Welcome to our Flushing Letter Carriers
 NALC Branch 294 Website

NALC Br. 294 President Tony Paolillo

How to Cast an Absentee Ballot
  • Once your receive the ballot, mark the ballot according to your choices for each office following the instructions on the ballot
  • Once you have completed marking your ballot fold it up and place it in the Security Envelope. (This envelope will have a place for your signature.)
  • Sign and date the outside of the Security Envelope.
  • Seal the Security Envelope.
  • Place the Security Envelope in the Return Envelope. (This envelope will have the return address of your county Board of Elections on the outside and should have a logo that reads, “Official Election Mail”)
  • Seal the Return Envelope.
  • You may return the ballot in any of the following ways:
    1. Put it in the mail ensuring it receives a postmark no later than November 3rd.
    2. Bringing it to the County Board of Elections Office no later than November 3rd by 9pm.
    3. Bringing it to an early voting poll site between October 24th and November 1st
    4. Bringing it to a poll site on November 3rd by 9pm.
September 10, 2020
Tell the Senate to provide USPS Covid Relief: Call Your Senator Now


The House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would provide $25 billion in financial relief to the Postal Service. Now it’s up to the Senate to take action. Unfortunately, the Senate has failed to advance much-needed relief despite the public demand during the pandemic and leading up to Election Day.

This funding is urgently needed to deter service cuts and to ensure that letter carriers have every tool needed to meet the needs of the public in delivering, mail, essentials and in preparation for November.

Tell your Senator to provide relief to the Postal Service.

Call 844-477-7651 to be connected to your Senator.

2020 Census

Be sure you and your family and friends do the 2020 Census. It's very importation for Federal Funding to your State and most of all the number of representives you have in Congress and  the Electorial College number too for the next 10 years.
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)
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Aug 17 -21, 2020 - NALC 72nd
Biennial Convention
CANCELLED Due To COVID-19
Sept 7, 2020 - Labor Day (Office Closed)
Sept 9, 2020 - Union Teleconference Meeting
Sept 12, 2020 - NYC Labor Day Parade (CANCELLED)
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 (CANCELLED)
Nov 10, 2020 - Union Teleconference 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

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)

FUTURE NATIONAL CONVENTIONS

 

 

National Convention in Chicago Aug. 8-12, 2022

 

 

Updated March 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak many MOUs have been extended to Sept. 25, 2020 so even through you may see some expired in May they were extended. Click on to the picture for the MOU extension and the MOUs that are associated with this letter.
KEEP SAFE ALL

NEWS FLASH

NEW - 2021 Color-Coded Calendar

September 23, 2020
Election mail task force update

Over the past several months, there has been a concerted effort by some to cast doubt on the security of vote by mail and on the ability of the Postal Service to meet the expected surge in vote by mail this year. We have pushed back on this narrative and communicated that we are confident we will rise to the occasion. Toward that end, NALC and the other postal unions and management associations formed a task force with the Postal Service to prepare for the anticipated increase in election mail this fall.

The National Election Task Force has engaged in several cooperative and productive meetings to discuss communication, operational needs and potential issue resolution. We have made progress in continuing past policies and efforts as well as developing additional protocols and commitments to ensure that election mail is handled appropriately. We also produced a video with Postmaster General DeJoy to outline our goals.  

In the initial meetings, the Task Force was fully briefed on the Postal Service’s months-long preparation for the November election, which included dramatically increasing the number of personnel to serve as liaisons with local election boards in the Postal Service’s district offices and steps to taken to replace all the postmark printers across the country to ensure high-quality postmarks on ballot envelops. Also covered was the Postal Service’s external and internal communications plans.

The Task Force has agreed to develop local election mail task forces in each postal facility to ensure appropriate communication is accomplished with all employees and to quickly identify and resolve issues that may arise. The union and management representatives on these local task forces will be educated on the protocols that have been developed at headquarters. They will have constant communication locally throughout the election season.

