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.


This page is here to help all our Brothers and Sisters get through the day safe and sound and back home to their families. Visit it often cause it changes with the seasons.

The Postal Service is reminding employees how to report their absences when they take unscheduled leave. You must call the Interactive Voice Response system at 877-477-3273 to report any unscheduled leave as soon as possible. To request unscheduled leave, select option 4 when prompted.


USPS National Emergency Hotline 1-888-363-7462
In an emergency, the hotline provides employees with information about the status of their facility and special instructions or guidance.

Due to the nature of our job please keep up to date with all vaccines to protect you, your co-workers, customers, friends and family.

Safety and You

As the seasons change so does the condition in which we work in. Remember SAFETY FIRST.
When your safety comes in question whether in the office or out in the street consult your
Supervisor, Shop Steward and Safety Officer.

Health, Illness and Injury

Life has a way of making our daily lives go so wrong from catching a cold to falling down causing a bad sprain that can put us out for days, weeks or even months. Here is a guide to get you through and remember you can consult your Shop Steward on any question you may have or as soon as any discipline arises.

The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program

Open Season Starts In November 2023!

The Federal Benefits Open Season for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) and the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS), and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) has concluded.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guarantees eligible letter carriers up to 12 weeks of leave each postal leave year, for:

  • A new child in the family—by birth, by adoption or by placement in foster care;
  • Caring for a family member with a serious health condition;
  • The employee's own serious health condition that prevents him or her from performing the job, or
  • Qualifying exigencies arising out of the fact that employee’s family member is on or has been notified of “covered active duty” in the Armed Forces.

The FMLA also guarantees eligible letter carriers up to 26 weeks of leave in a single 12-month period to care for a “covered servicemember” with a “serious injury or illness” if that servicemember is their spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin.

The FMLA guarantees time off, whether paid or unpaid. The type of leave taken depends on the reasons for the leave, an employee's earnings and the usual postal leave regulations. There are eligibility criteria, medical certification guidelines and other detailed rules governing letter carrier rights to FMLA leave.

This page links to useful NALC materials, federal regulations and information on the Web about the FMLA.

FMLA forms to be processed by the Human Resource Shared Service Center (HRSSC). All FMLA documention must be sent via email or fax to HRSSC. Email   FAX: 651-456-6062

HRSSC FMLA - Northeast

PO Box 970901

Greenboro, N.C. 27497-0901

Any questions call Matthew Doxey, Manager, HRM at 718-348-3615

MBA (Mutual Benefits Association)

Insurance plans offered by the MBA are designed to give NALC members and their families the best possible protection for the lowest cost.


The maximum number of hours we can carry every year is 520 hours. We are in a use it or lose it with any hours over that amount. Sometimes our NALC Br. 294 Office puts out fliers to the stations for a Union Brother or Sister that needs some time off due to their own health issues or a loved one where they exhausted their time in the crisis. So please share your hours to help others instead of losing them back to the USPS.


Have An On The Job Injury

There are times when we just want to get to work and have an uneventful day and get back home. Sadly things happen during the course of the day where we get hurt by no cause of our own. There are many forms to deal with when this happens. When you do get hurt you are to report it immediately no matter how minor. If it is more severe and you do need to file an on the job injury contact your Supervisor and Union Representative asap.


Compensation CA-16

This form, Authorization for Treatment, can only be provided by the EMPLOYER ONLY

 COVID-19 Is Still Around

We have seen a downturn of COVID cases since the pandemic broke out in 2019. We have gone through up and down spikes due to variants and family and friend activities during the Holidays. Many of the protocols have been dropped preceded by President Biden signing the Congressional Joint Resolution on April 11, 2023. Click the link (Discontinuance of COVID-19 Protocols Memo) that was sent out by the USPS on May 12, 2023 on the protocol changes. Depending upon how serious the illness may be you may be required to bring in documentation and even have to file an FMLA case if you are out sick  3 days or more. As new variants emerge it is suggested that you receive the latest vaccine for protection.

Helping Our Membership and Others

As federal employees, letter carriers can make charitable donations through the world’s largest annual workplace giving program, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), through deductions from our paychecks.

Help save lives. Come to give blood.

 During the course of the year NALC Br. 294 runs a Blood Drive with our Union Meetings. We understand how hard our work day can be but it would be wonderful is what little time you have to give blood to helps others.

America's letter carriers have helped lead the search for a cure for neuromuscular diseases for half a century.

