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BENEFITS FAIR 062022

USPS: First Annual Virtual Benefits and Retirement Fair – June 28, 29, 30

Please mark your calendars and join us for Investing in You 2022: Benefits, Retirement, and More. This first annual benefits fair hosted by the USPS® Benefits and Wellness team provides Postal Service™ employees with the opportunity to learn about all their available benefits. Whether you are newly hired, middle of your career, or ready to retire, this event is for you.

Employees can get information about these programs:

  • Benefits programs, including health and life insurance.
  • Retirement planning and counseling.
  • CHECKBOOK’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees.
  • Thrift Savings Plan.
  • Medicare presentation.
  • Social Security presentation.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • University school partnerships.
  • Career development resources.
  • Employee deals.
  • Human Resources Shared Service Center representatives.
  • Benefits and Wellness representatives.

The fair will be held virtually on the following dates:

  • June 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT.
  • June 29 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. EDT.
  • June 30 from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EDT.

There will be live and on-demand presentations, live chats, and Q&A sessions with experts.

To register, visit the fair website at uspsinvestinginyou2022.vfairs.com.

CONTRACT QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Q&As on 2021-2024 USPS/APWU National Agreement

ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS ON OUR CONTRACT TAB ON THE LEFT

From: Lamont Brooks <lbrooks@apwu.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 9, 2022
Subject: High Importance – Q&As on 2021-2024 USPS/APWU National Agreement

JUST SAY NO !!!!

JUST SAY NO !!!!!!


Starting June 14 through July 15 2022, the USPS is pushing its annual Postal Pulse Survey. The APWU leadership urges you to not let the Postal Service take your Pulse! Management surveys have been used as a weapon against the APWU during contract negotiations while not producing any real positive change for employees at the Postal Service.

Through notification from the Postal Service, APWU has learned the 2022 version of the survey removes the comment section and also asks the employee to recommend the Postal Service as an employer and rate its products/services. Nowhere in this survey is there a disclaimer that it is voluntary. Regardless of pressure from supervisors or managers, letter correspondence, excessive emails, or other tactics, employees are not required to participate in this survey. APWU urges you to not participate.

The USPS Postal Pulse Survey of 2021 showed us nothing that we didn’t already know. Management continues to ignore your most pressing concerns: worker morale, lack of positive recognition, health and safety concerns, and lack of career growth. Our right to collectively bargain, fight for better wages and safer workplaces begins postal workers standing together in their union.

Stay united, and don’t be fooled by management’s tricks created to divide us. Over years of struggle, we’ve won a negotiated grievance process, a labor-management cooperation process and national negotiations to address workplace issues. These are the proper channels for management to seek input from postal workers, not a management survey put together without any input from the APWU or the other postal unions.

Don’t let them take your “Pulse!”

ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MORE GOOD NEWS FROM YOUR

POSTMASTER GENERAL

NOT!
 

USPS Plans to Close More Facilities and Repurpose Those That Remain

As Louis DeJoy seeks to implement his vision, new confirmed board members could tip the scales for USPS governance.

ERIC KATZ 

MAY 20, 2022

The U.S. Postal Service is promising to do more with less, saying it can close facilities throughout the country while processing mail and packages more quickly. 

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy laid out some of the specifics for that plan at the National Postal Forum in Phoenix this week, saying he would significantly reduce the number of processing plants and delivery units in major metropolitan areas. He also vowed to close the annexes that have supported capacity next to other postal buildings, while also reopening dormant facilities and repurposing existing sites. The operational reforms, he said, would standardize the USPS network and allow for more precise and efficient mail sorting and delivery. 

“Dramatic change is needed, and dramatic change is what we are pursuing,” DeJoy said. 

The whole process, he said, will take several years to implement. DeJoy previously promised to invest $40 billion in capital improvement projects. USPS will add new equipment while taking away older machines more suited to previous volume levels. It will also build new “employee amenities” at plants and improve lighting to “reduce stress and improve morale,” DeJoy said. In a recent interview with Government Executive, DeJoy likened the existing facilities to "dungeons" and said they are causing USPS to lose employees. 

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‘I Am Against Retreat:’ The Louis DeJoy Ethos and the Future of the Postal Service

Postmaster General to Propose $40 Billion Investment in USPS in Forthcoming Plan

USPS Begins New Round of Facility Consolidations While Also Procuring Dozens More

Some metro areas may currently have eight processing plants with 80 delivery units—the final sorting location where carriers pick up mail and packages for home delivery—that require hundreds of trips to move the mail between them. Postal management said it can consolidate these redundancies with a single, modernized plant that uses “standardized processes” to make the use of space more efficient. Just 10 sorting and delivery centers with more space, docks, conveyors and other equipment can replace today’s 80 units, USPS said. DeJoy predicted more modern facilities would boost morale, while fewer trips to move mail between facilities would reduce the Postal Service’s carbon footprint. 

“We are looking to make some big changes,” DeJoy said. “Our current processing plant and transportation network is, well, not good. We process mail and packages in a complicated, illogical, redundant, and inefficient way.” 

Dave Partenheimer, a USPS spokesman, said those changes were intended only to make the delivery network more intentional and efficient, not to reduce the agency's headcount. Some employees may be impacted by the consolidations, he added, but management expects the overall workforce to grow. 

"Any impact on employment that may be required as a result of efficiency gains will easily be accommodated from additional growth expectations and the normal attrition we experience," Partenheimer said. "We expect to be in a hiring mode for many years to come."Postal management says a single, modernized plant that uses “standardized processes” will make the use of space more efficient. PHOTO CREDIT: USPS

The Postal Service already went through one round of facility consolidations last year, when it closed 18 mail processing plants. USPS said at the time it would help the agency transition to the increase in package volume. DeJoy has also made it a priority since early in his tenure to reduce the number of mail trips, though his first attempt at that reform led to unprecedented mail delays and a quick reversal of his policy. 

DeJoy could face some resistance in implementing his vision as the Senate last week confirmed President Biden’s nominees for the final two vacancies on the postal board of governors. Dan Tangherlini, a Democrat, and Derek Kan, a Republican, will give Biden’s nominees a majority among the Senate-confirmed members of the board. The previously confirmed board members appointed by the current president have voiced significant reservations about elements of DeJoy’s plans, while the newly confirmed governors vowed to reexamine them. 

About a decade ago, USPS pushed for the consolidation of hundreds of mail processing plants to allow for slower mail delivery. DeJoy previously said as part of his 10-year business plan he would resume closing some of the processing centers it never got around to shuttering after it paused the closures in 2015. USPS said it would use “data-driven analytics” to “strategically implement some of those consolidations where facilities remain underutilized.” 

A 2018 inspector general report found USPS realized just 5% of the $1.6 billion in savings it had projected from the consolidations. The agency successfully shuttered 141 plants in the first phase of its plan, but pulled the plug on its second phase to close an additional 82 plants when it was halfway through. Lawmakers at the time pleaded with postal management to suspend its plan—which would have cost thousands of jobs and further reduced delivery standards—and USPS ultimately agreed with the misplaced hope it would lead to a legislative postal overhaul. It took until this year for the major provisions of that reform to become law. 

As that postal reform law took $107 billion in liabilities off the agency’s books, the postmaster general said USPS would become financially sustainable in 2024. He also vowed to finally meet the agency’s goal of delivering 95% of mail on time in the same timeframe. 

While DeJoy this week said he would eliminate annex facilities, he previously added them to supplement package processing near existing processing centers. The postmaster general previously told Government Executive his overall planned consolidations were “minimal” and “just for refinement.” DeJoy stressed this week that his changes were simple common sense. 

