Multifactor Authentication Now Required for LiteBlue Access
On Sunday, January 15, the USPS is deploying the MFA (Multifactor Authentication) solution for LiteBlue as an additional security measure to protect employees’ IDs, passwords, and other personal data from unauthorized access and misuse. At this time, employees are required to sign up for MFA to obtain access to LiteBlue. As a part of the MFA implementation, there are a few steps employees must complete. These steps include:
1. Reset their Self-Service Profile (SSP) password.
2. Verify answers to security questions.
3. Verify the last four digits of their Social Security Number (new security enhancement).
4. Establish MFA preferences.
Multifactor authentication now required
To protect employees and the organization from cybercriminals, the Postal Service will require multifactor authentication (MFA) for access to LiteBlue after Jan. 15. Multifactor authentication is an identity verification method in which users provide two or more confirmation factors to gain access to an online account. It is frequently used by banks and other institutions dealing with sensitive personal information.
When employees log into LiteBlue, they will be required to set up their MFA preferences. Once an employee’s MFA setup is enabled, these ID confirmation factors will be required each time he or she logs in.
Employees can click on “Multifactor Authentication” on the LiteBlue login page at www.LiteBlue.usps.gov for more information and to view support materials. The Postal Service provided the following resources pertaining to Multifactor Authentication for LiteBlue:
Postal Ease Update
The external link to PostalEase is being disabled today as employees are still clicking onto fake LiteBlue sites. A notice will be sent from Postal HQs regarding this information. Employees should call the help desk at 877-477-3273 for assistance with their LiteBlue needs until Postal Headquarters can resolve this issue. See below from USPS HQ…
“We continue to receive reports of employees clicking on fake LiteBlue websites, allowing cyber criminals to steal their usernames and passwords. A limited number of employees have reported changes to their net to bank or allotment changes due to this activity.
The USPS has taken multiple steps to combat this activity through enhanced communications, stand-up talks, working with internet providers to identify the sites as fraudulent, and proactively identifying potential victims. Unfortunately, some employees continue to access the fake websites.
The VP, CISO has recommended disabling the external link to PostalEase today, December 29, 2022.
Taking this action will prevent any net to bank or allotment changes to occur unless employees log-in from a USPS issued device in a USPS facility to further protect employees against fraudulent websites. The Chief Information Office is working to expedite the deployment of a multi-factor solution which will prompt employees for a second identification factor, such as a one-time passcode through text or email or through an authenticator application that will be in addition to their usernames and passwords.
In the interim, please inform employees to call the help-desk at 877-477-3273 for assistance with their urgent LiteBlue needs.
(USPS) Headquarters is working diligently to resolve these security issues and enable LiteBlue to be available ASAP.”
USPS Issues Employee Communications Update Regarding PostalEASE Website Fraud
Please see the latest information that we just received regarding the PostalEase website fraud.
- Securing Your Personal Data Employee Mailer (pdf) – Letter to be sent to all postal employees making them aware of the potential risk.
- Keeping Your Private Information Secure Employee Handout (pdf) – Handout to be included in letter to all employees to provide examples of fake sites and steps on how to update personal contact information.
- PostalEASE Website Fraud: Impacted Employee Notification (pdf)– Letter to be sent to only impacted employees notifying them of their situation and share information and next steps.
Please note, Headquarters is also preparing a Stand-Up Talk to support these communications. Additonal information will be shared when made avaialble to the NPMHU.
The United States Postal Inspection Service and the Office of Inspector General, in coordination with the Postal Service’s Corporate Information Security Office (CISO), are currently investigating counterfeit LiteBlue websites advertising on GOOGLE, which are being used to collect employee usernames and passwords.
The Postal Service has taken precautionary measures to prevent further activity including forcing password resets, email notifications to employees when PostalEase changes occur and enhanced monitoring for counterfeit websites.
PostalEase Security Issues!!!
VP Heather Dyer and the Inspection Service have confirmed Postal Service employees are often unknowingly providing their usernames and passwords to criminal websites, while attempting to access PostalEase.
