National Swearing in Ceremony
Are you a UPMA member and a postmaster assigned to your post office after November 1, 2021? Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will conduct a swearing-in ceremony at the UPMA National Convention in St. Louis on the morning of August 22nd.
If you would like to participate, please download and complete the attached form to register for one-day in St. Louis, no later than August 5. If you have registered to attend the UPMA National Convention, you are all set. 5/9/22
CARRY-0VER LEAVE EXTENDED: copied www.unitedpma.org 5/3/22
Due to COVID pandemic, the annual leave carryover maximum for career non-bargaining employees is increased by 80 hours for FY2022. The maximum carryover for annual leave will be 640 hours. Also, as a reminder, the August 2021 pay decision modified the annual leave exchange program for FY2022 and FY2023 and increased the annual leave exchange by 40 hours. The maximum amount of annual leave that may be exchanged by career non-bargaining employees for those fiscal years is 168 hours.
POSTAL REFORM - IT’S A LAW!!! From David Cook, National Legislative Chair/Retired
On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, the President signed into law H.R. 3076, the “Postal Service Reform Act of 2022,” which establishes the Postal Service Health Benefits Program, repeals the prefunding requirement related to Postal retirement benefits, makes reforms to non-postal and postal services, among other things. Thank you to everyone for their efforts and persistence for many years. National President Edmund and National Executive Director/Past National President Dan Heins were personally invited to attend the signing to represent work of UPMA members. If you missed the proceedings on-line, it’s available for viewing in the C-Span Video Library. Here’s the link: President Biden Signs Postal Service Reform Act .
POSTAL SERVICE REFORM AND YOU:
UPMAR Legislative Committee, Dave Cook, Chair
- The Postal Service reform legislation that President Biden signed into law on April 6 will involve changes to employees’ health and retirement benefits. USPS understands that employees have many questions, so here are a few things to know:
• The law establishes the Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program, which will provide health insurance to USPS career employees, retirees and their dependents, beginning Jan. 1, 2025.
• The PSHB program, to be administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, will be structured similarly to the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. The employer/employee cost-sharing contributions for premiums will be determined by the Postal Service’s collective bargaining and pay consultation processes.
• USPS employees and retirees can make their PSHB plan selections during the open season benefits enrollment period that occurs in November and December 2024.
• Beginning in January 2025, the new law will require all newly Medicare-eligible USPS annuitants and their Medicare-eligible covered family members to enroll in Medicare Part B to maintain their postal health coverage.
The Postal Service will provide employees and retirees with more detailed information about the PSHB program in the months to come.
EAS Performing Craft Work 02/22/2022
UPMA members dedicate themselves to completing the United States Postal Service mission. If the situation arises that mail will not get delivered any other way, UPMA
members have stepped in many times. Unfortunately, over the last few years, our goodwill has now morphed into our managers expecting (and even demanding) EAS to perform craftwork on an almost daily
basis. UPMA has addressed this with Postal HQ, and this is the official policy per Labor:
“Non-bargaining unit employees may only be permitted to perform bargaining unit work in emergency situations (The exception is for level 18 post offices and Part-Time post offices where Postmasters can perform up to 15 hours of “clerk work”). Those emergency situations must be just that, an emergency. The circumstance or circumstances must be unforeseen. If a facility, installation, or district is planning to schedule non-bargaining employee(s) to perform bargaining unit work, and since planning is not an unforeseen circumstance and not an emergency, it should be reported to District Labor Relations or Human Resources immediately and escalated.”
This is official USPS policy; UPMA Chapter Presidents should cite it when challenging this across the country to district managers, labor relations, and HR, then escalate as necessary.
Please copy your Area Coordinator and UPMA HQ on your use of this official postal policy to STOP the practice of utilizing EAS to deliver mail in violation of every postal craft contract.
Edmund A Carley , National President
Jan 7, 2022
SUBJECT: Tentative Agreement between United States Postal Service
and National Rural Letter Carriers Association
I am pleased to announce that the Postal Service has reached a tentative agreement with the National Rural Letter Carriers Association (NRLCA), for a new 36-month collective bargaining agreement. The Agreement is tentative until ratified by union membership, which could take up to ten weeks. Once ratified, the Agreement will expire May 20, 2024. The Agreement is the culmination of extensive negotiations over several months beginning in March 2021.
NEW 2022 EAS SALARY SCHEDULE:
Effective today, January 1 2022, the new salary schedules are effective for EAS and Part-Time Postmasters. The 2022 schedule, along with the 2021 schedule for comparison, is posted on our web-page at www.unitedpma.org, click on Resources Tab, scroll down to Forms and Reference Materials.
POSTAL EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE: from Gerri Swarm
While the country is still reeling from news of the worst tornado in history, the citizens in impacted areas are still numb with shock of losing loved ones, homes, property, and memories of a lifetime. Please help get the word out to Postal employees who experienced loss or devastation that PERF can help with a $2,000 check to assist as needed while other sources, such as insurances etc, are being contacted. The forms are on the PERF website and can be scanned/emailed for an expedited payment. The application form can also be downloaded here: PERF Application Form. The PERF Executive Secretary is Jackie Cotton, contact information below:
Postal Employees' Relief Fund
P.O. Box 41220
Fredericksburg, VA 22404-1220
OPEN SEASON ANNOUNCED:
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) officially announced the dates for the 2021 Federal Benefits Open Season which will run from Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 through Monday, Dec, 13, 2021. This open season is for the 2022 plan year of federal benefit programs.
