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Federal Unions and Employee Group News

Postal rate cut sparks calls for action

Postal unions are reacting with concern to an impending drop in mail revenue—following the announced termination of a surcharge that has boosted the U.S. Postal Service’s bottom line by more than $2 billion annually.

NARFE offers state tax guide

The annual National Active and Retired Employees Association state tax guide is available online.

New health insurance deal for postal support employees

The American Postal Workers Union announced that postal support employees (PSEs) will soon be able to sign up for health insurance during their first year of employment. Currently, PSEs can enroll only after they complete their first 360-day appointment.

Union urges TSA to hire more screeners

The head of the union that represents federal airport screeners said the Transportation Security Administration needs to hire more transportation security officers to address long lines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and other airports across the country.

Union tallies lost IRS positions

The National Treasury Employees Union released new IRS workforce numbers to bolster its call for increased funding to boost staffing at the agency.

Postal rate reduction to have big consequences

The termination of a postal rate surcharge imposed during the Great Recession likely will push finances at the U.S. Postal Service even deeper into the red.

OPM: Agencies should consult managers in decision-making

Office of Personnel Management acting Director Beth Cobert reminded human capital officers that agencies are required to consult federal management associations in decision-making that affects agency operations and personnel management.

FMA elects new national president

The Federal Managers Association last month said its membership elected a new national president during its national convention.

Public-sector unions cheer Supreme Court deadlock

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a split decision announced March 28, left intact the ability of states to allow public employee unions to collect an “agency fee” from non-member employees they represent.

Union says IRS stats demonstrate need for increased funding

The National Treasury Employees Union cited information in the recently released IRS Data Book to back up its call for funding increases at the agency.

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