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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

How to Increase Your FERS Annuity by 10% for Life

  How to Increase Your FERS Annuity by 10% for Life

"...If you’re in FERS, you can actually lock in a 10% increase to your retirement annuity for the rest of your life..."

Reference: federalretiree.blogspot.com  

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Despite USPS announcement postal union leaders doubt recent changes will be fully restored

  Despite USPS announcement postal union leaders doubt recent changes will be fully restored

"...Paul Hogrogian, national president for the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, said he doubts that machines already impacted by the postal service's reduction efforts will return to service, "especially since some have already been scrapped." Kevin Tabarus, president of NPMHU Local 300, which includes New York City and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut, said he does not think DeJoy's reversal Tuesday will undo all the challenges created by recent machine removals and other changes. "I think it's too late. The network is already messed up," Tabarus said..."

Reference: www.cnn.com  

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

PMG DeJoy Issues Responsive Statement Concerning Continuation of Postal Services

  PMG DeJoy Issues Responsive Statement Concerning Continuation of Postal Services

RE: PMG Statement on Continuation of Postal Services (pdf)

After many days of non-stop media and congressional attention on cutbacks at the Postal Service, and just days before testifying before the key Senate and House committees with jurisdiction over postal issues, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has just issued a responsive statement concerning the continuation of postal services.

First, the statement narrowly focuses on all election-related mail that will be processed and delivered by the Postal Service during the coming days, making clear that the USPS and all of its dedicated employees are prepared to deal with any increased volume and meet all service standards during the coming months until this November’s elections.

Second, the statement announces the expansion of the ongoing task force on election mail, to include the leadership of all postal unions, including the NPMHU, to continue its work with state and local election officials across the country. This task force will ensure the coordination of state and local election mail with the requirements of mail processing and delivery and postal rules and regulations.

    Finally, the PMG made clear that, from now until the November elections:

    - Retail hours will not change;
    - Mail processing equipment and collection boxes will remain where they are;
    - No mail processing facilities will be closed;
    - Overtime will continue to be approved as needed; and
    - Longstanding operation initiatives that may have been in place prior to his selection as PMG will be suspended.


Ominously, the PMG also states that he “came to the Postal Service to make changes [and] significant reforms are essential.” But work on those matters “will commence after the election.” We therefore are on notice that the post-election period will be challenging and stressful (and not simply because of the usual surge of holiday volume), with the PMG essentially announcing that “reform” efforts will continue at that time. The issues discussed publicly during the past few weeks, therefore, have not been resolved, but rather have only been delayed beyond the November 2020 elections.

Thus, the full resources of the NPMHU National Office, all of its Regional representatives, and certainly its Local Unions and representatives must continue to coordinate our efforts to preserve USPS operations, protect jobs, and maintain the great service that the American public has come to expect. We urge the Locals to continue to monitor and report on any changes in mail processing or transportation operations and/or equipment that may delay or otherwise adversely affect mail service and/or violate our contractual agreements with postal management.

Attached is the full statement issued by the PMG with August 18, 2020 cover letter. Please disseminate this memorandum and its attachment as you deem appropriate. Please do not hesitate to contact the National Office should you have any questions.



Reference: www.npmhu.org  

Friday, August 14, 2020

Second COLA set at $188

  Second COLA set at $188

Effective August 29, 2020, (Pay Period 19-2020) all career Mail Handler craft employees are scheduled to receive a cost-of-living (COLA) adjustment as outlined in Article 9.3 of the 2019 National Agreement. This is the second of six possible COLA increases under the terms of the current agreement. This COLA increase is based on the upward change in the relevant Consumer Price Index (CPI) following release of the July 2020 Index, using the July 2019 CPI index as a base provides an annual increase of $188 for all Steps in Table 1 and for Step P of Table 2. The remaining Steps in Table 2 will receive the proportional COLA increase percentages as outlined in Article 9.3 of the National Agreement.

Wage charts will be published and widely distributed in the coming days.


Reference: www.npmhu.org  

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Retroactive Payments Tentatively Scheduled for October 30, 2020

  Retroactive Payments Tentatively Scheduled for October 30, 2020

August 6, 2020 - The Postal Service has informed the union that it tentatively expects to make retroactive payment on contractual salary increases resulting from ratification of the 2019 National Agreement in Pay Period 22, appearing in checks dated October 30, 2020. The contract was ratified by the NPMHU membership on April 7, 2020. We share this information with the understanding that this payment date is tentative, and subject to further delay. We will share additional information as warranted.

Reference: www.npmhu.org  

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