Tony Ortiz
Recording Secretary
Outlook November / December 2019

Tidbits

Our young, 95-year old retiree, Ruby Almeida, called and asked me to tell her babies (that is what she calls all the carriers from Branch 36) that she wishes us all a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday to one and all.

The Shop Stewards’ Elections are over. We have 31 new shop stewards. In ten stations, eighteen incumbents didn’t run due to either retirement, personal reasons, or they were defeated. In eight stations, the Hearing Officers were acting as shop stewards. The carriers in those particular stations wanted the stewards to be carriers from their own stations, as it should be. In thirty-seven stations, the shop stewards won by acclamation, which is awesome considering that we represent seventy stations in Manhattan and the Bronx. I am proud because that shows great confidence in the union.

Again, much like three years ago, many carriers expressed enthusiasm asking questions about the election process and by showing interest in becoming more actively involved with the union. Almost all of the shop stewards who were elected three years ago were reelected. That is a clear indication that all shop stewards took their job seriously and devoted themselves to doing the best job possible.

Always keep in mind that a good shop steward listens to his/her fellow carriers, showing concern when management violates the contract and harasses and tries to intimidate the carriers. I would like to give a shout out to the following stations for proceeding to sell the shamrocks ($5.00 for one) for MDA. They are as follows: Audubon, Cathedral, Church Street, Cooper, Gracie, Lenox Hill Main, Madison Square, Old Chelsea, Peter Stuyvesant, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Village, Canal, Bronx GPO, Co-op City, Cornell, Fordham, Jerome, West Farms, and Williamsbridge. I am hoping that the stations whose names do not appear choose to sell the shamrocks so we can send as many kids possible to summer camp this summer.

Reminder to everyone: The next Comedy Show is tentatively set for Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm and ends at 1:00 am. The tickets are $45.00 per person. It is a great event for MDA.

My condolences to retiree, Irwin Clair, who recently lost his wife after a long illness. God bless!

Outlook September / October 2019

Tidbits

The summer is over and it’s time for us to get together and start fundraising while we enjoy ourselves at the same time. The first fundraiser is the Comedy Show on Saturday, October 05, 2019. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. It’s $45.00 per person and includes the Buffet, Comedy Show, After Party and Open Bar. If you are interested in joining us, call the Branch at (212) 239-3901 to make reservations. Don’t wait until the last minute because tickets sell out fast.

The tentative date for the next Comedy Show is Saturday, February 8, 2020. The Comedy Show is a fundraiser, so we are requesting all carriers to buy a shamrock for $5.00 either from your shop steward or whoever is selling them at your station. These fundraisers make it possible for children with Muscular Dystrophy to go to summer camp for a week. It also gives them the opportunity to experience things they don’t normally do. Let’s bring our strength and support to these kids in need by chipping in to help put a smile on their faces this summer.

Our contract expires September 20, 2019 therefore everyone should sign up for the LC-PAC Payroll Deduction Program. Our futures depend on it.

The elections for shop steward are here. Keep in mind that the term is for three years, when you elect someone to represent your station. Choose wisely, this is not a position to be taken lightly because a shop steward has many responsibilities. These include regular attendance at meetings and seminars, fundraising and many other things necessary to strengthen the union.

Carriers, you must notify management if you find it necessary to divert from your route, as well as obtaining approval to do so.

Weingarten Rights guarantee a carrier the right to request representation during Investigatory Interviews.

On a final note, many carriers have been exhibiting aggressive behavior not only towards management, but other carriers as well. Granted, in some stations carriers are working under unbearable stress. However, that is no excuse and there will be no tolerance of threats of violence, by anyone, at any level.

Harassment, intimidation, threats and bullying of any kind will never be overlooked - ever. There will be serious repercussions.

Outlook July / August 2019

Thoughts

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2 of the Branch 36 Bylaws, President Charlie Heege has ordered an election of Branch 36 Shop Stewards. The membership is hereby notified that nominations for stewards will be held during the last week in September and the election will take place during the first week in October.

Every three years in October there are elections to either reelect or replace the shop stewards. All letter carriers, who are members, should get involved and vote to select a shop steward or stewards to represent their station. Remember, this is not a position to be taken lightly. A shop steward has many responsibilities which include, but are not limited to, attending meetings and seminars. Get involved in union matters and vote for the best person to be your shop steward.

Our contract expires in September of this year; everyone should sign up for the LC-PAC Payroll Deduction Program

We continue to have too many carriers who are non-members in our Branch and throughout the country. The non-members are often critical of the NALC and ask, “What can the union do for me?” Some answers include: wage increases, annual leave, sick leave, health benefits, clothing allowance, a retirement plan, Thrift Savings, COLAs, compensation representation, and most importantly, Collective Bargaining. Is that enough? All those benefits were acquired through negotiations by the NALC. Take a look around your station and should you find any non-members there, remind them how many people are unemployed in this country. Those individuals need to step out of their negative zone and join the fight by becoming members, attend meetings, participate in union functions and take a good look at how letter carriers help others in need. Remember, carriers are the union! The union is as strong as its members and if you allow management to use you and criticize your union, then you are allowing management to dictate and violate the contract. What the union needs is for each and every one of you to get involved. The officers and shop stewards are working each and every day for the membership. There are situations that arise and are resolved before you are even made aware of them, while other issues are never even heard by you because they are resolved that quickly.

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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