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MESSAGE ON PAYROLL TAX DEFFERMENT


President Trump has signed an Executive Order that would temporarily suspend payroll (Social Security & Medicare) tax deductions.  These tax withholdings would stop beginning on September 04, 2020 and continue until the end of 2020.  These taxes are not forgiven and employees would have to pay the money back beginning in January 2021.  

 

Some American workers are choosing to "opt out" of the deferrement and will continue to pay the tax, thus avoiding the increased payments in 2021.  It has not been determined if USPS employee will have that option.  

 

APWU Director of Industrial Relations Vance Zimmerman reports that the USPS official position is " The attorneys are reviewing the order to determine if it is applicable to the USPS ".   Zimmerman also notes that the USPS would have to do a software modification to the payroll system which would take numerous weeks . Zimmerman believes that it is very unlikely that the order by Trump will be implemented. 

RETRO-ACTIVE PAY QUESTIONS


There have been a lot of questions about the retro-active pay coming in your September 4th paycheck. 

  • Did I get all of my retro-active pay? The answer is most likely “yes”. Your adjustments can be viewed on liteblue (ePayroll). Each adjustment covers one pay period. HOWEVER, there will be one adjustment that covers 26 pay periods (a 1.3% increase from PP25/2018 through PP24/2019).

  • What about the Cost of Living Increase? The multi-pay period adjustment also includes a retro-active COLA of $624 that was effective August 31, 2019.

  • Why did they withhold so much in taxes? This is due to IRS guidelines. When your pay increases by a substantial amount, the IRS assumes you got a permanent increase and assess your taxes as if you were going to get that much money all the time. So, basically you are overtaxed. You will get that money back when you file your taxes next year.

The APWU is aware of approximately 2,000 employees who did not receive their retro-active pay.  Most of these situations involve employees in higher level details , or employees with saved grade.


If anyone has questions, we will review your adjustments with you, but you will need to bring in printouts from liteblue,

and your paystubs cover PP25 2018 through PP08 2020.

NEW MOUs ON ANNUAL LEAVE


The APWU has announced two new agreements affecting Annual Leave.  These, one time only, MOUs increase the amount of Annual Leave that can be carried into 2021 and also the amount of leave that can be exchanged, or "sold back", for cash.

 

Program Old Limit New Limit for 2021
A/L Carryover 440 hrs 520 hrs
A/L Exchange Up to 40 hrs Up to 80 hrs

click HERE to read the MOUs

WFMZ Channel 69:   Some USPS letter-sorting machines being removed

 Story by Holly Harrar,
Reporter / WFMZ

    The Lehigh Valley is just one of the places in the country where letter-sorting machines are being removed from United States Postal Service facilities.  A union representative in the Valley says removing the machines, along with other recent USPS directives such as cutting overtime, will slow down delivery times...    Click image for story & video

Lehigh Valley Clerk Vacancy Notice:  Manual Posting


 Use link (right) to see jobs open for bid.  Take note of closing date!

August 2020 eReassign and PTF/PSE Canvassing opportunities posted

 Use links (right) to see offerings.  Take note of closing dates!

Families First Coronavirus Response Act


    
The APWU and USPS have received confirmation that the provisions of the Families First Response Act does apply to postal workers.  The Act provides additional paid leave for eligibile employees meeting the required criteria.  Click the links below to find out more information about the FFRA.

Families First Response Act Poster

Families First Response Act Q&A

 

Coronavirus Information Available on National Website

  
     The APWU has created a page on the National website with current information about the ongoing coronavirus situation.  The page contains Service Talks, recommendations from the CDC, fact sheets, and other information.  The page will be updated as more information is released.

See the National APWU Coronovirus page HERE

 
 
 
 
 
 
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