News Listing Page

September 25, 2020 Update from Dan Heins, UPMA National President

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 09/25/20

Friday Message – September 25, 2020

The USPS Election Mail Task Force has decided that one of the initiatives they will be undertaking is to put together “teams” at each one of the Processing and Distribution Facilities in the country.   The teams will be made up of representatives from each of the craft unions, a representative from each of the management associations and the teams will be led by local leadership.    Earlier this week I sent a request to each of the chapter presidents to provide the names of UPMA members near the plants that would be part of these teams.   The team initial training will take place this coming week and then the meetings will begin.   The purpose of the team is to address issues, not just at the plant level, but at the unit level as well.    These teams will work closely with the District Election Mail Coordinator to make sure that we have as seamless a fall mailing season as we possibly can.    With all the eyes that are on us this year, it is more important than ever that we do what we do best, serve the American public like we have never done before.    At any time during this election mailing season if you have an issue with a county seat, an election official, or any other issues make sure you first reach out to your manager to make sure they are aware of the issue.    After that, then use whatever reporting structure has been implemented in your District to make sure that you bring it to the attention of the District leadership to get some assistance to address the issue so it can be dealt with.    When I have finalized the list of individuals filling these important team positions, I will post that list on the national website, unitedpma.org, so you can find out who the representative is for your plant if you have issues you want to bring to their attention as well.

This coming Thursday will be the start of a New Year, well, new Fiscal Year in the Postal Service.    As always, make sure that you have all of your year end reporting and the necessary training completed as much as possible before the end of the year.    Remember that with the start of the new year is the ability to start over.   Starting over is going to be much more of a challenge this year with all the issues related to COVID that continue to plague the country and the Postal Service.   It does not look like the increased parcel volume will be going away in the near future, or the longer term, for that matter.   Continue to work with the other employees in your office to make sure that we are meeting the needs of all our customers, both the mailers and the recipients of the packages to get them delivered as soon as possible.    Again, if you have issues with staffing make sure you are reaching out to someone to get assistance.   The first call needs to be to your manager and then work with the leadership in neighboring offices to find any help that may be available out there.  

With the end of the year approaching I know there is much apprehension out there regarding NPA and the PFP programs for this fiscal year.    While I am not at liberty to say where our discussions are at on the national level at this time, I can tell you that I have been in contact with USPS Headquarters and have put together a proposal to address many of the issues with NPA that you are facing in the field and at all levels of the organization this year.    With that said, I do not expect that we will be able to report what the final decision will be regarding NPA until sometime early in October.    Whatever happens will have to be addressed by the Executive Leadership Team at USPS Headquarters and then the Board of Governors, as well.   So, we are in a wait and see pattern at this time.    As soon as I have any information, I will be sure to share it with you.   For now, make sure that you are gathering the information that you need to file mitigation when the time comes so that you are prepared when that window of opportunity to file is announced.

As always, stay safe and take care of yourself, your family, and your employees.

Have a great weekend,

Dan Heins
National President