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.
President Trump has been on the attack of the United States Postal Service since the release of the Postal Task Force Report in December 2018. The report called for limiting service obligations; changing delivery frequency; shutting facilities; move towards privatization; and, limiting the collecting bargaining rights of its employees.
In the CARES Act (P.L. 116-136), the Postal Service was allotted $10 billion in borrowing from the Department of Treasury. Not only does this fail to meet the Postal Service’s projected revenue losses caused by COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin would have the ability to implement any operational changes – creating a hallow Postal Service that is unable to serve every American household and abandons its dedicated employees.
The Postal Service is repeatedly rated by Americans as the most trustworthy federal agency; one of the largest employers of our nation’s veterans; and, the backbone of a $1.6 trillion mailing industry. In these uncertain times, the Administration should not be holding the Postal Service hostage.
NPMHU members and their families are rightfully concerned about their safety, health and wellbeing. As essential workers, postal employees shouldn’t be faced with attacks on our jobs. We urge you to reach out to your Representatives and Senators, demanding they support the Postal Service and its employees.
The USPS Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers resources designed to help you overcome life challenges that affect your health, family life or job performance.
On June 26, 2018, the NPMHU, APWU and USPS reached a tripartite agreement Re: Update of Regional Instruction (RI) 399 Procedures.
With certain exceptions, the MOU effectively withdrew and administratively closed all cross-craft grievances that were pending in the RI- 399 process prior to September 1, 2017. The Update MOU also provided for monetary payments to mail handlers and clerks in consideration of the withdrawal of these grievances. The parties have agreed that $14,500,000 will be distributed among mail handlers designated by the NPMHU. The settlement and monetary payment distribution details were widely released and are also posted at npmhu.org.
The USPS will make payment on this settlement in the final pay period of the 2019 fiscal year; thus, the settlement will be included in the October 4, 2019 paycheck.
The National Office has established a union-run appeal procedure for any claims that may be filed (1) by Mail Handlers who do not receive a monetary payment on October 4, 2019 but who believe they should have been listed amongst the eligible, or (2) by eligible Mail Handlers who receive a payment on October 4, 2019 but believe they did not receive the proper number of shares authorized. The decisions made by this appeal procedure will be final and binding.