitration is not caving, it was forced on the union by the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970. That the arbitrator, Shyam Das, decreed the terms of the contract. Otherwise, spot on.
Here is a little questionnaire, to make you think. Yeah, yeah, we know. Letter carriers don’t like to think. That’s why we took a job that we can do on auto-pilot. Well, humor us. Just take it for grins.
- How secure is your job?
- Do you understand the mechanism of getting business done in Washington?
- Who is your representative in Congress?
- Who are the two senators from Ohio?
- Where do each of them stand on Postal Reform?
- How much did the USPS make from operations last year?
- What is pre-funding?
- Who did you vote for for Congress in the 2014 election? (If you didn’t vote, click HERE)
- Can Congress eliminate your job?
If YOU don’t know the answers to ALL these questions, and the reasons behind the answers, you need to get educated.
We understand, it’s more fun to follow the Browns, Cavs, and Indians. But while that is mindless fun, it won’t help you keep your job if Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) decides to make the USPS file for bankruptcy. He has already stated immediately after the election that this is one of his primary goals. Pay Attention!
All our jobs exist at the whim of Congress. Your job and your and your family’s security hang in the balance. If you are not involved politically, you need to GET INVOLVED.
Never in our lifetimes have working men and women been under such a coordinated attack by the corporate and moneyed elite.
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Founded in 1889, NALC is the union of city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service. Letter carriers delivered 156 billion pieces of mail last year, six days a week, to more than 153 million homes and businesses in every city, suburb and town in America.
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