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  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Auburn WA Local
    Office held, if any
    Retired President

    To get the same benefits as a full-time regular employee, you have to work 40 hours per week or more. To the extent that you work fewer hours than 40, your sick leave and annual leave earned will be proportionately less.

    PTFs do not get their annual leave for the year advanced in January nor do they get paid holidays (a higher hourly rate partly offsets that). PTFs do not get a discount on health and life insurance premiums nor on union dues if they work less than 40 hours. Contributions to PTFs’ Thrift Savings Plan will be less.

    Your PTF retirement pay will take a hit since your high-three years’ average salary will be less. The annuity estimates you get from HRSSC assume that you worked 40 hours per week. OPM will prorate your annuity for part-time service after April 6, 1986.

    An alternative to a PTF or NTFT position is a reduced work schedule in your present 40 hour per week job. This is possible if you qualify for both FMLA and reasonable accommodation for a disability. See DOL Opinion Letter FMLA-97. This avoids a hit to your retirement benefits, since your position of record is still 40 hours per week.

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