“I wish I could say it is ingenious,” DeJoy said. “It is not. It is obvious. If you were building a Postal Service from scratch today this is what you would do.”

LABOR HISTORY

LABOR HISTORY

Part 1:  So, You Think You Have It Bad?

 By Joseph Cannavo

Labor Consultant

          The story and history of working men and women and organized labor has never been about “fairness”.  It has always been “what you can get”! And labor history tells us that workers who risked everything for themselves, their families and their communities got very little in the beginning.  But through the years of struggles, they got a little more and little more.  So, let’s look back and examine the blood, sweat and tears of those who came before us; those who made gains and defiantly said to the bosses: “You think this is the end?  It's only the beginning!”

          Not surprisingly and without the support of men, it was women in America who engaged in the first real “concerted activity” better known as a STRIKE.  This first strike was led by women working in textile mills in Lowell, MA when their wages were cut in 1834.  The mill owners referred to these women as “amazons” and not in a complementary way.  In those days, mill workers lived on the company properly.  That's where the term “company town” originated.  And to the mill owners surprise, there was another strike by woman in 1835; and these were the washerwomen, cooks and cleaners in the company towns.  They stayed out for months, fired and then successfully rehired with an hourly wage.  In between these two strikes there was the first strike by federal civilian employees at the Washington Navy Yard.  But this time, it wasn't women who led the struggle.  It was enslaved and freed African American men who sought a 10-hour work day and a way to redress their grievances. That's right, they wanted a “grievance procedure”.  The strike lasted a month.  The men wanted a 10-hour work day and a decent lunch period.  They got neither.  White workers at the Navy Yard feared these workers would bring down wages.  Sound familiar? 

          In the 1800s, workers in different crafts and trades formed associations and guilds.  But there were no laws that gave workers the right to organize a union or be protected if they did. Such laws weren't enacted until 1935.  With the industrial revolution in the late 1800s, workers who tried to organize a union were fired and “blacklisted” which made them unemployable.  When workers did protest or strike, Courts ruled they engaged in a conspiracy to restrain trade and fined and jailed these “troublemakers”.  To prevent the union organizing, the bosses required workers to sign “yellow-dog contracts” in which they promised not to join a union; and when there was union organizing Pinkerton Detectives were hired to infiltrate the organizing campaigns and inform on the troublemakers who were promptly fired.  And when a Union organizing campaign got momentum, companies would “lockout” the workers and hire immigrants to replace the locked-out workers.  In those days, protests and strikes by workers were greeted by local militia, Federal troops on horses, Pinkertons—all resulting in workers being killed, injured, arrested, fined or imprisoned.  But in one particular case, the deaths were not in vain.  And you, as Postal workers and members of the APWU, are direct beneficiaries. 

          There were some significant strikes in the 1920s not the least of which was by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America in 1922. Clothing Workers from New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Milwaukee went on a national strike.  The strike was over one issue:  Grievance and Arbitration.  Piece rates were cut and workers wanted to have rates time studied along with the right to grieve and arbitrate the rates.  That winter the strike went on for months until two women seamstresses in Chicago were shot dead in the snow by Pinkertons while they walked the picket line.  With that, the owner of the largest suit maker in the country called for an end to the strike and all the suit makers agreed to give the Union Grievance and Arbitration.  And in exchange, the Union agreed not to strike for the length of the contract.  And no Union and its members have benefited more from what that strike stood for--arbitration-- then you, the members of the APWU!!!

          I'm proud to say that I worked for the Amalgamated.  In 1923 when you could only borrow money if you owned real estate, the Amalgamated opened the only surviving Union bank, The Amalgamated Bank, where if you had a job and a Union card, you could get a loan; and where today, the interest rate for a domestic auto is less than for an import.  The Amalgamated also lifted its members out of multi-family tenement apartments and built housing for Union members including the Van Courtland Apartment Buildings and Co-op City in the Bronx. 

         

          There is never enough time or space to talk about the heroes of labor.  Take the time to learn about A. Philip Randolph and the railroad workers, Cesar Chavez (who I was assigned to work for) and the farm workers, Walter Reuther, the first president of the United Auto Workers, Samuel Gompers and the Cigar Makers, the first Union to admit women members and John L. Lewis of the Mine Workers, who at negotiations had one word for the mine owners while he pounded his fist:  MORE! MORE!

ATTENTION RETIRIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ATTENTION  RETIRIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OPM is adding additional security to

your

Services Online account

with login.gov

Beginning on and after May 26th, 2022, you will notice a new process for signing into Services Online to better protect your personal information. To log in, you will be prompted to create a new username and password with login.gov. After that, whenever you log in to the Services Online site, you will use the login.gov username and password, as well as a special code to authenticate your identity and protect your account. You will no longer be able to log in using a claim number and password.

This document describes what you will need to do and explains what these changes will mean for you. We have also created a Step-by-Step guide with images.

What do I need to do on or after May 26th, 2022?

Create a login.gov account if you don't already have one.

Creating a login.gov account is a one-time task. After you create your login.gov account and link it with Services Online, you will be able to sign into Services Online using your login.gov account. To create a login.gov account, you'll need to:

  1. Go to Services Online Click on the button that says "Sign in with LOGIN.GOV."
  2. Create an account. You will only need to do this once.
    • If you already have a login.gov account, you don't need to create a second one. Use your existing login.gov email address, password, plus one of the two-factor authentication methods to sign into Services Online. Then skip to Link your Services Online Account with Login.gov Account below.
  3. Enter an email address. Your new username for signing into Services Online will be your email address.
  4. Confirm your email.
  5. Create a strong password. Passwords must be at least twelve characters. There are no other restrictions. You can even use more than one word with spaces to get to 12 characters. Try using a phrase or a series of words that only you recognize.
    • Your login.gov password should be different from passwords you use for other accounts such as your bank account or email. Using the same password for many accounts makes identity theft easier.
  6. Select your method of authentication. Using authentication methods keeps your account more secure than using only a password. You can choose between text messages, phone calls, or one of the other options accepted by login.gov.
  7. Test your authentication method. You will then be asked to use your authentication method to confirm that it works and verify who you are.
  8. Select Agree and Continue to Services Online to link your account. You've created an account with login.gov and can proceed to linking your Services Online account steps below.

Link your Services Online Account with login.gov Account

To link your login.gov account with Services Online, you will:

  1. Enter your claim number and your Services Online password (not your login.gov password) in the boxes provided on the Services Online website.
    • If you are an existing Services Online user, you will use your existing Services Online password.
    • If you are a new Services Online user, you will use the password that you received via postal mail.
  2. Click "Finish and sign in".
  3. You should now be on the Services Online dashboard that you are familiar with. Double check your Services Online Profile to make sure all your information is accurate.
  4. Now that you have linked your Services Online and login.gov accounts, you will need to use your login.gov email address, password, and two-factor authentication every time you want to sign into Services Online.

What if I already have a login.gov account?

If you already have a login.gov account, you don't need to create a second one. Use your existing login.gov email address, password, plus one of the two-factor authentication methods to sign into Services Online. You will still need to follow the steps to link your Services Online and login.gov accounts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Services Online using login.gov?

OPM is making these changes to deploy enhanced security protections to protect your Services Online account. Login.gov is an extra layer of security created by the government that uses multi-factor authentication and stronger passwords to protect your account. Other government agencies, such as the Small Business Administration and the Social Security Administration, already use login.gov to provide secure access to their government services.

What is multi-factor authentication?

Multi-factor authentication (sometimes referred to as "two-factor authentication") adds an additional layer of security to your account by requiring another piece of information along with your username and password to log in.

