As we all are experiencing here and around the World COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. I been gathering resources to better educate our membership and the public in the Tri-state area on valuable information on prevention, Company and Union Information I receive from Stand Up Talks from the USPS and Update Information from NALC Br. 294 President Tony Paolillo I receive on what to do if you or a loved one gets this horrible disease. Please follow all CDC guidelines, sterilize your home and workplace and avoid sites that give false truths. The sites I posted are from the actual sites that everyone should get their information from not Joe Loves America sites that put their own spins on things. If you have the symptoms as I posted on this page STAY HOME. Call your Family Doctor first and follow their instructions on self treatment and don't go to the Hospital cause they are already overwhelmed with serious cases. If it gets serious call your Family Doctor and the Hotline for instructions and then if it does become an emergency go to the Hospital or call an Ambulance. Please try to be healthy and safe, buy only essentials if you have to go out and Stay Home cause the less the public moves around the lower spread becomes and that lowers the curve so Hospitals can handle the load of serious and critical conditions. -Webmaster and USPS Mail Carrier Tom Ryan-
House Resolution 109 (H. Res. 109), which calls on Congress to “take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all businesses and residential customers,” has been reintroduced in the 117th Congress.
The bipartisan resolution is identical to previous versions of the resolution and is led by Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and David Joyce (R-OH), who took over leadership of the resolution following the retirement of Reps. Susan Davis (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY) last Congress.
In each Congress, the measure has consistently received overwhelming bipartisan support, demonstrating the importance of retaining door service for communities who currently have it.
As letter carriers know, reductions in service have previously been considered as a substitute for addressing underlying financial issues. NALC opposes misguided service reductions and encourages House Representatives to cosponsor this important resolution.
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Today, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) introduced House Resolution 108 (H.Res. 108), which calls on Congress to recognize Postal Service employees as front-line essential workers who must be prioritized for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
While the resolution is non-binding in nature, it recognizes the dedication and importance of letter carriers and postal employees in providing reliable, affordable and universal mail service to America’s homes and businesses in the midst of an ongoing pandemic.
The resolution goes on to commend letter carriers and postal employees for the handling, processing and delivering of an increased volume of election mail pieces, ballots and Census materials during the pandemic under extremely difficult circumstances, and while thousands contracted COVID-19 as front-line workers.
The resolution calls on the prioritization of letter carriers and postal employees in Phase 1b in the COVID-19 vaccination program. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified postal employees in Phase 1b; however, states make the determination, which is expected to complicate the vaccination process for the Postal Service.
NALC appreciates the members of Congress who recognize the important contributions our members make every day to serve the public, especially during the pandemic, and who will continue to work to ensure that letter carriers are prioritized during vaccine rollout.
Today, Reps. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) reintroduced their resolution calling on the House to take “all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization.”
The resolution, H. Res. 47, is identical to those introduced over the last two Congresses, both of which exceeded a bipartisan majority of support.
As letter carriers may recall, the resolution’s introduction was in direct response to outgoing President Trump’s government reorganization and restructure plan, titled “Delivery Government Solutions in the 21st Century,” through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The report, which was deemed dead on arrival on Capitol Hill, took aim at numerous federal agencies, including calls to privatizing the Postal Service. The report was also followed up by the outgoing President’s White House Postal Task Force report, which highlighted internationally privatized postal systems.
Thankfully, misguided policies such as postal privatization will have no place in the Biden administration. In response to his views on privatization of the Postal Service, then-candidate Biden had this to say:
“USPS workers are the eyes and ears of the community and are often on the first line of defense for rural and disenfranchised communities. Postal service provided to everyone and every house, regardless of geography, income, race, religion, or sexual orientation and we must honor and defend the USPS’s Universal Service Obligation as a core belief of our great nation. As a valuable public service that does not use taxpayer dollars for operating expenses, USPS will be defended from all attempts at privatization when I am President.”
In the effort to reach another bipartisan majority against privatization, NALC encourages all letter carriers to contact their members of Congress to become cosponsors on this resolution.
Reps. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) have reintroduced their resolution to preserve six-day mail delivery with House Resolution 114 (H. Res. 114).
The resolution is identical to previous versions that have been introduced at the beginning of every Congress since 2009 calling on Congress to “take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service.”
The resolution has continued to surpass a bipartisan majority of support in the House, demonstrating the overwhelming support for maintaining six-day delivery. Over the years, lawmakers have pushed back against attempts to reduce six-day delivery, citing the importance of the network delivering seven days a week. In fact, each year, congressional appropriators include language protecting six-day mail delivery in its annual appropriations bills, signaling the tremendous support for maintaining the service.
FFCRA Leave Requirements Expired Dec. 31, 2020
The requirement that employers provide paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired on Dec. 31, 2020. Please visit the Wage and Hour Division’s FFCRA Questions and Answers page to learn more about workers’ and employers’ rights and responsibilities after this date.
By joint agreement (M-01932), several COVID related memorandums of understanding have been further extended through March 26, 2021. These memoranda include: temporary expanded sick leave for dependent care (M-01910); temporary additional paid leave for CCAs (M-01911); temporary use of the 7:01 rule (M-01913); temporary workplace changes to promote social distancing (M-01915); and temporary use of TCAs (M-01916).
NALC and the Postal Service also agreed to another temporary time limit extension on Step B and arbitration appeals (M-01933), 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 (M-01934). Both of these agreements will expire on March 26, 2021, as well.
Also extended through March 26, 2021, is a USPS memorandum (M-01914) 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 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.