April 9, 2020 Clerk Craft Vacancy Notice
The April 9, 2020 Clerk Craft Vacancy Notice has been posted on the Bid Postings page of this website.
Q&A: Families First Coronavirus Response Act
As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations. Additionally, as warranted, the Department will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.
The following document has 79 questions and answers concerning the FFCRA for your information.
Federal Employee Rights – Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family & Medical Leave FFCRA
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires that Federal government to provide all of its employees with paid sick leave and, for employees who are covered under Title I of the Family and Medical Leave (FMLA), with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
To read about specifics about eligibility, amounts, and qualifications, please click here to view the pdf document.
Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act
March 27, 2020 Clerk Craft Award Notice
The March 27, 2020 Clerk Craft Award Notice has been posted on the Bid Results page of this website.
Both Clerk Craft Posting Notice 220001 and Notice 209776 are available.
Revised Clerk Vacancy Notice
There is a second Revised Clerk Vacancy Notice on the Bid Postings Page. Please refer to the 2nd notice under the March 10 Update.
Expanding Paid Leave & Dependent Care Leave
Excerpt from letter from Mark Dimondstein, President of American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, along with referenced MOU documents:
Dear APWU Family,
Our first priority during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has been ensuring the health and safety of our members and that of the public.
To that end, today the union signed two memoranda of understanding with the Postal Service temporarily expanding paid leave for PSEs and expanding the use of dependent care leave for postal employees with unexpected childcare needs as a result of the pandemic.
Mark Dimondstein, President
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
Postal Worker West Newsletter
We have added a special edition of the Postal Worker West Newsletter on the website. It can be found under the menu item News >> Postal Worker West Newsletter, or click here to be taken to the newsletter.
Here is an excerpt:
BEING POSTAL IN A PANDEMIC
Since the March 1st reports of an infected postal worker at the Seattle NDC surfaced, the US Postal Service officials and Union officials have been proactive in dealing with the emergency that has engulfed most of the world.
USPS Hq officials responded quickly to the situation and in activating internal protocols. The same can not be said about all local management and work floor supervision. As in the past, directives emanating from Washington do not always filter down to or are acted upon by managers tasked with ensuring the nation’s mail is processed and delivered often hampered by short staffs. Safety is seldom first to the bosses.
“But now is not the time to point fingers, now is the time to partner and act as the postal family that has gotten us through so many other adverse times,” said Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez. “As Union Officials we tend to get frustrated and angered by the constant refusal of management to comply with the contract and their own safety and health rules on a daily basis,” he added.
APWU Meets with USPS on the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, originating in China, has now spread to over 65 countries including the United States. The APWU is continuing to monitor the situation and is in constant contact with the USPS about COVID-19. The Postal Service informed the APWU on Feb. 29, 2020, that an employee tested positive for the virus.
Last week, the APWU initiated a meeting with USPS leadership to discuss their response to the virus. On March 2, APWU President Mark Dimondstein, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman, the Directors of the Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Service, and Clerk Crafts, and the officers assigned to Article 14 met with the Postal Service and representatives of the other postal unions to discuss the Postal Service’s response and plans and the unions’ concerns and suggestions.
For the full article, and ways to prevent the virus from spreading, please click here for the full PDF version.
We Have a New Contract!
Of course this is big news…
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