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APWU Web News Article 44-2017

Help the NALC Stamp Out Hunger on May 13

05/06/2017 - Saturday, May 13, 2017 marks the 25th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. President Dimondstein encourages all APWU members to get involved:

Postal customers across the country are asked to put non-perishable food donations in a sturdy bag and place the bag near their mailbox prior to their regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers will collect the donations as they deliver mail. Many USPS worksites also set out containers to collect contributions.

Read more about what else you can do to support this year's drive. 

APWU Web News Article 42-2017

APWU Members March on May Day

05/05/2017 - APWU members were part of the thousands marching and rallying on May Day, the International Day of Workers’ Solidarity.

Workers and allies united to fight back against increasing anti-immigration sentiment and policies that divide workers from each other at a time when we need to come together.  

APWU Web News Article 43-2017

Miners Win Permanent Funding for Retirement Health Care

05/05/2017 -

On May 4, Congress passed legislation providing for 22,600 retired coal miners, widows and dependents to have the health care they were promised by the federal government and earned through going into the mines for decades to power the country.

The members of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) have been rallying and lobbying Congress to secure their promised retirement benefits since Patriot Coal’s bankruptcy filing in 2012. On Sept. 8, 2016, APWU officers and staff stood in solidarity with over eight thousand miners, widows, coalfield community members and union supporters at the UMWA’s rally in front of the U.S. Capitol.

APWU Health Plan Gains Accreditation

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte

Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recognizes comprehensive Health Plan Accreditation provided by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. All Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) plans are expected to meet this OPM requirement by April 2017.

Postal Reform is ‘Marked-Up’

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard 

On March 16, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “marked-up” and approved the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). A mark-up is a process where a congressional committee can consider and amend a bill before advancing it to the House of Representatives or Senate.

Union Administration Training

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Research & Education Director Joyce Robinson

The Research and Education Department developed a training program entitled “Union Administration,” and will conduct several training programs in 2017.

Benefits of Being Union

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Organization Director Anna Smith

Sometimes, we forget why we are union members. We may fall into a trap of feeling as if we solely pay dues.

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