For Active Reservists and National Guard
Differential Pay, At Last
(04/19/10) In February, the Postal Service notified the APWU that it was finally ready to comply with its obligation to grant “differential pay” to employees who have been called to active duty since March 14, 2009.
In accordance with federal law (5 U.S.C. §5538), the USPS must pay eligible employees the difference between the amount of “pay and allowances” they received from the Department of Defense and their “basic pay” from the Postal Service for covered periods. These payments must be equal to the amount by which an employee’s projected civilian “basic pay” for a covered pay period exceeds the employee’s actual military pay and allowances for that pay period. [read more]
New Diseases Associated With Agent Orange
(01/01/10) Those of you who served in Vietnam should know that the list of illnesses that the Veterans Administration is accepting as possibly being related to exposure to Agent Orange is growing.
B cell leukemia, Parkinson’s disease, and ischemic heart disease are among the diseases that may have a service-related connection, according to a study by the Institute of Medicine that shows an association with the use of the herbicide during the Vietnam conflict. Veterans with these diseases may be eligible for disability compensation and additional healthcare benefits.
To view the entire list, visit www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange.
Preference-Eligible Employees Should Look to the CBA
(10/26/09) Federal law grants preference-eligible employees specific protection from Reductions in Force (RIFs), and gives them the right to appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) if they believe their rights under Chapter 35 of Title 5 have been violated. Those rights do not prohibit preference-eligible employees from being RIFed; they simply state that veterans will be the last to go, and only after a series of procedures have been followed.
Military Leave for Federal Employees
(12/04/08) The U.S Office of Personnel management has updated itsmilitary leave guidance for federal agencies: OPM's Military Leave Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions on Military Leave.
USPS Must Do More For Veterans
Although the Postal Service employs large numbers of veterans, not enough is being done by our employer to help qualified veterans secure jobs. (Article from the November/December 2007 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)
Tells House Panel:
USPS Must Do More For Veterans
Although the Postal Service employs large numbers of veterans, not enough is being done to help qualified veterans secure jobs with the agency, APWU Executive Vice President Cliff Guffey told a House panel during testimony on Sept. 6.
(APWU Web News Article #83-07, Sept. 7, 2007)
Instruction on Health Benefits and Life Insurance Coverage During
Military Service [PDF]
This USPS instruction to postal managers outlines health benefits and life insurance coverage for Postal Service employees absent on leave without pay (LWOP) to perform active duty military service. (EL-520-205-1, Dec. 16, 2005)
to Pay Employee Portion of Health
Premiums for Workers Called to Active Duty
(APWU Web News Article #10-05, March 22, 2005)
Stewards' Status in
(APWU’s position on the right of stewards to prepare appeals to the Merit Systems Protection Board while “on the clock.” )
As a Vet Returning From
I Never Was Spit On: Then the Government Stepped In
(Article from the September/October 2004 issue of The American Postal Worker)
Appeals Pending in Important
Cases Affecting Preference-Eligible Veterans
(Article from the May/June 2004 issue of The American Postal Worker)
Vietnam Vets and Agent Orange
(Article from the November/December 2003 issue of The American Postal Worker)
Veterans Preference and the MSPB
(Article from the September/October 2003 issue of The American Postal Worker)
Questions and Answers About Veterans
(Article from the November/December 2002 issue of The American Postal Worker)
Trampling on Veterans’ Rights
(Article from the September/October 2002 issue of The American Postal Worker)