Among the topics being discussed are ways to ensure every ballot is delivered on time even if they are mailed later than the recommended seven days before the election and how to ensure that every ballot handled by the Postal Service can be postmarked, even for types of mail that don’t usually need a postmark. The latter is important because some states use postmarks to determine whether a ballot is cast on time.

The Task Force is also discussing contingency plans in the event of potential Covid-19 outbreaks this fall that could impact postal operations. Toward this end, the MOU negotiated in the spring to allow for increased staffing in facilities impacted by the coronavirus was extended through the end of the year.

We look forward to continuing our efforts and are confident the Postal Service is well positioned to handle and deliver whatever volume of election mail we are given this fall.

September 23, 2020
USPS elects not to implement payroll tax deferral

 The Postal Service has notified NALC that it will not implement the temporary employee payroll tax deferral established by a recent Presidential Executive Order. If implemented, the order would defer payroll taxes through December 31. The taxes would be owed at that time barring any further action. The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance (Notice 1010-65) making clear that employers are not required to implement the deferral. As a result, letter carriers will see no change in payroll taxes as a result of the executive order.

September 01, 2020
National-Level Grievance over Expedited Street/Afternoon Sortation (ESAS) Settled

NALC and the Postal Service have settled national-level case Q16N-4Q-C 20345187 concerning the Postal Service’s implementation of a test of the delivery initiative entitled Expedited Street/Afternoon Sortation (ESAS). As a result of the settlement, the parties agree that the ESAS pilot test is concluded and terminated as of August 19, 2020. Additionally, any future modifications or alternate applications to the Expedited Preferential Mail (EPM) Delivery Program, as outlined in Section 144 of Handbook M-39, Management of Delivery Services and Sections 223, 450, and 924 of Handbook M-41, City Delivery Carriers Duties and Responsibilities, will be subject to discussion through the City Delivery Task Force. Furthermore, any grievance pending as of the date of this agreement at any step of the Dispute Resolution Process asserting the ESAS delivery initiative violated the collective bargaining agreement will be closed.

The settlement (M-01927) can be found in NALC’s Materials Reference System on the NALC website.

September 01, 2020
Families First Coronavirus Response Act Impact on Retirement and Thrift Savings Plan

The NALC has received notification from the Postal Service that leave taken under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is not eligible for retirement and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) deductions. This is in accordance with guidance issued by the Office of Personnel Management which oversees both benefits.

 Those that have taken leave under the FFCRA will be issued refunds by the Postal Service for any retirement and TSP contributions which will be reflected on your October 2, 2020 paycheck.

Leave used under the FFCRA (Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act Expansion) will not impact creditable service time towards retirement eligibility. This leave does not impact the High-3 Average Salary calculation used for an annuity computation. The annuity calculation for full-time career employees will not be impacted.

However, use of FFCRA leave for part-time career employees will have an impact on annuity calculations. Annuities with a part-time career component are prorated based on the hours worked when compared to a full-time position. Leave taken under FFCRA is not considered basic pay and is treated similarly to periods of Leave Without Pay (LWOP), which does not increase the total hours worked for the part-time component calculation. NALC members may contact the NALC retirement department with questions regarding part-time career service.

Carriers that wish to, may change their election of FFCRA leave to a different type of leave (such as sick or annual) to keep their retirement and TSP contributions. To avoid a refund, all requests must be entered in AdjustPay before September 11, 2020.

All TSP eligible employees may change their TSP election at any time during the year.

The FFCRA will expire December 31st, 2020, and any unused leave will be forfeit.

 The Postal Service Mandatory Stand-Up Talk dated August 27, 2020 regarding this refund can be found here.

September 01, 2020
USPS - SER initiative update


On July 31, 2020, USPS notified NALC of a new delivery initiative titled the Post Office Sortation Equipment Rationalization (SER). SER was characterized as a “review” which would solicit “feedback” from employees regarding potential consolidation of casing and sortation equipment. However, subsequent documentation revealed the Postal Service had instructed local management to reduce casing equipment and cell sizes causing widespread violations of the handbooks and manuals while making casing more difficult and less efficient. On August 17, 2020, NALC filed a national level grievance on the Postal Service’s unilateral implementation of SER. In the last few days, the SER initiative has been halted pending our discussions with the Postal Service on the program. For more information regarding SER click here.

