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September Update – From the Local President

As the season turns towards fall, we continue our struggles around the staffing changes resulting from the Function 1 Scheduler. We have made progress in some Branches, while others remained mired in this management created chaos. Continues …

August Update – From the Local President

I’m finding it necessary, once again, to restrain myself from embarking on a rant over some of the issues which are presently affecting the work floor. Certainly, venting my frustrations in this public forum will not prove to be constructive in the long run. So, suffice it to say, we’re continuing our efforts in addressing the current scheduling and staffing issues with the objective of minimizing the impact on the regular workforce. Continues …

Scholarship

2017 Local 323 Scholarship Awarded!

The 2017 Local 323 Scholarship has been awarded to Zaley Hansen. Zaley is the daughter of St. Paul Branch Mail Handlers Barb and Mike Hansen. The entire Local Union Council wishes Haley the best in the pursuit of her education.

July Update – From the Local President

By now everyone has learned of management’s staffing tool known as the Function 1 Scheduler. This program was designed to align staffing to the time frames of the operational workload. Nothing is currently causing more disruption to the lives of Mail Handlers. Continues …

Metro Area Members Event

Picnic

Mail Handlers gathered in Como Park for a day of fun and festivities. It was a little rainy and a little cool but that won't stop Mail Handlers. Thanks go to all who put in the time and effort to make this picnic a reality. Click on the picture to check out the slide show.

June Update – From the Local President

We’re continuing our efforts at addressing the issues surrounding the recent batch of reversions, continuing to press for more MHA conversions, and we’re remaining prepared for any upcoming changes in the workplace. Continues …

May Update – From the Local President

Grievance activity remains strong in both States, the President’s budget proposals requires that we keep an eye on Congress, and it appears that management will be monitoring compliance with safety regulations more closely. In short, there is much activity on the horizon as we move into summer. Continues …

Fist

April Update – From the Local President

Sometimes it’s a battle. Our efforts at implementing the provisions of 2016 National Agreement have been progressing relatively well. At least so far. If there was a honeymoon period following the ratification of the new contract it seems to be over. Changing circumstances and an apparent unwillingness on the part of management to embrace their contractual obligations foretells a battle looming on the horizon. This isn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last time, that we must fight tooth and nail for everything to which we’re entitled. Continues …

March Update – From the Local President

Implementation of the 2016 National Agreement is progressing, MHA conversions are occurring with regularity, and Postal reform legislation is pending before Congress. This is shaping up to be a busy year and we continue moving forward. In addition, the Local Executive Board has approved a metro area Member’s event; specifically, a picnic which will be held in June. Continues …

CoverFebruary Update – From the Local President

And we’re off! The ratification of the 2016 National Agreement starts us down the path of implementing our new contract. I’m always eager to implement a new National Agreement and Local 323 is well prepared to move forward.

 

Before addressing implementation, I’ll acknowledge that not everyone is satisfied with the outcome. Even though I supported ratification, to some degree I’m one of those people. But I’m never satisfied. I always want to see continued improvement in the terms and conditions of employment for our Members. Yet, I cannot hesitate to recognize that it’s unlikely we’ll accomplish all our goals in any single round of collective bargaining. This is progress and the progress will continue. Continues …