The Latest Postal News

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

What Comes Out of Your FERS Pension?

"...many people overestimate what they will actually receive in retirement. Did you know that there are 6 main reductions to your pension in retirement that can dramatically affect how much you think you need in retirement?..."    


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Monday, June 1, 2020

Postal Service Offers Reward in 5 Paintball Attacks on Carriers in DC, Maryland

"...A $50,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and convictions of people who've been shooting mail carriers with paintball guns. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service reports that the mail carriers were attacked on Saturday in at least five incidents in Washington and Maryland. Postal Inspection Service spokesman Michael Martel said several carriers suffered minor injuries ..."    


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Postal Service accounts for 60 of 126 Federal Agency COVID-19 Deaths

"...U.S. Postal Service: The mailing agency has seen 60 postal workers die from symptoms related to COVID-19. About 2,400 have tested positive for coronavirus-related disease while a whopping 17,000—or 3% of the USPS workforce—have been sent home on quarantine. ..."    


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Monday, May 18, 2020

Mail carriers say the USPS is making it hard to take sick leave in the coronavirus pandemic, contrary to its public claims

"...Despite the United States Postal Service's assurances that employees will be allowed "liberal" sick leave during the coronavirus pandemic, mail carriers say their bosses are making it incredibly difficult for them to take time off. Business Insider spoke..."    


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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Contracted COVID-19? Postal Service Now Applying a Non-Test Method to Return to Work in Most Cases

Postal Services says the safety of their employees comes first.

"...For your information, per the CDC, options for decisions about return-to-work for individuals with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 include a test-based strategy or a non-test based strategy. The USPS is currently applying the non-test based strategy in the majority of cases..."    


This Article is From: The U.S. Postal Service via NPMHU
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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Indianapolis man arrested after postal worker shot dead

"...An Indianapolis man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a a postal worker, authorities said Wednesday..."    


This Article is From: www.federaltimes.com
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Saturday, April 25, 2020

'The Postal Service Is a Joke.' Trump Says No Stimulus Loan for USPS Unless Pricing for Amazon Shipments Increases

The Postal Newsgroup"...The president was responding to a question about reports his administration plans to force major changes in postal operations as the price for approving a $10 billion loan...Trump said the changes the administration will insist on will make it a “whole new ballgame” at the Postal Service..."    

This Article is From: time.com
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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Postal Workers Say Postal Service Isn’t Telling Them When Colleagues Test Positive for COVID-19, Despite Promising To

"...Workers across the country say they’re not being informed when colleagues have tested positive for COVID-19, despite a Postal Service policy to do so. At the end of March, after workers complained, the Postal Service told its employees they would be notified if someone “in your workplace is confirmed to have COVID-19.” But workers at 11 locations told ProPublica they found out about cases through colleagues or were only told by management days after word had already gotten out. “People are scared..."    


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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Help Us Please: Sign This: Hazard pay for all USPS EMPLOYEES!!

532,697 have signed. Let’s get to 1,000,000. WE need your support please

"...As we get deeper and deeper into this Coronavirus epidemic postal employees are being forced to work and do overtime upwards of 12 hours a day. As of this present time there have been Upwards of more than 40 confirmed cases of coronavirus with-in the United States Postal Service..."    


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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Postal Service (Alabama): Public faces 'low' risk after Montgomery worker tests positive for coronavirus

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"...a USPS Spokesperson, said the employee works at the Processing and Distribution Center in Montgomery. The employee would not have had any contact with the public..."    

This Article is From: www.montgomeryadvertiser.com
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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Postal Workers Increasingly Concerned the Agency Isn't Protecting Them From Coronavirus

Postal Call In"...U.S. Postal Service is facing increased pressure from its 630,000 employees, who are sounding the alarm that they are unprotected and vulnerable as they continue to sort and deliver mail throughout the coronavirus pandemic...added sick leave for anyone who may have contracted the virus, hazard pay for those still at work and suspended service for facilities with vulnerable populations..."    

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Three-dozen U.S. Postal Service employees test positive for the novel coronavirus

With Dozens of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases, USPS Launches New Measures to Protect Employees

"...To date, 40 postal workers have contracted the virus. Many more are home on mandatory quarantine as they may have come in contact with infected individuals...[USPS] stressed there is no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail..."    


