Tony Ortiz
Recording Secretary
Outlook May / June 2019

Just Talking

In my last article, I wrote about the Shop Steward Elections in October. I have found that many carriers are apprehensive about running for shop steward because of their lack of knowledge regarding rules, regulations and procedures. It is true that the postal service is changing. However, we are fortunate because we have a union that will make sure management adheres to the contract.

To this day, there are still carriers who rush through assignments and case mail in the morning (off the clock). These practices create safety hazards and allow mistakes to happen. It also allows the door of opportunity to open wide for management to pivot carriers into other assignments without the benefit of overtime pay.

Keep in mind, a favor for management today may mean a loss of a job for a carrier tomorrow. Management will compromise their own integrity to look good for their bosses and make cuts, tour changes and threats on impulse. By maintaining our own integrity, we will remain strong. Therefore, we need strong and sharp individuals, who will use their intelligence and behave rationally at all times on the work floor. The Branch will help you sharpen your skills with whatever tools necessary to become a successful steward. You will receive a Shop Steward manual and be trained accordingly in regards to the JCAM, M39, M41, and Arbitrator decisions. You will learn everything you need to know about the entire Grievance Procedure. In order to keep the union strong and to accomplish the best results concerning the Grievance Procedure, you should attend each and every seminar.

The tickets for the Mets game are still available. The game is on Sunday, June 16, 2019 (Father’s Day) at 1:00 pm. The price of the ticket is $25.00 per person and includes a t-shirt. If you need tickets, call me at the Branch at (212) 239-3901.

Lastly, don’t forget to notify the Branch when you move.

Outlook March / April 2019
Just Talking
I would like to thank the Membership of Branch 36 for having confidence in our team and for electing us for the 2019-2022 term of office. I do enjoy helping every member of Branch 36 and will continue to fight management whenever they violate the contract and/or harass the carriers. We must stand behind our union 100% because we are fighting for our survival. Our very existence is in jeopardy. Now is the time to be fully united and to put aside all differences for the greater cause by showing union solidarity.

Every three years in October there are elections to reelect or replace the incumbent shop steward or shop stewards who represent your station. The carriers at certain stations want to change stewards and you can do so by using the power of the vote. Make sure you pick the right person to represent you. Time will tell. The steward does not have to be a radical carrier nor the loudest. They should have the ability to solve problems, however, and get the job done. The reason I am writing about Shop Steward Elections that were five and a half months ago is because too many carriers vote for the most popular person and not the most qualified, then the carriers turn around and accuse the Branch of choosing those same disapproving shop steward/stewards.

There are a lot of things a shop steward has to do such as lead by example and attend meetings and seminars so you will be informed about the current issues. The seminars provide pertinent information needed to be a more effective steward. To the carriers who would like to have a run for the position, do not take it lightly. A shop steward must understand the position so the station they represent and the union benefit from their service. If someone is only running for self-serving reasons, DON’T, because we will fire you.

As always, the recent Comedy Show was awesome and everyone had a great time. The tentative date for the next Comedy Show is on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Hoping to see you all there!

The tickets for the Mets game are available. The game is on Sunday, June 16, 2019 (Father’s Day) at 1:10 p.m. The price of the ticket is $25.00 per person plus you get a t-shirt. If you would like to purchase tickets, call me at the branch. The phone number is (212) 239-3901.

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