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    Facing the Battles Ahead Through Postal Union Solidarity. National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) President Paul Hogrogian addressed the vital importance of postal union solidarity and a united effort in facing the battles ahead. He reminded the delegation that postal unions must put our differences aside and lead the fight to save the USPS and fight for union-friendly legislators. Hogrogian continued to speak about how together the postal unions must all fight, “to enact meaningful postal legislation that is fair for all postal workers, fair for the Postal Service and fair for the American public.” He said that working together, the postal unions can ensure, “that worker-friendly, union-friendly, postal-friendly candidates, regardless of political affiliation, are elected to Congress,” and can also, “elect a worker-friendly, union-friendly candidate to the White House.”
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    President Hogrogian Issues Official Call for Bargaining Proposals



    With preparations underway for negotiations over the terms of the 2019 National Agreement between the NPMHU and the Postal Service, the National Office has issued its official call for bargaining proposals from all members and Local Unions. To be fully considered prior to the onset of negotiations, proposals must be submitted by January 18, 2019. Although formal bargaining is not scheduled to begin until June, the Union’s Field Negotiating Committee will be meeting for a full week in February of 2019 to review all submitted proposals and outline the changes in the National Agreement that should be proposed by the NPMHU.

    To be sure, planning for collective bargaining is a continuous process at the National Office, as the National Officers and representatives working in the Contract Administration Department routinely identify and collect proposals for improving the language currently found in the 2016 National Agreement. But an equally important aspect of preparing for bargaining is the collection and review of proposals generated by mail handlers across the country. Thus, National President Paul Hogrogian has issued this official call for bargaining proposals from the membership, the Local Unions, and other subordinate bodies of the NPMHU.

    If you have any proposals that you would like to have considered for the upcoming round of bargaining, now is the time to submit them to the National Office. Every proposal submitted will be fully analyzed by the NPMHU’s Field Negotiating Committee and the National Negotiations Team while the Union develops its opening bargaining proposals.

    All proposals should set forth the Article, Section, Paragraph, and/or Page of the National Agreement that you are suggesting should be changed; the specific language you would like to see added to, or deleted from, the current National Agreement; and your specific reasons for suggesting the change. If you have supporting evidence or documentation that you believe would support the change that you propose, please submit those materials to the National Office along with your proposals.

    The National Office is asking that all proposals be submitted as soon as possible, but in no event later than January 18, 2019. The National Office also has issued a form that can be used to submit proposals. Copies of that form have been mailed to all Local Unions and can be downloaded on the NPMHU website. Once again, proposals from any member (or group of members) and any Local Unions or other subordinate body should be submitted to the National Office by January 18, 2019 using the following address:

    National Postal Mail Handlers Union
    2019 Negotiations 1101 Connecticut Avenue,
    NW, Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20036



    Federal Judge Strikes Down Most of Trump's Executive Orders Targeting Federal Employee Unions

    In an important victory for our sisters and brothers in the federal workforce, late on Friday, August 25, 2018, a federal district court invalidated many of the key elements of President Trump’s Executive Orders that tried unilaterally to destroy hard fought, negotiated rights and benefits. The court found that the President is not above the law, and therefore cannot simply announce and implement his anti-worker Executive Orders. Among the provisions invalidated by the court, and of potential importance to NPMHU representatives, were limitations on the use of “official” or union time and new rules for the use of union office space.

    The Unions v Trump


    Postal Service to Ask Justice Department to Intervene in Fight to Ban Employees From Taking Time Off to Campaign

    The Postal Service announced it was gearing up for a fight. The agency said it would challenge that decision, awarded by a third-party arbitrator, in federal court. It will ask the Justice Department to intervene on its behalf. Paul Hogrogian, president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, said Johnson’s “political pressures” pushed USPS to issue the policy changes in the first place. "Those changes were made unilaterally, and without any bargaining or even consultation with the major postal unions," Hogrogian said. "Arbitrator Goldberg easily found that these unilateral changes violated the national agreement, and ordered that they be  rescinded." Hogrogian predicted the unions will begin negotiations over the issue in the coming weeks. .