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USPS Issues Statement on the MOU on Liberal Changes of Schedule and Leave

"... allowing Sick Leave for Dependent Care, for the next 60-day period, managers and supervisors should allow liberal changes of schedule in recognition of the disruption caused by the COVIDF-19 pandemic.
To the extent operationally practicable, managers and supervisors should accommodate employees who submit PS Form 3189, Request for Temporary Change of Schedule for Personal Convenience as a result of child care issues caused by daycare closures, school (Pre-K through Grade 12) closures or the unavailability of a child’s primary caregiver as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Manager and Supervisors should also allow liberal sick leave usage for employees who are sick, and liberal annual and leave without pay (LWOP) usage to the extent operationally feasible during this time period. If an employee request leave for reasons related to COVID-19, such leave should be treated as scheduled (as opposed to unscheduled) leave. Leave taken for COVID-19 related reasons between February 29, 2020, and May 17, 2020 may not be cited in discipline for failing to maintain an assigned schedule under ELM 511.43.
Memorandum: re USPS issues statement on the MOU on Liberal Changes of Schedule and Leave (pdf)..."    


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House panel warns coronavirus could destroy Postal Service by June

"...“It has become clear that the Postal Service will not survive the summer without immediate help,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney...Based on a number of briefings and warnings this week about a critical fall-off in mail across the country..."    


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Monday, March 23, 2020

Update: How long can coronavirus RNA live on surfaces?

CDC says coronavirus RNA found in Princess Cruise ship cabins up to 17 days after passengers left

"...Coronavirus RNA survived for up to 17 days aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, living far longer on surfaces than previous research has shown, according to new data published Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...RNA, the genetic material of the virus that causes COVID-19, “was identified on a variety of surfaces in cabin..."    


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Sunday, March 15, 2020

2 White Plains USPS employees test positive for coronavirus

"...Many employees within the facility say they are concerned for their health and safety and are not looking forward to returning. "People have families to go home to," says USPS maintenance mechanic..."    


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Thursday, March 12, 2020

APWU has a new contract

"Retroactive Back Pay and COLA Awarded"    


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Monday, March 2, 2020

USPS Announces Potential Breach in Maintenance Exam 955 Materials

"...Recently, the Postal Service informed APWU of a potential breach in testing materials related to Maintenance Selection System Exam 955, stating the following: As a precautionary measure, a temporary hold on Exam 955 test scheduling has been issued until a full investigation has been completed. Individuals currently in process to complete testing will be rescheduled for a later date..."    


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Monday, February 24, 2020

Coronavirus update: Postal Service shares CDC guidance

"...CDC has reported there is very low risk that the coronavirus can be spread from products or packaging shipped from China, due to poor survivability of this type of virus on surfaces. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets, CDC reports. Also, according to CDC, there is no evidence to support transmission of the novel coronavirus associated with imported goods, and there have been no reported cases of the virus in the United States associated with imported goods. The Postal Service is providing this information to employees..."    


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Can I get coronavirus from a package delivered from China?

"...studies show that its cousin viruses, SARS and MERS, only live for few hours on the surface of an object. They are spread most often by respiratory droplets from one person to another. It typically takes at least three days for a package to get from China to California, according to UPS and FedEx. So the virus wouldn’t be able to survive long enough to get you sick..."    


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DSV plans Shanghai-Huntsville, Alabama cargo flights to ease capacity constraints amid coronavirus

"...Freight-forwarder DSV Panalpina (DSV.CO) said on Friday it would start direct cargo flights between Shanghai and Huntsville, Alabama from next week to cope with capacity constraints caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China...Starting on Feb. 25, DSV plans to operate flights between Shanghai and Huntsville thrice weekly using the firm’s Boeing 747-8 freighter plane, it said in a statement. “Due to the risk of spreading of the coronavirus (COVID-19), multiple airlines have either suspended..."    


This Article is From: www.reuters.com

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How long can a virus live on a surface?

How long do bacteria and viruses live outside the body?

"...The viruses can sometimes survive on indoor surfaces for more than 7 days...Flu viruses capable of being transferred to hands and causing an infection can survive on hard surfaces for 24 hours. Infectious flu viruses can survive on tissues for only 15 minutes..."    


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Saturday, February 15, 2020

White House releases FY 2021 budget proposal

"...Pay increase lags behind inflation, Increase FERS contributions, High-5 average, Eliminate annuity supplement, Slash COLAs, Reduce the TSP’s G Fund interest rate, Higher premiums for workers, Budget cut, Training cuts, Union monitoring, ..."    