Authentication factors come in different forms, and you will be able to choose the form of authentication that works best for you. Examples of options you may be familiar with include receiving a short code via a text message or a phone call. If you would prefer to use other forms of authentication, login.gov provides various options.

The benefit of adding an additional layer of security is that, if your username and password were compromised by someone attempting to steal your identity, they would not be able to access your Services Online account without the second factor used to authenticate who you are.

What will happen to my Services Online account?

Nothing will happen to the information stored in your Services Online account. You'll still be able to accomplish everything you can do today. Once you set up a login.gov account, you will continue to visit https://www.servicesonline.opm.gov to access your account, but you will be prompted use your login.gov email address, password, and your multifactor authentication token to sign in. The only change is that you will no longer use your old Services Online claim number and password to sign in.

What email address do I use to create a login.gov account?

We recommend you use a personal email address that you control. We recommend you do not use an address that you may lose access to, such as a work email address or one tied to an organization with which you volunteer or an email address for a friend or family member whose account you may not be able to access without them, because if your circumstances change and you lose access to the email account you use for login.gov, it could make it difficult to access Services Online.

Can I share a login.gov account with another person?

No. Each person needs their own login.gov account. If you've shared your Services Online account in the past, with a spouse or child, you can no longer do this with login.gov.

If, for example, you and your spouse share an email address, and each use that email address to access Services Online, one of you will have to use a different email address for their login.gov account. OPM recognizes that this is an inconvenience, but this is a security feature of login.gov.

COVID MEMO'S EXPIRE MAY 6TH 2022

Union Family,

In March of 2020, almost 26 months ago, the APWU and the Postal Service negotiated a series of important “COVID MOUs

FOR MORE INFO CLICK ON THE COVID VIRUS

TAB ON THE LEFT SIDE PANEL 

ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SPECIAL ANOUNCEMENT

WE ARE ASKING ALL QUEENS AREA LOCAL A.P.W.U.

MEMBERS TO UPDATE THEIR MEMBERSHIP PAGE TO

INCLUDE  UPDATED E-MAIL AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS

SO THAT WE CAN CONTACT YOU WITH THE LATEST

INFO AND ANOUNCEMENTS

ALL YOU NEED DO IS TO LOG IN AND UPDATE YOU

INFO.

THANK YOU

UNION PRIDE
QAL MEMBERS SUPPORTING AMAZON

QAL MEMBER AND NE REGION NBA

LIZ SWIGERT

ALONG WITH SARA NELSON

PRESIDENT OF THE FLIGHT ATTENDENTS UNION

SUPPORTING AMAZON UNION WORKERS 

ATTENTION HEALTHPLEX MEMBERS


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PRESIDENT SUSLAK SUPPORTS AMAZON WORKERS

QUEENS AREA LOCAL PRESIDENT RON SUSLAK ALONG WITH TEACHERS UNION PRESIDENT RANDI WEINGARTEN AND  APWU PRESIDENT MARK DIMONDSTEIN AND OTHERS ON SUNDAY APRIL 24th 2022 AT THE AMAZON UNION FORMING RALLY CLICK ON THE PHOTO NUMBER TO VIEW AND OR DOWNLOAD 


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FOR YOU THE MEMBER

Its Official

Its official just moments ago, President Biden signed the Postal Service

Reform Act into law. We've said it before, and we will say it again. This is

the greatest legislative victory for postal workers in a generation and

its all because of you. This is a historic achievement for our

union, said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. Congratulations to

every postal worker who has organized for over a decade to ensure this long-needed

postal reform legislation became law. The Postal Service Reform Act marks a

tremendous victory for our union, for all postal workers, our families, and for the

people of the country who depend on robust, reliable and sustainable universal postal

services. With the passage of this historic act, the USPS will finally be placed

on a path towards financial stability with the repeal of the onerous and financially

debilitating pre-funding mandate. There are many more fights ahead  to

defend and expand our rights as postal workers and protect the USPS from attacks.

But today, let us celebrate this victory, and remember the lesson at the heart of our

union founding. Everything we have, everything we've won, and

everything we hope to win, depends upon one thing: solidarity. Acting alone, we are

powerless in the face of our opponents the privatizers with their mountains of

cash and their armies of lobbyists and lawyers are frighteningly powerful. No single

one of us can defeat them alone. But when we stand together when

thousands upon thousands of us each do our small part and take collective action

 that is a force which can achieve anything. Today’s historic victory

belongs to you, brothers and sisters. In solidarity, The American Postal Workers Union

Ron Suslak President, Queens Area Local, APWU APWU, RI-399 NDRC Representative

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AGREE TO UPDATE LEAVE

EXCHANGE

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LEAVE CARRY OVER UPDATE

THE APWU AND POSTAL SERVICE

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QAL PRESIDENT MAKES NATIONAL HEADLINES

THE GREAT POSTAL STRIKE

Dear Queens Area Local Members and Visitors 
Today is a special day.
Fifty two years ago, fed up with low wages, unpredictable hours, and little control over their workplace, postal workers in New York City voted to go on strike.
Within two weeks, over 200,000 postal workers would walk off the job and join them, grinding postal services across the country to a halt.
Despite efforts by President Nixon to replace the striking postal workers with thousands of military personnel, it quickly became clear that the skilled workers of the postal service could not simply be replaced on a whim.
After two weeks, the government conceded that they were powerless in the face of the strike, and gave in to postal workers' demands.
Our unbreakable solidarity and commitment to striking resulted in huge raises, more consistent schedules, and guaranteed collective bargaining rights for postal workers moving forward – marking the beginning of our union.
Watch the Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xehtgGa1F7M&link_id=2&can_id=78783d92dfe4569cb7c5f4b9ba4e0cc7&source=email-an-important-day&email_referrer=email_1482195&email_subject=an-important-day

TO WATCH THE VIDEO PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE ABOVE LINK INTO YOUR BROWSER 


 

As we look forward to the challenges facing our union in 2022 and beyond, whether it’s enforcing our new contract or fighting attempted cuts by privatizers, we must always remember where our power as a union comes from – solidarity.
 
The Great Postal Strike of 1970 was the ultimate expression of the spirit of solidarity which underpins our great union.
 
Let us honor the courage and sacrifice of those who came before us, and never forget where we come from.
 
In solidarity, 
Ron Suslak, President
Queens Area Local, A.P.W.U. AFL-CIO  1022

CONTRACT UPDATE 3 17 22 imp

Implementation Dates for Pay Increases in New Contract Confirmed

  • o Effective: November 20, 2021
    o Scheduled Implementation: June 4, 2022 (Pay Period 13-2022) o Pay Check Date June 24, 2022

  • 1.0% Additional for Postal Support Employees (PSEs)
    o Effective: November 20, 2021
    o Scheduled Implementation: June 4, 2022 (Pay Period 13-2022) o Pay Check Date June 24, 2022

  • $1310 Cost of Living Allowance (Career Employees) o Effective: February 26, 2022

    o Scheduled Implementation: June 4, 2022 (Pay Period 13-2022)

    o Pay Check Date June 24, 2022

  • PSEs’ Additional 50 cents per hour

    o Effective: April 9, 2022
    o Scheduled Implementation: June 4, 2022 (Pay Period 13-2022) o Pay Check Date June 24, 2022

  • New pay rates for Grade 11 Employees
    o Effective: September 21, 2021
    o Scheduled Implementation: June 4, 2022 (Pay Period 13-2022) o Pay Check Date June 24, 2022

  • Changes to the Grade 8 steps and slotting into new steps o Effective: June 18, 2022

    o Scheduled Implementation: June 18, 2022 (Pay Period 14-2022)

    o Pay Check Date July 8, 2022

  • Additional Pay for PTFs due to the Juneteenth Holiday

    o Effective: January 1, 2022
    o Scheduled Implementation: June 4, 2022 (Pay Period 13-2022) o Pay Check Date June 24, 2022

    Employees will receive retroactive payments for the difference in pay for the period between the “effective” date and the “scheduled implementation” date. The date of the retroactive payments has not been finalized and cannot be finalized until the programming is complete. Once programming is completed, we will meet with the Postal Service and get a definitive date for the retroactive payments. Once the definitive date is known, it will then be released

    Significant programming of the payroll systems is needed to implement these pay changes. Upon ratification of the agreement, our Union Family members who work in the Information Technology/Accounting Services units began working on the changes. We want to recognize and thank the IT/AS employees for their hard work on these important provisions and doing all they can to get the programming changes completed so that all those affected receive the pay rates required by the National Agreement.

