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6560
Rick OwensPerson was signed in when posted
05-01-2016
08:48 AM ET (US)
BULLDOG /m6558 - I appreciate your understanding...many do not understand why I must do this.

Really - it is simple...I have numerous requests from businesses, of all types, for FREE links to their 'for profit' sites...I just cannot do this and be fair to all...so, no ads allowed unless they are a PEN advertiser.

BTW - please lose the all cap posts...they are hard to read.

THANKS!

Rick - PEN
6559
Chatty KatPerson was signed in when posted
04-30-2016
04:09 PM ET (US)
Awwwww.... i missed out on a good resource contact!! We need support from good reliable people. I still need support like that. Even with rrading all the handbooks, OWCP regulations and HR rules. Thanks again if it can be "shared".
Edited 04-30-2016 04:11 PM
6558
BULLDOGPerson was signed in when posted
04-30-2016
03:41 PM ET (US)
RICK OWENS, SORRY, BUT MUCH OF THEIR INFORMATION IS FREE. I WAS NEVER CHARGED ANYTHING. ALL THEY DID WAS EXPLAIN MY RIGHTS AND GIVE ME ADVICE ON HOW TO PROCEED WITH MY OWCP PROBLEMS. I THOUGHT IF OTHERS HAD UNANSWERED QUESTIONS THEY COULD CALL AND GET GOOD INFORMATION INSTEAD OF HEARSAY. THIS WAS NOT INTENDED TO BE AN ADVERTISEMENT, BUT A GOOD REFERENCE SOURCE.

IT WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN.
6557
Rick OwensPerson was signed in when posted
04-30-2016
09:48 AM ET (US)
BULLDOG - Thanks for posting at PEN.

Please - no ads for doctors - lawyers- or any other 'for profit' company or individual.

Rick Owens
PEN
6555
wondering1Person was signed in when posted
04-29-2016
10:07 AM ET (US)
Feccaadvocate/6551 thanks for the pittman update. I just checked the Pittman class website and even though that sanchez case was said to have been terminated over 2 weeks ago there is still no new information on the website for the Pittman class members. I wonder why they don't keep the page updated?
Edited 04-29-2016 10:25 AM
6554
Mick1Person was signed in when posted
04-28-2016
08:24 PM ET (US)
Bulldog, yes i am still working. I have not seen my Dr for 9 years now. Yes i had a job offer but they violated that and the 50 mile rule. I claimed both time and milesge for my nrp damages. 2 1/2 hours a day at overtime rate and avg 70 cents a mile.
Of course i grived the whole thing. My steward threw me under the bus. When i tried to sue for nonrepresentation the union pled incompetence.
And that was that. 8 years of $33,000 per year in actual damages.
6553
BULLDOGPerson was signed in when posted
04-28-2016
02:42 PM ET (US)
MICK1, PLEASE CHECK WITH THE UNION. I BELIEVE THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT MOVING YOU MORE THAN 50 MILES FROM YOUR HOME. I'LL SEE WHAT I CAN FIND OUT. MY QUESTION IS, HOW COULD THEY PUT YOU IN FOR NRP AND THEN MOVE YOU TO ANOTHER WINDOW CLERK JOB 54 MILES AWAY? IF YOU WERE ALREADY PERFORMING A WINDOW CLERK JOB, WHY MOVE YOU TO ANOTHER WINDOW CLERK JOB SOMEWHERE ELSE? DID THEY CREATE THE WINDOW CLERK JOB FOR YOU, THAT IS A PERMANENT REHAB JOB, OR JUST PLACE YOU IN THE POSITION BECAUSE OF YOUR RESTRICTIONS? DO YOU STILL SEE YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT YOUR NECK? ARE YOU STILL WORKING? IF SO CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR. I DON'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF WEATHER CONDITION YOU INCUR DRIVING TO WORK IN THE WINTER, BUT MY DOCTOR RESTRICTED THE AMOUNT OF MILES I COULD DRIVE IN ONE DIRECTION. YOU MIGHT ASK IF DRIVING SO FAR IN INCLEMENT WEATHER COULD AFFECT YOUR NECK, OR JUST THE STRESS OF TRAFFIC DRIVING THAT DISTANCE. HOPE THIS IS OF SOME HELP! GOD BLESS!!!!!
6552
Mick1Person was signed in when posted
04-28-2016
10:04 AM ET (US)
Thanks Bulldog. I sincerely appreciate your concern. I did eventually contact a supervisor because I was calling every day. Law of averages right? They paid me my cop. After 6 months my partial paralysis was resolved to only occasional tingling in extremities and I returned to work. Dr said no more carrying mail at all because of the continual neck motion. They trained me as a window clerk but clerk union fought tooth and nail and eventually put me in for nrp. So after working as a window clerk for almost 3 years they got PO To declare no work a available and moved me 54 miles away doing the same job. They hired 2 men to take my place the day they moved me out. Guess it took two able bodied men to do the work one disabled woman did. I e been commuting 108 miles to work ever since
6551
fecaadvocatePerson was signed in when posted
04-27-2016
10:53 PM ET (US)
 Let me be the first to announce the apparent termination of the case which caused the delay of the Pittman settlement claim to thousands of employees; Sanchez v. Brennan case 1:15-cv-01523 this case was filed on or about Jul 17 2015 and terminated on or about April 12, 2016 This case was dismissed by the Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe let was pray that the least of us receive the ability to survive with this ;until the judgement come to those that bear the guilt of their actions
Edited 04-28-2016 10:43 AM
6550
BULLDOGPerson was signed in when posted
04-27-2016
06:06 PM ET (US)
Yes, I have a wonderful caseworker, but first I do a lot of research on my own. Then I call him with a list of questions to which I need answers or information. He says that he likes the fact that I am always upfront and honest with him. If you get a bad one don't be afraid to make a pest of yourself. Contact his or her supervisor. Express your concerns. Be polite, but make them aware of your frustration. If the supervisor isn't helpful, go up the food chain. You have heard about the squeaky wheel. You have rights so exert them. Use any and all resources available to you; senators, congressmen, supervisors, the union and even the president. No one is going to help us if we don't put forth some effort on our own. If you write to your congressman or senators make sure to fax or send letters to both their local address and to their Washington, DC, address and keep copies for yourself. If you use the phone to contact any of these people, keep a journal with the date, time, name of person to whom you spoke and the subject matter discussed. If you had to leave a message, keep track of the date and time you called.