August 31, 2020
Statement from NALC President Fredric V. Rolando

President Fredric V. Rolando has issued his latest statement to letter carriers covering several evolving issues. 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.

August 18, 2020
Statement of NALC President Fredric v. Rolando on Joint National Election Task Force

Today, I am pleased to announce that the NALC will begin working with the Postal Service in a joint labor management task force to meet the challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus with regard to handling election mail. Formation of the task force comes as a result of my initial meeting with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, where I suggested that we create a joint labor management task force to meet these specific challenges and work together in response to the public health crisis that is expected to dramatically expand the role of mail voting during the upcoming national election. Meetings of the joint task force on election mail will likely begin within the next two weeks.   

Nearly one quarter of all ballots cast in 2016 involved mailed out ballots, a level that could double this year as voters look for safe ways to vote in the midst of the pandemic.  Although the Postal Service and its employees have always given election and political mail the highest priority and greatest care, the current crisis calls for extraordinary efforts to serve America’s voters. The task force will work to establish special protocols ahead of the national election to ensure the expedited handling of all political and election mail, particularly for mailed out ballots. In a statement today announcing the parties’ commitment to joining the task force, the PMG also suspended several recent operational initiatives, some of which were causing the delay or non-delivery of mail, in order to assure the public that there would not be any impact on election mail. This was an important step in addressing any perception that these initiatives were intended to negatively impact our quality of service during the election.   

In our work with the National Election Task Force, NALC intends to advocate special training programs as well as external communications initiatives to assure the public and our election board partners that they can rely on the Postal Service to deliver exceptional service.

Our goal is to give every American voter who chooses to return their ballots by mail the assurance that their ballots will be counted, consistent with state and local election board regulations.  In the face of the worst public health crisis in more than 100 years -- and in cooperation with the other unions and employee organizations -- NALC is committed to raising the Postal Service’s performance by going above and beyond to help Americans vote safely during this crisis.

This task force, along with our legislative efforts and our task force on city delivery, provides another tool for NALC to enhance the value of the Postal Service and to advocate for the public good.

Aug 13, 2020
NALC endorses Biden-Harris

Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), released the following statement regarding the NALC Executive Council’s endorsement of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for president and vice president of the United States:

On behalf of nearly 300,000 active and retired letter carriers, we are proud to endorse Vice President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to lead this country as president and vice president.

Vice President Biden is – was – and will continue to be – a fierce ally and defender of the United States Postal Service (USPS), letter carriers, and our fellow postal brothers and sisters. NALC’s endorsement and our support come down to Joe’s steadfast support of us and his unwavering dedication to improving the lives of all working people throughout this great nation.

Since coming to the Senate in 2016, Senator Kamala Harris has put letter carriers and working families first. In her role on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, she has stanchly defended maintaining a healthy, financially stable Postal Service and has consistently acted  to ensure that those who are nominated to run the Postal Service are held to the highest standard.

Together, Biden and Harris fully exhibit the experience, dedication, thoughtfulness and steady hands that will work to ensure that letter carriers and working families are put first.

The Executive Council’s decision to endorse the Biden/Harris ticket was based on the input of our membership through polling, surveys, responses to our candidate questionnaire, and a discussion with the Vice President. The decision is also partly informed by what we have seen from the current administration with regards to the Postal Service. In 2018, legislative recommendations from the White House Postal Task Force report called for the revocation of collective bargaining rights by America’s postal unions, massive cuts to services, and the potential privatization of the agency. Since that time, we have continued to see the administration take steps outside of the public eye to undermine the Postal Service and letter carriers.

And now, our country struggles to withstand the public health and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 virus. This pandemic threatens the very survival of USPS. Yet, while postal employees are on the front lines providing essential services to the public every day, the current administration refuses to provide the necessary financial relief that would strengthen the agency during this pandemic.

