News: OPM

Celebrate, Protect Your Benefits

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor

Every year we recognize and celebrate the Social Security Act, enacted on Aug. 14, 1935, 83 years ago, and Medicare, enacted on July 30, 1965, 53 years ago. These two important laws were established to benefit workers in their old age, as retirees.

Our celebration this year during July and August includes continuing the fight to protect these earned benefits. All APWU members, along with their families, friends and neighbors, can participate in an action of recognition by supporting APWU legislative priorities for fair benefits for American seniors.

A Gift that Keeps on Giving

11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

We have a tradition in this country of celebrating birthdays by sending cards and giving gifts.

Rep. Allan Grayson (D-FL) celebrated Medicare’s 50th birthday by introducing the “Seniors Have Eyes, Ears, and Teeth Act” (H.R. 3308), which would expand Medicare coverage.

Security Breach at OPM

09/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

As the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) faces inquiries, criticism and lawsuits regarding its recent data breaches, the APWU remains dissatisfied with the agency’s response.

APWU Web News Article 130-2015

OPM Announces Second Major Security Breach

Millions More Could Be Affected

06/22/2015 - The recent announcement by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) of a second major breach of data on “current and former employees of the federal government whose records OPM manages” could affect many APWU members, said Retirees Department Director Judy Beard.

“OPM manages the records of postal retirees, as well as the records of current and former members of the military, so this could mean you,” she said.

APWU Web News Article 120-2015

Postal Retirees May be Affected by OPM Data Breach

06/08/2015 - Postal retirees may be among those affected by a breach in the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Retirees Department Director Judy Beard reports. OPM announced June 4 that the records of 4 million current and former federal employees were compromised in a cyber attack the agency discovered in April.

Beginning June 8 and continuing through June 19, OPM will notify current and former employees via email that their records may have been compromised. Retirees whose email addresses are not on file with OPM will be contacted by mail.

APWU Web News Article 113-2015

APWU, Sister Postal Unions Win Right to Bargain Over Cyber Intrusions

06/02/2015 - In a precedent-setting agreement approved by the National Labor Relations Board, the APWU and its sister postal unions won the right to bargain with the Postal Service over a massive data security breach that took place in 2014.

The historic May 19 settlement marks a win for unions in a new area of labor-management contention: Management’s responsibilities to protect employees’ personal information in the digital age. The recent rash of data security breaches at government agencies and large private-sector companies makes the victory significant for workers far beyond those employed by the USPS.

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NLRB Slams Postal Service For Failure to Bargain over Employee Data Breach

Complaint over Cyber Intrusion Would Set Precedent

04/08/2015 - In a first-of-its-kind complaint, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has cited the Postal Service for failing to bargain with the APWU over last year’s massive data security breach. The incident, which was revealed to the union and employees in mid-November, compromised the personal information of hundreds of thousands of current and former postal employees. 

As a result of the cyber intrusion, employees’ Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, and injury claim information were accessed from postal data systems over a period of months.  In response, the Postal Service decided unilaterally to offer employees just one year of free credit reporting.

APWU Payroll Experts Issue a Warning

12/23/2014 - When management declared an Information Technology (IT) emergency due to a breach of USPS data systems recently, more than 150 systems that USPS programmers develop and administer were taken offline so they could be patched and reconfigured. The programmers – who are APWU members – were on call all hours of the day and night to get the systems tested and running.

These union members performed selflessly throughout the emergency.

IT/AS employees also perform an invaluable function for their APWU brothers and sisters day-in and day-out: They are responsible for every USPS employee’s pay and for making payroll corrections when errors occur.

APWU Web News Article 215-2014

Follow-Up Statement to APWU Members from President Mark Dimondstein

Re: New Revelations on USPS Cyber Security Breach

11/20/2014 - New revelations about the security breach in the Postal Service’s data systems are raising additional concerns about this very troubling incident. The APWU remains fully committed to protecting the rights of our members and demanding information from the USPS about what management knew and when they knew it. 

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Statement to APWU Members from President Mark Dimondstein

Re: USPS Cyber Security Breach

11/10/2014 - The security breach in the Postal Service’s data systems that compromised personal information about postal employees, including all active and some retired workers, is a very troubling matter. Unfortunately, cybercrime is real and effective. But we are outraged that this happened. We do not know at this point whether management did everything in their power to protect our privacy, but they bear the ultimate responsibility.