NALC Legislative Dept.
While letter carriers are gearing up for what promises to be another hectic holiday season, here are some news items that you might have missed:
- USPS employee data hacked: On the morning of Nov. 10, NALC first received information on a cyber breach that compromised Postal Service employees’ personal and employment information. NALC is continuing to monitor the Postal Service’s response to the breach, and we also have filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board protesting the agency’s failure to provide NALC advance notice of, and an opportunity to bargain over, the USPS response to this breach.
- PMG retirement, financial report: Two interesting news items emerged from the Nov. 14 Board of Governors meeting in Washington: Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced his retirement, and the agency’s financial report for 2014 showed that the postal networks are thriving, to the tune of $1.4 billion after what USPS called its best quarterly and annual performance in many years.
- Penalty overtime exclusion: 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).
- Two heroic carriers honored on national news: The heroic action of two Peoria, IL Branch 31 letter carriers—who rescued an abducted boy outside their post office—was reported on recently by CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. The two carriers received the NALC’s Heroes of the Year Unit Citation award last fall for their efforts.
- Thankful to have Union Plus: Union Plus offers resources that can help union families facing financial hardship. So far this year, more than 1,750 workers and their families have received more than $1.8 million through Union Plus assistance programs—another reminder you’re never alone when you’re union.