The Postal Service must not be allowed to fail. We must do everything we can to help the Postal Service thrive, not only for the men and women of the Postal Service but for the communities and businesses that we serve during this critical time. For those reasons, NALC is proud to stand with Vice President Biden and Senator Harris in November and beyond.

August 06, 2020
USPS looks to reduce letter carriers’ casing equipment

This morning, the Postal Service sent NALC a copy of a stand-up talk for city letter carriers intended to explain the goals of its latest unilateral delivery initiative. It is called Post Office Sortation Equipment Reconciliation (SER).

In the stand-up talk, USPS states “From a city delivery perspective, our goal is to convert as many city routes as possible to one, six shelf, evenly spaced 124 and provide efficient and effective customer service.”  A 124 is the main letter carrier case with the shelf where we place our mail as we sort it. USPS also states, “In order to do so, it is essential that we seek your valuable input as carriers, to finalize the cell size changes. This is vital because, as the expert on the route, you can readily identify addresses that may require additional or less sortation space. In order to complete this as planned, we will be starting carrier consultations soon regarding these changes to our carrier sortation equipment by obtaining your input.” At the end of the stand-up talk, we are reminded of the importance of “vigorously focusing on the efficiency of our operations”.

If supervisors or managers do not consult with and obtain your input prior to implementing this initiative, or if they ignore the valuable input you provide, you should inform an NALC branch representative.

Handbook M-39, Management of Delivery Services and Handbook M-41, City Delivery Carriers Duties and Responsibilities both contain provisions regarding case cells or separations, as well as casing equipment.

If changes to case configurations are implemented that violate those handbooks, then a grievance should be filed citing a violation of the appropriate provisions. If needed, NALC branch representatives should contact their NALC national business agent for guidance.

We have requested additional information from the Postal Service and once we receive that information we will be providing the NBAs with more detail regarding this initiative.

Jul 31, 2020
House Passes FSGG Spending Bill, Maintains Six-Day Mail Delivery

Today, the House of Representatives passed the Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2021 H.R. 7617 (116),  which provides funding to the majority of the federal government through September 30.

FSGG legislation has broad jurisdiction over agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, the Treasury Department, the Office of Management and Budget, the General Services Administration, the Judiciary, the Small Businesses Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Postal Service.

As it relates to the Postal Service, every year, NALC works hard to ensure that our long-standing language preserving six-day mail delivery is in place. Once again, those efforts were successful due to the hard work of letter carriers in educating members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

In addition, appropriators also included an amendment that would prevent the Postal Service from implementing the Expedited to Street Afternoon Sortation (ESAS) pilot program or from making changes to services standards in effect on July 31, 2020. The inclusion of this language comes following numerous reports of service disruptions nationwide following the Postal Service’s recent announcement on ESAS.

The House-passed measure also included an amendment to provide $2 million to the Postal Service for a postal banking pilot program and funding for the Postal Service Office of Inspector General to “encourage the Postal Service” to investigate mail delivery issues in Chicago. NALC will monitor all postal related measures as the Senate continues its work on the appropriations process. 

The $1.3 trillion measure wrapped six appropriations measures into one, effectively cutting down on time spent on individually appropriations measures during Covid-19. Last week, the House passed appropriations covering the Departments of State, Agriculture, Interior, and Veterans Affairs, leaving only Homeland Security and the Legislative Branch left to complete.

With House consideration of FY 2021 appropriations near complete, the Senate must complete work on its appropriations process. NALC will continue to monitor any provisions related to the Postal Service.

July 29, 2020
USPS to initiate office activities study

Beginning next week, pursuant to Article 34 of the National Agreement, the Postal Service will begin conducting a study of city carriers’ office activities. As with several other recent unilateral tests involving city letter carriers, USPS once again has decided to perform this study on its own rather than examining methods to improve the work environment and procedures related to city delivery with NALC through the joint City Delivery Task Force. With this new study, the Postal Service states city carrier’s office activities will be observed and data collected in order for USPS to analyze and potentially develop new work methods or standards. Exploration of both items jointly by USPS and NALC are among the many subjects established and directed in the memorandum of understanding Re: City Delivery Task Force incorporated in the National Agreement.

