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The Long Road Home

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

For many survivors of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria the road home will not be easy. Torrential rains, powerful wind gusts of up to 175 mph and storm surges reaching 12.5 feet caused widespread flooding and destruction throughout much of the south and the Caribbean – impacting millions, including more than 100,000 postal employees and an untold number of retirees.

Postal Workers Recover from Hurricanes

Union Family Comes Together to Assist Affected Members

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

In less than a month, three catastrophic hurricanes made landfall slamming the south (especially Texas and Florida) as well as the U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The storms left devastation and destruction in their wakes. Hundreds of thousands of homes – including hundreds be- longing to APWU members – were significantly damaged or completely destroyed by wide-spread flooding, hurricane-force winds or mold afterward.

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2018 Contract Campaign Slogan Contest Winner Announced!

10/30/2017 - After the 2018 Contract Campaign Slogan Contest was announced in the middle of August, slogans came pouring into headquarters with over 1,500 members taking action. Concern for the future, unity, respect and support for the union’s general bargaining goals were recurring themes. By the deadline, more than 2,500 entries were received, with some members entering multiple suggestions. 

Around 1,300 All-Craft Conference (ACC) attendees got a chance to cast a ballot for their favorite pick of the five “finalist” slogans – determined by the National Executive Board. President Dimondstein is pleased to announce the winning slogan is “Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow.” It was submitted by Alfonso McFarlin, Jr., a member of the Houston Area Local Retiree Chapter.

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APWU Web News Article 102-2017

Wildfires Continue to Burn in California

10/27/2017 - On Oct. 8, wildfires ignited in northern California, setting in motion state-wide disaster relief. Over 11,000 firefighter and other emergency workers were mobilized across the state to contain the flames.

These wildfires are predicted to be one of the worst disasters in the state’s history. More than 75,000 people have been evacuated. At least 42 people are dead, with another 60 missing. More than 217,000 acres have been engulfed in the fires.

Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) have been tirelessly fighting the flames.

APWU Web News Article 81-2017

Solidarity and Support to Victims of Hurricane Harvey

08/29/2017 - Our thoughts and hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Harvey, especially our fellow APWU members.

In solidarity, all APWU members are encouraged to continue to donate to the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF). PERF provides relief grants to assist qualifying active and retired postal employees impacted by natural disasters, to help re-establish residence and replenish necessities in the aftermath of a devastating loss. 

The Combined Federal Campaign

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

Your Participation Matters. The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the largest and most successful annual, workplace charity campaign in the world. CFC donations made by postal workers, federal public servants and military men and women help millions of Americans and others around the world.

Give to the Combined Federal Campaign

09/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the world’s largest and most successful workplace charity drive, raising millions of dollars each year – more than $7 billion since its inception. The CFC gives postal and federal employees the opportunity each year to make tax-deductible donations to one or several of their favorite charities through payroll deduction.

Pledges made during the fundraising season (Sept. 1 to Dec.15) support an estimated 22,000 eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout our nation and the world. Postal employees must be granted time to participate on-the-clock during the campaign season within a six-week period designated for their area.

APWU Web News Article 108-2013

Help For Colorado Flood Victims

Relief Grants Available From Postal Employees Relief Fund, Union Plus

09/23/2013 - Postal workers who suffered property losses due to the recent flooding in Colorado may be eligible for financial assistance through the Postal Relief Fund (PERF).

Sixty-five USPS workers suffered damage to their homes as a result of the flooding, which inundated parts of nine counties, reports APWU Human Relations Department Director Sue Carney.

Postal employees and retirees whose homes were completely destroyed or who anticipate being displaced from their primary residence for an extended period of time due to significant flooding damage are eligible to receive disaster assistance grants from PERF.

Thanks to changes recently implemented by the PERF Executive Committee, disaster assistance grants are available immediately, when aid is needed the most. Applicants no longer have to wait for federal relief agencies and insurance companies to adjudicate claims before they are able to receive a PERF grant to help them procure a new residence, purchase new clothes and other necessities.

The committee also streamlined the application process by creating a new application, requiring less documentation and allowing employees up to 120 days to apply.

PERF Needs Your Support

“In the past year Hurricane Sandy, the Moore, OK tornados, the Canyon wildfires, and the Colorado floods have placed enormous burdens on PERF,” Carney noted. “Our brothers and sisters have suffered unimaginable losses from these tragic events,” she said, “and I encourage APWU members, along with our local and state organizations to give to PERF.”

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