Pennsylvania Postal Workers Union

P.O. Box 4051
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601
Mike Stephenson ~ President
Kevin Gallagher ~ Vice President

OSHA Vaccination Rule Applies to Postal Workers


In September, President Biden issued a directive to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring all employers with 100+ employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19.  

Today, OSHA released the highly anticipated ETS. This ETS does apply to the Postal Service.   In 1998, when the Postal Employees Safety Enhancement Act was passed, the Postal Service became subject to Public Law Number 91-596; which in turn made the Postal Service and its employees subject to all Safety Standards—whether temporary or permanent—implemented and enforced by OSHA.  

At this time the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, (APWU) is reviewing the ETS to determine how to proceed as the ETS is applied by the Postal Service. After our review and determination of the next steps to take, more information will be released. 

The APWU encourages all postal employees to practice the things that have been shown to slow the spread of COVID-19. These include social distancing, wearing face coverings, frequent hand washing, and staying home from work when sick. The APWU also encourages all postal employees who are able to get vaccinated do so with one of the vaccines currently authorized for use today.   

Cost-of-Living Increase Announced


In accordance with the 2018-2021 Contract, career APWU employees represented by the APWU will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective August 28, 2021. It will appear in paychecks dated September 17, 2021.

The COLA for full-time employees will be an increase of: $1,935 per year ($74.40 per pay period / $0.93 per hour).  The hourly rates for part-time employees will be adjusted accordingly.

The APWU is the only postal union with full COLA where all career employees receive the same amount. Other unions have accepted stepped COLAs (or “Diet” COLA) where the amount each employee receives is based upon their years of service.  COLAs are in addition to general wage increases. Postal Support Employees (PSEs) do not receive cost-of-living increases, but have several general wage increases under the 2018 contract.

APWU Health Plan Virtual Health Fair for New Employees


The APWU Health Plan will conduct Virtual Health Fairs, exclusively for upcoming round of PSE conversions. The Member Education department will brief employees on the benefit highlights for both the High Option and Consumer Driven Option plans. Most importantly, there will be a Q&A period to ask the Health Plan staff questions concerning benefits.

Below is the schedule for the New Career Employee Virtual Health Fairs. Please circulate this information to the PSE’s that are being converted. Click the link to register and attend. 

Once registered, you will get an email confirmation with a GoToWebinar link and dial-in information. On the day before the virtual health fair date you selected, we will email you a reminder and include the dial-in information with instructions.

July 19, 2021:  1pm - 3pm August 04, 2021:  3pm - 5pm
August 13, 2021:  12pm - 2pm August 23, 2021:  3pm - 5pm
September 09, 2021:  230pm - 430pm September 17, 2021:  10am - 12pm

Download the flyer or scan the QR code to resgiter


PA Attorney General to Meet with APWU Locals


Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro will be touring the Lehigh Valley P&DC on  Monday, July 12, 2021.  The tour will be followed by a short meeting at the Teamseters Union Hall in Whitehall where AG Shapiro will meet with APWU Union leaders and some rank-and-file members to discuss the USPS 10-year Transformation Plan, the levels of processing and delivery, and the current, and future, protection of postal employees.

AG Shapiro was one of the first State Attorneys General, in 2020, to file a lawsuit against the USPS arguing that  DeJoy's plan of machine removals and widnow hour reductions would jeopardize timely processing and delivery of the aniticpated record levels of mail-in ballots.  These lawsuits prompted PMG DeJoy to reverse, or at least delay, these changes.

District Realignments Affect eReassign Listings


If you are checking the July eReassign lists for jobs in Pennsylvania within the Central PA District (Zips 170 - 188) or Philadelphia District (189-194) those districts no longer exist.  They are now combined into the new Delaware-Pennsylvania 2 or "DE-PA2" District.   The former Western PA District is now called "PA1".  Keep this is mind if you are doing seaches, or using filters to sift through the listings.  Listing closes on 07/21

July eReassign - FTR positions July eReassign - PTF Positions


USPS Lifts Travel Restrictions to NCED


The USPS has rescinded the MOU restricting travel to NCED in Oklahoma for training during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Effective July 1, 2021 the MOU is no longer in affect.  The USPS & APWU have agreed that no employee will be required to travel to NCED any sooner than August 09, 2021.  The new agreement also includes provisions for employees who agree to attend training prior to August 09, 2021 and wish to use their personal vehicle to travel.  Read the MOU for details.

  MOU Lifting Travel Retrictions and use of POV  




Today, the American Postal Workers Union and postal management signed a major new agreement to address longstanding understaffing issues in mail processing functions at the Postal Service.

