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    Update from the President - Update on Interest Arbitration

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    September Updates: 2019 National Officer Election Candidates’ Online Statements

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Per the rules and regulations governing the 2019 APWU National Election, candidates’ statements have been updated to include any new information and/or new submissions submitted by the September 1, 2019 deadline.

    Statements by candidates for national union office are posted on www.apwu.org in accordance with Article 11.3.c.2 of the APWU Constitution. To view the statements click here and follow the log-in instructions for the Members Only section. 


    APWU National Elections and Ballots

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

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    Big Changes Coming to TSP Withdrawal Options

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    On September 15, big changes are coming to your Thrift Savings Plan withdrawal options. You’ll be gaining options of how and when you can access money from your TSP account. TSP breaks it down here:

    Flexible Withdrawals Begin September 2019 Current Rules
    You can customize your installment payments and change your payment frequency at any time as your needs change. You can choose among monthly, quarterly, and annual installment options.  Requests to change monthly installment amounts can only be made once each year during a designated open season. 
    You never have to make a full withdrawal election. When you need to make IRS-mandated required minimum distributions (RMDs) at age 70 and after, we'll automatically send you the right amount if you don't withdraw enough during the year.  A full withdrawal election is require-d the year you are separated and 70 years older, or your account becomes abandoned. 
    You'll request withdrawals easily using fast and secure online tools by logging into My Account on tsp.gov.  Paper forms must be submitted by mail or fax to make or change a withdrawal election. 
    You can choose to withdraw traditional money only, Roth money only, or a proportional amount of both.  All withdrawals include both traditional and Roth funds as a pro rata (i.e., proportional) distribution.
    Any in-service withdrawals you make have no effect on the number of post-separation partial withdrawals you can make. You can make partial withdrawals even if you receive installment payments.  Only one age-based in-service withdrawal or one post-separation partial withdrawal allowed in a lifetime. Then a full withdrawal election is required. 

    Now is a great time to review your TSP account and ensure your information and contribution is current and accurate, visit TSP.gov or LiteBlue. Click here for TSP’s downloadable Questions and Answers about Changes to TSP Withdrawal Options.


    New MS-1 Settlement and Implementation

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    On Aug. 8, the Maintenance Craft reached a settlement with the USPS regarding Handbook MS-1, TL-5 and TL-6 Revisions and Related Maintenance Management Orders, originally grieved by current Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun.

    On Sept. 13, 2017, Arbitrator Goldberg remanded the MS-1 revisions case nos. Q10T-4Q-C-14171644/ Q10T-4Q-C-16481407 back to the APWU and USPS for resolution, directing the Postal Service to provide the APWU with all data and data analysis collected by the Postal Review Team.

    The new settlement designates that maintenance work in stations and branches transitioning to Field Maintenance Operations (FMO) as a result of MS-1/TL-6 will continue to performed by the employees currently performing those duties.

    It also stipulates that:

    When attrition at the installation results in a staffing level below the authorized complement, management may determine the occupational group of the employee(s) that will continue to perform the work in the stations and branches… due to the transferring of maintenance work of stations and branches from plant maintenance to FMO, the FMO authorized staffing may increase in order to provide maintenance for the stations and branches. For FMO staffing increases that exceed the available plant LDC 37…those positions shall be posted and filled under the FMO in accordance with Article 38 and the Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM).

    The Postal Service will publish the final versions of MS-1 TL 6 and MMOs on Aug. 8, 2019.

    Click here to see the full settlement on Q10T-4Q-C-14171644/ Q10T-4Q-C-16481407.

    Register today for MS 1 TL5/TL 6 Settlement and Implementations on Monday Aug 19, 2019 2:00 PM EDT. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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