The Latest Developments in USPS Technological Or Mechanization

APWU Clerk Division Officers met with the Postal Service regarding “implementation of technological or mechanization changes” that affect jobs. The parties discussed several ongoing and new developments. FSS Program As many of you are already aware, the Flat Sequencing Sorter is the latest Postal Service automation program. Designed to facilitate delivery-point sequencing (DPS) of flat mail, it will […]

Arbitrator Grants Postal Nurses Raises, Job Security

APWU News An arbitration panel finalized a five-year contract for postal nurses on April 28 — the first since the National Postal Professional Nurses merged with the APWU. The ruling [PDF] came more than 20 months after the nurses’ independent Collective Bargaining Agreement with the USPS expired. Neutral Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg rejected USPS proposals for […]

USPS Response To Swine Flu

 From USPS News Link and PostalReported Reader Don Cheney You’ve heard the news that U.S. health officials are investigating a number of cases of swine flu in several areas of the United States, and a Public Health Emergency has been declared by the federal government. All of these U.S. cases have been mild — all […]

USPS Joins MasterCard Easy Savings Program

MasterCard Program Provides Automatic Savings for Small Businesses and Helps Participating Merchants Attract New Customers PURCHASE, N.Y., April 29  — MasterCard Worldwide today announced that the U.S. Postal Service(R), the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation — including residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes(TM), and Dunkin’ Donuts, the largest coffee and […]

Senate to Consider Legislation Giving Sick Leave Credit to FERS Retirees

APWU News Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has placed on the Senate calendar legislation that would give retirement credit for unused sick leave to postal and federal employees enrolled in the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS). The legislation is part of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (H.R. 1256), which passed the House […]

Appeals Court Overturns MSPB Decision To Uphold Postal Worker’s Removal

Could the tide be turning in MSPB cases? Here is the (non-precedential) decision from the Court of Appeals For the Federal Circuit Anthony D. Cunningham appeals from a decision of the Merit Systems Protection Board (“Board”), Cunningham v. United States Postal Service, 109 M.S.P.R. 402 (2008), sustaining his removal from the Postal Service. Because the Board […]

Oakland APWU May Sue USPS Over Improper Involuntary Reassignments

The Legal Firm representing American Postal Workers Union, Oakland (California) Area Local #78 has notified USPS Bay-Valley District Manager Kim Fernandez of their intent to file a lawsuit for the purpose of blocking involuntary reassignments.  The letter points out that some employees have less than one week (instead of the contractual 60 days) to report to their […]