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February 2023

RATIFICATION VOTE OVER TERMS OF 2022 NATIONAL AGREEMENT UNDERWAY

Ratification procedures to certify the terms of the tentative 2022 National Agreement between the Union and the U.S. Postal Service were adopted by the National Executive Board of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and widely distributed in November 2022. All regular members who are employed by the U.S. Postal Service as of Pay Period 26-2022 are eligible to vote and were furnished with the text of the proposed changes and deletions to the National Agreement, together with ballots and return envelopes. This ratification material was mailed to each eligible voter on January 31, 2023. Any member who does not receive a ballot or the accompanying information must call the Ratification Ballot Coordinator, Neil Ryan at 202-833-9095, extension 1029, to request replacement materials.

PROTECTING LITEBLUE FROM CYBERCRIMINALS
POSTALEASE NET-TO-BANK AND ALLOTMENT FUNCTION REMAIN DISABLED

On December 29, 2022, the USPS disabled the external link to LiteBlue due to cybercriminals creating fake websites that resembled LiteBlue to capture employee’s username and password, which was used to access PostalEASE that contains employee’s direct deposit and payroll information.   In Pay Period 26-2022 there were 368 instances of employees accessing the fake LiteBlue websites resulting in their username and password being compromised. In Pay Period 01-2023 the number dropped to 195. The USPS has recovered approximately $322,000 in funds which will be refunded to the impacted employees. However, the USPS has taken the position that they will not refund any employees whose funds have not been recovered due to this criminal act. The National Postal Mail Handler Union will be filing a national grievance on this issue.

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