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Well it was an interesting Convention. As you may know, Shirley Weaver had passed away just before the convention and that kind of changed the atmosphere, it got very emotional at times. She was our VP and was going to run for President.
Here are the results:
President : Dale Miller (former President) announced at the convention and ran un-opposed won by acclamation.
Vice-President: Terry Stubblefield (was Trustee) ran un-opposed won by acclamation.
Sec/Treas.: Janis Cassens ran un-opposed for re-election won by acclamation.
Now here is where it got real interesting for the Trustee positions:
We had 3 trustee positions open with the 4th one hinging on whether Terry Stubblefield won as VP, which he did and a 4th position opened. NOTE: Reason so many were open was we passed at our 2001 convention that a state officer could not also be a State or Asst. State Steward.
Trustee Position 5 had Polly Alexander (who won last year for the
un-expired 1 year term) running again against Ed Warren.
Trustee Position 2 (was held by Jenny Lewallen, Asst. State Steward)
had Frieda Hartman announced for running. At the convention Chuck Moore
(from my Local 076) announced his intentions of running.
Trustee Place 3 (was held by Patsy Black, Asst. State Steward) had
Victor Rodriquez (from my local 076), Tommy Smith (from my local 076)
and Robert Fair.
Now this next one got a little exciting, so hopefully I got my notes
so here are the TRLCA State Officers:
also, three cities were considered for the 2004 state convention.
Amarillo, Beaumont and Bryant/college station.
Now as far as the Delegate ballot, we had 126 nominations. Of the 5507 sent out, 1290 ballots were returned for a 23% return of the ballots. In my opinion, this is pitiful!!
OF THE 1290 BALLOTS BEING RETURNED FOR TABULATION:
the Elections Committee also made the following recommendations:
Texas is eligible for 52 National Delegates at this time based on last year. However, as of July 1st this number will more then likely go up or down, depending on what happens after the purging of the list by National.
State Board Announces Meeting
There will be a meeting of the Texas Rural Letter Carriers
state Board on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 beginning at 12:00 noon. The meeting
will be at the Holiday Inn Express at 600 San Gabriel
John Calhoun Wells had prior experience dealing with the USPS and it's Labor Unions.
See the Congressional testimony here:
Southwest Area Manager Lopez
Addresses rebuilds and leaving times.
Read his letter here.
4/4/2002 - New NEWS.....
Rural Mail Counts
This web site has a commentary and remarks by rural carriers.
03/24/2002 - News FLASH (for real)...
Go to: www.nbc-2.com
carriers complain pay survey was inaccurate
Follow-up story - 03/38/2002
carriers fear postal conspiracy
***New Step 4 on address orientation filed on 3/14/2002.
See What's New at NRLCA.org
On March 13, 2002 , in another action related to the 2002 mail count, President Baffa informed the Postal Service of the Union s position regarding the issue of the certification of the PS Form 4241.
The all-encompassing omnibus grievances shall apply
to all rural routes regardless of whether PS Form 4241 is signed or not.
NRLCA FILES STEP 4 GRIEVANCES ON THE 2002 MAIL COUNT
Alexandria, VA., March 8, 2002. The NRLCA filed three Step 4 (National Level) grievances on this date against the USPS.
For more information, visit the National Web Site.
New salary chart effective May 18, 2002 is posted on the NRLCA site. Click here to view.
Additional Provisions Implemented by Arbitrators Award:
Include handicapped employees in Article 2, Non-discrimination and Civil Rights.
An exception to the relief day worked provisions, allowing a regular carrier to voluntarily work their relief day for an X day, scheduled the same way as annual leave, to allow a relief carrier a day off.
Table of evaluated hours for Auxiliary routes from 12 to 57 hours.
Regular may be made to work designated holiday only when relief unavailable.
Vacant regular routes evaluated 26 standard hours and under revert to auxiliary status.
Compliance with decisions by a court, EEOC or federal agency reemploying a former rural carrier.
