On May 4, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Jeff Pon sent a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan making four legislative recommendations that, if enacted, would require current and future federal employees to make larger pension contributions, and also would scale back retirement benefits for current retirees
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NALC President Fredric Rolando’s statement on the May 11 release of the U.S. Postal Service’s financial statement for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2018, covering the months of January, February and March of 2018:
Nominations for national officers of the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO, will be held on Wednesday, July 18, at the national convention in Detroit
The PDF includes bookmarks and hyperlinks to make navigating the document easier. Printed copies will be available in the coming weeks.
The famous mantra of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign was: “It’s the economy, stupid!” It was adopted to force everybody involved to stay focused on the most important issue facing the country. We need that same kind of focus right now when it comes to the debate over the future of the Postal Service: It’s the pre-funding, stupid.
In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Step Credit for Former Transitional Employees included in the 2016 National Agreement, any CCA who was employed as Transitional Employee (TE) after September 29, 2007 and has been, or will be, converted to a career position may be eligible for a one-time advancement to a higher step on the career pay scale.
The 2018 NALC Guide to Route Inspections has been printed and is being shipped to each NALC Branch and the 15 National Business Agents’ offices. The guide is an updated version of the 2012 guide.
A national class-action grievance (Q16N-4Q-C 17638188) was originally scheduled to be heard January 30, 2018. Unfortunately, this hearing was unexpectedly canceled by the arbitrator. NALC has received proposed dates for rescheduling and we expect to have a firm date shortly.
If a letter carrier is instructed to load or deliver their parcels in a manner inconsistent with the procedures outlined in Handbook M-41, he or she should follow those instructions but inform a local union representative for further investigation.
The Postal Service advised NALC that it intended to establish national guidelines for the existing Safety Captain Program and rebrand it as the Safety Ambassador Program. Meetings were held with the Postal Service regarding the guidelines.
In January, NALC reported on the first of the president’s tweets directed at the Postal Service and Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos who is also the owner of The Washington Post. The president, who objects to his coverage by the newspaper, targeted Bezos by attacking Amazon for allegedly exploiting the Postal Service. He charged that the Postal Service loses money by setting prices on Amazon’s deliveries too low.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has found the Postal Service National Reassessment Process (NRP) subjected approximately 130,000 injured-on-duty employees to a pattern and practice of disability discrimination, in violation of the Rehabilitation Act. A letter carrier in Rochester NY, Sandra McConnell, initiated a class action EEOC complaint in 2007 after she was reassessed under the NRP
NALC has filed a national level grievance regarding former CCAs who have not received their back pay to date. The grievance covers approximately 6000 former CCAs who had been converted to career employees prior to August 7, 2017 and have not yet received back pay for time worked as a CCA during the back pay period.
The fourth contract COLA is finalized today at $520 annually with the release of the January 2018 CPI-W.
Yesterday, the Trump administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget proposal. If enacted, the budget (outlined in a document called “Efficient, Effective, Accountable – An American Budget”) would add at least $7.1 trillion to the federal debt over the next decade, even while it calls for the same job-killing delivery service cuts to the U.S. Postal Service that last year’s budget proposal did.
Today’s financial report for Fiscal Year 2018’s first quarter shows the Postal Service’s underlying business strength while also indicating the need to address external matters beyond USPS control.