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May 14 — National Day of Action: 'I Stand with Postal Workers'
A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service, of which NARFE is a member, and the American Postal Workers Union are holding a National Day of Action: "I Stand with Postal Workers," on Thursday, May 14.

To find out where an event is being held near you, click here. You also can get involved by sending a postcard to Postmaster General Megan Brennan saying you stand with postal workers and support a return to previous postal delivery standards.
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MSPB clears up a few workforce misperceptions
Federal News Radio
Federal employees can be fired after all. Who knew? Actually, a lot of people still think it's close to impossible to fire a federal employee, but that's just one of the misperceptions the Merit Systems Protection Board is trying to debunk with its new report, "What is Due Process in Federal Civil Service Employment?" The report outlines how the government handles adverse personnel actions in the merit-based civil service and examines relevant laws and the protections the U.S. Constitution provides federal employees.
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Public employees honored with week that says 'government works'
The Washington Post
You may not have realized how important last week was. There was Tuba Day, No Socks Day and Bonza Bottler Day, which provides a reason to celebrate every month, when the number of the day and month are the same, as in May 5. Of course, that was Cinco de Mayo, a day of pride for Mexicans, a day of beer for others. V-E Day, observing the World War II victory in Europe and Nazi surrender, fell on Friday.
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Postal Service pushes for reforms as finances improve
Federal Times
The Postal Service's finances continued to improve in the second quarter of fiscal 2015, fueled by record numbers of package deliveries and increased postage rates, according to financial information by the agency. The Postal Service saw a controllable income — revenues minus controlled expenses — of about $313 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015. But after factoring in the Postal Service's obligation to prepay for 75 years of retiree health benefits and fund its worker compensation fund, the service shows a net loss of $1.5 billion.
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Feds are enthusiastic about new higher education benefit
Government Executive
A new program that offers federal employees heavily-discounted tuition rates to pursue college degrees online is proving pretty popular only a few weeks after its launch. Champlain College, which announced its partnership with the Office of Personnel Management in late April, has received approximately 300 applications from federal employees interested in enrolling in the education program, according to data from the school. More than 25,000 unique visitors have visited the OPM online portal seeking information about the truED® program.
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Retirees giving away retirement funds
There's a new trend among retirees that could be costing them the comfortable retirements they probably dreamed of: giving away their money while they're still alive, instead of bequeathing it to heirs. This so-called "living inheritance" trend, according to a report from HSBC Retirement titled "Future of Retirement: Choices for Later Life," indicates that more than 43 percent of retirees are providing regular financial support to at least one other person. Ten percent are supporting at least one adult child.
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Expert tips to detect early warning signs of stroke
HealthDay News
Prompt treatment of stroke is key to preventing death and disability, but not everyone knows how to quickly identify the early warning signs of stroke. "Today, thanks to early detection, aggressive treatment and new intervention therapies, more stroke patients than ever are returning to normal life with limited to no disability," said Dr. Stanley Tuhrim, director of the Stroke Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. "Despite these accomplishments, it is clear that there is still much more work to be done to reduce the burden of stroke in our community. The challenge remains to educate as many people as possible about stroke's earliest warning signs and symptoms, so patients can get the immediate treatment they need," he said in a hospital news release.
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Real estate: The ultimate second career for seniors
U.S. News & World Report
As Americans age, they may view retirement with conflicted emotions. While seniors often look forward to leaving the daily grid of a full-time job, they may also be concerned about losing vital social connections and income. Over half of Americans think they might work during their retirement, according to a 2015 Franklin Templeton survey of 2,002 adults. Money can be one factor in the decision to never fully retire, but 20 percent of survey respondents say they may delay retirement because they enjoy working. For seniors who are looking for a second career that will provide both income and a social outlet, real estate professionals say their field fits the bill.
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8 tips for staying safe when traveling solo
The Cheat Sheet
The approaching summer months mean it's time to start thinking about a great vacation. Families flock to water parks and couples seek out luxurious destinations, but single folks sometimes get left in the dust. Taking a trip to visit siblings or crashing on a friend's couch might be fun from time to time, but there's no reason anyone should miss out on a stellar trip just because they don't have a partner. Going solo might actually be more fun.
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What to look for in a medical alert system
Consumer Reports
You've probably seen the ads on TV and in magazines: How do you get help in a medical emergency when you're alone at home? The makers of medical alert systems promise that their products will come to the rescue, whether you've fallen and you can't get up or you're experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, stroke or seizure. The ads are reaching a receptive audience: Sales of med-alert services are growing as the baby boom generation ages.
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