A Note from the Branch President

Dear Brothers and Sisters:
President Lipski didn't have time to write an article for this month's newsletter due to pressing matters in the Branch. He attended the National Rap Session in Los Angeles and the details he has to inform the membership would not be properly conveyed through this article, so he urges all members to try to attend the next Branch meeting on February 21, where he will discuss everything in detail.

Next Meeting - February 21

The next regular monthly meeting of the Branch will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 8 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 502 Colonial Ave., North Woodbury. The regular monthly meetings of the Branch are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m., except during the months of July and August.

Branch Officer & Shop Stewards Meetings Wednesday - February 14

The Branch Board of Officers and Executive Board meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. The Board of Officers at 7:30 p.m., and the Executive Board at 8 p.m. The next meeting of the Board of Officers and Executive Board will be on Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 and 8 p.m. respectively.

Attendance Prize Now At $50

Had he been in attendance at the regular monthly meeting of the Branch on Wednesday, January 17, Robert Auger, a carrier out of the Wenonah office, would have been the recipient of the $25 attendance prize. The prize now increases to $50 and will increase $25 per meeting, up to a maximum of $250, until a member in attendance has their name drawn.

From The VP's Case

It amazes me how each month this districts "brain trust" finds yet another way to inspire me to write an article for our newsletter. With their obsessive ness on capturing A.M. office time they are talking about resurrecting the 20-year-old failed program of "model city."
For those of you who were not around 20 years ago, which is when this program was introduced as the next best way to get the mail delivered early, let me give you a quick overview of this system.
The object of this program is for the carriers to come in and case just 1st and 2nd class mail and pull down and leave for the street. When you return in the P.M. you then case all your bulk business mail and whatever else is there that needs to be cased. The theory being you will have little to do when you report for work the next day.
Where this program failed miserably was the productivity factor in the P.M. Let's be real about afternoon casing standards. When you have just spent 7 hours or more on the street lugging 5 and 6 bundles in all kinds of weather do they really think a carrier will have anything left in the tank to really feel like putting up mail?
I guess all those "crunchers" whose toughest part of the day is figuring out where they are going to lunch, can't relate to people who actually do physical work!
Once again it comes down to the lack of respect the carriers get! I wish these people would wake up and smell the coffee! There is nothing left in this rock to squeeze out, so let it go, would you!
Hopefully this was just a thought because as of now I am not aware of any offices who have actually implemented this program, but that doesn't mean they won't!
So be aware if the "boys" come calling with this type of idea to try out.
Gary DiGiacomo, Vice President

NALC's Historic Contract Agreement Proposal

"The proposal delivers an all-regular workforce with weekends off as well as a significant reduction in the level of forced overtime. For the Postal Service, the proposal offers savings in the billions from reduced overtime and benefit costs in the future. However, it was offered only on the condition that the USPS give us new protections against contracting out and that it share its financial savings in the form of higher general wage increases." - President Young.
Critical to any agreement would be a ban on USPS contracting out city delivery territory, the one issue that Young said prevented the parties from reaching agreement on a new contract. Here are the key elements of NALC's bargaining proposal for a new National Agreement that would revolutionize city delivery work in the Postal Service: