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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

USPS wants to force you out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program!

  USPS Plan to Pull Out of Fed Health Benefits Could Cost Postal Workers

"...“The differences in deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums under the USPS plan -- on their own, or in combination with lower coverage levels for some services -- could lead to higher total costs for some postal employees and non-Medicare-eligible retirees, including those who would have lower premiums under the USPS plan,” GAO wrote in its report...."

Reference: www.govexec.com  

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fishgold Arbitration Q&A - your MHA questions answered

  Questions and Answers 2011-2016 Fishgold Arbitration Award

Over the course of the past six months, the National Contract Administration Department, along with our National Shop Steward Trainer, has been working diligently with the Postal Service to flesh-out and resolve many of the issues that arose as a result of the Fishgold Award. As a result, we are pleased to provide the jointly developed Questions and Answers document, which was finalized on August 7, 2013. To assist the parties with implementation of the 2011 Fishgold Arbitration Award, the Q&A memorializes our mutual understanding of the 44 most prevalent issues that could be agreed upon.

Reference: www.npmhu.org  

Thursday, August 15, 2013

UPS cargo plane crashes on approach to Birmingham, Alabama airport

  Lynchburg woman among 2 dead in UPS plane crash in Alabama

"...A UPS cargo plane crashed Wednesday morning in an open field just outside an airport in Birmingham, Ala...."

Reference: www.tennessean.com  

Thursday, August 1, 2013

NPMHU Reacts to Latest Version of Congressman Issa's Postal Reform Legislation

  NPMHU Reacts to Latest Version of Congressman Issa's Postal Reform Legislation

"...Some of the most onerous portions of H.R. 2748, as marked-up: CHANGES LAYOFF LANGUAGE IN NEXT NATIONAL AGREEMENT CONSOLIDATES PROCESSING PLANTS INCREASES HEALTH BENEFIT COSTS FOR EMPLOYEES DOES NOT MAINTAIN SERVICE STANDARDS INTERFERES WITH COLLECTIVE BARGAINING DOES NOT FAIRLY ADDRESS FERS OVERPAYMENTS MAINTAINS ROADBLOCKS TO SEEKING ADDITIONAL REVENUE FOR USPS COFFERS ALLOWS FIVE-DAY DELIVERY AND FORCES USE OF CLUSTER BOXES INSTEAD OF DOOR DELIVERY All mail handlers are urged to write to their Members of Congress, to urge a vote against the Issa legislation...."

Reference: www.npmhu.org  

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