June 03, 2024

eOPF access restored


Access to an employee’s Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) has been restored. To view your eOPF, log into LiteBlue (liteblue.usps.gov). From the Apps tab, click on eOPF.

Upcoming Events

Our Flushing Letter Carriers branch may be one of the most active in the nation. We have our monthly  meetings to educate our membership, Family Events such as our Annual Picnic and Children's Christmas Party, Sports Events, Scholarship Awards, Blood Drives, Annual Food Drive you name it.


Our monthly Flushing Letter Carriers NALC Br.294 meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at the Knights of Columbus in Flushing on 160 street just off Northern Blvd. Our General Meetings for our membership will begin at around 6PM. Food and beverages will be available to all that attend. Read the postings at your Station where the Shop Steward will post our meetings and any changes or cancellations that may come about.


National Conventions

Biennial Convention of the National Association of Letter Carriers

The 73rd Convention in 2024 is Aug. 5-9 in Boston

The 74th Convention in 2026 is Aug. 3-7 in Los Angeles

The 75th Convention in 2028 is July 31-Aug. 4 in Minneapolis

The 76th Convention in 2030 is Aug. 19-23 in Honolulu


THINGS FOR YOUR PROTECTION

 

Know Your Weingarten Rights

An employee is entitled to Union Representation when all of the following conditions are met:
  • A manager, representative of management, or supervisor is seeking to question an employee.  
  • The questioning is part of an investigation into the employee’s performance or work conduct.  During an investigatory interview, a representative of management may require an employee to defend, explain, or admit misconduct or work performance issues that may form the basis for discipline or discharge.  
  • The employee reasonably believes that the investigation may result in discharge, discipline, demotion, or other adverse consequence to their job status or working conditions.  
  • The employee requests a union representative.  Employers are not required to advise employees of their right to representation and third parties (including union representatives) may not make the request on behalf of the employee.

NEWS

Here is where you will find some of the latest News that affects the USPS, NALC and You

April 28, 2024

Medicare Part B Special Enrollment Period runs through September

The Special Enrollment Period (SEP) has arrived and runs through Sept. 30. The SEP is a result of the Postal
Service Reform Act that created the Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program within the existing Federal
Employees Health Benefits Program. A major component of the Postal Service Reform Act was the integration of
Medicare with the PSHB program.
Retirees aged 65 or older who have not yet enrolled in Medicare Part B have a chance to enroll without being
subject to the late enrollment penalty during this special one-time-only period. If they enroll, the Postal Service
will pay for the rest of their lives any annual penalties on the premium for not having enrolled during their initial
enrollment period. For those who did not enroll in Medicare Part B when they were first eligible, this is a chance to
opt in at a time when they might need it more, without having had to pay the premiums earlier when they did not
need it, or a penalty for opting in late.
Eligible retirees should have received notice and enrollment instructions from the Postal Service. To read more
about the PSHB Program, see the January issue of The Postal Record.


March 03, 2024

Nolan selected as chair of interest arbitration panel


The National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service have selected Arbitrator Dennis R. Nolan to serve as the neutral chair of a three-person interest arbitration panel to set the terms of a new National Agreement between the NALC and the Postal Service. Under the law, each side will also appoint union and management representatives to serve on the panel and represent their respective positions.

Arbitrator Nolan is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s labor panel and has been a full-time labor arbitrator since 1976, serving for many years as a national arbitrator on the NALC/USPS panel. In 1985, he was selected for membership in the National Academy of Arbitrators, and eventually served as its president in 2006. Arbitrator Nolan served as the parties’ neutral arbitrator in the interest arbitration proceedings for the 2019 National Agreement, which were near conclusion when the parties reached a negotiated settlement late in 2020.

As final preparations for interest arbitration are made, NALC and the Postal Service continue to negotiate in an attempt to reach a tentative agreement. Further updates will be provided as the collective bargaining process moves forward.

Settlements reached on two national-level disputes

NALC and the Postal Service have settled two national-level interpretive step disputes, one regarding the expi-
ration date of the Oct. 22, 2008, MOU Re: Assignment of City Delivery and another concerning the implementation
of the Casers/Deliverers test program, commonly referred to as Caser/Streeter.
For the dispute regarding Caser/Streeter, M-02000 in NALC’s Materials Reference System, the parties agreed
that the test has concluded and that the data collection and testing did not involve or result in any changes to current
work measurement systems, work, or time standards. The test also did not result in any permanent changes to the
current route structure, route evaluation and/or adjustment process in the city letter carrier craft. As a result, it was
agreed to close this case without prejudice to the position of either party in this or any other matter. Additionally,
any remaining issues will be subsequently resolved in accordance with the collective-bargaining agreement.
For the grievance regarding the expiration date of the Oct. 22, 2008, MOU Re: Assignment of City Delivery
(M-02001), the parties agreed that the expiration of the MOU coincides with Arbitrator Das’s interest arbitration
award dated Jan. 10, 2013. It was agreed that any new delivery growth that was improperly assigned during the
time frame in question—Nov. 20, 2011, through Jan. 10, 2013—will be properly reassigned.
All cases being held pending resolution of these national-level disputes will be reviewed for application of these
settlements. The Materials Reference System can be found under “Workplace Issues” on the NALC website, nalc.org.

 

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