Welcome to our Flushing Letter Carriers
 NALC Branch 294 Website

NALC Br. 294 President Tony Paolillo

SOME FUN THINGS FOR THE HOLIDAYS NEAR YOU

FUTURE NATIONAL CONVENTIONS

 

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

 

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

 

 

NEWS FLASH

USPS Delivery and Retail Services Suspended Wednesday, Dec. 5

President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 5, a national day of mourning to honor the late President George H. W. Bush for his vast contributions to the United States during his lifetime. Consistent with this proclamation, the Postal Service will suspend regular mail delivery and retail service during this National Day of Observance (NDO).

USPS will provide limited package delivery on that day to ensure that service does not experience anything that might negatively affect customers or business partners during the busy holiday season. More information regarding Postal Service operations on the NDO may be found on the USPS website at https://link.usps.com/2018/12/03/honoring-president-bush/ 

Below is a summary of the effect on city carriers as set forth in the MOU Re: Clarification of Regulations for National Day of Observance on pages 180-183 of the 2016-2019 National Agreement, which may be found here

  • Full-time employees whose regular work day falls on the NDO but are not scheduled to work will be granted eight hours of administrative leave for that day. 
  • Full-time employees whose regular work day falls on the NDO and are directed to work will receive a day of administrative leave to be used at a future date.  
  • Full-time employees whose non-scheduled day falls on the NDO and are not scheduled to work will receive a day of administrative leave to be used at a future date. For these employees who are directed to work, they will receive overtime pay for all hours worked as well as up to eight hours of future administrative leave for the number of hours worked. 
  • The rules listed above also apply to part-time regular employees; however, the total number of hours of administrative leave will be equal to the number of hours the employee was scheduled to work, which may be less than eight hours. Those employees whose scheduled day is the NDO will be granted administrative leave equal to the scheduled hours for that day. Those employees whose non-scheduled day falls on the NDO will be granted administrative leave equal to the average number of daily paid hours in the week preceding the NDO.
  • Part-time flexible employees who work the NDO will be granted administrative leave to be used at a future date equal to the number of hours worked on the NDO, not to exceed eight hours of administrative leave. These employees not scheduled to work will be granted administrative leave at a future date equal to the average number of daily paid hours worked in the week preceding the NDO, not to exceed eight hours.
  • Administrative leave taken at a future date must be taken at one time and must be taken within six months of the NDO or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever is later. At the employee’s option, this leave may be used to substitute for previously scheduled but unused annual leave.
  • If a career employee is on leave or Continuation of Pay (COP) on the NDO, the employee will be granted a day of administrative leave at a future date, not to exceed eight hours. 
  • City carrier assistants will receive pay for actual hours worked on the NDO. The MOU does not address payment of administrative leave for CCAs. 
 For further information regarding the rules governing pay, leave, and scheduling on the NDO, please consult the MOU Re: Clarification of Regulations for National Day of Observance or contact the appropriate national busine
Penalty Overtime Exclusion

As referenced in Article 8, Sections 4 and 5, of the USPS-NALC National Agreement, the December period (during which penalty overtime regulations are not applicable) consists of four consecutive service weeks. This year, the December period begins Pay Period 25-18, Week 2 (Dec. 1, 2018) and ends Pay Period 01-19, Week 1 (Dec. 28, 2018).

October 2018 cost-of-living adjustment memo

November 14

Contract COLA: Accumulated COLA is $146 through November

The projected accumulation toward the sixth regular COLA under the 2016-2019 National Agreement stood at $146 annually in November following the release of the October 2018 Consumer Price Index.


OPM Announces 2018 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program Premiums

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced today that the overall average increase in total premiums for the 2018 Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will rise by an average of four percent.

 The Federal Benefits Open Season, which runs from November 13 to December 11, 2017, gives Federal employees and retirees the opportunity to evaluate their benefits, provider networks, and the 2018 rates for Federal benefits, which include FEHB, Federal dental and vision (FEDVIP), as well as elections for Flexible Spending Account (FSAFEDS) for health care and/or dependent care. Individuals have the chance to make changes to their coverage within the Open Season dates.

 “Open Season is important because these health benefits can help Federal employees care for themselves and their families,” said OPM Acting Director Kathy McGettigan. “I urge Federal employees and retirees to carefully review their healthcare needs and to choose wisely among the plans and enrollment options available to them during this enrollment period.”

 Additional information about this year’s Open Season:

  • The share of FEHB premiums paid by the government and enrollees is determined based on a government contribution formula set forth in the law. As a result of this formula the average enrollee share increase will be 6.1 percent and the average increase in the government share will be 3.2 percent.
  • For FEDVIP, which is fully funded by enrollee premiums, average vision plan premiums will decrease by 0.48 percent and average dental plan premiums will increase by 1.26 percent for 2018.
  • In 2018, the FEHB Program will offer 262 health plan choices government-wide.

OPM encouraged all insurance carriers to thoroughly evaluate their health plan options to find ways to improve affordability, reduce costs, and improve the quality of care and the health of the enrolled population. Negotiations were geared to keep premium increases as low as possible while minimizing changes in out-of-pocket costs, such as for deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance. 

Established in 1960, the FEHB Program is the largest employer-sponsored health benefits program in the United States, providing health care benefits for about 8.3 million employees, retirees and family members. Approximately 85 percent of all Federal employees participate in the Program.

The OPM website provides a detailed breakdown on the FEHB Program premium rates and the FEDVIP rates.

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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.