Employees are using Google and attempting to access PostalEase; however, Google in-turn has been redirecting them to criminally run websites that mirror the look and access of PostalEase.
VP Dyer and the Corporate Information Security Office (CISO) are working with the Postal Inspection Service and drafting letters to the impacted group of approximately 119 employees, while also preparing a second letter addressed to all postal employees. Both drafts are currently under review by the Privacy Office and Law Department.
We have received reports representations have been made at the district level confirming Postal Inspectors are contacting impacted employees, as well as employees who may have unknowingly been compromised, and requesting their EINs and passwords.
Please note . . . Postal Inspectors have not contacted postal employees and requested their EINs and/or passwords.
If you know of any financially impacted employees, please have them immediately contact the Eagan ASC Helpdesk at 866-974-2733. Staff members are available to assist.
If you become aware of any employee experiencing access issues to PostalEase, please recommend they immediately contact 877-477-3273 to request assistance.
VP Dyer, the CISCO Team and the Postal Inspection Service continue working around-the-clock to enhance the security of PostalEase.
Mail Handlers Reach Tentative National Agreement with USPS
Bargaining Update #12- SUMMARY OF TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING TERMS OF 2022 NATIONAL AGREEMENT (pdf)
CONTRACT RATIFICATION PROCEDURES (Adopted November 2022) (pdf)
Labor deal: USPS, union reach tentative agreement
Local 300 Scholarships Awarded
2022 BERNARD HOLLOWAY, JOHN A. ORCHARD, EDWARD J. MILLER, WALLY MERWIN, AND AARON PRESTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
The Local Union Council and members of Local 300 of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union are proud to announce the winners of the annual competition for the Bernard Holloway, John A. Orchard, Edward J. Miller, Wally Merwin, and Aaron Preston Memorial Scholarship Awards.
This year we have awarded five (5) $1,000 scholarships for study at an accredited college, university, or trade school.
Marina Rezk – Daughter of Samah Rezk of the DVD Branch. Marina is attending Rutgers University and her major field of study is Pharmacy.
Kerissa Henry – Daughter of Gregory Henry of the DVD Branch. Kerissa is attending Rutgers University and her major field of study is Veterinary Medicine.
Beshoy Rezk – Son of Samah Rezk of the DVD Branch. Beshoy is attending Middlesex County College and his major field of study is Engineering.
Aniya Mayo – Daughter of Vallie Mayo of the Greater Newark Branch. Aniya is attending Rutgers University and her major field of study is Psychology.
Angelica Cimirro – Daughter of Lawrence Cimirro of the DVD Branch. Angelica is attending Kean University and her major field of study is Elementary Education.
Updated Wage Charts
Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) set at $2,455
Effective August 27, 2022, all career Mail Handler craft employees are scheduled to receive a cost-of-living (COLA) adjustment as outlined in Article 9.3 of the 2019 National Agreement. This is the last of six possible COLA increases under the terms of the current agreement. This COLA increase is based on the upward change in the relevant Consumer Price Index (CPI) following release of the July 2022 Index, using the July 2019 CPI index as a base. The increase will appear in paychecks dated September 16, 2022 (Pay Period 19-2022).The resulting calculation provides an annual increase of $2,455 or $1.18 per hour for all Steps in Table 1 and for Step P of Table 2. The remaining Steps in Table 2 will receive the proportional COLA increase percentages as outlined in Article 9.3 of the National Agreement.
Wage Chart (pdf)
Night Differential Charts (pdf)
2022 Contract Update #10
2022 Contract Negotiations Extended Past Deadline
The final days and hours of bargaining over the terms of the NPMHU-USPS 2022 National Agreement have come to a close, with the parties unable to reach a tentative agreement over all of the terms and conditions that need to be covered by the National Agreement as of contract expiration at midnight on September 20, 2022.
Discussions are continuing, however, and thus the parties have agreed to extend their negotiations past last night’s deadline to give their bargaining representatives additional time to reach a comprehensive settlement agreement.
