2023 Metro Area Picnic
Sunday - June 11, 2023 - Como Park Pavilion
Join with your fellow Mail Handlers and their families for a day of fun at Como Park. Enjoy the Como Zoo, Marjorie McNelly Conservatory, the excitement of the Como Town amusement park, and a picnic meal with friends and family.
The Como Park Pavilion is located at at 1199 Midway Parkway in St. Paul and the festivities run from 10:30 A.M. through 4:00 P.M.
Sign-Up when you get there! Members and Retirees are free, $10.00 per family. Members will be eligible to win door prizes. The drawing for prizes will begin at 2:00 P.M. and you must be present to win.
2023 Matt Lopez - Local 323 Scholarship Program
The Local Union Council is pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for the 2023 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 2023 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 1, 2023.
Applications may only be submitted from June 1, 2023, through June 30, 2023.
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 30, 2023.
2023 Scholarship Rules and Application
Fillable Application Form
May Update - From the Local President
As we head towards summer, grievance activity remains high in most Branches. This is particularly true in the North Dakota Branches. The bulk of our grievances involve the same old issues, discipline, management doing Mail Handler work, and cross craft violations. Surprisingly, the implementation of the 2022 National Agreement is progressing smoothly, or at least more smoothly than I was expecting. Still, we’ll be watching for any dips in the road as not all provisions of the 2022 National Agreement have been fully implemented.
April Update - From the Local President
The implementation of the 2022 National Agreement is well underway. We’re continuing to move forward but there are still some circumstances which have yet to occur. For example, the automatic conversion of MHAs who reach the two-year mark. We must always proceed with an abundance of caution when implementing a contract and this is especially true regarding new contract language. When we’re implementing contractual language for the first time, we must get it right. So far, so good.
One addition to the contract and the one where I’ve received the most questions, involves advancing annual leave to MHAs upon appointment to their second 360-day term. So, let’s look at this new part of the contract.
2022 National Agreement Implementation Update
The National Union has provided us with implementation dates for several provisions of the recently ratified 2022 National Agreement. This requires the Local Union to take steps that ensure the provisions of the 2022 National Agreement are implemented in each facility. Let’s look at what’s going on and when we can expect things to happen.
March Update - From the Local President
On March 13th, the National Union announced the ratification of the 2022 National Agreement. While some have decried certain aspects of this Agreement or the paltry level of the Membership participating in its ratification, the fact remains that it is now our job to enforce this Agreement. Recently we were notified that the effective date of changes to the contract language will be Saturday, April 8, 2023. This does not change the date of implementation of the provisions for which the parties negotiated specific dates in the 2022 National Agreement.