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.
August Update - From the Local President
As August and summer draw toward an end, the Members and Representatives of Local 323 continue to adapt to changing circumstances. The available MHAs have been converted and direct career hiring is underway in many facilities. Newly created duty assignments have been posted for bid. Although, some locations are experiencing hiccups and there has been at least one instance of resorting to the grievance procedure to seek compliance. New machinery continues to be installed and implementation of the Postal Support Annex is underway. To be sure, there’s a lot going on right now.
July Update - From the Local President
There has been no further movement on Postal reform and those pieces of legislation remain parked in Congressional committees. Still, Local 323 remains ready to spring into action and solicit support from our Congressional Delegations at a moments notice. I remain optimistic about the prospects of Postal reform passing this Congress. So, instead of adopting a wait and see approach, Local 323 is using a wait and be prepared approach.
A significant portion of our current efforts are focused on the second wave of MHA conversions resulting from the National MOU and the upcoming implementation of the package support annex (PSA) as part of the NDC. The Local Union is putting particular emphasis on these two important issues.
2021 Local 323 Scholarship Awarded
The 2021 Matt Lopez - Local 323 Scholarship has been awarded to Emma Pierce. Emma is the daughter of St. Paul Branch Member Brian Pierce. The Local Union Council offers it's congratulations to Emma and wishes her the best in the pursuit of her education.