“Much of the beginning conversations we cover, are as a result of the emails I get. I try to communicate information that you all want to know, but maybe sometimes don’t know how to ask (which is generally the case..or you don’t know the “lingo”). Many times I will say form 50 and and I will get a “duh” reaction, or I say ok, how about “Notification of Personnel Action”….if I get a “duh” there too….YOU are in trouble! Because EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU OUT THERE NEEDS TO KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!!! The SF Form 50…IS named “Notification of Personnel Action”, they are one in the same. But you need to know WHAT that is. Its the form that is sent to you each time their is a change in money, like raises, Cola, Step’s. I even say, you know the one that has like a zillion boxes on it!! That is a form you should BE familiar with. It is a complex form, but it has EVERYTHING (pretty much) about you on that form.
NEXT UP – Health care, first quit bitchin’!! We have the best health care out there, we really do, I am amazed at the lack of understanding of this FEHB plan. Let me share a summary of a few emails, not many, but a few that have a misguided impression that when their health premiums go up in retirement, it’s due to ObamaCare. First, its the Affordable Care Act, second, when every single (non-PCES) employee retires from the postal service their health benefits have gone up to what every other CURRENT FEDERAL EMPLOYEE PAYS, which has been how it’s been…..since probably before any of us ever worked at the post office. It has NOTHING to do with any new health laws, retiree’s health care premiums have always been more than when they were an employee…Period.”