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A New Bid Sheet is out for the 441 stations. To see the Bid Sheet CLICK HERE.
Stop TPP, The Worst Trade Deal You’ve Never Heard Of, and Fast Track Legislation
When Congress comes back to Washington this week after its spring recess, both the House and the Senate are expected to begin consideration of Fast Track legislation.
As the issue of Fast Track begins to heat up, it’s critical that you respond and make your voice heard! On Saturday, April 18, the AFL-CIO and its coalition of partners are holding a nationwide day of action.
NALC Firmly Opposes Fast Track Legislation and the TPP. Big Business, those guys who off-shored all the good middle class jobs, is supporting Fast Track and the TPP. That should be all you need to know.
Any trade deal is going to have a huge impact on America’s workers. Fast Track legislation allows power brokers to shape trade deals to their advantage and to shield the details from the public and policy experts alike. Fast Track legislation is undemocratic and almost always ends in trade deals that benefit corporations and the rich, that eliminate jobs, and that cut wages and benefits for millions of hardworking families across America. Trade deals should not be crafted behind closed doors.
Trade deals ought to lift up the standards of working people across this nation. But the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would mean more jobs will be sent overseas. TPP gives special rights and benefits to companies that offshore investment and jobs.
Fast Track would not just allow for a quick vote on the TPP—which could include a ban on postal banking—but also on a number of other trade agreements under negotiation as well. For example, the World Trade Organization is sponsoring the negotiation of a trade in services agreement (TISA) among dozens of countries, and the U.S. government is in talks with the European Union on a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), which would cover our economic interaction with the EU’s 27 countries.
In both of these negotiations, the Europeans are calling for the United States to phase out the Postal Service’s monopoly on the delivery of letter mail—a policy adopted by the EU between 1992 and 2011. So in other words, allowing T-TIP and TISA to be fast-tracked could pose a direct threat to our jobs and our system of affordable universal service.
To learn more about the negative impact of Fast Track legislation on America’s working families, visit www.nofasttrack.com.
Republican Controlled House and Senate Pass Budget Bills to Balance Budget at Expense of Letter Carriers.
The Republican controlled House of representatives just passed a budget that, among other things, calls for an increase in Federal pension contributions to 6 %, that means an extra $135 taken out of your pay every two weeks.
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.
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.
Branch 40 – Carrier Tip of the Month
Why Does The Supervisor Think I Can Pivot When I Figure I Need Auxiliary Assistance ?
There could be a couple reasons.
First, the supervisor has found that they can tell you anything and you will accept it, nodding your head obediently.
Second, you never fill out a 3996 asking for auxiliary, and never call back in the afternoon asking for help, and always return on time.
Then there could be another reason. In May 2014, postal management started accounting for parcel volume in their DOIS program for estimating carrier workloads.
They started adding 1 ½ minutes to street time for every parcel over the base parcel amount and deducting 1 ½ minutes for every parcel under the base parcel amount.
Let’s look at this example:
Your route has 1:20 office time and 6:40 street time.
You have a base parcel volume of 20.
Subtracting 5 minutes of PM office time, that leaves you 1:14 in the AM. If your start time is 8:00, you have to be out the door at 9:14 or you are late. You have an office break so you have a MINIMUM 43 minutes of fixed office time, leaving you only 31 minutes to case and tie out.
On this day, you have ¼ ft. of letters and 1 ¾ feet of flats, and a full hamper of parcels and SPRs. At standard of 18/8/70 pcs/min that amounts to 31 minutes of casing time, plus the 43 minutes of FOT giving you a leave time of 9:14. That means you should be right on time, but the supervisor comes by and says DOIS has you half an hour under and that you are getting a pivot.
How can that be possible?
Here’s how….Devious supervisors have figured a way to game the system to make themselves look like superstars to their bosses and to give you more work than you should have for a regular 8 hour day. How do they do it? If they haven’t entered the parcel volume into DOIS for the day, DOIS assumes you have NO parcels and deducts 1 ½ minutes for the 20 parcel it thinks you are under base, or 30 minutes. So even though you are leaving on time, and really DO have 40 parcels, DOIS thinks since you have ZERO parcels to deliver, you should be able to come back ½ hour early. Of course, after everyone goes to the street and the supervisor puts in your 40 parcels for the day, DOIS now says you should be ½ hour over, plus your ½ hour pivot, or 1 hour late returning. You work through your lunch and breaks, and come back on time, and the supervisor looks like a superstar.
Don’t let them sandbag you; ask to see the parcel volume every day when they try to pivot you. You are the professional. Estimate your workload every day. You know how long it takes. If you think you need time, fill out a 3996 and get a signed copy for your own records. When they deny the request, call back on your cell phone so you have a record that you called.
This is for YOUR protection, not managements’.
If you are not on the OTDL and you have to work overtime regularly because of these bogus “Pivots” see your steward, and file grievances. The 3996s’ and your cell phone records are your documentation to help win these grievances.
The next Stewards Meeting will be on Wednesday April 29rd at 7:30 PM at the Pipefitters’ Hall.
For more information Click HERE.
The next Branch Meeting will be on Friday May 8th at 7:30 PM at the Pipefitters’ Hall.
For more information 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.
To find out how YOU can help click HERE
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.
National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 40 (NALC)
9700 Rockside Road, Suite 110
Valley View, Ohio 44125
- For active and retired member to sign up via bank transfer click HERE.
- To sign up for payroll deduction via phone click HERE.
- To sign up for payroll deduction via the internet click HERE.
- Retired members to have COLCPE deduction taken out of their annunity click HERE.