USPS: Inability to make mandated retiree health benefit payments won’t impede operations

10/2/2017 Similar to prior years since 2012, USPS did not make mandated end-of-year payments to prefund retiree health benefits. In addition, USPS did not make payments on liabilities to the Federal Employees’ Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System. The Postal Service will continue to deliver the mail and will pay employees and suppliers, […]

USPS plans to hire 35,000- 40,000 seasonal workers for holidays

To most effectively handle increasing package volume, the U.S Postal Service works year-round to build a flexible workforce. In 2015, the U.S. Postal Service hired nearly 29,000 seasonal workers to perform as mail handlers, retail associates, some tractor trailer drivers and city carrier assistants. As we get closer to this year’s holiday season’s increased package […]

USPS Handbook EL-312 Revision: Recruitment

Handbook EL-312 Revision: Recruitment Effective December 11, 2014, the Postal Service™ is revising Handbook EL-312, Employment and Placement, section 234.7, as follows:  The heading for section 234.7 is changed from Temporary Relief Carrier and Postmaster Relief/Leave Replacement to Postmaster Relief (Remotely Managed Post Office).  Previous section 234.71 addressing Temporary Relief Carriers has been deleted. Section […]

Don’t Forget: Tuesday is Election Day!

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day, and seniors in every state will be affected by the results. If right-wing extremists take over both houses of Congress, then Social Security and Medicare will be direct targets of the majority in both the House and Senate. And if anti-worker, anti-retiree governors […]

APWU: Retirees to Receive Final Early Retirement Incentive Check on May 23

May 5, 2014 – Thousands of former postal employees who took advantage of the Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive in 2013 will be returning to the post office where they last worked to pick up their final incentive check on May 23, reports Retirees Department Director Judy Beard. This presents a great opportunity to invite these […]

Postal Retirees — FERS & CSRS To Get 1.5 per cent COLA in January 2014

For CSRS & FERS retirees: 2014 retiree COLAs—1.5% for FERS & CSRS: The cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for both Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) benefits will be 1.5 percent in 2014, based on the Oct. 30 release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September. Although the release of the […]

Lawmakers Fight Back Against Predatory Lending to Federal, Postal Retirees

Next week Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and Rep. Gerry Connelly (D-MA) will introduce the ASSURE (Annuity Safety and Security Under Reasonable Enforcement) Act. The bill would protect federal, postal and military retirees by expanding the Truth in Lending Act disclosure provisions to any situation where a federal or military pension is used in consideration for […]

APWU: Proposed Cut Threatens Postal, Federal Retirees and Social Security Recipients

Break the ‘Chained’ CPI! APWU Web News Article 079-2013, June 20 , 2013 The APWU is urging union members and retirees to participate in rallies across the country on Tuesday, July 2, to protest a proposal that would put retirement benefits for millions of workers on the chopping block. The threat is from a proposal […]

OPM: Retirees Fed Tax Withholding Increases, Annuity Check Decreases In 2011

The Office Of Personnel Management issued the following anouncements: Annuitant Federal Tax Withholding Increase On December 16, 2010, Congress elected not to extend the “Making Work Pay” credit. The “Making Work Pay” credit, part of the 2009 Stimulus Package, expired on December 31, 2010. This could mean higher federal tax withholding amounts in monthly annuities […]