More Information on USPS’s “Postal Pulse”

Last month, Employees at the Fort Myers Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) began receiving service talks about the USPS’s latest version of the Voice of the Employee (VOE) Survey, called the “Postal Pulse”. In these service talks, supervisors stated that the APWU among other Unions and Management associations expressed their support for this new survey…

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Recent slowdown of first-class mail delivers bad news to those who rely on postal service

By David Yao – March 4, 2015 Without telling you, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has slowed down the mail. New service standards went into effect on Jan. 5, ending overnight delivery of local first-class mail. The slower delivery schedules mean that the public will now see a delay in the delivery of bill payments,…

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Rep. Westerman Seeks To Reduce Federal Pensions

By Peter Urban – March 5, 2015 WASHINGTON — As a freshman member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman has gone largely unnoticed by the unions that represent federal employees, but that is about to change. Westerman, R-Hot Springs, is introducing legislation that would cut back on pension benefits for retirees starting in 2017. A…

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APWU: Selfie Winners

Web News Article #: 043-2015 03/05/2015 – On March 4, 2015, President Dimondstein randomly selected five winners from among those who submitted “selfies.” Winners will receive $50 gift certificates to the APWU Store. Congratulations to: Donna DeMaio, Greater CT Area Local; Angela Ellington, Dallas TX Area Local; Michael Fincher, Toledo OH Local; Federica Harris, Philly…

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APWU Southern Region Contract Training is Red Hot in Atlanta

Web News Article #: 042-2015 03/05/2015 – Training for the union’s contract campaign moved to the Southern Region and was held in Atlanta on Feb. 11 and 12. Approximately 90 participants learned how to improve their relationship not only with fellow union members, but the media and the public. The training was led by Bill…

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USPS Handbook EL-312 Revision: Recruitment

Effective March 5, 2015, the Postal Service™ is revising Handbook EL-312, Employment and Placement, sections 212 through 223.2 to update policy on external recruitment options and publicizing job opportunities: A new section, 212.1, General, is added to clarify when external hiring may be authorized. The heading of section 212.2, formerly 212.1, Noncompetitive Hiring Options, is…

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USPS Mail Transport Equipment: Help Save Time and Money

Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) consists of trays, sleeves, sacks, pallets, and rolling stock (including ham­pers and cages). Every employee can save time and money for the Postal Service™ by removing slide labels from trays and sacks as they are emptied. Employees can also save our reputation by checking for hidden mail in trays, sleeves, and…

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FEHBP modernization would improve service, save money

The Hill - Opinion

(March 3, 2015) It is rare that our federal government has an opportunity to both serve people better and save taxpayers money, but the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) provides an opportunity to save taxpayers as much as $300 million dollars and to modernize comprehensive health plans that will better meet consumers’ needs. The…

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