08/02/2012 - A recent highway funding law contains a provision of special interest to postal and federal employees: The legislation authorizes federal agencies to allow full-time retirement-eligible employees to opt for “phased retirement.”
News: Federal Employment
05/11/2012 - The House of Representatives voted for a 5 percent cut in postal and federal workers’ pay on May 10 by approving an increase in employees' pension contributions.
04/27/2012 - A House committee approved a GOP proposal on April 26 that would increase federal employees' contributions to their pensions by 5 percent over five years, beginning in 2013.
H.R. 3813 Update:
02/21/2012 - Current postal and federal employees won’t have to pay more for their retirement benefits in order to fund an extension of the 2 percent payroll-tax holiday passed by the Congress last week, but new government workers will be required to pay 1.5 percent more to fund another portion of the bill, which extends unemployment benefits.
Current Workers Still in Jeopardy
02/16/2012 - Published reports indicate that the latest deal to extend the 2 percent payroll tax holiday would require only new postal workers and federal employees to pay more for their retirement benefits.
12/01/2011 - The House of Representatives passed bi-partisan legislation supported by the APWU to update benefits for injured federal and postal workers on Nov. 29.
05/12/2011 - Proposed changes to the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) “will negatively affect public servants and their families,” APWU Human Relations Director Sue Carney said in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.
04/15/2011 - Anti-labor legislators are endorsing another measure aimed at federal employees — including postal workers.
12/15/2010 - APWU President Cliff Guffey has sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives urging them to extend a proposed 2 percent “payroll tax holiday” to postal workers and other federal employees who are covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS).
It’s Not a ‘Bailout’
12/02/2010 - APWU President Cliff Guffey is urging the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, also known as the Deficit Commission, to reject recommendations in its Dec. 1 report regarding the Postal Service, which he said were based on inaccuracies.