Melinda Hammond
Director of City Delivery
Outlook July / August 2019

Pace Yourself

We are now well into the swing of our summer peak vacation season, a time when pivoting is at its highest point. Some carriers are good with it, others are not. The ODL and CCA’s are being maxed out and then some. One question I am always asked is, “How much do they expect you to do in one day?” My answer is, “If you go out and deliver your route, half of another route and packages within an eight hour timeframe, management will require more time of you.” That is especially true if you are a CCA. CCAs can be expected to work up to eleven and a half hours in any given day. Pacing yourself is key and the practical thing to do; there aren’t any set standards on the street. If you’re working, what can management say to you? They cannot force you to put speed before safety.

If you are on a hold down, you are responsible for maintaining your route. You set your own street standard by demonstrating the time it takes to deliver the route based on your specific preparation and pace. Remember, what you do now will affect you later.

When you become a regular carrier and the route you are holding down is completed in seven hours, pace yourself. Take your lunch and your ten-minute break before your last relay/last hour of delivery. Also take a few minutes to read page four of the M-41, specifically Section 121.12. Make sure you are taking time in the office as well. Don’t leave your change of address labels or address verifications lying around the office. That is office time you are missing out on. Get credit for everything.

“Yes” you do have a maximum, and “No” management does not care. It is up to you to make them care. You determine how much you do in any given day. If you are forced to go over your eleven and a half hours (CCA), file a grievance. Notify your shop steward and help solidify your case with a statement the day that it happens or the very next day. That’s the way to fight back and get your point across.
For safety reasons when it’s hot outside, carriers should never “run” their route, especially in the summertime. Otherwise, you may find yourself suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stress. A steady pace is much better for your mind and body

Outlook May / June 2019
Food Drive
WOW, WOW, WOW… I am in awe of what we can accomplish when we work together. The carriers of Vincent R. Sombrotto Branch 36 have done it once again. We started this food drive with high hopes of surpassing last year’s huge accomplishment of 119,000 pounds of food. I am more than proud to say, we did it! You guys all did an amazing job. We procured 140,806 pounds of food thanks to our carriers’ open hearts and determined minds.

Letter carriers serve their communities in more ways than just delivering the mail. So when you pass by the local food pantry in your neighborhood, feel the pride in knowing that we are more than just letter carriers who deliver the mail. We also help deliver a much-needed service to our communities. I thank you all for joining this great cause. Many people don’t know where their next meal is coming from, but thanks to all of you, there will be more food on their tables this year.

Special thanks to my partner Tayry Vega for all of her help. She was great in getting the message out and distributing the t-shirts. We also had help capturing the spirit of giving, thanks to James Graham of Fordham Station and his wonderful work on station pictures. Kiran Jackson from FDR and Anthony McDaniel from Old Chelsea stations also busied themselves by helping to break down the cards for delivery. I would also like to thank all of the shop stewards for their hard work in this whole process. I am well aware that there is no “I” in Team! Thank you all!

On another note, spring is here and the summer is fast approaching. Section 112.4 of the M-41 states you should conduct your work in a safe manner so as not to endanger yourself or others. With that being said, it is your sole responsibility to make sure you work in a safe manner. Remember, management is watching every move you make and just waiting for you to be their example. Don’t be their example!

Be mindful when using your phone while driving. When getting out of the driver seat, take your key with you even if it is for just a second. Don’t let that one second be your last. Kids will be out and about, so watch your speed limit, crosswalks and look out for loose bouncing balls. Safety always comes first and Section 112.4 of the M-41 gives you the right and responsibility to act accordingly.

Outlook March / April 2019
Food Drive
This year’s NALC National Food Drive is the byproduct of a tradition of community service exhibited repeatedly by members of the letter carrier unions across the country over many years. This is our 27th year of going into the very same communities that we serve daily. We show our customers by example that we offer a valuable service aside from trusted mail delivery and it comes in the form of our National Food Drive.

As we all know the Food Drive is held each year on the second Saturday in May (May 11th this year), and this event couldn’t have come at a better time. Food banks have suggested that it should be held in the spring, when the food supplies donated during the winter holidays start to run low.

There is a common misconception that the only people who need food are the homeless. Anyone can lose their job or be down on their luck and require help at any given time. Some of you may even know people who work full time but are just getting by because of their low-paying wages and require assistance.

As we all know, this year the government was shut down for 35 days. We were fortunate that we did not have to worry about being out of work or at work and not receiving a paycheck at the end of the pay period. But those individuals and families who had to suffer through it had to find ways to make it work. One helpful way came through food banks and that is where we all come in. This is a perfect example of why we have our Annual Food Drive.

Year after year, we come to your station and explain the importance of donating a non-perishable item. Branch 36 covers the Bronx and Manhattan and the food we collect services those same areas. Thank you for all you help because without out you, the brothers and sisters of Branch 36, we would not be able to assist many families in need.

Our Food Drive kick off will be held at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger located at 263 West 86th Street. Come celebrate with us and witness for yourselves how we deliver more than just the mail.

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