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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

They got you again! Think you are getting a pay raise? Think again.

Federal employee health insurance premiums to rise by 6.1 percent

"...The nearly two-thirds of enrollees covered by a Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan will pay $7.17 more per biweekly pay period next year than last year for self-only coverage; $17.04 more for self plus one other person and $17.72 for self and family coverage..."    


This Article is From: www.washingtonpost.com
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More Reading: In relation to the story above, let's take a look at the last COLA a postal Mail Handler received and compare it to your expected health insurance cost:
  • Estimated COLA increase for a Mail Handler: Approximately $10.38 Biweekly pay period
  • Estimated increase in Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Plan: $17.04 more for self plus one other person and $17.72 for self and family coverage Biweekly pay period

  • Wow! That's a pretty good beating!...and that example does not include the amount the government will increase the portion you will pay toward your insurance, etc. And if you think that is a big hit, just wait and see of the GOP is able to harm you even more with the 2018 Budget attacks on federal retirement, SRS, high three and more. .

    Friday, October 6, 2017

    House Budget is an attack on FERS employees more so than CSRS, cuts G Fund rate, ends SRS, raises employee contributions again

    House advances 2018 budget resolution with federal retirement cuts

    "...elimination of supplemental payments to employees who retire before age 62; A switch to a defined contribution pension plan for new federal employees; reduce the G fund’s rate of return..."    


    This Article is From: federal-employees.blogspot.com
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    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    Hunt for U.S postal carrier's shooter continues

    Hunt for U.S postal carrier's shooter continues

    "...The family of mail carrier Ed McDaniel, who was shot in West Charlotte on August 31st while just doing his job..."    


    This Article is From: www.fox46charlotte.com
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    Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    APWU Announces 2017 COLA Increase

    Second Significant COLA Increase of 2017 Announced

    "...In accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 13 cents per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective September 2. The increase is the result of an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated September 22, 2017 (Pay Period 19-2017), and will total $270.00 per year..."    


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    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Letter Carriers president questions Postal Service management

    Letter Carriers president questions Postal Service management

    "...A two-cent cut in the price of a first-class stamp, which cut Postal Service revenue by $500 million in the last three months and $1.5 billion in the first nine months of its current fiscal year, put USPS back in the red so far this fiscal year, a top postal union leader says. Had the cut not slid through, due to inaction by postal management last year, the service would have earned almost $1.4 billion through the first three quarters of the year, rather than losing $55 million in that time, adds National Association of Letter Carriers (link is external) President Fredric Rolando..."    


    This Article is From: www.workdayminnesota.org
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    Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    FDA to step up fentanyl targeting at postal facilities

    FDA to step up fentanyl targeting at postal facilities

    "...To enhance FDA's ability to detect opioid analgesics illegally entering the country via the mail, the agency is deploying roughly three dozen employees to international mail facilities run by the U.S. Postal Service, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's recent internal remarks..."    


    This Article is From: www.pharmacist.com
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    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    House Budget Goes Beyond White House Blueprint

    House Budget Goes Beyond White House Blueprint

    "...As anticipated, the 2018 House Budget is in the same mold as the White House budget – it punishes workers and the working-class, while giving big payouts to the rich. The resolution instructs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (which has jurisdiction over the Postal Service and postal/federal employee annuity benefits) to cut $32 billion in the programs and agencies they oversee during ten years. Like the White House proposal, the House budget recommends big pay cuts to postal workers through increased Federal Employee Retirement System pension contributions and eliminating the special retirement supplement (which helps federal retirees who retire before they are eligible for Social Security benefits). These two proposals alone will take thousands of dollars out of the pockets of postal workers and retirees. Even more egregious, the House plan calls for replacing guaranteed pension benefits..."    


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    Friday, July 14, 2017

    Too Dangerous to Serve? Glassell Park's notorious Drew Street

    U.S. Postal Service suspends service to Glassell Park's notorious Drew Street after shooting

    "...Postal Service has stopped delivering mail to a neighborhood in Glassell Park once considered among the most dangerous in Los Angeles after a carrier was nearly shot there last month, a USPS official said. “Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of our employees..."    


    This Article is From: www.latimes.com
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    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    Stolen Postal Truck Among Finds at New Orleans 'Chop Shop'

    Stolen Postal Truck Among Finds at New Orleans 'Chop Shop'

    "...New Orleans detectives have recovered a U.S. Postal Service truck and five other stolen vehicles at a "chop shop" where thieves disassemble stolen cars for parts..."    


    This Article is From: www.usnews.com
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    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Thank God for Unions: UPS to Freeze Pension Plan for Non-Unionized Employees

    UPS to Freeze Pension Plan for Non-Unionized Employees

    "...United Parcel Service Inc. plans to freeze pension plans for thousands of nonunion employees in an attempt to help a retirement fund that’s straining under a $10 billion deficit. The package delivery service is expected to announce measures to corral the rising pension obligations to its workforce Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people people familiar with the matter..."    


    This Article is From: www.newsmax.com
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    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Multiple People Shot at San Francisco United Parcel Service (UPS) Facility

    Multiple people shot in San Francisco at UPS facility

    "...Sources tell ABC7 News at least three people were shot at the facility and have multiple victims have been transported to the hospital. San Francisco police are advising residents in the area to shelter in place..."    


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    Monday, May 22, 2017

    Postal Service Deleted Customer Complaints Around Christmas

    Postal Service Deleted Customer Complaints Around Christmas

    "...The U.S. Postal Service automatically deleted customer complaints on social media just before Christmas, according to a recent audit. A report released last week by the inspector general found the Postal Service has poor management of its accounts on Facebook and Twitter..."    


    This Article is From: freebeacon.com
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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Retirement dilemma: How do FERS employees know they are financially ready?

    Retirement dilemma: How do FERS employees know they are financially ready?

    "...A reoccurring mantra is shared again and again from federal employees, “I don’t know what to do or where to go to find the answers I need.” What training they do receive seems to come late ..."    


    This Article is From: federalnewsradio.com
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    Tuesday, May 2, 2017

    Postal carriers will pick up food donations May 13

    Postal carriers will pick up food donations May 13

    "...Residents can participate by leaving a bag of nonperishable food next to their mail boxes before delivery on May 13. Letter carriers will collect the food and volunteers will sort, pack and deliver the donations to the food bank’s main warehouse...."    


    This Article is From: tucson.com
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    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Sketch Released of Suspect in Postal Worker Armed Robbery

    Sketch Released of Suspect in Postal Worker Armed Robbery
    "...The sketch of one of two armed robbers who targeted a postal worker in Fort Lauderdale was released Wednesday. U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest of the two suspects...."    

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    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Postal Service Making Boxes Tamper-Proof To Thwart Mail 'Fishing'

    Postal Service Making Boxes Tamper-Proof To Thwart Mail 'Fishing'

    "...The U.S. Postal Service is retrofitting its boxes with slots instead of pull-down "snorkels" in an attempt to thwart folks who "fish" for cash or checks in the mail..."    


    This Article is From: dailyvoice.com
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    Friday, March 10, 2017

    Postal career inspires author to write children's book

    Postal career inspires local author to write children's book

    Houser Post Office: Mail on the Farm
    "...The result is called "Houser Post Office: Mail on the Farm," and features a goat postal carrier who delivers mail to the other farm animals. "The book was inspired by the Chicken and Egg Festival..."    

    This Article is From: www.moultonadvertiser.com
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    Friday, March 3, 2017

    APWU Deaf/Hard of Hearing Conference is May 2

    APWU Deaf/Hard of Hearing Conference is May 2

    "...The 2017 APWU Deaf/Hard of Hearing Conference will be held in Washington, DC at Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University on May 2, 2017. This one-day conference will address the unique problems and concerns in the workplace, union, and society that deaf and hard of hearing members face. The goal is to open doors for better communication, better representation, better training, a better workplace, a better union, and building friendship...."    


    This Article is From: www.apwu.org
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    Friday, February 24, 2017

    Fedex extends express air transportation contract with USPS

    Fedex extends express air transportation contract with USPS

    "...modified contract is expected to generate revenue of approximately $1.5 billion per year for Fedex express * Says contract modification extends agreement through September 29, 2024..."    


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    Friday, February 10, 2017

    Should your health and wallet fear new postal bill that radically changes health plans?

    Should your health and wallet fear new postal bill that radically changes health plans?

       


    The newly proposed postal reform bill, known as 'H.R.756 - Postal Service Reform Act of 2017' has many different aims and goals, one of them being the radical change to the healthcare options for postal workers and the apparent removal of a postal workers opportunity to participate in a multitude of plans in the federal healthcare insurance options. It appears the reform bill will force employees into postal employee only plans or plan. Of course, we know very little on this attempt by the Postal Service to develop their own plan and then, upon retirement, place retirees in a medicare plan. What does all of this mean to the postal worker and retiree? Will out-of-pocket expenses for the postal worker/retiree radically rise over time? We know that medicare forces people to pay larger fees in many circumstances. We feel this will drastically reduce competition and increase prices due to fewer healthcare options for postal workers as well as opening the door to future changes to health care plans for for federal workers. The reform plan will force postal workers to enroll in a postal plan. That scares us. Do you think this plan will help postal workers and retirees get better and less expensive care with good coverage or do you think the goal is to place more expense on the worker/retiree in an effort to lower agency costs? You can look at it as similar to the changes that took workers/retirees out of CSRS and then placing them in FERS. If you think that was a good change, you may like it. However, you may see it as a big problem for the working class in the end. Our bet is that the plan helps corporate America more than the worker.


    This Article is From: The Postal Newsgroup
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    Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    TSP Tip: Warren Buffett bought $12 billion of stock after Trump won

    Warren Buffett: I bought $12 billion of stock after Trump won

    "...Buffett revealed that he has bought $12 billion of stock for his company Berkshire Hathaway Inc since the Republican Donald Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election..."    


    This Article is From: www.reuters.com
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    Monday, January 30, 2017

    Beware of using postal blue boxes when mailing checks

    Beware of using postal blue boxes when mailing checks

    "...Beware of putting your mail in the U.S. Postal Service blue boxes. Even though the collection boxes are on federal property and breaking into them is a federal crime, that hasn't stopped the thieves. I've heard from a few people including Inez, Dennis, and Shirley in Colorado Springs. They were forced to change their bank accounts, cancel credit cards, and contact merchants to have late payments forgiven..."    


    This Article is From: gazette.com
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    Monday, January 16, 2017

    National Postal Museum director to retire, after 6-month goal turned to 14 years at helm

    National Postal Museum director to retire, after 6-month goal turned to 14 years at helm

    "...Allen Kane had zero experience in museum administration when he became director of the National Postal Museum in 2002. He wasn’t a stamp collector, either. But Kane knew the U.S. Postal Service, having spent 30 years working there..."    


    This Article is From: www.dailyprogress.com
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    Friday, January 6, 2017

    Has your pay increased 2.9 percent over the last 12 months like average hourly earnings across America?

    Postal Newsgroup: As a postal worker you are representative of skilled blue collar union jobs in America. Why are your wages rapidly losing ground to average wages while you work for an organization who leads in the U.S. parcel delivery market? We don't have the answers but these are the questions that should be pointed at your management team as well as your unions. The following article details the status of jobs and wages in the U.S., but does the data accurately report the stats of the average worker. Something must be lost in the details ...or is it computer GIGO theory? Garbage In, Garbage Out.

    Tepid Hiring, but Jobs Report Shows Sustained Wage Growth


    "...the bigger story in Friday’s report was a better-than-expected showing for hourly earnings, a missing link for many workers until recently in the recovery from the recession. Average hourly earnings rose 0.4 percent in December, bringing the 12-month increase to 2.9 percent, the best annual performance since the recovery began in mid-2009..."    

    This Article is From: www.nytimes.com
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    Friday, December 23, 2016

    Check out the Official NORAD Santa Tracker: Where is Santa right now?

    "...Check out the official NORAD Santa Tracker to see the countdown clock, play games, track Santa and more..."    


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    Monday, November 28, 2016

    Postal Service Mail Carrier Pistol Whipped, Robbed in DC

    USPS Mail Carrier Pistol Whipped, Robbed in DC

    "...After the carrier complied and handed them some rubber bands the suspects jumped him, punching and kicking him onto the ground. They then pistol whipped him with a handgun and stole his mail satchel, shoes, phone and wallet, which had $10 inside, Wagner said. The mail carrier suffered a cut to his right eye..."    


    This Article is From: www.nbcwashington.com
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    Sunday, November 13, 2016

    Postal Service Spends An Undisclosed Amount Of Money On Studies It Can’t Find

    Postal Service Spends An Undisclosed Amount Of Money On Studies It Can’t Find

    "...The Postal Service commissioned 97 studies between 2009 and 2015 that were supposed to improve operations, yet the agency doesn’t have a system to track the studies, so there is no way for the OIG to determine how effective the reports were. The Postal Service could not even find 30 of the 97 studies when the OIG asked to see them..."    


    This Article is From: dailycaller.com
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    Monday, November 7, 2016

    Postal worker caught allegedly stealing Trump sign

    Postal worker caught allegedly stealing Trump sign

    "...Special agents with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG) responded to this issue as soon as it was brought to our attention,”/' said Scott Balfour, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Investigation Service in an emailed statement. 'The individual in the photographs was identified and will be dealt with appropriately by postal management after a thorough review of all the facts.'..."    


    This Article is From: www.delawareonline.com
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    Thursday, November 3, 2016

    Postal News: Mailing dates for delivery to diplomatic, military service members

    Postal News: Mailing dates for delivery to diplomatic, military service members

    "...Ensuring those serving in the nation's armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays is a priority for the U.S. Postal Service and for friends and family members of military and diplomatic personnel serving their country around the world...."    