Branches can now register to take part in the year-long campaign to raise funds for NALC's official charity.

What is the Employee
Assistance Program (EAP)?

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a voluntary, work-based program that offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to employees who have personal and/or work-related problems. EAPs address a broad and complex body of issues affecting mental and emotional well-being, such as alcohol and other substance abuse, stress, grief, family problems, and psychological disorders. EAP counselors also work in a consultative role with managers and supervisors to address employee and organizational challenges and needs. Many EAPs are active in helping organizations prevent and cope with workplace violence, trauma, and other emergency response situations.

Mission Statement

To aid postal employees and retirees whose homes are completely destroyed or left uninhabitable as a result of a major natural disaster or house fire. When disaster strikes and all is lost, PERF is committed to helping postal families rebuild their lives.

No state has been exempt.
We are all potential victims.

As announced at the 2018 NALC Convention in Detroit, the union has established the NALC Disaster Relief Foundation to alleviate the suffering of members affected by natural disasters, including earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and wildfires. “Branches wanted to know where they could send desperately needed supplies and money, but there wasn’t a central location,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “That’s why we created this foundation, to reflect the will of the members and make it easy for them to help others in need quickly and efficiently.”

Physicians For Our Membership

President Tony Paolillo and our Branch Officers have compiled a list of doctors that are there to help our Union Members. If you need a Federal Compensation doctor check with those on the list if you need them for an on the job injury or referral. It is recommended to seek out your own Federal Comp Doctor after your initial visit with the USPS Doctor you are sent to.




Dr. Richard Pashayan DC, DABCO, CCSP

57-53 Parsons Blvd.

Flushing, NY 11365

Tel: 718-961-0446

Office Hours

M, W, F 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

SAT 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


One Free Exam and Consultation plus Additional Discounts will be given upon

presenting your NALC Membership Card

Internal Medicine


Dr. Deborah Eisen

75-35 31st Ave. Suite 205

East Elmhurst, NY 11370

Tel: 718-316-6870

Dr. Qazi Haider

42-80 Kissena Blvd.

Flushing, NY 11355

Tel: 717-886-0355



Dr. Jagga Alluri

110-50 71st Rd. Suite 1B

Forest Hills, NY 11325

Tel: 718-268-1458

Dr. Jeffery E. Mallin 
3003 New Hyde Park Rd. Suite 200
New Hyde Park, NY 11042
Tel: 516-488-1888

Dr. Marina Neystst
101-24 Queens Blvd. Suite A
Forest Hills, NY 11385
Tel: 718-261-8881

Dr. Irwin Schlesinger
170 Great Neck Rd.
Great Neck, NY 11021
Tel: 516-487-4464

Dr. Glenn Waldman
59-07 175 Pl. Ste 1
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
Tel: 718-939-0800



Dr Robert I. Gluck - Orthopedic Surgeon

410 Lakeville Rd. Suite 310

Lake Success, NY

Tel: 516280-5844

Dr. Salil Gupta - Hand Upper Extremity Specialist

740 Broadway Suite 605

NY, NY 10003

Tel: 212-400-6633

Dr. Peyton Hays - Hand Upper Extremity Specialist

2800 Marcus Ave. Suite 102

Lake Success, NY 11042

Tel: 516-622-6040

Dr. Salvatore Lenzo - Hand Upper Extremity Specialist

955 5th Ave.

NY, NY 10075

Tel: 212-734-9949

Dr. Peter Stein - Hand Upper Extremity Specialist

Orthopaedic Associates of Manhasset

600 Northern Blvd.

Great Neck, NY 11021

Tel: 516-627-8717




Dr. Bruce A. Dorman, DPM

Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatic Medicine

Evaluation and Treatment of all Foot Disorders

Located in Fresh Meadows Professional Building

(Ample Parking)

61-34 188th St. Suite 203

Fresh Meadows, NY 11365

Tel: 718-454-4333

Office Hours by Appointment with Saturday and Evening Hours Available


$50 off pair  foot orthotics and $100 off laser treatment for fungal toenails



Dr. Weinstock S. Alexander PHD

40 East 89th St. Apt 4D

NY, NY 10128

Tel: 212-534-8224

Dr. S. Herman PHD

2001 Marcus Ave. N 219

Lake Success, NY 11042

Tel: 212-534-8224

Dr. Yellin A. Steven PHD

3 School St. #303A

Glen Cove, NY 11542

Tel: 516-674-8403

Fax: 516-674-2256