Trump’s UN Ambassador Accused of Hatch Act Violation

For at least the second time this year, a Trump administration official has hit trouble via Twitter—and in this case it’s not the president himself.

Nikki Haley, the Trump ambassador to the United Nations, is the subject of a complaint filed with the Office of Special Counsel by the nonprofit Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington claiming a violation of the Hatch Act.

Haley, whose Twitter account has 369,000 followers and is labeled with her job title, last week retweeted a President Trump comment on the June 20 House election to fill the seat of  Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. “Ralph Norman, who is running for Congress in SC’s 5th District, will be a fantastic help to me in cutting taxes,” Trump wrote to his 33 million followers on June 19. He added a second tweet in the string to say a Norman victory would also help with “getting greater border security and healthcare.”

Source: U.N. Ambassador Haley Accused of Hatch Act Violation – Oversight – GovExec.com

APWU Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM) is Available Online

From the American Postal Workers Union:

The 2017 Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM), a resource for the administration of the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, is prepared and at the printer! In less than two weeks, members can order their bound JCIM for $6 from the APWU Store . Click here for an electronic copy.

The JCIM is an APWU and the USPS jointly prepared manual. It serves to address and resolve disputes as well as ensure contract compliance.

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APWU: CBO Reports a Positive Financial Impact of HR 756 on Federal Budget

From the American Postal Workers Union:

06/02/2017Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published its report on Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). It is standard practice for the CBO to “score” pending legislation introduced into Congress in order to report its impact on the federal budget. They estimate that H.R. 756 would result in a savings of $6.2 billion over the next ten years. Continue reading

APWU Receives Favorable Arbitration Ruling

Clerk Craft Gains 362 Administrative and Technical Jobs

04/24/2017 – Arbitrator Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service failed to make a good faith effort to return 362 administrative and technical jobs to the Clerk Craft. The arbitration award was issued on April 21, 2017 and settles a long-standing dispute over the Clerk Craft Jobs Memorandum of Understanding in the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Continue reading

Frustrated customers denied access to mail after Richmond post office closes abruptly

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — People who live in Church Hill are frustrated over the abrupt closure of their post office.

“Without any warning, it’s kind of depressing,” said Lewis Robinson, who showed up Monday morning to get mail from his post office box.

So did John Rasmussen. “I have mail probably including checks for my home business in my PO box that I can’t get to which is personally frustrating,” he said.

A sign on the door of the 25th street location told customers the post office is closed temporarily because of emergencies.

Source: Frustrated customers denied access to mail after Richmond post office closes abruptly