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1 What is a “Steward?” 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide1

2 What is a “Steward?” That’s easy to answer! An NALC Steward takes care of their fellow Carriers! 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 2

3 Common perception We only do grievance handling 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 3

4 Reality Encyclopedia Definition –“Stewardship is the personal responsibility for taking care of another person’s property or other affairs.” –Stems from the Old English “stiweard” sti  which means “hall or household” Weard which means “keeper” Leader, baby sitter, educator, mediator, organizer, confidant, idealist, enforcer of the Contract 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 4

5 Requirements for Success Honesty Understanding Self-starter Good reputation Integrity Inquisitive Trustworthy Empathetic Knowledgeable Follows through 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 5

6 Requirements for Success We need to know how the organization came to be We need to recognize that we’re susceptible to political whims and how to protect ourselves against them We need to know the National Agreement 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 6

7 Where we came from In the late 1700s we collected two cents for every letter we delivered...we received no wages or salary But... Under the “spoils system”...jobs came and went with administrations July 1, 1863 – Free city delivery of mail began 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 7

8 Where we came from August 29, 1889 - The NALC was born 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 8

9 1893 – The NALC sued the Post Office Department and collected $3.5 million Where we came from 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 9

10 Where we came from 1900 – Bricklayers were earning $4/day – Letter Carriers were earning $2.21/day September 20, 1917 – The NALC affiliated with the AFL 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 10

11 Where we came from 1929 – Postal wages were a “good salary” 1950 – Twice a day delivery was discontinued 1953 – NALC became the first national MDA sponsor 1960 – NALC Health Benefit Plan opened its doors 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 11

12 Where we came from 1962 – EX10988 – The NALC was elected to represent all City Letter Carriers 1967 – Letter Carrier turnover was 26%/year 1969 – Letter Carriers in New York qualified for more in welfare benefits than from 40 hour work weeks 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 12

13 Where we came from 12:01, March 18, 1970 – We went out on STRIKE!!! 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 13

14 Where we came from April 2, 1970 – We returned to work with a 14% pay raise, an agreement for collective bargaining over wages, hours and working conditions and binding arbitration 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 14

15 Where we came from 1972 – National officers to be elected by referendum in the future 1975 – The “Kokomo Plan” was instituted 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 15

16 Where we came from July 1, 1975 – COLCPE began 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 16

17 Where we came from 1979 – The NALC wins the FLSA lawsuit – collected $400 million for Letter Carriers 1984 – National arbitration determined national agreement for the first time 1999 – All City Carriers were elevated above Clerks to Grade 6 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 17

18 Where we came from 2003 – e-Activist began Learn more from Carriers in a Common Cause! 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 18

19 Political whims 1872 – Congress decided that there would be a Post Office 1883 – Congress passed the Pendleton Act which created “Civil Service” 1888 – Congress passed a law giving us an 8-hour workday 1895 – Postmaster General Wilson prohibited postal employees from trying to influence legislation 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 19

20 Political whims 1902 – President Roosevelt signed an Executive Order prohibiting us from trying to influence legislation 1907 – President Roosevelt signed an Executive Order prohibiting us from participating in political campaigns 1909 – President Taft signed an Executive Order prohibiting us from answering Congressional questions about our pay or working conditions 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 20

21 Political whims 1912 - Congress passed the Lloyd- LaFollete Act giving us the right to petition Congress 1912 – Congress passed the Reilly Act giving us “eight within ten” 1932 – President Roosevelt signed an Executive Order cutting our pay by 15% 1955 – President Eisenhower vetoed a pay raise for us 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 21

22 Political whims 1960 – President Eisenhower vetoed another pay raise intended for us, but Congress overrode that veto. 1962 – President Kennedy signed an Executive Order ordering a national election for union representation of postal employees 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 22

23 Where we came from 1969 – President Nixon signed an Executive Order giving us a negotiated grievance and arbitration procedure 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 23

24 Political whims 1970 – Congress passed the Postal Reorganization Act which created the Postal Service 1980 – President Carter signed an Executive Order bringing the Postal Service under the OSHA 1982 – President Regan pushed through the “Government Pension Offset Bill” taking away 2/3 of any Social Security benefit that a retired Carrier might otherwise receive 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 24

25 Political whims 1983 – Congress passed the “Windfall Elimination Provision” which cuts deeper into our Social Security benefits 1983 – Congress passed a bill excluding future postal employees from a Civil Service pension 2003 – Congress passed the “Civil Service Retirement Reform Bill” which requires the Service to hold billions of dollars in escrow for future retirees’ health benefits 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 25

