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Nation’s Capital Southern Maryland Area Local CAT Commemorates 1970 Postal Strike

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 


NCSMAL members (L-R) Julio Mercedes, Derrick Williams, Gary Ledford
and James Higginbotham

The Nation’s Capital Southern Maryland Area Local’s (NCSMAL) CAT coordinated a commemorative day of action on March 19 for the 1970 Great Postal Strike. For the day, participating members wore 2018 Contract Campaign or other APWU gear.

National Officers Attend AFGE Rally

05/01/2018 - This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)  


APWU Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Powell (center) speaks at an AFGE rally.
Also pictured (L-R) is AFGE Bureau of Prisons Council President Eric Young, AFGE
District 14 National Vice President Eric Bunn, AFGE Bureau of Prisons Council
National Representative Robert Swanson, AFGE Local 1978 President Michael
Guerrissi, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and AFGE President David Cox with
other speakers, AFGE officers, and staff.

On Feb. 13, APWU National officers and staff attended an American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) rally against staffing cuts and efforts to privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth "Liz" Powell spoke at the rally.

Rising Up in West Virginia & Beyond!

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By President Mark Dimondstein 

In late February, 37,000 West Virginia teachers and school employees went on an inspiring nine-day strike – and won! As we go to press, similar strikes are going on in Oklahoma and Kentucky.

The strike was fueled by low pay (WV teachers’ salaries were ranked 48th out of the 50 states), no pay raises in four years and rising health insurance premiums. These conditions were, in part, created by 2006 bipartisan (Democratic and Republican) supported corporate tax cuts that drained needed money out of the state treasury.

Say 'No' to the Latest USPS Survey

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman 

Are you engaged?” Those are the words the Postal Service is using to get you to take their newest survey. The 2016 Postal Pulse survey showed the USPS what we already knew: Your work environment is not good; your supervisors treat you poorly and morale is low.

Convention Reminder

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)  

The 24th Biennial APWU National Convention will take place Monday, Aug. 20 through Thursday, Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

What Does It Mean to Be a 501(c)(5) Organization?

How Unrelated Business Income Can Jeopardize Tax-Exempt Status

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell 

IRS 501(c)(5) status provides exemption from federal income tax to labor, agricultural or horticultural organizations. APWU affiliates are 501(c)(5) organizations and provided tax-exempt status. Tax-exempt status refers to federal income tax exemption under the Internal Revenue Code. APWU locals do not pay income tax on dues collected nor taxes on the interest earned on investments. However, they must pay sales tax for purchases and payroll taxes for employees.

Opioid Abuse

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte 

Unfortunately, as we all know, misuse of opioids is an epidemic in America. Prescription drugs such as morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone and hydrocodone are all opioids like illegal drugs, such as heroin.

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