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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.

APWU Web News Article 18-2008

Pay Information

Latest CPI Increase Means $479 Annual Pay Hike

02/21/2008 - The Consumer Price Index rose in January, the last month of the most recent six-month Cost-of-Living measuring period under the 2006 National Agreement. The rise in the CPI gives APWU-represented employees an annual raise of $479.

The Cost-Of-Living Adjustment will be effective March 15, and will be reflected in April 4 paychecks (Pay Period 07-08). 

APWU Web News Article 15-2008

USPS Notifies Union of Payroll Glitch

02/14/2008 - Pay increases associated with the Feb. 16 upgrades will be reflected in March 7 paychecks, but the USPS has informed the APWU that the new level adjustments have not been implemented because the Postal Service has failed to complete the necessary computer programming.

Employees will receive the value of the upgrade, but postal records will continue to indicate that employees are assigned to their former level. For example, an employee who was due to be upgraded from Level 5 to Level 6 on Feb. 16 will receive the value of the upgrade in his or her pay, but the employee’s Form 50 and pay stub will indicate the employee is assigned to Level 5.

APWU Web News Article 12-2008

APWU Members Can Access, Update Personal Information Online

02/06/2008 - APWU members can now access and change their personal contact information with the union online when they visit

The updating process is simple and secure. Look for Members Only just under the blue page header, and select My Local & Personal Info. This will take you to on log-in page. Follow the log-in instructions to access your member-profile page.

APWU Web News Article 04-2008

TSP Considers Restrictions on Inter-fund Transfers

01/11/2008 - Members of the Federal Employee Thrift Investment Board have authorized the TSP Executive Director to implement restrictions on inter-fund transfers as a result of what is being termed “excessive frequent trading” by a small number of TSP participants. According to the board, the excessive trading is driving up administrative costs of the plan and “having adverse effects on other participants.”