CURRENT NEWS

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Tony Boyd is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Branch General membership Meeting - July 2020

Time: Jul 9, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

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Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

COVID-19 Test Kits in the Mail
COVID-19 test kits SUT_Generic version_5[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [286.2 KB]
Cloth Face Coverings
cloth-face-covering.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [427.8 KB]
Stop the Spread of Germs
stop-the-spread-of-germs-11x17-en.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [432.7 KB]
Maintain Social Distancing
MaintainSocialDistancing.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [193.2 KB]
Masks Mandatory Face Coverings
Masks - Mandatory-Face-Coverings-and-FAQ[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [24.6 KB]
Face Shield Instructions
Face Shield Instructions (5-13-20).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [12.7 KB]
COVID-19 All Employees
COVID-19 SUT 34_ALL EMPLOYEES_4-21-20 (M[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [365.4 KB]
Mission Moments
Mission Moments 6-24-20.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [1.9 MB]
Mutual Swap Request from San Diego, CA
Document 2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [144.1 KB]
Branch Meeting Minutes
Here are the minutes for Thursday nights meeting.
Br. 421 Branch meeting minutes 3-12-2020[...]
Microsoft Word document [29.7 KB]
Mutual Swap Request
Mutual swap request.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [48.3 KB]

Good morning Branch Presidents,

 

Last night’s call was a success! We appreciate and THANK YOU all getting the message out to the members. There was a  definite increase in Region 10’s activity from the emails sent last night and Brent provided a breakdown below:

 

 

New Mexico - 189 emails sent

Texas       -     1,860 emails sent

Total:       -     2,049 emails sent last night from Region 10!

 

 

As Brent stated, this is truly impressive and thank you all again for your hard work! We are Hopeful this will continue, so I will remind you all to consider a “Branch Night of Action.” We can facilitate the call and Brent has offered to address and encourage the members to contact their representative and senators. Let us know when you would like to schedule YOUR “Branch Night of Action!

 

 

I have attached the steps through the NALC portal. If anyone has any issues, please text Brent at 202-230-2992.  He is willing to walk your members through this, during a meeting. He’s averaging 3 Branch meetings a night, and I will only take up about 10 minutes going through this all.  Again please utilize this “Take Action” portal a lot!

 

 

I am providing our contact information and feel free to share.

 

 

Brent Fjerestad

Legislative and Political Organizer

fjerestad@nalc.org

cell #: 202-230-2992

 

 

RAA Shawn Boyd                                            RAA Karrie Kimbrel                                 RGA AG Ramirez

Boyd@nalc.org                                               Kimbrell@nalc.org                                 Ramirez@nalc.org

Cell: 202-294-2284                                        Cell: 512-810-1958                                 Cell: 202-341—0128

 

 

Together we will continue to tell congress to support the United States Postal Service as it is a constitutional right for ALL, and together we will make the difference!

 

 

Thanks,

Javier Bernal

National Business Agent

NALC Region 10

23760 HWY 59 N

Kingwood, TX 77339

Work: 281-540-5627

Cell: 713-304-3986

Guide to Contact Senators and Members of Congress
Another step by step instruction for how to contact Representatives through the NALC app
Guide to contact Senators and Members Of[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [564.2 KB]
Take Action Instructions
This will give you step by step instructions for writing your Representatives
TAKE ACTION (Instructions).docx
Microsoft Word document [14.4 KB]

ATTENTION ALL LETTER CARRIERS!

WE KNOW YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR JOB

AND

YOUR FUTURE

SO PLEASE JOIN OUR SCHEDULED WEBEX MEETING

TO DISCUSS WHAT ACTION YOU CAN TAKE!!!

PLEASE SHARE THIS INVITE WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP!

WE WANT AS MANY LETTER CARRIERS ON THE CALL AS WE CAN GET!

Date & Time:  Thursday May 14, 2020 7:00 pm (CST)

Join us via Webex on a computer or call the number listed   below from a mobile device.