    As a reminder, other provisions that do not have specific effective dates listed (e.g., the “repromotion rule”) went into effect on February 28, 2022, per Article 43 of the 2021-2024 National Agreement.

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POSTAL SERVICE REFORM ACT
Government Executive Postal Reform Will Finally Become Law After Senate Passes Long-Sought After Legislation By Eric Katz March 8, 2022 The Senate on Tuesday by a 79-19 vote passed a sweeping reform of the U.S. Postal Service to eliminate much of its debt and restructure some of its operations, sending to President Biden’s desk the first major overhaul of the mailing agency in more than 15 years after more than a decade of billion dollar losses. The 2021 Postal Service Reform Act has been more than 10 years in the making, with various efforts to put the mailing agency on firmer financial footing repeatedly failing or stalling out. The measure won broad bipartisan support, though its passage was delayed last month by a single Republican senator. Congress last passed major postal reform in 2006, though the agency’s finances collapsed shortly thereafter and lawmakers have struggled to address the situation ever since. The bill will make sweeping changes to USPS operations, though its scope is slightly pared back compared to previous failed attempts at postal reform. The core of the bill will require new postal retirees to enroll in Medicare for their health care and force most postal workers to select USPS-specific health care plans. It will take onerous payments toward health care benefits for future retirees off the agency’s balance sheets, a provision that has long held bipartisan support since shortly after Congress required them in its 2006 law. While USPS has for years defaulted on the payments, postal management and a wide variety of stakeholders have said they place an undue burden on the agency that no other government entity takes on and have flooded it with debt. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has endorsed the bill and said its core components were essential to eliminating projected losses over the next decade as part of his 10-year business plan. He has spent time on Capitol Hill over the last two months helping to lobby support for the measure. With the legislative financial reforms achieved today, combined with our own self-led operational reforms, we will be able to self-fund our operations and continue to deliver to 161 million addresses six days per-week for many decades to come,“ DeJoy said after the bill passed the Senate. The bill won unanimous support at the committee level last year, but languished for months until a renewed push led to the measure easily clearing the House in February. A breakthrough occurred in part because a Congressional Budget Office score last month that found the measure would save the government $1.5 billion over the next 10 years. Lawmakers and postal management have estimated it will save USPS $50 billion over the same period. The measure will allow USPS to provide non-postal services, including for state governments and other federal agencies. It also includes a six-day delivery mandate, which DeJoy has already said he plans to maintain. Postal management will face a new requirement to update the White House, Congress and its regulator every six months on its financial state, volume, implementation of changes, investments into its network and performance. It will also have to create new annual performance targets with a public website for tracking results. While a majority of Republicans supported the measure, Democrats won their support only after significant negotiation. The minority party only offered its endorsement on the House side after successfully fighting to remove a provision Democrats had originally included to restrict USPS from altering its service standards. DeJoy is in the midst of implementing his business plan, which has included slowing down delivery for some mail. In 2020, Congress on a bipartisan basis approved a $10 billion grant to USPS to offset some of its pandemic-related losses. When the House originally sent the bill to the Senate last month, it passed along the wrong version that did not include the most up-to-date text. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., quickly took action to sidestep the error and vote on the correct version, but Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., objected, sending the process into chaos. Senators left Washington later that week for a planned recess, and only this week resumed movement on the bill. Scott said on the floor he was concerned the measure had not gone through the committee process on the Senate side and about the funding for a potential increase in Medicare costs. Bipartisan support has not stopped previous postal reform efforts from repeatedly fizzling out over the last decade, including a 2012 measure that cleared the Senate. Advocates for the current legislation, however, had optimistically noted the bill has support of both parties, postal leadership, the White House, large mailers and postal unions. Some mailers, however, voiced concerns late in the process that a provision to require USPS to deliver mail and packages through an “integrated network” could lead to unintended consequences for the postal system. The bill’s passage faced further delays after Senate leadership was forced to negotiate over which amendments to allow on the bill. Schumer and Republicans spent days ironing out whether to allow amendments or which would receive votes, with proposals ranging from forcing USPS to further study electric vehicle adoption to banning the agency from offering financial services. Ultimately, the Senate did not approve any changes to the House bill. Democrats have been much less vocal in their criticisms of DeJoy in recent months and, through his appointments to the Postal Service’s Board of Governors, President Biden has indicated he will not seek to oust the postmaster general. DeJoy briefly drew the ire of Republicans, who had allied with him and fully endorsed his 10-year reform plan, by launching a limited pilot program for financial services. While they collaborated to deliver 500 million at-home COVID-19 test kits to Americans across the country, the Biden administration and USPS have clashed recently over DeJoy’s plans to replace nearly the entire postal fleet with non-electric vehicles. This story has been updated with comment from the Postal Service. By Eric Katz March 8, 2022 https://www.govexec.com/management/2022/03/usps-reform-law-senate/362919/
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On January 28, 2022, the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO reached a settlement agreement with the Postal Service on the Safety Ambassador Program. The case was scheduled to be heard in national arbitration on February 3rd and 4th. However, with the settlement, the hearings were cancelled.

On October 26, 2017, the APWU was informed that the old Safety Captain Program would be standardized into a nationally controlled program called the Safety Ambassador Program. The APWU demanded to meet with the Postal Service over the new program and objected to it. The new program was created unilaterally by the Postal Service in violation of Article 19 and the Union’s Article 1 rights to be the exclusive representative of the bargaining units represented by the APWU.

Specifically, objections were raised regarding how the ambassadors were to be appointed, that “verbal” safety reports be made instead of the PS Form 1767 process, how the program would usurp the contractual Joint Labor Management Safety and Health Committees, and how the ambassadors would be responsible for observing co-workers and reporting their actions to management. In March of 2018, a national dispute was initiated on the program after our meetings with the Postal Service failed to produce any meaningful results. An article on this dispute was posted at the time the dispute was initiated.

As full and complete settlement of the dispute, the Postal Service agreed to permanently suspend and withdraw the Safety Ambassador Program. This includes any guidelines, manuals, or training that the Postal Service attempted to introduce with the program.

Thanks to the hard work of the National Officers (Lynn Pallas-Barber, Terry Martinez, and Jason Trier) assigned to Article 14, Industrial Relations Department staff, and our attorneys, the APWU was able to successfully fend off the Safety Ambassador Program.