    Government Executive- USPS Must Rescind Its Ban on Employees Taking Leave to Campaign for Union-Backed Candidates

    Unions Prevail in Hatch Act Arbitration Concerning Use of Union LWOP for Political Activities

    We are pleased to provide a linked copy of a National Arbitration Award issued by Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg on August 6, 2018 in a case concerning the use of Union LWOP for political activities under the National Agreement. The matter was heard in June 2018, briefed in July 2018, and decided earlier this week. The case was initiated by the APWU, with the NPMHU and the NALC intervening. Based on the investigative findings of the Office of Special Counsel, and on political pressures from Senator Johnson and his supporters, the Postal Service unilaterally issued a Corrective Action Plan, which included changes to the ELM and its regulations on the use of Union LWOP and to the Form 3971. Those changes were made unilaterally, and without any bargaining or even consultation with the major postal unions.

    Arbitrator Goldberg easily found that these unilateral changes violated the National Agreement, and ordered that they be rescinded. He also ordered the Postal Service to bargain with the APWU about any changes to Union LWOP. To reach this conclusion, he rejected the USPS claim that the Office of Special Counsel has the authority to demand that USPS make these changes. With this arbitral victory, bargaining over the changes to Union LWOP submitted by the Postal Service is expected to occur over the coming weeks and months.

    (August 7, 2018) President Paul Hogrogian's memorandum re: Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg's decision; Hatch Act and LWOP Case No. Q15C-4Q-C 17697250 and Case No. Q15C-4Q-C 18033533

    Making the Postal Service Great Again

    Linked below is a report is submitted by the four postal unions, which represent more than 500,000 postal employees, who are just a small part of the 7.5 million Americans employed in the broader $1.4 trillion mailing industry.

    Making the Postal Service Great Again: Workforce Submission to the White House Task Force on the USPS


    White House Shifts Focus to Federal Employees with 3 Executive Orders

    It is the position of the NPMHU that the Postal Service and postal employees are not directly affected by Trump’s Executive Orders, primarily because the USPS is not an executive agency and postal employees are not covered. Politically speaking. However, these EOs could have an impact on future bargaining in the Postal Service, postal reform legislation, the Trump Task Force on the Postal Service, etc. so the NPMHU is monitoring carefully. The executive orders issued by President Trump on Friday, May 25, 2018, are linked below:

    Executive Order Promoting Accountability and Streamlining Removal Procedures Consistent with Merit System Principles

    Executive Order Ensuring Transparency, Accountability, and Efficiency in Taxpayer Funded Union Time Use

    Executive Order Developing Efficient, Effective, and Cost-Reducing Approaches to Federal Sector Collective Bargaining


    President Hogrogian and Secretary-Treasurer Dwyer Meet with Presidential Task Force During 120 Day Study of USPS


    The Trump Administration issued an Executive Order creating a task force charged with evaluating the operations and finances of the U.S. Postal Service, covering topics like pricing, USPS policies, and workforce costs. Specifically, the Task Force is being chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury or his designee, and other members include the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and any other department or agency head the Chair may designate.

    National President Paul Hogrogian and National Secretary-Treasurer Tim Dwyer, were invited to the Treasury Building on May 15, 2018, to meet with representatives of the Task Force. In attendance were a host of government officials designated not only by the Treasury Department but also by OMB and OPM. The “listening session,” as the Task Force described it, was led by Kipp Kranbuhl, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Small Business, Community Development & Housing Policy, and Clay Berry, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for the Office of Financial Markets.

    Hogrogian and Dwyer led the conversation, starting with a description of mail handlers, their work, and their contribution to the Postal Service. Because the NPMHU was the first outside stakeholder invited to meet with the Task Force, the Union also provided a short overview of USPS finances and its network operations since enactment of the PAEA in 2006, through the Great Recession of 2008, and in relation to the recent electronic diversion of mail volume. There also were discussions relating to ongoing legislative efforts at postal reform, the need to reject additional enforcement of pre-funding for retiree health or pension costs, the use of USPS assumptions in calculating unfunded liabilities, and the intrinsic value attributable to the existing USPS monopolies, the network infrastructure maintained by the Postal Service, and the need for continuing universal service.

    Once the evaluation is completed, the Task Force is supposed to develop recommendations on administrative and legislative reforms for the Postal Service. Only time will tell whether this Task Force is able to stimulate appropriate reform, or whether its written report provides just another addition to the landfill of prior reports that were essentially pointless and therefore correctly ignored.

    Modules/NPMHUNEWSFEEDS.cfm From The NPMHU Website

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