CURRENT NEWS

Here's where all carrier's can come to check for any and all current news dealing with new information from our local branch.

 

 

Expanded Use of the Voyager Card
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Stewards,

 

Today we were informed a 50 year old carrier from New York with 23 years of service passed away on 3/25/2020 due to complications from the coronavirus.  As of today, there are no confirmed cases of the virus in the Rio Grande District.

 

A local purchase of 200 bottles of hand sanitizer was made today with the help of a carrier identifying the source.  We ask that if you see hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant wipes (or similar products), in a store or business on your route, use the Voyager Gas Card if accepted, to purchase as much of it as you can get.  If the vendor doesn’t accept the card or you don’t feel comfortable making the transaction, get the business name, address and phone number and get it to me immediately.  I will forward it to the postmaster, HR, and District Finance for immediate local purchase.  DO NOT purchase these items with your own money and request or expect reimbursement from the Postal Service.  Use the government card (Voyager) or contact me for assistance.

 

Station managers and supervisors have been briefed to reinforce the precautionary measures in the office daily, especially social distancing and ensuring surfaces and cases are being wiped down…DAILY.  If you aren’t sure it’s being done, please report it immediately.  Also,  personal protective equipment in an office is for every employee, not just carriers.  Share the resources accordingly.

 

It was also brought up today that LLV and other right-hand drive vehicles, should not be utilizing the drive-thru lane to order food.  Stations should be briefing on this issue tomorrow. 

 

Health and Resource Management (HRM) is looking at how to address the issues of Limited Duty carriers and the cancellation of their follow-up appointments.

 

701 Rule was addressed.  A definitive answer on its use is difficult to make.  It has to be determined on a case-by-case basis. It is not something new although many supervisors (as well as carriers) seem to think so.  Some offices are already balking at the prospect of carriers requesting it.  I will speak to the postmaster and HR today concerning this issue. 

 

Everyone still needs to be responsible for their communications with each other and on social media.  Rumors create unnecessary fear and worry.  The rumor that the Postal Service will or could be shutting down in June has no truth to it whatsoever.  Postmaster Carr and HR Manager Marcel Polanco stated volume is actually increasing. Business mail is down because businesses are temporarily closed, but parcels are up because people are home, the census, tax returns and election materials are coming out.  We aren’t going anywhere.    

 

Last Item.  This came after the briefing today:  The NALC Food Drive scheduled for May 9th, has been postponed.

 

Stay safe.

 

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

FYI. From NALC President Fred Rolando.

NALC is deeply saddened to learn that 50-year-old letter carrier Rakkhon Kim, a member of Branch 36 in New York City, passed away Wednesday, March 25, from complications related to COVID-19. Brother Kim was a resident of Northvale, NJ, and he worked at the West Farms Station of the Bronx, NY Post Office. He recently celebrated his 23-year anniversary as a letter carrier in November.

"On behalf of the NALC, we mourn the loss of Brother Kim," NALC President Fredric Rolando said. "We send our deepest sympathies and heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Rakkhon's family, loved ones, friends and co-workers.“

Brothers and Sisters of Branch 421,

 

Please take this very seriously, the loss of this Brother is one too many.  Use the precautionary measures given by the CDC and stay safe.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

Statement to NALC members on the COVID-19 pandemic from President Rolando
Please read the entire letter it's very important.
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Essential Service Provider Letter
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Health and well-being remain a Priority
Mandatory Stand-Up Talk
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EAP Stand-Up Talk
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Paycheck Notice
Employees encouraged to use direct deposit

USPS employees who currently receive hard copy paychecks can switch to
direct deposit, ensuring their wages are electronically deposited directly
into their bank accounts each payday.
The Postal Service is encouraging employees who don't use direct deposit to
receive their paychecks to sign up as soon as possible to avoid potential
network disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
While no disruptions are expected, the organization wants employees to
enroll in the direct deposit option as a precaution. Employees who already
have direct deposit aren't required to make changes.
If you currently receive hard copy paychecks, switching to direct deposit
will ensure your wages are electronically deposited directly into your
personal checking or s
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All Employees National Mailing
Try to inform everyone that, COVID-19 test kits will be sent through the mail along with a larger number of medications from the VA. The USPS is essential and vital to the communities and still trusted to get all customers, business and residential, their mail. Also, please encourage carriers to utilize direct deposit. Although we don’t anticipate a shut down, it would be beneficial for all employees to receive a paycheck without having to report to the office.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

RAA Shawn Boyd – 202-294-2284
RAA Karrie Kimbrell – 512-810-1958
RGA AG Ramirez – 202-341-0128

Thanks,
Javier Bernal
National Business Agent
NALC Region 10
23760 HWY 59 N
Kingwood, TX 77339
Work: 281-540-5627
Cell: 713-304-3986
Fax: 281-540-5
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OPERATIONS CONTINUE
Health and well-being remains to be priority
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NBA Javier Bernal has attached a link for all USPS employees to 
 
access resources that will answer questions and relevant to COVID-19.
 
 
https://liteblue.usps.gov/lite-blue/covid19/welcome.htm
FACE MASK TALK
Employees who elect to use a face mask should be read the attached Appendix-D talk.

