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Pennsylvania Postal Workers Union

P.O. Box 4051
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601
1-877-700-8240
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Mike Stephenson ~ President
Vince Tarducci ~ Vice President
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NEW HEALTH BENEFITS FOR PSEs




Postal Support Employees (PSEs) will soon be able to sign up for health insurance during their first year of employment, President Mark Dimondstein has announced. Currently, PSEs can enroll only after they complete their first 360-day appointment. 

Beginning with a Special Enrollment Period from May 16, 2016, to June 30, 2016, PSEs will be eligible to join the USPS Health Benefits (USPSHB) Plan. Coverage will be effective on July 9, 2016.  The Postal Service will contribute at least $125 per pay period toward the cost of the insurance. 

“This benefit is a step forward, especially for those who need self-only coverage,” Dimondstein said. “This stop-gap measure will improve conditions for PSEs who need insurance for their first year.” “This benefit applies to all PSEs, regardless of the number of hours they work,” Dimondstein pointed out. This is significant because the Affordable Care Act requires employers to cover only those workers who work a minimum of 30 hours per week.

After the first 360-day appointment, PSEs can switch to the APWU Consumer Driven Health Plan, where the Postal Service pays 75 percent of total premium costs for self-only, self-plus-one and self-and-family coverage.

 

To find out more, visit https://liteblue.usps.gov/benefits or call 1-877-477-3273 and select option 1; TTY 866-260-7507.

To enroll by mail, complete the PostalEASE worksheet available on LiteBlue and mail it to:

HRSSC Compensation/Benefits, PO Box 970400, Greensboro NC 27497-0400.

 

SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD:  May 16 - June 30, 2016

 

 

MORE NEW MEMBERS!!




Several new employees have joined the ranks of the APWU.  We would like to recognize each of these new members and thank them for recognizing the need to be part of the struggle
Angela Allen PSE Bolivar Stehen Mills Custodian Titisville
Jordan Deluca PSE Defiance Chantel Musser PSE Robertsdale
Brittany Drabert PSE Duke Center Jodi Myers PSE Sayre
Lisa Drabert Clerk Eldred Bonnie Pittman Clerk Wells Tannery
Lisa Ferris PTF Hyndman   Wesley Porter Clerk Centre Hall
Jodi Hall Clerk Dushore   Diane Sheesley PSE Twin Rocks
Marie Lettman PSE Rew   Danielle Wagner PTF Hastings
Shannon Maines-Bumbarger PSE Hawk Run   Joshua Walk PSE Kylertown
Bobbi Martin PSE Hopewell
Take a moment to introduce yourself to these new employees and welcome them into the APWU

 

APWU SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED




    The deadline for the submission of applications for the E.C. Hallbeck scholarship ($8,000 for four years) and Vocational scholarship ($3,000 for three years) has been extended to April 15, 2016.   Applicants must be a child, grandchild, stepchild, or legally adopted child, of a current, retired, or deceased APWU member and a senior attending high school or other secondary school.  Don’t miss out on this benefit of union membership.  A brochure and application forms can be found on the APWU webpage http://www.apwu.org/issues/scholarships.

MORE NEW MEMBERS




2015 saw a number of new employees join the ranks of the APWU.  We would like to recognize each of these new members and thank them for recognizing the need to be part of the struggle
Karen Carr PSE W. Washington Judith Palmer PSE Rome
Jennifer Higley PSE Gifford Deanna Riddell PSE Heilwood
Donna Hughers PSE James Creek Saundra Snook Career Milheim
Michelle Mossbrooks PSE Force Danielle Yatta PTF Kersey
Johenen Nixon PSE Bigler        

 

WINTER STORM JONAS




 USPS employees working in Pennsylvania should call the USPS Emergency Hotline to find out the status of postal operations in their area.  Many areas have suspended operations for Saturday January 23, 2016.

 

Call the hotline number for information specific to your location and instructions for tomorrow

 

STAY WARM - STAY SAFE!!!!!