SPEAKER: Legislative Political Organizer – Brent Fjerestad

SPEAKER: REGION 10 NBA Javier Bernal

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS:

NMSALC PRESIDENT Marie Montano & TSALC PRESIDENT Carlos Rodriguez

THIS IS A CRITICAL “GET OUR MESSAGE TO CONGRESS” EVENT!  DON’T MISS IT!

ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO BE ON THE CALL THIS THURSDAY AT 7PM CENTRAL!

 

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When it's time, join your Webex meeting here.

 

 

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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

Carriers, please be aware their was an update in the National Convention News tab. Please read it!

Carriers, please be aware that a new tab was created for the website. The tab was designed for the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and is located next to the OWCP tab.

There are 3 examples of how you can write a Letter to your Representative and Senator in how the USPS needs to be in the next stimulus package. Obviously there is a lot of news going around about the situation so we need all carriers to step up and SPREAD the word to their family and friends!!! Support USPS so that we stay around for the next 100 years. 

 

1st   Everyone needs to lookup his/her Representative and Senator for their surrounding area. You can go to the NALC.ORG website. On the main page of the website you'll see right in front of where to click to go lookup your Representatives. It will take you to another webpage and all you have to do is put in your zip code and it will list all your respsentatives. Click on the links of the Representatives and will take you to their webpages so you may get their addresses and possible phone numbers.

 

2nd   After looking up your Representative and Senator you need to fill in the blanks on the example letter with his/her name and addresses of their district. 

 

3rd    Last but not least then you need to write or type it up, put it in a enevlope and mail it out. Obviously we know everyone will be helping out the USPS because you will be putting a stamp on it and sending it out.

 

Any questions about the letters please let the branch know or click on the link for the webmaster.

 

Example Letter of how to write your Senator
SenateStimLtr.docx
Microsoft Word document [13.7 KB]
Example Letter of how to write your Representative
RepStimulusLtr.docx
Microsoft Word document [12.9 KB]

Brothers and Sisters,

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many members of our San Antonio community are experiencing economic hardship that would have seemed unimaginable just a few short months ago.  San Antonio made worldwide news coverage recently with pictures of hundreds of thousands of people waiting in line to get food from the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB).  This coming Saturday would have been the date for our annual Food Drive, but due to the pandemic, it has been postponed. 

 

Although our event has been delayed, the need to feed the community is even greater now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  With that in mind, we would like to organize a collection of monetary donations from each station to give to the SAFB. Stewards, if you can find someone at your office to be the coordinator to collect donations, that would be great.  If not, I am requesting that you take this on to ensure it is organized and gets done.  Please ensure that everyone in your office is contacted and a list is kept on who donated and how much.  The best way to collect would be in the form of checks or money order. They can be made out to NALC Branch 421 and in the remarks section write Food Bank Donation.  We’ll take cash, but please account (receipt) for it. 

 

The deadline to turn in your donations is close of business May 18th.  If you have any questions or need assistance from the branch, please do not hesitate to call.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.

 

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

National President Fredrick Rolando Statement 2020
Updates about the COVID-19 and Administrative Attacks
President Rolando - 4-25-20 Statement.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [802.7 KB]
Face Covering and Mask Update 2020
Mandatory Stand Up Talk
COVID-19 SUT 34_ALL EMPLOYEES_4-21-20 (M[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [365.4 KB]
Heat Illness Prevention 2020
Mandatory Stand Up Talk
COVID-19 SUT 37_ALL EMPLOYEES_Heat illne[...]
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2020 Postcard Stimulus Legislative Action
2020 POSTCARD STIMULUS LEGISLATIVE ACTIO[...]
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FYI from NBA Javier Bernal: 

 

Branch Presidents

 

I have attached the latest statement from President Rolando along with standup talks concerning masks/face coverings and heat illness prevention.

As a result, we (USPS) will modify their policy with face coverings to require all employees to wear face coverings in the following situations, until the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer an issue: 

 

• When there is a local or state face covering order or directive in place; or

• When an employee who does not deal directly with the public cannot achieve or maintain social distancing in the workplace.

 

We understand the USPS has committed that disciplinary action will not be used to address employees that do not wear masks or face coverings where a state or local directive requires it. However, if you have a location where this becomes an issue, please let us know immediately.

