Matt Lopez

2024 Matt Lopez - Local 323 Scholarship Program

The Local Union Council is pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for the 2024 Matt Lopez – Local 323 Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Program was established in the fall of 1995 and was renamed to honor Matt Lopez in 2018. Matt Lopez served the Local Union and the Minneapolis Branch for more than 25 years prior to his untimely passing in July of 2017. He was our coworker, our friend, our Steward, and he will forever remain our Brother.


The 2024 Scholarship Program provides a $800.00 per school year award beginning in September of this year. Scholarship payments may continue for up to 4 consecutive school years. Copies of the rules for the Scholarship Program and Official Application Forms will be provided to all Branches and made available at the Local 323 office by June 3, 2024.


Applications may only be submitted from June 3, 2024, through June 28, 2024.


Any graduating high school senior who is the son, daughter, or legal ward of a regular member in good standing may apply. Good standing is defined by Article V, Section 1, of the Uniform Local Union Constitution of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union. Applicants must complete an Official Application Form and provide the required information. All applications must be received at the Local 323 office by 5:00 P.M. on June 28, 2024.


2024 Scholarship Rules and Application

Fillable Application Form

May Update - From the Local President


I’m in need of some restraint. Local 323 endeavors to aggressively enforce the contract when the rights of our Members are violated. This involves writing arguments and I’ve been writing a lot of arguments lately. Are the arguments I write overly aggressive? I don’t think so. It seems to me that they are appropriately suited to the circumstances. Some people (on the other side of the table) might disagree, but that doesn’t really concern me. I’m not a novelist, a journalist, or a reporter, I’m a Union guy who writes arguments. My problem is that after more than three decades of writing arguments, I find it difficult to shift the tone of my writing to something better suited to a web column. So, my objective in writing this month’s column is to restrain myself from writing anything that sounds like an argument. You can laugh now because I’m probably going to fail. But you get to be the judge of that.


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April Update - From the Local President


Is the implementation of the Postmaster General's 10-year plan causing the Postal Service to flounder? In many locations it appears so. The mainstream media, Postal news sources, and social media groups, are currently filled with stories detailing what can only be considered an abject failure.


Lines of trucks waiting for hours to be unloaded, delays in mail processing, and declining delivery scores, have become the order of the day in many locations. Places such as Atlanta, GA and Houston, TX come to mind as some of the most often mentioned locations. What do these locations have in common? The conversion of Network Distribution Centers to Regional Processing and Distribution Centers under the Postmaster General's 10-year Plan.


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March Update - From the Local President


What do you do when you see a violation of the contract? You ask your supervisor for a Steward. See a violation, ask for a Steward. See a violation, ask for a Steward. Repeatedly, over and over again. We need to make this an ingrained part of our culture.


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February Update - From the Local President


Local 323 Launches Organizing Drive!


The Local Union is currently conducting an organizing drive to recruit Mail Handlers and MHAs who do not belong to the Union. We are requesting the help of every Member to enroll non-members. A list of Mail Handlers and MHA’s who are not Members of the Union is available from your Steward. An 1187 form to sign them up is available at your Branch office and on this website. Use this form to sign up the non-member and provide the completed form to your Union Representative.


The Local Executive Board has adopted a proposal which provides an additional $75.00 for each non-member enrolled in the Union. This is in addition to the $25.00 already provided for in the Bylaws of Local 323. Consequently, any current Member signing up a non-member will receive a check in the amount of $100.00 for each non-member they enroll. This will continue for the duration of the organizing drive.


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January Update - From the Local President


Peak season is in the rearview mirror, and we’ve begun looking at some of the results. Predictably, one of the usual results is that many Mail Handlers have been receiving payments for management performing our work. The Officers and Representatives in the Branch offices worked particularly hard to enforce our contract during this chaotic time. They deserve the thanks of all Mail Handlers for their efforts.


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