Change from RCR to RCA will not require a new probationary period.
When a TRC assigned as primary backup on an auxiliary route, management may use the TRC or a PTF prior to offering to substitutes, RCAs and RCRs.
ELM shall be changed to reflect that rural carrier step increases may not be withheld based on the carriers work performance.
The parties have agreed that the Postal Service will establish a policy letter indicating that supervisors shall not require, nor permit, rural carrier craft employees to work off the clock.
USPS shall issue a policy letter reminding district staffs to provide postmasters with reasons for any red-lined column R time and the responsibility to inform the employee.
It is agreed that the Postal Service will provide 3,000 right-hand drive
postal-owned or postal-leased vehicles on rural routes each year
for a five-year period, starting in calendar year 2004 and ending in calendar
year 2008. These vehicles are in addition to any postal vehicles provided
to replace the 10,804 postal vehicles currently assigned to rural routes.
The following are several major provisions of the Arbitrator's Award given to the parties on Monday, February 4, 2002 .
The term of the new National Agreement will be November 21, 2000 through November 20, 2004 .
The economic package will be as follows:
Effective 11/18/00 - 1.2% of the salary schedule in effect on 9/9/00
Effective 11/17/01 - 1.8% of the salary schedule in effect on 9/9/00
Effective 11/16/02 - 1.4% of the salary schedule in effect on 9/9/00
Effective 11/15/03 - 1.2% of the salary schedule in effect on 9/9/00
The 1.2% and 1.8% general wage increases shall be paid as soon as administratively practicable.
Hourly rate employees (RCR's and RCA's) will receive a proportional amount of hourly increase, based on the above.
The Arbitrator upgraded regular rural carriers one pay level upgrade. In addition, he awarded a $300 across-the-board increase for all steps.
Both of the above will go into effect on May 18, 2002 .
COLA's - Continuation of COLA's as in the past with the following exception: The first increase will be paid in a lump sum of $499 and the new base period is October 2001.
The above will be paid as soon as possible.
In 2002, the mail count will commence February 28 through March 13. All routes will be counted. This count will become effective May 4, 2002 . This will cause a one-time reduction of the time frame for pre-count conferences from 15 days to 6 days.
In 2003, all routes will be counted for a 24-day period, commencing on the Saturday preceding the Presidents' Day holiday. That count will have an opt-out option.
In 2004, the mail count will be for 18 days, commencing on the Saturday preceding the Presidents' Day holiday. Again, this count will have an opt-out option.
Standards - Effective with the 2002 count, the L-route factor will be increased from 1.64 to 1.82. In addition, the following standards will become effective with this count:
Casing rates for letters - from 16 to 18 pieces per minute.
Flats - from 8 pieces to 10 pieces per minute.
Strap-out standard - from 60 pieces to 70 pieces per minute.
Also, the definition of a letter has been revised from 5" to 6 1/8".
Substantial Service Changes - The number of minutes required to trigger a modification of a route evaluation has been reduced from 120 minutes to 60 minutes.
Vehicles - It is agreed that the Postal Service will provide 3,000 right-hand
drive postal-owned or postal-leased vehicles on rural routes each
year for a five-year period, starting in calendar year 2004 and ending
in calendar year 2008. These vehicles are in addition to any postal vehicles
provided to replace the 10,804 postal vehicles currently assigned to rural
( from http://www.nrlca.org/whatsnew.html )
********will try to locate missed updates and post, sorry :-(
DAY 5: CONTRACT ARBITRATION-September 12, 2001
The hearing commenced with legal counsel Michael Gan calling Vice President Dale Holton as a witness. In response to the direct examination by Mr. Gan, Mr. Holton began by giving an account of his background regarding his employment as a rural carrier and the various positions he had held at the state level in Louisiana in addition to having served as the national vice president for the past three years. He continued his testimony by discussing the NRLCA proposals related to mail counts. In addition he discussed the NRLCA proposal regarding the NRLCAs desire to have a routes evaluation change once the workload, as determined by the formula delineated in the contract, has increased or decreased by one hour, instead of the two-hour provision that is our current benchmark. He also discussed the NRLCA proposal to give those carriers who qualify the high-low option when a base hour change is made to the route. This would be an additional opportunity for carriers to avail themselves of the option that is provided for in the National Agreement. He finished his direct testimony with a very detailed and informative time line of the history of mail counts over the last four decades. Mr. Holtons was cross-examined by Postal Service attorney, Jon Saperstein, for approximately a half hour.