MORE NEW MEMBERS




2015 saw a number of new employees join the ranks of the APWU.  We would like to recognize each of these new members and thank them for recognizing the need to be part of the struggle
Karla Beach Career West Hickory Britney Polisky PSE Gipsy
Betty Clay PSE Dilliner Emy Troutman Career Mount Jewett
Morgan Davis Career Roaring Spring Hailee Young PTF Brookville
Michaela Knable PSE Huntington      

 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS




2015 saw a number of new employees join the ranks of the APWU.  We would like to recognize each of these new members and thank them for recognizing the need to be part of the struggle
Anderson, Lisa NTFT Weedville Mulhollen, Kathie PSE Bellefonte
Black, Traci PTF Furnace Neuder, Tonya Career Saxton
Bloom, Bonnie PSE Sabinsville Resheshe, Janice PSE Titusville
Boncoski, Laura PTF Boswell Salada, Ashleigh PSE Delano
Braim, Kathleen PSE McEwensville Savastano, Frank PSE Honesdale
Caldwell, Carrie PTF Woodland Sensenig, Joshua PTF Spring Grove
Carpenter, Michele PTF Friedens Smith, Ciindy PSE Clarks Summit
Dollaway, Chaunta PSE Quakertown Tafelski, Greta PTF Cochranton
Gazdick, Gale Career Tamaqua Tarbay, Silva Career Patton
Jordan, Alan PSE Royersford Tilley, Wanda PTF Port Alleghany
McCleary, Byron PSE Coudersport Vonada, Robin Career Millheim
Morris, Bobbi Career New Milford Zavotsky, Wayne PSE Ferndale

 

CONTRACT ARBITRATION TO START FEB 17




     Arbitration hearings for a new APWU Collective Bargaining Agreement with the U.S. Postal Service will begin on Feb. 17, President Mark Dimondstein has announced. The case will be presented to a three-member panel comprised of a union-appointed advocate, a management-appointed advocate, and a neutral arbitrator, who determines the outcome. Under federal law, the APWU and USPS must mutually agree on the neutral arbitrator. 

     Stephen B. Goldberg has been selected as the neutral arbitrator and will preside over the case. Goldberg served as the neutral arbitrator for the 2000-2003 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the last time an APWU contract was decided in arbitration. Since then he has amassed extensive experience as a national-level postal arbitrator. Goldberg will convene a preliminary meeting on Jan. 20 to discuss “ground rules” for the hearing. Arbitration hearings on the Collective Bargaining Agreement, known as “interest arbitration,” are similar to court cases, with opening and closing statements, witness testimony, cross-examination, presentation of supporting documents, and legal briefs.   More... 

 

SETTLEMENT REACHED ON SCHEME TRAINING




     The APWU and USPS reached agreement on disputes involving scheme requirements and dexterity qualifications, Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson has announced. The disputes arose in February and March 2015, when management unilaterally eliminated scheme requirements and dexterity qualifications from all Clerk Craft duty assignments.  Read the rest of the story... 

Read the agreement

   

NEW RULES FOR PENNSYLVANIA CDL LICENSES

     

FROM MVS NATIONAL BUSINESS AGENT KEN PRINZ:    
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ct 49 of 2015 and Federal regulations have called for numerous changes for those who have commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) and those who hold CDL permits. 

     Beginning December 21, 2015, all new CDL applicants and current CDL holders required to renew or make any changes or upgrades to their CDL will need to do so in person and will be required to prove citizenship or legal presence in form of a birth certificate, passport, naturalization documents or current immigration documents in person. This will only be needed to be done once.  Read more...
 

 

2015

OPEN

SEASON

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Fed Emp Health Benefits 11/09/15 - 12/14/15
Fed Vision & Dental Plans 11/09/15 - 12/14/15
Flexible Spending Account 11/09/15 - 12/14/15
Annual Leave Exchange 11/15/15 - 12/15/15
TSP Catch-Up Deposits made before 15:00 on 12/23/15
will be counted towards 2015
Health Benefit, TSP, FSA, and A/L Exchange elections are made via PostalEASE.
For FED VIP plan information is on opm.gov and enrollment is via Benefeds.com

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The 2015 Leave Year ends on January 08, 2016.  Employees are reminded that any Annual Leave balance in excess of 440 hours will be forfeited if not used on or before January 08, 2016

