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APWU Web News Article 69-2017

Fight the White House’s Budget Proposal!

Speak Up to Protect Your Job and Your Retirement!

07/13/2017 - The House Budget Committee is currently weighing a budget which includes deep cuts to your pay and benefits! Please take a couple of minutes to call 1-844-402-1001 and 1-844-813-4060 and tell your Representative in Congress to vote NO on the White House budget.  Together, our united voices CAN make a difference!

APWU Web News Article 67-2017

Maintenance Defines Custodial Staffing in POStPlan Clusters

07/06/2017 - On June 30, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued a national award for Case No. Q10T-4Q-C 15206030 concerning custodial staffing in POStPlan office clusters (a group of postal facilities consisting of at least one Remotely Managed Post Office [RMPO] directly reporting to the postmaster located at the Administrative Post Office [APO]). Arbitrator Goldberg’s award certified that a POStPlan office cluster, is an installation as defined in Article 38.2.B and the custodial staffing formula outlined in the Maintenance Craft "Subcontracting Cleaning Services" Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) applies. This means the USPS cannot continue to freely subcontract out bargaining unit work in these small offices.

A Summer ‘To Do’

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

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte 

Summer is upon us. With it comes vacations, picnics and long days filled with warm weather activities. While evaluating your family’s health care may not be on the top of your list of summertime “to dos,” now is the perfect time to see if the APWU Health Plan can better serve you, save you money or both.

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

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

By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor 

The following is a partial reprint of 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s published by The Alzheimer’s Association®. For the full article, visit alz.org/10signs.

Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms. If you notice any of them, please see a doctor.

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.

Home Front

Attacks on Veterans

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

President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget plan levies an attack against our veterans who are elderly and disabled. His cuts aim to terminate Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits for veterans who are eligible for Social Security retirement benefits, under the mistaken notion that a duplication of benefits exists.

Get to Know the Non-Member

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

By Organization Director Anna Smith

As I travel across the country to state conferences and to conduct trainings, too often I hear more excuses for low membership than what is done to connect with non-members.

Who has felt at some point that a task was not attainable? Do not let negative thinking and doubts stop you from reaching out to other members and non-members.

Campaign for Postal Banking

Tell the Postmaster General

Provide ATMs in Post Offices

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

Every day, people receiving public assistance pay a portion of their benefits in fees to access their own money. It could be Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, Veterans Affairs benefits, refugee benefits, or one of many state and local programs.

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