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Labor update

The Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association have reached a tentative negotiated agreement on a 36-month contract.

Upon ratification by the union’s membership, a process that will take several weeks, the agreement will run through May 20, 2024.

“This agreement is economically responsible, fair to our employees and serves the best interests of our customers,” said Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Human Resources Officer Doug Tulino.

“The agreement aligns with the Delivering for America 10-year plan’s intent to provide reliable, value-driven mail and package delivery service to all Americans in fulfillment of our universal service obligation.”

The union, also known as the NRLCA, represents more than 132,000 rural letter carriers nationwide.

Cancer prevention webinar

Postal Service employees can participate in “It’s Go Time,” a webinar on lifestyle changes that can help reduce the risk of colon cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer.

A representative from GEHA, a not-for-profit provider of health plans for federal employees, will lead the session, which will be held Monday, Jan. 10, at noon EST.

An oncology nurse consultant and a representative from the American Cancer Society will also speak.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website.

After signing up, directions for accessing the webinar will be emailed to each registrant.

Following the webinar, every registrant will receive a link to an archived recording of the webinar, along with the slides.

Participation is voluntary. Nonexempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

For more information, email the USPS Health and Wellness team.

Tax reminder

The Postal Service is reminding employees about a matter that could affect their state tax bill.

Employees who opted to telework in a different state than their assigned duty station because of the coronavirus pandemic could be subject to different tax requirements this year.

These employees should contact a qualified tax professional when filing their 2021 state income tax return.