FRIDAY UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT Edmond:
Attached you will find the “Pay policies and schedules and fringe benefits for Postmasters through May 20, 2023,” which was received from the United States Postal Service today.
Over the course of the next few days the Pay Talk Committee and your National Executive Board will be reviewing the package and deciding how we, as an organization, can best move forward for the time covered by this agreement. There are a number of items that will continue to be under discussion over the next few months and as those items are worked through we will keep you informed when decisions are made on those items.
Thank you for your patience as we worked through this consultative process to get us to this point.
Daniel M. Heins
National President August 30, 2021
Limited Supervisory Job Posting – On August 17th, the Postal Service will be posting approximately 900 Supervisory positions that will be open to all current EAS employees and craft employees, as well. The posting will be up for a limited time (7 days – it closes on August 23rd) so if you, or someone you know, is interested please make sure they check the postings. These are positions that have not been filled as a result of the restructuring postings and the Postal Service has recognized that we need to have these position filled sooner rather than later to hopefully set us up for success before PEAK season. The Postmaster, Manager and other higher-level positions will continue to only be available to those impacted employees that have been previously posted. The positions that are being posted include: Supervisor, Customer Service Support; Supervisor, Customer Services; Supervisor, Distribution Operations; Supervisor, Transportation Operations; and Supervisor, Maintenance Operations. Due to the rules put in place by the Postal Service these will most likely not be posted on a wider basis until September, or October. 8/6/21
NPA and PFP – There have been several questions regarding the National Performance Assessment (NPA) and Pay for Performance (PFP) processes for Fiscal Year 2021 and just exactly what is happening.
While UPMA was consulted before the current NPA National Indicators were rolled out, we did express our concerns about the timing of this roll out and the fact that we were going to be graded on a National Scorecard rather than on individual scorecards, especially since this is happening approximately ten months into the fiscal year.
As it has been explained to us at the National Level with the changes in the Headquarters, Area and District structures there is no way that the parameters can be put in place in the program that is used to pull the numbers for the scorecard to do so down to the unit level, it can only be done on a national level. Thus, everything will be rolled up to the national level for the NPA Scorecard and there is no alternative to this for this Fiscal Year 2021.
While it may not seem fair, it is what we are left with at the end of the day. While some have expressed the feeling to me that it does not matter what happens in your office, that is clearly not the case. Even though you may not see the individual numbers you know that how your office performs affects the national numbers and that will affect what kind of a raise you receive along with everyone else. So, even though you may feel that your hard work is not being recognized, or rewarded, in the larger picture it is being rewarded by helping to improve things for everyone.
Since you have received your notice that the PES system is open, at this time the only requirement you have is to go into the system and verify your profile. That is all you have to do; the next step will be for your manager to go in and log the fact that they have at least had a discussion with you on the process for this year. At this time, I am uncertain if you will be entering a year-end narrative, or not, we will have to see as that time approaches.
As far as the question regarding the PFP process, that is still a work in progress. The National Office has been in contact with USPS Headquarters and what the PFP matrix will look like for 2021 is still under consideration as part of the pay consultation process and a final decision on this should be rendered on, or about, August 23rd. I know this is very frustrating and the longer it goes on the more frustrated everyone becomes; however, we are working through the process and will let you know when a decision is made.
Emergency Federal Employee Leave update 5-6-21
POSTAL RESTRUCTURE UPDATE: www.unitedpma.org 5/3/21
Doug Tulino, Chief Human Resource Officer and Executive Vice President, outlined the next phase of transforming the Postal Service including additional VERA opportunities in a letter dated May 3, 2021. It is posted on our website, www.unitedpma.org, or you can click below:
SUBJECT: Lateral Request from Field Executive Administrative Schedule (EAS) Employees
To HQ Positions ...Effective immediately, requests for laterals and downgrades from field employees, specifically employees in customer service and plant operations, and employees in non-impacted Headquarters (HQ) functions (General Counsel, Inspection Service) to lateral or downgrade into HQ positions should not be approved and will not be processed until completion of the 3 rounds of Reduction in Force (RIF) related job postings.
Employees from RIF impacted organizations may continue to request laterals and downgrades.
JOSEPH R. BRUCE
Open the following file to read the "Ten Year Plan"
announced by PMG DeJoy.
PMG DeJoy has released this video of the ten year plan. 7 minutes long
USPS DISTRICT RESTRUCTURING INFORMATION RELEASED:
VERA Information too
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 03/03/21
Today, the United States Postal Service has announced a restructuring of the Retail and Delivery Operations and Logistics and Processing Operations that will be phased in over the next couple of months. The below information and new information on these changes can be found on the www.unitedpma.org website under the Resources tab. Click on the links to open them