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Matt Lopez - Local 323 Scholarship Program
The Local Union Council is pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for the Matt Lopez – Local 323 Scholarship Program. This program was established in 1996 and renamed in honor of Matt Lopez in 2017. Matt served the
Local Union and the Minneapolis Branch for more than 25 years prior to his untimely passing in July of 2017. He was our
Steward, our coworker, our friend, and he will forever be our Brother.
The 2019 program provides for a 4 year $800.00 annual Scholarship which begins in September of this year. Copies of the rules and applications will be provided to all Branches and made available at the Local Office by June 1,
Opening date for the acceptance of applications is June 3, 2019. The closing date is July 1, 2019.
Any graduating senior who is the son, daughter or legal ward of any regular member in good standing of Local 323 of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union may apply. Good standing is defined by Article V, Section 1, of the Uniform Local Union Constitution of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union. Applicants must file an Official Application with the Local Union Office.
2019 Scholarship Rules and Application
April Update - From the Local President
The countdown towards the expiration of the National Agreement continues as preparations for bargaining are being finalized; yet, a wage increase for MHAs and a potential Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) remain to be implemented. MHAs will receive an additional $0.21 per hour effective May 25th which means that the MHA hourly rate will be $16.21 at level 4 and $17.07 at level 5. Regarding the COLA, that will be effective the first full pay period following the release of the July 2019 Consumer Price Index. That will be in September. Presently, this COLA sits at around $200.00. Continues …
March Update - From the Local President
While grievances continue marching forward and contract negotiations loom on the horizon, we’re keeping a watchful eye on the White House budget proposal and waiting to see if Postal legislation will be introduced in Congress. To be sure, there is no shortage of issues to be addressed by the Officers, Representatives, and Members, of our Union. Continues …
February Update - From the Local President
The 2016 National Agreement expires on September 20th and preparations are well under way for the negotiation of our next contract. Part of these preparations involved providing an opportunity for Mail Handlers from across the country to submit their contractual proposals. This allowed every individual Member to have a voice in their future. Thank you to everyone in Local 323 who took the time to participate in this process. Continues …
January Update - From the Local President
Our hearts went out to the Federal employees furloughed from their jobs during the government shutdown. Particularly to those required to perform their duties knowing that they wouldn’t receive a paycheck until the shutdown ended. Without question, no one should be subjected to these circumstances.
Yet the Postal Service remained open, the Mail kept moving, Postal employees continued working, and continued to receive their paychecks. Indeed, the government shutdown showed the difference between our employment in the Postal Service and the employment of people working for Agencies of the Federal government. Continues …