26 Political whims 2009 – Congress passed HR 2918 deferring payment of $4 billion in prepayment of retirees health benefits 2009 – Congress passed bill allowing FERS retirees to apply unused sick leave towards retirement 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 26

27 Political whims All-in-all, nearly 900 bills were submitted between 1973 and 2007 which had the capacity to materially affect our rights and benefits under the National Agreement. 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 27

28 The National Agreement... Article1 Union Recognition –Says that the NALC is the sole bargaining agent for all City Letter Carriers (whether members or not) 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 28

29 The National Agreement... Article 2 Non-discrimination and Civil Rights It says that there will be no discrimination tolerated because of because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, physical handicap, or marital status. 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 29

30 The National Agreement... Article 3 Management Rights This is an important one...Management likes to use it in their behalf, but it works better for us... It says that management has the right to manage, as long as they manage in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, contract provisions, arbitration awards, letters of agreement, and memoranda. 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 30

31 The National Agreement... Article 4 Technological and Mechanization Changes It says that management will keep us informed ahead of time regarding changes in wages, hours, and working conditions 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 31

32 The National Agreement... Article 5 Prohibition of Unilateral Changes This is an important one... It incorporates the National Labor Relations Act into the national agreement It prohibits management from acting unilaterally in areas of wages, hours, and working conditions 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 32

33 The National Agreement... Article 6 No Layoffs or Reduction in Force You may not be laid off once you have six years of continuous service 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 33

34 The National Agreement... Article 7 Employee Classifications This article defines the employee classifications within the Letter Carrier workforce –Career Full time Part time –Non-career TEs...no more casuals 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 34

35 The National Agreement... Article 8 Hours of Work It lays out who should work and when It’s the topic of more grievances than any other article 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 35

36 The National Agreement... Article 9 Salaries and Wages Sets out the amounts and timing of pay increases over the life of the Contract 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 36

37 The National Agreement... Article 10 Leave Lays out the rules governing the various types of postal leave You start out with 104 hours of paid annual leave a year After 15 years, you earn 208 hours of paid annual leave a year You can even carry over 440 hours of annual leave You also earn 104 hours of paid sick leave a year 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 37

38 The National Agreement... Article 11 Holidays Regular Letter Carriers get 10 paid holidays a year 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 38

39 The National Agreement... Article 12 Seniority, Posting and Reassignments Up until 2009, this wasn’t a particularly important article, but –Declining volumes made it so... –Loss of regular jobs and excessing 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 39

40 The National Agreement... Article 13 Ill and Injured Deals with “light duty” –Caused by a non-work related injury or illness –An employee with five years or more service –Management owes “greatest consideration” Deals with “limited duty” –Caused by a work related injury or illness –Any career employee –Management owes 40 hours of work or pay 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 40

41 The National Agreement... Article 14 Safety and Health It’s management’s responsibility to provide safe working conditions and to develop a safe work force It’s our responsibility to support them in that effort 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 41

42 The National Agreement... Article 15 Grievance/Arbitration Procedure Defines the process through which disputes between management and the work force will be resolved 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 42

43 The National Agreement... Article 16 Discipline In the administration of this Article, a basic principle shall be that discipline should be corrective in nature, rather than punitive No employee may be disciplined or discharged except for just cause 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 43

44 The National Agreement... Article 17 Representation Very important article It defines Stewards rights and responsibilities –The right to investigate and adjust grievances and problems that may become grievances; –The right to paid time to conduct those activities; –The right to obtain management information; –Superseniority concerning being involuntarily transferred; –An employee’s right to steward representation during an interrogation. 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 44

45 The National Agreement... Article 18 No Strike Pretty quiet... –Now... 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 45

46 The National Agreement... Article 19 Handbooks and Manuals Those parts of all handbooks, manuals and published regulations of the Postal Service, that directly relate to wages, hours or working conditions, as they apply to employees covered by this Agreement, shall contain nothing that conflicts with this Agreement 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 46

47 The National Agreement... Article 20 Parking Doesn’t have a lot of value to us 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 47

48 The National Agreement... Article 21 Benefit Plans Says that the Service will continue to pay a share of our health benefits as well as how big that share will be –85% for 2008 –83% for 2009 –82% for 2010 –81% for 2011 –80% for 2012 Pray (and work) for the cost of health benefits to go down for everyone 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 48