Under the terms of the new agreement the “Function” 1 mail processing staffing will be increased with 3,741 new career positions. The agreement also establishes the additional conversion of at least 3,641 PSEs to career. In total the agreement will result in the 7,400 PSE conversions. These conversions will take place no later than August 14, 2021 and will be applied to 245 installations throughout the country as determined by management.           

“This agreement is another milestone in our priorities of securing career positions for postal workers and providing top-class service to the public,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “We’ve been relentless in urging management to address staffing issues. This agreement is another big step in the right direction and will undoubtedly better the lives of thousands of PSEs and help us better serve the people of the country.”

MOU on PSE conversions List of facilities with conversions Questions & Answers on conversions


Emergency Federal Employee Leave (EFEL)


The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has released their guidelines for application of the EFEL fund.  The USPS has issued an instruction letter to all management personnel, and a series of Questions and Answers.  Employees requesting EFEL MUST submit a 3971, and complete and submit the Employee Acknowledgment Letter, and complete and submit the Notification and Request Form.  There are OPM requirements.  Failure to do so may lead to EFEL requests being denied.

EFEL Notification and Request Form (Documentation Form)
Employee Acknowledgement Letter for EFEL Use
USPS Instrucional Letter to Management
USPS FAQ / Questions and Answers for EFEL Use **

** These FAQ were developed by the Postal Service. The APWU was not consulted in the development of this document. Sharing of this document​ DOES NOT suggest or imply the APWU is in agreement with the Questions and Answers contained in the document.​    They are being proved as informational only.   

PSE Pay Increase


     Postal Support Employees will be receiving a 20 cent per hour pay increase effective May 22, 2021.  This pay increase is in consideration of the fact that PSEs do not receive cost of living increases.  The new rates are:


Tri-State Virtual Training


All PPWU member locals are invited to participate in an upcoming virtual Tri-State Training Session.  Eastern Region Coordinator AJ Jones is organizing the event which will take place on June 18, 2021.  The training is open to APWU Local officers and stewards. 

Attendees will choose from one of three morning classes including:  Abusive Supervisors, Stand Up For Safe jobs, and Basic Grievance handling.  The afternoon session will feature craft breakouts.  For more information, local presidents should contact the regional coordinator's office.


Upcoming Virtual Events


Member's Virtual Town Hall Meeting
Contract Opening Day Rally
June 2021
Date & Time TBD
APWU 50th Anniversary Celebration Thurdsay, July 01, 2021
Time TBD
Member’s Virtual Town Hall Meeting Tuesday
August 24, 2021
Time TBD

Officer Appointment


     PPWU President  Mike Stephenson has announced that Directory of Publicity and Legislation Joe Szocki has decided to resign his position.  Joe has held this position for many years and has faithfully executed to duties of the office.  The PPWU is sad to see Joe leave but wishes him well ask he continues to focus on his duties as President of the Erie Area Local.

     President Stephenson has appointed sister Cindy Heyward, of the Philadelphia Area Local, to the position of Director of Publicity and Legistlation for the remainder of the term.

FMLA - Employee
FMLA - Family Member


Brittoni Buterbaugh
PSE - Dixonville
Alanna Castrechini
PSE - Tyrone
Mark Ditullo
PSE - Rehrersburg
Pamela Foor
PSE - Crystal Spring
Robert Giosa
PSE - Duncansville
Jenny Ann Handl
PSE - Pine Forge
Cynthia Heffner
PSE - Hesston
Maranda Higgins
PSE - Plumville
Amy Hollister
PSE - Lawton
Tess Ingle
PSE - Cashtown
Deryck Lamont
PSE - Duncansville
Breanna Larson
PSE - Hawk Run
Wendy LeVan
PSE - Mingoville
Laura Maney
PSE - Hawk Run
Elisha Matier
PSE - Flinton
Katrina Murray
PSE - Rebersburg
Taylor Moore
PSE - Cordorus
Michael Noecker
PSE - Virginville
Surreal Nunez
PSE - Spring Glen
Cindy Schlegel
PSE - Bowers
Jane Skinner
PSE - Tyler Hill
Michelle Stiffler
PSE - East Smithfield
Jaquiline Walker
PSE - Sacramento
Brook Wallcer
PSE - St Benedict
Pamela Weber
PSE - Frenchville
Darrin Wright
PSE - Six Mile Run


The PPWU is requesting that all local Presidents in Pennsylvania update their contact info.
We would ask that you provide the following:
President's Name Local Name Local Address
Office Phone # Cell Phone # Fax #
eMail Address   Website Address
This information can be emailed to PPWU President Mike Stephenson

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