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August 2020

Mail Handlers Take Message to Congress in Protest of Reckless Operational Changes

While Senate and House leadership were unable to come to an agreement on emergency financial support for the United States Postal Service, newly appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy moved quickly to make operational changes impacting all postal employees. As many NPMHU members are aware, DeJoy implemented a pilot program directly impacting over 300 postal facilities. A month after he took office, DeJoy called for carriers to expedite routes that could result in mail and packages being left behind for a later delivery.  Shortly after its implementation, NPMHU members reported a backload of first-class mail and packages. It also did not take long for American households and businesses to notice the delays as many local media outlets noted neighborhood frustrations, asking for answers.

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Retroactive Wage and Dues Increase

The National Office will soon be implementing a regular membership dues increase in the amount of one dollar ($1.00) per pay period - of which the Local Union will receive eighty cents ($.80) per pay period. This dues increase is scheduled to be implemented in PP19-2020, to be reflected in paychecks issued on September 18, 2020. The retroactive amount for the dues increase will result in a one-time collection of an additional $21.00 representing the increase from PP25-2019 through PP19-2020. Most mail handlers will be debited $47 on September 18, 2020 and dues will return to the new amount, $26.00 for most, in PP20-2020. Additionally, the USPS has notified the NPMHU that the retroactive wage payment is tentatively scheduled to be paid in PP 22-2020.

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