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Local 323 Shirts - Back By Popular Demand!
Local 323 is pleased to offer our Members a Local 323 shirt which is Union Made in the USA and printed by a Union shop. The Local Union is supplementing the cost of these shirts making them available for $10.00 each. Your color choices are Charcoal Grey or Navy. Each shirt proudly features the Local 323 emblem. To show your pride in your Union, download an order form and bring your order to your Union Representative. Orders may also be mailed to the address listed on the form. All orders must be received by October 30, 2020.
August Update - From the Local President
There are times when so much is going on that I don’t know where to start this column. Sometimes I begin with a broad overview of current issues, which then turns to specifics. While that approached has been appropriate at times, there have also been single topic columns which have gone into some detail. The latter usually involved major issues like contracts. I’ve been criticized for going too far at times and it’s been suggested that I write too rigidly for general consumption. Both criticisms are probably well founded. There are paths on which I tread lightly because I know I’ll go too far; and some topics are just inherently rigid.
My objective has always been to share the view from my chair with the Members who put me in that chair. I strive to share this view as completely as possible and there have been times I’ve been brutally candid. The opinions I’ve expressed have always considered the potential effect any issue may have on the Mail Handler Membership. Still, my opinions are no better than anyone else’s; they come from one Mail Handler, in one Local Union, who’s just been in a position for quite a long time. To be sure, I’ve acquired many dents, scratches, and miles, during more than two decades as your Local President. Well, on August 1st, the odometer turned over again. That’s the day the Officers of Local 323 began their three-year term of service to the Members. Continues …
Kathy Schultz Released!
Effective July 31, 2020, Kathy Schultz was released, that is, from her employment with the Postal Service. This was the date her retirement became official.
Kathy served the Minneapolis Branch for more than two decades as a Steward and Chief Steward. She also served on the Local Executive Board, first as Recording Secretary, and then as Vice President. We all wish Kathy the best in retirement. Although, she will continue to work with us in marketing the Mail Handlers Benefit Plan; so, I guess you could say she is semi-retired.
In any case, congratulations Kathy!
Click on the picture of the famous lady behind bars to see some pictures from Kathy's storied past.
July Update - From the Local President
To be sure, we are living in tumultuous times. The issues are well known. Most people have opinions regarding their cause as well as opinions regarding the solution. Of course, anytime someone expresses their opinion, they are immediately categorized as belonging to one camp or the other. Such is the nature of the divide which runs through our society. Moreover, some things never seem to get fixed, at least in a lasting sense. It doesn't seem to matter how many times the causes or solutions are identified.
It is not my job as your Local President to fix the problems of the world or to turn this website into a platform for societal change. Neither I, nor the Local Union, have ever endorsed a partisan candidate for office or taken a position on a divisive political issue. Considering that partisan politics create the government which oversees the Postal Service, maybe this approach is naive. Still, I prefer to limit our political activity to lobbying representatives of both parties on Postal issues. I trust that each Member can make up their mind on what issues are most important to them. But let’s turn our attention to one of those things that never seems to get fixed. Let’s talk about the Postal Service. I will start with a statement I made at last month’s meeting of the Local Executive Board, “I have never been more concerned for the future of the Mail Handler Membership, the Union, and the Postal Service, than I am right now.” Continues …
2020 Matt Lopez Scholarship Awarded!
The 2020 Local 323 Matt Lopez Scholarship has been awarded to Udochukwu Abraham. Congratulations! Udochukwu is the son of Minneapolis Branch Mail Handler Uchechi Nwakwue. The Local Union Council wishes Udochukwu the best in the pursuit of his education.
June Update - From the Local President
Are things beginning to return to normal? In some cases things are moving towards normal, or what we considered to be normal in the past, while in other cases nothing has changed. We have removed the plywood covering the front windows and doorway at the Local 323 office, my favorite Mailbox has been returned to the corner, and we are in the process of removing graffiti from the side of the building. Although, removing graffiti from the building has been a regular enough occurrence that it seems normal.
Things have not changed regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. It has not gone away. The Local Union continues to support compliance with CDC guidelines in the workplace. Continues …
Mail Handlers Respond to COVID-19
Throughout Local 323 Mail Handlers continue to make the responsible choice. They have chosen to protect themselves, protect their families, and protect their coworkers by wearing masks and by practicing social distancing.
The Local Union fully supports compliance with CDC guidelines at work. Might be a good idea outside of work as well.
Click on the picture to see more essential Mail Handlers being safe on the job. Maybe you'll even be able to figure out who some of them are.
Work safe and be safe!
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 purpose 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 …