Postal employee’s Facebook posts violated Hatch Act

Remember “Travis,” the USPS employee who violated the Hatch Act by attempting to distribute signs for his favorite presidential candidate at the Post Office where he works? The Postal Service recently featured Travis — not his real name — in its campaign to educate employees about the Hatch Act, a law that prohibits federal workers…

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Facebook friends with officers of the APWU?

Just paid FULL APWU union dues. Also retain retiree membership. I’ve attempted to become Facebook friends with the top officers of the APWU as they use these sites to disseminate information but have run into a brick wall. Has anyone experienced this discriminatory action? Sadly, the top officers allow Non-Members Facebook friendship. First Name: Michael…

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APWU Clerk NBA Turney: Proper Use of Social Media

From: Linda J. Turney <lturney@apwu.org> Sent: March 26, 2020 11:53 AM Subject: Proper Use of Social Media (see attached) Can I use my personal social media accounts to talk about the Postal Service? Many postal employees have personal social media accounts and use these platforms to connect with their family, friends and co-workers. When using…

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OIG Report: Social Media Customer Inquiries

Background Social media has revolutionized the world of communication and commerce. It is increasingly used by billions of people around the globe to interact with each other, access information, and recommend products and services. It is now a common practice for companies and organizations to use social media to not only market products and services,…

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USPS OIG Blog: The Social Medium of Mail

Browsing and posting on social media sites is a fun diversion and an easy way to keep up with friends. But have you ever considered how visiting and posting to a site helps keep it alive? Your participation is, in fact, vital for the site’s success, even if you never paid a penny to use…

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Postal Service Agents Will Trawl Facebook, Dating Sites to Root Out Fraud

By Aliya Sternstein – April 11, 2016 A dishonest Postal Service employee, citing a bad back, says she can’t lift a thing, files for workers’ compensation, collects a paycheck and stays home from work. A simple visit to her Facebook page, however, shows the purportedly injured employee lifting weights at a bodybuilding competition. That hypothetical situation…

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USPS: Hatch Act updates affect postal employees

The Postal Service reminds employees that they must follow rules established by the Hatch Act, a law that prohibits federal workers from engaging in some political activities.  The main point of the Hatch Act is to prevent federal employees from using their positions to unduly influence elections. Under the law, employees can register to vote…

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Employment Law: Even a Selfie Can Be Protected by the NLRA

Why it matters A worker who violated her employer’s no cellphone use and disloyalty policies by taking selfies with coworkers that were posted online with a comment that she was “working like an [sic] slave” was terminated in violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), an administrative law judge recently determined. The Tinley Park…

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