Nalc3126 A Labor Union for City-Letter Carriers in and around Royal Oak Michigan. Established - April

Operating as usual

11/29/2021

CCAs—check your pay stubs!
If you’re a city carrier assistant (CCA) who recently returned from your five-day break between appointments, check your pay stub to be sure you are being paid correctly. There have been instances reported where the CCA hourly rate was incorrectly reduced.
Pursuant to the Jan. 10, 2013 Das Arbitration Award, CCAs who were on the rolls as temporary employees on that date shall be paid at Step AA of Table 2, which is the higher hourly rate of the two steps for CCAs. Click here to review the most recent paychart.
Also, check the new re-appointment letter you receive in the mail from Shared Services (PS Form 50, “Notice of Personnel Action,” item number 62, “Base Salary”) to be sure your hourly rate is correct.
If you are being paid incorrectly, contact USPS Shared Services at 877-477-3273, Option 5, to advise them that you are being paid incorrectly. Also, discuss it with your NALC shop steward, local branch officer and local management.

11/25/2021
11/25/2021
11/21/2021

Important upcoming things to keep note of....
- December 4th thru December 31th is the 2021 Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period. Penalty Overtime pay will NOT be paid for any hours worked during this period (Art. 8.4)
- The 12/60 hour limits DO NOT apply during the December penalty overtime exclusion period for ONLY the ODL & Work Assignment Carriers. (Art. 8.5.G)
- The 60 hour limits DO continue to apply to Non-ODL Carriers (Art. 8.5.G)
- CCAs, PTFs, and Non-ODLs are still limited to 11.5 daily Work Hours. (ELM 432.32, M-01272)
- Work Assignment Carriers being forced OFF their assignment or in on their NSD are then limited to 11.5 Hours. (Art. 8.5)
- ODLs would still need to work up to at least 12 hours daily before Non-ODLs can be mandated to work ANY overtime. (Art. 8.5.G)
- On Sundays, anytime of the year they must still schedule ODL Carriers first, before using Non-ODL Carriers. Sundays are treated just like any other NSD.
-Section J on your 3996s “Reason For Use of Auxiliary” is omitted and can be left BLANK.
- The USPS “Pay Year” 2022 begins on Saturday, December 18th (pay period 1, week 1, 2022). However, the USPS “Leave Year” 2022, does not begin until January 1st (pay period 2, week 1, 2022). It is on that later date that the newly credited annual leave for fulltime regular Carriers becomes available to use.
Fyi....
The NALC and APWU argued for Penalty Overtime payment (Double Time) all Year round. 11 Months was awarded by an Arbitrator in 1984.
We didn't give up ONE Month of penalty OT, we GAINED 11 Months of penalty OT. We started with zero!

Last Punch for Farmington Carrier Sally Hackenberg!
11/20/2021

Last Punch for Farmington Carrier Sally Hackenberg!

Last Punch for Farmington Carrier Sally Hackenberg!

11/19/2021
11/17/2021
Union Busting: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
11/15/2021
Union Busting: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Union Busting: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver discusses the mechanics of union busting, why the companies who do it face so few consequences, and what it really means when your manager wants ...

11/15/2021

Next Saturday November 20th there will be another contractual pay raise. 1.3% for career and 2.3% for CCAs. You will see it on your December 10th paycheck.

11/11/2021

Happy Veterans Day to all that served! Thank You!

11/06/2021

Remember, Veteran's Day is coming up!

Join us next Thursday, Nov 11th, from 12-4 as we celebrate Veterans Day with free lunch! Make sure to tag your Veteran!

10/31/2021
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NALC MBA Individual Disability Income
Disability is an inability to perform the duties of your regular occupation for the period stated in your policy.
For consideration of disability, you must discontinue working, remain under regular and appropriate care
of a physician, and proof of loss must be provided.

Disability Income insurance helps cover you when the unexpected happens. It helps ensure you have the
money you need – and are better able to continue living the lifestyle you’ve worked for – if you become
hurt or too sick to work.

