KENTUCKY BRANCH OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF POSTMASTERS
The National League of Postmasters is Committed to the welfare of Postmasters, OICs, PMRs and EAS employees, the LEAGUE represents all its members through alliance with officials of the U.S. Postal Service and members of Congress on Capitol Hill.
January 6, 2015
RIF Extension and PTF Offer
On January 5th, the Postal Service released a notice extending the RIF deadline to February 7th, 2015. This is a result of an addendum to the MOU dated September 22, 2014. The addendum allows for impacted Postmasters in level 2 and 4 offices to be offered PTF clerk jobs in level 4 locations. The extension of the deadline will give the Postal Service time to offer a position to all the impacted Postmasters that would like to remain employed. The details of both letters can be seen below.
December 16, 2014
One time change in the PFP Matrix for 2014
Good news for those that fell into cell 2 or 3 at the end of FY 14. The Postal Service has recognized the efforts of approximately 5600 employees that would once again receive no NPA payout. For those that landed in cell 2 or 3 you will now receive a 1% increase for your FY 14 achievements. This change only impacts FY 14 and is not a permanent change to the matrix. We will be holding talks with Postal HQ in January to look at possible modifications for FY 15.
January 23, 2015
Consolidation Proposal Documents
Postmasters and Managers of America ----- PMA
After years of unsuccessful negotiations, the members of the LEAGUE and NAPUS Executive Boards have reached an agreement on a blueprint for the forming of one united Postmaster/Management Organization.
A committee was formed to work out the details of the proposal and this process was finalized on 1/21/2015. Representing the LEAGUE on this committee was John Olson and Jack Jameson. NAPUS was represented by John Galera and Daniel Heins. Both Tony Leonardi and myself worked many hours on differences between the two organizations and put together ideas that we felt must be in place in order for this be presented to you for a vote. The committee did an outstanding job combining the best of both organizations into the documents you see attached.
PostPlan and other arbitration decisions including the loss of the 6 hour Postmaster positions (formerly EPM Postmasters) have devastated both organizations from a potential member standpoint.
Postmaster positions have decreased 10,000 employees in the last 10 years.
The decision to officially dissolve the League and NAPUS as we know them and to unite as a new organization is yours to make.
The attached documents spell out the process and allows you a look into the structure of PMA. I ask that each member read the proposal and let your voice be heard.
As your LEAGUE President and National Executive Board, our pledge requires decisions for the good of all postmasters, presently and in the future. Just as Postmasters have faced difficult times throughout history, there comes a time when we either move forward or get left behind in the past.
The official vote will take place at our Annual Convention in Washington, DC this summer. Please plan to attend for this historical vote.
January 9, 2015
Postal Annuitant short-term non-career PMR employment opportunity
The USPS has a short-term non-career PMR employment opportunity during the February 2015 rural mail count. See the below letter for details
April 24, 2015
Postal Service Reviewing Adjustment to NPA Financial Plan
Complaints from the field have been received concerning the lack of the NPA Reports not being updated since December of 2014. The Postal Service response is as follows:
The report cards have not been updated because savings through reduced costs of hiring Tier 2 bargaining unit employees have been greater than anticipated. This affects controllable income scoring significantly. The effect is due only to impact of implementation of collective bargaining provisions. Report cards published with this erroneous data would not show accurate current scores. The Postal Service has been adjusting budgets based on current circumstances, as it does normally throughout each year. The distinguishing factor in this matter has been the relatively significant dollars involved. The Postal Service advised that the Board of Governors and the Executive Leadership Team are reviewing to determine whether action will be taken regarding adjustment of the Postal Service Integrated Financial Plan for FY 2015.
As more information becomes available we will give you an update.
May 3, 2015
Reporting requirements on the e1260
There has been many divergent field opinions about whether bargaining unit work performed by an APO Postmaster in one of the RMPO’s for which that APO Postmaster is responsible should be recorded for e1260 reporting purposes. The following is guidance that HQ Labor Relations gave to HQ Operations, Labor Relations in the field and other authorities on the morning of April 29th, 2015.
In response to some inquires, here is the reasoning behind our decision that any clerk craft work performed by a level 18 PM in one of their RMPO’s is to be counted toward the allowable 15 hours per service week. The long standing dispute that was resolved in the 1.6B “global settlement” was the issue regarding a PM’s performance of clerk work in small post offices that have clerk staffing.
