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July Update - From the Local President

As we keep pressing issues forward, it seems that more items continue to be added to our task list. This isn’t a bad thing as times of increased activity can produce positive results. We continue seeing many favorable settlements coming from the grievance procedure and MHA conversions are occurring with some regularity. Still, some recent developments and items looming on the horizon are likely to require that we kick things into high gear. Continues …

Matt Lopez - Local 323 Scholarship Awarded

Matt Lopez

The 2018 Matt Lopez Local 323 Scholarship has been awarded to Hunter Backholm. Hunter is the son of NDC Branch Mail Handler Jeff Backholm. The Members of the Local Union Council wish Hunter the best in the pursuit of his education.

June Update - From the Local President


The cancellation of the Article 12 events, the continuing press for additional MHA conversions, and the need to keep an ever watchful eye on the legislative front, continues to keep us busy. Add to that the recent National MOU updating the RI-399 Dispute Resolution Procedures, and a summer of significant activity looms on the horizon. Indeed, there is no shortage of issues which require the attention of your Representatives. Continues …

May Update - From the Local President

Some Members have expressed frustration with the amount of time it takes to resolve issues in the grievance procedure. Moreover, there seems to be an impression among many Mail Handlers that their supervisors should actually be resolving their grievances. These Mail Handlers have had their contractual rights violated, their supervisor acknowledges the violation, and then their supervisor denies the grievance. Shouldn’t their supervisor be resolving their grievance? Yes, they should. In fact, the objective of the grievance – arbitration procedure is to resolve issues at the lowest possible step. Continues …

April Update – From the Local President

Recently, all of the so called “excessing events” impacting facilities within the Northland District were canceled. Those who had been notified that they may be excessed outside the craft and/or installation have received new letters rescinding that notification. The Local 323 facilities within the Dakotas District were not impacted by excessing events. This presents us with the opportunity to refocus our efforts on MHA conversions. Continues …

Postal Reform

March Update – From the Local President

Once again, we turn our attention towards Capitol Hill to see if Postal Reform will be enacted by Congress.


The bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act of 2018 was introduced on March 22nd by U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO). This latest Act represents an enhanced version of House Resolution 756 which passed out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on a bipartisan voice vote in March of last year. Continues …


February Update – From the Local President

If violations of the contract continue, we will continue to file grievances. That seems straight forward enough. To be sure, some grievance activity is inevitable. Mistakes will be made and often some new manager or supervisor hasn’t been trained regarding the scheduling of overtime, holiday scheduling, or which craft performs what duties. But, the level of grievance activity which we’re currently seeing is unusually pervasive and repetitive. Continues …

January Update – From the Local President

While it seems like we hit the ground running, it’s more likely that we’re continuing to ride a wave of momentum from last year. Whatever the case, it has already become clear that 2018 will be substantial in terms of grievance activity. Many continue to see grievance payments included in their pay checks on regular basis. Continues …