USPS: Hatch Act bans endorsements

October 28, 2022 Like it does every election season, the Postal Service is reminding employees about the Hatch Act’s rules on misusing their government positions. The Hatch Act is a law that prohibits postal and other federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity while on duty, while wearing a uniform, while on federal property,…

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10th Circuit Says Deaf City Carrier May Not Sue NALC for False Information

By Michael Karlik – August 23, 2022 Even though a Fort Collins letter carrier was unable to sue the U.S. Postal Service for discrimination in time because of false information union leaders allegedly provided her, the federal appeals court based in Denver agreed Lynda Hickey is now barred from suing the union itself for its…

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MSPB Finds Constructive Suspension and Disability Discrimination in USPS Return-to-Work Dispute

The appellant, a Window Clerk, left work on December 15, 2016, after suffering an anxiety attack that triggered an asthma attack. On January 12, 2017, his psychologist contacted the agency, stating that the appellant’s episode was psychological in nature and that he had sufficiently recovered to return to work with no restrictions. He reported to…

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Federal Circuit affirms MSPB decision in USPS firing of forklift operator

Summary of MSPB Case Decision in Nagle v. USPS No. 22-1306 (Fed. Cir. July 7, 2022) (PH-0752-20-0313-I-2) The agency removed Mr. Nagle on charges of failure to comply with leave procedures, failure to follow instructions set forth in the pre-disciplinary interview letter, and 75 instances of AWOL. On appeal to the Board, the administrative judge…

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APWU: Extension of Probation Language for Career and Non-Career Employees

From: Vance Zimmerman <vzimmerman@apwu.org> Sent: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 Subject: Updated Probation Language Please send out this version. Please see the attached email extending the protection for employees in their first 90 or 120 days from separations related to COVID-19 absences. Please disseminate. Vance Zimmerman Industrial Relations Director American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO 1300 L…

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APWU: Extension of Probationary Language due to COVID-19

From: Vance Zimmerman <vzimmerman@apwu.org> Sent: Friday, June 4, 2021 Subject: Extension of Probationary Language due to COVID-19 Please see the attached extension on the probationary language through August 6, 2021. Vance Zimmerman Industrial Relations Director American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO 1300 L Street, NW Washington, DC 20005-4128 Tel: 202.842.4273 | Fax: 202.371.0992 Extension on the…

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Postal Supervisor’s testimony credible in post office worker injury case

By Angela Childers – January 25, 2021 The Occupational Safety and Review Commission upheld its directive on Friday that an administrative law judge must decide whether two mail carriers could prove that they were terminated as a result of filing injury claims. In Secretary of Labor v. U.S. Postal Service, the commission reviewed the credibility…

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