Postal Employees' Relief Fund
Relief grant information:
Employees’ Relief Fund provides long-term assistance to Postal Employees
and retirees who have sustained losses due to natural disasters and fires;
assistance is for the rebuilding of homes and for losses of personal belonging.
Sizeable grants are available to assist in the rebuilding of homes devastated
by this disaster. Please see application for additional details. More information
about the PERF (including a downloadable request for financial assistance)
is available on website.
damage must be sustained to a primary residence; structural damage, content,
and vehicle loss are considered in the overall loss. Eligibility Criteria
and Grant Applications are available at
by calling 202-408-1869.
Coverage and Eligibility
Service has received approval from the Office of Personnel
Management (OPM) under its Voluntary Early Retirement Authority
(VERA) to offer VER to career
employees in the Louisiana and Mississippi Districts. The
purpose of this VER is to provide impacted employees an
opportunity to retire early and to create reassignment
opportunities for employees whose permanent assignments no
effective dates for full-time employees for this VER offer will
be January 31, 2006, February 28, 2006 or March 31, 2006. The
VER effective date for part-time employees (PTF and PTR) for
this VER offer will be March 31, 2006.
victims to receive mortgage relief
2005 - The
Federal Housing Administration is launching a program to pay the
mortgages of up to 20,000 victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita
and Wilma for as much as a year. The unprecedented mortgage
relief will be offered to people who own homes with FHA-insured
mortgages in designated hurricane-ravaged parts of Alabama,
Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
homeowners would have to repay the FHA, but under very generous
terms. The federal mortgage payments would be interest-free
loans not due until the homeowner's original FHA-insured
mortgage was paid off.
financial hardship withdrawals available for Katrina victims
Through December 31, 2005, victims of hurricane Katrina who have
made a financial hardship withdrawal from the TSP within the
past 6 months may make a second financial hardship withdrawal.
For more information,
APWU Creates ‘Message Board’ For
The APWU has established a new communication
feature for union members impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The
APWU Katrina Forum is an electronic message board where Katrina
employees can locate co-workers; tell friends where they are and
how they are doing, and share news and comments about their
post-hurricane work lives. The Web address is:
NALC-USPS Reach Agreement On MOU Covering Reassignment Of
Carriers Impacted by Katrina -
October 31, 2005 -
The MOU defines an "impacted
employee” as: “an employee whose official duty station or
residence on September 2, 2005, was in an office or area
serviced by an office that curtailed all operations due to
There will be a “Voluntary Transfer Period” during which
impacted letter carriers who wish to exercise a preference for
permanent relocation may submit a voluntary request for transfer
indicating the specific office or offices to which they wish to
be transferred. These requests must be submitted by midnight on
The national parties have committed to establishing a process
that incorporates the web-based eReassign computer application
to facilitate matching carrier transfer opportunities with
carriers requesting voluntary transfer. Reassignments resulting
from voluntary transfer requests shall be completed no later
than November 30.
The MOU also provides for an “Involuntary Transfer Period”
following November 30 during which any remaining excess
employees may be involuntarily reassigned pursuant to Article 12
of the National Agreement.
Deadlines Extended for Katrina-Impacted
October 28, 2005 - APWU
and USPS have agreed to extend two important deadlines for
employees who were affected by Hurricane Katrina: The deadline
for submitting requests for voluntary transfers has been
extended to Nov. 11; personnel actions resulting from those
requests must be processed (i.e. approved or denied) no later
than Nov. 26. On Oct. 26, the parties agreed to grant relocation
expenses to employees who request voluntary transfer
Management Create Form For Katrina-Related Disputes
and USPS have agreed that disputes arising from Hurricane
Katrina should be recorded using an Administrative Dispute
Business Travel Policy for Employees Providing Hurricane
Recovery and Relief Support
increase in travel reimbursement for meals and incidentals (M&I)
is authorized for Postal Service employees on regular travel
providing hurricane recovery and relief support in the affected
areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
‘Katrina’ Employees Who Transfer Voluntarily To Get Relocation
-Employees affected by Hurricane Katrina who request voluntary
transfers will be eligible to receive the same relocation
expenses as those granted to employees who are involuntarily
reassigned. The new policy is the result of an
Oct. 26 Memorandum of Understanding signed by the APWU and
USPS. The Memorandum modifies a Sept. 27 agreement that governs
the process of returning affected employees to work. Employees
affected by Hurricane Katrina who transfer will be awarded
moving expenses, payment for mileage, five days of
administrative leave (relocation leave), payment for the costs
of moving household goods, and per diem expenses.
