APWU Prevails on Management Court Challenge to Union Leave for Political Activity

April 24, 2021 In August of 2018, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg struck down the Postal Service’s unilateral implementation of changes to ELM Section 510 and to PS-Form 3971 regarding union leave for political activity such as in relation to voter registration and get out the votes efforts. The changes required employees taking Leave Without Pay (LWOP)…

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Proposed Expansion Of Paid Leave For Federal Employees

Federal employees would find themselves with a lot more paid leave if a bill introduced this week were to become law. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) has introduced the Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Employees Act (S. 1158) which would guarantee 12 weeks of paid family leave for federal employees in all instances covered by the…

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USPS: New ads highlight reliability, shipping

 USPS highlights its reliable shipping services for business customers in a new advertising campaign. The campaign includes a series of TV spots that show packages moving efficiently through a postal plant and being delivered by letter carriers. “Finding new routes to reach your customers and new ways for them to reach you is what…

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USPS OIG Report: Revenue and Costs in the Retail Network

April 12, 2021 (RISC-WP-21-003) The Postal Service’s more than 31,000 post offices constitute the largest retail network in the U.S. by number of locations, but 42 percent do not generate enough revenue to cover costs of operation. Opportunities exist for the Postal Service to increase revenue or lower costs at post offices without reducing access…

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APWU Pittsburgh Retiree Record – April 13, 2021

Via John P. Richards, President – Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter of the APWU In this issue: A Personal Letter To Chapter Members Holiday Party Update About Those Vaccinations Social Security Fairness Act of 2021 Pittsburgh Retiree Record – April 13, 2021 Social Security Fairness Act of 2021 (H.R. 82) CRS: Social Security – WEP and…

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Postal portal to expedite congressional inquires

The Postal Service will soon introduce an online portal to help expedite service inquiries sent by consumers to U.S. lawmakers and their staffers. The Congressional Inquiry Portal, slated to debut in May, will feature a user-friendly interface that streamlines the process for resolving inquires, while replacing the need for follow-up phone calls and emails. Here’s…

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USPS OIG Report: Uncompensated and Undercompensated Services

Objective Our objective was to determine whether the Postal Service is appropriately compensated for selected government and business services. The mission of the Postal Service is to provide the American public with trusted, affordable, and universal mail service. Through legislative enactments that codify service levels, the Postal Service must provide mail service to every U.S….

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USPS OIG: Management mishandled Personally Identifiable Information for Veterans

Introduction During the Peak Season Hiring audit (Project Number 20-316), we found that the U.S. Postal Service mishandled personally identifiable information (PII) for veteran employees on an internal system. The purpose of this management alert is to bring these issues to management’s attention and make recommendations for corrective action. PII is any information about an…

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