OSC Issues Hatch Act Social Media Guidance, Announces Postal Worker Hatch Act Violation Over Social Media Use at Work

OSC Issues Hatch Act Social Media Guidance in User-friendly Format, Announces Postal Service Employee Hatch Act Violation Over Social Media Use at Work FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jill Gerber, (202) 804‐7065,jgerber@osc.gov WASHINGTON, D.C./Feb. 13, 2018 – The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) today issued Hatch Act social media guidance for federal employees in a […]

USPS: Hatch Act’s social media guidelines explained

1/10/2018 You’ve heard of the Hatch Act, but how much do you know about it? If you’re unfamiliar with the law, here’s a quick primer — including do’s and don’ts when it comes to social media usage. • First things first: The Hatch Act exists to protect you. The law, which dates to 1939, aims […]

APWU Clashes with USPS on New 3971 Language

12/01/2017 – The Postal Service’s Request for or Notification of Absence (Form 3971) has been amended to include a new section applicable to those going on leave without pay (LWOP) for official union business.  This new section states: LWOP – Union Official (Required Certification) By signing this form, I certify this request is not for […]

USPS Will Address Hatch Act Issues

Regarding your editorial “How the Post Office Delivered for Hillary” (Aug. 26) highlighting Hatch Act violations by the U.S. Postal Service: This issue has been addressed by Congress and the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), and the Postal Service has fully committed to addressing the issue and to correcting the problem. Furthermore, although the OSC […]

Wisconsin letter carrier to testify at Senate Hearing on political campaigning by postal workers

7/19/17 Timm Kopp is a letter carrier from Marshfield and a whistle-blower who will take center stage Wednesday in Washington, D.C., at a hearing on political campaigning by postal workers. Kopp’s complained that certain postal workers were taking leave without pay to work for union political campaigns and that the absences caused operational problems. That prompted an […]

Postal Workers Campaign Activity while on Leave under Investigation

PostalReporter.com is posting this non-story to highlight the length right-wing websites will go to attack Postal and Federal Workers Media Trackers has learned that an investigation is underway into U.S. Postal Service employees at two central Wisconsin post offices who were given leaves of absence to campaign for Democratic candidates Russ Feingold for Senate and […]

Postal Worker Told to Remove Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ Sign

Sept. 19 — A sign that said “Make America Great Again”—the slogan for Republican Donald Trump’s campaign for president—has been removed from a post office in Colorado after the U.S. Office of Special Counsel contacted the facility’s postmaster, the OSC said. The OSC told the postmaster that the sign’s display by an employee violated the […]

Donald Trump bumper sticker lands postal worker in hot water

3/8/2016 Leola, PA – The 23-year-old Quarryville resident Tomas Strouhal put a Trump bumper sticker on his 2003 Chrysler Sebring and hung up a newspaper clipping inside his locker at the Leola post office, where he works. But Strouhal’s employer took issue with them. Citing the Hatch Act, which governs political activity by federal employees, […]

Restrictions on Political Activities for Mail Handlers and Other Postal Employees

With the 2014 mid-term Congressional elections approaching, all NPMHU representatives must remain cognizant of the restrictions on political activities that are imposed by the Hatch Act.  Thanks to changes that were first enacted in 1993, postal and federal employees are allowed to participate in a wide range of political activities.  Some activities r