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Welcome To Branch 2589 * Lubbock 

Abernathy, Floydada, Lamesa, Levelland, Littlefield, Morton, Muleshoe, Plainview and Spur, Merged

Union Meeting is held every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00pm
President Report

Welcome cooler weather!  We have all been suffering from the heat this summer; just remember to always consider your safety first.  No one is more responsible for your safety than yourself.  Our National Convention has passed and we have a National Election upcoming.  When you receive your ballot, please do some homework and then VOTE!  It does u We have had several retirements this year, some carriers and some “managers”.  I sincerely hope that each and every one has a great retirement, heck some of them we are even glad to see gone, right?  We are looking at having a cook out for Columbus Day this year.     more

New Members

Jeremy Charles Jackson, Louisville; Andrew Michael Kochis, Singer; Adam Martinez, Freedom; Jamie V. Romero, Downtown; and, Matthew Curtis Johnson, Freedom.

Latest Retirees:  Joe F. Orosco - Sunset
Tom Knobloch - Freedom

Secretary Report

On August 21, 2014,  The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:05 P.M.  The invocation was given by J. Nairn. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance. The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present, except T. Chrestman. M. Kuss moved to add T. Chrestman, D. Sieler, R. Estrada, E. Odle, A. Rodriguez, H. Steffens and C. Cooley to the attendance list for tonight.  The motion seconded by C. Rabby. Motion carried.   more



 This is official notice to all members of Branch 2589 that nominations will be taken at our regular meeting October 16, 2014, for the following offices: president; vice president; recording secretary; financial secretary; treasurer; sergeant-at-arms; health benefits representative; editor; and, three trustees; and, delegates to the 2015 Texas State Convention.  The Branch President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be delegates to the Texas State Convention by virtue of their office.  All officers are elected for a term of two years.

 Election of officers and delegates will be by secret ballot and will be held from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., November 20, 2014, at the Union Hall, 1101 - 31st Street, Lubbock, Texas. Requests for absentee ballots must be made individually, in writing, and should be mailed to the Election Committee, 1101 - 31st St., Lubbock, Texas, 79411. Absentee ballots must be requested after nominations have closed on October 16, 2014, but before November 1, 2014.  Election results will be announced at the regular branch meeting, November 20, 2014.


Penella C. Polk,

Recording Secretary

Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas





2014 Color Coded Rotating Days Off Calendar

NALC News  Congress / Postal News Related News

2014 NALC Heroes of the Year: Letter carriers who emptied burning buildings, rescued a boy from a predator, saved a heart attack victim or brightened holidays will be honored by NALC President Fredric Rolando on Wednesday at noon at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Several other carriers also are being recognized as heroes, representing thousands of letter carriers who not only deliver the mail to 150 million households and businesses six days a week, but often assist in situations involving accidents, fires, crimes or health crises. Click here to check out the stories about this year’s honorees.

National Election Committee sets election dates:   The National Election Committee, appointed at the Philadelphia Convention to conduct the election of national officers for the NALC, met on Aug. 15 in Washington to set the rules and procedures of the election. Official election instructions will be included with all ballots mailed to eligible NALC members. Click here for details.

Distribution of campaign literature by e-mail:  NALC has arranged for its long-time election contractor, Peake-DeLancey, to handle requests by candidates for national office in the 2014 NALC election to distribute campaign literature by e-mail. Federal law requires national unions to comply with all reasonable requests by any bona fide candidate for union office to distribute, by mail or otherwise, at the candidate’s expense, campaign literature in aid of such person’s candidacy to all members in good standing of such labor organization.  Click here to read more, including instructions for how candidates can contact Peake-DeLancey.

NALC e-ActivistUpdate your information: The online form for NALC members to sign up as members of the NALC e-Activist Network and the online form for NALC members to update their contact information are both back in service once again. 
Click here
 for the e-Activist Network form. 
Click here for the members’ contact information update form.

USPS announces new scanning device: The Postal Service has announced the deployment of a new Mobile Delivery Device (MDD) to be used by letter carriers. The device, from Honeywell, will transmit scan data in real time and will replace the current Intelligent Mail Device (IMD) and paired cell phone. For detailed information on the new MDD, read an advance copy of Director of City Delivery Brian Renfroe's April 2014Postal Record article here.

Stop Staples: The NALC’s Executive Council has voted to endorse the boycott of the Staples office supplies chain. “NALC stands with the growing list of unions and progressive allies who have joined in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the APWU against outsourcing decent jobs,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The Postal Service should not undermine its own superb network by sub-contracting work to low-wage, low-skill workers at chain stores. It should embrace new revenue strategies and innovation to better serve the public.” Click here to read more.

Transfer opportunities: For the current list of city letter carrier positions available for transfer under the provisions of M-01834, click here.


COLAs total $1,227 annually:    Following the Aug. 19 release of the July Consumer Price Index (CPI), the fourth cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement is $686 annually. Under the terms of the 2011-2016 agreement, payment of this fourth cost-of-living adjustment will take effect in Pay Period 20 (pay date Sept. 26), the same pay period that the deferred second contract COLA will take effect. The second cost-of-living adjustment for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement was $541 annually. Combined, the two COLAs equal $1,227. This increase will be added to the salaries of all steps in Table 1 and Step O of Table 2, with proportionate application of the COLA to Steps A-N of Table 2. More

NALC fights  plant closures and consolidations:  Momentum is building for a one-year moratorium on the closure and consolidation of any additional USPS processing facilities. As half the Senate weighs in, NALC is spearheading a similar effort in the House. More

Customer, employee rights when USPS solicits customers to change the mode of mail: Updated:  NALC is aware of an effort by the Postal Service in different parts of the country to convince customers to agree to change their mode of delivery to cluster box or centralized delivery. Click here for the latest information that details the rights of both postal customers and letter carriers.

