Daily Archives: January 24, 2014

Understanding and Getting the Most Out of FERS

For those who entered covered service with the United States Government on or after January 1st, 1984, retirement benefits are referred to as FERS (Federal Employees Retirement System). FERS is a complex system and much depends on an individual’s status with the … Continue reading

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Giving Federal Employee Unions Official Time to Lobby Congress

Much has been written about the amount of official time that the unions consume each year.  Since federal unions cannot negotiate salary or benefits for federal employees, official time is their sacred cow.  According to the last official time report … Continue reading

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Tennessee Congressman Introduces Legislation to Protect Consumers from Postal Delays

[WASHINGTON, DC] – With the United States Postal Service (USPS) proposing the elimination of Saturday deliveries and other threats to the speedy delivery that consumers around the country rely on, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) late last week introduced thePostmark Payment … Continue reading

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EAS employees get 1% raise, PFP and awards programs reinstated

From the National Association of Postal Supervisors: The Postal Service has released a directive outlining a 1% salary increase for non-bargaining employees effective on Saturday, January 25, 2014. In addition, PFP ratings will apply for FY 2014 salary determinations and … Continue reading

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Postal Service, mailers poised to challenge exigent rate decision

In granting a emergency postal rate hike last month, the Postal Regulatory Commission left both sides unhappy: The mailing industry, represented by an umbrella group known as the Affordable Mail Alliance, was displeased that the five-member commission agreed to any increase … Continue reading

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Coalition Letter

Dear Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member Coburn: The members of the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service (C21) have had the opportunity to review the proposal in your substitute concerning rates and governance. We are greatly disappointed that we … Continue reading

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The Privatization Ruse

BY MARK JAMISON Accusations that the PMG’s ultimate goal is to privatize the Postal Service are apparently starting to make some of the folks at L’Enfant Plaza a little touchy. On January 17, the Washington Post ran a story about the new … Continue reading

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Postal workers’ benefits aren’t free

The American Postal Workers Union, 200,000 strong, is rightfully fearful that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is looking for ways to stop the bleeding (“Unions angered by Postal Service’s Staples outlets,” Web, Jan. 20). Our current postal system loses on the order of $3.2 billion … Continue reading

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