Congratulations Newly Converted Mail Handlers!
The Local Union continues working to implement the MHA Conversion MOU negotiated by the National Union. Along with those efforts, we continue our enforcement of the National Agreement and that is producing additional MHA Conversions. Managing both processes simultaneouly has been a challenge but the result speaks for itself. We have seen a significant number of MHA career conversions in a short period of time.
Newly converted career Mail Handlers have 60 days from the date of their career appointment to enroll in a Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) insurance plan. If you don’t make a selection in this 60 day window, you will be considered to have declined coverage, and you must wait to enroll until the next Open Season or Qualifying Life Event.
We ask that you consider our plan, the Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP), when looking into your health insurance choices. The MHBP provides three coverage options which allow everyone to personalize costs and benefits to their individual needs. Take a look, you’ll like what you see. Don’t forget, you must enroll in a FEHB plan within 60 days of the date on which you’re converted.
Career Conversion - MHBP 2021 Health, Dental, and Vision Plans.
Career Conversion - MHBP Informational Webinars.
April Update - From the Local President
Has management ever issued you a letter of warning, notice of suspension, or notice of removal? If so, there is more than a 90% chance it was for attendance. How do I know this? That’s what our grievance activity on discipline tells me. This means that if you are removed from your employment with the Postal Service there is a 90% chance that it will be for attendance. I’m hoping this has grabbed your attention.
This month’s column may be a little different. It will explore (or attempt to explore) attendance requirements and will identify proactive steps you can take to protect your job. This column is for everyone, but it is particularly geared to those in the early years of their Postal employment.
March Update - From the Local President
The Postmaster General and the Board of Governors have released the long awaited 10-year plan for the Postal Service, things seem to be developing on the legislative front, and we continue working to ensure compliance with the conversion MOU negotiated by the National Union. We hit the ground running on the first of the year and it appears that a hectic pace will continue throughout 2021.
Oh, and you may have noticed that the Local 323 website has a new look. In all areas, Local 323 continues building and preparing for the future.
February Update - From the Local President
“I’m senior.” Last month’s column produced some interesting feedback. While this feedback was positive, it indicated an interest to delve into this topic further. Specifically, how seniority relates to working overtime. So, this month we’ll explore the relationship between seniority and the selection of Mail Handlers for overtime. Your Representatives have a lot of experience enforcing the contract when it comes to overtime violations. That’s because it’s a type of grievance which continually arises during our enforcement of the National Agreement.