Jerome Jackson
Director of Education
Outlook July / August 2018
Just Saying
PLEASE KEEP TRACK OF YOUR TIME!! Your hours worked, overtime, penalty overtime, leaved used, leave requested, and leave that management gave to you. Get into the habit of looking at you paystubs whether it’s the one mailed to you, or by logging into liteblue to check it. Immediately bring it to your shop steward’s attention if time is missing or not requested so an investigation can be conducted and a grievance be filed. If you agree with Article 34 which states a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay, then check your time every two weeks. If not, then suffer with the consequences and missing pay.

Management is usually in violation of Article 41, but how many of you are or knows of a fellow brother or sister that is as well. Yes, there are carriers out there in violation of Article 41. Ever want to “Get a head start” before you begin your tour? Or say, “I’m not going to get auxiliary help today, I never do?” Or, “It’s going to be hot today?” Those of you that do work OFF the clock are in violation of Article 41, as well as those supervisors and managers that allow carrier(s) to do so. Please, if you can explain a benefit of working off the clock at your station, call (212)239-3901 and let any of the officers along with myself know about it. How does this help you, your co-workers, and/or the assignments at the station?

I AM JUST SAYING:
A closed mouth doesn’t get fed - How can employees know if their rights are being violated if they don’t ask their steward or call the branch and speak to an officer? If something doesn’t seem or sound right with what management said to you, call for a second opinion. Better to be safe than sorry.

It’s not what you said, but what you can prove - Create a paper trail, get that confirmation on paper. Management at times tends to forget words and agreements with carriers. Don’t get caught up with management said this and management said that, have support with that paperwork. YOU HAVE A VOICE, USE IT!

EAP
Pick up the phone and call (800) EAP-4YOU or go online to www.eap4you.com. The first part of reaching out and wanting to speak to someone is recognizing there is a problem or a concern with not only you but someone else as well. Whenever you need someone to lean on, speak with, get things off your chest, or vent a little bit. Please know EAP is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will help you to be better equipped with the struggles and/or difficulties life sometimes throws at you. Whenever you lean on someone for support, advise, help, or guidance, you are showing your strength not weakness by reaching out. Reaching out for help reduces stress and makes things more manageable in moving forward. Ignoring the problem or issue doesn’t mean it will go away; it might make things get worse. How can you can address things hidden away and not revealed? The following are the four “C’s” and reasons to help you understand:
1. COUNSELING - A process of growth;
2. CONSULTATION - When you need advice;
3. COACHING - Setting and achieving goals;
4. CRITICAL INCIDENTS - When tragedy strikes and you feel you need help or have the desire to reach out.

Use our phone number (800) EAP-4YOU or our website www.eap4you.com

Outlook May / June 2018
Just Saying
I personally would like to thank the women of Vincent R. Sombrotto who were on the Outlook cover for March/April 2018. Thank you for all the behind the scenes things you do, the extra steps each one of you takes (not only for the membership) but also for your own families, too.

I usually mention about getting involved with the union, whether it’s through the MDA Comedy Show, the Dinner Dance, the Mets game, or Food drive, etc. It is very important. Everyone should get involved.

I would like to thank the Brothers and Sisters of Boulevard Station in Bronx for attending the April 12, 2018 Membership Meeting located V.F.W. Post 271 Hall at 720 Nereid Avenue. I mention it because prior to the April 12, 2018 Membership Meeting, employees would call me or our branch officers with numerous questions regarding employee rights, management rights, or contract information. I would encourage all members to come to a membership meeting with their questions and concerns and to see what goes on, how membership meetings are conducted, to meet other members, and to be able to put faces to names of the Vincent R. Sombrotto Branch 36 Officers. Boulevard Station collectively came out to the April Membership Meeting and hopefully it won’t be their last. Thank you for getting involved. It’s important.

I can’t stress this enough: keep track of your time, whether its hours worked, sick leave or annual leave. Please get in the habit of checking to determine that everything is correct for that pay period. The quicker you notice an error, the sooner it can be fixed and/or the union can get the ball rolling on a grievance.

If you are a CCA employee currently on a hold-down and your break in service (furlough) happens, once you return from your break in service (furlough) remember you continue with your hold down.

Brothers and Sisters, if you are issued any type of letter of demand such as: Indebtedness or Salary Overpayment, etc. be sure to notify your steward immediately. After notifying your steward, complete a PS form 3074. There are two pages to this form, employees fill out page one (1) only of PS form 3074.

EAP
I, Jerome Jackson (Cornell Station), along with Tayry Vega (Auborn Station), Karla Navas (Co-op Station) make up District Advisory Committee (DAC) for NY District for EAP. EAP is a program to assist employees, as well as, their family members. EAP is also Article 35 of the J-Cam/National Agreement. If you recognize a problem or just want to talk to someone, please reach out to EAP.
(800) EAP-4-You / (800) 327-4968 / (212) 330-5650
Outlook January / February 2018
Check your Time!
Working through bad weather conditions, pivots, and so much more can be frustrating when you are not paid for the hours you worked. CHECK YOUR TIME! If you haven’t been paid correctly, inform your steward. If your steward is not available, call the branch (212) 239-3901 and speak to an officer.

A supervisor or manager must fill out the 1017-A form when they allege that time is disallowed because a carrier was not working. The supervisor or manager is required to notify the letter carrier and record that date of notification. The best advice for all letter carriers is keep track of your time.

Operating a Postal Vehicle
When operating a postal vehicle it is required to have a valid driver’s license. It is equally important to notify your supervisor when your state driver’s license has been suspended or revoked. Article 29 states that an employee’s driving privileges will automatically be revoked or suspended concurrently with any revocation or suspension of the state driver’s license and be restored upon reinstatement. Once the license reinstatement is restored, driving privileges will be returned. Do not try to hide a suspended or revoked license because all reasonable efforts will be made to reassign the employee to non-driving duties, whether in their craft or in another.
See Something, Say Something
\If you see something or you know something is not right, remember, not mentioning it does not help you, our membership or the situation. Reach out to your steward and/or the officers at the branch. Please don’t have the mentality that nothing will change or get done. That is the wrong mindset to have when trying to fix an issue or in correcting something. Whether it is a work hours’ issue, unsafe working conditions or any other reason, reach out. You have the resources to be heard, so use them.
EAP
1) I don’t need to speak with anyone.
2) I don’t want to talk about it.
3) I don’t want to be bothered.
4) I can’t stand this place.
5) I don’t have time for myself.
6) My family stresses me out.
7) Nothing is going to change.
8) Childcare/Parent care
9) I need/want to stop smoking.
10) I can’t believe they’re gone (passing).

If you know someone who can relate with anything on the above list or identify with anything related to it, advise them that EAP is an outlet for such issues. Sometimes people need someone to talk to who will not judge, but simply listen. Unexpected things happen in life. Sometimes we need to step back and reach out and put things into focus in order to move forward in life. Reach out for yourself or suggest it to a person that you believe may benefit from EAP.

You can reach us at www.eap4you.com or call 1-800-EAP-4YOU.




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