Linked here, please find a new MOU just signed by the NPMHU and the Postal Service to provide for additional Mail Handler staffing, in large part by converting 5,288 Mail Handler Assistants to full-time regular career employment no later than March 13, 2021. Also attached is a 4-page chart listing the 183 facilities in which these 5,288 conversions will take place and the number of conversions that will take place in each listed facility.
A copy of these documents was distributed to each Local President on December 24, 2020. Please do not hesitate to contact the National CAD should you have any questions.
Out of an abundance of caution, the 2020 NPMHU National Convention is once again being postponed. In view of the coronavirus pandemic, the National Executive Board has concluded that this is the only responsible course of action. The Mail Handlers Union continues to prioritize the safety, health and well-being of delegates, guests, family, and staff.
To that end, we have negotiated the following revised arrangements for the 2020 quadrennial convention. The convention proceedings will be reduced to a modified four-day event and will still take place at the Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The main delegate arrival and registration will take place on Sunday, August 7, 2022. The convention is scheduled to convene the morning of Monday, August 8, 2022, with the closing convention session to take place on Thursday, August 11, 2022. Additional details will be mailed to each delegate in the coming days and posted at the NPMHU Convention site.
Reappointment Opportunities for MHAs Separated for Lack of Work Please find enclosed a copy of a new Memorandum of Understanding signed today in order to accommodate the hundreds of MHAs hired under the Memorandum of Understanding “Temporary Exception Period-COVID-19” dated March 26, 2020 and the subsequent extensions of this MOU. The Memorandum of Understanding “Mail Handler Assistant Employees” under Item 3, Other Provisions, Article 15, number 3 states in relevant part: “MHAs separated for lack of work before the end of their term will be given preference for reappointment ahead of other MHAs with less relative seniority and ahead of other applicants who have not served as MHAs, provided that the need for hiring arises within twelve (12) months of their separation.” (emphasis added). The parties agree that for MHAs hired between March 26, 2020 and December 31, 2020, the above provision will be amended to read “within twenty-four (24) months of their separation.” If you have any questions, please contact the National Contract Administrative Department.
September 3, 2020 - The first MOU allows for additional Annual Leave Carryover for the 2021 Leave Year. In the 2019 National Agreement, the MOU on Annual Leave Carryover allows regular work force employees to carryover 440 hours of accumulated annual leave. The new MOU on Annual Leave Carryover for Leave Year 2021 expands that limit and allows regular work force employees to carryover 520 hours of accumulated leave from leave year 2020 to leave year 2021.
The second MOU deals with the Annual Leave Exchange Option for the 2021 Leave Year. The Annual Leave Exchange Option MOU for Leave Year 2021 will allow career employees to sell back a maximum of 80 hours of annual leave prior to the beginning of the leave year provided the following criteria is met: 1) The employee must be at the maximum leave carryover ceiling (440 hours) at the start of the leave year and 2) the employee must have used fewer than 75 sick leave hours (excluding emergency sick leave taken under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act) in the 2020 leave year. Normally the maximum amount of hours that may be sold back under the 2019 National Agreement MOU on Annual Leave Exchange Option is limited to 40 hours.
Fall 2020 SAMLU Meeting Will Be Virtual
The schedule for the National Postal Mail Handler Union’s second SAMLU of 2020 is being modified. The SAMLU will now occur on November 18-19, 2020 in a virtual setting via the meeting platform ZOOM®. The hotel is unable to host our event in view of limitations imposed by local health officials given rise by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our utmost concern is the safety, health, and wellbeing of SAMLU attendees, guests and staff. All reservations will be automatically cancelled, and deposits will be automatically refunded to the credit card used at the time of reservation; you do not have to contact the hotel.
We will be sharing additional details about the virtual SAMLU in the coming weeks.
August 11, 2020 Memorandum to Local Presidents (pdf)
Please find linked here, a copy of the Organizational Structure Changes announced by the Postal Service today. (pdf)
According to the Postal Service, a decision was made to realign the organization to provide greater focus on the core aspects of the business and to give the Postal Service a better chance for future success.
The new structure will focus around three operating units:
- Retail and Delivery Operations- Basic mission: Accept and deliver mail and packages efficiently with a high level of customer statement
- Logistics and Processing Operations- Basic mission: Process and move mail and packages efficiently to the delivery unit, meeting determined standards and
- Commerce and Business Solutions- Basic mission: Leverage infrastructure to enable growth.
The new job roles and organizational structure is shown on the attached memorandum.
To prepare for these changes, the Postal Service states that it will immediately implement an EAS and executive hiring freeze and the Postal Service will be requesting Voluntary Early Retirement Authority from the office of Personnel Management for non-bargaining employees.
If you have any questions, please contact the National Contract Administration Department.
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Retired Brother Roy DePalma due to COVID-19.
Brother DePalma was a Member of Branch 18, Providence, RI and Retired In 2019 after 34 Years as a Mail Handler.