Welcome to our Flushing Letter Carriers
 NALC Branch 294 Website

NALC Br. 294 President Tony Paolillo

FUTURE NATIONAL CONVENTIONS

 

72nd National Convention in Honolulu Aug. 17-21, 2020

 

73rd National Convention in Chicago Aug. 8-12, 2022

 

 

2020 NALC Br. 294
Calendar of Events

Jan 1, 2020 - New Years Day (Office Closed)
Jan 8, 2020 - Union Meeting
Jan. 20, 2020 Martin Luther King Day
(Office Closed)
Feb 12, 2020 - Union Meeting
(Blood Drive/ Heroes' Night)
Feb 17, 2020 - President's Day (Office Closed)
March 11, 2020 - Union Meeting
(50th Anniversary of The Great Postal Strike)
April 15, 2020 - Union Meeting
(Blood Drive/Heroes' Night)
CANCELLED Due to COVID-19
May 9, 2020 Stop the Hunger Food Drive
CANCELLED Due To COVID-19
May 12, 2020 - Branch Softball League Opens
Has Been Postponed
May 13, 2020 - Union Meeting
CANCELLED Due to COVID-19
May 25, 2020 - Memorial Day (Office Closed)
 June 10, 2020 - Union Meeting
CANCELLED Due To COVID-19
June 28, 2020 - Branch Picnic
(Alley Pond Park - Springfield & 76 Ave)
CANCELLED Due to COVID-19
July 4, 2020 - Independence Day
(Office Closed)
July 8, 2020 - Union Meeting
Aug 12, 2020 - Union Meeting
(Blood Drive/Heroes' Hero)
Aug 17 -21, 2020 - NALC 72nd
Biennial Convention
CANCELLED Due To COVID-19
Sept 7, 2020 - Labor Day (Office Closed)
Sept 9, 2020 - Union Meeting
Sept 12, 2020 - NYC Labor Day Parade
Oct 12, 2020 - Columbus Day (Office Closed)
Oct 14, 2020 - Union Meeting
Nominations for 2021 NYSALC
64th Biennal Convention
Oct 18, 2020 - NALC Branch 294's
Annual Retirement Branch
Nov 10, 2020 - Union Meeting
(Branch 294 Honors our Veterans)
Nov 11, 2020 -  Veteran's Day (Office Closed)
Nov 26, 2020 - Thanksgiving Day (Ofice Closed)
Dec 6, 2020 - Children's Christmas Party
Dec 9, 2020 - Branch Holiday Party 
(Union Meeting)
Dec 25, 2020 - Christmas Day (Office Closed)

NOTE DATE CHANGE

Nov 10, 2020 Union Meeting



FUTURE NATIONAL CONVENTIONS

72nd National Convention in Honolulu Aug. 17-21, 2020

73rd National Convention in Chicago Aug. 8-12, 2022

All Meetings are at:
Knights of Columbus Hall (KoC)
Joyce Kilmer Council
35 - 79 160 Street in Flushing
just off of Northern Blvd.
 (Food and Beverages will be served)

Updated March 2020

NEWS FLASH

May 13, 2020

Today NALC President Fredric Rolando had given a Podcast on the latest happens for our membership.
He talks about the health of business during this pandemic, mail volume fluctuations, Congressional action to maintain service, our new Postmaster General Louis Dejoy, changes to route inspection, a new go to website that will be posted here "Heroes Delivering" and most importantly to all our Contact. Many questions will be answered through this podcast by NALC President Fredric Rolando so please give 20 mins of your time. I like to thank NALC President Fredric Rolando for a very important and informative podcast that we all needed to hear. Keep Safe All.
May 12, 2020

Pandemic forces cancellation of the Honolulu Convention

As it has for so many events, from the Tokyo Olympics to the opening of the Major League Baseball season, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the NALC’s 72nd National Convention. At the direction of the NALC Executive Council, we have notified the convention center, convention hotels, and various convention vendors of our decision to cancel the convention, which was to be held Aug. 17-21, 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Council made the unprecedented decision after it became clear that the state government of Hawaii could not give us any assurance that gatherings with the number of delegates attending would be allowed in August. Nor could we be assured that travel to Honolulu would be permitted under the state’s strict quarantine law which currently requires all travelers to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in the islands.

President Rolando thanked the leadership of Honolulu Branch 860 for all their hard work in preparing for the convention and expressed the NALC’s hope that it would be possible to convene in Hawaii in the future.

Branches need not cancel their hotel reservations made through NALC’s official housing provider Experient, Inc. – they will be automatically canceled with no further action required. Any credit card on file used as a guarantee to hold hotel rooms through the official housing company has not and will not be charged. If a room deposit was sent by check, instructions will be sent by email from Experient concerning how to receive the deposit money back.

Branches should, however, cancel any flight reservations and contact airlines about their refund policies and rules for using credits for future flights.

Additionally, any branch or delegate that made hotel reservations or other housing arrangements outside of NALC’s official housing company is responsible for canceling those reservations.

The Executive Council will continue to monitor the effects of the pandemic and available options for scheduling the convention in the future.

May 10, 2020

"NEW"  A GUIDE TO REOPENING NEW YORK & BUILDING BACK BETTER

May 07, 2020

Statement of NALC President Fredric Rolando on the Appointment of
Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General

On behalf of 210,000 active city letter carriers who serve in every city and town across the United States, I congratulate Louis DeJoy on his appointment as the 75th postmaster general. The National Association of Letter Carriers is committed to working in good faith with him to build a relationship based on mutual trust and a shared vision for the future of the Postal Service, a beloved and essential national institution based in the Constitution.

NALC believes that this shared vision should embrace a strategy to grow as a public institution that values its employees and that works with its unions to promote high-quality service, safety, efficiency and a workplace culture of mutual respect.

At a time when hundreds of thousands of letter carriers and other postal employees are bravely demonstrating once again why the Postal Service is the country’s most popular federal agency by serving heroically during this pandemic—delivering public health alerts, medical supplies, tests, prescriptions, relief checks and online purchases to households sheltering in place—the Postal Service needs sound and innovative leadership. Indeed, earlier this week, the NALC and the other postal unions sent a letter to the USPS Board of Governors lauding its leadership in urging Congress to provide direct assistance to the Postal Service during this unprecedented crisis. The letter also urged the Board to continue to resist inappropriate meddling by the Treasury Department in postal operations. Today, we ask the same of the new postmaster general.

Keeping politics out of the Postal Service and maintaining its independence is central to its success—this is one of the reasons that 90 percent of all Americans, from both parties and from rural and urban areas alike, support the USPS.

We applaud Mr. DeJoy’s willingness to take on this public service challenge at this most difficult time in the near-250-year history of the Postal Service. Perhaps only Benjamin Franklin, the first PMG, has taken this job at a more challenging time.

Finally, we thank Postmaster General Megan Brennan for her service and offer congratulations on her retirement.

May 1, 2020
May 05, 2020

Republican lawmakers back USPS appropriations in letter to Administration and Republican leadership

A group of 26 Republican lawmakers led by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) sent a letter today to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) urging direct support for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in the next stimulus package. View the letter here.

That group includes: Reps. David McKinley (R-WV), Don Young (R-AK), Fred Upton (R-MI), Pete King (R-NY), Mike Bost (R-IL), Chris Smith (R-NJ), John Katko (R-NY), Don Bacon (R-NE), Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Pete Stauber (R-MN), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Tom Cole (R-OK), John Shimkus (R-IL), Mike McCaul (R-TX), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Paul Cook (R-CA), Tom Reed (R-NY), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Dave Joyce (R-OH), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Darin LaHood (R-IL), Mike Turner (R-OH), and Will Hurd (R-TX).

Specifically, they request that the following provisions be considered for the next legislative package:

  1. A “public service” appropriation of at least $25 billion to the Postal Service to alleviate some of the strain caused by the pandemic.
  2. An authorization for a continued “public service” appropriation for the difference between USPS revenue and expenses for the duration of this public health crisis.
  3. A mechanism to reimburse the Postal Service for any COVID-19 related leave pay provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (P.L. 116-127).
  4. Ensure equal treatment for postal employees in any legislation that authorizes, and funds hazard pay for other front-line workers exposed to health risks related to the COVID-19 virus. Such legislation should cover postal workers, who face heightened exposure risks to the virus on a daily basis.

They go on to recognize the important service USPS, letter carriers, and other postal employees provide to the country and that any interruption to such service would be incredibly detrimental to both the agency and the American people, their constituents.

NALC is thankful for the support from these members and encourages letter carriers to thank them as well. USPS is in dire need of financial assistance from Congress if it is to survive the current Covid-19 crisis and the associated economic downturn. To support our continued efforts, letter carriers should continue contacting their members of Congress to urge support for funding in the next stimulus package.

Let Congress know that there is overwhelming voter support for funding (link to poll here).

Click here to take action.

April 03, 2020
Manhattan letter carrier passed away

63-year-old letter carrier Frank Leong, a member of Branch 36 in New York City, passed away recently from complications related to COVID-19. Brother Leong was a 25-year letter carrier who worked at Church Street Station in Manhattan. NALC mourns with Brother Leong’s family, friends, coworkers and members of Branch 36.

NALC President Fredric Rolando said " We mourn the loss of Brother Leong and send our deepest sympathies and heartfelt thoughts and prayers to his loved ones.“

April 03, 2020
Statement from NALC President Fredric V. Rolando on the COVID-19 pandemic

President Fredric V. Rolando has issued his latest statement to letter carriers covering several evolving issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement may be viewed here.