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As a final and complete settlement of the subject grievance, and without prejudice to the position of the United States Postal Service or the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO in this or any other case, the following resolution has been entered into by the parties. In full resolution of the issues identified in the instant dispute, the undersigned agree to resolve the instant grievance for a one-time lump sum payment of $25,000,000.00 (twenty-five million dollars). The Postal Service will supply the Union with a list of employees who have held Lead Clerk Bids since February 4, 2016. The APWU will provide a listing of employee names, EINs, and amounts to be disbursed to each employee (less appropriate deductions). It is further agreed that $2,500,000.00 (two million five hundred thousand dollars) will be withheld from the initial disbursement. After January 1, 2022 the APWU will provide a listing of employee names, EINs, and amounts to be disbursed to each employee who will receive the remaining funds. The total combined amount of the two disbursements shall not exceed $25,000,000.00 (twenty-five million dollars). This agreement settles any other grievances in locations in the former Northeast Area on this issue which may be pending, held, or have been initiated/filed at any level of the grievance procedure as of the date of the signing of this agreement. The APWU agrees to a moratorium and will not initiate grievances or identify in any grievance any date as an infraction date on the issue of Lead Clerks performing TACS duties for a 45-day period beginning with the signing of this agreement. The parties reaffirm that the language in two national Step 4 settlements (Q10Q-4O-C 15194931 /HQTC20150814 and Q15C-4Q-C18000314 / Q15C-4Q-C 18273555) provides that Lead Clerks perform the duties associated with the Lead Clerk Clock Office Role in TACS. The Step 4 settlement of Q15C-4Q-C18000314 / Q15C-4Q-C 18273555 provides the language which assures Lead Clerk Clock Office Role duties are performed by Clerk Craft bargaining unit employees. “This will ensure that the TACS duties associated with the Lead Clerk Clock Office Role are performed by Clerk Craft bargaining unit employees.” (Bold Face added for Emphasis). These duties include, but are not limited to: 1. Enter, correct and delete leave (any type) into TACS, which has not been entered via eRMS. Page 2 of 3 2. Enter employee moves into TACS, 3. Enter missing time into TACS, 4. Correct clock ring errors, 5. Enter "no lunch" rings into TACS, 6. Enter guaranteed time, 7. Enter clock rings as per PS Form 1260 and PS Form 1261, 8. Enter disallowed time as per PS Form 1017-A and PS Form 1260 or PS Form 1261, 9. Enter overtime transactions (Scheduled or Unscheduled), 10. Duties associated with entering PS Form 3189, Change of Schedule, 11. Enter higher level, 12. Run TACS reports, 13. Maintain files of forms that support time and attendance entries. 14. Assist the supervisor in preparation and/or submission of a properly approved Form 2240 payroll adjustment. The parties agree the lead clerk(s) performs the TACS duties identified above for all bargaining unit employees within the facility. The following actions must be completed within 45 days of the signing of this settlement: Management and Local APWU Union Officials will meet to discuss the necessary actions which must be taken to successfully effectuate compliance with this settlement. 1. Pursuant to the Step 4 Agreement Q15C-4Q-C18000314 / Q15C-4Q-C 18273555, In facilities that qualify for more than one (1) Lead Clerk duty assignment, not all Lead Clerks must be assigned TACS duties, however, management must provide the required Lead Clerk Clock Office Role training to additional Lead Clerks in order to provide appropriate coverage for each tour (F1 Mail Processing), days off and leave. This will ensure that the TACS duties associated with the Lead Clerk Clock Office Role are performed by Clerk Craft bargaining unit employees. 2. Management will determine the number of Lead Clerks needed to perform the TACS duties in the Lead Clock Office Role in facilities where there are more than 1 Lead Clerk. 3. If there is a mail processing location where no clerks have been given the Lead Clerk Clock Office Role training and Lead Clerks are not performing any TACS duties: a. Identify all Lead Clerks in Facility by Seniority b. Assign TACS duties to Senior Clerk(s) or make mutual agreement with local union to an alternate Lead clerk(s) in lieu of the senior clerk to be assigned the TACS dutiespursuant to the Step 4 Q15C-4Q-C18000314/ Q15C-4Q-C18273555. 4. Management will also consult with the Local Unions to ensure compliance with all necessary LMOU provisions when changing or adding to an occupied duty assignment. Page 3 of 3 5. HR Local Services must take the necessary actions with HRSSC to officially add “Shall Perform TACS Duties – Must complete required TACS training” to the HCES Job Comments on the current Lead Clerk duty assignments that will be performing TACS duties. 6. Pursuant to the Step 4 Agreement Q15C-4Q-C18000314 / Q15C-4Q-C 18273555, the added job comments cited in the above paragraphs will continue to be included on future bid postings for those Lead Clerk duty assignments designated to perform TACS duties. 7. Learning Development & Diversity (L D & D) must run a training report of those Lead Clerks to identify who has not received the required TACS training. Those who have not been trained and have been designated to perform the duties, must complete the following courses in accordance with the CBA: a. Lead Clerk Overview Training b. Time and Attendance Collection System - Supervisor Training 8. If any employees identified above have received the above training, but they haven't performed any of the tasks associated with this training additional training and/or brush up training will be provided without delay. 9. Operations, HR Local Services and LD &D must make arrangements with the District TACS Coordinator to schedule all necessary training within the agreed upon 45 days. 

BACKROUND INFORMATION

Several years ago, our local filed grievances contending that Management failed to honor two National Step 4 settlements that required that all Lead Clerks receive TACS training and TACS access to perform necessary pay and leave adjustments.   The functions of performing pay and leave adjustments had been done by the clerk craft many years ago until management abolished the positions and gave the work to supervisors.  With the creation of Lead Clerks during the 2010 contract negotiations, that work was restored to the clerk craft in the Lead Clerk position description.  Unfortunately, management never provided the training nor adhered to the National settlements in 2016. 

As a result, many locals, including the Queens Area Local, filed grievances requesting that management provide the training and that Lead Clerks be made whole for the bargaining unit work those supervisors were doing while performing the TACS adjustments. Since many locals in the old Northeast Area filed the same grievances, one regional grievance was filed and arbitrated.  National Business Agent Pete Coradi successfully advocated the case for the APWU and the arbitration award was rendered in May of 2019.  Once again, management failed to provide the training and compensate Lead Clerks in the Northeast Area for the work that management had been performing.

Recently, NBA Pete Coradi was able to negotiate a settlement based on the 2019 Lead Clerk Arbitration Award.  The settlement provides for Lead Clerks to receive the necessary TACS training and begin to perform the TACS work when necessary.   In addition to the training, a lump sum of 25 million dollars was awarded to the APWU to compensate all Lead Mail Processing Clerks, Lead Sales and Service Clerks and Lead Customer Service Clerks in the Northeast area, approx. 3300 clerks.

CONTACT AN APWU UNION REPRESENTATIVE TO ENSURE YOU ARE ON THE PAYMENT LIST

The settlement provides pay entitlement for all clerk craft employees who held (“held” not working) a Lead Clerk duty assignment during the time frame of February 4, 2016 through September 3, 2021.  Payment is calculated at $7.43 a day for each day the Lead Clerk assignment was held, for a maximum of 2044 days for a maximum payment of $15,193.20, minus tax deductions. The payment is anticipated to be inputted by management for payment on the October 1, paycheck.  Those that are due in excess of $10,000 (ten thousand dollars) will receive their payment in two installments.  First one on October 1, 2021 in the amount of $9,995.00 and the second installment on the October 15, 2021 for the balance.

Any clerical member that believes they have held a Lead Clerk position during the above time frame, should see a Union Rep. in the JFK APWU office or contact the Queens Area Local office in Ozone Park to ensure that they are on the list for payment. 

