APWU Arbitration Award Restores Rules for Employees Using Leave Without Pay to Campaign

08/08/2018 – APWU members can continue to volunteer in political campaigns under the long-standing leave-without-pay rules in the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM). A national arbitrator rejected changes the Postal Service made to the Leave Without Pay (LWOP) rules for how employees request LWOP to participate in political activities organized by their unions. Continue reading

Democrats criticize Trump’s post office privatization plan

From POLITICO:

DEMOCRATS CRITICIZE POST OFFICE PLAN: Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday argued a Trump administration proposal to privatize the post office will do little to cut costs, POLITICO’s Andrew Hanna reports.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp(D-N.D.) said during a Senate HSGAC hearing that privatizing the Postal Service “does nothing to get us to solvency.”

A task force headed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tasked with finding ways to reform the post office will release its recommendations by August 10. More here.

Source: Asylum in the crosshairs – POLITICO

APWU Statement on White House Plan to Privatize the Postal Service

06/21/2018 – The White House proposal on restructuring the federal government released today, “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century,” delivered nothing but misinformation and, if implemented, would end regular mail and package services at an affordable cost to 157 million addresses every day. Furthermore, the White House plan is an attack on many federal agencies and the public services they provide. Continue reading