No discontinuances, but more post office suspensions and relocations

October 2, 2015 As a result of all the public protest, the Postal Service has stayed away from post office closings over the past two years, and if legislation recently proposed by Senator Tom Carper were to be approved as is, there would be a moratorium on all post office closings for the next five…

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APWU: TL 5 effective date MOU, PSE and ECP Step 4 Settlements

Via Idowu Balogun, APWU Maintenance Division, Assistant Director A: The parties agree to the following: In a facility which has transitioned from the Handbook MS-47, TL-3 version in accordance with the parties July 9, 2014 MOU, the effective date of the Handbook MS-47, TL-5 version is: Day 1 of the first pay period following the…

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Western PA Stop Staples Demonstration – Sept. 27, 2015

Via John P. Richards, President – Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter of the APWU: The Western Pennsylvania Postal Workers Solidarity Committee held a successful demonstration against the Staples privatization scheme at the Greensburg, PA store on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Related: Western PA Postal Workers Solidarity Committee Update – Sept. 18, 2015

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USPS ELM Revision: Severance Pay

Effective October 1, 2015, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) section 435.1 to update severance pay policy relative to eligibility and qualifying job offer. Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) 4 Pay Administration 435 Severance Pay [Revise the title of 435.1 to read as follows and delete the text…

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Fire Prevention Week is Oct 4-10: Put Smoke Alarms in Your Home to Keep Your Family Safe

Almost 2,500 people die in home fires every year in the United States. Most of these people live in homes that do not have working smoke alarms. More than one-third (37 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms were present. The risk of dying in a home fire is…

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Video: Pittsburgh postmaster will stand trial on charges of intimidating subordinates

(Click THIS LINK if above video doesn’t load in your browser) By Jonathan D. Silver – September 30, 2015 A prosecutor Wednesday claimed that Pittsburgh’s suspended postmaster engaged in a “systemic manipulation of his employees” when he allegedly intimidated and threatened subordinates last year in an effort to dissuade them from cooperating with federal investigators…

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APWU: First Line H Regional Arbitration Award

Via Idowu Balogun, APWU Maintenance Division, Assistant Director A: We are pleased to share with you a very recent regional arbitration award. This award, J10T-4J-C 15092710, is on the issue of local application of Item 6 of the 7/9/2014 MS-47 T/L-5 MOU. We commonly refer to this as a Line H dispute (Line H is…

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