SPSS WORK AWARDED TO CLERKS




2014-15 COPA-Matic Winners
LEHIGH VALLEY AREA LOCAL
PHILDELPHIA BMC LOCAL
Lincoln Area Local
ERIE AREA LOCAL
Rockford Area Local
READING AREA LOCAL
Waterloo Area Local
Salem Area Local
Aurora Area Local
Norfolk Local
Springfield Local
Dubuque Local

The APWU has announced the winners of the 2014-15 COPA-Matic campaign.  Prizes were awarded to Locals that had at least 10% of their members donating to COPA through payroll deduction.  As has become the custom, the state of Pennsylvania was well represented amongst the winners.  In fact, three of the top five, and four of the top six, winning locals are Pennsylvania Locals.  Each winning local will receive a cash award.

The winning locals are:  Lehigh Valley Area Local, Philadelphia BMC Local, Erie Area Local, and Reading Area Local.  The PPWU wishes to recognize the members of these locals for their willingness to play a role and their dedication to and support of COPA.

   

CONTRACT MEDIATION GETS UNDERWAY

     

     Representatives of the APWU and USPS met with officials of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) on June 9 to begin mediation on a new collective bargaining agreement. APWU President Mark Dimondstein, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon and staff met with FMCS Acting Director Allison Beck, Deputy Director Scot L. Beckenbaugh, and the USPS vice president of Labor Relations, where they discussed the progress of negotiations and outlined several of the topics that separate the parties. 

     Contract negotiations ended without an agreement on May 27, following a one-week extension of talks. In accordance with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA), if bargaining reaches a stalemate, the union and management must participate in mediation unless they agree to an alternate method. Mediation is expected to last at least 60 days. During negotiations, the USPS destroyed the possibility of reaching a deal by insisting on...read more

   

     

  APWU SAYS GOODBYE TO A LEGEND
     It is with heavy heats that we say goodbye to a great member, loyal advocate, wonderful friend and loved family member.  Bob "Pitch" Pitchalonis passed away earlier this month surrounded by his friends and family.  Pitch was a long-time member of the Philadelphia BMC Local 7048 and was well known throughout the Tri-sttate area.  Pitch served as an arbitration advocate and, after his retirement, continued to help out around the union office. 
    Pitch was a regular fixture at Tri-State seminars and conferences.  He was always eager to teach young stewards and share his extensive knowledge.  Pitch will be remembered as a dedicated unionist and a great friend!  The Philadelphia BMC Local 7048 has dedicated their latest issue of the Philly Flyer to the memory of Pitch and his legacy.  Read it HERE.
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION ~ May 14, 2015
    
LOCALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY PREPARE

  
 With just a week left until the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires, APWU members are fired up and ready to go for the National Day of Action on May 14. More than 120 events are scheduled across 42 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, organized around the theme, “I Stand with Postal Workers.” Activities range from rallies to press conferences to getting postcards signed outside post offices.  Click HERE to find an event in your area


PPWU & PHILADELPHIA BMC LOCAL GO BIG!
  
  The Philadelphia BMC Local, along with the Pennsylvania Postal Workers Union, have purchased billboard space to spread the word about the fight for good service, and good jobs.  Local President Vince Tarducci said the billboard, located at a busy intersection will be seen by hundreds of people each day.

Is your local hosting an event? 
Send us photos and video of your Day of Action event.

   

 

CONTRACT UPDATE 

 

     

APWU President Mark Dimondstein has presented his first update for union members on the status of contract negotiations. The bargaining report is available to APWU members only. To read the summary, click here. For those who are new to the APWU website -- or to the Members Only section -- log-in instructions can be found here.
     Tammy Flanagan is the Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, Inc. which conducts Federal Retirement Planning Workshops and Seminars. She has spent 25 years helping Federal employees take charge of their retirement by understanding their benefits and planning for the future. Since January 2006 she has been writing a weekly column for www.govexec.com on the many topics related to planning for retirement. Here are links to the latest column and archived columns.

