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
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”.
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:
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