|Welcome, new hires!|
|CCAs: Understanding your health insurance options: Click here to read a letter from NALC Health Benefit Plan Director Brian Hellman that helps to clarify some complicated issues surrounding health insurance for CCAs and to ensure that all CCAs understand their options and rights under the NALC’s National Agreement with the Postal Service.
Welcome to the NALC! By joining your union, you have taken the first and most important step toward protecting your job and securing the future of letter carriers and the USPS. Click here to find information that will help you learn more about your union and your rights and benefits as a city letter carrier.
Newly hired, career-track City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) who have questions about pay, workload, relative standing and more should click here to download the free NALC City Carrier Assistant Rights & Benefits booklet. It also discusses uniforms, annual and sick leave, rights under the NALC-USPS National Agreement, health insurance, opting and hold-downs, and the various contract memorandums of understanding (MOUs) that deal specifically with CCAs.
MOU on CCAs being temporarily assigned to other post offices: NALC and the Postal Service have agreed on a memorandum of understanding M-01827, which defines the process for temporarily assigning city carrier assistants (CCAs) to other post offices.
CCAs converted to full-time career status: Pursuant to memorandum of understanding M-01824, the first wave of city carrier assistant (CCA) conversions to full-time career status took place Nov. 2. Click here to find out more.
NALC membership: Click here for information about dues, membership recognition and membership longevity awards.
CCA annual uniform allowance: Memorandum of understanding M-01822 provides details on the annual uniform allowance for CCA employees, information on the procedures, instructions, and a sample letter from the USPS to authorized uniform vendors.
National Agreement Q-and-A’s for CCAs: This jointly-developed memorandum of understanding, M-01819, provides the updated mutual understanding of the national parties on issues related to the 2011 NALC-USPS National Agreement. For more information, click here.
|Selected member resources|
• Arbitration DVDs available from the NALC Supply Dept. for $10.
|Customer Connect: Letter carriers use Customer Connect to take advantage of their special relationship with businesses, encouraging business patrons to ship with the U.S. Postal Service instead of with a private delivery service. To date, carriers have generated more than $1.86 billion in new annual revenue for USPS since Customer Connect was started in mid-2003. Click here to find out more.|
|Delegate eligibility list problems? If you are registering your 2014 national convention delegates electronically, and if the delegate list on your USB drive is incomplete, click here to find out what you need to do obtain a complete list. If your branch received an incomplete paper DEL, a new DEL is being mailed to you.|
|Convention housing: Please do not call NALC Headquarters about convention housing. Information on housing gets mailed to branch secretaries after the branch’s DEL has been received at Headquarters and branch delegates are registered. Click here for detailed housing information.|
NALC is affiliated with the AFL-CIO and with UNI, an international alliance of communications unions.
|POSTAL FACTS: Region 15 National Business Agent Larry Cirelli was interviewed for a WCBS-TV story about the Postal Service. New York City Branch 36 member Juan Feliciano was featured iIn the March issue of The American Legion Magazine, in a story about letter carriers who are also military veterans, and also about the real financial situation of the Postal Service. An op-ed piece by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that ran in The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post explained why cutting services such as Saturday mail delivery is not the solution to the Postal Service’s financial problems. Sanders is the sponsor of S. 316, a postal modernization measure that preserves Saturday mail delivery service. In a March 7 speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that among the few things the federal government should do is “…deliver the mail, preferably on time and on Saturday.” Delegates cheered those remarks. Iowa’s Sioux City Journal carried a story about how college students still love getting mail. The story was picked up by Associated Press and ran in a number of newspapers across the country, including Des Moines Register and The Washington Times. Click here to read about this as well as many other examples of how NALC leaders and activists are using the news media to spread the truth about the Postal Service’s financial situation. Click here to find out how the NALC Communications Department can help members keep both the public and our elected representatives informed.
Obama’s 2015 budget follows PMG’s misguided lead: President Obama’s 2015 budget proposals not only fail to address the main source of the Postal Service’s problems, they also directly threaten nearly 100,000 good postal jobs at a time when the Postal Service’s finances have rebounded strongly. “The Office of Management and Budget remains under the spell of a misguided postmaster general, a leader who seems committed to sticking to an obsolete austerity plan devised in very different circumstances,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “OMB has lazily produced a weak, job-killing postal reform plan that Congress should soundly reject.” Click here to read more.
S. 1486 clears Senate committee, 9 to 1: On Feb. 6, the Senate committee with Postal Service oversight, the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, finished its mark-up of the modified Carper-Coburn postal bill, S. 1486, and approved the measure by a vote of 9 to 1. “Unnecessary and damaging attacks on the Postal Service’s vital networks and its employees—such as those unfortunately included in S. 1486—would only send the USPS on a downward trajectory,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. Click here to find out what happens next. Click here for our talking points on S. 1486.
NALC e-Activist Network: The process for signing up as a member of the NALC e-Activist Network and for updating your e-mail address is undergoing maintenance at this time. Please check back.
MOU for filling residual vacancies: The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Re: Residual Vacancies – City Letter Carrier Craft, M-01824, puts in place a procedure for filling residual vacancies that includes assignment of unassigned regulars, conversion to regular of part-time flexibles (PTFs), transfers, and city carrier assistant (CCA) conversions to full-time regular career status. Read more about the procedure here. An updated list of vacancies available for transfer opportunities under M-01824 was posted in eReassign March 1 and is available here. Transfer requests from career employees will be accepted through eReassign following the procedure in the MOU. For assistance with eReassign click here, or contact your shop steward, branch president or national business agent’s office. To find your national business agent’s office, click here.
Cost-of-living adjustment news: There will be no third cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement because the Feb. 20 release of the January Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed no increase in the CPI between July 2013 and January 2014. However, the deferred payment of the previously announced first COLA will soon take effect. Click here to read more.
‘Highly encouraging’ report reveals $765 million USPS profit: On Feb. 7, the U.S. Postal Service released its financial report for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2014, which covers the last three months of 2013. “The Postal Service figures are highly encouraging and show why the postal network must be maintained and strengthened, not degraded,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The announced operating profit of $765 million for the first quarter is dramatic in itself—and it continues the operating profitability that began last year.” Click here to read the president’s full statement.
6-day mail preserved in spending law: A bipartisan omnibus spending bill signed into law on Jan. 17 retained the language calling for six-day mail delivery service, language that has been part of such bills for more than 30 years. “We are grateful that Congress recognizes the value of Saturday delivery to millions of American businesses that rely on the most efficient last-mile delivery system in the world,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. Click here to read the full statement.
Customer, employee rights when USPS solicits customers to change to centralized delivery: NALC has recently become aware of an effort by the Postal Service in different parts of the country to convince customers to agree to change their mode of delivery to cluster box or centralized delivery. Click here for information that details the rights of both postal customers and letter carriers.
NALC on USPS 7-day delivery services for Amazon.com: “We’re excited about the potential of the rapidly growing e-commerce market and what it means for the Postal Service,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. Click here to read more.