NOTE: Employees do not have to sign that they have read the Appendix-D.

Face Mask still have not been noted as a big deterrent from catching the virus. The biggest issue reported are folks who put their hands up to their face such as, on the cell phone, wiping nose or lips with hand etc; WASH…WASH…WASH your hands frequently especially if you are handling things.
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Appendix D
Just a picture of what the sheet looks like. As in the above Face Mask stand up talk YOU DON'T HAVE or need to sign to the sheet.
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Coronavirus Precautions
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Carriers,

 

Yesterday I contacted all offices to see if there were enough supplies of masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and if surfaces and equipment were being wiped down.  From the information I gathered, most offices do not have these items or if they do, not enough for everyone to use if they choose to do so.  I briefed the Postmaster on this issue this morning during our daily COVID-19 briefing and gave him a copy of the report I sent to my superiors in Houston.  Any carrier that wants to use a mask and wear gloves should be able to do so.  Again, it is not required, but if you want to wear them and there are none available, you need to let the steward and this office know immediately.  Same goes for hand sanitizer, it should be readily available around the office besides the restrooms.  Table surfaces and counters along with equipment (time clock, cases) should be wiped down daily with disinfectant by the custodian.  If you’re not sure these actions are taking place, ask.  Do not sit and keep it to yourself. 

 

Earlier in the week, carriers were briefed that they should not be impeded by businesses or customers from delivering the mail in a COVID-19 environment.  Do not allow anyone to take your temperature or have you sign a waiver while you are on the route in exchange for delivering the mail.  Some of you have already done that and it needs to stop now.  If a customer doesn’t want you to deliver the mail or wants you to commit to some special procedures to deliver it, contact your supervisor and let the customer know they can contact them for assistance.  In instances where apartment offices that normally take parcels refuse to do so, a common sense approach needs to take place.  If it’s not too many parcels and you have an idea where the apartments are,  then go attempt delivery – LET YOUR SUPERVISOR KNOW FIRST THOUGH! If they say no or you figure it will take you an hour or more over what you planned for the route, leave notice and bring the parcels back.  Again, LET YOUR SUPERVISOR KNOW FIRST!

 

A lot of questions keep coming up concerning sick leave use due to school and daycare shutdowns.  The two attached memorandums should address those issues for the next 60 days.  If the current health crisis is still present near the end of those MOU’s, they will be reevaluated for continuance.  With COVID-19 being constantly on everyone’s mind, it doesn’t take much to set people off and into a panic.  We had incidents at several stations in the past 7 days because of rumor and inuendo that almost caused panic among employees.  Rather than go into details, carriers need to be reminded of several things.  Spreading information about another employee is never a good thing and could cause a hostile work environment, or in this instance, incite panic.  You can be disciplined for it.   If you have a concern that someone may be sick, you need to voice that concern directly to the supervisor.  You may want to let the steward know as well before you do so.  You should not however, be discussing the issue with everyone in the station like its last night’s ball game.  The steward needs to follow the same protocol as well.  Any employee who is sick, needs to stay at home.  You may not have the symptoms of COVID-19, but sick is sick.  You are not doing anybody a favor in the current environment by trying to be a hero and coming to work.  You will just make your co-workers upset and panicky.  If you are not sure you have COVID-19, the proper step to take is to call your doctor or healthcare provider first for guidance.  If you are going to be out due to quarantine or the virus itself, you are strongly encouraged to bring in the supporting documentation upon your return in order to prove you qualify for administrative leave.

 

This is uncharted territory for all of us carriers and management; everybody is concerned.  As of today, there are 15 employees with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Postal Service and 652 employees self-quarantined out of 496,934 employees.  The normal us versus them mentality has got to be pushed aside and we must work together to reduce the difficulty of dealing with this worldwide crisis and maximize our ability to do our jobs safely.  This past week has been very challenging for all of us, but it would be a little less so, if we paid just a little more attention to the information that is being distributed.  Besides the uncertainty (which I understand) and concern, it’s clear from the calls that I am receiving that people are not listening to or reading the information that’s being put out there. Stand up briefings dealing strictly with COVID-19 are being conducted daily, posters with the precautions are posted all around the offices, info is available on our email network, branch website and national website.  This info is for all Postal Service members and their friends and family’s health and safety.  Please use them and be safe.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

CDC Steps to take to Protect Yourself and Others
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Stand-up Talk Customer Signature
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NEW MRS'S pertaining to COVID-19
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NEW MRS'S pertaining to CCA'S for COVID-19
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FYI. Attached are all the service talks that have gone out on the Corona Virus.  Also, be advised, while you are out delivering mail, if you are requested by a customer to do anything unusual in connection with the virus (take temperature, sign a form, refuse the mail, etc.) you must report it to the supervisor immediately so they can track it.  Please let us know as well.  In speaking with SA Postmaster Carr this morning, we discussed carriers using extended annual leave and  hazardous duty pay.  To answer the second question first, there are no plans for hazardous duty pay for carriers.  As for extended use of leave due to the coronavirus, management has been informed to be more liberal and relaxed on the use of leave.  There is also a strong possibility that the school year for children may have ended.  If so, a lot of carriers will be affected.  If you are in that category, you are strongly advised to make plans now as if school is out for the summer.