Here’s how it works

Your disability income benefits start 14 days after your disability begins (elimination period). Payments continue for as long as you’re disabled, up to six or twelve months, depending on which benefit period you selected for your plan.
https://www.nalc.org/member-benefits/mutual-benefit-association/body/Individual-Disability-Income.pdf

Exclusively for active NALC members

MBA Individual Disability Income is available to active NALC members between the ages of 18 and 59. (Spouses and family members are not eligible.)

MBA Individual Disability income is guaranteed!

Guaranteed Renewable. You may continue the policy to age 65 by payment of the premium on each renewal date. As long as the premium is paid on time, we cannot change any benefits or refuse to renew your policy. We, however, reserve the right to change premiums.

Premiums will not be changed on an individual basis. Premiums will be based on the table of rates in effect for all people insured under the policy who have the same issue age and policy date and are in the same class as you at renewal. Any premium paid after age 65 for a period not covered by your policy will be returned to you.

If protecting your financial security is important, your income is a necessity and being without it could have serious consequences. If you and your family rely on a paycheck to meet your day-to-day expenses, how long can you afford to go on without regular income?

John T. DickI hang up my satchel today. I am happy and sad. Knowing that this day is the last day of my Letter Carrier c...
10/31/2021

John T. Dick
I hang up my satchel today. I am happy and sad. Knowing that this day is the last day of my Letter Carrier career is a mix of emotions. My patrons are amazing. Every day they have reminded me of the basic goodness of humanity. And now, in the final hours of my Letter Carrier career, they have reminded me of the spirit of community that we all long for. I am humbled and privileged by the experience of being part of your neighborhoods for the last 21 years. Charles Bukowski said " If you can't think of anything else to do, just be kind ." You have made my heart crinkle.

10/29/2021

From the New York Times:
"What occupations are eligible for boosters?
"The F.D.A. authorized boosters for workers whose jobs put them at high risk of exposure to potentially infectious people. The C.D.C. says that group includes: emergency medical workers; education workers; food and agriculture workers; manufacturing workers; corrections workers; U.S. Postal Service workers; public transit workers; grocery store workers."

10/24/2021

Please visit nalchbp.org for 2022 brochures, changes and pricing. You will be able to watch an open season video and find out all about what our plan has to offer.

10/03/2021

Effective 11/20/2021, career letter carriers will receive a 1.3 percent raise. CCA’s will receive a 2.3 percent raise.

10/02/2021
•M-01966 – September 30, 2021 – As a result of the continued effects of the COVID-pandemic, five previous Memorandums of...
10/02/2021
| National Association of Letter Carriers AFL-CIO

•M-01966 – September 30, 2021 – As a result of the continued effects of the COVID-pandemic, five previous Memorandums of Understanding (M-01910, M-01911, M-01913, M-01915, and M-01916) agreed upon by NALC and USPS have been extended through December 31, 2021.
•M-01965 – September 30, 2021 – NALC and the Postal Service have agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) reinstating M-01911 Re: Temporary Additional Paid Leave for CCAs and it will be administered as if it had been in effect without interruption since the original effective date of March 18, 2020. This agreement will expire December 31, 2021.
•M-01964 – September 30, 2021 – Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, NALC and the Postal Service have agreed that, absent agreement otherwise at the Formal A level or regional/area level, time limits for appealing grievances to Step B of the grievance-arbitration procedure, and appeals to arbitration, will be extended for a period of 30 days beyond those specified in the National Agreement. This additional time period will be effective on September 30, 2021, the expiration date of the current time limit extension agreement and will continue until December 31, 2021.
•M-01963 – September 30, 2021 – Due to the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on staffing levels, NALC and the Postal Service have agreed the local parties may mutually elect to develop a sign-up process for full-time employees who did not, for whatever reason, sign the overtime lists during the two week period for doing so as outlined in Article 8.5.A of the National Agreement. This MOU will expire December 31, 2021.

