PMG “pleased” that Trump has nominated new Governors

The US Postal Service released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s appointment of three new Governors:

“We are pleased that the Administration has announced its intent to nominate candidates for the United States Postal Service’s Board of Governors. The public interest and the Postal Service are best served by a fully constituted Board made up of well-qualified individuals with diverse perspectives and experience. We urge the Senate to confirm Governors to fill the current vacancies.”

Source: Statement from Postmaster General & CEO Megan J. Brennan on Board of Governors nominations

APWU: Oppose the 2018 House Budget – Fight Again for Working Families!

10/02/2017 – The House of Representatives is expected to vote this Wednesday on its Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution, which includes an outright assault on postal and federal workers!

CALL 1-844-402-1001 NOW! Tell your member of Congress to VOTE NO against any budget that includes attacks to postal and federal employees’ benefits, including retirement benefits, or undermines the public Postal Service itself!

As currently written, this budget will slash the pay and benefits of postal employees. It calls for:

  • Increasing employee pension contributions into FERS, amounting to a pay cut of thousands of dollars a year for each FERS postal employee.
  • Taking away the Social Security supplement for FERS employees who retire before they are eligible for Social Security benefits.
  • Outright eliminating pensions for new hires.

It also moves the Postal Service “on budget,” which could subject the USPS to federal government shutdowns as well as further restricting delivery and postal services.

If this disastrous budget is implemented, there is also concern that Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) on FERS retirement benefits could be eliminated and COLAs on current civil service retirees would be reduced, as previously proposed by the White House.

“We need all APWU members and supporters to call their member of Congress and tell them to vote ‘NO’ on this budget,” said Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard. “It will devastate working families.”

APWU activists have made 5,000 calls against this disastrous budget. Now we have to keep up the pressure and let our lawmakers know we will not stop fighting for working families!

Source: Oppose the 2018 House Budget – Fight Again for Working Families! | APWU

NALC: House committee spending blueprint targets USPS for “massive cuts”

From the National Association of Letter Carriers:

On July 19, the House Budget Committee released and adopted its Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution, and it also published a non-binding policy statement. Drawing inspiration from the White House budget, proposed in May, and from a 2010 presidential commission on deficit reduction, the two documents train their sights on postal and federal employee benefits and target the U.S. Postal Service for massive cuts. Continue reading

Arbitrator says postal workers are entitled to admin leave to vote in caucuses

From the National Postal Mail Handlers Union:

We are pleased to enclose a copy of a decision by National Arbitrator Shyam Das, concluding that postal employees including mail handlers are entitled to administrative leave (voting) under ELM 519.32 when they participate in presidential caucuses. The case was filed by the NALC, and the NPMHU and the APWU intervened. Notably, fifteen states and several territories held party caucuses rather than primary elections in 2016. Continue reading