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APWU Web News Article 6-2018

WARNING! Voluntary Early Retirement has Potential Side Effects

01/11/2018 - The Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) recently announced for eligible Clerk Craft employees by the Postal Service has generated many questions from the members of the APWU... It is not the place of the national APWU to give advice on whether to retire or not. That is a personal decision. However, it is decision with implications that members should know and consider.

As Wildfires Blaze Across California, Postal Workers Stand Together to Get the Job Done

01/01/2018 -


Wildfires burned across California for days. 
Photo courtesy of Army National Guard/Capt. Will Martin Flickr/CC

(This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Devastating natural disasters struck the U.S. again. Thousands of people were affected, including APWU members. In October, wildfires destroyed over 245,000 acres of land, 55,000 homes – at least three belonging to APWU members – and took over 40 lives across northern California. The fires mercilessly burned across Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino, Butte and Solano counties. As this issue went to press in December, ravenous fires had broken out across the southern part of the state.

Claim Privacy

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney 

It is important for employees who have been injured on the job to know their rights regarding claim privacy. Despite being the employing agency, the United States Postal Service does not have privileges to most claim information.

Home Front

My Health eVet

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

My Health eVet (MHV) is an award winning, comprehensive website provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It offers veterans, active duty service members, their dependents and caregivers 24-hour, secure internet access to portions of their personal medical records. Authorized users can manage their VA benefits through the site, obtain trusted health information, and take advantage of an array of services and dashboard tools that empowers them to become active partners in their health care and wellness needs.

The Long Road Home

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

For many survivors of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria the road home will not be easy. Torrential rains, powerful wind gusts of up to 175 mph and storm surges reaching 12.5 feet caused widespread flooding and destruction throughout much of the south and the Caribbean – impacting millions, including more than 100,000 postal employees and an untold number of retirees.

Home Front

Long Overdue Welcome Home

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

This Veterans’ Day the Military Exchange will open its virtual doors to more than 13 million veterans. All honorably-discharged veterans will receive a lifelong benefit to online exchange shopping – a long overdue welcome home.

Postal Workers Recover from Hurricanes

Union Family Comes Together to Assist Affected Members

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

In less than a month, three catastrophic hurricanes made landfall slamming the south (especially Texas and Florida) as well as the U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The storms left devastation and destruction in their wakes. Hundreds of thousands of homes – including hundreds be- longing to APWU members – were significantly damaged or completely destroyed by wide-spread flooding, hurricane-force winds or mold afterward.

APWU News Bulletin

2018 Contract Campaign Slogan Contest Winner Announced!

10/30/2017 - After the 2018 Contract Campaign Slogan Contest was announced in the middle of August, slogans came pouring into headquarters with over 1,500 members taking action. Concern for the future, unity, respect and support for the union’s general bargaining goals were recurring themes. By the deadline, more than 2,500 entries were received, with some members entering multiple suggestions. 

Around 1,300 All-Craft Conference (ACC) attendees got a chance to cast a ballot for their favorite pick of the five “finalist” slogans – determined by the National Executive Board. President Dimondstein is pleased to announce the winning slogan is “Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow.” It was submitted by Alfonso McFarlin, Jr., a member of the Houston Area Local Retiree Chapter.

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APWU Web News Article 102-2017

Wildfires Continue to Burn in California

10/27/2017 - On Oct. 8, wildfires ignited in northern California, setting in motion state-wide disaster relief. Over 11,000 firefighter and other emergency workers were mobilized across the state to contain the flames.

These wildfires are predicted to be one of the worst disasters in the state’s history. More than 75,000 people have been evacuated. At least 42 people are dead, with another 60 missing. More than 217,000 acres have been engulfed in the fires.

Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) have been tirelessly fighting the flames.

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