Mick1, I'd like to know more about your accident. I might know someone who could help you if you still need help.


Sorry if I sound like I'm preaching, but I'm tired of the 7734 I've been put through these last 20 years or so and I want to help anyone I can with the information I've gathered.

God Bless All of You!
6549
Mick1Person was signed in when posted
04-27-2016
01:49 PM ET (US)
BULLDOG Sounds like you got a good caseworker. Mine never did anything. Went out on stress with my case on his desk ( got hit by an suv on the route) since i was semi paralyzed from the neck down it would have been death sentence if my spouse had not moved me into my parents home for a while. No medical bills or ambulance bills were paid and no continuation of pay. Just no response to letters and phone calls for three months. I was looking for a large cardboard box to stash in an alley and call home
Edited 04-27-2016 01:51 PM
6548
NC520Person was signed in when posted
04-27-2016
01:31 PM ET (US)
Thank you BULLDOG !

God's Blessings to you !!!
6547
BULLDOGPerson was signed in when posted
04-27-2016
12:58 PM ET (US)
I just sent letters to my US Senators and Congressman. I learned that the more letters they receive concerning the same topic, say NRP or the delay in OWCP or the USPS responding to your inquiries, the more likely your representative is to take action.

Another thing I recently learned, which might help those of you who are still on the USPS roles as EMPLOYEES, that is not retired, and receiving benefits from OWCP. If you are having your part of medical insurance payments taken out of your benefit check by OWCP, make certain that you are paying the postal employee amount and not the non-postal amount because it is $30 to $60 higher per month. OWCP does not check to see if you are still classified as a postal employee and automatically subtracts the non-postal payment.

Example; BCBS biweekly premium for non-postal is $160.75, which is what OWCP is taking out, while BCBS biweekly premium for postal is $135.14. That's $51.22/mo. that should be in YOUR pocket. IF YOU ARE STILL A POSTAL EMPLOYEE YOU SHOULD BE REIMBURSED BY THE POSTAL SERVICE. For the Cleveland/Akron District contact Vanessa Hutchinson, Manager Health and Resource Management, at 1-216-443-4579, that is, if you can get her to return your call(s). I've been calling and leaving messages just about every business day since April 13, and she hasn't returned my calls to date.

Hope this information helps some of you. No one is going to tell us about anything unless we catch them in the act and try to rectify it ourselves, by sharing our new found knowledge. God Bless!
6546
Chatty KatPerson was signed in when posted
04-25-2016
03:59 PM ET (US)
Bulldog:6545 :: You are AWESOME!! Thanks for the info and its truly wonderful to have this info. As for face to face, my case worker never requested or wanted it, but as long as i reconfirm to ASK if it was being docuumented with a court reporter, i could make the verbal requst to ADD TO THE RECORD!! Our rights get violated all the time, and it needs to be known we did NOTHING to voluntarily hurt ourselves and want to be injured. It was just unfortunate that some of us did. Thanks again Bulldog...and God Bless you for all the info you have provided. Praying for all injured workers.
6545
BULLDOGPerson was signed in when posted
04-25-2016
03:43 PM ET (US)
CHATTY KATHY, thank you for the information about telecons, that is making certain that information discussed during the telecon/conference becomes part of the record. My attorney and I prefer face to face if possible.

