USPS: Reminder offered on holiday gift exchanges

The Postal Service is reminding employees to proceed with caution when exchanging gifts. Generally, an employee shouldn’t give a gift to a manager or higher-paid colleague. Likewise, a gift shouldn’t be accepted from a subordinate or lower-paid employee. There are exceptions. For example, a non-cash gift worth $10 or less to a manager on birthdays,…

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USPS teams with Google Cloud for call center relief

By Dave Nyczepir – December 12, 2019 The U.S. Postal Service plans to reduce wait times on about 80 million customer calls fielded annually through a partnership with Google Cloud announced Thursday. USPS awarded Carahsoft — Google Cloud’s authorized distributor for public sector clients — a cloud contract with a $50 million ceiling covering customer…

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USPS OIG Report: Compensation, Benefit, and Bonus Authority in CY 2018

Objective Our objective was to determine whether the U.S. Postal Service complied with applicable maximum total compensation provisions of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA), related Postal Service policies and guidelines, and related U.S. Internal Revenue Service regulations in calendar year (CY) 2018. For CY 2018, the annual salary of each Postal…

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Reducing Official Time for Unions in EEO

By Ralph R. Smith – December 12, 2019 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking clarifying official time provisions for federal employees working in an official capacity for a union. What Is Official Time? “Official time” has been the source of a number of issues in the federal labor…

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USPS OIG Report: First-Line Supervisors in the Postal Service

Executive Summary Due to the impact of first‑line supervisors on Postal Service operations, the OIG sought to gain an understanding of the structure, footprint within the organization, and investments made in first‑line supervisors. As such, key human capital and performance data related to first‑line supervisors was examined to assess patterns of historical performance, evaluate comparability…

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USPS: Sites add scanning capabilities for cards

USPS recently added technology at retail locations that provides employees with the capability to scan government identification cards with two-dimensional barcodes. Postal Service locations with Retail Systems Software (RSS) and mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) equipment can now scan these cards. The scans are required for Hold Mail and change of address requests. Scanning the…

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Christmas Holiday 2019 – Facts for APWU members

2019 Christmas Holiday Facts By Bill Lewis, Trenton Metro Area Local #1020 The following Christmas Holiday facts are for APWU members and the information contained in the article is from the APWU Collective Bargaining Agreement. I would like to share with everyone the questions and my responses to many questions relating to the upcoming Christmas…

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APWU 2020 Pay & Holiday Calendar, Leave Chart

The 2020 new leave year begins and ends as indicated below: Begins: PP 02-2020, January 4, 2020 Ends: PP 01-2021, January 1, 2021 2020 Pay & Holiday Calendar 2020 Leave Chart Related: USPS: Calendar shows 2020 payroll schedule

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