NALC was first notified of the Postal Service’s intent to conduct this study in a letter dated April 19, 2019.  In a subsequent notification, dated May 1, 2019, USPS told us the information collected from this study may be used during the collective bargaining process. During a meeting held on May 17, 2019, the Postal Service informed NALC that they intended to contract a third-party company to conduct this study.  USPS also stated sites and routes would be randomly selected in which data collectors would collect data related to office activities. USPS anticipated collecting one day of data from approximately 400 routes during the study and the information would be used to evaluate current office standards and, if necessary, create new standards.

NALC didn’t hear anything further about this study until we received notification from USPS dated March 3, 2020.  We were notified that a contract had been awarded for the data collection analysis and we were provided with a list of thirty-six sites of various sizes which had been randomly selected for the study.  USPS stated the contractor will collect data through on-site visits both in the morning and the afternoon.

In a letter dated March 17, 2020, NALC was provided a list of the routes which were selected to be included in the study.  Subsequently, on March 18, 2020, the Postal Service notified NALC the study was being temporarily postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A recent letter dated July 9, 2020, notified NALC the Postal Service was continuing preparation for the proposed engineered work methods study and as part of this preparation, USPS intended to visit two sites in Marietta, Georgia to videotape city carriers performing office activities. USPS indicated the purpose of this video is to assist the contractor with creating training to be used by their observers in the study. On July 15, 2020, Director of City Delivery, Christopher Jackson, and Assistant to the President for City Delivery, Doug Lape, traveled to Marietta to visit and observe these sites while this videotaping was being conducted. Three volunteer letter carriers were videotaped while performing office duties and loading and unloading of their delivery vehicle, in the morning and afternoon.  During this visit NALC was introduced to representatives from the third-party contractor Deloitte, who will be conducting the study.

On July 24, 2020, NALC received a tentative schedule for the data collection.  The Postal Service confirmed the study will be limited to the original list of test sites and routes previously provided. Data collectors will count the mail and observe the regular carrier perform office and loading/unloading duties in the morning and the afternoon on the selected routes.  If the regular carrier is unavailable on the scheduled day, the data collector will choose another route from the list provided.  Only the routes indicated on this list are intended for the study, however if there is no regular carrier or route from the list available, USPS may choose another route to study. USPS indicates a standup talk will be provided to city carriers on the Saturday prior to the beginning of the study in selected sites. Additionally, USPS states most sites will have two to three data collectors observing the scheduled routes for one week, Monday through Saturday.  In larger offices, the data collectors will be observing for a two-week period. The entire study will be conducted over a 5-week period beginning August 3, 2020.  The data collectors will not be giving instructions and will only be asking questions to clarify functions being performed as part of the study. Throughout the study, data collectors are expected to maintain the appropriate social distancing per Postal Service social distancing protocol and CDC guidelines.

Letter carriers are reminded to continue performing their duties as they normally do, and in accordance with Handbook M-41 provisions.  NALC will be sending a local or regional representative into each site to explain the study to the letter carriers and answer any questions they may have.  Once the data collection is complete, those representatives will return and obtain feedback from the carriers involved in the study.  NALC headquarters will be monitoring this test closely and exercise its rights as necessary in accordance with Article 34 of the National Agreement.
July 15, 2020
Statement from President Fredric V. Rolando Re: COVID-19 Virus Crisis