Timeline Photos
09/18/2021

Timeline Photos

The Postal Service is actively hiring for full time, part time and seasonal employment including:
- Mail and package delivery
- Driving
- Sorting & Handling
- Sales & Service
Visit usps.com/hiring today to learn more about USPS career opportunities and how to apply!

09/18/2021

NALC Legislative Update; News & information, September 15, 2021
Freedom to Vote Act introduced in Senate
Today, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Freedom to Vote Act (S. 2747), a bill to expand voting rights and reduce the influence of big money in politics. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Raphael Warnock (D-GA).
The bill includes several measures to address voter access and election administration. The bill would ensure that all voters could request a mail-in ballot, improve the delivery of election mail, and apply minimum standards to ensure drop boxes are available and accessible to all voters. Additionally, the legislation would implement automatic voter registration, make Election Day and federal holiday, allow same day voter registration, and expand early voting.
The bill also includes measures to improve election integrity through the protection of election records, infrastructure, and ballot tabulation. It would also task the Election Assistance Commission with developing training and recruitment programs for non-partisan election officials. The bill would prohibit partisan gerrymandering and would require super PACs and other organizations that spend money in elections to disclose donors.
“With the Freedom to Vote Act, the entire voting rights working group, including Senators Manchin and Merkley, is united behind legislation that will set basic national standards to make sure all Americans can cast their ballots in the way that works best for them, regardless of what zip code they live in,” Senator Klobuchar said. “This bill will ensure Americans can request a mail-in ballot, have at least 15 days of early voting, and can register to vote on Election Day.”
Overall, S. 2747 is a scaled-back, narrower voting rights package than the For the People Act (H.R. 1/S. 1), which passed in the House earlier this year but was blocked by Senate Republicans. The Freedom to Vote Act has the majority support; however, without the backing of any Republican Senators, it is unlikely to receive the 60 votes needed to bypass the Senate filibuster. NALC will continue to monitor this legislation.

09/02/2021

Virtual Retirement Seminar
Presented by:
Region 6 National Business Agent’s Office

Sunday, September 19, 2021
1:00pm eastern time
For Members and spouses

If you plan on participating, please give your name and a valid email address to your steward so the Branch can register you.
On September 19th, to attend the seminar, you will have to enter the “Members Only” portal on the NALC Web page (nalc.org) prior to 1 PM and then click on the “Join Meeting” tab. If you are not registered for the Members Only portal, please do so ASAP, or sooner!
There will be several documents added prior to the seminar that the members may wish to print out before the seminar starts. These documents will be discussed during the seminar.
Note to Stewards:
Please email the legible names and email addresses to Paul Roznowski by the morning of September15th.

09/02/2021

From: NALC CONVENTION REPORTS

PUBLICATION AWARDS:
The following are the winners for the Branch Publication awards that would have been presented at the 2020 National Convention. The awards will be presented in person at the 2022 National Convention in Chicago.

SMALL BRANCH PUBLICATION
• FIRST-PLACE AWARD
General Excellence Small Branch Publication to New Vision, Royal Oak, MI Branch 3126

BEST NEWS OR FEATURE STORY
• FIRST-PLACE AWARD
Best News or Feature Story to New Vision, Royal Oak, MI Branch 3126: “Dicktation: Hello everyone, are you excited to be here today?” by John T. Dick
• HONORABLE MENTION
Best News or Feature Story to New Vision, Royal Oak, MI Branch 3126: “The View...From the Veep” by John T. Dick

PROMOTING UNIONISM
• SECOND-PLACE AWARD
Promoting Unionism to New Vision, Royal Oak, MI Branch 3126: “Dicktation: I am appointing you an alternate steward in Royal Oak” by John T. Dick

BEST CARTOON OR PHOTO
• FIRST-PLACE AWARD
Best Cartoon or Photo to New Vision, Royal Oak, MI Branch 3126, Cartoon by William Stinson

