Todd Elkerton, President
St. Paul, MN Area Local
August 8, 2018
In late June, the APWU and USPS made an agreement to provide more benefits to the PSE’S. The agreement provided management 120 days to implement the agreement. Management will be sending PSE’s information concerning the Health Insurance portion to this agreement starting on August 9th. The agreement provides for the USPS to make a 65% contribution of the total premium for any PSE who wishes to participate in the USPS Non-Career Health Care Plan for either self, plus one or family during the initial first year of employment. This will increase to 75% after the first year. The rates for this health plan concerning what it will cost for you per pay period will be in this letter.
1st PSE Appointment (First Year) All Subsequent PSE Appointments
Self Only $50.00 Self Only $40.00
Self Plus 1 $140.00 Self Plus 1 $100.00
Family $197.75 Family $141.25
These plans and enrollments are your choice, but to enroll you must go to Liteblue and fill out the enrollment to provide coverage. A SPECIAL OPEN SEASON WILL BE OFFERED FROM AUGUST 20, 2018 TO OCTOBER 4, 2018 WITH COVERAGE BEGINNING ON OCTOBER 13, 2018.
Also, after the first year PSE’s also become eligible to enroll in the APWU Consumer Driven Plan.
Please follow the directions in the letter from the USPS to consider if these plans work for you.
OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE AGREEMENT
UNIFORM ALLOWANCE FOR 814 PSE
Once the initial probation period ends and are qualified on the Window, if an 814 PSE works the window 4 hours a day for 5 days a week on a continuing basis of not less than 30 hours a week, they will receive TYPE 2 uniforms as outlined in ELM 932.2. PSE’S who have received the $126.00 will be credited with the difference between the new allowance and allowance previously received for 2018.
PSE’s will receive overtime for work hours in excess of eight hours on a service day or 40 hours in any one service week. In addition the rules of Article 8.4 concerning penalty overtime will apply to PSE’s, meaning PSE’s will receive penalty overtime for all hours beyond 10 in a service day and 56 in any one service week.
WORK HOUR GUARANTEE FOR 200 OR MORE WORK YEARS OFFICE PSE’S INCREASED
Any PSE who is scheduled to work and reports to work in a Post Office or facility with 200 or More work years of employment shall be guaranteed 4 hours of work or pay.
THE APWU CONTINUES TO SECURE MORE BENEFITS FOR PSE’S. YOUR UNION MEMBERSHIP ALLOWS FOR THIS. THANKS TO ALL THE PSE’S WHO CHOSE TO BELONG.