NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POSTAL SUPERVISORS
JAMES E. PARKS JR. DISTRICT BRANCH #526, NORTHERN VIRGINIA—MAY 2023 NEWSLETTER
Hello fellow NAPS members,
I hoped you gained valuable knowledge from attending one of the supervisory meetings recently held around the country. You have heard from top leadership about the road ahead.
Now the work will begin. The Postmaster General has related his vision for the future of USPS. The 10-year plan, Delivering For America, will bring many changes to operations in mail processing and customer service.
NAPS has been working extremely hard nationally and on a local level to urge Legislative
change. Branch 526 members who attended the recent Legislative Training Seminar continue their grassroots efforts by visiting Virginia’s Senate and House members and maintaining a dialogue on issues important to NAPS. Contact your Senators and House Representative and ask for support of USPS and its employees. These are the people you have voted for into National Federal Office. Currently, we need to urge passage of H.R. 594, the Postal Supervisors and Managers Fairness Act. This bill would require the USPS to establish a fair timetable to begin and conclude consultation over EAS pay.
The Virginia District hosted a Career Conference on Sunday April 23, 2023, there was a great turnout and our NAPS table had plenty of visitors asking about our organization. There were many employees hoping to become supervisors or who are currently acting supervisors (204B) at the conference. We need to educate all those seeking advancement about the benefits of NAPS membership.
Supervisors must address unscheduled absences as they occur. This is vitally important as
USPS continues to be hampered by short staffing. Make sure you are setting expectations and discussing attendance with your employees. Make sure you are completing a PS Form 3972 and properly denoting any FMLA protected leave.
If any supervisors are being told to carry mail, which they shouldn’t, make sure those hours are being properly entered in the EAS Carry/RADAR program. EAS employees should only be carrying mail in emergency situations. If you are routinely expected to carry mail, ask that the request be put in writing as you know this is a violation of the NALC contract. In addition, special exempt supervisors should be being paid if the extra duties result in working over 8 1⁄2 hours per day.
As you know there is no formal contract agreement between the USPS and EAS organizations. It is your responsibility to be familiar with the ELM, Management Instructions, Polices and Procedures and any handbooks relevant to the operation you supervise. Become familiar with the contracts of any employees reporting to you (APWU, NALC, Mail handlers and NRCA) and all safety and operational handbooks.
NAPS is the only management organization with the right to participate in pay consultations for nearly all EAS employees. While NAPS has always represented postmasters in adverse action, we now are now included in their pay and policy discussions.
If you know of any new EAS Supervisor(s) in your unit, ask them to join us. If you need materialexplaining the benefits of NAPS membership, just contact anyone of our officers. You will receive $25 for each new member you recruit. After promotion, newly promoted EAS have only 60 days to join NAPS and receive immediate representation from the Disciplinary Defense Fund (DDF) if needed. Employees joining after this window will need to wait 60 days to be eligible for full representation. There is strength in numbers—NAPS is the largest and most effective
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Lloyd B Cox
James E. Parks Jr. Branch 526
NAPS BRANCH 526 MEMBERSHIP MEETING VIA ZOOM
THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2023--7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Meeting ID: 836 9222 9082
If you do not have Zoom capability on your computer or mobile device, you can
dial 301-715-8592 and join using the meeting ID and password.
If you are having difficulties connecting to the meeting, please text Deborah
Holley at 757-377-5679.
If dialing in use the same meeting ID and password
Meeting ID: 836 9222 9082
Urge your Congressional Representative to support and co-sponsor
H.R. 594, the Postal Supervisors and Managers Fairness Act
EAS employees face new challenges every day as they adjust to the rapid changes in
USPS. Despite their crucial role in USPS daily operations, managers, supervisors, and
postmasters have been penalized for years by an unfair compensation process.
Despite court rulings and the findings of a Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
fact-finding panel USPS continues to use a flawed system to determine EAS pay and
ignores input and feedback from NAPS.
Passage of H.R. 594, the Postal Supervisors and Managers Fairness Act, would amend
Title 39 by accelerating the consultative process and ensuring that the
recommendations and decisions rendered by a FMCS fact-finding panel would be
Please urge your member of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 594 and push for its
For more information visit https://naps.org/Legislative-Center-Legislative-Action-Center
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POSTAL
NAPS BRANCH 526 MEMBERSHIP MAY 2023
The May meeting of NAPS Branch 526 will be held on
Thursday, May 18, 2023, at 7:00 PM.
THE MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM, PLEASE SEE
DETAILS INSIDE THIS NEWSLETTER