Beginning with the Garrett national arbitration award back in the 70’s to the Das award in 2005 and the numerous field level awards in between the arbitrators found that the parties negotiated contractual terms set forth in Article 1.6B were clearly intended to limit the amount of clerk work a PM could perform in small offices and that the phrase in a PM’s job description “when necessary” was further evidence of that intent. Also, bear in mind that our circumstances today – decreased mail volume and financial distress - were exactly the same circumstances we claimed in our position before Garrett back in the day and again in front of Das.
The PostPlan arbitration award and the subsequent remedy resolution resulted in the RMPO’s becoming clerk craft bargaining unit offices assigned to the jurisdiction of a level 18 PM. To now start another battle with the union with a claim that RMPO’s were not included in the “global settlement” and therefore the PM may perform clerk work in those offices with no limitations would fall miserably in arbitration for the following reasons.
The “global settlement” was intended to put the issue to bed permanently. The Service cannot change the conditions via PostPlan and then claim the new landscape with RMPO’s was not covered by the parties’ agreement. We do not bargain in bad faith. The RMPO’s are staffed with bargaining unit employees only. An arbitrator could find that any “replacement” work should not be performed by a PM, but rather only by another BU employee. The office level was upgraded to 18 based on the addition of the RMPO’s and they are therefore viewed as part of the level 18 “installation” and thus, the work hour limits in level 18 offices are applicable. Lastly, see the results of the arbitration awards from Das and Goldberg on the disputes the parties have arbitrated over the course of the past four years (as the union opened each case advising the arbitrators of the 4.5 billion dollars in savings the Service got from the union’s agreements in the 2010 contract and the agreements the Service made in return that have still not been fulfilled) to see how the arbitrators have viewed our positions.
May 13, 2015
Update - Postal Service Reviewing Adjustment to NPA Financial Plan
The below memo is the USPS HQ response concerning the “Controllable Income” change and the explanation for it. The last paragraph also addresses the lack of budgeted hours to meet the MOU requirements.
As more information becomes available we will give you an update.
June 11, 2015
Update. POV program officially launched June 1st. The notice can also be found in the Postal Bulletin dated June 11th.
The below POV Program has been established to increase the use of vehicles by EAS while covering the personnel with insurance. In the current environment, anyone using their POV for postal use has been as risk. The League has been asking for some type of coverage for PM’s when using their POV for many years. Ms. Brennan had promised to resolve this known issue and thus this POV Program was created. It is important to note that this program is voluntary. It is also important to note that your involvement may be cancelled by either the Postal Service or by you at anytime. This is completely on you and your insurance company and the Tort Claim Process does not apply as it does with carriers and other employees. Please read the attached carefully before making your decision.
June 17, 2015
From LEAGUE President Sean Acord:
Update. Below you will find some Q&A responses from HQ. These were questions that Tony and I submitted the last part of April.
June 17, 2015
Changes To Pay Policy
April 14, 2015
Sunday HUB Control Unit Standard Operating Procedures
March 10, 2015
POV Program Announced
The below POV Program has been established to increase the use of vehicles by EAS while covering the personnel with insurance. In the current environment, anyone using their POV for postal use has been as risk. The League has been asking for some type of coverage for PM’s when using their POV for many years. Ms. Brennan had promised to resolve this known issue and thus this POV Program was created. It is important to note that this program is voluntary. It is also important to note that your involvement may be cancelled by either the Postal Service or by you at anytime. This is completely on you and your insurance company and the Tort Claim Process does not apply as it does with carriers and other employees. Please read the attached carefully before making your decision. This topic will be addressed in detail at your state conventions.
June 18, 2015
Notice Of Name Change
There was an issue that was brought to the attention of both organizations. The acronym for Postmasters and Managers of America (PMA) is also used by the Professional Managers Association (PMA). There are many organizations/companies who’s acronym is PMA. Legal advice was sought and it appears that we would not have a legal problem because we would be incorporating under the name and not the acronym. The biggest issue is the Professional Managers Association is part of the same Federal Coalition that we are a part of. In an attempt to eliminate this issue, both Boards held telecoms to discuss changing the name. United Postmasters and Managers of America (UPMA) was agreed upon. This in no way changes the organizational structure but rather takes care of a potential issue that could have developed. All documents that contain the name of PMA will be changed to UPMA.
July 03, 2015
LEAGUE Elects New Exec Board, Postmaster of Year Named and Oscar Pogue Award Given
The newly installed National Executive Board of the National League of Postmasters at the National Convention on Thurs., July 2, 2015 included: President Sean Acord, Executive Vice President Mike Engleman, Vice Presidents Shelly Stigall, Gary Choice, Catherine Winnie and David Weber as well as Secretary/Treasurer Stephanie Jett and Retiree President John Olson.
