Consolidated Casing Update
With the last of the branch route inspections finally wrapped up we are now in the process of requesting and analyzing the route inspection data from all the affected offices. The stewards in those offices are preparing to file the necessary grievances and are working closely with Branch route inspection Dave Reise. There is only one small item left remaining to cover before the year ends and unfortunately our branch is a part of it consolidated casing. This initiative has been launched by our employer nationwide
and has been scheduled to roll out in phases. Consolidated casing has or will affect numerous offices in our district and our own Lincoln Park office is scheduled to be one of them. Back in October the Postal Service informed NALC Headquarters that they would be suspending implementation of any new offices until next year. Now for a little background and where we currently stand. In September the NALC filed a lawsuit against the Postal Service over the Consolidated Casing Initiative issue, the suit asked
the court to issue an injunction stopping the USPS from continuing to test consolidated casing until the NALC’s pending national level grievance is resolved by an arbitrator. The NALC legal counsel argued the testing was causing the carriers to suffer irreparable harm. On November 6th, the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. issued a decision dismissing the NALC’s lawsuit to halt the Consolidated Casing Initiative. U.S. District
Judge Boasberg said the court lacked the jurisdiction to issue the preliminary injunction requested by the NALC. The court in its ruling concluded that a preliminary injunction was not warranted because the arbitrator would have the authority to find the consolidated casing initiative violates the National Agreement. (The arbitration is presently scheduled to begin November 22). So, where does that leave Lincoln Park? Still waiting unfortunately for either an arbitrator to decide the fate of consolidated casing
or being scheduled to roll out in phase three sometime early next year. In that regard I have been in contact with the NBA’s office and RAA David Mudd, we have set up a date for the Carriers in Lincoln Park to come to the Branch hall for a meeting to discuss consolidated casing the date selected is January 16, at 6:30 pm. As we get closer to the date, we will put up the necessary posting reminding the carriers in Lincoln Park until then stay tuned.
Congratulations Councilman Jackson!
On November 5th, Dearborn main office letter carrier Joe Jackson was elected to the city council in Melvindale. Brother Jackson was the top vote getter in the field of ten who ran for the office. Joe is a father of four and a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Councilman elect Jackson has been a letter carrier at the Dearborn main for 18 years. On behalf of the Branch we would like to congratulate Brother Joe “The Mailman” Jackson for his outstanding achievement for being elected to the Melvindale City Council!
Dates to Remember
On Thursday November 6th the membership of Allen Park Branch 4779 voted to merge with Branch 2184. Our branch will be voting at the January 8th Branch membership meeting. (For more information see the merger proposal enclosed in this
edition of the “Speaks”).
This year’s federal health benefit open season runs from November 11 thru December 9, 2019. You still have time to compare health plans. And while you’re at it don’t forget to compare the plan you own as a NALC union member the NALC Health Benefit Plan, against the others and see how they stack up. You will might be surprised after all your family deserve to have a plan that Delivers for You! For plan comparisons visit www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/plan-information/.
Penalty Overtime Exclusion for this year begins Pay Period 25-19, Week 2 (November 30, 2019) and ends Pay Period 01-20, Week 1 (December 27, 2019).
As another busy year comes to a close on behalf of the Officers and Stewards here at the Branch, I wish you and your families the happiest of holidays and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year!
-- Mark Judd