Postal Service paid $84M last year for property damage and injuries

By Susan Campbell – November 2, 2017 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Karen Hart’s front porch is dotted with little holes. “We didn’t know where they were coming from!” Hart said. The thousands of holes have caused the wood to split, according to Hart. Contractors estimate the cost to repair the porch is about $5,000. “It…

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APWU: CSRS, FERS, SS and FECA colas for 2018

For CSRS Retirees: The 2018 CSRS retiree COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index (1982-84=100) in 2017 over the 2016 third quarter average. 2018 CSRS COLA increase effective with January 2018 annuity payments will be 2.0%​. For FERS Retirees: The 2018 FERS retiree COLA is based on the third…

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ELM Revision: Update to Accident Reporting

Effective October 12, 2017, the Postal Service is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), section 821.123, to remove the damage amounts to ensure all accidents are reported correctly in the Employee Health and Safety (EHS) system. Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) 8 Safety, Health, and Environment 821 Actions in the Event of…

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USPS: October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the cornerstone of a national campaign to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities. The Postal Service is joining other organizations across the United States in recognizing the contributions of employees with disabilities within its workforce. The theme for this…

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USPS: PMG highlights safety, survey in new video

PMG Megan J. Brennan addresses on-the-job safety, the Postal Pulse employee survey and several other topics in her latest “Business Focus” video. She reminds employees to stay alert and practice defensive driving now that schools are back in session. “Be aware of your surroundings — whether you’re on the clock or off — because your…

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USPS OIG Report: Facility Condition Reviews ― Pacific Area

Background The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has more than 30,000 leased and owned retail facilities nationwide. Over 1,600 of these facilities are in the Pacific Area. The post office lobby is the principal business office of the USPS. The lobby’s appearance directly affects the USPS’ image because it is the only close-up view of postal…

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Beyond Rain and Snow, Postal Workers Must Also Worry About Their Shoes

By Jack Corrigan – August 23, 2017 For years the U.S. Postal Service has put its stamp of approval on defective shoes that can quickly fall apart, putting letter carriers at risk of injury and often forcing them to pay for costly replacements out of their own pockets, union officials say. The issue came to…

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