Former Michigan NALC Branch Treasurer indicted on embezzlement charge

On June 16, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Timothy Casperson, former Treasurer of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 249 (located in Menominee, Mich.), was indicted on one count of embezzling $9,650 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c); one count of false reporting, […]

Postal Unions call on Obama, DOL to withdraw proposal to reduce workers’ comp benefits

NPMHU: Postal Unions Call On DOL to Withdraw Support for Misguided FECA Reform Measures June 15, 2015) In a joint letter to the Department of Labor, Postal Union Presidents Paul V. Hogrogian (NPMHU), Fredric V. Rolando (NALC), Mark Dimondstein (APWU), and Jeanette Dwyer (NRLCA) object to the department’s unjustified proposal to reduce workers’ compensation benefits. […]

Obama, GOP pushing cuts to Workers’ Comp for Federal and Postal Workers

According to the Washington Post: President Obama’s administration, with support from House Republicans, is pushing reductions to workers’ compensation for federal employees — to the consternation of fellow Democrats and his union allies. Like the Obama administration, Rep. Tim Walberg (Mich.), the Republican chairman of a House Education and the Workforce subcommittee, cited “concerns” that […]

DOL wanted injunction against USPS to protect whistleblowers in all postal facilities

In a recent whistleblower lawsuit against USPS, the Department of Labor  (DOL) had requested broad “injunctive relief, nationwide in scope, to vindicate the public interest in promoting safe workplaces and protecting those who dare to advocate for them.”  The DOL proposed injunction included prohibitions: against taking adverse action against any Postal Service employee on account […]

Judge orders Postal Service to pay damages to whistleblower

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) sued the United States Postal Service (USPS) for retaliating against a Safety Specialist at the Seattle, Washington Processing & Distribution Center (P&DC). According to the DOL : OSHA’s investigation determined that the Postal Service followed a pattern of adverse actions against the safety specialist, who was assigned […]

APWU: 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. Unfortunately, it appears the breach […]

FMLA confidentiality provisions supersede OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements

In a recent  decision, the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission held that the confidentiality provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) supersede OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements. At issue on review is a citation issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to the United States Postal Service regarding two OSHA recordkeeping regulations, 29 […]

Postal, Federal Retirees to get 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment for 2015

From various news sources COLA increase =$22 The U.S. government will raise benefits for Social Security beneficiaries by 1.7% in 2015, the Social Security Administration said today. This is the third consecutive year in which the increase will be under 2%. The agency said it expects to send out checks to about 64 million people […]

Nineteen postal workers were killed on the job in 2013

On Nov. 23, 2013, 26-year-old Tyson Barnette was shot multiple times while delivering the mail in Landover, Maryland. On Feb. 26, 2013, federal corrections officer Eric Williams was stabbed with a homemade weapon at the high-security Canaan penitentiary in Pennsylvania. In 2013 57 federal employees were killed on the job, according to preliminary data by […]