Paul Brawn, your elected State President, has resigned for personal reasons effective June 29, 2013. As Administrative VP I took over and was later confirmed by the Executive Board to finish out his term. My priorities have been to be as responsive as possible on representation of our members at large, get a newsletter out for the first time in years, set up steward training December 7, 2013, 9 AM, at the Holiday Inn in Bangor, and with the help of Secretary/Treasurer Wayne Poland and others, including former National Auxiliary President Doris Poland, plan our next State Convention for hopefully the weekend of May 3, 2014 at Embassy Suites, South Portland, Maine.
Much has been happening in our great Union. We have had a great victory in the award by national arbitrator Shyman Das in October on Postmasters and OICs doing clerk work. That should, barring further foot-dragging by the Postal Service, result in cash payments to many of our associate office clerks. Much of our National elected leadership has changed as a result of the Union election. Our new President Mark Dimondstein and all National officers will be installed after our Craft Conferences in Las Vegas in November, about the time you will be receiving this. I wish Mark and the new team well in the upcoming struggles with not only the Postal Service but the U.S. Congress and even President Obama. This is a time in which our government leaders will eventually pass legislation that will either save the Postal Service as we know it, keep it barely alive on life support, or apply a meat axe of service cuts that will result in the eventual destruction of the Postal Service that we as workers and the American people have known and benefited from all of our lives.
All of us need to write frequently to our Senators Angus King and Susan Collins and, depending upon your location either Representative Chellie Pingree or Michael Michaud. Let them know how important preserving our Hampden Plant and individual post offices is, especially here in Maine where distances are great with many small towns and villages. Without the Hampden Plant service would effectively change to three days for a first class letter mailed in Houlton going to Houlton! This coupled with the plan to eliminate six-day delivery would destroy service standards, making it impractical for mail that requires reliable timely delivery. No business has ever been successful on a model of reducing customer satisfacion. It would result in the slow but inevitable destruction of the Postal Service and the decent livelihood prospects of our membership! Tell them you support the legislation sponsored by Bernie Sanders of Vermont for Postal reform. Senator Sanders is a consistent champion of Postal workers and the Postal consumer.
Elsewhere on this site you will find a list of our State Officers as well as articles from some of them. Please contact your area officer with any concerns or grievances as soon as you are aware of them as we only have fourteen days to file a grievance once you are aware of it. Under NO circumstances without consulting the Union ever write a statement when requested by USPS management. You are required only to cooperate with Postal Service investigations, not to write statements which often get you or someone else in trouble if you don't first get advice from a steward. Never talk to agents of the Office of the Inspector General or Postal Inspectors without first demanding a Union steward be with you during the interview. The job you save may be your own. Finally always ask for a steward whenever you feel you might be disciplined and call the Union whenever you are disciplined, whether it is a letter of warning, suspension or removal.
I may be reached at email@example.com or 207-272-2015 for your input, concerns or need for representation when your area representative cannot be reached.