Read the latest Local 321 news through President Cindy Hoehl-Rinker’s May FYI
The NPMHU has joined with 28 other federal and postal employee and retiree organizations, as members of the Federal-Postal Coalition, in calling upon House Members to defeat the Republican budget resolution.
The House budget resolution specifically proposes the following benefit reductions:
- FERS-covered federal and postal employees would contribute more toward their retirement benefits, paying an additional 6% with no increased benefit;
- The “special retirement supplement” that pays benefits to FERS retirees who retire before they hit the age of eligibility for Social Security would be terminated;
- The federal and postal workforce would be forced to make greater employee and retiree contributions toward health insurance premiums, whereby postal employees would be required to pay the same share of health and life insurance premiums as do federal employees, effectively stripping them of their right to bargain with the Postal Service over such terms;
- The rate of return for the most popular G fund within the Thrift Savings Plan would be reduced.
“A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service.” This is the headline phrase of the website supported by labor unions, civil rights groups, religious organizations and progressive policy advocates that support high-quality services for all Americans. The NPMHU is pleased to be standing with the APWU, NALC, NRLCA and a number of other like-minded organizations in opposition to the unparalleled assualts being waged against the USPS from those who would like to dismantle and privatize it.
We believe a strong public Postal Service is our democratic right and legislative obligation to the American public. We are fighting to protect and enhance these services for now and many generations to come. Individuals are encouraged to support the fight by signing the pledge to protect and enhance public postal services.
Did you know???
- The USPS has been in operation for more than 240 years
- 40% of the world’s mail volume is handled by the USPS
- The USPS uses zero taxpayer dollars ($0) to operate
Go to www.AGrandAlliance.org to learn more and sign the pledge to protect and enhance public postal services.
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The annual Membership Appreciation Picnic was once again a huge success as many of our brothers and sisters attended and enjoyed a day of fun, food & several activities. We were also proud to have honored guests, National President John Hegarty, National Secretary/Treasurer Mark Gardner & Central Region Vice President Jefferson Peppers lll in attendance.
Workers Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job, and to renew our efforts for a safe workplace. All workers should be free, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future.
Four decades ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. That Act was finally applied to the Postal Service in 1998. Our Union is among the many that have fought hard to make that promise a reality – winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved lives, and prevented workplace injuries and illnesses.
But our work is not done. On April 28, please remember those who have suffered and died on the job, and please renew the fight for safe workplaces. Speak out for safe jobs.
The Local 321 Executive Board has elected to continue the Jeremy Barriault Scholarship contest again for the 2015/2016 school year. This is the seventeen consecutive year that Local 321 has sponsored a scholarship program to assist members and their dependents with the ever growing costs of higher education. The scholarship drawing was named after Local 321 member & Union Steward Jeremy Barriault before the 2013/2014 school year.
Brother Jeremy Barriault was a devoted, dedicated union representative for Local 321. As a staunch advocate of higher education and the betterment of one’s position in life, Brother Jeremy represented all that is true within the Labor Movement. Local 321 of the NPMHU honor’s Jeremy Barriault by keeping his name and visions alive through our scholarship program.
At the SAMLU last week, NPMHU President John Hegarty announced he will be retiring effective May 1, 2015. President Hegarty has held this position since July 2002. He has devoted more than 30 years of his life to the NPMHU. Prior to being elected as National President, John has held positions as Regional Vice President on the National Executive Board, President of Local 301 and Administrative Vice President of the Springfield, Mass. GMF/BMC. We wish John a long, healthy and happy retirement.
Replacing John Hegarty as the new President will be Paul Hogrogian. Paul is the current Regional Vice President for the Northeast Region on the National Executive Board, a position he has held for the past 10 years. Paul has also served as President of Local 300 for more than 12 years as well as Vice President and Recording Secretary for his Local Union. Throughout his tenure with the National Office, Paul has served with the National Training Committee, the Field Negotiating Committee, as a National Shop Steward Trainer, on the Article 12 Task Force and the Committee on the Future. Paul’s vast experience and knowledge will serve the members of the NPMHU well. Congratulations Paul!
Local President Cindy Hoehl-Rinker has released the General Membership Meeting Schedule for 2015. These Branch Meetings are held for all facilities in Colorado. Local 321 encourages ALL UNION MEMBERS to attend these gatherings. Your Branch Presidents and Executive Board make every effort to attend these meetings to be at your disposal for questions and comments. Local 321 also encourages all union stewards to attend the meetings for their respective facilities.
Effective 11/15/14, every career mail handler will receive a 1.5% general wage increase that can be viewed on the PP 25/2014 paycheck. All mail handler assistants (MHAs) will receive a 2.5% general wage increase. Copy-of-Wage-Charts