APWU, USPS Finalize 'Q&A' Addressing Issues Raised
By Hurricane Katrina
The APWU and USPS have finalized a set of
Questions & Answers
issues raised by the Sept. 27 Memorandum of Understanding on
procedures for assigning employees impacted by Hurricane
Katrina. Among other things, that memo stipulates that during an
interim period, “all impacted employees volunteering to work
shall be accommodated” with temporary assignments “within their
craft and as close to their permanent work schedule as
USPS, APWU and
Mail Handlers Reach Agreement On Workers
Displaced by Katrina
specific provisions in the union agreements differ, but the main
intent of both MOU's is to minimize the effects of dislocation
and inconvenience to employees while maintaining the efficiency
of Postal Service operations in Katrina's aftermath
APWU MOU (PDF)
NPMHU MOU (PDF)
APWU News Bulletin:
Employees will retain seniority
Displaced employees rebuilding their lives
Other common general principles include the following:
* Employees who are allowed to work where they have relocated
treated as voluntary temporary reassignments.
* Affected employees may be employed as needed at any
location in order to
provide employment and maintain work efficiency.
* Affected employees will be given an opportunity to seek
voluntary transfer to other work locations.
* A "liberal leave" policy is in effect for affected
The MOU's define affected employees as a "regular work force
employee in a
craft represented by (the union) whose official duty station on
2005, was in an office that curtailed all operations due to
Rita Recovery Continues
Service is working to re-establish service throughout the areas
Hurricane Rita hit hardest by reconnecting with our employees,
assessing damage to facilities, deploying portable generators
and identifying temporary or alternate retail locations for
customers to conduct postal business.
Service Working to Re-Establish Service in Golden Triangle Area
Katrina Took Homes, But the Mail Still Comes
Rain Nor Evacuation -
September 27, 2005-
Last week, 100 of the 400
total employees at the Remote Encoding Center in Fort Wayne
(Indiana) started processing mail from the Beaumont site. Local employees
are helping to process parcels forwarded to customers that have
moved to new addresses. The employees charged with processing
mail images for new addresses are "all committed to working
12-14 hour days, seven days a week, whatever it takes to help
out our fellow site in Beaumont," said Weston Worth.
addition to shouldering the load from Texas, the Fort Wayne REC
also agreed to help process mail images for New Orleans postal
sites that closed.
Backlogged mail from
Houston, Dallas offices sorted at Bryan PO
NALC/USPS Work to Fill Vacancies with Displaced
Gulf Coast Carriers
19, 2005 -(NALC News Bulletin) After a
meeting with NALC President William H. Young September 15, the
Postal Service agreed with the union to allow letter carriers
displaced by Hurricane Katrina to temporarily work in the city
where they now reside. While a formal Memorandum of
Understanding on the situation is being developed, the NALC and
USPS have agreed that any employee who wants to work where they
are now situated should contact the local postmaster.
APWU Donates $60,000 to Postal Employees Relief Fund
Postal Service starts drive for hurricane victims
Uniforms Donated to Postal Workers in
Postal Service opens offices in Mississippi
Dallas District welcomes displaced employees
NPMHU: Bush Administration Undercuts
Wages, Benefits in Katrina Zone
U.S. Mail Service Getting Back on Track
-PMG Jack Potter talks with host Michele Norris on NPR's All Things Considered
Postal Workers Asked to Report to Work
14, 2005 - -As
post offices across southeastern Louisiana continue to reopen, the
Postal Service is asking all postal employees in the area to report
back to work at their regular postal facility, if they are able to
do so. Anthony Ruda, the lead executive for the Postal Service
Recovery Team efforts for Louisiana, also emphasized that postal
employees who have relocated outside their immediate area and have
not yet returned should report to any postal facility to inquire
about work that may be available to them.
