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Posted by APWU – The American Postal Workers Union on Tuesday, April 17, 2018
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04/13/2018 – President Trump has issued an Executive Order to form a “task force” to evaluate the finances of the United States Postal Service. Such evaluation will include pricing, policies and the costs of the workforce.
The Task Force will be chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury, and comprised of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management as well as other department and agency heads the chair may designate.
The Executive Order calls for a full report within 120 days to provide a “thorough evaluation of the operations and finance” of the USPS to include:
the expansion and pricing of package delivery
the USPS role in competitive markets
the decline in mail volume and implications of USPS financing
the USPS monopoly over letter delivery and mail boxes
the USPS business model, workforce, operations, costs and pricing.
The task force will potentially develop recommendations on administrative and legislative reforms regarding the U.S. Postal Service.
The primary reason for the financial challenges facing the Postal Service is the 2006 Congressional mandate forcing the USPS to “pre-fund” retiree health benefits 75 years into the future. This crushing burden is faced by no other company or agency and is being used by those who wish to destroy the postal service.
“The APWU looks forward to working with anyone truly interested in maintaining a vibrant public Postal Service for generations to come. If given the opportunity to meet with the task force, we will forthrightly tell the truth, share our views and promote the protection of the rights and benefits of postal employees,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “One step toward USPS financial stability is to fix the pre-funding debacle by passing the bi-partisan postal reform legislation currently stalled in both the House and the Senate.”
The new Executive Order is of real concern to the APWU and we will continue to keep all members informed and up to date.
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03/28/2018 – The time is now for all current and former permanent-rehabilitation and limited-duty postal employees who were subjected to the USPS National Reassessment Process (NRP) between May 5, 2006 and July 1, 2011 to file a timely claim with the Postal Service to seek monetary damages and other relief.
The Postal Service has exhausted all of its administrative appeals in the class action discrimination complaint, McConnell v. USPS. The EEOC’s favorable decision, issued March 9, 2018, is final. The EEOC rejected the Postal Service’s request for reconsideration after finding the NRP discriminated against injured postal workers and violated their rights under the Rehabilitation Act. The Postal Service is now required to comply with a number of orders listed in the final decision.
More than 130,000 individuals, many belonging to the APWU, may benefit from this decision. Individuals 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. Survivors of deceased class members are eligible and encouraged to apply within the designated time limits. Notifications from the Postal Service were said to be mailed to all eligible class members on March 19 and 20.
The law firm who litigated the legal claims before the EEOC informed the APWU that they also made a mailing to all class members on March 24 and 26 that reportedly provides instructions and offers guidance with claim filing. If you did not receive a notification and you believe you should be part of the class, you can still submit a claim. The law firm encourages claims to be filed no later than April 12, 2018. The APWU was advised that this is the first step in the claims process. They have a dedicated website, where we are told individuals can find filing instructions including where to send a claim, suggested claim forms, and more detailed information about the case, the decision and the claims process. We were further advised FAQ’s would be added to the site soon. The law firm has also indicated that it has launched a call center manned with paralegals to specifically offer assistance to claimants. For more information visit www.nrpclassaction.com; call (585) 272-0540 or toll free at (877) 272-4066; or consult an attorney of your choosing.
CAUTION: The APWU makes no representation about the accuracy or quality of the information being provided by the law firm. 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 are not required to use a lawyer to make a claim. The APWU cannot endorse the use of any law firm to submit their claims and cannot give legal advice on making claims to the Postal Service or whether to retain legal assistance for any part of the claim process.
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(This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
April Burger, a 31-year member of the Jefferson City Local (MO) and the local’s secretary-treasurer, was unanimously chosen as 2017 Acceptance Agent of the Year for the Department of State’s (DOS) National Awards Program for Passport Acceptance Facilities and Agents. She was honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 29.
Burger handles the administrative responsibilities of the Jefferson City Main Post Ofﬁce’s passport acceptance program. She manages information resources, plans passport fairs, and operates and maintains photography equipment and supplies.
Burger said many people visit the post ofﬁce for their passport needs because it’s more cost-effective. “They know when you go to the post ofﬁce, you go to a trusted, public institution and you know things are going to be handled correctly,” she explained.
Demand is Increasing
“Sometimes you don’t have enough help,” she noted.
Part of the problem is the Postal Service currently does not have a formal position description for a Passport Clerk. The APWU has ﬁled a national dispute requesting the creation of a Passport Clerk standard position and qualiﬁcation standard.
Burger talked about the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, launched in 2007, which required travelers to use a passport every time they crossed the border between the U.S. and Canada or Mexico. Those passports are now beginning to expire, leading to an inﬂux of renewal applications.
“The Department of State has been telling us…that this is coming, but it fell on deaf ears at the post ofﬁce,” Burger said. “Our business is booming…This is the time to invest.”
Burger discussed how the need for a passport is more prevalent today than ever for other reasons. More and more colleges offer study abroad programs, and there are Americans who prefer to have a passport as another form of identiﬁcation.
“It’s expanding, people are becoming global. [The demand is] not going away,” Burger said.
‘Like A Swiss Army Knife’
At the awards ceremony, Department of State ofﬁcials had nothing but praise for Burger.
“Like a Swiss Army knife, she does it all,” Brenda Sprague, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Passport Services, said. “Her passion knows no bounds. It’s comforting to know such a dedicated and enthusiastic person is working full-time as a passport acceptance agent and handles all the details it entails.”
Karen Christensen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Overseas Citizens Services at the DOS, said that the work Burger does is, “public service at its best. Every day, you come to work and don’t just do the job – you think of ways to do it better.”
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