Wayne County, MI

Western

AFL - CIO

Branch 2184

Executive President's Report

January / February 2019

Military Service/Annual Leave

 

      I have received multiple calls at the union hall with carriers asking "does my military service get me additional hours of annual leave?" The Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) 512.23 outlines what types of active military service is counted towards crediting carriers in which Leave Category:

  1. Periods of active service terminated by honorable discharge or transfer to inactive reserves under honorable conditions. Active service may be in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and/or Coast Guard and their respective academies.
  2. Service performed by employees who are members of the National Guard Service or Air National Guard Service only during periods of active duty with the U.S. Army or U.S. Air Force.
  3. Service performed by Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps students during periods of active duty or training duty as members of the Naval or Marine Corps Reserve.

      Career carriers with less than 3 years of creditable service earn 4 hours a pay period (two weeks at forty hours each). Career carriers with 3 years of creditable service but less than 15 years of service earn 6 hours a pay period. Career carriers with 15 years or more of creditable service earn 8 hours a pay period for annual leave purposes. For any other questions or concerns relating to annual leave, please see your steward or call the union hall for assistance.

 

Partial Government Shutdown

 

      The branch has received numerous calls from carriers wanting to know if they were going to be paid because of the government partial shutdown. The answer is yes. The postal service is a selffunded part of the government. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage stamps, products and

services to fund all of its operational cost.

      For those CSRS and FERS retirees that may be wondering if they will still receive their annuity payments during the shutdown, the answer is yes, federal retirees under the CSRS and FERS retirement systems will still receive their scheduled annuity

payments on the first business day of each month.

 

Safety

 

      As the weather has changed from fall to winter, active carriers please make sure that you are dressing in layers to combat the harsh Michigan winters. Although we had a mild December with little to no snow, Michigan winters can be very brutal on letter carriers. Make sure you are utilizing the PS 3996, auxiliary assistance form to let your supervisor know that you expect that your route may take you longer than normal because of the weather conditions. We want you to go home to your loved ones the same way you came to work, SAFE! Make sure you are wearing proper winter gear from head to toes to avoid possible frostbite. Safety is all of our responsibilities!

 

LCPF

 

      With the current administration and its allies still controlling the White House and the Senate, active and retired letter carriers all need to be contributing to our Letter Carrier political Fund (LCPF). It doesn't matter what political party you support; LCPF dollars only go to politicians in Congress that support letter carrier issues. Over the years, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) has fought to fend off attacks in Congress that threaten letter carriers' collective bargaining rights, retirement benefits and livelihood. We have been successful thus far, but we can't get complacent. We must

each continue to get the word out that there are politicians that would like to see us all in the Postal Service privatized without our collective bargaining rights.

      Right now, our branch has a little over 12.49 percent of our total members contributing to LCPF. That is very low in a Branch with 1300 plus members. We can do better than that collectively. I challenge each member within our branch to talk to one co-worker about signing up for LCPF. If you are already signed up, you can increase your current contribution. If each member just got one person to sign up for LCPF, we could not only be at 100 percent, but we would most importantly doing our part to help our National Officers help secure what we have worked so hard for all these years.

      Just like your homes, apartments, vehicles and things that are of value to you and your family, LCPF is like job insurance for our jobs. Call the Branch 2184 office at

(313) 295-1640 and a branch officer will be more than happy to assist you with signing up or increasing your LCPF contribution.

 

Always Grieve Discipline

 

      I see time and time again in so many offices that I enforce our contract in where a letter carrier just settles for discipline that they have received from management and never informs their steward or the w1ion hall. This is very dangerous and could cost you your job in the future if you receive discipline and don't grieve it. I find out about previous

letters of warnings and 7 day suspensions that were never grieved by carriers when they receive removals and the past discipline is cited within the body of the removal notice.

      Whether you are right or wrong about whatever you are charged with, always inform management after receiving that piece of discipline that you want to exercise your right to challenge it through the grievance procedure. Whether it is a letter of warning, 7 Day No Time Off (NTO) Suspension, 14 Day NTO Suspension or a removal notice, management has certain provisions that they must adhere to prior to issuing discipline. More times than not, management rushes to issue discipline and skips over mandatory things they must do prior to issuing that discipline. Then the union usually gets that

discipline modified or in some instances, thrown out entirely at some level of the grievance arbitration procedure.

      As a member of Branch 2184, you have stewards and officers that have second to none contract enforcement training and will assist you with your discipline whether you are right or wrong, always grieve it!

 

 

In unionism,

-- Walt McGregory

Executive Vice President