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March Update - From the Local President
It’s incredible how quickly things can change. Discussions concerning the ratification of the tentative agreement were in full swing just in the couple of weeks past. Now, due to the onset of the coronavirus, that almost seems like a lifetime ago. The counting of the ballots for ratification of the tentative agreement has been delayed and it is now scheduled to begin on March 30, 2020. Having spoken with Officers, Representatives, and Members, from within and outside of Local 323, the sentiment seems to be that the tentative agreement will be overwhelmingly ratified. If that turns out to be the case, then this will provide some certainty to our workplace. It will be nice to not have to worry about our contract with everything else that’s happening. Continues …
February Update - From the Local President
The Tentative Agreement – Part III
Why I Support Ratification
The Membership will be receiving their ballots soon. This will provide each Member with an opportunity to participate in the decision on whether to reject or accept the tentative agreement. After many discussions with Members, Officers, and Representatives, and after giving the matter much consideration, I have concluded that ratifying the tentative agreement is our best course of action. But let’s take a moment to examine how we got here and what ratification means. Continues …
Contract Update - From the Local President
The Tentative Agreement - Part II
We’ll continue our analysis of the tentative agreement by delving into some of the specific changes to contractual language. While economic issues control our standard of living, changes made to work rules impact our day-to-day lives on the work floor. The National Union has announced that the ballots to vote for, or against, ratification will be mailed on February 18, 2020. The time for us to make our decision draws near. Continues …
January Update - From the Local President
The Tentative Agreement - Part I
Deciding whether to support the ratification of a tentative agreement may be difficult at times. It involves weighing the benefits of accepting a known outcome against the uncertainty of arbitration. The question becomes: Do the benefits of ratification outweigh the risks of going to arbitration?
Here are some of my thoughts. Continues …
NPMHU and USPS Reach Tentative Agreement
On January 22, 2020, the National Union announced that it had reached a tentative agreement over the terms of the 2019 National Agreement. This tentative agreement is subject to a ratification vote by the Membership. Information concerning the ratification vote will be provided in the near future. Until then, feel free to familiarize yourself with the agreement on which you will be voting.
December Update - From the Local President
The torch has been passed in the St. Paul Branch. Earlier this month, Jerry LaBarre retired from the Postal Service and relinquished his position as St. Paul Branch President.
This created a vacancy which was filled by the Local Executive Board under the provisions of the Local 323 Bylaws. I am pleased to announce that the Local Executive Board has selected Edward Yun to fill this vacancy. He will serve the Membership in the capacity of the St. Paul Branch President for the remainder of the term. The Local Executive Board's vote selecting Ed was unanimous. This underscores our confidence in Ed's ability; and, I stand ready to provide any support needed to ensure his success. Continues …