NALC Workplace Issues Feed http://www.nalc.org/workplace-issues/rss NALC Workplace Issues Feed Fri, 03 Jun 2016 11:50:52 -0500 AMPS en hourly 1 Three MOUs renewed https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/3-mous-renewed Mon, 23 May 2016 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/3-mous-renewed The NALC and USPS have agreed to renew three Memorandums of Understanding: Re: Full-time Regular Opportunities – City Letter Carrier Craft (M-01876), Re: Sunday Delivery – City Carrier Assistant Staffing (M-01877), and Re: Signing Overtime Lists (M-01878).

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NALC, USPS settle two national-level cases https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-usps-settle-two-national-level-cases Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-usps-settle-two-national-level-cases NALC and the U.S. Postal Service have settled two national-level cases.

The parties have settled national-level case Q06N-4Q-C-09106125 (M-01868) concerning the excessing rules when employees from other crafts are excessed into the letter carrier craft outside of their original installation.

NALC and USPS also have settled national-level case Q11N-4Q-C 15037141 (M-01867) concerning the effective date that coverage begins after selecting a health benefits plan following a conversion from non-career status to career status.

Both settlements were effective Jan. 7.

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Two national-level arbitration cases decided https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/two-national-level-arbitration-cases-decided Thu, 09 Jul 2015 08:42:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/two-national-level-arbitration-cases-decided C-31979: National Arbitrator Shyam Das issued an award on July 2, 2015, upholding the Postal Service’s position that former City Carrier Assistants must complete a 90-day qualifying period following their conversion to career status before they may be credited with or take annual leave.

The Award interprets section 512.313(a) of the ELM, which provides that “new employees are not credited with and may not take annual leave until they complete 90 days of continuous employment under one or more appointments without a break in service.”

The arbitrator rejected NALC’s argument that this requirement should not be applied to newly converted CCAs since they are not “new employees” and concluded that the ELM language that restricts the use of annual leave for 90 days applies to new “career employees,” which includes CCAs. C-31979

 

 

C-31980: National Arbitrator Dennis Nolan issued an award on June 29, 2015, denying NALC’s position that Section 126.3 of the M-39 Handbook is enforceable under Article 19 of the National Agreement.

NALC had contended that Section 126.3 requires management to schedule in advance replacements for those carriers who it knows will be absent on a given day. However, the arbitrator disagreed, finding that this section is only “an instruction to supervisors to complete a particular form, described as a ‘Unit Daily Record,’ several days in advance.”

The arbitrator concluded that these instructions on the proper use of a form do not “assign or guarantee employees any hours.” Accordingly, the form does not “directly relate to wages, hours, and working conditions” as required by Article 19.

Although the award only addresses M-39 Section 126.3, Arbitrator Nolan’s opinion discusses criteria for determining when handbook and manual provisions are enforceable under Article 19. Nolan’s analysis should prove helpful to NALC stewards, branch officers, and arbitration advocates when preparing and presenting Article 19 grievances. C-31980

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NLRB charges USPS with failing to bargain with NALC over cyber attack’s potential impact on letter carriers https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nlrb-charges-usps-with-failing-to-bargain-with-nalc-over-cyber-attacks-potential-impact-on-letter-carriers Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:23:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nlrb-charges-usps-with-failing-to-bargain-with-nalc-over-cyber-attacks-potential-impact-on-letter-carriers The National Labor Relations Board has formally charged the Postal Service with failing to bargain with the NALC over the potential impact on letter carriers of the September cyber-security breach that compromised Postal Service computers containing workers’ personal and employment information, including medical, injury compensation, banking, Social Security and other personally identifiable information.

In a complaint issued on March 31, the Board alleges that “since about November 10, 2014 [the Postal Service] has failed and refused to bargain collectively about” the cyber breach.

The complaint also alleges that the Postal Service unilaterally granted letter carriers one year of credit monitoring services and fraud insurance, without prior notice to the NALC and without providing the union an opportunity to bargain.

The NLRB complaint is based on an unfair labor practice charge filed by the NALC on Nov. 11. Similar complaints have been issued based on charges filed by the APWU and National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association. 

