APWU Arbitration Award Restores Rules for Employees Using LWOP to Campaign

Web News Article #: 77-2018 08/08/2018 – APWU members can continue to volunteer in political campaigns under the long-standing leave-without-pay rules in the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM). A national arbitrator rejected changes the Postal Service made to the Leave Without Pay (LWOP) rules for how employees request LWOP to participate in political activities…

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Report to the PRC: Retiree Health Benefit Fund Liability Examination

Executive Summary The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) retained Segal Consulting (Segal) to conduct an independent liability examination for Postal Service workers covered by the Retiree Health Benefit (RHB) Fund. PRC specifically requested that we evaluate: Whether the current assumptions were developed in accordance with generally accepted actuarial principles and methods set forth in the Actuarial…

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USPS National Map tracks operational status of postal facilities

The USPS National Map is an interactive tool that allows employees to track the operational status of postal facilities. The online map provides a visual representation of the on-ground conditions in a given area and allows managers and others to make informed operational decisions. The map can be especially useful for sites affected by natural…

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USPS: August 2018 Retiree E-Newsletter

Returning to the Workforce as a Reemployed Annuitant If you’re interested in returning to the Postal Service you can easily apply for jobs on USPS.com. Go to the bottom portion of the webpage and select Careers. Once you find the job you are looking for, apply as instructed. To learn more about the application process…

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APWU: Special Enrollment Period – PSEs for USPS Health Benefits Plan

Web News Article #: 75-2018 08/03/2018 – On July 30, 2018, the Postal Service notified the APWU that there will be a special enrollment period for PSEs to enroll in the USPS Health Benefits Plan. The enrollment period will be open from August 20, 2018 through October 4, 2018. Coverage will become effective on October…

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USPS OIG Report: Timecard Adjustments in the Greater Boston District

Objective This report responds to a request from U.S. Congressmen Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch regarding unauthorized timecard manipulations that impacted employee workhours at selected U.S. Postal Service facilities in the Greater Boston District. Our objective was to assess whether timecard adjustments were conducted in accordance with Postal Service policy. The Postal Service uses the…

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Postal Employee Ordered to be Removed for Violating Hatch Act

By Ian Smith – August 2, 2018 OSC filed a complaint of Hatch Act violations with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) in March 2018 after the employee, a postal mail processing clerk, ran in two 2017 partisan elections. According to the complaint, the Hatch Act specifically prohibits USPS employees from running for election to…

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USPS: Franked Mail pre-election ban in effect

The “blackout” period for Franked Mail mass mailings takes effect Wednesday, Aug. 8. Franked Mail is official correspondence sent by members of Congress and other authorized users. These mailpieces have the member’s facsimile signature — the frank — in the upper right corner of the envelope or label instead of a postage stamp. The frank…

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