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NAPS: FY 2021 White House Budget Targets Postal Service and Its Employees

"...Also, the President proposed budget hits against the postal and federal community. In part, the budget proposes to: increase employee retirement contributions to FERS approximately six-fold; eliminate the COLA for FERS retirees and to reduce the CSRS COLA by 0.5%; change the calculation of federal annuities from the High-3 to the High-5; reduce the earned interest in the Thrift Savings Plan G-Fund; and eliminate the Special Retirement Supplement for FERS annuitants who retire prior to reaching Social Security eligibility. The projected 10-years savings from these proposals total $179.5 billion. NAPS is urging Congress to reject White House proposals that undermine the Postal Service or target the pay and benefits of its employees..."    


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Postal Employees Again Targeted in White House Budget

"...FERS employees would see an increase of contributions by 1% every year until it is equal to the contributions of the federal government; an elimination of the FERS supplement for those who retire before the age of 62; and elimination of cost of living adjustments (COLAs). CSRS retirees would face a reduction of COLAs..."    


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APWU Responds to White House Budget

"...The budget also proposes slashing social safety net programs, eliminating or reducing CSRS and FERS cost of living increases, increasing employee retirement contributions, and changing the way retirement is calculated. “This budget is a blueprint of the administrations priorities and it is clear they do not value the dedicated postal and federal workforce, seniors, or those in need of assistance” said Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard. “As Congress develops their own budget, we will remain vigilant and work with our bipartisan allies to fight back against the attacks laid out in the White House budget..."    


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Amazon axes delivery partners around US; hundreds of jobs lost

"...Drivers working for Amazon delivery partners typically earn less than their counterparts working at larger delivery companies like UPS, which helps Amazon lower costs. One driver working for Bear Down Logistics in Michigan said he earned about $15 an hour delivering Amazon packages, while UPS paid seasonal drivers doing the same work in that area about $20 an hour..."    


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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Will Mail Handler Union Members Ratify Low-Wage Increase Tentative Contract?

Ratification Ballots for Mail Handler Contract Will Mail on Feb, 18, 2020

"... procedures have been adopted by the National Executive Board of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, pursuant to Article V, Section 9 of the NPMHU National Constitution, to govern the referendum vote that will be held to ratify the terms of the tentative 2019 National Agreement between the Union and the U.S. Postal Service..."    


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Easy Access to Mail Act

"...To amend title 39, United States Code, to establish rules and procedures for the United States Postal Service regarding the use of centralized delivery of the mail with respect to residential housing units, and for other purposes...Retroactive change to mode of delivery prohibited.—For any housing development with respect to which the primary mode of mail delivery is any such mode except for centralized delivery on the date of the enactment of this section, the Postal Service may not change such mode of delivery to centralized delivery..."    


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Many areas seek exemption from Postal Service policy on forced cluster boxes

"...seeking an exemption to a U.S. Postal Service directive that would require cluster mailboxes at any new housing subdivisions...maintenance costs of centrally-located cluster mailboxes would necessitate homeowners associations at any new subdivisions to collect funds for that upkeep..."    


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2021 Budget Proposes $97 Billion USPS Savings Package, Including Pay and Service Cuts

"...USPS would also be able to remove the payments toward health benefits for future retirees that it defaulted on from its balance sheet by reamortizing those liabilities over a 40-year period. The House last week voted to eliminate that prefunding requirement entirely. Absent from the budget blueprint was a plan to sell off the Postal Service to the private sector..."    


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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

American Postal Workers Union Executive Board Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

"...“We’re pleased that a number of presidential candidates have positions and have taken actions supportive of postal workers and expanding union rights. But when we judge candidates by their long-term and consistent actions, Bernie Sanders stands out as a true champion of postal workers and all workers throughout the country,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Bernie Sanders has proven he is a fierce advocate on the side of postal workers. He has opposed the closures of postal facilities and reduced service standards..."    


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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Alabama Postal Worker Murders Estranged Girlfriend

Family: Huntsville mom murdered by ex-boyfriend who was harassing her

"...Evans is dead after killing himself in Birmingham Friday. His suicide came after the murder of his ex-girlfriend, threats to V.A. facilities in Huntsville and Birmingham and a statewide manhunt..."    


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Police: Estranged boyfriend threatened to kill postal worker a week before murder

"...a United States Postal Service employee, was shot and killed outside her job. Terrell, 22, was just ending her shift Monday night at the Wesley Chapel Road USPS when DeKalb police say Tyre walked up to her and shot her in the head multiple times, The Atlanta..."    


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