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May Update - From the Local President

Another day in the pressure cooker?  We continue moving forward during some of the most adverse conditions that we have ever faced.  We are fully engaged on the legislative front with writing letters, sending emails, and phoning our Congressional representatives. Our pupose is to advocate for legislative relief for the Postal Service.  Our efforts at additional career conversions are in full swing and we are seeing some successes in that area.  Implementation of the 2019 National Agreement remains underway and grievance activity remains as steady as ever.  Meanwhile, we are dealing with issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic which need to be continuously monitored.  And most recently, the Local Office had been impacted by the civil unrest which is occurring throughout the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Continues …


April Update - From the Local President

We are certainly dealing with some extreme situations. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our lives in the workplace and at home. Daily, we hear dire predictions concerning the future of the Postal Service, as well as some troubling proposals supposedly intended to remedy the situation. And, we have begun implementing the recently ratified 2019 National Agreement. It is definitely “game on” and throughout Local 323, the Members, Representatives, and Officers, continue to step up to the plate. Continues …


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 …