Legal counsel then called Executive Committeeman, Bill Gordon, to the stand. Mr. Gordon was asked to recount his service in the rural craft. He responded by saying that he had begun his employment with the Postal Service in 1975 at the age of eighteen. He served as a leave replacement while pursuing his secondary education. Mr. Gordon has a degree in business and an extensive education in statistical analysis. He served in several positions at the state level with the Arizona Rural Letter Carriers Association before being elected to his current position in 1996 and again in 2000.
Although the arbitrator has heard much about mail count and the different elements of the mail count that collectively are the basis from which route evaluations are derived, Mr. Gordon took the opportunity to methodically and in great detail explain all of these to the arbitrator. This exhaustive testimony complimented the testimony of Mr. Holton earlier in the day concerning mail counts. Because of his education, experience and involvement in various time studies he also gave creditable testimony related to the mail count data that had been provided to the NRLCA from the Postal Service per an information request. As the day ended Mr. Gordon was specifically addressing the two-week versus the four-week count issue and the relevant data. He will conclude his testimony regarding this issue and give other statistical analyses on the next scheduled day of hearings, September 17, 2001.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Domestic Mail update
After the Federal Aviation Administration yesterday cleared FedEx to begin making cargo flights, FedEx began moving U.S. Mail by air. FedEx air service is fully operational today.
The Postal Service has made special arrangements for cargo mail delivery flights to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nation's Postal System Running Well
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Employees of the United States Postal Service continue to take extraordinary measures to keep the nation's mail system operational. Expanded ground transportation systems have allowed the mail to reach its destination. Postal employees continue to collect, process and deliver mail to business and residential customers across the country except those affected areas in New York City.
"Our employees are doing their part to keep Americans connected through the mail," says Postmaster General John E. Potter. "From the nation's commerce, to cards and letters of support for families touched by these tragic events, we are getting the job done."
Since nationwide air transportation was suspended by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an expanded ground transportation network is moving mail. Cargo flights are beginning to be used to move the mail. Once the FAA allows commercial flights to resume and carry mail, the Postal Service will work to move more mail by air.
Customers seeking updated postal information can check www.usps.com for twice daily updates.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Here's the latest. As we reported this morning, postal operations are continuing throughout the nation. Despite the suspension of commercial air operations by the Federal Aviation Administration, mail continues to move on an expanded ground transportation network.
The question of sending mail to New York City has been raised by many of our customers. The short answer to this question? Most customers mailing to New York City should continue to do so, with no change to how they do it. Customers who have questions should contact their local account representatives or Business Service Network staff for more detailed information.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON D.C. - Postal employees across the country are continuing to maintain normal collection, processing and delivery operations following yesterday's tragic events in New York City and Washington, D.C.
"The best thing we can do for America right now is to keep the mail moving," said Postmaster General John E. Potter.
Mail continues to flow to its destinations and POST OFFICES throughout the country ARE OPEN to serve customers. The only exceptions are the portions of New York City most severely impacted by yesterdays events.
Since nationwide air transportation was suspended by the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA), an expanded ground transportation network is moving
mail. Once the FAA allows commercial flights to resume and carry mail,
the Postal Service will use all existing means to keep the mail moving
to the American people and businesses.
The arbitration was cancelled for the day (Tuesday) before it even began, after the announcement of the evacuation of Postal Headquarters, which overlooks the Pentagon.
