Don’t forget to come to the Annual Membership Appreciation Picnic. This year the picnic will be held on Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 11AM to 5PM at Margaret Carpenter Park. Carpenter Park is located at 11151 Colorado Boulevard, Thornton, CO. 80233.
This year will be our first year at Carpenter Park. We definitely won’t be lacking for activities. The park has a skate park, paddle boats, a carousel, splash pads and a sports plaza where they have tennis, basketball, sand volleyball, bocce ball, shuffleboard and horseshoes.
We will also hold the 2nd Annual Talent Show. If you are interested in participating in the talent show, contact Cindy at the hall or by e-mail or e-mail or call Ed at (303) 618-2048.
As always delicious burgers, hot dogs, sausages and brats will be grilled. Cold beverages will be on ice and fruit and goodies will be on hand too. See the attached flyer for directions and activities.
2015 PICNIC FLYER – 4
The Union has received notice that the withholding event for Colorado Springs has been cancelled. This sounds like good news, and it is for the moment. But local management states they will be filing another event very soon. This seems like it is in direct conflict with the announcement from National Head Quarters for USPS with regards to the significant changes to the Phase II-2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation initiative. Management made an exception to the moratorium and listed two (2) specific facilities that would continue on with their closing and consolidation efforts. That was Houston P&DC and Queens P&DC.
The listed date in the USPS RIBBS Network Rationalization website has Colorado Springs listed as “TBD” (To Be Determined) 2016. This would imply that the overall plan to continue closing and consolidating all mail processing operations to Denver at some point in the future is inevitable unless some form of legislation is passed that would change such plans.
Management has not retracted the notice to mail handlers that they would be moving to Denver. When and if they do, the Union will communicate that immediately. Please watch your bulletin boards for any new information. If you receive some notification that you are moving and given a specific date …. Do not assume that your union is aware! Contact your Union immediately!
Management at Area and Regional has confirmed that eight (8) current Colorado Springs Mail Handlers will be accepted as transfers to the Carrier Craft. These Mail Handlers will be dearly missed, but I fully understand their reasons behind the move. Management’s perspective during an Article 12 meeting with National stated there were still six (6) CO Springs MH as likely to be excessed – Local Union estimate is that number should be reduced by 4 retirees. Union wishes all these mail handlers best of luck in their next adventure!
The vacancies are out. Attached is the link to all of the mail handler bids for the current DPM. The bids close on 7/11/15. However, it is strongly suggested that no one wait until the last minute. If the system goes down, you will be out of luck.
DPM 2015-15 B
Management has mandated mail handlers in most of the buildings statewide to attend stand-ups delivered by a company called Federal Employee Services (FES). The Union was never contacted about these meetings, especially not prior to the FES forcing mail handlers to submit personal information. FES is NOT a federal agency as you can see on their website, even though they led people to believe they were. The Union does not endorse, support or believe in this company. Please read the attached FYI.
2015 (06) FES
On June 2, 2015, the National Office was notified that the USPS determined the primary duties associated with the Small Parcel Sorter System (SPSS) are being awarded to the Mail Handler craft! This means that when the SPSS is installed into the Denver P&DC, management will be posting jobs for all mail handlers to bid on through seniority. Managements’ expected completion of installment of the SPSS in Denver is mid-September. Thanks to the National Office for their hard work in securing craft jurisdiction for the SPSS!
By clicking on this link, you can look at or print photos from various Local 321 activities and events.
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.
Taken from the National Website. Immediate attention required.
(June 10, 2015) In a joint letter, Presidents of the NPMHU, APWU and NALC express unified opposition to the “fast Track” bill now before the Congress. The letter reads in part, “We have urged you to end the undemocratic practice of voting on Trade Promotion Authority before the trade and investment agreements negotiated in secret by our government and its trading partners are made public. Such authority guarantees enactment of these agreements before their flaws can be democratically debated and amended.”
On May 27, 2015, the USPS issued a statement deferring mostly all plant closures and consolidations until 2016. This would seem to be the happy news that all Colorado Springs mail handlers, especially those scheduled to be excessed to Denver, have been waiting to hear. However, despite the announcement that the suspension of all closures and consolidations would include every facility except the Houston P&DC and the Queens P&DC, local management has informed the Union that they plan to continue the excessing event in Colorado Springs.
Local President Hoehl-Rinker has informed Colorado management that the Union is vehemently opposed to their plans to continue with their actions against the Colorado Springs facility. The Union plans to fight managements’ noncompliance with the Network Consolidation Statement.
Read the latest Local 321 news through President Cindy Hoehl-Rinker’s May FYI
2015 (05) Final
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.