Though many topics have been discussed, there are still several items left for both parties to discuss. Due to these unresolved issues, the parties have agreed to extend their negotiations based on their shared hope that an overall agreement can still be reached without the interference of a third-party arbitrator.
More details about the past three months of bargaining, and the plans for future negotiations, will be shared in NPMHU publications and discussed with representatives of the Local Unions at a virtual meeting scheduled for Friday, September 23, 2022, with the NPMHU Negotiations Team.
Contract Update #10- https://www.npmhu.org/media/news/body/Contract-Update-10.pdf
Bidding Procedures Modified as Negotiations Continue
The parties affirm that effective September 21, 2022, employees represented by the NPMHU will be allowed to bid under the new contract, whether or not the parties reach a tentative settlement, extend bargaining, or enter into impasse procedures. Successful bids on or after September 21, 2022 will be counted towards the bid maximums established in the 2022 National Agreement.
September 20, 2022 Memorandum (pdf)
Labor Day Parade
Local 300 members, families, and friends all marched together in solidarity up 5th Avenue in the 2022 NYC CLC AFL-CIO Parade. It was a great day to celebrate that Union Workers are Essential to America!!!
Special thanks to Joe Palau & Shirley Ramos for organizing the parade event!
See more Labor Day Photos on NPMHU Local 300’s Flickr page
NPMHU National Convention – Local 300 Delegates – Denver, Colorado 2022
37 elected Delegates from Local 300 attended the NPMHU 2020 National Convention held in Denver, CO in August 2022. This convention was postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local 300 and 35 other NPMHU Local Unions from all over the country, gathered together for important administrative business regarding the governance of the NPMHU. Changes were made to the NPMHU National and Uniform Local Union Constitutions.
Reports were provided by the National Officers, Constitution Committee, Resolutions Committee, Rules Committee, Credentials Committee, NPMHU Women’s Committee, Legislative and Political Committee
Local 300 was represented by the following 37 delegates at the NPMHU Convention…
Local President: Kevin Tabarus, Vice President: Yvette Johnson, Treasurer: Wilfredo Delgado, Recording Secretary & DVD Branch Pres.: Ray Bermudez, NY State Exec. Bd. & ISC-JFK Branch Pres.: Lucy Lombardo, NJ State Exec. Bd.: Michelle Kimber, CT State Exec. Bd. & Stamford Branch Pres.: James Smith, NJI/NDC: Joseph Costigan, Tommy Russo, Ann Goodlow, Jason Espinal NYC: Irene Delgado, Joe Palau, Erika Williams, Annesia Williams-Arnold, Brooklyn: Howie Spindler, Atika Muhammad, Kim Pinkney, DVD: Linda Gibbs, Lawrence Cimirro, Bethpage: Alan Sacks, Frank Schultz, Mid Island: David Lang, Flushing: Trevor Stuart, Jessie Lewis, Saieda Brown, Westchester: Alberta Prieto, Tracey Guzman, Phil Hester, ISC/JFK: Dan Danzo, Teresa Start, Greater Newark: Latina Crenshaw, Sediqua Perry, Teterboro: Mark Chandler, Western Nassau: Pete Bilotta, Stamford: Don Utz, Bronx: Shirley Ramos
See more NPMHU Convention – Local 300 Delegates on NPMHU Local 300’s Flickr page
OWCP & FMLA Training
Local 300 conducted OWCP & FMLA training on 9/15/22 at Local 300 HQ. Officers and Stewards were given instruction on OWCP & FMLA procedures and enforcement. Training given by National Shop Steward Trainer John Gibson, Recording Secretary & OWCP Representative Raymond Bermudez and Local 300 President Kevin Tabarus.