Lauded and honored with the Oscar Pogue Award was Jack Jameson of North Carolina, a former National Executive Board member for many years, lastly Executive Vice President, as well earning this year’s prestigious Eagle Award for outstanding membership recruitment. Jack is now retired.
Norma J. Powell of California received the LEAGUE Postmaster of the Year award recognized for not only her professionalism as a Postmaster but for her community involvement along with serving on many LEAGUE committees and holding various positions at the state level.
The 2016 LEAGUE Calendar photo contest winners were: PM Tammy Rokusek, Lake Andes SD; PM Beth Rioux, Fairfield ID; PM Chuck Wells, Oologah OK; PM Linda Augustosky, North Tazwell VA; PM Tamara Cummings, Butler MO; PM Kandice Diskin, Marcola OI; M (Ret) Gena Nelson, Scottville MI; PM (Ret) Danny Close, Bowling Green KY; PM Denise Serensky, Columbiana OH; PM Nancy Kuszpa, Botsford CT; PM Douglas Bardot, Canterbury CT; and PM (Ret) Ron Shafer, Marion OH.
In honors for LEAGUE Branch newsletters were: Best Large Circulation Newsletter, The Golden State Postmaster, John Paul Cabral, Editor; Medium Circulation, The Leaguette, Ann Joos, Editor; Small Circulation, The Posthorn, Cynthia Lofthus, Editor; Best Use of Photos, The Prairie Leaguer, Carla Zuhlsdorf, Editor; Best Educational Forum, The Ohio Leaguer, Hazel Boettcher, Editor; National Newsletter of the Year, The Washington Postmaster, Milly Kropp; and Editor Emeritus, Lifetime Achievement Award, Brian Oakes, The Arizona Leaguer.
Winners for Best State Websites for 2015 were: Arizona, California, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina and Oregon.
Tony Leonardi, Napus President, spoke of the efforts of both the LEAGUE and Napus in the work done to prepare the merger of the two organizations as UPMA, United Postmasters & Managers of America. While the LEAGUE voted to go ahead with UPMA earlier this week, the final say from Napus has been overwhelming acceptance with 47 state conventions okaying the move as of today, noted Leonardi. “There are no end runs and no hidden agendas,” affirmed Leonardi. The LEAGUE and Napus will hold joint conventions the end of August 2016 in New Orleans with the expectation that UPMA will be the official organization as of November 1, 2016, following the closure of the former associations.
July 02, 2015
LEAGUE Votes to Move Forward with New Organization in 2016
United Postmasters & Managers of America (UPMA) received a majority vote by LEAGUE members at the National Convention in Washington, D.C., on Wed., July 1, 2015, in preparation for creation of the organization along with NAPUS. While the new management association is still a year away, the LEAGUE proceeded with business as usual including today’s nomination of candidates for Thursday’s elections as well as hearing from David C. Williams, Inspector General, U.S. Postal Service.
Williams spoke to the future of the Postal Service in a time of dramatic change. “We think we know what the customer wants,” he said, “but we don’t always ask.”
“We can see the beginning of the future, but need to go on that path without changing our DNA—Postal Service means something, and we need to make sure it is ‘us’ at the end of the day. Studies being conducted were asked for by the mailers, to help with marketing strategies and the ‘mysterious mix’ of postal mail and electronic media. Customers also told us they wanted to go to a post office and deal with you. The ways we communicate are changing dramatically during our lifetime and the Postal Service has an important role in aggressively expanding what we do,” he added.
David E. Williams, COO and Executive VP of USPS, provided an in-depth review of service performance for FY15 Q1/Q2. He noted tremendous growth in package services, and shared customer insights on how we are competing for every single customer where everyone has a choice. Growing the business, he added, will mean more innovations in our industry and in the value of mail. Developments include new mailbox designs that will fit 85 percent of the parcels and with different designs for suburban and urban locations and, as a big game changer, new mobile delivery devices.
Retired League Postmasters held their election in the afternoon, and John Olson was chosen to take the lead as the LEAGUE moves to forming UMPA. He joins the National Executive Board in the RLP President capacity.
APCU presented the annual leadership awards, recognizing the efforts of Glen Cook (MA), Rita Henderson (WV), Daniel Alvis (KY) and Amye Ground-Madsen, (ID).
Workshops on accounting help desk, SOV/CSV/PS 1260, Labor Relations on Grievance Procedures, and PS 150, WSC and Pay Policy/Salary Schedule completed the afternoon before it was time to head to National Harbor for an evening off and perhaps a ride on a giant ferris wheel offering a spectacular view of the nation’s capital along with LEAGUE networking and camaraderie.