An audio version of the statement is also available on NALC's podcast feed on Podbean.com. You may listen here.

As a reminder, in addition to contacting your shop steward, branch officer or NBA, NALC has a new email address for members to ask any questions or provide information about the COVID-19 pandemic: COVID19@nalc.org. When sending your email, please be sure to include your name and NALC branch number to expedite getting information to you.

Letter Carrier's Food Drive

Due to the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19  the Letter Carrier's Food Drive has been postponed.


Flushing Letter Carriers Branch 294

Softball League

Has been postponed due to the outbreak of Coronavirus

Local Taxes IT-2104 needs to be filed with the USPS by all Employees in Local Tax Code Area otherwise nothing will be taken out so check your records

Any Questions call Accounting Help Desk (866)974-2733

United States Census 2020 We All Still Need to Do

As mail carriers we all just had that wonder joy delivering all the United States Census 2020 mailing especially those blue paper thin cards we got paper cuts on. The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. In mid-March, homes across the country began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. Yet even as we secure the basic safety of our homes and communities, we must not forget the important, once-a-decade 2020 U.S. Census currently underway. The information collected by this nationwide counting effort will shape public spending, research and decision-making for the next 10 years, from federal education, health and infrastructure allocations to the number of seats each state occupies in the House of Representatives. An accurate census count ensures that communities have the resources they need to respond to emergencies like with COVID-19 and thrive in less turbulent times too.
News & information
January 23, 2020 - In all offices, CCAs who have at least 30 months of relative standing on February 15th to be converted to career status

NALC and USPS have settled a national-level grievance regarding non-compliance with the contractual caps on the employment of City Carrier Assistants (CCAs). This settlement (M-01906) provides that all city carrier assistants in any size office with 30 months of relative standing on February 15, 2020, will be converted to career status within 60 days from the signing of the agreement on January 22, 2020. CCAs meeting this criteria in 200-workyear offices or larger will be converted to full-time regular, and CCAs meeting this criteria in all other offices will be converted to part-time flexible.

Select districts will make conversions to career status in addition to those described above.  The districts where these conversions will take place and the number of months of relative standing to be used are identified in the settlement.  The criteria for these additional conversions will otherwise be the same. All CCAs converted to career status in accordance with this settlement will be converted within their current installation.

NALC projects this settlement will result in almost 4,800 CCA conversions to career status, including approximately 3,000 conversions to part-time flexible in smaller offices.

Flushing Letter Carriers Branch 294

Softball League


Has been postponed due to the outbreak of Coronavirus

Repeal Letter for Prefunding Mandate Sent to Washington

Update on Contract Negotiations

NALC and management negotiators have reached the end of the 60-day mediation period following the Sept. 20 expiration of our National Agreement with USPS. The parties remain at impasse and are discussing the selection of a neutral arbitrator.

Although NALC will continue to bargain in good faith, we will not delay the interest arbitration process.

Under the law, both NALC and postal management will name one arbitrator and select a third neutral arbitrator to serve as the chair of the arbitration board. Both sides will present evidence and testimony to the arbitration board that will, following hearings, issue a final and binding decision on the contents of our next collective-bargaining agreement. While these impasse procedures are taking place, the terms of our 2016-19 National Agreement remain in effect.

NEW LINK

President - Tony Paolillo
Vice President -  Harry Carney
Secretary - Keith Bates
Financial Secretary  - Ron Oree
Treasurer - Phil Khan
Assistant Secretary Treasurer - Gerry Tripp
Director of City Delivery - Michael Moore
Director of Retirees - Clara Sarmiento
Editor - Andy Fontanetta
Sergeant at Arms - Todd Akelson

Trustee - Victor Vicenty
Trustee - Ivelis Medina
Trustee - Raul Escudero

2020 Br. 294 Color Coded Calendar

Darkness, Safety and You

NEWS

Scholarships

Politics

 

POSTAL NEWS

Contact Us:

Flushing Letter Carriers

NALC Br. 294 Room 209

61-34 188 Street

Fresh Meadows, N.Y 11365

Office (718) 264-8494 or (718) 264-8495

FAX (718) 294 - 8498

Knights of Columbus

35-79 160th Street

Flushing, N.Y. 11358
(718) 359-9787

Our monthly NALC Br.294 meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at the Knights of Columbus in Flushing. The Union meeting will start with the Shop Steward meeting at 5PM followed by the General Meeting at 6PM. Food and beverages will be served.  

Please Note: This calendar may be different from other calendar color code patterns.
To All Our Local Union Brothers and Sisters

   We are collecting City Carrier: uniforms, hats, coat, rain gear etc. to help our fellow brothers and sisters. Kindly contact our Union Branch and bring these items in to us. Also contact our branch especially the CCAs for any items you may need.