    This Article is From: www.lehighacrescitizen.com
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    Tuesday, October 18, 2016

    Failure: Results of USPS Cost-Saving Steps a Disappointment, Audit Says

    Results of USPS Cost-Saving Steps a Disappointment, Audit Says

    "...Delayed mail processing increased nationwide by 51 percent compared to the same period in 2014, while two-day and three-day first-class mail weekly scores declined by as much as 7 percent and 34 percent, respectively. What’s more, management could firmly demonstrate that it achieved only 10 percent of the annual savings of over $805 million it had projected from making those changes...."    


    This Article is From: www.fedweek.com
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    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    USPS Worker Steals Guns Being Shipped, Deals Them On The Street

    USPS Worker Steals Guns Being Shipped, Deals Them On The Street

    "...During Holidays and other times throughout the year, the USPS is extremely busy processing packages and mail. To help keep up with the flow of mail, the USPS often hires part-time, non-exempt employees to help with the rush and keep a backlog down. It was discovered that one of these over-flow employees in Memphis was stealing packages that contained firearms..."    


    This Article is From: bearingarms.com
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    Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Postal workers missed out again: Middle class incomes had their fastest growth on record last year

    Middle class incomes had their fastest growth on record last year

    "...The incomes of typical Americans rose in 2015 by 5.2 percent, the first significant boost to middle-class pay since the end of the Great Recession and the fastest increase ever recorded by the federal government, the Census Bureau reported on Tuesday..."    


    This Article is From: www.washingtonpost.com
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    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    MVS Wins Important Ruling on Subcontracting Notification

    MVS Wins Important Ruling on Subcontracting Notification

    "...The APWU won an important arbitration case on Aug. 18, when Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that the Postal Service violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement by notifying the union of subcontracting awards after they have been let. Arbitrator Das ordered the Postal Service to cease and desist from such violations and to comply with provisions of Article 32.2.B before renewing Highway Contract Routes (HCRs). He also instructed the USPS to convert the 110 routes that remain in service to Postal Vehicle Service (PVS)..."    


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    Wednesday, August 31, 2016

    Will Amazon kill FedEx?

    Will Amazon kill FedEx?

    "...For UPS and FedEx, Amazon's been great for business. Now it's taking business away from them..."    


    This Article is From: www.bloomberg.com
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    Monday, August 29, 2016

    Wee Delivery: The Postal Service once delivered babies

    When the U.S. Postal Service Also Delivered Babies

    "...the most fragile of all parcels, children, were mailed, with appropriate postage stamps on their outer clothing. Most times the journey was short, as in the instance of an infant delivered to an address about a mile or so from home. But for longer distances, it was much cheaper to use parcel post (just a few cents) than to buy a seat on a passenger train..."    


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    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    Postal Service files lawsuit over Berkeley’s main post office

    Feds file lawsuit over Berkeley’s main post office

    "...The United States Postal Service has filed a lawsuit against Berkeley, contending that the city passed the Civic Center Overlay ordinance just to thwart the government’s sale of the building..."    


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    Friday, August 19, 2016

    D.C. post office allegedly doubled as weed distribution center

    D.C. post office allegedly doubled as weed distribution center

    "...The acting manager of two D.C. post offices and two of his employees took bribes in exchange for illegally delivering packages of marijuana, according to an indictment filed Thursday in D.C. federal court..."    


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    Obama To End Single-Sex Bathrooms on Federal Property to Accomodate Transgenders

    Obama To End Single-Sex Bathrooms on Federal Property

    "...President Barack Obama’s deputies will insert a rule in federal regulations on Friday to prevent federal facilities from operating single-sex bathrooms..."    


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    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    COLA increase for career APWU represented employees: 1 cent per hour

    COLA Increase

    "...Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a one-cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective Sept. 3, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The increase is the result of a slight increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated Sept. 23 (Pay Period 19-2016), and will total $21 per year..."    


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    Saturday, August 13, 2016

    Postal Service revenue rises as well as package volume

    U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2016 Third Quarter Results

    "...Excluding a change in accounting estimate recorded during the quarter, the U.S. Postal Service reported operating revenue of $16.6 billion for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 (April 1, 2016 - June 30, 2016), an increase of $117 million, or 0.7 percent, over the same period last year ..."    


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    Friday, August 5, 2016

    Suspicious package burns Mountain City postal worker

    Suspicious package burns Mountain City postal worker

    "...Reece said, “The package in question has been deemed ‘suspicious’ because it appeared to be damaged and was leaking some form of liquid that burned a postal worker.”..."    


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