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Sunday, April 22, 2018

USPS: Letters available Monday for customers whose mail was destroyed at the Prattville Alabama Post Office

 

USPS: Letters available Monday for customers whose mail was destroyed

"...USPS officials say the letters will be available for customer pick up on Monday. USPS officials did say the P.O. box area impacted by the fire remains under investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)..."   Click Here

 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Danny Miller, Past Huntsville USPS P&DF Supervisor (Retired) Passes

  Danny Ray Miller (Obit)
"...Mr. Danny Miller was a veteran of the United States Marines. He received three Purple Hearts while serving in the Vietnam War..."
Reference: www.decaturdaily.com

Saturday, April 14, 2018

White House Issues Executive Order to Review Postal Finances, Pricing, Policies and Workforce Costs

  White House Issues Executive Order to Review Postal Finances, Pricing, Policies and Workforce Costs


April 12, 2018- President Trump issued an Executive Order to form a task force charged with evaluating the finances of the U.S. Postal Service including pricing, policies and workforce costs.

The White House reports that the Task Force will be comprised of multiple agency heads including the: Secretary of the Treasury as Chair; Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Director of the Office of Personnel Management; and other agency heads. The Executive Order goes on to highlight consultation with the Postmaster General and the Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission and the Secretary of Labor.

Postal Unions were not named in the EO as task force participants, however the Order does note that task force recommendations shall also consider the views of the USPS workforce; commercial, non-profit, and residential users of the USPS services; and competitors in the marketplace. In politics, it is often said that if you are not sitting at the table, you are being eaten for lunch. The leadership of the NPMHU believes that the voice of labor must be included in this USPS task force review. We will do everything possible to ensure that the interests of craft labor are properly represented.

In a report due (in 120 days) or no later than August 10, 2018, the task force will provide a “thorough evaluation of the operations and finance of the USPS, including: 1) the expansion and pricing of the package delivery market and the USPS's role in competitive markets; 2) the decline in mail volume and its implications for USPS self-financing and the USPS monopoly over letter delivery and mailboxes; 3) the definition of the "universal service obligation" in light of changes in technology, e-commerce, marketing practices, and customer needs; 4) the USPS role in the U.S. economy and in rural areas, communities, and small towns; and 5) the state of the USPS business model, workforce, operations, costs, and pricing.”

The NPMHU remains committed to the mission of the United States Postal Service, one that includes affordable and universal service to all boundaries of the United States while providing fair wages and benefits to the workers that accomplish this mission daily. The most immediate step to secure financial relief and sustainability for the USPS would be to address the 2006 Congressional mandate to pre-fund retiree health benefits 75 years in advance – an onerous burden that no other private or public entity in America is required to carry.

“We will work with the White House, task force members and Congress, and will champion pro-active steps to restore financial stability to the Service while protecting all mail handlers,” said President Hogrogian.

Executive Order (pdf)

Fact Sheet Issued by White House (pdf)

Reference: National Postal Mail Handlers Union  

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

When is the next contract salary increase?

  When is the next contract salary increase?

Effective November 24, 2018 - the basic annual salary for each grade and step of Table One and Table Two shall be increased by an amount equal to 1.3% of the basic annual salary for the grade and step in effect on May 20, 2016.

Reference: www.npmhu.org  

McConnell v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC Issues Final Decision

  McConnell v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC Issues Final Decision

The EEOC has rejected the Postal Service’s request for reconsideration after finding the National Reassessment Process discriminated against injured postal workers and violated their rights under the Rehabilitation Act.

This matter concerns a class of Postal Service employees consisting of rehabilitation and limited-duty injured-on-duty (IOD) employees whose positions were assessed by the USPS National Reassessment Program (NRP) between May 5, 2006 and July 1, 2011.

The NRP subjected qualified rehabilitation and limited-duty IOD employees to disparate treatment and resulted in rehabilitation and limited-duty IOD employees with disabilities having their reasonable accommodations withdrawn, as well as being subjected to disability-based harassment and having their confidential medical information accessed by unauthorized persons.

The Postal Service is now required to comply with a number of orders listed in the final decision. Impacted Mail Handlers were not required to file an EEOC complaint to be part of the class but members of the class are required to file a claim within 30 days of receiving notice from the Postal Service to avoid forfeiting any potential relief.

The Postal Service has begun complying with the EEOC order by notifying impacted employees Important Information about How to Submit a Claim and the Deadline to Make a Claim can be seen on the Law Firms website at www.nrpclassaction.com.

McConnell v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC Decision (pdf)

Please note: The NPMHU makes no representation about the accuracy or quality of the information that is being provided by the law firm or its website. The claim form provided by the law firm commits claimants to being represented by these attorneys. Claimants should carefully review the terms of the retainer agreement, including how their chosen representative is paid. Claimants also should know that they are not required to use a lawyer to make a claim. The NPMHU cannot endorse the use of any law firm to submit claims and cannot give legal advice on whether to make claims directly to the Postal Service or to retain legal assistance for any part of the claim process.

Reference: www.npmhu.org  

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