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APWU Web News Article 108-2008

Bush’s Lame-Duck Labor Department To Implement Onerous FMLA Rule Changes

11/17/2008 - As the Bush administration prepares to leave office, it is giving workers one more kick in the teeth: The Department of Labor announced last week that it would implement new regulations governing the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that will make it harder for workers who are covered by the law to use the leave.

APWU Web News Article 106-2008

Happy Birthday, EAP

11/10/2008 - On Nov. 12, the USPS Employees Assistance Program will turn 40 years old. The first postal EAP program, which was then known as the Program for Alcoholic Recovery (PAR), opened its doors in San Francisco to assist postal employees. From those humble beginnings, the postal EAP has grown into a state-of-the art, award-winning program. The EAP is now a free, voluntary, and confidential program that offers assessment, referral, short-term counseling, and work/life consultation to postal employees and their families.

APWU Web News Article 60-2008

APWU Health Plan Alters Benefits To Aid Midwest Flood Victims

06/30/2008 - The APWU Health Plan is offering proactive support to members of the plan who are being impacted by severe flooding in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. The adjustments are for healthcare coverage from June 13 to July 9. 

“The Health Plan has relaxed precertification requirements for all types of medical and mental health care,” said William J. Kaczor Jr., the plan’s director. “For the designated period, the plan will make payments at the higher PPO rate to any provider of service, regardless of their network status.”

APWU Web News Article 55-2008

Postal Relief Fund Available to Flood Victims

06/19/2008 -

Hundreds of volunteers place sandbags along
the levee in Cedar Falls, IA, June 10, 2008.
(Photo: FEMA)

Postal employees whose property was damaged or destroyed due to recent flooding in Iowa and other parts of the Midwest are eligible to apply for grants from the Postal Employees Relief Fund, APWU President William Burrus has reminded union members. 

PERF provides financial assistance to postal employees and retirees who have suffered substantial losses as a result of natural disasters or home fires if they are not reimbursed by insurance or other grants. Supported and administered by the unions and the Postal Service, PERF is a tax-exempt charitable organization that is funded through donations from postal employees.