This information comes via Chad Beer, Clerk Craft Director of LVAL #0268
“This attachment has now reared its ugly head in the Lehigh Valley Local. Two clerks were asked to sign the Agreement and I told them not to sign it. Item #3 states I understand that failure to follow this requirement is failure to observe safety rules and regulations. By signing does this admit guilt and would it hurt us in filing the improper EP placement? Let me know if anyone else is dealing with this issue. It started in Southeastern PA a few weeks ago. This also is not a proper Postal Form or Agreed upon with the APWU.” – C. Beer
Our members are NOT required to sign and should ask for Union Representation. If you see these show up in your offices or facilities, DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING AND IMMEDIATELY REQUEST A SHOP STEWARD!!
The Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 (PSRA) was signed into law in April 2022. Since then, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in conjunction with the Postal Service, has been working to implement a new Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program, as required under the new law. PSHB is a new, separate program within the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program and will be administered by OPM. Coverage under the PSHB Program will be effective January 1, 2025.
Below are downloadable documents for your information.
This was just released to the members from Charlie Cash, Industrial Relations Director American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
As I shared before the Postal Service is in the process of addressing any insecurities in their eOPF system. Cybersecurity best practices suggest personally identifiable information (PII) should not be shared on an open internet connection.
Many Official Personnel Files (OPFs) have PII such as social security numbers still in them. Many employees—including myself—have documents that are hand written and have our PII in them. The Postal service is currently “scrubbing” files of this PII. However, because of the older handwritten documents, this process will take up to six months. In the meantime, eOPF will be inaccessible. The APWU does not disagree that these files with PII should be scrubbed and made safe to transfer over the internet.
However, the APWU also demanded that OPFs be made available somehow and without charge. The Postal Service has established a process to do that now.
From the Postal Service:
Employees may request a copy of their eOPFs in person or in writing to their district Human Resource Office. If the request is made in writing, they will be requested to provide proof of identity.
No charges will be assessed of active employees for requested copies of hard copies of their eOPFs while the eOPF system remains unavailable due to security upgrades.
I have attached a list of District Human Resource contacts provided by the Postal Service for employees to use. This is how the Postal Service provided the list so I assume it is perfectly fine to share publicly.
It should also be noted that every employee still receives their PS-Form 50s via US Mail. All employees should be advised to open all mail received from the Postal Service and it is a good practice to archive and mailings or PS-Form 50s sent to them. As this problem with eOPF has proven, keeping your own files at home with these documents is worthwhile.
If any employees has problems getting there OPF after following this process, please file local grievances and inform my office through my assistant Lee Branca via email at email@example.com.
Industrial Relations Director
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO