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Federal Employees News Digest : Dec 9, 2013
December 9, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 21 4 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com retailer in October. Staples has almost 1,600 stores, APWU said. Under the USPS’s Retail Partner Expansion Program pilot, Staples employees trained to operate the locations, rather than postal workers, will sell most USPS products and services in stores during the company’s normal business hours. The in-store facilities sell stamps, first- class domestic and international mail and package services, Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and other popular services. Staples is the first retailer to partner in the pilot. “The APWU supports the expansion of postal services,” Dimondstein said in the bulletin. “But we are adamantly opposed to USPS plans to replace good-paying union jobs with non-union low-wage jobs held by workers who have no account- ability for the safety and security of the mail. Postal workers deserve better, and our customers deserve better.” APWU said that Dimondstein empha- sized to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in a Nov. 20 meeting that if USPS goes ahead with the program, the in-store units should be staffed by career postal employees. “While these efforts proceed, we will begin preparations for protests at Staple stores across the country,” Dimondstein said. APWU said its attorneys are explor- ing ways to challenge the program. In November, USPS touted openings of a number of the in-store postal facilities, some with ribbon-cutting ceremonies, in Boston and Pittsburgh, as well as in South San Francisco and San Jose, Calif. See more at: http://apwu.org/news/ nsb/2013/nsb22-131126-staples.htm. Lawmakers call for new TSP fund option A bicameral group of Democratic legislators last month introduced a bill to require the creation of a new Thrift Savings Plan fund option consisting of socially responsible investments. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R .I.). are the lead sponsors of companion bills in the House (H.R . 3563) and Senate (S. 1746). The legislation, the Federal Employees Responsible Investment Act, would direct the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board to select a Corporate Responsibility Index as an option for federal employees. “I strongly believe that federal work- ers should be able to invest in companies that demonstrate a commitment to sound environmental, social and governance practices,” Langevin said in a statement. “This legislation would allow feder- al employees to feel good about their investments, and would encourage com- panies to implement socially responsible and environmentally sustainable policies and practices,” Langevin said. “Investors are increasingly turning to socially responsible investment options because good corporate practices are often an continued from page 3 continued on page 5 NEW IN THE FEDSTORE Books by The Resume Place GIVE YOUR FEDERAL RESUME A BOOST ORDER TODAY FEND-BBTRP-hpa.indd 1 5/28/13 9:10 AM
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