June 30, 2015
LEAGUE Takes Change Environment Head-On at National Convention
PMG Megan Brennan was the lead speaker at the LEAGUE’s National Convention opening session in Washington, D.C., on Monday, June 29, 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel in the heart of our nation’s capital, and she wasted no time in declaring that now is a pivotal time for the Postal Service and the mailing industry.
“Growing Together” was the theme of this year’s Postal Forum and PMG Brennan noted that it drew the largest attendance of any such forum in the last five years. “Mail is being challenged in today’s digital world,” she said, “and how we communicate is rapidly changing.” In this multi-channel marketing environment, the lead topic for us now and at our post office level is marrying digital and print … and a very intensive presentation was made on “Irresistible Mail” by Vickie Stephen, director of mailing services for USPS. Both Brennan and Stephen reflected on the many opportunities ahead for growing revenue and attracting more postal customers to what we do best—delivering the last mile.
While Brennan talked of potential closures in facilities and upgrades to equipment to increase capacity at other locations, she also affirmed the need to have predictable two- and three-day service. When staunch postal supporter Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11) spoke later, he noted a move in Congress to declare a moratorium on further infrastructure and personnel adjustments in order to sort out the cost/benefit scenarios driving Postal HQ directives. “Closing distribution centers has to be a transparent process and what has happened is a crisis of confidence in the Postal Service’s decisions,” Connolly said. “In my view,” he said, “tackle a few big issues and don’t get sidetracked by too many wishes … one size fits all does not work … we have to get rid of prepayments and no reform bill is worth its salt if that is not in it. ”
In preparation for LEAGUE members to visit their legislators on the Hill on Tuesday, June 30, Legislative Counsel Bob Brinkmann provided two items on the LEAGUE’s political agenda: Fixing the issue of the prefunding of retiree health benefits and creating a seven-year congressional moratorium on post office closings and reductions in post office status and hours. These same items should be presented in the local representatives’ offices by all LEAGUE members. And, according to Brinkmann, the best time window is now through the end of the year for postal legislation to presented and passed.
NAPS President Louis Atkins talked of “protecting our ability to do our jobs” and to delay plant consolidations at this time. “Our allies in Congress have been asking why there are service cuts and considering the growth of the Postal Service, we shouldn’t be the ones hurt in this process.”
National Membership Chairman Linda Augustosky lauded the recruiting efforts of LEAGUE members and recognized outstanding efforts. National VP Mike Engleman earned the Eagle Award for bringing 51 new members to the LEAGUE just in the past year, and awarded the coveted M.B. Morrison “Blue Jackets” to Engleman of Indiana and Deb Alums of Alabama.
After Tuesday’s Hill visits, the LEAGUE opens the general session on Wednesday with candidate nominations for the National Board as well as presentations by Inspector General David C. Williams and COO and Executive USPS VP David E. Williams. Many operational questions and local post office concerns raised to PMG Brennan during questions from the floor were being referred to David E. Williams for further comment.
September 3, 2015
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September 3, 2015
A message from the League President
On September 1st at the NAPUS National Convention in Mobile, Alabama, a motion was made to dissolve NAPUS and to reform with the League under the name of United Postmasters and Managers of America. Once the motion was made and opened for discussion there was no discussion held just as it was at the League National Convention. Over 800 Postmasters and Retired Postmasters stood in support with no opposition. The League looks forward to working with our sister organization over the next 14 months to finalize all the details to make this historical change a reality.
A link has been placed on our website for you to be able to make your hotel reservations for next year’s joint National Convention in New Orleans. We had a very successful early registration with approx. 245 people signing up while in Washington, D.C. A challenge was made by Tony Leonardi to his delegation to also sign up early at a discounted rate before leaving their Convention in Mobile. The membership was very excited with this option and approximately 641 people answered the call. I challenge each of you that have not registered to do so now. This will make our planning much easier and will also energize the members. I also ask each of you to make your hotel reservations ASAP. I will have more information for you concerning suites at a later date.
August 27, 2015
We still receive multiple questions concerning the responsibilities of the APO. Below is the SOP that should help you understand who is responsible for what.
September 26, 2015
It is so wonderful to experience the joy and happiness of feeling complete. My decision to accept the position of National League President was a great honor but one that did not come without a lot of personal expense. One known sacrifice was on the part of my children. The unknown was the strain it would place on my 3 year relationship with Kristi. God has an amazing way of working things out and thus I am pleased to announce our marriage. Kristi and I were married in a private ceremony on Friday, September 25, 2015. Our family will now consist of 5 children (Zachary 23, Paige 19, Jonathan 18, Colton 18 and Austin 16), 1 granddaughter (Kenli 16 months) and 1 grandson due in December. I look forward to what the future holds and I’m excited for her to experience the love and friendship that my League family brings to the table.