No NRLCA officers or Postal officials involved were harmed. It took 6 hours to get back to Alexandria VA from Postal headquarters due to the exiting traffic. Due to cell and phone line activity during this disaster, phones and even pagers were unuseable for much of the day.
It is unknown at this time whether the arbitration schedule for Wednesday will be postponed, continued, or moved.
DAY 4: CONTRACT ARBITRATION-AUGUST 15, 2001
The Postal Services lead counsel, Ed Ward, used the entire day to cross-exam NRLCA immediate past President Steve Smith, concerning Mr. Smiths testimony of August 14, 2001. In responding to questions posed by Mr. Ward the extensive experience of past President Smith as a rural carrier and National Officer of the NRLCA was again made part of the record. Additionally, while answering the inquiries of lead counsel, Mr. Smith repeatedly expressed the NRLCAs contention that over time, the number of changes and added duties has made the job of a rural carrier more difficult. Therefore, the NRLCA is seeking a compensation package that is commensurate with the effort and skill needed to perform the job as presently constituted.
After finishing his questioning of Mr. Smith, Mr. Ward on behalf of himself and the Postal Service noted past President Smiths many years of dedicated service to rural carriers while always dealing with the employer with respect and integrity. The arbitrator was struck by this very unusual gesture in the setting of interest arbitration; a setting that more typically creates an atmosphere that does not normally engender complimentary remarks.
Although the parties were to convene on August 16, 2001, for day 5 of the hearings, the day has been cancelled due to an unfortunate delay in obtaining requested data from the Postal Service necessary for the NRLCA to continue presenting its case in the order that had been planned. However, the hearings will commence again on September 11th as scheduled.
The parties have agreed to three additional hearing dates: September 17th, 18th, and 19th. These are in addition to the dates of October 15th, 16th, and 17th, which were already on the calendar.
DAY 3: CONTRACT ARBITRATION - AUGUST 14, 2001
The third day of arbitration began with the NRLCA showing the arbitrator two videos. One was a training film that emphasized all of the postal services that are available to rural patrons through their rural carrier, in other words, the post office on wheels concept. The other presented a very thorough treatment of what a carrier does from the time of return to the office until signing out for the day.
Following the viewing of the videotapes lead counsel for the NRLCA, William B. Peer, submitted several association exhibits. These exhibits will be relied on and referred to throughout the arbitration hearings as the process continues. Some of them were particularly relevant to the testimony given by immediate NRLCA past President, Steve Smith on this day.
Lead counsel, Mr. Peer, called past President Smith to the witness stand. The parties stipulated that Mr. Smith was an expert witness before his testimony began. Although a written statement had been prepared so that it could be read into the record, Mr. Smith also often interjected extemporaneous testimony to more fully educate the arbitrator on such issues as time standards, the numerous and ever-increasing rural carrier duties, and the intricacies of a mail count and its relationship to a carriers compensation. The day ended upon the conclusion of Mr. Smiths very thorough and impressive testimony.
Day four of the arbitration hearings will begin with the Postal Services cross-examination of Steve Smith.
DAY 2 CONTRACT ARBITRATION- July 17, 2001
With the opening statements concluded, the NRLCA began their presentation before the arbitration panel. The first witness called was Vice President Dale Holton. A site visit to a post office in the Northern Virginia area (Oakton, VA) had been scheduled for the second half of day two. Mr. Holtons testimony laid groundwork of what the arbitration panel would be viewing at the site visit that afternoon and took the panel through a verbal tour of the facility to be visited. Also, a video was shown describing and showing various rural carrier job requirements and functions. Upon completion of the video the arbitrator called for the lunch break and informed the parties that we would meet at the postal facility in Oakton, Virginia after lunch.
The next scheduled dates for the arbitration hearing are: August 14, 15, and 16, 2001.