On July 2nd, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the “Postal Service Emergency Assistance Act” (S. 4174). The bill would provide $25 billion in direct relief to the agency through establishment of a “Postal Service COVID-19 Emergency Fund” to make up the difference between revenue and expenses during the pandemic, making the fund available through September 30, 2022. Notably, the bill makes clear that the $10 billion Treasury loan approved in the CARES Act, would be subject to the terms and conditions agreed to in the note purchase agreement between the Postal Service and Federal Financing Bank from September 29, 2018. The inclusion of these terms would be far more favorable than the rumored terms and conditions that the Department of Treasury is insisting on but refusing to make public in order for the Postal Service to access the funds.These two provisions of the Senate bill are consistent with NALC’s immediate priorities related to COVID-19 funding and are similar to provisions contained in the HEROES Act, which passed the House in May. The HEROES Act includes $25 billion in direct funding to the Postal Service, and would also repeal restrictions on the $10 billion line of credit that was authorized by the CARES Act. But unlike the Senate bill, the House HEROES Act also contains a hazard pay provision that would include letter carriers. There is rising support from Senate Republicans to pass another stimulus, but it remains to be seen exactly how it will go. NALC is hopeful that the bipartisan and bicameral calls for immediate financial relief will be part of the conversation between House and Senate leadership and the White House when negotiations over the next relief package resume later this month.NALC continues to lobby aggressively for direct financial relief, favorable loan terms, and hazard pay as outlined above. Letter carriers should continue contacting their senators to urge support for such funding in the next stimulus package. For more information on how to take action, please visit the “Government Affairs” page on the NALC website. And please continue to encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same by visiting www.HeroesDelivering.com. In other legislative news, the House recently passed the “Moving America Forward Act” (H.R. 2), a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that invests in roads, rail, public transit, ports, aviation, energy and water. Of particular note, the final bill included $25 billion for postal infrastructure modernization, including $6 billion to upgrade postal vehicles. The bill requires that 75 percent of the new fleet be electric or zero-emission vehicles. For medium/heavyweight vehicles, the electric/zero emissions requirement would be 50 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2040. The bill would require the “Buy America Act” provisions with regards to vehicle procurement. The bill also would equip each postal facility with electric charging stations, at least one of which would be made available to the public, officers and employees of the Postal Service. The bill is not likely to be considered by the Senate, which has already begun work on its infrastructure package. As indicated in my last statement, on June 15th Louis DeJoy replaced Megan Brennan and became the 75th postmaster general. While I have had a couple of brief conversations with him, I look forward to several hours of discussion on various topics after he has had a chance to settle in. I’ve made it clear that we remain committed to working in good faith to build a relationship based on mutual trust and a shared vision for the future of the Postal Service - as long as that shared vision embraces a strategy to grow as a public institution that values its employees and works with its unions to promote high-quality service, safety, efficiency and a workplace culture of mutual respect. 1In my last statement I mentioned the nomination of Donald Lee Moak and Bill Zollars to serve on the Postal Service’s Board of Governors. Both have since been confirmed by the Senate, and sworn in as Governors. We anticipate that the Board of Governors will soon appoint a new Deputy Postmaster General to replace Ron Stroman, who resigned on June 1st. This transition represents a massive change in leadership at the Postal Service consisting of a new PMG, a yet to be appointed Deputy PMG, four relatively new Governors, and two new Governors who have yet to attend their first meeting of the Board of Governors. Initially, at a minimum we expect there will be thorough reviews of Postal finances, operations, human resources, and marketing, as well as legislative, regulatory, and legal matters. On the operational front, it is my understanding that supervisors are conducting stand-up talks to all employees on initial transportation phases of an operational pivot plan based on some internal documents regarding cost reduction. None of these changes or plans have been discussed or explained to NALC, and we will closely monitor the provisions of their plan for contractual compliance.Absent reaching a tentative settlement on our collective bargaining agreement, we are prepared to begin Interest Arbitration in late September. We continue to engage the Postal Service in negotiations, as we would much rather send our members a tentative agreement for ratification. However, we are more than ready for the Interest Arbitration hearings.Several COVID related Joint Memorandums of Understanding have been further extended through September 25, 2020. These memoranda include: temporary use of the 7:01 rule; temporary additional paid leave for CCAs; temporary expanded sick leave for dependent care; temporary use of TCAs; temporary workplace changes to promote social distancing; temporary time limit extensions on Step B and arbitration