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Thomas J. Blum has been appointed vice president of Labor Relations. He will report directly to Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Human Resources Officer Doug Tulino.
Blum will be responsible for implementing Labor Relations policies, programs and standards governing labor-management relations, equal employment opportunity compliance, bargaining and nonbargaining compensation and benefits and workplace environment and employee assistance programs. He also will lead contract negotiations and the pay consultation process with USPS unions and management associations. Blum began his postal career in 1982 and has held a variety of assignments in Labor Relations and Labor Law. He earned his law degree from Temple University School of Law and served in the U.S. Air Force.
James Timmons, Labor Relations Policy Administration, will be out of the office for negotiations with the National Association of Letter Carriers from Feb. 21 to May 29. During his absence, Tomica Duplessis, Labor Relations specialist, Southern Region, will be detailed on a temporary assignment with Labor Relations at USPS Headquarters. Duplessis is president of NAPS New Orleans Branch 73.
Her skills and experience as a Labor Relations specialist and EAS employee for over 20 years will benefit her in effectively engaging with USPS management associations. Duplessis will be at USPS Headquarters Feb. 13 to May 26. NAPS congratulates her on this higher-level detail assignment.