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Pennsylvania Postal Workers Union

P.O. Box 4051
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601
1-877-700-8240
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Mike Stephenson ~ President
Vince Tarducci ~ Vice President
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SPSS WORK AWARDED TO CLERKS




In a August 7th letter to the NPMHU and APWU the USPS informed the union that they were modifying the previous jurisdictional assignment award for the new Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS).  The duties of singulating, separating and facing parcels at the five induction station will be performed by Clerk Craft employees, not mailhandlers.

The Postal Service based this decision on the fact that the work performed at the SPSS induction station is very similar to work performed on the SPBS and APBS machines which is done by mail processing clerks.  Clerks will also perform the sweeping duties as part of a rotation as is currently done on the APBS.  If the need arises for "additional" sweeping, beyond what the clerk craft rotation provides, management can use mailhandlers to perform these additional sweeping duties.  However, mailhandlers, even the "additional" sweepers are limited to pulling / replacing containers.  They cannot throw off individual parcels into sack, cages, hampers, gaylords, or other containers. 

You can read the USPS letter HERE

   

CONTRACT MEDIATION GETS UNDERWAY

     

     Representatives of the APWU and USPS met with officials of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) on June 9 to begin mediation on a new collective bargaining agreement. APWU President Mark Dimondstein, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon and staff met with FMCS Acting Director Allison Beck, Deputy Director Scot L. Beckenbaugh, and the USPS vice president of Labor Relations, where they discussed the progress of negotiations and outlined several of the topics that separate the parties. 

     Contract negotiations ended without an agreement on May 27, following a one-week extension of talks. In accordance with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA), if bargaining reaches a stalemate, the union and management must participate in mediation unless they agree to an alternate method. Mediation is expected to last at least 60 days. During negotiations, the USPS destroyed the possibility of reaching a deal by insisting on...read more

   

     

  APWU SAYS GOODBYE TO A LEGEND
     It is with heavy heats that we say goodbye to a great member, loyal advocate, wonderful friend and loved family member.  Bob "Pitch" Pitchalonis passed away earlier this month surrounded by his friends and family.  Pitch was a long-time member of the Philadelphia BMC Local 7048 and was well known throughout the Tri-sttate area.  Pitch served as an arbitration advocate and, after his retirement, continued to help out around the union office. 
    Pitch was a regular fixture at Tri-State seminars and conferences.  He was always eager to teach young stewards and share his extensive knowledge.  Pitch will be remembered as a dedicated unionist and a great friend!  The Philadelphia BMC Local 7048 has dedicated their latest issue of the Philly Flyer to the memory of Pitch and his legacy.  Read it HERE.
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION ~ May 14, 2015
    
LOCALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY PREPARE

  
 With just a week left until the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires, APWU members are fired up and ready to go for the National Day of Action on May 14. More than 120 events are scheduled across 42 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, organized around the theme, “I Stand with Postal Workers.” Activities range from rallies to press conferences to getting postcards signed outside post offices.  Click HERE to find an event in your area


PPWU & PHILADELPHIA BMC LOCAL GO BIG!
  
  The Philadelphia BMC Local, along with the Pennsylvania Postal Workers Union, have purchased billboard space to spread the word about the fight for good service, and good jobs.  Local President Vince Tarducci said the billboard, located at a busy intersection will be seen by hundreds of people each day.

Is your local hosting an event? 
Send us photos and video of your Day of Action event.

   

 

CONTRACT UPDATE 

 

     

APWU President Mark Dimondstein has presented his first update for union members on the status of contract negotiations. The bargaining report is available to APWU members only. To read the summary, click here. For those who are new to the APWU website -- or to the Members Only section -- log-in instructions can be found here.
     Tammy Flanagan is the Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, Inc. which conducts Federal Retirement Planning Workshops and Seminars. She has spent 25 years helping Federal employees take charge of their retirement by understanding their benefits and planning for the future. Since January 2006 she has been writing a weekly column for www.govexec.com on the many topics related to planning for retirement. Here are links to the latest column and archived columns.

