This is the website for NALC Branch 84. Pittsburgh is the birthplace of Unionism (Homestead) and the movement is still alive and kicking here. We believe that communication is the key to a successful Union and a local website for letter carriers is an excellent way to communicate, inform and hopefully inspire the next generation of activists. The national website at www.nalc.org is an excellent source of information concerning national issues. The goal of this website however is to target the southwestern Pennsylvania letter carriers and inform them of our local issues.
Any suggestions to improve this website are welcome by contacting us via email by clicking the "Contact" link above.
Branch 84 President Gary Bluestone's Letter to VP of Eastern Area in Response to the Recent Incidents Involving Violence Against Letter Carriers
Dear Dr. Colin: November 26, 2013
I am writing on behalf of the over 1,500 active city letter carriers represented by our Branch. Our carriers, as well as those across the country, are concerned and outraged by the murder of Tyson Barnette in Maryland last Saturday night while delivering mail well after dark. While we mourn the loss of our brother, the larger concern is that this could easily happen here as delivery after dark is required in so many of our local offices. The outrage is over the fact that this risk is totally unnecessary. We are literally being forced to risk our health and safety due to management’s decision to close processing plants, management’s inability to get the mail to the stations on a timely basis and management’s refusal to properly staff their offices.
Management’s official statement on Mr. Barnette’s death: “The safety and welfare of our employees is our primary concern” rings rather hollow in the face of later starting times, standby time waiting for mail to arrive and the constant forced overtime. While we have been hiring CCA carriers throughout the year, the low retention rate coupled with attrition from the career ranks has left us barely treading water, still without enough carriers to handle the workload. Scores of residual vacancies remain – more than 40 in the city of Pittsburgh alone – and delays abound in getting them filled. Fixing the mail arrival profile should be management’s number one priority, yet all we see are later starting times and standby time, then blaming the carriers when mail can’t be delivered by your mythical five o’clock window.
The men and women who are at risk daily, who are forced to deliver mail after dark, deserve an answer. What is management doing to address these concerns? Move up processing times if necessary; an extra 5% of next day delivery isn’t worth a carrier’s life. Fill the vacancies that are driving all of the forced overtime. Show us something that will prove there really is a “primary concern” for the employees’ health and safety.
Gary S. Bluestone, President
Branch 84, NALC
The response to the above letter can be read by clicking here.
NALC President Rolando has also responded to these safety incidents by talking with the higher-level management. You can read the response by clicking here.
Employment Verification Phone Numbers: Sometimes when you are applying for a loan, mortgage or other personal financial venture, there is a requirement from the financial institution to verify your employment or income. To verify employment, give the verifier your social security number and the USPS employer code - 12946 - and send them to www.theworknumber.com or have them call 1-800-367-5690.
For income history, you'll need to generate a salary key to give to the verifier. You can get that from the above wesite link or by calling 1-800-996-7566. Login using the employee option. You'll need the USPS employer code - 12946 - and your employee ID number. When prompted for a PIN, enter the last four digits of your Social Security number. Have pen and paper ready because you will be given a 6-digit salary key that you will need to provide to the verifier in need of your salary history. Give them the salary key and direct them to the website or they can call 1-800-367-5690 toll-free number. 95% of businesses use this system of employee and salary verification, banks are very familiar with this process.
USPS National Emergency Notification Hotline should be called when you suspect that foul weather may interupt normal USPS operations due to weather-related events. The number for this notification is: 1-888-363-7462. You will have to enter the first three digits of the zip code in which you currently work and it will tell you if there are any developments. Keep checking if the conditions worsen.
New FMLA Forms have been issued due to the National Level decision regarding NALC FMLA forms. If, you need this form BEFORE you go to your doctor, you can download and print the new applicable FMLA form by clicking the appropriate link below.
Then mail to:
PO Box 970905
Greensboro, NC 27497-0905
COLCPE contributions gave us the power to negotiate for wage increases (COLA's) and benefits we enjoy today. If you wish to continue to fight for these these and other issues into the future, you may want to consider donating to COLCPE. It only takes one stroke of the pen in Congress to eliminate six-day delivery and cause other apocalyptic events to happen. You can join COLCPE online by following the instructions listed here.
The Pittsburgh Social-Recreation Committee has a new website! You can access that site by clicking here
The Branch welcomes the following new members:
Click on Member Resources above for listing.