Vice President Yvette Johnson, Bethpage: Alan Sacks & Frank Schultz, Brooklyn: Atika Muhammad, Malik Sheppard, DVD: Larry Cimirro, Linda Gibbs, Nina Hinton, Flushing: Antonio Sanchez & Roland Phillips, Greater Newark: Latina Crenshaw, Sediqua Perry, Rasheerah Landrum, ISC – JFK: Lucy Lombardo, Ralph Gonzalez, Mid Hudson: Peter Letizia, Mid Island: Bob Lussos, Bob Cappuccio, Dennis Weinheim, Norbert Cirne, David Lang, NJI/NDC: Marie Chery, Michelle Kimber, Sunil Babu, Charles Valentine, New York City: Irene Delgado, Gail Tolbert, Yolanda Urena, Davis Wong, Lafia Sang, Stamford: James Smith, Teterboro: Mark Chandler, Westchester: Alberta Prieto & Jasmine Mills, Western Nassau: Pete Bilotta
Local 300 conducted Steward training on 9/14/22 at Local 300 HQ. Stewards were given instruction on representation, grievance procedure, etc. Training given by National Shop Steward Trainer John Gibson and Local 300 President Kevin Tabarus.
Bethpage Branch: Denny Lindo, Brooklyn Branch: Michael Vincent, DVD Branch: Randorf Asiama, Greater Newark Branch: Lakira Davis, ISC-JFK Branch: Charles Cooper, NJI/NDC Branch: Jennifer Williams, Romerson St Juste, Rishi Kishan, Tamika Hinnant, James Smith, NYC Branch: Davis Wong, Diana Bennett, Peter Jaipinta, Greg Anderson, Edward Bravo, Stamford Branch: Devin Gritten, Michelle ONeal, Myra Williams-Orr, Sandy Robinson, Tina Inabenet, Jamie McKenzie, Staten Island Branch: Alex Dew, Western Nassau Branch: Marvin Banos, Priscilla Wilson.
USPS Lists Post Offices and Facilities to Consolidate Operations
Articles have been published online indicating consolidations of various postal installations, without naming the affected installations.
Information has been shared with Postal Headquarters and the Union. This initiative is part of Postmaster General DeJoy’s “10 Year Plan.”
Currently, no plans to consolidate installations within the Local 300 area would adversely impact the membership.
We have been informed of plans to consolidate some delivery operations into Mid Hudson and a location in Brooklyn. Creating new Sorting and Delivery Centers (S&DCs).
Mid Hudson P&DC is projected to have delivery (Letter Carrier) operations from 17 nearby post offices. We expect to gain work in Mid Hudson.
At a new location in Brooklyn (Alabama Ave.), it is projected to have “Foot/Parcel Delivery” operations from up to 7 nearby post offices.
There are several other S&DCs proposed around the country, involving hundreds of post offices.
In addition, there are proposals to create super processing centers, called new Regional Processing and Distribution Centers (RPDCs). Initial plans are for Atlanta and Indianapolis. There are no immediate or future plans named for RPDCs in the Local 300 area.
As soon as we know of any changes to your installation, you will be immediately informed.
STC Arbitration Won!!!
We are extremely pleased to announce that the NPMHU has prevailed in National arbitration concerning the Postal Service’s decision to subcontract Mail Handler work at the Kansas City Surface Transportation Center or STC. A copy of the decision is attached. The award also should apply to several other STCs that have been subcontracted, and favorably interprets several prior National awards under Article 32 and related contract provisions.
This case began in August 2019, when the Postal Service first notified the NPMHU at the National level that the Postal Service had decided to subcontract all mail handler work at the Kansas City STC, scheduled for opening and staffing in September 2019. The National Union initiated a grievance at the Step 4 or National level, followed by additional grievances during subsequent months arising from similar situations in Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta, Washington DC, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Southern California, and Northern California.
In short, this Brent Award should help to restrict or even end the USPS practice of subcontracting Mail Handler work to private employers without first considering the views of the Union on all issues properly presented.
The Brent Award remanded the issue of remedy to the National parties, meaning that the remedial portion of this Award and its impact on subcontracting at the STC in Kansas City, and in other locations, is still to be determined.
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Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) set at $2,455