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September 4, 2020 Update from Dan Heins, UPMA National President

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 09/04/20

Friday Message, September 4, 2020

The National Executive Board held a meeting on August 31 and September 1.    Among the items discussed was annual leave carryover.    Doug Tulino, Vice President of Labor Relations at USPS Headquarters, announced that we were able to reach a consultative agreement that includes provisions which would be made to allow individuals to carry over an additional 80 hours (now up to a total of 640) for leave year 2020 and in leave year 2021, individuals would be able to sell back an additional 40 hours (up to 168).   The letter outlining the parameters, etc., was received yesterday and has been posted on our website.   If you need a copy let me know and I will be happy to share it with you.    Just send an email to dheins@unitedpma.org.

The Board also heard from new Executive Vice President and Chief Retail and Delivery Officer, Kristin Seaver.     Ms. Seaver outlined the new reporting structure of the organization and how the Retail and Delivery team is set up.    As part of her team Dr. Joshua Colin is the Vice President of Delivery and Angela Curtis is the Vice President of Retail.   Ms. Seaver was also asked questions regarding the reduction of retail hours and stated that while this has been put on hold for now, it will be reviewed in the future.  With that said, there are no plans to reduce any hours at this time and that Districts should not be moving ahead with this process because there are no firm plans on what any reduction, if implemented will look like.  If you have the process in place in your District, please let me know here at the National Office and I will take that forward to Headquarters.   Kristin also committed to take a look at the issue of mail that is brought back after the dispatch of value to see if we can have a national policy on what our process should be regarding when, or if, mail needs to be transported to the plant.     It was pointed out that one of the concerns regarding this issue and the issue of route exams and inspections, etc., is the sometimes-mandated use of Privately Owned Vehicles (POV).    Everyone needs to understand that you cannot be mandated to use your POV if you choose not to.  

During our National Executive Board meeting we also discussed the issue of NPA for 2020 and 2021.   At this time there are still a number of possibilities being looked at for both Fiscal Years and we should have some type of decision before the end of this month.   As with everything that is done to a greater, or lesser, extent anyway, it is my belief that whatever decision is made regarding NPA that not everyone will be happy.   I would remind you that since the end of the Fiscal Year is right around the corner and if you feel that you have issues in your office that prevented you from being successful and you feel that you may want to go to mitigation, be sure to start working on gathering your data and supporting documentation now.    This should include emails to your MPOO about issues that you were unable to resolve, etc.    As always, remember that for mitigation to be considered the changes that you are requesting must move your overall composite score up one block on the matrix.    If you need assistance with this process, I would suggest you view the video on Mitigation Process that is available in the Learning Center on our national website, unitedpma.org.    You can access this by going to the login page (you will need your member number which can be found above your name on the address label on the front of your UPMA Leader magazine, or on the membership card which you received).   Here is the link to the login page https://www.unitedpma.org/member-login?redirect_uri=/resources/educational.    While you are there, please feel free to check out any of the many excellent video presentations that are available on wide range of topics.

There has also been a change that took place on the National Executive Board.    Vice President Stephanie Jett submitted her resignation from the Board and the National Executive Board has appointed Greg Nors, from Texas to replace her for the remainder of that term which ends on October 31, 2020.    I want to thank Stephanie for all her years of service to the members of UPMA since the merger and to the National League of Postmasters prior to the merger.    I also want to thank Greg for being willing to step in and taking on this assignment.

Have a very safe and restful Labor Day weekend.    I know for some of you, you will have to go to work and oversee your operations throughout the weekend; however, I hope that the time you need to spend at your office can be minimal.   Be sure to take some time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.

As always, take care and stay safe,

Dan Heins
UPMA National President