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Guest post by MIKE BARNABI
I've been a card-carrying member of the NRLCA since I was hired in the late 1990s. Any more I'm starting to wonder why.
Sure I get timely information and I've always been a pro-union guy, but the representation has been nothing short of embarrassing the last couple years.
I'm pretty sure the national board has been away from mail (and parcel!) delivery for so long they forget what it's like to be in a car for 4-5 hours a day.
The failures are too numerous to list. Amazingly after our last mail count I was told by my postmaster that we were to start getting Amazon parcels daily. At the time I didn't think anything of it.
Now, however, there are 30 or more when I walk in the door. Basically we have received no compensation for this.
How about the February mail counts? Too much mail in September or October because of elections? Who would agree to this? People on our side? Essentially now we deliver election for nothing!
Not to mention that we miss all the mail from our snowbirds who are gone in February to avoid the nasty Ohio winters.
But back to Amazon. What an embarrassment this has been for our union. Did they not see this coming? Surely it was in the works for months... possibly years. Do they not fight for us any more?
I love how they celebrate the mammoth 1.2 percent pay raises we get.... while our health insurance goes up 3 percent!
These people are clearly asleep at the switch. They have no idea what we do with respect to the parcel business... or even how much mail we have. And clearly they don't have our best interests at heart any more.
The time study? Another debacle. Does anyone really thing this will work to our advantage? I just got a note left at my case the other day that said we aren't getting paid for spm scans any more? Anyone else hear of this?
Rural carriers are doing more work than ever before. Parcel delivery, scanning, etc. are at all time-highs. Isn't it about time we get compensated fairly?