CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS

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1/13/21

 

Tony Boyd is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Branch General Membership Meeting - January 2021

Time: Jan 14, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

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Passcode: 544080

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Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

Agenda 2021
Agenda.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [19.3 KB]
Meeting Info 2021
Meeting Info.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [248.4 KB]

     

01/08/2021

 

FYI from NBA Javier Bernal.  Please spread the word.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

 

From: Javier Bernal <Bernal@NALC.ORG>
Sent: Friday, January 8, 2021 1:42 PM
Subject: Re: STAND UP TALK - COVID VACCINE AVAILABILITY

 

Good afternoon,

 

I have attached a copy of a stand up talk regarding the availability of the COVID vaccine for postal employees. Please share and ensure management is conducting stand up talks with the carriers.

 

The question was posed whether the vaccine is mandatory – We are not aware of the USPS trying to issue a mandate that all employees must take the vaccine.    

 

Thanks,

Javier Bernal     

National Business Agent

NALC Region 10

23760 HWY 59 N

Kingwood, TX 77339

Work: 281-540-5627

Cell: 713-304-3986

COVID - 19 Vaccine Availability
01/08/21
2021 01 07 COVID-19 SUT 61_ALL EMPLOYEES[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [88.3 KB]

        

12/31/20

 

Good morning All,

 

We have been receiving calls about the continuation of the FFCRA so in  order to clarify please read and share the following information with all carriers.  

 

The Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expires today!  

 

Unfortunately after today, December 31, 2020, carriers/employees are no longer entitled to receive FFCRA up to 80 hours of Emergency Paid Sick Leave or pay for up to 12 weeks under the FMLA Expansion. If a carrier is currently using the EPSL or FMLA Expansion, today is the last day they will be paid. If a carrier never used it and started it today, it will be the only 8 hours they will receive from the FFCRA. It will not be available after today.

 

All carriers that are affected by COVID-19 and cannot work because they or a family member’s illness will have to request and use their own Sick Leave, Annual Leave or LWOP.  

 

If not used already, CCAs are able to request 80 hours under M-01911, which has been extended until March 26, 2021.

 

Thank you,

Javier Bernal

National Business Agent

NALC Region 10

23760 HWY 59 N

Kingwood, TX 77339

Work: 281-540-5627

Cell: 713-304-3986

          

MOU'S Extended 03/26/2021
12/31/2020
M-01932 (MOUs Extended until March 26, 2[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [690.1 KB]

         

12/28/2020
 
From out Union President Tony Boyd:
 
Attached is a blank PS Form 1717-A, bid sheet.  The position you are bidding
on is a PART TIME REGULAR position.  The daily hours are 5.5 hours a day, 5
days a week, with an option to work Saturdays.  Your base hours would be
27.5 (Mon-Fri) or 33 hours (Mon-Sat).  Starting time for this position
depends on your demonstrated performance.  You may start as early as 11:30
AM, but no later than 12:15 PM.  If you start at 11:30, your ET will be
approximately 17:00.  If you start at 12:15, your ET will be approximately
17:45.  Your leave AL & SL accrual rates will decrease due to the lower
amount of work hours you perform weekly.  If career wise you are in a
position will you can afford to earn less, or if the rigors of carrying mail
have taken a toll on you, you may want to consider transferring to City
Collections.  All serious inquiries please submit a 1717-A before 17:00 on
Monday or contact me at (210) 836-8120 and I will email the bid form to you.
 
 
George Sylman
Supervisor, Customer Service
GMF-Collections/Window Services
(210) 368-8494 (Collections)
[Untitled] (3).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [298.5 KB]

           

     

12/05/2020

 

Stewards,

 

This past Thursday at the monthly steward meeting, we discussed the importance of properly accounting for ALL the work a carrier performs on their route.  At this time of year that can be a problem as management may require you to complete a “parcel run” before or after you complete the casing and delivery of your route.  There’s nothing wrong with that except that parcel run should be conducted on MODS Code 721 (Residential Motor-Street).  There are no parcel post routes in the city or AO’s under our jurisdiction so, no one should be moving to MODS Code 733 (Parcel Post-Street).  Please let management and your carriers know as well.  If management continues to place them on 733 instead of 721; file a grievance.  Information on MODS Codes can be found in the M-32 Handbook.