S. 316: In the Senate, 31 senators (of 100) so far have co-sponsored S. 316, a postal modernization measure that preserves Saturday mail delivery. Has yours? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on.

H.R. 30:    In the House, a majority of the members  (227 of 435) so far have co-sponsored H. Res. 30, “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service.” Has yours? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note. | Fact sheet

H.R. 630:   In the House, 185 members (of 435) have co-sponsored H.R. 630, a postal modernization measure that preserves Saturday mail delivery. Is your representative a co-sponsor? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note

H.R. 961:   In the House, 169 members of 435) have co-sponsored H.R. 961, a measure that calls for a refund of the USPS’ surplus in FERS. Is your representative a co-sponsor? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note.

H.R.711: In the House, 44 members (of 435) so far have co-sponsored  H.R. 711, expressing the sense e of the House that USPS should take all appropriate measures to ensure continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers. Has yours? Find out here, then go here to look up members' contact information and ask yours to sign on. You can also click here to send your representative a note.

The Koch Sisters: The AFL-CIO introduces you to the Koch Sisters, two women from union households who happen to share the same last name as the Koch Brothers but who are standing together to speak out on behalf of American workers and families. Check out their thoughts on the minimum wage (above), then click here to visit to share your personal story, click here to “like” their Facebook page, and click here to follow them on Twitter.

Deadlines for combined Sept./Oct. Postal Record:  With the delay of the June issue of The Postal Record to meet NALC constitutional requirements, and with the delay of the August issue to cover the convention, NALC will publish a combined September/October issue to help us get back on a normal delivery schedule. Branch leaders and scribes, please note: Branch Items, Retiree Reports, State Summaries, Election Notices, Auxiliary Updates, Nalcrest Updates and Mutual Exchange ads for the September/October issue were due Aug. 22. 

Delivering for America

POSTAL FACTS:    NALC President Fredric Rolando had a strong letter in the Sept. 3 Orange Country Register, responding to an Aug. 28 editorial in the paper that blamed workers’ compensation and workers’ salaries for the Postal Service’s reported red ink. South Florida Branch 1071’s Matty Rose, a retired NALC national officer, was interviewed by ABC News’ “Good Morning America” program about tests of drones for package delivery. NALC Chief of Staff Jim Sauber was interviewed by The Dallas Morning News about the effect technology is having on a number of industries. Racine, WI Branch 436 Assistant VicePresident Jody Spencer recent naming as Racine’s “Labor Person of the Year” was covered by The Journal-Times. • Click here to check out these and many other examples of how NALC leaders and activists are using the news media to spread the truth about the Postal Service’s financial situation. • Click here  to find out how the NALC Communications Department can help members keep both the public and our elected representatives informed.

Customer Connect:  Letter carriers use Customer Connect to take advantage of their special relationship with businesses, encouraging business patrons to ship with the U.S. Postal Service instead of with a private delivery service. To date, carriers have generated more than $1.88 billion in new annual revenue for USPS since Customer Connect was started in mid-2003. Click here to find out more.


Welcome, CCAs!

Welcome to the NALC! By joining your union, you have taken the first and most important step toward protecting your job and securing the future of letter carriers and the USPS. Click here to find information that will help you learn more about your union and your rights and benefits as a city letter carrier.

Newly hired, career-track City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) who have questions about pay, workload, relative standing and more should download the free NALC City Carrier Assistant Rights & Benefits booklet. This 12-page PDF also discusses uniforms, annual and sick leave, rights under the NALC-USPS National Agreement, health insurance, opting and hold-downs, and the various contract memorandums of understanding (MOUs) that deal specifically with CCAs.


CCA annual uniform allowance: Memorandum of understanding  M-01822 provides details on the annual uniform allowance for CCA employees, information on the procedures, instructions and a sample letter from the USPS to authorized uniform vendors.

CCAs: Understanding your health insurance options: Click here to read a letter from NALC Health Benefit Plan Director Brian Hellman that helps to clarify some complicated issues surrounding health insurance for CCAs and to ensure that all CCAs understand their options and rights under the NALC’s National Agreement with the Postal Service.

CCAs converted to full-time career status: Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Residual Vacancies—City Letter Carrier Craft (M-01824), the first wave of city carrier assistant (CCA) conversions to full-time career status took place Nov. 2. Click here to find out more.

 2011-2016 National AgreementNational Agreement Q-and-A’s for CCAs: This jointly-developed memorandum of understanding, M-01819, provides the updated mutual understanding of the national parties on issues related to the 2011 NALC-USPS National Agreement. For more information, click here

Retirement savings plan: CCAs now have access to a plan designed specifically to help them save money for retirement. Provided for by the 2013 Das interest arbitration award, the retirement savings plan (RSP) for CCAs who are members of the NALC was created by the union’s Mutual Benefit Association (MBA) to give CCAs a tax-deferred way to save for retirement. The RSP was organized as a traditional IRA and was specially created for CCAs who are not yet eligible to earn pension benefits under FERS or to participate in the TSP. Click here to find out more.

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