Senate Republicans Go After Federal Retirement Benefits, Too

By Eric Katz – March 18, 2015 Senate Republicans called for cuts to the federal workforce, higher pension contributions and changes to health care benefits in a budget blueprint unveiled Wednesday. The changes would result in $170 billion in savings over 10 years on the backs of federal employees, Senate Budget Committee aides said. The…

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NALC: House budget ‘plan’? Cut letter carrier pay (again)

Mar 18, 2015 The federal spending plan for Fiscal Year 2016 released by the House of Representatives on Tuesday once again aims to cut letter carriers’ pay. The FY2016 budget measure, released by the House Budget Committee, calls for requiring all federal employees to pay more out of their own pockets toward their retirement benefits….

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USPS: Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

Effective March 10, 2015, the Postal Service™ reissued its Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement. In accordance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) Management Directive 715 (MD 715), the policy will be updated annually and promi­nently posted in all personnel offices, EEO offices, and on the agency’s internal website. This policy reaffirms the Postal Service’s…

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Postal Service Policy on Workplace Harassment

Effective March 10, 2015, the Postal Service™ reissued its Postal Service Policy on Workplace Harassment. This policy: Reaffirms the Postal Service’s commitment to pro­viding a work environment free of harassment. Supersedes MOP HR-06-10-2014, Postal Service Policy on Workplace Harassment. The Postal Service Policy on Workplace Harassment is available on the Postal Service PolicyNet website: Go…

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USPS ELM Revision: FERS Further Revised Annuity Employees (FRAE)

Effective March 19, 2015, the Postal Service™ is revis­ing the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM). Recently, section 401 of the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013,” signed into law by the President on December 26, 2013, created another class of FERS coverage, FERS-Fur­ther Revised Annuity Employee (FRAE). New career employees (as designated in the statute)…

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USPS ELM Revision: FERS Revised Annuity Employees (RAE)

Effective March 19, 2015, the Postal Service™ is revis­ing the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM). Recently Public Law 112-96, the “Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012” made changes to the FERS retirement law. New career employees (as designated in the statute) hired on or after January 1, 2013, will be…

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USPS: Big test – Customers testing larger mailboxes

The Postal Service has expanded its test of larger mailboxes to rural and suburban communities in California, Colorado and North Dakota. Customers in these areas recently received the test boxes, which are the same height as regular mailboxes but much wider to accommodate around 70 percent of boxes currently sent through the mail. The customers…

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Who owns the Postal Service?

By Mark Jamison – March 18, 2015 Who owns the post office? Who is the post office designed to serve? What is the system’s ultimate function? These questions are fundamental to the future and the fate of the post office, the postal network, and postal services in this country. How we answer them will have…

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