 

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

     

12/01/2020

 

Brothers & Sisters,

 

This Saturday, December 5, 2020, in accordance with our branch bylaws, steward nominations and elections must take place in each office.  After nominations, voting will be conducted by secret ballot until the close of business the following Thursday or when all members have completed voting, whichever comes first.  If you are interested in becoming a steward, then this is the time to jump in.  Offices with 49 or less carrier employees are authorized one steward, offices with 50 or more are authorized two, with one being designated as the Chief Steward.  Someone in each office will need to act as the teller and pick up the ballot box, ballots and station roster from the branch office before Saturday.  It cannot be someone who is running for steward.  Please coordinate with the Branch Secretary Brenda Coleman at 210-227-0128 to pick up your equipment.  Good luck to all the nominees. 

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

        

COVID - 19 Symptoms and You
What to watch for and when to consider seeking medical attention

11/27/2020
COVID-19 SUT 56_ALL EMPLOYEES_COVID-19 s[...]
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Carrier Pick-up :COVID - 19 Response and Prevention
11/30/2020
COVID-19 SUT 57_DELIVERY_Carrier Pickup.[...]
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11/18/2020

 

 

FYI.  From NBA Javier Bernal.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

 

From: Javier Bernal <Bernal@NALC.ORG>
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 8:31 AM
Subject: Re: Mandatory Stand Up Talk - Protecting Everyone's Safety and Wellness (NOV 13, 2020)

 

Good morning everyone,

 

I have attached a mandatory stand up talk titled, “Protecting Everyone’s Safety and Wellness” which refers to the wearing of face coverings. Feel free to share with management to help ensure the stand up talk is given to all employees.

 

As a reminder, we ask that you continue to hold/save the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive cards.

 

Thank you for all y’all do!

 

Javier Bernal

National Business Agent

NALC Region 10

23760 HWY 59 N

Kingwood, TX 77339

Work: 281-540-5627

Cell: 713-304-3986

Protecting Everyone’s Safety and Wellness
COVID-19 SUT 54_ALL EMPLOYEES_Protecting[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [47.7 KB]

          

11/18/2020

 

NALC Health Benefit Plan Open Season Virtual Learning Sessions are available from October 26 – through December 9, 2020.  A link for the sessions can be found on the website at www.nalchbp.org.  Spread the word.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

NALC Health Benefit Plan New Open Season Virtual Learning
SKM_C554e20111819340.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [406.9 KB]

                 

NALC HBP INFORMATION
11/12/2020
2020 FEHB.docx
Microsoft Word document [22.3 KB]

            

11/17/2020

 

If anyone is interested in serving as the NALC CFC representative, please contact me promptly

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

 

From: Ramirez, Valerie A - San Antonio, TX  
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2020 4:35 PM
To: Tony Boyd

Subject: REGISTER TODAY! Rio Grande District's (first ever) Virtual CFC Kickoff and Charity Event!
Importance: High

 

Good Afternoon Gentlemen,

 

As you all may already know, it is CFC Season again!  I am this year’s CFC campaign manager.

 

Due to this darn pandemic, the campaign will be “virtual” this year, so I want to make sure that the word gets out to everyone!

 

I wanted to personally invite you all to attend our first ever virtual CFC Kickoff and Charity Event and I encourage you to spread the word to your members.

 

I also have CFC posters available, please let me if you would like any to display in the Union Hall and I will get them to you ASAP!

 

  “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean!”

 

Thank you guys!

