Due to the large snow storm forecasted to drop anywhere from 8 to 16 inches of snow in both the Denver and Colorado Springs areas this weekend, the Branch Meeting previously scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2015, has been postponed. The new date for the Branch Meeting will be Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 9:00AM. The meeting will take place at the Country Buffet located at 801 North Academy Boulevard in the Springs.
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
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.
The National Office is pleased to announce that the NPMHU prevailed in the Lead Clerk Arbitration. This grievance was filed against the USPS allowing Lead Clerks to supervise, assign or direct mail handlers at any time. The arbitrator ruled that Lead Clerks are not authorized to perform supervisory functions. In short,the arbitration should put an end to the practice of using clerk craft employees to direct Mail Handlers when a supervisor is not present. Lead-Clerk-decision
The Fishgold Arbitration award that currently serves as our contract provides for a total of seven (7) possible COLA increases. The first two from 2013 were deferred until 2014. The first deferred COLA from March of 2013 was $146. The COLA from March of 2014 was $0.
The second deferred COLA increase from 2013 ($540) was added to the latest COLA increase ($687) and equals $1,227. This amount was added to all mail handler’s base salary effective 9/6/14. Attached is a link to the updated wage chart effective 9/6/14.
There are still three (3) more possible COLA adjustments that could lead to further wage increases before the expiration of the current contract. There are also two (2) more guaranteed contractual raises due in November of 2014 and again in November of 2015.
The union was notified that the USPS plans to re-institute the “Network Rationalization Plan” starting in January of 2015. This is the USPS plan for closures & consolidations that was put on hold earlier this year. Unfortunately, Colorado Springs is once again on the Postal Service’s “hit list.” The Local Union will update all members as soon as more information becomes available.