Employee Assistance Program
As we journey into 2021, we are still faced with the uncertainty of what lies ahead. Some of us are faced with different life situations that we have no idea how to handle and still maintain our normal everyday schedules. The events of last year have caused stress as it relates to work, health and childcare. No matter the situation you face EAP is available to help you along the way. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a resource for all letter carriers and their family members designed to help with the everyday life struggles. EAP is a counseling and referral service that is voluntary and free whether it is by video counseling, telephonic counseling, text therapy or face to face. Letter carriers can access EAP 24 hours a day and 7 days a week through Liteblue or by calling 1-800-EAP-4YOU.
By now, every letter carrier that was eligible to vote on our new tentative contract should have received a ballot. Make sure you check your mail for your ballot, follow the instructions on the ballot and return the ballot before the extended deadline date of March 1, 2021.
Keeping your Address Up to date
A reminder to everyone to keep the Branch informed of changes of your information such as address, name changes, phone numbers and beneficiaries for the branch death and retirement fund. You should also be sure to keep your information current with our employer. The Branch does not receive notices from the Postal Service of changes you make with them and vice versa. However, on your behalf, the Branch will notify NALC Headquarters of any significant changes in your information.
Newly Converted Career Employees
Congratulations on the start of your journey as a career letter carrier. Be mindful that you only have 60 days to enroll in a Federal Employees Health Benefit Program. Newly converted employees can go on postal ease and select your health benefits and group life insurance if you have not received your book from HR. Also, for those who are enrolled in the NALC CCA Retirement Savings Program and you wish to roll all your savings into your new TSP upon career conversion, you will have to go on the TSP.gov website to download and complete the TSP form 60. Then, mail it to the Mutual Benefit Association at NALC Headquarters. If any newly converted employee needs assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the union office and a Branch officer will be happy to assist you.
-- Jacqueline McGregory