December Update - From the Local President
Peak season is concluding, and we’re starting to look forward to 2022. To be sure, 2021 has been a tumultuous year. From the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the large number of career conversions, and from work floor changes to the day-to-day challenges of contract administration, the Representatives of Local 323 have worked hard to address the concerns of the Membership. As with the change from any year to the next, our Representatives will continue to pursue all unresolved issues through the grievance procedure.
November Update - From the Local President
Things are looking rather shaky as the USPS prepares for the oncoming mail onslaught. But are things looking any shakier than usual? Probably not. Whether you call it peak season or still refer to is as the Christmas rush, we are approaching the time when mail volume will test our mettle as individuals, and as an organization. Many Mail Handlers who plan to retire will tell their coworkers when it will be their last Christmas at the Post Office. Peak season has become so ingrained in our culture that it’s part of who we are as Mail Handlers.
October Update - From the Local President
Things don’t appear to be going smoothly as the Postal Service implements changes and attempts to fill authorized positions with new MHAs. Moreover, the new supervisors who have been recently promoted are only adding to the chaos. There has never been a better time to participate in your Union and support your Representatives.
September Update - From the Local President
Well, there’s at least one thing ringing true from last months column. “This is an extraordinarily busy time for the Membership and their Representatives. I don’t expect things will be slowing down in the near future.” Much of this activity has been related to the conversion MOU, the filling of duty assignments, and the inability to recruit and retain new employees. Add to that continuing cases of COVID-19 infection, the implementation of the Postal Support Annex, ongoing grievance activity, and preparation for the FEHBP Open Season. To be sure, “game-on” remains the order of the day in Local 323.