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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.

EEOC: Decision is Final

National Reassessment Program Discriminated Against Injured Workers

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

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney 

In a huge win for injured postal workers who were subjected to the Postal Service’s National Reassessment Process (NRP), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final decision in the class action discrimination complaint, McConnell v. USPS.

How You Can Engage at Every Age

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

By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor 

Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation’s observance of Older American’s Month. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that we are never too old (or too young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being and celebrates the many ways older adults make a difference in our communities

Coming Together to Battle Workplace Harassment

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

By Vice President Debby Szeredy 

We are all aware of the surge of workers mobilizing against sexual harassment, and their stories and experiences have been both sad and inspiring. The APWU has joined with other national unions to come up with ways the labor movement can work to create the conditions at work that will put an end to harassment and hostile work environments.

What Role Do You Play as a Union Member?

05/01/2018 -


Speak to your local leaders or Contract Action Team
to join in our Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow organizing campaign!

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

By Organization Director Anna Smith 

Every union member has a part to play in strengthening the APWU, not just officers and stewards. There is so much more to being a member than just paying dues. Consider for a moment what role you can play as a union member. You can assist with union activities and participate in them at every level of the APWU. There is a role for each of us – if you’re not sure where to start, some things to consider might be:

Members in Action

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


Tulsa Area Local Secretary-Treasurer Cynthia McNeilance (right) speaking to strikers.
Also pictured is OPWU President Ashley Cargill (top left),
and OPWU and Oklahoma City Area Local Vice President Janice Pickup (bottom).

OPWU Supports Striking Education Workers 

Teachers and public service workers in Oklahoma, inspired by their colleagues in West Virginia, went on strike April 2 to take a stand for themselves and their students.

Janus v. AFSCME Q&A

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

During the last few months, there has been a lot of discussion in the news about the Janus Supreme Court case and how it will affect public employees, all workers and the labor movement as a whole.

Q: What is the Janus case about?

A: The Janus lawsuit against AFSCME claims that “fair share” fees are a violation of an individual’s “free speech” rights. The case is really not about free speech at all, but rather a blatant effort to weaken unions.

Vote for 'Issues that Can Unite Us' on Election Day

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

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard 

The AFL-CIO Convention last October called for a break with the politics of the “lesser of two evils” that currently dominate U.S. elections. The 2018 mid-term election is an opportunity to implement these words and focus around important issues, directed by APWU National Convention actions and principles of our APWU Constitution.

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