 

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

STAYING VIGILANT
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STAYING HEALTHY
More Information from CDC
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Brothers and Sisters,

 

The unprecedented steps being taken nationwide to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, including closing schools for an undetermined period of time,  has affected single and two earners families with children or elderly family members everywhere, including letter carriers.  I have been speaking with senior management and our National Business Agent Javier Bernal on how to approach this issue.  The following information is suggested for those individuals who may have to take time off due to circumstances involving the coronavirus.  If you have to take time off because you and your spouse or significant other both work; split the time off on a week to week basis if possible.  Do not take off alternating days if possible, that only makes the situation for all parties even more difficult.  Let management know well in advance if possible about your situation and try to get some kind of documentation to support/prove your absence(s) is related to the coronavirus issue.  Some examples can be a notice from the school district (from website or letter) and proof of school registration.  It could also be a note from a medical provider and/or something to show you are caring for an elderly family member.  Do not look to the Postal Service to grant administrative leave over an extended period.  They may not grant LWOP either unless you have already exhausted all your leave.  The best thing if possible and if necessary, is to find a family member or friend to fill in to minimize the use of your leave in this unique situation.  Try to plan ahead for the next few months if possible.

 

I have asked and I’m still asking how is the Postal Service going to look at extended absences in the event people have to take extended time off.  I would like to think they would have a more relaxed view on attendance considering the circumstances, but I wouldn’t count on everybody using common sense.  That is why it’s important to demonstrate why it was necessary for you to take time off.  If you do that, in most cases, that should be acceptable to management.  If it isn’t, the NALC will challenge any attendance discipline issued in connection with the coronavirus to the fullest extent!    Stay safe.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

COVID-19 Mandatory Stand-Up Talk!
Please make sure to read the article and please be safe out there.
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Please stop the spread of Germs!
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I got a call from District Labor Relations (DLR) today regarding start time changes effective 3/14/2020.  Starting this Saturday, plant trips will be coming in later, so the plant can work more mail and give the stations more on Saturday to offset the Monday volumes.  Then on Mondays, the trips are coming an hour earlier.  As a result, the start time for the carriers will be 30 minutes later on Saturdays and 30 minutes earlier on Mondays.  The thought process behind this is when carriers come in 30 minutes earlier on Monday, it will allow them to have less mail (after taking out more on Saturday), get out on the street and back earlier.  DLR has already advised the stations to prepare PS Form 1723’s for out of schedule pay as necessary. 

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

Brothers and Sisters,

 

The March General Membership Meeting of NALC Branch 421 will

 

be on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00pm at APWU Union Hall,

 

13102 Lookout Run, San Antonio, TX 78233.  See you there.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

City Carriers in San Antonio and surrounding areas if interested in a mutual swap to Louisville, KY my seniority date is March 2017. Thanks
 
Oscar Cerna
305-902-9697
Mailout Flyer 2020 Primary Election
Make sure to let everyone know that election time is just around the corner so get out there and vote!
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Virtual Time Card
Please read and look at this slide show very good information coming out so carrier's can check on their hours and pay.
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Hey Everybody,

 

The 2019 Letter Carrier Resource Guide, a comprehensive guide for every letter carrier, combines, updates, and replaces the 2016 City Carrier Assistant Resource Guide and the 2014 Letter Carrier’s Guide.  This new all-in-one guide was created for all letter carriers to obtain important information pertaining to every stage of their career. The guide includes updated rights and benefits, and relevant changes to these rights and benefits, as letter carriers progress from city carrier assistant to career status.  The guide includes chapters on NALC structure, health benefits, pay, uniforms, workroom floor issues, community service, legislation, and much more.

 

To order a printed version of the Letter Carrier Resource Guide, log on to the Members Only section of the NALC website, click the checkbox below the image of the guide and a copy will be mailed to your NALC address of record.

 

We have put together a simple Guide to get the Guide!  Feel free to use the PowerPoint at a Branch, Steward or Organizing Meeting.  Also feel free to print the attached PDF and give out to members.  Again this is for members only and they must already have their 1187 processed to receive it priority mail.

 

Thanks!

 

Shawn Boyd

Regional Administrative Assistant

National Association of Letter Carriers

Region 10

23760 Highway 59 North

Kingwood, TX 77339

281-540-5627 office

202-294-2284 cell

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