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APWU Web News Article 77-2008

APWU Offers Health Event and Cancer Insurance

08/17/2008 - To help union members protect their future against catastrophic illnesses, the APWU is pleased to offer Cancer Personal Indemnity and other Specified Health Event insurance coverage. These comprehensive, affordable benefits, made available through American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Aflac), are being offered exclusively to APWU members and their qualifying family members. 

These benefits are designed to provide a financial safety net to members should they or a covered family member suffer a serious illness. Both plans will pay cash benefits directly to policy holders, regardless of any other insurance they may have. Members are able to review plan benefits, rates, and apply on-line. 

APWU Web News Article 76-2008

$1,477 Raise on Aug. 30

COLA Increase Will Be Highest in History

08/14/2008 - Thanks to a cost-of-living adjustment that will be the highest in APWU-bargaining history, postal workers represented by the union will be receiving an annual raise of $1,477 at the end of the month. 

The increase is the result of the Consumer Price Index rise during July, the last month of the most recent six-month Cost-of-Living measuring period under the 2006 National Agreement. 

APWU Web News Article 75-2008

H.R. 4236 Gains 16 More Co-Sponsors

08/06/2008 - Sixteen more members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed up in July to become co-sponsors of the Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236), a bill that would limit wasteful, inefficient, and detrimental subcontracting practices by the U.S. Postal Service. The total number of co-sponsors now stands at 135. 

The bill, introduced last November by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant contracting-out, and would protect inexpensive, trustworthy mail service for the American public. 

APWU Web News Article 74-2008

House Passes FERS Sick-Leave Bill

08/01/2008 - The House of Representatives passed a bill July 30 that would grant postal workers and other federal employees covered by FERS (Federal Employees Retirement System) credit for unused sick leave when calculating their retirement annuities. Employees covered by CSRS (Civil Service Retirement System) already receive credit for unused sick leave.

The measure, introduced by House Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA), was included in a larger bill, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (H.R. 1108), which Waxman also authored. The bill is similar to a bill (H.R. 5573), which was introduced earlier this year by Rep. James Moran (D-VA).

APWU Web News Article 73-2008

APWU Women’s Organizing Drive Hits the Road

08/01/2008 - The APWU Women’s Organizing Campaign is in the midst of a two-week California road trip, a multi-stop bus ride from San Diego almost all the way to the Oregon border and back south again, culminating across state lines in Las Vegas, the site of the APWU convention.

“In a special ‘APWU Recreational Vehicle,’ we’re taking to the highway, with stops at facilities large and small and everywhere in between,” said Northeast Regional Coordinator Liz Powell, the campaign’s chairperson. “We’ll be meeting with the locals and with members-at-large and we’re asking the locals to arrange for APWU retiree chapters and other retirees to take part.”

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APWU Endorses Barack Obama

Unanimous Convention Vote Follows Live Address

08/01/2008 - Barack Obama thanked the union for its support.More than 3,200 APWU delegates unanimously endorsed Sen. Barack Obama after the presidential candidate delivered an inspiring message to the union’s convention over a live satellite video feed.

ALSO: Convention Adopts Changes to the Union Constitution. 

AND: Legislative Department Presents Briefing On Grassroots Preparation for Fall Elections.

APWU Web News Article 71-2008

USPS Unable to Justify Outsourcing, GAO Finds

07/29/2008 - The Postal Service is unable to demonstrate that it saves money by outsourcing, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, because it has no comprehensive mechanism to measure savings.

“Without cost-savings data, postal managers, stakeholders and Congress cannot assess the risk and value of outsourcing,” the GAO concluded. Nonetheless, the USPS will continue to “explore outsourcing opportunities” and is considering another major outsourcing initiative involving its bulk mail processing network, the report noted.

APWU Web News Article 70-2008

APWU Testimony Assails Latest ‘USPS Network Plan’

07/28/2008 -

APWU Legislative Director Myke Reid

The Postal Service’s strategy for “network realignment” is based on a faulty premise, APWU Legislative Director Myke Reid told lawmakers July 24. The stated objective of the USPS Network Plan is to promote efficiency by eliminating redundancy, he said. “But the fallacy of the plan is that it artificially limits the definition of the postal network.