APWU: Expect More Attacks on Injured Postal, Federal Workers

Over the last decade, attacks on injured federal employees and postal workers, led primarily by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) [postalreporter.com added link] , have been relentless. But she isn’t the only one who has tried to dismantle the comprehensive coverage provided by the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA). Over the years, proponents of cuts have […]

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. […]

Texas rehab clinic that treated postal workers being investigated for $$millions in health care fraud

The owner of a DeSoto physical rehabilitation clinic is in hot water with federal authorities for allegedly billing the government millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. Records show Larry Washington reported treating injured postal and Veterans Affairs employees on Christmas Day and at other suspicious times. His unusually high number of billings also sought payment […]

APWU: $686 Cost-of-Living (COLA) Raise Set for September

(08/19/14) In July 2014, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) fell slightly to 698.580. The sixth COLA adjustment under the 2010 National Agreement is:  Per Annum: $686.00 Per Pay Period: $26.40 Cents Per Hour: 33¢ The first and third COLAs were effective March 9, 2013 (pay period 07-2013, pay date March 29, 2013) and totaled $207.00 […]

Union President Promises Continued Fight Over Proposed Cuts in Workers Comp Benefits

Washington, D.C.—The leader of the nation’s largest independent union of federal employees today promised a continued fight to turn back legislative efforts that would result in unwarranted and serious cuts to federal workers’ compensation insurance payments. President Colleen M. Kelley of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) expressed her disappointment at yesterday’s Senate Homeland Security […]

NALC summary of Senate Committee mark-up meeting on Postal bill S.1486

Jan. 29, 2014—On Jan. 29, the Senate committee with Postal Service oversight, the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, spent nearly three hours in a mark-up meeting to debate a handful of proposed amendments to S. 1486. One of the first amendments considered after the meeting came to order at 10 a.m., from Sen. John […]

GAO: Information on USPS Workforce Injuries Arising During Mail Delivery

“GAO was asked to review available information on injuries related to mail delivery. GAO obtained and reviewed 2009 through 2012 USPS data on workforce injuries by various route types (as classified by USPS’s Office of Safety and Health, Employee Resource Management), including data on the frequency, circumstance leading to injury, and the severity of injuries. […]

APWU: OWCP Suspends USPS Access to Electronic Data– Indefinitely

APWU Web News Article 095-2013, Aug. 12, 2013 In a bold step to protect the privacy rights of injured workers, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) has indefinitely suspended the Postal Service’s ability to review, receive, and transfer Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) information and documents electronically. The decision was made in consultation with […]

OWCP Slaps Sanctions On USPS For Privacy Act Violations

OWCP, with the approval of the Department of Justice has imposed nationwide sanctions on USPS for repeated Privacy Act violations. Information sharing will be restricted. Here is the text of the letter sent out by OWCP: The purpose of this letter is to inform you of certain steps that the Department of Labor (DOL) is […]

OWCP Issues Guidance For Offsetting Postal Employees on Workers’ Comp Lump-Sum Retirement Incentive Payments

From Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation: April 10, 2013 PURPOSE: This circular is being issued to provide supplemental guidance on the necessary claims actions when a claimant in receipt of disability compensation receives a lump-sum incentive payment from the United States Postal Service (USPS) as the result of (1) choosing optional retirement pursuant […]