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November 13, 2020 Update from Dan Heins, UPMA National President

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 11/14/20

Friday Message – November 13, 2020

Those of you that are eligible for the Annual Leave Exchange offered by the Postal Service should have recently received a letter outlining the program and the program limits.    I just wanted to make sure everyone is aware that the information in the letter is incorrect when it states that the maximum amount of annual leave that you can exchange is 128 hours.   As had been agreed up by the Postal Service earlier this year the maximum amount is actually 168 hours.   The PostalEase website has the correct amount on it if you go into the site to do the exchange.    I am sure the Postal Service is sorry for the error and apologizes for sending the wrong information.

Over the course of the last week we have elected four UPMA Postal Area Coordinators.    In the Central Area, Linda Gurka from Michigan was elected to that position; in the Western/Pacific Area, Michelle Feldhacker from South Dakota was elected to that position;  in the Southern Area, Aaron Campbell from Alabama was elected to that position and in the Atlantic Area, Kathy Santo-Cristo from Connecticut was elected to that position.   With the bylaw changes adopted by the National Executive Board earlier this year these positions are now a one-year term and elections will be held annually at the National Convention starting at Kalahari in Sandusky next summer.   I want to thank those that have served for all, or a portion of the last three years when we had a total of eight coordinators; Janie Holder for the Cap Metro Area; Mari Beth Kirkland for the Eastern Area; Linda Gurka for the Great Lakes Area; Kathy Santo-Cristo for the Northeast Area; Jackie Deter for the Pacific Area; Ron Davis for the Southern Area; Wendy Trautman for Western 1 and Michelle Feldhacker for Western 2.

This message is late because I had hoped to be able to share some information regarding NPA and the PFP system for FY 2020, but the Postal Service is not in a position to have me share the information.   I will just say watch your email for an update.

Take care and stay safe and healthy,

Dan Heins
UPMA National President