Day 1 Contract Arbitration- July 16, 2001
The session opened by allowing everyone in the room to introduce themselves. The arbitrator addressed the parties with some of his personal ground rules and the mutually agreed to ground rules.
William B. Peer, lead counsel for the NRLCA, started by giving the Union opening statements to the arbitration panel. His law partner, Michael Gan, who finished presenting the Unions opening statement, assisted him. The presentation by both of them was outstanding.
So ended the first half of the first day. The arbitrator called for a
lunch break. Upon return from lunch the USPS presented their opening statement.
The USPS lead counsel, Edward Ward, presented it. Mr. Ward was also the
USPS lead counsel in the USPS/NALC arbitration in front of arbitrator
Fleishli concerning the NALC Level 6 pay issue.
To The Delegates and Members
of The Texas Rural Letter Carriers Association
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you that supported me in my bid for reelection as Trustee to the board of the Texas Rural Letter Carriers Association. I am very grateful for your vote and support, and your words of encouragement mean so much to me. The confidence you have placed in me by electing me to a third term is greatly appreciated and I will do my very best not to let you down. You, the members, are the foundation of our association and I will do my best to see that each of you are represented. I have tried to do what I believe the members would have me do, without letting personal feelings get in the way. Ours is a family organization but it is also a business and must be run as such. Your opinions and concerns are important to me. If there is ever anything I can do for you please let me know. Thank you again.
From Postal Bulletin 22053 (6-28-01) Page 90
Have added most, I think, of the C&BLs and Resolutions that were submitted from the floor. The Online Texas Constitution and By-Laws have been updated with the information that I have. I am trying to keep a tab on the delegates that will be attending National Convention in Atlantic City. If you are on the list and are definitely not going, please let me know so I can update the list. Still working on organizing pictures that were given to me from past meetings. I hope to have them posted soon. If anyone has pictures from Beaumont, I would love to post them. Please contact me and we'll figure out how to get them online.
Notice for interested members:
The next board meeting has been scheduled for July 12-13 in Fairfield, Texas at the Holiday Inn Express. Meeting will begin at 10:00 am.
Convention Updates are coming. Click here for preliminary information.
The agenda / program for the 2001 TXRLCA State convention is now available under the Conventions section. Or you may click here. Only the Association information has been provided at this time.
June 8, 2001
Two days of Mediation were held on Friday June 1 and Saturday June2, 2001 as a culmination of the fact finding/mediation process that was agreed upon by the NRLCA and the USPS.
Many will read this and complain that there is no information in this report. This is being written to keep you informed as to where the process is at this time. It is not being written to provide a detailed account of everything that was said and done during mediation and fact finding.
Many will remember that because of the ground rules, the parties are prevented from discussing the specifics of negotiations, fact finding and mediation. Because of the ground rules this report will only address generalities.
The only thing that can be shared is what you already know. The issues that were addressed by the delegates through the resolutions process the past 6 years continue to be the issues that the National Board is keeping in the forefront. All of you know the issues. Level 6 pay, 24-day annual mail count, L-Route elimination, vehicles, increased EMA, increased parcel time and enhancements for the leave replacement position continue to take top priority. These issues along with many others continue to be discussed.
On Friday June 1, 2001 the parties met with Mediator John C. Wells. At this time he told us what he felt the purpose of the two days should be. Over the course of the next two days there was discussion between the Mediator and the parties individually, discussion between the Mediator and the parties collectively and discussion between the parties without the mediator.
The hopes of all involved was to emerge at the end of the two days with an agreement that was reached between the parties without the need to advance to the next step which is Binding Interest Arbitration. At the end of the two-day session, the only agreement that was reached was an agreement to allow for one additional day of mediation before the first scheduled day of Arbitration. Should no agreement be reached during the final day of mediation, then Arbitration will begin on Monday July 16, 2001.
