Unlocking the Secrets of FERS

By Tammy Flanagan – January 22, 2015 As you probably know, federal employees are generally covered by one of two retirement systems: the “old” Civil Service Retirement System or the “new” Federal Employees Retirement System. But FERS isn’t that new any more. It includes many employees who have accumulated 30 or more years of federal…

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Local Postal union still fighting to keep Kokomo processing center open

By Josh Sigler – January 22, 2015 The United States Postal Service announced in November that it was set to merge Kokomo’s processing plant with the Indianapolis plant on March 14. What does that mean for the consumer? A letter written to a neighbor three blocks over may take longer to reach its destination because…

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Americans spend $103 billion a year on predatory lenders. Postal banking could change that.

Nearly 17 million American adults live in households where no one has a checking account; more than 50 million more have a checking account, but also have to rely on things like payday lenders and check cashing stores, according to a new report from United for a Fair Economy. These numbers include more than half…

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APWU: Contract Training Session: Ready to Get Started!

Web News Article #: 013-2015 01/22/2015 – Training for the union’s campaign to win a good contract moved to the Northeast Region on Jan. 21 and 22, and participants left the two-day session ready to get started. A major theme was how union activists can win support and involvement from union members. Contract Action Teams…

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‘New’ Shop Steward’s Training Manual (2014)

Stewards/Officers: A ‘new’ Shop Steward’s Training Manual [PDF] that was revised in July 2014. This (132) page Manual has been updated to include the following: (I) Postal Support Employees (PSEs) issues (pages 65-72), (II) Article 1.6.a and Article 1.6.b violations (pages 74-76), (III) and the rights of the employees/union has when employees are interrogated by Postal Inspectors…

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Local-to-local mail delivery now takes 2 days instead of 1

By Dan Nephin – January 20, 2015 If Aunt Mary lives in Lititz and you live, say, in Quarryville and want to mail her a birthday card, you’ll want to send it a day earlier. The U.S. Postal Service has ended next-day delivery of most first-class mail sent locally as part of its ongoing overhaul…

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APWU Press Release: New Coalition, ‘Campaign for Postal Banking,’ Launches with Strong Support from Financial Reform Groups and Labor Unions

For Immediate Release 01/19/2015 – Expanding Low-Cost Financial Services through the United States Postal Service is a Way to Put More Money into the Pockets of Low-Wage Workers and to Provide Banking to Americans in Rural and Urban Areas with Few Banking Options United for a Fair Economy, One of the Coalition’s Founding Members, Releases…

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