APWU: Major Win for the MVS Craft – POM 1995 Language Restored

09/13/2018 – When the USPS made changes to Chapters 5 and 7 of the Postal Operations Manual (POM) in 1995, APWU challenged the changes as not fair, reasonable, and equitable. While USPS agreed to restore the language in 2007 and again in 2012, they never did. APWU never stopped fighting. On August 28, we reached…

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APWU: MVS Holiday Peak Exception Period Terms Reached

09/13/2018 – APWU MVS teams reached an agreement for the Holiday Peak Season Exception Periods. The previous Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for MVS was signed as part of the 2015-2018 CBA, and will expire September 20 with the CBA. A new MOU was necessary to ensure our full rights are upheld during the holiday season….

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USPS: What to do in an ‘active shooter’ situation

To mark National Preparedness Month, the Postal Service is once again reminding employees what to do in an “active shooter” situation. USPS is not aware of any specific threats against the organization. An active shooter is anyone who kills or attempts to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically using firearms. Active shooters…

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USPS OIG Report: Accuracy of Grievances in the Grievance and Arbitration Tracking System – Houston District

Objective Our objective was to assess the accuracy of grievances recorded in the Grievance and Arbitration Tracking System (GATS) for the Houston District. The Postal Service defines a grievance as a dispute, difference or disagreement between parties or a complaint lodged by a party regarding wages, hours or conditions of employment. The grievance process allows…

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USPS: National POW-MIA Recognition Day is Sept. 21

National POW-MIA Recognition Day, which honors the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, is Friday, Sept. 21. Postal Service facilities are required to display the POW-MIA flag this day. The flag must fly below the U.S. flag, and both flags should be…

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UPMA: Congressional Resolution Opposing Postal Privatization Gains Steam

By Bob Levi – 09/12/18 Over the course of the past few weeks, the House of Representatives’ resolution that opposes White House efforts to privatize the U.S. Postal Service has gained momentum. Currently, H.Res. 993 commands the cosponsorship of 178 members of Congress. To determine if your Representative is a cosponsor please link to the Congress.gov….

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USPS: Honoring First Responders stamp arrives

USPS will release Honoring First Responders — a stamp that recognizes the firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical professionals who respond to critical situations — Thursday, Sept. 13. The stamp will feature a representative digital illustration of three first responders as they race into action: a firefighter carrying an ax, an emergency medical services…

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USPS: Employees should review federal withholding

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants USPS and other employees to review their federal income tax withholding. Several tax law changes took effect this year. By checking your withholding now, you can avoid an unexpected bill or penalty at tax time. The IRS offers an online withholding calculator that can help you determine if you…

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