• 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.

      Two New Memoranda of Understanding Expands Annual Leave Benefits for the 2021 leave year

      "Left of Center" Radio Interview with Local President Dan St. Marie concerning Postal Operations in New England.

      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:

      1. Retail and Delivery Operations- Basic mission: Accept and deliver mail and packages efficiently with a high level of customer statement
      2. Logistics and Processing Operations- Basic mission: Process and move mail and packages efficiently to the delivery unit, meeting determined standards and
      3. 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.

      USPS LINK August 7, 2020 Announcement: USPS restructured

      Review the organization chart reflecting the new USPS structure.

      The Postal Service has informed the Union that it tentatively expects to make retroactive payment on contractual salary increases resulting from ratification of the 2019 National Agreement in Pay Period 22, appearing in checks dated October 30, 2020. The contract was ratified by the NPMHU membership on April 7, 2020.  We share this information with the understanding that this payment date is tentative, and subject to further delay. We will share additional information as warranted.

      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.


      The USPS Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers resources designed to help you overcome life challenges that affect your health, family life or job performance.

      1-800-EAP4YOU (1-800-327-4968)


      You can call the EAP or go to the website 24 hours a day for information and help. 

      To: ALL MEMBERS OF LOCAL 301 NPMHU RE: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) We hope this posting finds you and your families well. The Coronavirus has had an effect on us all and is a serious threat. It is our intent at the Branch, Local, Regional and National Levels to keep our membership well informed and represented during this Pandemic.




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