08/27/2021

Copied from NALC Branch 39 President Paul Toms!
In March, the American Rescue Plan Act was passed and included language that makes OWCP claims for COVID19 for public facing employees very simple to file and get approved. For those employees who were at work within 21 days of being symptomatic and are in direct face to face contact with public amd coworkers, it is presumed that you contracted the disease in the course of your employment. Read that again...within 21 days, presumed you contracted it at work.
As a matter of fact, this language shifts the burden squarely onto the USPS (if they decide to challenge the claim). They would have to prove that you DIDNT get it at work. Impossible hurdle for them.
This language covers exposure from 1-27-2020 to 1-27-2023. At that point in 2023, it will expire and these claims will be nearly impossible to get approved.
PCR tests are the gold standard and required no additional evidence for claim approval. However, the vast majority of people tested have received antigen tests (rapid tests, results in minutes up to 24 hours) and the language prior to 8-18 required medical evidence showing that you had symptoms. Without that evidence, the claims were getting denied.
On August 18, 2021, OWCP just made it even easier. Now, for PCR tests and Antigen tests, the positive test is all that you need for initial claim approval.
OWCP wants these claims filed. The language is crazy easy right now, and OWCP's stated concern is the unknown future complications.
As of 8-20, over 19,000 city carriers have tested positive but only about 1,000 claims have been filed.
Reach out to your Branch to begin the filing process. Please do not wait to file these.

Obituaries in Detroit, MI | The Detroit News
08/21/2021
Obituaries in Detroit, MI | The Detroit News

Obituaries in Detroit, MI | The Detroit News

Robert "Bob" Cibulka St. Clair Shores - 9/9/1960 – 8/17/2021. Best dad ever to his late son Colton. Beloved son of Robert and Virginia,...

AFL-CIO Elects First Female President
08/21/2021
AFL-CIO Elects First Female President

AFL-CIO Elects First Female President

Via the AFL-CIO today: The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.

08/21/2021

From Our Sister Union APWU
FYI
OSHA Releases New COVID-19 Guidance to Protect Workers
August 20, 2021
As the Delta Variant of the COVID-19 virus is raging through the country the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, encourages you to follow recommendations that slow the spread of COVID-19. These include:
Wearing a Face Covering when indoors no matter the level of spread in your community
Practicing Social Distancing
Washing your hands on a regular basis
And you are encouraged to get one of the approved vaccines
On Friday, August 13, 2021, OSHA release new guidance for employers to help protect workers from contracting and spreading COVID-19. The updated guidance includes the following:
Recommends that all workers—including fully vaccinated workers—in areas of substantial or high community transmission wear masks in order to protect unvaccinated workers;
Substantial or High Community Spread is occurring in 95% of US counties as of August18, 2021. You can see the current community spread here:
CDC COVID Data Tracker
Recommends that fully vaccinated workers who have close contacts with people withcoronavirus wear masks for up to 14 days unless they have a negative coronavirus test at least 3-5 days after such contact;
Clarifies recommendations to protect workers and other at-risk workers in manufacturing, meatand poultry processing, seafood processing and agricultural processing; and
Encourages workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible (USPS employees are allowedto take time off under Emergency Federal Employee Leave to get a vaccine and recover from any adverse side effects).
These new recommendations are also in line with the recommendations from the CDC. “To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.”

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The Golf Outing is coming up June 30th. If anyone has any liquor, or wine ( unopened ) that you dont want. We can use it for our wheel barrel of bozze. That is being raffled off at the Golf Outing. Either give it to your Steward, or drop ot off at the Branch office. Between 9:00 am and 5:00pm. Your donation would be greatly appreciated.
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Happily retired since 2008 after 30 years at Royal Oak P.O.
Another awesome branch picnic. We so look forward to this each year. Thanks to all who work so hard to make this happen.
Good Luck on the Letter Carrier's Food Drive !!!!!!