A hearing on the complaint before an NLRB Administrative Judge is presently scheduled for May 22. 

Click here to see a copy of the complaint.

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Memorandums renewed, modified https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/memorandums-renewed-modified Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:07:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/memorandums-renewed-modified The NALC and USPS have agreed to renew three Memorandums of Understanding: Re: Full-time Regular Opportunities – City Letter Carrier Craft (M-01856), Re: Sunday Delivery – City Carrier Assistant Staffing (M-01857), and Re: Signing Overtime Lists (M-01858).

The MOUs remain largely unchanged except for one significant change in M-01857, where the parties agreed that city carrier assistants (CCAs) who served a cumulative 360 days as a city carrier assistant directly before being converted to full-time career status will not serve a probationary period.

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Employee safety paramount following suspicious letter report https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/employee-safety-paramount-following-suspicious-letter-report Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:35:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/employee-safety-paramount-following-suspicious-letter-report The following Mandatory Safety Talk was provided to the NALC. National business agents have been asked to distribute the information to all branch contacts and to follow up to make sure that the mandatory talks are in fact given. Please advise NALC Director of Safety and Health Manuel L. Peralta Jr. of any problems.

Mandatory Stand-Up Talk 

March 17, 2015

Employee safety paramount following suspicious letter report

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Postal Service was made aware of a suspicious parcel addressed to the President of the United States (POTUS).

Upon opening the package a sealed container containing a liquid was discovered. On-site testing resulted in a presumptive positive finding for cyanide.  Further analysis to confirm or refute this preliminary finding now is being conducted in a specially equipped laboratory.

The container was not leaking upon discovery; and the envelope showed no signs that any leakage had occurred previously.

The absence of any signs of leakage is reassuring - indicating that no postal employees were exposed while the envelope passed through the mail system.

If anyone were exposed to enough cyanide to produce adverse health effects, symptoms would be evident within minutes or hours.  Symptoms could be minor (e.g., dizziness and headache) or serious (e.g.,  convulsions and loss of consciousness).

Additional information about Cyanide is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

In light of these events, we urge everyone to stay vigilant and remember our PACKAGE, PEOPLE, PLAN suspicious mail message:

  • PACKAGE: Don’t handle suspicious mail. Isolate it.
  • PEOPLE: Clear people from the area. Immediately notify your supervisor.
  • PLAN: Contact the Inspection Service. Follow our facility emergency plan.

More details are available on the Suspicious Mail poster, which are on our bulletin boards. (Insert your facility’s location of board displaying Poster 286.)

We know this is a challenging time. If you wish to speak to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselor, you can call 800‑EAP-4-YOU, or TTY for the hearing impaired, 877-492-7341.

Our top concern at this moment is your safety and the safety of all our employees, as well as the safety of the public and the U.S. Mail. As the detailed laboratory testing proceeds, we will keep you updated.

Thank you for your attention.

Click here to download the stand-up talk document as a PDF.

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Cost of living adjustment (COLA) news https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/cost-of-living-adjustment-cola-news Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:45:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/cost-of-living-adjustment-cola-news Active letter carrier COLA

Based on the Feb. 26 release of the January 2015 Consumer Price Index (CPI), there will be no fifth cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement, because there was no increase in the CPI between July 2014 and January 2015.

Retiree COLA

The accumulation toward the 2016 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for both Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) was 0 percent following the Feb. 26 release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for January 2015. The 2016 COLA will be based on the increase in the average CPI between the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2014.

The 2015 cost of living adjustment (COLA) for federal annuitants under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) will be 1.7 percent. This COLA was based on the increase in the average Consumer Price Index for Workers (CPI-W) between the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2014. The COLA will be included in annuity payments starting in January 2015.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

FECA COLA

Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

Based on the Jan. 16 release of the December 2014 Consumer Price Index (CPI), the 2015 FECA COLA was set at 0.3 percent. It will become effective on March 1.

The accumulation toward the 2016 FECA COLA was 0 percent following the Feb. 26 release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for January 2015. The 2016 FECA COLA will be based on the increase in the average CPI between the third quarter of 2014 and the third quarter of 2015 and will become effective on March 1, 2016.