 

Valerie Ramirez 

CFC Campaign Manager

USPS – Rio Grande District

((210) 213-6909    

Combined Federal Campaign of South Central Texas Zone 019

 

 

 

Steven Hernandez, Rio Grande District Manager

Marcel Polanco, Rio Grande Human Resources Manager

on behalf of the

United States Postal Service

Rio Grande District

 

invite you to the

 

2020 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)

USPS South Central Texas CFC Kickoff and Charity Event

 

Live Opening and Welcome program Tuesday, November 17, 8:30 AM (CT)

 

Join anytime! This online event will run for 24 hours.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 8:30 AM (CT) –

Wednesday, November 18, 8:30 AM (CT)

 

  • Attend the opening program online at 8:30 AM (CT) on Tuesday, November 17.
  • Watch videos from more than 25 local, national, and international charities anytime during the 24 hour event!
  • Chat live with representatives from select charities.

 

Register now at:

https://host.regform.com/usps-south-central-texas-cfc-kickoff-and-charity-event-2/

 

Or scan this QR code with your smartphone camera:

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Within 24 hours after you register, you will receive a link to join the event on

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

 

 

Be a part of Change by joining the One Dollar Ten Minutes Zone 019 challenge to raise over $3 million for charities in South Central Texas!

 

 

Valerie Ramirez 

CFC Campaign Manager

USPS – Rio Grande District

((210) 213-6909     * :valerie.a.ramirez@usps.gov

Combined Federal Campaign of South Central Texas Zone 019

 

    

11/07/2020

 

 

As of today, the Rio Grande District had 520 employees who have tested positive for the coronavirus.  That is an increase of 22 , from the previous week of 105.  This week 39 employees have returned to work.   

COVID-19 Briefings have resumed due to the large outbreak of cases in El Paso County and Hidalgo County and it is impacting our employees.  There’s an average of 2200 cases a day in the El Paso area and approximately 200 per day in the Hidalgo County area. 

All stations are reminded to stock up on PPE and follow MMO guidelines regarding facility cleaning.  Employees are encouraged to get the flu vaccine as well.  There is no timeline on when a vaccine will be available for the coronavirus and no distribution schedule on who will get the vaccine first if it becomes available.  With the two holidays coming up this month and peak season, it is imperative that every employee take the necessary precautions both on and off duty to stay healthy.  Cooler weather will push more people to stay indoors, so, it is necessary to take precautions on social gatherings with friends and family. 

DM Remarks (Steven Hernandez):  Please use hand sanitizer and wear your masks.  This pandemic is far from over and it’s already been proven if you had it once, you can get the virus again.  People have gotten lax on taking the proper precautions and we all need to do better.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

 

 

MMO – Maintenance Management Order

PPE  Personal Protective Equipment

DM – District Manager

           

Rolando Gonzalez Leave Donation
11/05/2020
ROLAND GONZALES LSP 21-0151.doc
Microsoft Word document [34.0 KB]

              

11/03/2020

 

 

Members,

 

Election ballots for Branch 421 Officers have been mailed out.  If you did not receive a ballot, please contact Terina Huckleby, Election Chairwoman at 773-485-6848 or Huckleby@nalc421.com.  You can also contact Brenda Coleman, Branch Secretary at 210-227-0128 or bc@nalc421.com.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

     

10/30/2020

 

 

FYI from Region 10 NBA Javier Bernal.  Please share with your carriers.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

 

From: Javier Bernal <Bernal@NALC.ORG>
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2020 11:38 AM
Subject: Re: Update COVID-19 SUT-USPS Close Contact Tracing - Postmarking and Retail Script

 

Good morning Madams and Messieurs,

 

I have attached several new Stand Up Talks (SUT). The first one relates to COVID-19 along with the USPS contact tracing program. The CDC revised their guidelines for close contact tracing last week with two (2) key changes:

 

1.           CDC close contact definition change from 15 minutes at one time to 15 minutes over a period of 24 hours.

2.           Face Covering / Face Mask – CDC now indicates that the wearing of a face covering does not negate the need to quarantine if identified as a close contact.

 

The other SUTs refer to Postmarking For Retail Units and Retail Script Postmarking Policies.

