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ELM 32 / Pub 133 - Revisions   

ELM Revision: Voluntary Use of Family and Medical Leave Act Forms by Employees
Effective December 13, 2012, the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), subchapter 510, is revised to:

• Clarify that the Department of Labor’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms are provided for the employee’s convenience, as they solicit all required information; however, employees may use another format as long as it provides complete and sufficient information as required by the FMLA.
• Expand and clarify 515.43, Authorized Hours, for full-time, part-time, and non-traditional full-time employees as well as employees who do not have normal weekly schedules.
• State that, if supporting documentation is requested, employees must provide it directly to the FMLA Office at the Human Resources Shared Services Center within 15 days from the date they receive the request.

ELM Revision: Collection of Employee Debts by Salary and Administrative Offset
Effective immediately, the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), Chapter 4, Pay Administration, is revised to set forth policies and procedures for the collection of debts owed by current and former Postal Service employees, bargaining and nonbargaining, by salary and administrative offset.

Accordingly, subchapters 450 and 460 are revised and the following subchapters are added:
• 470, Administrative Offsets for Former Postal Service Nonbargaining Unit Employees.
• 480, Administrative Offsets for Former Postal Service Bargaining Unit Employees.
Current subchapter 470, Recognition and Awards, is renumbered 490.

Pub 133 Revision: What You Need to Know About EEO
Publication 133, What You Need to Know About EEO, has been updated for compliance purposes with EEO laws and regulations enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) protects applicants and employees from discrimination based on genetic information. It is illegal to discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, genetic information, national origin, sex, age (40+), physical or mental disability, or in retaliation for engaging in an EEO-protected activity. Additional revisions to Publication 133 include a more concise definition of a mixed case with examples and further guidelines, and the Interim Relief section was rewritten.

 From APWU.org:

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- Click Here for APWU 2013 Pay and Holiday Calendar [pdf]
- Click Here for APWU 2013 Leave Chart [pdf]

Retirement incentive agreement 2012

OPM Announces Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Premium Rates Will Increase In 2013 click here!

 

 

 

NTFT Schedule Memo

 

Arbitrator Das sticks it to us again!  click below

Arbitrator Das Sustains
APWU Grievance On Denial of Retreat Rights
Dispute Over Assignment of Unassigned Regulars to NTFT Schedules Denied
 

Agreement Upgrades Level 6 Maintenance Support Clerks, Updates Staffing  (NEW)
 

APWU, USPS Settle Dispute on Covering Custodial Absences  (NEW)

 

Folks,

 
Good article. Click the link below.

SAVE THE POST OFFICE

 
http://www.savethepostoffice.com/because-we-said-so-unassailable-logic-postal-managers-and-their-salaries

The South Jersey P&DC was one of 35 facilities who were identified as “disapproved” at this time under the AMP studies that were conducted.  Of the 264 facilities that were studied, 223 were approved for consolidation, and six are still being studied.

The Postal Service has made it clear that if Congress does not take action before May 15, when the six-month moratorium on consolidation expires, the USPS plans to begin dismantling the mail processing network. By 2015, the USPS plans to eliminate more than half of all mail processing centers.

Maintenance Jobs MOU Q and A.

 

APWU Discourages Members from Participating In ‘Align Networks’
(01/26/12) The APWU “strongly discourages” union members from participating in physical therapy through Align Networks, Human Relations Director Sue Carney says. “As a contract provider, Align Networks can share information with the Postal Service that would otherwise be protected by doctor-patient confidentiality, including information that is unrelated to workplace injuries,” she warned.

BEWARE OF CARRIER POSITIONS BEING OFFERED

The Postal Service is going to initiate an awareness campaign regarding bargaining unit reassignment opportunities to the city letter carrier craft. This program is intended to provide career clerk, mail handler, maintenance, and motor vehicle craft employees with information on volunteer reassignment opportunities to the city carrier craft.  

As an APWU craft employee if you voluntarily transfer to the carrier craft you start a new period of seniority, generally as a PTF carrier.  If you are currently full time and you are excessed into the carrier craft you would remain full time.

 With the proposal to go from 6 day to 5 day delivery currently being considered by Congress, I would discourage our members from volunteering to become carriers.  The USPS says if they get 5 day delivery they can eliminate all their Q-2 positions and reduce the number of letter carriers significantly.  This will lead to the junior carriers being excessed or perhaps laid off, if the USPS reduces or eliminates the layoff protection in their current round of bargaining with the NALC.

You should be extremely cautious about voluntarily transferring to the carrier craft.

Legislative Information Below

Below are two links to send a quick message to your Senators along with your Representative in DC. After you use the links to send them a quick message please take a minute to call their respective offices.

 Click the following link to tell your Senators to support amendments to S. 1789: http://capwiz.com/apwu/issues/alert/?alertid=60983171

Click the following link to tell your Representative to oppose H.R. 7: http://capwiz.com/apwu/issues/alert/?alertid=60982831

 

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Senate Approves Postal Reform Bill
Next Up: The House of Representatives

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Thank you to those of you who took time to write, call, and e-mail both of your Senators in regard to S. 1789!
 

We wanted to make sure you knew how your senators that represent you in New Jersey voted on S. 1789.

The APWU supported an “aye” vote on the following:

• Akaka Amendment #2034- to substitute damaging workers comp language in the bill with provisions of a bi-partisan bill passed in the   House.

• Casey Amendment #2042- to maintain current delivery standards for market dominant products for 4 years.

• Final Passage – to pass the bill with all amendments that were approved.

The battle now moves forward to the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

 

SENATOR PARTY STATE APWU RATING AMENDMENT #2034 WORKERS' COMPENSATION - Senator Akaka (HI) AMENDMENT - #2042 DELIVERY STANDARDS - Senator Casey (PA) FINAL PASSAGE OF S.1789
Lautenberg D NJ 100% Right Right
 
Right
Menendez D NJ 67% Right Right Wrong