APWU: OPM Announces Second Major Security Breach

Web News Article #: 130-2015 06/22/2015 – The recent announcement by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) of a second major breach of data on “current and former employees of the federal government whose records OPM manages” could affect many APWU members, said Retirees Department Director Judy Beard. “OPM manages the records of postal retirees,…

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Can a Fragrance Allergy Lead to an ADA or FMLA Claim?

By Gina McAndrew – June 22, 2015 In a recent case, an employee alleged that she suffered from a fragrance allergy and “multiple chemical sensitivity” to fragrant chemicals, perfumes and scented lotions, which impacted her in several ways, including migraines, nausea and difficulty concentrating and focusing. After suffering for several years, she informed her employer of her sensitivity and…

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Flooding forces U.S. Postal Service to go old school

By Mackenzie Concepcion – June 22, 2015 JEFFERSON COUNTY – Neither snow nor rain nor floods can keep people from getting their mail. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says Trumbull Bridge was closed because of flooding, making travel around the area difficult at this time. [maxgallery id=”38184″]   So the U.S. Postal Service is going…

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Mailman Who Landed Gyrocopter At US Capitol Rejects Plea Deal

June 22, 2015 WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/AP) – The Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the lawn of the U.S. Capitol said Monday that he’s rejected a plea offer in a case that would have involved several years in prison. Douglas Hughes is scheduled to appear later Monday in federal court in Washington for a status…

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Expect your Amazon deliveries within 30 minutes via drones next year

By Nancee Halpin – June 22, 2015 Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated in a congressional hearing that regulations for commercial drones will be finalized and put in place within one year. Almost immediately after, Amazon said that as soon as these regulations are implemented, they will be ready to launch their drone…

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Self-service success – USPS kiosks hit revenue milestone

USPS self-service kiosks have generated more than $5 billion in revenue as customers increasingly use the automated machines for retail transactions. Approximately 2,500 kiosks are available in Post Office lobbies across the nation. The kiosks allow customers to purchase print-on-demand stamps, ship packages, look up ZIP Codes and renew Post Offices boxes. “They provide customers…

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Federal Court Dismisses Appeal to MSPB (based on bipolar disorder) of Postal Supervisor’s 2010 Removal

On appeal, Mr. Vaughan argues that he did not voluntarily execute the settlement agreement because of his disability, and because he was informed by the administrative judge via telephone that a video recording of the incident giving rise to the removal “spoke a thousand words.” Mr. Vaughan failed to present sufficient evidence to establish that…

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USPS Grocery Delivery Coming to the Big Apple

June 20, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service filed a statement with the Postal Regulatory Commission on Thursday saying it “intends to expand the Customized Delivery market test to the New York City metropolitan area, on or shortly after June 29, 2015.” The USPS market test of grocery delivery on behalf of Amazon started last fall…

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