For more information, click here to find the “January 2015 cost-of-living adjustment memo.”

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NALC and USPS settle case over maximization https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-and-usps-settle-case-over-maximization Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:59:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-and-usps-settle-case-over-maximization The NALC and the Postal Service have settled national level case Q06N-4Q-C 11084998 concerning whether the maximization provisions of the MOU Re: Maximization/Full-time Flexible – NALC apply when an installation is under Article 12 withholding. Go here to view the m-number document.

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Cost-of-living adjustment update https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/january-2015-cost-of-living-adjustment-update Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:46:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/january-2015-cost-of-living-adjustment-update Active letter carrier COLA

Following the Jan. 16 release of the December 2014 Consumer Price Index (CPI), the accumulation toward the fifth cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement was $0 annually. This COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI between July 2014 and January 2015. Under the terms of the 2011-2016 agreement, payment of this fifth cost-of-living adjustment will take effect in the second full pay period after the release of the January 2015 CPI.

Retiree COLA

The accumulation toward the 2016 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for both Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) was 0 percent following the Jan. 16 release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for December 2014. The 2016 COLA will be based on the increase in the average CPI between the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2014.

The 2015 cost of living adjustment (COLA) for federal annuitants under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) will be 1.7 percent. This COLA was based on the increase in the average Consumer Price Index for Workers (CPI-W) between the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2014. The COLA will be included in annuity payments starting in January 2015.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

FECA COLA

Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date. This COLA is based on the increase in the CPI between December 2013 and December 2014.

Based on the Jan. 16 release of the December 2014 Consumer Price Index (CPI), the 2015 FECA COLA was set at 0.3 percent. It will become effective on March 1.

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Cost-of-living adjustment update https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/cost-of-living-adjustment-update Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:11:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/cost-of-living-adjustment-update Active letter carrier COLA

Following the Dec. 17 release of the November 2014 Consumer Price Index (CPI), the accumulation toward the fifth cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement was $0 annually. This COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI between July 2014 and January 2015. Under the terms of the 2011-2016 agreement, payment of this fifth cost-of-living adjustment will take effect in the second full pay period after the release of the January 2015 CPI.

Retiree COLA

The accumulation toward the 2016 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for both Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) was 0 percent following the Dec. 17 release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for November 2014. The 2016 COLA will be based on the increase in the average CPI between the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2014.

The 2015 cost of living adjustment (COLA) for federal annuitants under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) will be 1.7 percent. This COLA was based on the increase in the average Consumer Price Index for Workers (CPI-W) between the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2014. The COLA will be included in annuity payments starting in January 2015.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

FECA COLA

Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

Based on the Dec. 17 release of the November 2014 Consumer Price Index (CPI), the projected accumulation toward the 2015 FECA COLA is 1 percent. The COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI between December 2013 and December 2014, and it will become effective on March 1, 2015.

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2014 penalty overtime exclusion set https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/2014-penalty-overtime-exclusion-set Mon, 08 Dec 2014 08:38:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/2014-penalty-overtime-exclusion-set As referenced in Article 8, Sections 4 and 5, of the USPS-NALC and USPS-APWU national agreements, the December period during which penalty overtime regulations are not applicable consists of four consecutive service weeks.

This year, the December period begins Pay Period 26-14, Week 2 (Dec. 6, 2014), and ends Pay Period 02-15, Week 1 (Jan. 2, 2015).

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NALC files NLRB charge over USPS response to hacking https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-files-nlrb-charge-over-usps-response-to-hacking Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:39:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-files-nlrb-charge-over-usps-response-to-hacking As previously reported, NALC is continuing to monitor the Postal Service’s response to the cyber breach that compromised a Postal Service computer file containing employees’ personal and employment information.  NALC has filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board protesting the Postal Service’s failure to provide NALC advance notice of, and an opportunity to bargain over, the Postal Service’s response to this breach.  Pending resolution of this dispute, individual letter carriers may elect to enroll in the credit monitoring service offered by the Postal Service, with the knowledge that NALC may seek different or additional remedies.

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