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Currently, there is a spike of COVID-19 diagnosis throughout the United States. Postal Employees are not exempt from contracting COVID-19. Following national trends, there is also a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases at the Postal Service. Not knowing how COVID-19 can affect any one person whether it is a mild illness, a severe case, a case of “long” COVID-19, what the long-term effects might be, or sadly even death, it is vital that those who contract the virus understand that it is their right to apply for worker’s compensation benefits to protect themselves and their families. If you are a postal employee, no matter if you are a career employee or non-career employee, you are entitled to file a claim with the Office of Workers Compensation Programs. The one caveat is that you must have worked at the Post Office at some point during the 21-days prior to your COVID-19 diagnosis. Employees that have claims approved are entitled to have their medical costs and lost wages paid. Approved Claimants are also entitled to request that any annual sick or annual leave used be “bought back” and redeposited to their leave balances. Also, should a postal employee pass away due to COVID19, their survivors are entitled to benefits under the compensation programs if there is an approved claim.

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PRESIDENT BIDEN ON NOMINATED TWO NEW INDIVIDUALS TO SIT ON THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE’S GOVERNING BOARD,

If confirmed, new nominees would give White House-backed members a majority on the postal governing board.

  • PRESIDENT BIDEN ON FRIDAY
  • NOMINATED
  •  two NEW INDIVIDUALS
  • TO SIT ON THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE’S
  • GOVERNING BOARD, POTENTIALLY
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If confirmed, Dan Tangherlini and Derek Kan, Biden’s nominees, would ensure the president's picks make up the majority of the board’s nine Senate-confirmed members. They would replace Ron Bloom, the board’s current chairman, and John Barger, both of whom are allies of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Both Bloom and Barger’s terms are soon expiring and Biden opted not to reappoint them. 

Tangherlini is a former Obama administration official, having led the General Services Administration and served as a senior official at the Treasury Department. Kan previously served as an aide to Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and later as a President Obama appointee to the Amtrak board and a President Trump appointee to Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget. 

Biden has nominated and the Senate confirmed three members of the postal board, who have voiced their significant concerns with DeJoy’s 10-year-plan that includes slowing down mail delivery while raising prices at unusually high rates. Many advocacy groups and congressional Democrats have called on Biden to remove DeJoy from his post, but that had not previously been possible as he maintained universal support among the Trump-appointed members of the board. Only USPS’ board of governors can remove a postmaster general. 

Dave Partenhemier, a USPS spokesman, thanked Bloom and Barger for their leadership and for contributing to the development of DeJoy's 10-year plan. He also welcomed the new nominees. 

“The Postal Service congratulates Derek Kan and Dan Tangherlini on their nominations by the president to serve as governors on the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service," Partenheimer said. "We wish them well as they proceed through the U.S. Senate confirmation process."

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday criticized DeJoy and praised the White House's nominees as "experienced public servants," but declined to suggest outright that they should remove the postmaster general. 

"It’s up to the board to make a determination about leadership, but we have continued concerns about the postmaster general’s leadership," Psaki said.

It remains unclear if the board would be willing to take such a drastic step, or how Tangherlini and Kan, in particular, will respond to DeJoy’s initiatives. Still, the move won immediate praise from some of DeJoy’s biggest detractors. 

“I am tickled pink that two DeJoy enablers have been replaced and thank President Biden for his leadership,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who chairs the House Oversight and Reform Committee panel with oversight of the Postal Service. “This action is a good thing for the Postal Service and, most importantly, a great thing for the American people.”

Porter McConnell, who leads the Save the Post Office Coalition and is Mitch McConnell’s daughter, also applauded Biden’s action. 

"President Biden has listened to the millions of people across the nation demanding a return to the quiet competence of the post office before Louis DeJoy and his friend Ron Bloom took a wrecking ball to it,” Porter McConnell said. “Ron Bloom has no place in the USPS's future, and we are glad to see his tenure in the past."

Biden opted to replace Barger, a Republican, with Kan, who has historically aligned with Republicans. Federal statute requires no more than five members of the board be of the same party, but Biden likely could have still replaced Barger with another Democrat as one of his previous nominees, Amber McReynolds, is a registered independent. If Tangherlini and Kan are both confirmed, the makeup of the board will remain four Democrats, four Republicans and one independent. 


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Regulator Blasts Postal Service for 'Unachievable" Package Slowdown Plan

USPS will also begin slowing down mail delivery this week.

The U.S. Postal Service’s regulator criticized the mailing agency’s plan to slow down package delivery, calling it overly ambitious, non-specific and of little financial benefit. 

The package slowdown is part of a larger strategy by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to allow USPS to break even over the next decade. The Postal Service, which is also about to implement slower delivery for regular mail, has said its existing schedules are unrealistic and too costly to sustain. The Postal Regulatory Commission took issue with the new package delivery schedule, saying management’s goals “appear reasonable” but rest upon unfounded assumptions. 

PRC has no power to force the Postal Service to alter its desired course, especially in the realm of packages. As a general matter, USPS has the discretion to make business decisions on its offerings in the competitive space. Still, the mailing agency had to submit its plan to the commission for review, as it did for its mail slowdowns. USPS is seeking to lengthen service standards by one-to-two days for 31% of First-Class packages, while speeding them up by 1 day for 5%. 

Postal management failed to demonstrate it could implement its operational plan, provide consistent and reliable service or achieve its anticipated efficiencies, PRC said on Wednesday in its advisory opinion. The mailing agency's assumptions were oversimplified and failed to weigh the complexity of its business, the regulators said, making its model an inaccurate reflection of the “operating environment likely to exist after the proposal is implemented.” Management’s overly rosy outlook included projecting the implementation of changes prior to the peak holiday season, which PRC called “too ambitious.” It added management predicted outcomes that are “potentially inaccurate and unachievable.” Even postal management conceded it would likely not achieve its goal of delivering 95% of packages on time by the end of fiscal 2022. 

While PRC said the plan for package delivery would better enable USPS to meet its performance targets, it noted postal management failed to spell out any timetable to do so or assess the impact on customers. The Postal Service did not analyze the impact on recipients of pharmaceuticals, the commission said as an example. The regulator challenged even the proportion of mail that will be impacted, noting USPS relied on 2020 data skewed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The savings USPS expects from the changes are suspect, PRC added, and even if true would have little bearing on the agency’s overall finances. The commission made a similar finding for the Postal Service’s plan to slow down delivery for regular mail, which is set to go into effect Oct. 1. Postal management’s expected efficiencies rest significantly on shifting more package transportation to trucks rather than planes, calling it more reliable, but PRC said the agency provided insufficient data to support the claim and noted the change would not impact delays caused by failures within processing facilities. 

Overall, the commission cautioned in its opinion—which is advisory in nature and carries no enforcement mechanism—that USPS may run afoul of its statutory obligations in implementing the plan. It advised the Postal Service to set interim goals while trying to reach its ultimate target of delivering 95% of packages on time, create a “rigorous analytical methodology” rather than relying on “unproven assumptions,” monitor customer satisfaction and continue engaging stakeholders about the impact of the changes. 

“The Commission is concerned, however, that the reasonableness of the proposal rests upon the Postal Service being correct in its assessments about consumer preferences and its ability to achieve the modeled increases in reliability, cost savings, and efficiency,” the commission wrote. “Should the Postal Service prove wrong in its predictions in the above areas, the rational basis for the proposal may prove illusory.”

PRC similarly faulted USPS' assumptions for its mail slowdowns, saying the proposal was not fully thought out and its success was far from guaranteed. Those slowdowns are expected to impact about 40% of First-Class mail. Industry groups, postal unions, members of the public and some lawmakers have all pushed back against the mail and package slowdowns. Critics of DeJoy’s plan have said slowing delivery while raising prices would accelerate ongoing declines in mail volumes and lead to further losses for the mailing agency.

