Information on Federal Workplace Policies and Practices from the Federal Employees Almanac


Chapter 12, Section 2: Labor Unions and Employee Organizations

Most postal employees belong either to labor unions or one of the management or supervisory organizations. The 1970 Postal Reorganization Act authorized collective bargaining on wages and working conditions generally under laws applying to the private sector and provided for binding arbitration if an impasse persists 180 days after the start of bargaining.

Chapter 12, Section 3: Postal Pay

There are multiple pay structures currently used by the U.S. Postal Service. Each bargaining unit has its own pay schedule structure, as well as administrative rules for personnel action processing.

Chapter 12, Section 5: Workplace Policies

The USPS has varied policies for its employees that are unique among federal agencies.

Chapter 12, Section 6: Union Bargaining

Postal unions have been bargaining with USPS over pay and other working conditions since the passage of the Postal Reorganization Act (P.L. 91-375) in 1970.

Chapter 13, Section 1: Office of Personnel Management

If you have questions about an OPM program, please contact the agency’s Call Center at (202) 606-1800

Chapter 14, Section 1: New Income Tax Provisions Affecting Taxpayers

The date to file 2011 income tax returns is Tuesday, April 17, 2012. April 15 is a Sunday, and Monday, April 16, is a holiday in the District of Columbia.

Chapter 14, Section 3: Taxation of Federal Payments and Benefits

An employee leaving government service prior to retirement can choose to receive a refund of the money credited to his or her retirement fund. If the refund includes only the employee’s contributions, then none of the refund is taxable.

Chapter 14, Section 4: State Tax Treatment of Civil Service Annuities

The following states have no personal income tax: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire,* South Dakota, Tennessee,* Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. (*Tax is imposed on interest and dividend income.)