Mississippi District Manager's Decision
Angers Postal Workers
Employees told to work day after Katrina - Hattiesburg
Postal workers are calling for a congressional investigation
into the actions of District Manager James Daily, who was
responsible for updating a phone message that advises workers
whether they should
report to work. The message on Aug. 29 told
all workers in the 394 area, except Picayune, to report as
normal. It had not been updated at 7:45 a.m. although Katrina
had made landfall shortly after 6 a.m. as a Category 4 hurricane
and winds were rapidly increasing in the Pine Belt, Bennett
USPS Continues to Restore Mail Services Along Gulf
APWU: Red Cross
Shelters Serving Postal Katrina Victims
The APWU has acquired a
list of Red Cross shelters (pdf)
that are providing relief to Hurricane Katrina victims and that may
be housing postal employees and their families – the information is
by no means complete, and it is likely to change frequently. APWU members
and local and state organizations eager to assist Katrina victims are
encouraged to call or visit a site to volunteer or to learn of a shelter’s
needs. We are also asking APWU representatives to visit the sites to
help locate postal employees who are still unaccounted for. The representatives
are asked to contact the Human Relations Department (202-842-4271) with
an update of their site visits.
September 08, 2005
services being restored where possible and safe to do so, displaced
customers need to file change of address, displaced employees are asked
to call in. "The
Postmaster General and each District Manager sent a Newsbreak yesterday
to each district asking employees if they know the whereabouts of any
displaced employees temporarily sheltering in their districts to urge
those employees to contact the Postal Service by calling 1-877-477-3273."
Reestablished at Many Louisiana Post Offices
Out to Postal Workers, Other Hurricane Katrina Victims
08, 2005 -APWU members are joining
together to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which included thousands
of postal workers and their families.
The need will be great: Approximately 6,000 postal employees lived in
areas affected by the hurricane. Eleven days after the storm, 2,000
workers still had not contacted the USPS to report their whereabouts.
Displaced workers have been asked to call the USPS at 1-877-477-3273
to provide contact information. Administrative leave continues for affected
employees in some locations until further notice. Workers are advised
to continue to check the status of their work location by calling 1-888-363-7462.
Eleven days after the storm, more than 100 post offices were still closed
or “have ceased to exist,” and almost 200 were offering only partial
Update: Hurricane Katrina News -The
pay of employees who use direct deposit will not be interrupted, if
the deposits are assigned to a financial institution that is not solely
USPS: Katrina Damage Could Surpass $100 Million
08, 2005 -Thomas
G. Day, senior vice president of government relations, told reporters
yesterday that the damage extends to buildings, vehicles, processing
equipment in the buildings, retail equipment and vending equipment.
The $100 million figure is an estimate, he said. The agency is doing
an assessment and will have a more solid number for the Office of Management
and Budget by the end of September. Day said the OMB asked for the assessment.
"We do not normally receive appropriations for something like this,"
he said. "The only time really in an emergency that we've reached out
and sought an appropriation in response was the anthrax event
Postal Workers Missing
Map of affected Post Offices
NALC Donates $50,000 for Katrina Aid To Postal Employees' Relief Fund
Letter Carrier Leaves Job to Help Katrina victims
07, 2005 - A Port St.
Lucie letter carrier shocked his bosses Tuesday when he turned up on
National Public Radio — and said he was more than 750 miles away.
Jim Osborne was scheduled to report in Fort Pierce but ended up on his
airboat in the flooded streets of New Orleans, searching for survivors
of Hurricane Katrina. His bosses didn't find out until their drive to
work Tuesday morning, when they heard Osborne on NPR's Morning Edition,
said Joseph Breckenridge, a USPS spokesman. "I'm a letter carrier with
the postal service, and I will be AWOL," Osborne said in the radio report,
which detailed rescue efforts near the French Quarter.