49 The National Agreement... Article 22 Bulletin Boards Give us the right to post NALC materials on bulletin boards in the workplace 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 49

50 The National Agreement... Article 23 Right of Union Officials to Enter Premises Establishes the right of NALC officials to enter postal installations for any official purpose related to collective bargaining or labor relations –Simple notification is sufficient 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 50

51 The National Agreement... Article 24 Leave for Union Business Gives us the right to take Leave Without Pay for union business –Long term – full-time officers 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 51

52 The National Agreement... Article 25 Higher Level Assignments Simply says that if you’re doing higher level work, you’ll be paid at the appropriate rate 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 52

53 The National Agreement... Article 26 Uniforms Effective November 21, 2009, you’ll receive $362/year clothing allowance 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 53

54 The National Agreement... Article 27 Employee Claims An employee may file a claim and be reimbursed for loss or damage to his/her personal property except for motor vehicles and the contents thereof taking into consideration depreciation where the loss or damage was suffered in connection with or incident to the employee’s employment while on duty or while on postal premises 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 54

55 The National Agreement... Article 28 Employer Claims An employee is responsible for the protection of the mails entrusted to the employee. Such employee shall not be financially liable for any loss, rifling, damage, wrong delivery of, or depredation on, the mails or failure to collect or remit C.O.D. funds unless the employee failed to exercise reasonable care An employee shall be financially liable for any loss or damage to property...only when the loss or damage was the result of the willful or deliberate misconduct of such employee 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 55

56 The National Agreement... Article 29 Driving Privileges National Arbitrator Snow held in I94N-4I-D 96027608, April 8, 1998 (C-18159) that if it is not possible to accommodate temporary cross- craft assignments in a way that does not violate another craft’s agreement, a letter carrier who is deprived of the right to an otherwise available temporary cross-craft assignment to a position in another craft must be placed on leave with pay until such time as he may return to work without violating either unions’ agreement 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 56

57 The National Agreement... Article 30 Local Negotiations We bargain locally over 22 specific items –Local leave program –Overtime list –Posting and bidding of duty assignments –Holiday pecking order –Light duty assignments –Rotating or fixed days off –Assignment of parking spaces 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 57

58 The National Agreement... Article 31 Union/Management Cooperation Organizing The Employer will make available for inspection by the Union all relevant information necessary for collective bargaining or the enforcement, administration or interpretation of this Agreement, including information necessary to determine whether to file or to continue the processing of a grievance under this Agreement. 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 58

59 The National Agreement... Article 32 Subcontracting The Employer will give due consideration to public interest, cost, efficiency, availability of equipment, and qualification of employees when evaluating the need to subcontract –Having considered, they can just about do as they please –Except for the 2007 memo limiting subcontracting Letter Carrier work 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 59

60 The National Agreement... Article 33 Promotions Doesn’t buy us a lot 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 60

61 The National Agreement... Article 34 Work/Time Standards The principle of a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay is recognized by all parties to this Agreement. The Employer agrees that any work measurement systems or time or work standards shall be fair, reasonable and equitable. 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 61

62 The National Agreement... Article 35 EAP Affirms the parties’ continued joint support for a national program of employee counseling for alcohol or drug abuse as well as for other types of family or personal problems An employee’s voluntary participation in the EAP for assistance with alcohol and/or drug abuse will be considered favorably in disciplinary action proceedings. 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 62

63 The National Agreement... Article 36 Credit Unions If the Union establishes a credit union, the Service will provide space (if available) and time from work to staff it 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 63

64 The National Agreement... Article 41 Letter Carrier Craft Negotiated specifically to cover City Letter Carriers –37, 38, 39, and 40 all cover other crafts Generally covers posting and seniority Miscellaneous provisions –Forms, supply items, use of telephones, accident notification, count and inspections, work methods –Drive-out agreements 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 64

65 The National Agreement... Article 42 Energy shortages Provides a vehicle through which the parties meet and discuss energy related problems and solutions 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 65

66 The National Agreement... Article 43 Separability and duration Should any part of this Agreement or any provision contained herein be rendered or declared invalid by reason of any existing or subsequently enacted legislation or by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidation of such part or provision of this Agreement shall not invalidate the remaining portions of this agreement, and they shall remain in full force and effect. 10/11/2014 10:41:10 PM slide 66

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