 

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:    281-540-5667   

COVID-19 CLOSE CONTACT TRACING PROGRAM
USPS Close Contact Tracing Program_11.2.[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [396.4 KB]
PROTECTING EVERYONE"S SAFETY AND WELLNESS
2020 10 30 COVID-19 SUT 53_ALL EMPLOYEES[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [100.4 KB]
POSTMARKING POLICIES
Postmarking SUT.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [32.6 KB]
RETAIL SCRIPT FOR POSTMARKING POLICIES
Retail Script (002).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [38.8 KB]

   

10/28/2020

 

 

Brothers and Sisters,

 

As a reminder, there are only a couple of days left to send donations to the NALC DRF (October 31st).  Any amount you can donate to this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated.  This fund is used to help care for our own when a disaster strikes.  Keep the thought in mind, a disaster could strike and disrupt any of our lives without warning. Thanks.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

REGION 10 DISASTER RELIEF FLYER 2020
Region 10 Disaster Relief Flyer (1).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [719.8 KB]

    

10/28/2020

 

 

Carriers,

 

As of today, over 67 million Americans (me included) have already cast their votes in the upcoming National Elections.  If you still haven’t voted yet, there is still time to do so.  The early voting locations in Bexar County are open from 8am to 10pm, 14 hours a day through October 30th.  There is no reason in the world not to get your vote in before November 3rd.  If you live outside of Bexar County, you can find voting locations in your county by going to the website www.sos.texas.gov.  VOTE!

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

Places to go Early Vote
SKM_C554e20101311400.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [91.3 KB]
VOTING RIGHTS ELM
VotingRightsUSPS.docx
Microsoft Word document [15.0 KB]

             

10/22/2018

 

 

Carriers,

 

You are strongly encouraged to exercise your right to vote in the upcoming National Elections before Election Day, November 3rd.  If you wait until November 3rd, you are going to be hard pressed to claim you were denied the opportunity to vote, especially full-time regulars who receive one or two days off a week and in most cases have at least one 8-hour work day per week between October 13th through October 30th (the early voting period). Attached is a schedule of the early voting period and locations within Bexar County.  Some of them, especially the last week, do not close until 10pm.  Early voting takes place on Sundays as well.  If you live outside of Bexar County, you can find voting locations in your county by going to the website www.sos.texas.gov.  For the City Carrier Assistants in San Antonio, I have spoken directly to Postmaster Carr about my concerns for giving you the opportunity to vote.  You don’t have a set schedule so, it is very possible you could be working every day including Sundays.  Having said that, you should not be working more than six days without a day off.  If you don’t ask management or inform the steward, you cannot blame anyone else for that happening.  Stand up for yourself and DO NOT let anyone take away your right to vote. AO stewards, please monitor this issue in your offices with the CCA’s and the respective postmasters.  Webmaster and Social Media Director please post.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

VOTING RIGHTS
VotingRightsUSPS.docx
Microsoft Word document [15.0 KB]
Schedule of places and times to vote.
SKM_C554e20101311400.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [91.3 KB]

          

10/13/2020

 

 

Attached is a list of all the early voting locations in Bexar County.  Early voting starts today and ends on October 30th.  Don’t wait until the last minute, get it done now!

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

EARLY VOTING SITES
SKM_C554e20101311400.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [91.3 KB]

      

10/07/2020

 

 

Stewards and Officers,

 

It was brought to our attention at the October steward meeting that there are two carriers (one at NECA and the other at Beacon Hill) who have exhausted all of their sick and annual leave taking care of very ill spouses.  Although donations of annual leave are prohibited because the leave isn’t for their own illness, we are asking for donations in the form of steward pay to provide some financial relief.  If any steward or officer wishes to make a salary donation, they can send an email to Recording Secretary Louise Jordan (jordan@nalc421.com) by Thursday, October 9th.  Thanks in advance for your generosity.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

          

10/03/2020

 

 

Brothers and Sisters,

 

Our Region 10 NBA Javier Bernal, has sent the below listed letter to request donations to the NALC DRF.  The DRF is used to provide emergency monetary grants to members who have suffered losses due to a disaster.  As more members utilize this fund, more donations are needed to replenish it.  Please think of the assistance you can provide to our fellow union members and their families when a disaster strikes.  Let’s be generous if you can, but all contributions regardless of the amount, will be gladly accepted.  The point is please donate to the DRF; you never know when the need for disaster relief may be your own.  Use the attached flyer and mail it and your donation in care of Branch 421 to the address listed.  Thank you.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

 

Good afternoon everyone,

 

During our regional call last week, we requested that each Branch consider donating to the NALC Disaster Relief Foundation. On the call, Gary Mullins stated the NALC DRF provided $80,000.00 in relief grants to letter carriers in need with even more to review. There are four letter carriers and their families in Region 10 that were affected/impacted by Hurricane Laura.