Best Dates to Retire in 2015 List of Archived articles

   

DEAL

 ON PMs & CLERK WORK 

     

The APWU reached a $56 million settlement with the USPS on Dec. 5 to resolve a long-standing dispute over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing bargaining unit work.  The agreement includes provisions that are intended to prevent future violations of the limits on the number of hours managerial personnel may spend performing craft duties.   Most notably, it includes a mechanism for reporting and monitoring the amount of hours involved. The agreement also makes it easier to enforce the contract. Clerks no longer have to fear reprisals for filing a grievance, as the contract can now be enforced without a union officer having to set foot in an office. Recording Postmaster Hours All hours that postmasters and supervisors in affected offices spend working alone will be considered time they spent staffing the window. When they work on the window in conjunction with a clerk, they will be charged for all time spent, from the moment...more

 

EMPLOYEE DATA HACKED

 

The USPS is reporting that files containing employee information have been compromised.  The information at risk includes "names, dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, dates of employment, and emergency contact information for all active employees".  The USPS is also investigating the possible breach of records involving injury claim data. 
Employees will receive one year of free credit monitoring services. Each employee should receive a letter explaining the problem and what actions should be taken.  If you do not receive this letter by Nov. 20th you should contact the Human Resources Shared Services Center (HRSSC) at 1-877-477-3273, and choose option 5 (option 1 for TDD/TTY).  For more information check out the links below.

Employee Video  Stand-Up Talk Employee Handout Employee FAQ

 

 

PSE HEALTH PLAN

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Some PSEs are having difficulty signing up for health benefits.  When they log on to PostalEASE the system tells them they are not eligible for benefits and will not process their enrollment sleections.  PSEs who are facing this difficulty should complete the necessary health benefits enrollment forms and mail, of fax, them to Shared Services for processing.  PSEs should complete the following forms:

You MUST include your Employee ID number on every page

USPS-24 PostalEASE FEHB Worksheeet (pg 3-5) If selecting self-only write "N/A" on pg 4 in the dependants box
PS Form 8202 - Pre-Tax or After-Tax Premium Selection
PS Form 8141 - Suffient Earnings Requirement Statement

Send completed forms, via Certified Mail (with return receipt) to:

HRSSC Comp & Benefits, PO Box 970400, Greensboro, NC   27497-0400

It is recommended that you follow up with a phone call to verify that your

FEHB selections have been received and processed.

   Do not wait until the last days of Open Season to submit these forms.  If problems are discovered after Open Season closes it is very difficult to get them corrected.  So, please, make sure you submit your selections promptly!

For more FEHB information, read the 2015 FEHB Guide for Benefits


 

2014

OPEN

SEASON

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Fed Emp Health Benefits 11/10/14 @ 01:00 - 12/09/14 @18:00
Fed Vision & Dental Plans 11/10/14 @ 01:00 - 12/09/14 @18:00
Flexible Spending Account 11/10/14 - 12/08/14
Annual Leave Exchange 11/15/14 @ 01:01 - 12/16/14 @ 00:59
TSP Catch-Up Deposits made before 15:00 on 12/10/14 will be counted towards 2014
Health Benefit, TSP, FSA, and A/L Exchange elections are made via PostalEASE.
For FED VIP plan information is on opm.gov and enrollment is via Benefeds.com

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The 2014 Leave Year ends on January 09, 2015.  Employees are reminded that any Annual Leave balance in excess of 440 hours will be forfeited if not used on or before January 09, 2015

OIG ASKS  "SHOULD THE USPS CONTINUE ITS CONSOLIDATION PLAN?"

 

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The Office of Inspector General is conducting a poll to determine whether it should advocate for or against conitnue plant closures and consolidations.  It is seeking input from the public to guide its decision making.  LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!   Vote "NO" on plant consolidations!

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The poll is at the bottom of the article.   Tell you friends, family and neighbors to vote also.

 

 

USPS RESUMES PLANT CLOSURES AND CONSOLIDATIONS

The Postal Service has announced that it will resume consolidation and closure of mail processing plants in 2015.  In early 2014, the USPS had announced it was halting all scheduled sonsolidations and closures.  However, with this weeks annoucement, the USPS is resuming implementation of their Network Rationalization plan. 

 PMG Donhaoe suggests that decreaing 1st class volumes and "excess capacity" are behind the need to reduce the number of processing plants.  "We find ourselves with excess capacity in the network and few alternatives to reduce costs, "Donahoe said, adding that, "Our operating costs are continuing to increase, and our debt and other liabilities threaten our financial viability."

Pennsylvania would be impacted as the Network Rationalization plan calls for the closing of the Erie, Lancaster and Scranton Plants with the mail being sent to Pittsburgh/Rochester, Harrisburg and Lehigh Valley P&DC respectively.  This could result in the return of Article 12 withholding as the change see clerks, maintenance and MVS employees being excessed.  Click HERE to see a full list of propsed closures and consolidations.

 

MEMORANDUM:  CLARIFICATION ON PSE SENIORITY

The APWU and USPS have agreed on a Memorandum which clarifies issues with PSE seniority with regards to separations and layoffs due to lack of work

 

 

 

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