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Department & Division News

TSP - It's Your Money!

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor

The USPS reports that each year postal employees throw away almost $200 million in retirement benefit matching funds by failing to save in their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).

It is never too early or too late to start planning for retirement. You need to be clear about what you want your “golden years” to look like.

USPS 'Shirks Responsibility' to PSEs

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte 

The APWU Health Plan receives complaints from members who were converted from Postal Support Employee (PSE) to career status and claim the USPS cancelled their health insurance without notification. My office deals with this situation as best as we can, but this is an issue that is the employer’s full responsibility.

Building Your Bulletin Board

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 


Colorful and creative bulletin board in Hilo, HI, Big Island Area Local

By Organization Director Anna Smith

How can you stay informed and be involved? It’s not as hard as you think. Bulletin boards are a way for us to not only communicate with our current members, but also can be utilized as an avenue to reach our non-member coworkers.

USPS Concedes that Schedule Examiner Work is Bargaining Unit Work

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors 

As we mentioned in a previous article, the union put its case for preserving the Schedule Examiner Vehicle Runs position before Arbitrator Shyam Das on Feb. 27 as the first case on the docket this year. As a long-standing issue, we considered this case an important step in preserving skilled Motor Vehicle Service work. It was the union’s position that the Postal Service was in violation of Article 1.6 of the National Agreement by assigning work normally performed by the Schedule Examiner to supervisory and Executive and Administrative Schedule employees; the Postal Service took the position that the case should be bifurcated on the grounds of arbitrability.

Fake News

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

During and after the 2016 Election, the term “fake news” became widely used in American political conversations. Politifact.com, a fact-checking website, defines fake news as, “made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated to look like credible journalistic reports that are easily spread online to large audiences willing to believe the fictions and spread the word.”

Bill to Improve Thrift Savings Plan Introduced

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard

The 2017 Congress introduced legislation to improve the Thrift Savings Program (TSP). It addresses shortcomings in the withdrawal rules which have not been changed since 1986. The current rule allows for active postal employees, upon reaching age 59 ½, to make only one withdrawal from their TSP account. Similarly, retirees can only partially withdraw from their TSP a single time. This inflexibility often leads retirees to fully withdraw their money and move it into private investment plans which have pricier maintenance fees.

Moving Forward

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

The Maintenance Division had a productive first half of 2017.

Labor News Briefs

09/01/2017 -


Workers march in Los Angeles during a 2015 Fight for $15 protest. 
SEIU Local 99/Flickr Creative Commons

(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Minimum Wage Raised 

Voters in several states and cities approved ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage, which were enacted this summer.

Campaign for Postal Banking

Payday Lenders Trapping Senior Citizens

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Although the payday lending industry slowed in California in 2016, it increased dramatically among senior citizens. For the first time, seniors took out more short term loans than any other age group, according to a study California’s Department of Business Oversight released in July.

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