 

When discussing this issue please consider that, due to the pandemic, both the National Convention and the Region 10 Fall school were cancelled. Therefore, ALL branches (over 100 in Region 10) should have an opportunity to donate to the NALC DRF. You can inform your members that ALL DONATIONS will help provide much needed assistance to our NALC sisters and brothers not only from Region 10, but across the country.

 

We are relying on All branch donations, but we encourage our Larger Branches to lead the way in the amount they donate!  Every amount is accepted and greatly appreciated.  

 

Please make your donations out to NALC DRF and send them to our office at the address below. We would like to have all donations in by October 31, 2020.

 

NALC Region 10 – NALC DRF

23760 Hwy 59 N

Kingwood, Texas 77339

 

We extended the deadline to allow all branches plenty of time to donate. We will challenge every Region to do the same!

 

Thanks again for all y’all do!

 

Respectfully,

Javier Bernal

National Business Agent

NALC Region 10

23760 HWY 59 N

Kingwood, TX 77339

Work: 281-540-5627

Cell:    713-304-3986

Fax:    281-540-5667

REGION 10 DISASTER RELIEF FLYER 2020
Region 10 Disaster Relief Flyer.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [719.8 KB]

            

10/01/2020

 

 

Good afternoon everyone,

 

During our regional call last week, we requested that each Branch consider donating to the NALC Disaster Relief Foundation. On the call, Gary Mullins stated the NALC DRF provided $80,000.00 in relief grants to letter carriers in need with even more to review. There are four letter carriers and their families in Region 10 that were affected/impacted by Hurricane Laura.

 

When discussing this issue please consider that, due to the pandemic, both the National Convention and the Region 10 Fall school were cancelled. Therefore, ALL branches (over 100 in Region 10) should have an opportunity to donate to the NALC DRF. You can inform your members that ALL DONATIONS will help provide much needed assistance to our NALC sisters and brothers not only from Region 10, but across the country.

 

We are relying on All branch donations, but we encourage our Larger Branches to lead the way in the amount they donate!  Every amount is accepted and greatly appreciated.  

 

Please make your donations out to NALC DRF and send them to our office at the address below. We would like to have all donations in by October 31, 2020.

 

NALC Region 10 – NALC DRF

23760 Hwy 59 N

Kingwood, Texas 77339

 

We extended the deadline to allow all branches plenty of time to donate. We will challenge every Region to do the same!

 

Thanks again for all y’all do!

 

Respectfully,

Javier Bernal

National Business Agent

NALC Region 10

23760 HWY 59 N

Kingwood, TX 77339

Work: 281-540-5627

Cell:    713-304-3986

Fax:    281-540-5667    

                 

09/30/2020

 

 

Members,

 

The San Antonio AFL-CIO Central Labor Council will be conducting phone banking to encourage union members and families to get out the vote .  They are in need of volunteers for this Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 10am to 12pm, 1 to 3pm and 3 to 5pm.  The phone banking will be conducted at 9502 Computer Dr, Suite 201, San Antonio, TX 78229.  Breakfast and coffee will be available.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

           

9/22/2020

 

For those members who have had questions about the Payroll Tax, see below and click on the article.

