The Postal Service’s pilot test program known as Expedited Street/Afternoon Sortation (ESAS) has concluded and was terminated as of August 19, 2020 in an agreement signed by the national parties. The only Branch 2184 represented office
that was affected by this test was our Trenton office. Steward Tracy Mitchell has informed us that local Trenton management has terminated this process in the office.
The national parties signed this Memorandum of Understanding on September 03, 2020. It allows letter carriers to carryover 520 hours of accumulated annual leave from leave year 2020 to leave year 2021. So, instead of the normal 440 hours that letter carriers have historically been able to carry over from year to year, letter carriers can carry over an additional 80 hours into the new year. This Memorandum of Understanding doesn’t change any other of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) provisions for payment of accumulated leave. This MOU will expire December 31, 2021.
DOL revises the definition of intermittent FMLA leave under the FFCRA
As of April 1st, 2020, under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), letter carriers could take the EFMLA leave intermittently upon the approval of management. Now, with this revision by the United States Department of Labor, management’s approval of intermittent leave is not required when an employee needs to take leave due to their child’s school operating on alternate days of inperson and distance learning. So, every day that your child’s school is closed, you can use EFMLA
(Expanded Family and Medical Leave).
Request to see your steward if you believe that management has violated your FFCRA rights or if you have questions about the law. You can also contact the Branch 2184 office and we will be glad to assist you, 313 295 1640.
2020 FEHB Open Season
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) officially announced the dates for 2020 Federal Employee Health Benefits Open Season, which will run from Monday, November 9 through Monday, December 14, 2020.
When a health insurance selection for your family, if you are a career carrier then take a good look at the NALC health Plan and see what they have to offer. Give us a try for at least a year. If you don’t like it, you can always switch back or to another health plan next year.
CCA UNIFORM BANK
Thanks to all who have made our CCA uniform bank as successful as it has been throughout the years. Even during this pandemic, you can still make donations to the uniform bank by bringing in gently used uniforms and gear to your office. Give it
to your steward and he/she will make sure your donation gets to the Branch 2184 office. Winter is coming fast, and will we need boots, coats and outer postal gear for our CCAs.
DON’T FORGET TO VOTE
By now, most letter carriers have made up their minds about the candidates that they will be voting for in this 2020 election. When you vote, remember to vote for your job and the security of it. We all have our “hot button issues.” However, potentially standing in the unemployment line debating with my neighbor or friend about a hot button issue won’t help me provide for my family. That is why I have already done my homework and researched each candidate. I spoke about my research of each candidate with my wife and 22-year-old son, (both are city letter carriers as well), and voted for the candidates that support our employer, the United States Postal Service.
There was one candidate in the Presidential race and one candidate in the Michigan Senate race that supported the USPS. Those candidates got my family’s vote.
We voted via absentee. It was that simple. I actually took my ballot and dropped it off at the City Clerk’s office myself. Take a family member or two today to your township or clerk’s office. Ask for an Absentee Ballot application. Fill it out, and they will give you a ballot right then to vote.
If you decide to wait until November 03, 2020, take multiple people with you to the polls and vote for your jobs. The vote you cast just may save your own job.
-- Walt McGregory
Executive Vice President