appeals; and an agreement giving local parties the ability to develop a sign-up process for full-time employees who previously did not, or could not, place their names on either the overtime desired list or work assignment list. Also extended through September 25th is a USPS memorandum which instructs managers and supervisors to allow liberal changes of schedule to accommodate employees who are dealing with childcare issues related to the pandemic. The USPS memorandum also provides for liberal sick leave usage for employees who are sick and liberal annual and leave without pay (LWOP) to the extent operationally feasible, treats COVID-19 related leave as scheduled (as opposed to unscheduled) leave, and directs that leave taken for COVID-19 related reasons during this time not be cited in discipline for failing to maintain an assigned schedule.Each of the MOUs and the USPS directive can be found in NALC’s Materials Reference System on the NALC website.On June 3rd, we settled a national-level grievance regarding the Postal Service’s unilateral testing of Consolidated Casing. This settlement, M-01923 in NALC’s Materials Reference System, requires that half of the 62 test sites be returned to their original route structure by July 31, 2020. The remaining 31 test sites will continue through November 27, 2020. The Postal Service has selected the first 31 test sites for the routes to be returned to their original structure, and the local parties have already been informed. According to the settlement, the local parties are supposed to work jointly through the transition of returning routes in the test sites to their original structure, with assistance and guidance being provided by the appropriate NALC National Business Agent (NBA) and USPS Area Manager, Labor Relations (AMLR), or their designees. Unfortunately, from what we have seen and heard so far, the Postal Service is mandating local management to perform this transition unilaterally with a one-sided set of arbitrary rules in contradiction to the settlement. I have appointed representatives from NALC headquarters to work with the regions and local parties to determine and communicate transition plans to USPS that are consistent with the terms of the settlement. We stand committed to working with USPS, as the settlement directs, to return these offices and the routes to their original structure. Hopefully implementation of the settlement does not result in additional disputes over the clear language of the settlement. If it does, NALC will take appropriate action.Another piece to eventually putting the Consolidated Casing dispute behind us is dealing with the thousands of grievances filed in the 62 test sites. The settlement states that grievances related to the Consolidated Casing that were pending at any step of the Dispute Resolution Process as of the date of the settlement or future grievances not resolved at Formal Step A will be sent directly to the appropriate NBAs and AMLRs, or their designees. They will jointly determine which grievances are resolved by the settlement, can be resolved by the parties, and which will be further processed.In my May 13, 2020, statement I reported that the Postal Service was in the process of testing the use of various types of materials and styles to be used as face coverings during the hotter months. Such styles tested were various bandanna type masks, neck gaiters, and even cooling masks. As a result of the carriers’ input who participated in the tests, the Postal Service ordered three types of masks for purchase by local managers for letter carriers to use. The three types of masks are all washable and re-usable and include a black cross strap style, a blue neck gaiter style, and a grey adjustable ear loop style. The Postal Service has advised that the masks are available in every district, and that local managers should consult with their respective district office to order. Please contact your NBA office if there are problems with such orders.The Postal Service has completed their testing of temperature measuring equipment, and has identified a company that will provide technicians to conduct what they describe as highly accurate COVID-19 testing in postal facilities. As they decide if, when, and where they would like to proceed with any such virus related testing of employees, we are discussing the necessary policies, procedures, and 2protocols that would need to be agreed on before any such testing and contact tracing could be implemented.Today, almost 8,000 postal employees are under quarantine from the virus. Almost 27,000 previously quarantined postal employees have been cleared and returned to work. About 2,100 of the currently quarantined postal employees have tested positive for the virus, and another 500 plus are presumed to be positive. Another 3,000 postal employees who tested positive in the past have recovered and returned to work. Of all these numbers, about thirty percent are letter carriers. Sadly, 72 postal employees have passed away from the virus, including 15 city letter carriers. Thank you for all that you do. As you continue your selfless and heroic service to the American public, please stay safe. God bless each of you and your families.

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.

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

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

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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.

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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

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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.  

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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.