I recommend this page: .
You can read it on: https://postalemployeenetwork.com/news/2020/09/usps-elects-not-to-implement-deferrals-of-payroll-taxes-for-workers/

 

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

              

                 

USPS Update FFCRA FAQs (9/8/20) - DOL FFCRA FAQs Update (8/27/20)
POSTED 09/11/2020
COVID-19 - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (U[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [315.3 KB]

      

9/2/2020

 

 

Members,

 

The local APWU is having an informational picket tomorrow morning in front of the GMF on Perrin Beitel Road.  If you are off that day or a retired carrier and you are comfortable with wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing, we would love to have you out there supporting our brothers and sisters in getting the Postal Service to maintain service standards (collections boxes and sorting machines for starters) for the upcoming national elections and beyond.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

 

 

 

                              

9/1/2020

 

 

Branch Members,

 

We will resume printing our bi-monthly newsletter The Timely Messenger this month. Branch articles and advertisements (political) that members want to submit, must be at the branch office no later than the close of business on September 8th.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  All ads submitted must be camera ready.  Prices are $125.00 – Full page; $75.00 – Half page; $40.00 – Quarter page.  Any questions; contact Branch Secretary Brenda Coleman at bc@nalc421 or 210-227-0128.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

                  

9/1/2020

 

 

The new vendor for Brookfield Uniforms is Mary Pardo.  She can be reached at MCPardo5896@att.net or 210-970-8852.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

                          

Good afternoon BPs,

 

Yesterday morning, the Postal Service sent NALC a copy of a stand-up talk for city letter carriers intended to explain the goals of its latest unilateral delivery initiative. It is called Post Office Sortation Equipment Reconciliation (SER). We have received calls letting us know the USPS has already given the SUT in some offices.

I have attached copies of the letter to NALC, the SUT and a very short one page ppt regarding SER.

If supervisors or managers do not consult with and obtain your input prior to implementing this initiative, or if they ignore the valuable input you provide, you should inform an NALC branch representative.

 

Please ensure all carriers receive and provide comments during a consultation.

 

Handbook M-39, Management of Delivery Services and Handbook M-41, City Delivery Carriers Duties and Responsibilities both contain provisions regarding case cells or separations, as well as casing equipment.

If changes to case configurations are implemented that violate the reference handbooks, then a grievance should be filed citing a violation of the appropriate provisions.

Thanks,

REGION 10

RAA Shawn Boyd                                            RAA Karrie Kimbrell                                 RGA AG Ramirez

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

Cell: 202-294-2284                                        Cell: 512-810-1958                                 Cell: 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

City Carrier Sortation Stand Up Talk
City Carrier - Sortation Equipment Recon[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [167.8 KB]
Post Office Sortation Equipment Reconciliation (SER)
Post Office Sortation Equipment Reconcil[...]
Microsoft Power Point presentation [620.4 KB]
LLRP 2020119 SER Signed Letter
LRPP 2020-119 SER SUT-SWI signed letter.[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [128.2 KB]
School Supply Donations
Brothers and Sisters,



We are looking to collect school supplies for underprivileged children in our local community. Your support for this worthy cause is greatly appreciated. See the attached flyer for more information.
SKM_C554e20073119360.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [549.1 KB]

 

 

Hello everyone,

 

After much discussion and deliberation, NALC has made the decision to cancel the Fall School scheduled for October 9-12, 2020 in Houston. We were hopeful we would be able to have the training, but with the increase of COVID-19 cases throughout Texas and New Mexico we had to make the decision to cancel the scheduled training.

 

Although we cannot meet in person, we have discussed providing some training via a WebEx. We look forward to your input on Wednesday’s call .   

 

Thank you all,

 

 

Javier Bernal

National Business Agent

NALC Region 10

23760 HWY 59 N

Kingwood, TX 77339

Work: 281-540-5627

Cell: 713-304-3986

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good afternoon Branch Presidents,

 

I have attached several documents in reference to a delivery initiative test called Expedited Street Afternoon Sortation (ESAS). The Postal Service will implement multiple test sites across the country and I have attached a list of all the Region 10 offices that have been assigned by the USPS to participate. The letter addressed to President Rolando states the test is scheduled to begin Saturday, July 25th, so as the Consolidated Casing Initiative is ending in 31 locations, a new test is beginning. We ask that you share the attached information with all members, especially those members in the stations that will be affected on July 25th. We will have a Regional call with all BPs next Wednesday evening to respond to questions and concerns, but feel free to invite letter carriers assigned to the test site office(s) so we can hear from them as well. We will send the invitation by Monday and we look forward to having you all on the call.

