USPS Memo and Documents on EFEL OPM Guidance

From: Vance Zimmerman <vzimmerman@apwu.org> Date: 4/30/21 Subject: USPS Memo and Documents on EFEL OPM Guidance. All, This email is provided as information only as to what the Postal Service has chosen to do based on the guidance issued by OPM in regards to EFEL. The APWU has reached out to the Postal Service to discuss…

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APWU Prevails on Management Court Challenge to Union Leave for Political Activity

April 24, 2021 In August of 2018, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg struck down the Postal Service’s unilateral implementation of changes to ELM Section 510 and to PS-Form 3971 regarding union leave for political activity such as in relation to voter registration and get out the votes efforts. The changes required employees taking Leave Without Pay (LWOP)…

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USPS: Enterprise Leave Request Application to include scheduled leave

The Postal Service is updating its Enterprise Leave Request Application to include scheduled leave. The application, also known as eLRA, has been used to request unscheduled leave, such as for illnesses or injuries, personal emergencies, community disaster or Wounded Warrior leave. The change now allows craft employees to use the application to request scheduled leave…

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eLRA Has Been Enhanced to Accept Scheduled Leave Requests

Has your scheduled leave request ever been lost? Employees may now request scheduled leave through the Enterprise Leave Request Application (eLRA) on LiteBlue. Employees can utilize the enhanced eLRA via LiteBlue from their home computer or compatible mobile device. This does not prohibit an employee from manually submitting a PS Form 3971 if they wish….

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APWU: Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act expands postal leave benefits (4/2/20)

APWU – April 2, 2020 The Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (FFCRA) extends to postal employees some additional leave benefits due to the Coronavirus and the illness it causes–COVID-19. APWU represented employees, both career and non-career, are entitled to the leave provisions enacted by the FFCRA. Two new leave types are now extended to postal…

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APWU Clashes with Management on New 3971 Language

Web News Article #: 116-2017 12/01/2017 – The Postal Service’s Request for or Notification of Absence (Form 3971) has been amended to include a new section applicable to those going on leave without pay (LWOP) for official union business. This new section states: LWOP – Union Official (Required Certification) By signing this form, I certify…

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PS Form 3971 – Request for or Notification of Absence (Oct. 2017 – PDF)

This is the latest version of PS Form 3971 and it includes updated Hatch Act (partisan political activity) and Privacy Act (collection and disclosure) information statements. All earlier versions of this form are outdated and should be recycled. Click Here for the October 2017 PS Form 3971 in a “fillable” PDF

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