June 6, 2001---(from NRLCA web site)
2001 MAILCOUNT INFORMATION
The NRLCA takes the position that since this is an odd numbered year and since the count that was held in September of 2000 was for two weeks, then any count that is conducted in 2001 should be a 24 day count. This 24-day pattern should be maintained in the same manner as it has been since 1987. This would mean that the count period should be in September and it should be for a period of 24 days, this 24-day period would include the Labor Day Holiday.
It is also the position of the NRLCA that since Article 9.2.C.11. (1) and (2) (routes that qualify for a special count due to 4 hours of service changes) have always been counted for 24 days in the years when there was a 24-day count (odd numbered years), that this year should be no different. These routes should be counted for 24 days in September including the Labor Day Holiday.
The statements above detail the position of the NRLCA. However, our position has not been accepted by the Postal Service.
The NRLCA has been informed that the Postal Service will not invoke what they feel is their contractual right to call for a National count of mail on all rural routes during the last twelve working days of September. (Article 12.2.C.3.b) The Postal Service did indicate, however, that the contract allows them to conduct 12-day count in September on all routes that have experienced 4 hours in service changes.
The NRLCA has notified the Postal Service that this interpretation is not acceptable and that the NRLCA does not agree with their position. Although the language states “…the last twelve working days in September…” the NRLCA feels that the language still falls under the overall mail count language of the contract that is dated and therefore invalid. We believe this language to be governed by the “past practice” which has occurred in every year that there has been a 24-day count in September. In those years, routes that experienced a 4-hour service change were counted for 24 days and not “the last 12 working days in September”.
The National Board has taken the stated positions with regard to mail count because it feels that these positions are in the best interest of the rural carrier craft to stand firm in the belief that there should be a 24 day count in September of 2001 as the established pattern would suggest.
On June 6, 2001, agreement was reached with the Postal Service to “waive, until further notice, the requirements of Article 9.2.C.11.a.(1) and (2) as well as Article 9.2.C.11.b, as appropriate, of the Extension Agreement concerning special counts during the last twelve (12) working days in September when routes have experienced a service change of four (4) hours or more. Even though the Postal Service does not agree with the position of the NRLCA, they have agreed to respect the position of the NRLCA and not require any count in September, which would fall under these two articles. Other special counts required pursuant to Article 9.2.C.11.a.(3), (4) and (5) are not affected by this agreement”
A copy of the Memorandum of Understanding follows below:
**memorandum of understanding between the united states postal service and the national rural letter carriers' association
The parties agree to waive, until further notice, the requirements of Article 9.2.C.11.a.(1) and (2) as well as Article 9.2.C.11.b, as appropriate, of the Extension Agreement concerning special counts during the last twelve (12) days in September when routes have experienced a service change of four (4) hours or more.
Other Special counts required pursuant to Article 9.2.C.11.a.(3), (4) and (5) are not affected by this agreement.
June 4, 2001
****There will be a display at the appreciation dinner for pictures of Freddy and Stan through the years. If anyone has any pictures they would like to show they can bring them to the convention and get them to Peggye Ord on Sunday. If you need the pictures returned, be sure that you put your name on the back. It would be better if they were copies in case Stan or Freddy wanted to keep the pictures. Please pass this info on to anyone who might like to participate.****
May 29, 2001
May 29, 2001
In attendance, Terry Stubblefield, Shirley Weaver, Billy Weaver, Victor C. Rodriguez, Stan Waldrip, Paula Snider, Lanona Jackson. The drawing started at about 1:50 pm.
Paula Snider drew the names. Stan called out the number of the position on the ballot followed by the name of the nominee. Shirley Weaver and Terry Stubblefield had a sheet with all the nominees names in alphabetized order prepared by Stan. They would note the position number by the side of the name called out by Stan.
Victor Rodriguez listed the names as they were called out on his own sheet of 125 numbered positions. The positions were double checked by having Paula Snider call out Victor's list and have Stan, Shirley and Terry verify from their lists.
Stan was to fax the ballot to the printer by that day.
Thanks to the TXRLCA board for providing the following information. The list turned out as follows:
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