 

As always, please call or email us with any questions or concerns.

 

Thanks!

 

RAA Shawn Boyd – 202-294-2284

RAA Karrie Kimbrell – 512-810-1958

RGA AG Ramirez – 202-341-0128

 

Javier Bernal

National Business Agent

NALC Region 10

23760 HWY 59 N

Kingwood, TX 77339

Work: 281-540-5627

Cell: 713-304-3986

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

President Rolando Statement 2020
President Rolando - 4-17-20-statement.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [921.0 KB]
USPS COVID-19 Close Contact Investigations Summary 2020
USPS COVID-19 Close Contact Investigatio[...]
PDF File [128.6 KB]
USPS ask Veteran's to complete Military Survey 2020
Veterans asked to complete Military Hist[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [257.6 KB]
Veteran Sample Survey and FAQ's 2020
Veteran Sample Survey and FAQs.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [410.5 KB]
COVID-19 Mail Delivery Extension 2020
COVID-19 Mail Delivery Extension - DMM 5[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [12.8 KB]
Expanded FMLA Checklist 2020
2020 04-14 Expanded FMLA Checklist.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [119.6 KB]
Emergency Paid Sick Leave Checklist 2020
2020 04-14 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Che[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [115.2 KB]
New Labor Law 2020 COVID-19
NEWSBREAK -- Families First Coronavirus [...]
Adobe Acrobat document [237.9 KB]
Family First Act FAQ's 2020 COVID-19
Family First Act FAQs.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [349.6 KB]
USPS FECA Bulletin
New Coronavirus Leave entitlements and FECA Claim process information for employees who contract COVID-19
USPS FFCRA Leave Charts.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [58.7 KB]
Taking Leave during COVID-19
New Coronavirus Leave entitlements and FECA Claim process information for employees who contract COVID-19
COVID-19 SUT 23_ALL EMPLOYEES_Families F[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [101.0 KB]
FFCRA Leave Charts
New Coronavirus Leave entitlements and FECA Claim process information for employees who contract COVID-19
FECA Bulletin NO. 20-05 COVID-19 3-31-20[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [219.1 KB]
Expanded Use of the Voyager Card
Voyager - Temporary Expanded Use of Voya[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [163.2 KB]

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.
Statement - NALC - 3-25-20.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [800.0 KB]
Essential Service Provider Letter
Essential Service Provider Letter.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [277.1 KB]
Health and well-being remain a Priority
Mandatory Stand-Up Talk
COVID-19 SUT 20_ALL EMPLOYEES_Health and[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [96.6 KB]
EAP Stand-Up Talk
COVID-19 SUT 16_ALL EMPLOYEES_EAP availa[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [87.9 KB]
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
nettobank_worksheet.doc
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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
SUT 13_ALL EMPLOYEES_National Mailing (3[...]
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OPERATIONS CONTINUE
Health and well-being remains to be priority
SUT 14_ALL EMPLOYEES_Operations Continue[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [93.5 KB]
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.
FILTERING FACE MASK TALK.docx
Microsoft Word document [15.2 KB]
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.
Appendix D Facepiece -Dust Mask-.doc
Microsoft Word document [40.5 KB]
Coronavirus Precautions
SKM_C554e20032020260.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.1 MB]

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
CDC Steps to Protect Yourself and Others[...]
Microsoft Word document [67.6 KB]
Stand-up Talk Customer Signature
Stand Up Talk - Customer Signature (3-20[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [342.3 KB]
NEW MRS'S pertaining to COVID-19
M01910 COVID LV DEPN CARE.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [38.4 KB]
NEW MRS'S pertaining to CCA'S for COVID-19
M01911 COVID additional CCA lv.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [69.7 KB]

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
4719 customer interations.docx
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STAYING HEALTHY
More Information from CDC
4661-STAYING HEALTHY.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [54.6 KB]

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.
3-11 covid-19 talk.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [112.2 KB]
CDC POSTER
Please stop the spread of Germs!
2020 02 28 CDC Poster Stop the Spread of[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [157.3 KB]

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

Ordering the Letter Carrier Resouce Guid[...]
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