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The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017

A Positive Step Forward

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

On Jan. 31, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756) was introduced by Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA).

Campaign for Postal Banking

Consumer Protections Under Attack

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

After the devastating 2008 financial crisis, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act that led to creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The Bureau has had a significant impact protecting consumers and holding big banks accountable. The CFPB recently fined Wells Fargo $100 million for the illegal practice of secretly opening unauthorized customer accounts. Since the Bureau’s inception, it returned nearly $12 billion to consumers who were cheated or misled by payday lenders, pawn shops and other financial predators. It has taken particular aim at companies that target service members and veterans. 

VICTORY

We Stopped Staples

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

After three years, the Stop Staples campaign concludes with a huge victory. By the time this issue of the American Postal Worker is in mailboxes, the USPS will be out of all Staples stores nationwide. Gone are the Postal Service counters and signs in Staples stores, put in to take away good paying postal retail jobs from the dedicated members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU).

2017 Open Season Seminar

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Health Plan is pleased to announce that the 2017 Open Season Seminar will be held in beautiful downtown St. Louis, MO. St. Louis was the location of the first APWU Health Plan Seminar and we are thrilled to be coming back to the “Gateway to the West.”

Success in Action!

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor

The USPS and Staples deal is over! APWU retirees worked tirelessly on the Stop Staples campaign to help the union achieve a big victory. We must continue actions to achieve other successes for retired and active members.

Young Workers

Q & A with Quanisha Mcneal

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

From time-to-time, the American Postal Worker interviews union leaders to learn why they got involved in the American Postal Workers Union. In this issue, we talk with Quanisha Mcneal, a 25-year-old member of the New York Metro Area Local. She started working at the post office in November 2014 as a clerk, and was appointed last year to be a part of the Young Workers Committee. As a Postal Support Employee (PSE) her experience represents over a quarter of the employees the APWU represents.

Building on Our Success

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Organization Director Anna Smith

We had an outstanding finish in 2016 with approximately 21,000 new members joining the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) family. Our success can be attributed to hard work and dedication at every level of our union!

HOME FRONT

Presumption of Service Connection for Select Diseases Associated with Lejeune Water

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published new regulations establishing a presumptive service-connection for eight diseases associated with the once contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune, NC. The amendment applies to all veterans, including former reservists and National Guard members, who served 30 or more days (cumulative) of active duty between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 at the marine base or the USMC Air Station New River. Qualifying veterans are entitled to disability compensation benefits.

New EEOC Disability Rules

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

The Rehabilitation Act is a federal civil rights law that prohibits federal agencies, including the United States Postal Service, from discriminating against job applicants and employees based on a disability or the perception of a disability. To strengthen the statute, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published new regulations this year to reaffirm the government’s commitment to otherwise serve as “model employers” for individuals with disabilities and explain what federal agencies must do to comply with affirmative action rules.

Legislative Update

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Legislative Director Judy Beard 

The 115th Congress convened on Jan. 3, and legislators wasted no time introducing bills and resolutions of interest to workers.

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