 

 

Thanks and have a safe weekend!

 

NALC Region 10

 

 

RAA Shawn Boyd                                            RAA Karrie Kimbrell                                 RGA AG Ramirez

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

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

 

NBA Javier Bernal

Bernal@nalc.org

Work: 281-540-5627

Cell: 713-304-3986

EXPEDITED STREET AFTERNOON SORTATION
Expedited Street Afternoon Sortation (ES[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [259.7 KB]
ESAS F2 STAND UP TALK 7-16-20
ESAS F2 Stand Up Talk 7.16.20.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [270.9 KB]
ESAS SWI (STANDARD WORK INSTRUCTIONS) F2 7-16-20
ESAS SWI (Standard Work Instructions) F2[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [344.3 KB]
ESAS F4 (CLERKS) STAND UP TALK 7-16-20
ESAS F4 (Clerks) Stand Up Talk 7.16.20.[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [277.7 KB]
ESAS SWI F4 7-16-20
ESAS SWI F4 - 07.16.2020.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [336.4 KB]
REGION 10 - ESAS TEST SITES 7-13-20
REGION 10 - ESAS Test Sites (7-13-20).xl[...]
Microsoft Excel sheet [36.9 KB]

Good evening Branch Presidents,

 

We have been informed that management has been conducting stand-up talks (attached) this week in most offices to inform employees about initial phases of an operational pivot plan based on some documents regarding cost reduction. None of these changes or plans were discussed or explained to NALC prior to implementing them, so we ask that you closely monitor the provisions of their plan for contractual compliance.

 

I attached the most recent statement from President Rolando dated July 15, 2020. Lastly I attached M-01924, which is the agreement to extend COVID-19 related MOUs until September 25, 2020.

 

 

M-01924 - COVID-19 Related MOUs Extended Until Late September

 

By joint agreement (M-01924), several COVID related memorandums of understanding have been further extended through September 25, 2020. These memoranda include: temporary expanded sick leave for dependent care (M-01910); temporary additional paid leave for CCAs (M-01911); temporary use of the 7:01 rule (M-01913); temporary workplace changes to promote social distancing (M-01915); and temporary use of TCAs (M-01916).

NALC and the Postal Service also agreed to another temporary time limit extensions on Step B and arbitration appeals (M-01925), and an agreement giving local parties the ability to develop a sign-up process for full-time employees who previously did not, or could not, place their names on either the overtime desired list or work assignment list (M-01926). Both of these agreements will expire on September 25th as well.

Also extended through September 25th is a USPS memorandum (M-01914) which instructs managers and supervisors to allow liberal changes of schedule to accommodate employees who are dealing with childcare issues related to the pandemic. The memorandum also provides for liberal sick leave usage for employees who are sick and liberal annual and leave without pay (LWOP) to the extent operationally feasible, treats COVID-19 related leave as scheduled (as opposed to unscheduled) leave, and directs that leave taken for COVID-19 related reasons during this time not be cited in discipline for failing to maintain an assigned schedule.

 

 

Thanks for all y’all do and have a safe weekend!

 

NALC Region 10

 

 

RAA Shawn Boyd                                            RAA Karrie Kimbrell                                 RGA AG Ramirez

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

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

 

NBA Javier Bernal

Bernal@nalc.org

Work: 281-540-5627

Cell: 713-304-3986

PIVOTING FOR OUR FUTURE 7-10-20
Pivoting For Our Future 7-10-20.docx
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PIVOTING FOR OUR FUTURE UPDATE 7-13-20
Pivoting For Our Future Update 7-13-20.d[...]
Microsoft Word document [17.3 KB]
PRESIDENT ROLANDO STATEMENT 7-15-20
President Rolando - 7-15-20-statement.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.3 MB]
M-01924 - AGREEMENT TO EXTEND 1910, 1911,1913, 1915, 1916
M-01924 - Agreement to Extend (1910, 191[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1'014.0 KB]