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Federal employees can enroll, re-enroll or change their flexible spending account coverage during the month of June, as the Office of Personnel Management announced June 14 that it authorized a special enrollment period as part of provisions outlined in the Consolidated Appropriations Act and the American Rescue Plan.

FSAs allow enrollees to set aside pretax income for use with out-of-pocket medical costs or dependent costs.

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Lawmakers are looking to make it harder for the agency to slow delivery in the future, while auditor says fixing current problems will be a significant challenge.

Just weeks after the U.S. Postal Service implemented new standards to slow a significant portion of mail delivery, Democrats in Congress are on the verge of proposing legislation to create additional barriers for management before it can take similar actions in the future. 

Lawmakers blasted the reforms implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy at a hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s panel on Government Operations that took place in Chicago on Friday, calling them harmful to the mailing agency and suggesting they were part of an intentional effort to undermine it. They similarly criticized USPS for ongoing failures to deliver mail on time, which has improved in recent months but remains below the agency’s targets. 

Eddie Morgan, USPS’ postmaster in Chicago, which has been among the worst hit cities by the delays, blamed a rise in “street crime” and its impact on recruiting and retention. USPS has enough employees on the rolls, Morgan said of his region, but an insufficient number are actually showing up to work. He explained he is working to purge the agency’s rolls of employees with significant unexcused absences and to fill resulting vacancies. 

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., who chairs the larger oversight committee, said she will soon introduce a bill to require postal management to conduct testing on its nationwide delivery standard changes. DeJoy’s recent changes impacted about 40% of First-Class mail, expanding the maximum time for delivery from three days to five. Postal management conceded they had not examined the impact of the proposed changes on rural versus urban populations, low income communities or elderly communities, nor had they solicited feedback on the changes from customers. The Postal Regulatory Commission, in reviewing the plan earlier this year, faulted USPS for failing to pilot test its slowdowns and creating projections it could not prove would be realized. 

Maloney’s forthcoming legislation would empower the commission to pause such changes from taking place until it can review testing. It would also require a two-thirds vote from the postal board of governors to approve service standard revisions that had not been tested. Maloney has also sponsored bipartisan postal reform legislation that the oversight committee has approved but has yet to receive a vote on either the House or Senate floor. 

“Hopefully we can bring postal reform to the floor soon,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who chaired Friday’s hearing. 

House Democrats originally sought to stymie DeJoy’s efforts to implement the mail slowdowns in that postal reform legislation, but ultimately stripped the language from the measure to win bipartisan backing.

Connolly said the delays in Chicago were not anomalous and that Congress could not allow them to continue. He added he hoped to see a change in “the governance of the Postal Service to ensure we have a board of governors and a postmaster general who are, in fact, dedicated to the mission.” Lawmakers throughout the hearing said their offices have been inundated with complaints from constituents about mail issues. They cited a decision by management to start letter carriers on their routes later in the day as partially responsible for the problems. 

Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pa., the lone Republican to attend the hearing, sought to shift blame away from DeJoy, arguing mail delays predated his tenure and worsened as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. On-time performance quickly plummeted after DeJoy took office, which the postmaster general has conceded was largely due to operational reforms he implemented. USPS has since rolled those back and, like Morgan, the Chicago postmaster, has said ongoing delays are due to employee absenteeism and other fallout from the pandemic. The Postal Service has restored service to pre-DeJoy levels and saw further improvement in the most recent quarter that ended just before the new service windows went into effect. 

Lawmakers and a National Association of Letter Carriers official who testified at the hearing noted a recent inspector general report that found USPS frequently undercounted its late and undelivered mail. USPS numbers are not always accurate, said Mack Julion, the NALC representative, as front-line supervisors “provide misleading reports to appease upper management.”

Melinda Perez, an auditor in the USPS inspector general's office, said the agency's problems include staffing shortages, packages and mail going to the wrong facilities and mail not being pre-sorted when it arrives at post offices. 

“USPS has plans to address these concerns, however implementing multiple initiatives to correct these issues will be challenging, especially now as the Postal Service is addressing its peak season,” Perez said, adding her office will soon release a report on USPS’ readiness for the holidays. 

The Postal Service experienced unprecedented delays during the holiday season in 2020, with DeJoy eventually admitting the agency “missed our service standards by far and disappointed the nation.”

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Subject: Annual Leave Carry Over and Lump Sum Payments at Retirement The Industrial Relations Department has been fielding multiple questions on the amount of annual leave someone would be compensated for when they retire. Attached are the two MOUs the APWU entered into with the Postal Service on annual leave during the pandemic.
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CONTRACT UPDATE 8/4/2021

Negotiations Update

August 4, 2021

With our current union contract expiring on September 20, 2021, the APWU and postal management have now been engaged in negotiations for more than five weeks.

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MAJOR RI 399 VICTORY FOR APWU

QUEENS AREA LOCAL PRESIDENT

RON SUSLAK

PLAYS KEY ROLE IN AFCS AND AFCS 200

IN MAJOR

R I 399 AWARD TO KEEP JOBS FOR APWU CRAFT MEMBERS

APWU: Arbitrator Sharnoff award on AFCS Jurisdiction

Posted on February 3, 2022

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From: Vance Zimmerman <vzimmerman@apwu.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 3, 2022
Subject: Sharnoff award on AFCS Jurisdiction

On January 31, 2021, Arbitrator Sharnoff issued a lengthy award on the APWU-NPMHU jurisdictional disputes over the AFCS and AFCS 200. The APWU successfully prevailed in protecting Clerk Work when Arbitrator Sharnoff affirmed that Clerks should be assigned to work the Operator position on the AFCS 200.

As part of the historic 2018 APWU-USPS-NPMHU RI-399 update agreement, the unions and the Postal Service agreed to arbitrate the unions’ cross-disputes on the AFCS and the AFCS 200. The APWU defended the Postal Service’s assignment of the AFCS 200 Operator position to clerks, an assignment the APWU felt was properly assigned to the APWU. The Arbitrator agreed with the APWU keeping the Operator position on the AFCS 200 assigned to Clerks.

Arbitrator Sharnoff confirmed that there is a high bar for overturning the Postal Service’s jurisdictional determinations – based on the information available to the Postal Service at the time it makes its decision, the Postal Service’s decision cannot be arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable, based on improper considerations, or otherwise constitute “an abuse of the USPS’s discretion to make such determinations under the RI-399 Guidelines.” The NPMHU failed to get over this bar with its claims that the Operator position on the significantly redesigned AFCS 200 should be assigned to Mail Handlers. Given the changes to the Operator position and the distribution functions of the AFCS 200, Arbitrator Sharnoff confirmed that the Postal Service’s jurisdictional grant to Clerks was proper.

Arbitrator Sharnoff’s Award means that Clerks must be assigned to the Operator position on the AFCS 200. Any pending RI-399 disputes at the local level should be settled in accordance with this Award. Contact Lynn Pallas-Barber with any questions that may arise in implementing Arbitrator Sharnoff’s Award at the local level.

This was the second of four jurisdictional arbitrations presented to Arbitrator Sharnoff under the updated RI-399 process for protecting Clerk Craft work. In the first two cases, the APWU has successfully in defended Clerks continuing to work on the SPSS and the AFCS 200. Many thanks to the efforts of the APWU’s RI-399 national representatives Lynn Pallas-Barber, Assistant Clerk Craft Director, and National RI-399 Representative Ron Suslak, (President Queens Area Local); their guidance along with the expertise and involvement of APWU locals and employees, supported the APWU in once again keeping mail distribution work with Clerks.

