Western

AFL - CIO

Branch 2184

Wayne County, MI

Vice President's Report

May / June 2021

JUNETEENTH

 

      President Biden signed into law Juneteenth on Thursday June 17, 2021, making Saturday June 19, 2021, a federal holiday. There immediately was a lot of mis-information on social media as well as the workroom floors of USPS offices across the

country.

      Just as every holiday that we as letter carriers have in our contract under Article 11, Juneteenth will also have to be negotiated into our contract by the national parties if we as letter carriers are to ever have it as a “paid holiday”.

 

BRANCH ELECTIONS

 

      I would like to personally thank the membership for re-electing me as your Vice President. I will continue to work hard and enforce the rights of the members and promote NALC values. Good Luck to all of the candidates in contested positions.

 

EFEL (EMERGENCY FEDERAL EMPLOYEE LEAVE)

 

      EFEL/Covid-19 Leave is still available for use. To use this leave, you have to submit a PS 3971 requesting the leave and have one of the following qualifying reasons for not being able to work:

 

  1. is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID19.
  2. has been advised by a health care provider to selfquarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
  3. is caring for an individual who is subject to such an order as in (1) or has been so advised as in (2).
  4. is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis.
  5. is caring for the employee’s son or daughter if the school or place of care of the son or daughter has been closed, requires or makes optional a virtual learning instruction model, requires or makes optional a hybrid of in-person and virtual learning instruction models, or if the child care provider of the son or daughter is unavailable, due to COVID-19 precautions.
  6. is experiencing any other substantially similar condition.
  7. is caring for a family member with a mental or physical disability or who is 55 years of age or older and incapable of self-care, without regard to whether another individual other than the employee is available to care for such family member, if the place of care for such family member is closed or the direct care provider is unavailable due to COVID-19.
  8. is obtaining immunization (vaccination) related to COVID-19 or is recovering from any injury, disability, illness, or condition related to such immunization.

 

      All city carriers are eligible to use the Covid- 19 immediately no matter how long they have worked for the USPS. Keep in mind when using this Covid-19 leave that this leave doesn’t count towards credible time towards retirement, nor can a career employee contribute to your TSP using this leave. The maximum amount of Covid-19 leave a carrier can use in 2021 is 600 hours and $2800 per pay period. Using Covid-19 leave before and after a holiday will not get you holiday pay. This leave is like using LWOP except you actually get paid for using it. Remember to see your steward and write a detailed statement if management denies your PS 3971 request for Covid-19 Leave. Your steward will initiate a grievance immediately.

      Now that most schools are out for the summer. Management is checking documentation for summer school. This includes management calling to verify that your child is in fact enrolled in a virtual summer school program and/or if your child’s daycare center is closed because of Covid-19. Remember, management has a right to ask for documentation before approving this EFEL/Covid-19 Leave.

 

2021 FOOD DRIVE

 

      NALC has decided to cancel this year’s 2021 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The pandemic has made it nearly impossible for us to have a safe Food Drive. NALC is looking forward to possibly having the Food Drive in May of 2022.

 

CCA UNIFORM BANK

 

      The CCA Uniform Bank is now back open for in person shopping. Any CCA that has been a CCA for at least 45 days can call the hall and schedule a time to come over and shop at the uniform bank. When arriving at your scheduled time, you must have a mask on for your safety as well as the officer that is at the union hall working with you. Stay safe and hope to see you all soon!

 

-- Jacqueline McGregory

Vice President