I spoke to Postmaster Carr today and some of the area managers to get an explanation for the initial start time change on Saturday to 8 and in some cases, 8:30am, and also what happened today with the DPS mail.  First, the driver for the 8:30 ish start times last week was due to the plant and clerk function basically averaging a mail ready time of 9:30am.  Those figures would normally generate a carrier start time of 9:00am.  That didn’t sit well with Mr. Carr and the area managers either so the latest they would go forward on start times was 8:30am. That plan was finalized and announced to the stations (but not me) on Monday, July 6th, and started this past Saturday.

 

Moving forward to today, Postmaster General (PMG) Lejoy’s operational orders, which were announced to senior management officials on Friday, clashed with the 8:30am start time and mail being available.  Trucks from the plant usually come to the stations at three different times (4, 5 and 6am) with the mail for clerks to distribute to the carriers.  The arrival of the last truck normally determines the start time(s) at a station, anywhere from 6 to 7, sometimes 7:30am.  What the PMG instructed managers to do is get the carriers moving in the morning based on the truck schedule; with no deviation.  Whatever the plant didn’t have ready for the stations, by the time the trucks were ready to go, would be left behind.  That’s what happened with the DPS today.  It wasn’t ready by the time the (last) trucks went to the stations, so it didn’t arrive by the time that carriers were instructed to hit the street.  This, by the way, is another new PMG directive.  Carriers will be given a certain amount of time to case, pull down, and go to the street.  Whatever you don’t finish casing will be left behind.  If a truck doesn’t have all the mail or is late, by the designated pull down time, then that mail will not get cased and delivered.  A carrier under this system may possibly go to the street without enough mail to carry for 8 hours.  In that instance, you may run out of mail to deliver well before you reach 8 hours.  If that happens you most likely will be instructed to come back (and you should want to in this 100 plus heat) and case any remaining mail for the next day (including DPS) until you reach 8 hours.   

 

What these immediate changes will do is change the start times for the carriers.  I was told that tomorrow, the start time will go back to 7am.  It is also possible under this new initiative, the start time(s) will go back even further, possibly to 6am.  I’m sure there will be more changes coming up, and as they do, I’m keep you informed on how the changes affect letter carriers .

 

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

Please review the article listed below.  I was provided this information yesterday and implementation of some of these changes has already started.  Please share with the rest of your carriers as well.

These are some of the first wave of changes that will be coming to the USPS this year. Many of the changes are are good and should have been done years ago. We all need to embrace these changes to keep the USPS in service. The PMG said this.. https://www.postaltimes.com/postalnews/meet-the-new-boss-better-than-the-old-boss/

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

Office: 210-227-0128

Cell: 210-862-6583

Carriers,

 

If you have taken a COVID-19 and requested to use emergency sick leave, please check your pay closely.  You should be getting your full pay up to 80 hours not 2/3 of your pay.  Frontline managers in many instances are telling employees this or worse actually paying them at less than their full-rate.  All the craft presidents have brought this issue to the attention of Human Resources and the District Manager, but it is each individual’s responsibility to check their pay.  Please do by taking advantage of the Virtual Time Card.

 

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!

 

-- Do not delete or change any of the following text. --

 

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

 

 

Meeting number (access code): 719 249 260

Meeting password: MJh3wx8fcg6 

 

 

Join meeting

 

Join by phone 
Tap to call in from a mobile device (attendees only) 
+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll 

 

 

 

 

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[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [94.1 KB]
2020 Postcard Stimulus Legislative Action
2020 POSTCARD STIMULUS LEGISLATIVE ACTIO[...]
Microsoft Word document [15.0 KB]

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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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11/10/20

 

Stewards,

 

We are now printing our own miniature copies of the JCAM (see attached).  They are available for $10.00 for anyone who wants to have one.  Contact the branch office if you’re interested.

 

Tony Boyd, President

NALC Branch 421

                                                        Office: 210-227-0128

                                                        Cell: 210-862-6583