Feel free to disseminate.

Vance Zimmerman
Industrial Relations Director
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
1300 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-4128

CONTRACT UPDATE TOWN HALL

The APWU National Negotiating Committee will hold a webinar “town hall” with the members December 16th at 2:00pm. 6pm and 9pm EST. Links to register can be found 

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Tentative agreement

BREAKING:

APWU, USPS Reach

Tentative Agreement

       The American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service have reached a tentative three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement, announced APWU President and Lead Negotiator Mark Dimondstein. The Tentative Agreement was reached on December 9th and, in accordance with the APWU Constitution, was presented by the National Negotiating Committee to the Rank & File Bargaining Advisory Committee. On December 10th, the Rank & File Committee unanimously approved the Tentative Agreement for a ratification vote of the members. This is great news! We have reached an agreement that protects the rights and interests of our members,Mark Dimondstein said. The tentative National Agreement contains annual wage increases, protection of full COLAs and no-layoff protections, new opportunities for career work, gains for part time flexibles and a host of other improvements. The Tentative Agreement has the unanimous approval of the National Negotiating Committee and the support of the National Executive Board. I salute the entire bargaining committee for their outstanding and collective work. I was proud to serve on the National Negotiating Committee along with Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman, who served as chief spokesperson for the union, Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth  Powell, Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks, Maintenance Craft Director Idowu Balogun, Motor Vehicle Director Michael Foster and Support Services Director Steve Brooks. The entire Negotiating Committee appreciates the due diligence and hard work exhibited by the Rank & File Bargaining Advisory Committee.Many headquarters officers, national business agents, and staff were also involved in the long process of planning and preparation of negotiations. APWU members across the country waged a strong campaign united in the demand for a good contract that rewards postal workers for their dedication and hard work. We look forward to the membership having an opportunity to vote on this tentative agreement that we believe offers improvements in the wages, hours and working conditions in all APWU crafts,Director Vance Zimmerman said. A detailed summary of the Tentative Agreement will be published on the APWU website Saturday December 11th. Furthermore, the APWU National Negotiating Committee will hold a webinar â€ÂÂÂÂÂœtown hall with the members December 16th at 2:00pm. 6pm and 9pm EST. Register at apwu.org/townhall. In the coming weeks more information will be shared on the ratification process. 

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MEETING NOTICE

MONDAY, May 23, 2022

UNION HALL 9 AM

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NEWS YOU CAN USE

“Medicare and FEHB,”

webinar to be held

Tuesday, May 3"

Postal Service employees can participate in an upcoming webinar to learn about the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program and Medicare.

The session, “Medicare and FEHB,” will be held Tuesday, May 3, at noon EDT.

Representatives from GEHA, a not-for-profit provider of health plans for federal employees, will conduct the webinar and explain how Medicare works with FEHB plans, including information on Medicare parts A, B, C and D.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website. After signing up, directions will be emailed to each registrant.

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ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To all QAL Members:

 APWU President Mark Dimondstein called me last night concerning a rally in support of Amazon workers at the LDJ5 Amazon warehouse on Staten Island.  APWU National President Mark Dimondstein will be in attendance and is scheduled to be one of the speakers at the rally.   

WHEN: Sunday, April 24th at 3:00PM
WHERE: 526 Gulf Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314
WHO: You & Amazon Workers 


 

While we realize this is short notice, we are requesting that any representative or member available, attend the rally in a show of solidarity.


 

 At the beginning of this month, workers at Amazon’s JFK8 warehouse, just across the street from LDJ5, voted to form the first ever union at Amazon in the United States. Now, just weeks after that historic win, workers at this second warehouse are voting on whether or not to join the ALU.

These workers are up against one of the most powerful corporations in the world – a company with almost limitless money, which has waged an unrelenting union busting campaign aimed at crushing their new movement. The billionaires and corporate oligarchs who oppose them are the same billionaires and corporate oligarchs who want to privatize the USPS and destroy our jobs.

Simply put, their fight is our fight.

If we want to protect our jobs, we must stand in solidarity with them, and help them win this election.  Please be sure to wear any APWU gear you have, and to bring a friend.

In Solidarity,  


 

Ron Suslak

President, Queens Area Local, APWU

COVID LEAVE UPDATE APRIL 2022

For all APWU represented employees, in keeping with the intent of

the AVP letter on liberal scheduling and leave, and the recent

MOUs regarding Dependent Care Leave and noncareer leave, in

light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please implement the following

guidance:  Career, or non-career employees who are

serving in their first 90 work days or 120 calendar days (for PSEs)

will not have absences taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic cited

or considered for disciplinary action or involuntary separation.

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CONTRACT UPDATE 2 22 22

Tentative Contract Agreement

Ratification Ballot

Count Extended:

In response to reports received of mail delivery delays in multiple cities and the fact Monday is a holiday, the American Arbitration Association (AAA), will begin the ballot count

under the supervision of the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Sub-Committee, on Wednesday, February 23rd, 9:00am ET and conclude on Monday, February 28th , 5:00pm ET.

All ballot(s) received during this time period will be counted. 

Hopefully this gives everyone the opportunity to receive, complete and return their ballot(s). 

COLA UPDATE

FIRST COLA

INCREASE TO BE

$1,310.00


IF YOU VOTE YES ON

CONTRACT

RATIFICATION!

On February 10, 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for the month of January 2022. January was the final month of the six-month measuring period used for determining the cost of living allowance (COLA) for those covered by the National Agreement.

Every full-time career employee in every step and grade will receive an annual increase of $1,310.00 or 63 cents per hour. In percentage terms, the median percentage increase across all steps and levels for career employees will be 2.3%. The hourly rate for career part-time flexible employees will be adjusted up accordingly. The new rates based on this COLA will be effective on February 26, 2022, the start of Pay Period 6-2022. The $1,310 will be the third highest COLA increase received in APWU’s history.

However, this COLA will only go into effect if the 2021-2024 National Agreement is ratified. This would be first of six COLAs career employees will receive under a ratified 2021-2024 National Agreement. COLAs are in addition to the general increases that employees will receive in November of 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Due to the timing of the ratification process, the exact date the increase will begin to show in pay checks has not been determined. If the contract is ratified, the COLA will be paid retroactively to February 26, 2022. In addition, the results of the ratification vote will affect the November 21, 2021, general increase as this increase would be paid retroactive to November 21, 2022.

“Today’s inflation numbers show how important maintaining full COLA for every career employee was in the 2021-2024 negotiations.” President Mark Dimondstein said. “A ‘yes’ vote for ratification will ensure our members receive this COLA and the other wage increases negotiated as part of the new agreement” he continued.

Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman added, “Not only does a ‘yes’ vote preserve your COLA and wage increases, but it also allows the other negotiated portions of the CBA to go into effect including the new work hour guarantees for PTFs, advanced leave provisions, guaranteed PSE conversions. I encourage all eligible members to vote on ratification and to vote ‘yes’ today!”

All union members eligible to vote have been sent a ballot and non-members have also been sent a ballot. Non-members can have their vote counted if they return the enclosed 1187 with their ballot. The American Arbitration Association (AAA) is handling the balloting and counting process and have reported that completed ballots are flowing in from the membership. Ballots must be received by 9:00 am on February 23, 2022 by the AAA. If you have not received your ballot packet or need a replacement, please contact the AAA by calling 1-800-529- 5218 or 1-800-273-0726 between the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET, Monday through Friday.

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Source: APWU

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