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House of Representatives Votes to Have Seniors Subsidize the Wealthiest 1%

11/17/2017 -

The U.S. House approved a plan to provide tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and corporations on Thursday by a vote of 227-205. If H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, becomes law, the deficit will explode by more than $1.4 trillion and automatic spending cuts will kick in. For starters, there will be a $25 billion cut from Medicare, and more from Medicaid. In addition, eliminating the medical expense deduction will make it harder for families with high medical expenses, many of whom are seniors, to make ends meet.

Open Season is Here

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

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte 

Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season is upon us and I am proud to report that the APWU Health Plan is bucking the trend of ever increasing premiums by offering extremely small premium increases of less than a dollar for most plans and premium decreases for some.

The Postal Service, Serving 2.7 Billion

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

Contrary to the Postal Service’s claims that post offices have less foot traffic than other national retailers, the United States Postal Service is truly the nation’s leader in service. Postal workers assist customers at more than 30,000 retail outlets across the country, which is about as many locations as McDonald’s, Starbucks and Walmart combined, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. 

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.

Thank You for Your Service

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

By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor  


APWU member Betsy Huff at the Retiree
Conference in Las Vegas.

As we enter the season of gratitude, I want to first thank all of our veterans and active military personnel for their service. In recognition of Veterans’ Day, I share the story of one of our APWU retiree members, a Navy veteran who has truly been Aging Out Loud.

Home Front

Long Overdue Welcome Home

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

This Veterans’ Day the Military Exchange will open its virtual doors to more than 13 million veterans. All honorably-discharged veterans will receive a lifelong benefit to online exchange shopping – a long overdue welcome home.

'A Woman's Place is in Her Union!'

APWU POWER Convention Donates Over $23,000 to COPA

11/01/2017 -


Front row: new POWER Coordinators Bernadette Baker, Tanya Jackson, 
Michelle Boulware, Erica Cole, and Darcy Wood. 
Back row: Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell, 
Research & Education Director Joyce Robinson, 
President Mark Dimondstein, 
and Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy.

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

By Research & Education Director Joyce Robinson

'A Woman’s Place Is in Her Union!” was the theme that kicked off the Post Office Women for Equal Rights (POWER) 18th Biennial National Convention in Baltimore, MD.

Are You Ready to Take Action?

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

By Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy


Vice President Debby Szeredy speaks with clerk Michelle Reid. 

We must fight back against consolidations and closures – and any attack on our workplace. 

To assist, the National has provided locals with information and strategies on how to build a movement.

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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