Gregory Sean Acord
President, National League of Postmasters
September 25, 2015
"Senator Carper (D. DE) has introduced a new postal reform bill, which has been named IPOST. We are studying and evaluating the complex measure. At this point we can say that the bill provides an excellent platform to continue the discussion among the postal community to build a consensus that is absolutely necessary to finally make postal reform a reality. This is a goal that the League and the other members of the Postal Community have been working towards for quite some time."
October 21, 2015
Mitigation Begins October 22, 2015
Mitigation Rules and Forms
October 7, 2015
As the work continues to move forward in preparation for “United Postmasters and Managers of America” to become a reality we have two issues that need your creative input. We need to come up with a logo and also a name for the new magazine. With all the creativity we have among our Postmasters and managers, I am confident this will be a fun and exciting challenge. These ideas need to be returned to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by December 1, 2015. The plan is to have all the ideas submitted to both Boards for a vote. Once the image and name has been vetted, we will announce the winning combination. Thanks in advance for your ideas.
Sean and Tony
January 27, 2016
Congratulations to Louisville, KY for being selected to host the first National Convention for UPMA in 2017! Details on the exact location will be released at a future date.
November 20, 2015
Agreement On Wage Differental
From LEAGUE President Sean Acord
I am pleased to announce an agreement with the postal service that recognizes the unfair starting wage differential of many of our PTPO\RMPO Postmasters. The attached is a letter dated October 16, 2015 from the Postmaster General (Megan Brennan):
To summarize the above, if you are a PTPO\RMPO Postmaster that is making less than $15.63 per hour (starting wage of a PSE) then you will receive an increase to bring you up to this minimum. This change is tentatively scheduled to take place on January 9th, 2016. This agreement does not in any way eliminate all situations where a clerk working in an RMPO may be making more per hour than the Postmaster. In some situations this exact scenario will continue in certain sites. You have to understand how we got to this point in time to understand how a craft employee can make more per hour than the manager in the facility. EPM Postmasters (which is what our level 6 PM’s are classified as) have always made less than clerks. All Postmasters pay is based on a pay scale for each level of office. The craft pay is based on a national level. In the past it was never brought up because clerks never worked in EPM offices. Now that they do the pay for the craft is still on a national level and not by office thus creating the disparity. This deal is a small step in the right direction but one that has taken multiple attempts to resolve. A “thank you” goes out to Megan Brennan and Doug Tulino for finalizing this agreement. We will continue work and dialogue about our pay concerns.
February 22, 2016
The contract for the 2017 National United Postmasters and Managers of America has been signed by both Presidents, Sean Acord, League, and Tony Leonardi, NAPUS !!!The first UPMA Convention will be held Saturday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at The Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.
Postmasters will be needed to help with the National Convention. This can be just the day of the event handing out registration packets, to helping with tours, entertainment, vendors, or serving as greeters at the airport. Help will be needed in many other areas and everyone’s participation would be greatly appreciated.
If you are interested in helping with the National Convention by serving as a Chairman, Co-Chair, or a helper please respond to Chairman, Cecilia Oak at firstname.lastname@example.org or Co Chair, Shelly Stigall at email@example.com. Other members of the steering committee are Paul Edd Butler, Jill Smith, Patti Bascom, Dawn Sadler, Teri Thomas and Charley Peters.
If you are attending Leadership in March, we will have a table to promote the 2017 National UPMA convention. We are allowed to set up from 8 am to 5 pm on Sunday and Monday only. We will need volunteers to sit at the table. A 50/50 raffle can be conducted at the table only, and we will be selling chances on Kentucky theme basket of Kentucky made items (not UK). This will need to be something that can be mailed or taken easily on the plane. (bourbon balls, crafts, textiles etc) If you are willing to donate something, please let Cecilia know. If something especially nice is donated that could be raffled as a single item, we will not include that in the basket. A “Sincerely Yours” print will also be a separate raffle item.
A 10 to 15 minute presentation to promote the 2017 Convention will be shared with the Leadership attendees during the Monday business meeting. Be ready to run the aisles and throw goodies to our fellow Postmasters. Details will be shared with those attending Leadership before the conference.
Don’t forget to register for the 2016 National Convention in New Orleans! The registration fee is still $190 for active postmasters and $167.50 for retirees and includes the Retiree Luncheon until February 28th. Fees will increase March 1st.
Cecilia Oak Shelly Stigall
Chair, 2017 UPMA Co-Chair 2017 UPMA
Retired, Milton Postmaster, West Paducah