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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Eight people indicted in Birmingham on mail theft charges

  Eight people indicted in Birmingham on mail theft charges "...In separate indictments filed in U.S. District Court, the grand jury charged five U.S. Postal employees, two employees of postal contract centers, and one man not affiliated with the Postal Service with stealing, delaying or destroying mail...." Reference: blog.al.com  

Monday, September 27, 2010

Postal Service executives get extra perks

  Postal Service executives get extra perks "...More than 800 U.S. Postal Service executives receive health insurance coverage at no cost, in just one example of the excess and mismanagement that's costing the agency $800 million annually, according to a Republican lawmaker. ..." Reference: www.govexec.com  

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Washington postal worker struck, killed in Capitol Heights

  Washington postal worker struck, killed in Capitol Heights "...Burgess, a mail handler at a nearby post office, allegedly got off the Metro and crossed the street but not at the nearby crosswalk, Ellis said. ..." Reference: www.gazette.net

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Huntsville Processing Facility Employee Makes National Media

  Warning: Union revolution is next "...Charles Breedlove, 56, of Huntsville, Ala. rallies with American Postal Worker Union members in Detroit..." Reference: Christian Science Monitor

Paper Payroll Savings Bond Program To Be Discontinued; Electronic Payroll Savings Available Through TreasuryDirect

  Paper Payroll Savings Bond Program To Be Discontinued "...The United States Department of the Treasury (Trea­sury) has announced that it will stop issuing paper savings bonds through federal agency, including USPS®, sav­ings plans as of September 30, 2010.

The Treasury currently offers TreasuryDirect, a secured web-based system to invest in savings bonds and other Treasury securities. It allows you a convenient way to pur­chase, manage, and redeem electronic (paperless) savings bonds along with Treasury marketable securities (bills, notes, bonds, and TIPS) online 24/7.

If you want to purchase Treasury securities through a payroll deduction, you will need to first establish a Trea­suryDirect account and ..." Reference: www.usps.com  

USPS Postal Explorer

  USPS Postal Explorer "...Use the Postal Explorer to search USPS publications and more...." Reference: usps.gov  

Do you know your contract? Study it and enforce it!

  National Postal Mail Handlers Union Contract Learn and enforce your National Contract. Enforcement of the contract protects jobs, wages, and quality service to our customers. This is a time to remain united in protection of what the American working class have fought long and hard for ...this is not the time to roll over and play dead. Our nation and the customers we serve deserve the best we can provide. Reference: www.local300npmhu.org  

Domestic Mail Manual

  Domestic Mail Manual "...Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service..." Reference: pe.usps.gov  

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Compensation, Relocation Benefits, and Reinstatement Policies for Career Employees in Transition: Q’s and A’s

As a nonbargaining employee, if I am reassigned to another position or I am successful in obtaining another position competitively, for what relocation benefits am I eligible?

  Compensation, Relocation Benefits, and Reinstatement Policies for Career Employees in Transition "...If your new position meets the 50-mile rule as defined by IRS
regulations (see exhibit 41A), you are eligible for the relocation
benefits applicable to nonbargaining employees. See exhibit 41B
for an overview of relocation benefits. To receive relocation benefits, you must meet the following requirements:..." Reference: Compensation, Relocation Benefits, and Reinstatement Policies for Career Employees in Transition: Q’s and A’s, Publication 164, June 2008.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Who gets reassigned when employees are excess to the needs of a Section? (Within an Installation)

Simply put, "...Full-time employees, excess to the needs of a section, starting with that employee who is junior in the same craft or occupational group and in the same level assigned in that section, shall be reassigned..."

Section 12.6 Basic Principles and Reassignments
When it is proposed to:

  • C4 Reassignment Within an Installation of Employees Excess
    to the Needs of a Section




  • C4a The identification of assignments comprising for this purpose a section shall be determined locally by local negotiations. If no sections are established by local negotiations, the entire installation shall comprise the
    section. * Example: In Huntsville, by Local Negotiation, a Section is considered the Tour

    C4b Full-time employees, excess to the needs of a section, starting with that employee who is junior in the same craft or occupational group and in the same level assigned in that section, shall be reassigned outside the section but within the same craft or occupational group. They shall retain their seniority and may bid on any existing vacancies for which they are eligible to bid. If they do not bid, they may be assigned any vacant duty assignment for which there was no senior bidder in the same craft and installation. Their preference is to be considered if more than one such assignment is available.

    See Contract for full language> Reference>:   http://www.local300npmhu.org/NPMHU%20National%20Agreement%20Nov.%2021,%202006%20-%20Nov.%2020,%202011.pdf

    Wednesday, September 8, 2010

    Huntsville Union Meeting - September 9, 2010

      The National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 317, Huntsville Branch will have a union meeting at the China Buffet on Highway 20. The meeting will begin at 11:00 AM. State President Leonard will be in attendance to share valuable information. Lunch is on us! Be informed, be there. Reference: npmhu317.blogspot.com

    Tuesday, September 7, 2010

    U.S. Postal Service Seeks to Pare Full-Time Workforce in Talks With Union

      U.S. Postal Service Seeks to Pare Full-Time Workforce in Talks With Union "...“Once again naysayers warn of the imminent demise of the Postal Service,” Burrus said in an e-mailed statement. “They demand wholesale changes to the foundation we have built over our 40-year history, ignoring the fact that each provision in the expiring contract has a history of give-and-take.” ..." Reference: www.bloomberg.com  

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