USPS: Hatch Act updates affect postal employees

The Postal Service reminds employees that they must follow rules established by the Hatch Act, a law that prohibits federal workers from engaging in some political activities.  The main point of the Hatch Act is to prevent federal employees from using their positions to unduly influence elections. Under the law, employees can register to vote…

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Postal Service to Squander $2 Billion on Vehicles

By John Gizzi – December 1, 2015 The U.S Postal Service is now on the verge of unveiling its new fleet of delivery vehicles — which will cost more than $2 billion. The plan underscores waste the service cannot afford. This was the conclusion of a just-released study commissioned by the advocacy group Securing America’s…

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Bipartisan Senators Join Bill to Stabilize, Modernize U.S. Postal Service

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 WASHINGTON – Today, a bipartisan group of senators joined the effort to fix the serious, but solvable challenges facing the U.S. Postal Service. Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) joined Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, as sponsors…

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NALC and USPS release joint summary overview of FMLA

December 01, 2015 The national parties have reached agreement on a jointly-developed summary overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). This document (M-01866) provides the mutual understanding of the national parties on issues related to leave covered by the FMLA. It fully replaces and updates the FMLA language agreed upon and…

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Staples-Office Depot Merger In Jeopardy As FTC, APWU Suggest Blocking Deal

By John Houck – December 1, 2015 The proposed merger of business retail giants Staples and Office Depot is in trouble. Federal antitrust regulators may block the deal, fearing an office supply monopoly. Staples and Office Depot first proposed the merger back in February. In a previous Inquisitr report, the deal worth $6.3 billion at…

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USPS OIG: Fall 2015 Semiannual Report to Congress

November 30, 2015 The Office of Inspector General is tasked with ensuring efficiency, accountability, and integrity in the U.S. Postal Service. We also have the distinct mission of helping to maintain confidence in the mail and postal system, as well as to improve the Postal Service’s bottom line. We use audits and investigations to help…

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APWU: ‘Stand Up for Safe Jobs’ Campaign Gains Momentum

Web News Article #: 223-2015 11/30/2015 – The APWU’s Stand Up for Safe Jobs campaign is gaining momentum! Across the country locals have been placing a renewed emphasis on workers’ right to a safe workplace and have been distributing fact sheets outlining those rights. The latest is Fact Sheet #3, Can It Hurt Me? Can…

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APWU: Western PA Staples Campaign Takes it to the Top

Web News Article #: 221-2015 11/30/2015 – Members of the Western PA Postal Workers Solidarity Committee met with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on Nov. 20 to discuss the dirty deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples. “Fitzgerald listened to our concerns and offered his support,” reports Joe Radovich of the Pittsburgh Metro Area…

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