As for using any MD as your doctor of record, OWCP does have their own list and you get it through ACS in London, KY. However, over the years more and more doctors are refusing to take workmen's comp cases and the list has dwindled. Furthermore, the ACS list hasn't been kept up to date so OWCP decided we could choose any doctor that was an MD. I learned this last year when my orthopedic specialist retired and I spent four months searching for a new one. I was calling my case worker week after week asking for help locating someone. OWCP can't suggest anyone, but my case worker told me I could use my family doctor. My doctor can then refer me to a specialist if I need some specific treatment. God Bless!
6544
Nrp'd?Person was signed in when posted
04-24-2016
11:41 PM ET (US)
6534
I concur
6543
Leon MillerPerson was signed in when posted
04-24-2016
04:48 PM ET (US)
Re 6536

I haven't been on this site for quite a while. Since looking at the update on the NRP homepage I have been looking in.

My wife was diagnosed with inoperable breast cancer so I took early retirement as she did not need me going through all the trauma NRP was putting us through. I must say that she stood by my side all through every issue.

Reading that full report brought back the feelings I have repressed now for several years. When my USPS OWCP processor altered my forms I referred it to the OIC. Does anyone believe a thing was done about it?

Altering an application for benefits is a crime. Submitting an untrue application for benefits is a crime. An injured employee stands a great risk of prosecution if they did anything of the nature.

So the OIC documents over 100 incidents of crime that can be prosecuted as felonies and there is nary a footnote of any action being taken. Instead the OIC notes the stress these processors are under.

When I was working, mine had plenty of time to check my clock rings. Then there was time for the non allowed calls to my doctors. And the time to get a premetered envelope so she could delay sending me my copies of the forms or letters she sent to my doctors. There was the time my postmaster pulled out a form with work restrictions from an ER doctor I had stopped seeing in favor of the specialist that was treating me. Had no union help in that case either.

I can see they are still spending their time harassing injured employees rather than the timely processing of their work.

I can see getting my paperwork in order in the next few months is not going to be a pleasant job.
6542
Chatty KatPerson was signed in when posted
04-24-2016
04:12 PM ET (US)
Bulldog:6541 :: Thank you BULLDOG for your information. Yes, i too am a believer of documentation!! I've dealt with so much BS and contadictions as well as LIES!! Oh my, the frustration of getting the truth was nilch...unless it is DOCUMENTED on my part. There was no going back on their part, as i would "always" reference my certified letters! When DOL/OWCP wanted telecons...i always stated everything, even some topics that caused other issues as a GREAT EXAMPLE, and reinforced to state, "Please add this to the record" as well as question rhe interviewer "if" this telrcon/conference will be made into a report for the record. DOL/OWCP will say, "Yes!". Always add your info FOR THE RECORD, as it must be added!

As for MD... i never knew we could use "any" MD, as i always thought its was only doctors listed as "approved or cleared" through DOL. This is ehy DOL has a list of aporoved physicians.
Prayers for all injured Postal Workers.

OJI Postal Workers, Don't give up, ever!
Edited 04-24-2016 04:17 PM
6541
BULLDOGPerson was signed in when posted
04-24-2016
03:56 PM ET (US)
I've read your concerns and have a few ideas I'd like to share with you. Since I have a very good case worker and my past union steward was the best, I learned a lot.

First, document, document, document. If you haven't in the past start now and keep your own files at home. Presently I have a federal case pending and according to my attorney and steward we have a terrific case, but it is a waiting game and you have to play it.

Next, ask your OWCP case worker for ALL the information he has on your case. Mine sent me everything on CD's. Once you get your information, check it against your own documentation. You might even take it to your doctor, as I did. She found something that will help her move forward. And if you have an attorney give him a copy too. If nothing else you'll have everything OWCP has and if anything is missing, and you have proof, contact your federal and state representatives and explain the problems you are having and if they could have someone check into them. I learned this just recently from my case worker. OWCP and even the USPS don't like congressional investigations and they tend to move a little faster in solving your problem.

If you go as far as contacting you state and/or federal representatives, you might want to mention the NRP problem. Many of these politicians don't know much about this, so you might ask about the status. If they know anything you might gain some new information that hasn't been posted, if not, you might peek their curiosity to check into it further, especially if you tell them what a hardship is creating for you and your family, such as draining your resources, causing stress on you and your family and possibly endangering your health.

Also you can have your personal physician treat you for an OWCP case. Most doctors don't want to take workmen's comp cases, so OWCP will accept any doctor as long as he is an MD. I ran into this problem last year. Your personal physician has to keep a separate chart for your case visits, send OWCP his notes about your OWCP related visit, and your OWCP appointment can't be on the same day as an appointment not related to your OWCP case. You have the right to have any MD you designate to be your OWCP physician. My family physician handles my workmen's comp case.

Finally, try to build a good rapport with your case worker. Mine has given me some priceless information and ideas on how to solve some of my problems or get matters expedited.

I hope some of this information has helped some of you. They refer to me as the "BULLDOG", because once I get my teeth into an injustice or problem, I have a hard time letting go until the situation is rectified. God Bless All of You! Pray and don't give up.
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