Unions Prevail in National Level Decision on Voting Rights

In a decision issued on June 21, 2017, Arbitrator Shyam Das, concluded that postal employees including mail handlers are entitled to administrative leave (voting) under ELM 519.32 when they participate in presidential caucuses. The case was filed by the NALC, and the NPMHU and the APWU intervened. Notably, fifteen states and several territories held party…

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Congressional Research Service Issues Summary of H.R. 756, Postal Service Reform Act of 2017

Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 TITLE I–POSTAL SERVICE BENEFITS REFORM This bill requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to establish a Postal Service Health Benefits Program within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to offer health benefits plans for U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employees, annuitant retirees, and their families at rates that reflect…

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Trump’s Parental Leave Plan: How to Plan for the Plan

By Jodi Taylor – June 12, 2017 The White House released its 2018 budget plan in late May and amid various cuts and increases to existing agencies, paid parental leave is included as part of the plan. Other than in the handful of states with mandatory leave laws (California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and, effective…

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USPS OIG Blog: Our Semiannual Report to Congress

This fiscal year (FY) appears to be unlike any other. In December, just two months into FY 2016, the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors lost its last remaining presidentially appointed governor when his holdover term expired. The Board, which operates much like a corporate board of directors, is now without any presidentially appointed governors…

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Acting Inspector General Whitcomb’s statement on Stopping the Shipment of Synthetic Opioids

Acting Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb’s oral statement during the U.S. Senate hearing before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Stopping the Shipment of Synthetic Opioids: Oversight of U.S. Strategy to Combat Illicit Drugs.

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NARFE Legislative Hotline Message – May 19, 2017

Excerpt: Speak Out! Postal Reform Bill Approved by House Oversight Committee  NARFE strongly urges its members to contact their legislators and ask them to oppose the Postal Reform Act of 2017 in its current form. This bill forces current postal retirees onto Medicare in order to keep their federal health insurance coverage and sets a…

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APWU Pittsburgh Retiree Record – May 11, 2017 Edition

Via John P. Richards, President – Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter of the APWU: Excerpt – A number of retiree organizations, including NARFE, have come out in strong opposition to HR 756, arguing that if enacted the law will destroy the fabric of our health insurance as we know it, and may take the entire Federal…

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