Displaced and Evacuated Postal Employees
May Pick Up Payroll Checks at the Baton Rouge P&DC This Thursday and
September 07, 2005- Due to the emergency from
Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana postal employees who normally receive a
paycheck at their workplace AND whose office is closed or are otherwise
displaced are advised that their paycheck will be available for pickup
Baton Rouge Processing and Distribution Center located at 8101 Bluebonnet
This option for employees to pick up their paychecks will be available
affected postal employees ONLY beginning Thursday, September 8 and Friday,
September 9 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Affected
employees unable to pickup their paychecks should call 225-763-3650
for additional information.
identification is required to receive your paycheck. The Baton Rouge
Processing and Distribution Center is located at 8101 Bluebonnet Blvd.
in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70826-9998. Employees can exit Interstate
10 at the Bluebonnet Blvd. exit and go south approximately 1.5 miles.
The facility is located on the left.
We need your help
Employees in Districts around the country asked to help find displaced
update — helping customers reconnect
(USPS News Link)
Like many businesses in areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina, the Postal
Service is reaching its employees through a toll-free number — 1-877-477-3273
— so employees can notify the Postal Service of their location. Employees
who call are connected to a USPS Call Center agent, who will collect
the employee’s information. To date, the Call Center has received more
than 3,000 calls from displaced employees.
When and where it is safe to do so, the Postal Service is re-entering
storm-damaged areas to reopen Post Offices to restore mail delivery
and service, and establish mobile retail centers to serve customer needs
in damaged areas. USPS now has a policy in place to make sure employees
are safe when re-entering facilities damaged by the storm surge and
flood waters. On-site assessments of damage to New Orleans postal facilities,
including the New Orleans P&DC, continues
Finding employees, delivering the mail
2,800 employees tell us they’re safe;
36,000 displaced customers provide temporary addresses so we can get
their mail to them
September 05, 2005
than 2,800 employees in the Hurricane Katrina disaster area have contacted
the Postal Service to let us know they are safe and to give us their
contact information so we can make sure they get their paychecks and
know how to reach them with work-related information.
The national media has helped us get the word out to employees by publicizing
our toll-free number, 1-877-477-3273, as have employees with information
about displaced employees. Many of our employees who lived in the storm’s
path are now scattered across the country, living temporarily with relatives
and friends or in hotels.
Each day a few more postal facilities are coming back online in the
disaster area as our employees continue their efforts to safely restore
vital mail service to the storm’s victims.
map of affected Post Offices.
PMG Potter: Helping Our Postal Family
over 6,000 postal employees who have been impacted by the storm. The
tragic reality for many of these postal families is that it will take
weeks, months and perhaps years for them to rebuild. Some may never
have their homes replaced. You’ve heard me talk about priorities — health
and family first. Well, we have members of our postal family whose health
and well-being are at risk. We as a community need to act to help our
brothers and sisters who have found themselves in harm’s way.
Our first effort has been and will continue to be to make contact with
our employees and assure that they are safe. Knowing they will need
money to survive, we will use the information they provide to make sure
they are paid. In addition, the Employee Assistance Program staff has
been mobilized to assist these families. Please reach out to those you
know who are affected and ask them to contact us at 1-877-477-3273.
Postal Service Looking for Displaced Postal Workers
01, 2005 -USPS
concerned about employees in disaster area; urges them to make contact if
possible -The Postal Service continues to do everything possible to deliver mail to
as many customers as can be reached safely in the flooded and wreckage-strewn
areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida that were in the path
of Hurricane Katrina.
Power outages, closed roads, high water and other obstacles are making it
difficult for the Postal Service to reach customers — as well as many of
our employees — in the areas hit hard by the storm. About 2.3 million residents
remain without electric power and fuel is in short supply due to the loss
of refining capacity along the Gulf Coast.
The Postal Service is very concerned about the safety and well-being of
its approximately 6,000 employees in the disaster area, particularly those
who haven’t been in contact. Employees are urged to use the Employee Service
Line, 1-877-477-3273, to notify the Postal Service of their whereabouts.