Best Dates to Retire in 2015 List of Archived articles

   

DEAL

 ON PMs & CLERK WORK 

     

The APWU reached a $56 million settlement with the USPS on Dec. 5 to resolve a long-standing dispute over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing bargaining unit work.  The agreement includes provisions that are intended to prevent future violations of the limits on the number of hours managerial personnel may spend performing craft duties.   Most notably, it includes a mechanism for reporting and monitoring the amount of hours involved. The agreement also makes it easier to enforce the contract. Clerks no longer have to fear reprisals for filing a grievance, as the contract can now be enforced without a union officer having to set foot in an office. Recording Postmaster Hours All hours that postmasters and supervisors in affected offices spend working alone will be considered time they spent staffing the window. When they work on the window in conjunction with a clerk, they will be charged for all time spent, from the moment...more

 

EMPLOYEE DATA HACKED

 

The USPS is reporting that files containing employee information have been compromised.  The information at risk includes "names, dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, dates of employment, and emergency contact information for all active employees".  The USPS is also investigating the possible breach of records involving injury claim data. 
Employees will receive one year of free credit monitoring services. Each employee should receive a letter explaining the problem and what actions should be taken.  If you do not receive this letter by Nov. 20th you should contact the Human Resources Shared Services Center (HRSSC) at 1-877-477-3273, and choose option 5 (option 1 for TDD/TTY).  For more information check out the links below.

Employee Video  Stand-Up Talk Employee Handout Employee FAQ

 

 

PSE HEALTH PLAN

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Some PSEs are having difficulty signing up for health benefits.  When they log on to PostalEASE the system tells them they are not eligible for benefits and will not process their enrollment sleections.  PSEs who are facing this difficulty should complete the necessary health benefits enrollment forms and mail, of fax, them to Shared Services for processing.  PSEs should complete the following forms:

You MUST include your Employee ID number on every page

USPS-24 PostalEASE FEHB Worksheeet (pg 3-5) If selecting self-only write "N/A" on pg 4 in the dependants box
PS Form 8202 - Pre-Tax or After-Tax Premium Selection
PS Form 8141 - Suffient Earnings Requirement Statement

Send completed forms, via Certified Mail (with return receipt) to:

HRSSC Comp & Benefits, PO Box 970400, Greensboro, NC   27497-0400

It is recommended that you follow up with a phone call to verify that your

FEHB selections have been received and processed.

   Do not wait until the last days of Open Season to submit these forms.  If problems are discovered after Open Season closes it is very difficult to get them corrected.  So, please, make sure you submit your selections promptly!

For more FEHB information, read the 2015 FEHB Guide for Benefits


OIG ASKS  "SHOULD THE USPS CONTINUE ITS CONSOLIDATION PLAN?"

 

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The Office of Inspector General is conducting a poll to determine whether it should advocate for or against conitnue plant closures and consolidations.  It is seeking input from the public to guide its decision making.  LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!   Vote "NO" on plant consolidations!

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The poll is at the bottom of the article.   Tell you friends, family and neighbors to vote also.

 

 

USPS RESUMES PLANT CLOSURES AND CONSOLIDATIONS

The Postal Service has announced that it will resume consolidation and closure of mail processing plants in 2015.  In early 2014, the USPS had announced it was halting all scheduled sonsolidations and closures.  However, with this weeks annoucement, the USPS is resuming implementation of their Network Rationalization plan. 

 PMG Donhaoe suggests that decreaing 1st class volumes and "excess capacity" are behind the need to reduce the number of processing plants.  "We find ourselves with excess capacity in the network and few alternatives to reduce costs, "Donahoe said, adding that, "Our operating costs are continuing to increase, and our debt and other liabilities threaten our financial viability."

Pennsylvania would be impacted as the Network Rationalization plan calls for the closing of the Erie, Lancaster and Scranton Plants with the mail being sent to Pittsburgh/Rochester, Harrisburg and Lehigh Valley P&DC respectively.  This could result in the return of Article 12 withholding as the change see clerks, maintenance and MVS employees being excessed.  Click HERE to see a full list of propsed closures and consolidations.

 

MEMORANDUM:  CLARIFICATION ON PSE SENIORITY

The APWU and USPS have agreed on a Memorandum which clarifies issues with PSE seniority with regards to separations and layoffs due to lack of work

 

 

 
     

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