This is the same toll-free number for PostalEase. Callers will hear:
“If you are an employee in a work location that is closed due to Hurricane
Katrina, press 1.” The employee will be transferred to a USPS Call Center
agent, who will collect the employee’s information.
It is very important that employees displaced by the hurricane call this
number so the Postal Service will be able to contact them to make sure they
are paid and to give them important job-related information.
If you are in contact with any employees displaced by Katrina, please ask
them to call 1-877-477-3273 toll-free and answer the questions asked
by the USPS Call Center agent so the Postal Service will be able to contact
the employee with pay and temporary work assignment information.
Potter Letter to Employees:
Helping Our Postal Family
September 02, 2005
proud to learn that some employees who sought shelter outside of the
affected areas reported to local Post Offices for work and to do their
part to help in this time of crisis. We’ve received calls from other
affected employees who plan to relocate temporarily to live with family
members all across America. They are calling to ask if they can work
rather than be forced to use leave or go without pay at some point in
the future. To facilitate the temporary relocation of postal families,
postal management is working with our unions and management associations
to accommodate these employees and provide work for them in all areas
of the country
U.S. Postal Service moves to re-connect hurricane victims with their mail
- September 02, 2005
WASHINGTON DC — The Postal Service wants to re-connect
displaced and evacuated Hurricane Katrina victims with their mail. As it
begins to restore mail delivery in areas where it is safe to do so, the
Postal Service is asking customers unable to receive delivery at their permanent
address to file a change of address. The quickest and easiest method?
Customers who can, should utilize the Postal Service’s
Internet or Telephone Change of Address option. It’s quick, convenient,
secure, and will start the process of redirecting mail to your new address
within 24 hours. Electronic change of addresses can be filed online
or by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).
Hurricane victims in areas without telephone service
or internet access should go to the nearest post office, complete a change-of-address
form, and submit it to a postal Retail Associate at the counter or mail
it — it’s postage free.
APWU: Contact Information
"APWU members affected by Hurricane Katrina can call special phone
numbers to find out where and when to report to work. There is also a
special contact number for members who are unable to work:
when and where to report to work: 1-888-363-7462
management of inability to work: 1-877-477-3273
The pay of
employees who use direct deposit will not be interrupted. The APWU is
discussing with management options for paying employees who do not have
People in need
of immediate relief should contact
or call 1-800-621-3360."
Other Emergency Assistance
APWU: Katrina Update
"Parts of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi have been
declared disaster areas as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
APWU Human Relations Department has compiled the following information
to aid our members and their loved ones in efforts to receive
The Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people's
immediate disaster-related needs, such as shelter, food, and health
and mental health services.
Victims of Katrina should contact their local Red Cross Chapter. Local
chapters can be found at
or by calling 866-Get–INFO (866-438-4636). Please note that many of
these chapters were also impacted by Katrina: You may have to contact a
different nearby office.
hope to provide a list of local Red Cross Chapters in the four affected
states to this page on Wednesday.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation
for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts
following any national incident. FEMA’s Disaster Program includes up to
$26,200 in cash grants per eligible individual or household for:
- Lodging expenses reimbursement (for a hotel or motel)
- Rental assistance (cash payment for a temporary rental unit or a
- Home repair cash grant
- Home replacement cash grant
- Permanent housing construction in rare circumstances
Other Needs Assistance
- Medical, dental, funeral costs
- Transportation costs
- Other disaster-related needs
Affected residents and business owners in the designated Counties can
begin the disaster application process by registering online at
www.fema.gov or by
calling 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362), or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). The
toll-free telephone numbers will operate 24 hours, seven days a week,
until further notice.
Because of the expected high volume of calls, registering online is
encouraged. If registering by phone, owners of commercial properties and
residents with only minor losses are urged to wait a few days before
calling so those whose homes were destroyed or heavily damaged can be
Victims with insurance coverage should contact their insurance company
or agent before calling to report losses and, if necessary, to request
an advance or partial payment of their settlement."