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New EEOC Disability Rules

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

The Rehabilitation Act is a federal civil rights law that prohibits federal agencies, including the United States Postal Service, from discriminating against job applicants and employees based on a disability or the perception of a disability. To strengthen the statute, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published new regulations this year to reaffirm the government’s commitment to otherwise serve as “model employers” for individuals with disabilities and explain what federal agencies must do to comply with affirmative action rules.

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Presumption of Service Connection for Select Diseases Associated with Lejeune Water

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published new regulations establishing a presumptive service-connection for eight diseases associated with the once contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune, NC. The amendment applies to all veterans, including former reservists and National Guard members, who served 30 or more days (cumulative) of active duty between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 at the marine base or the USMC Air Station New River. Qualifying veterans are entitled to disability compensation benefits.

APWU Web News Article 15-2017

APWU Gives Veterans a Helping Hand

02/09/2017 -


Veterans proceeding through the APWU check point.

On Jan. 28, the APWU and community volunteers joined the Veterans Administration (VA) to give help and hope to veterans at the 23rd annual Winterhaven Stand Down. This was the 13th consecutive year that APWU officers and staff participated in the event – providing assistance to hundreds of veterans in need. 

APWU Web News Article 02-2017

EEOC Issues Regulations on Federal Government’s Obligation to Engage in Affirmative Action for People with Disabilities

New Rule Implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act Sets Employment Goals for Federal Agencies

01/06/2017 -     The Rehabilitation Act is a federal civil rights law that prohibits federal agencies, including the United States Postal Service from discriminating against job applicants and employees based o

Liberty and Justice for All

01/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

“Liberty and justice for all” is universally known in America. These are words we have said hundreds of times when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, but the phrase is far from ordinary. Together, these five words represent the cornerstone of American democracy. When we recite them, we reaffirm our dedication to the fundamental principles of that democracy. We are created equal and have certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But do we as a nation really practice what we preach?

APWU Web News Article 256-2016

Remembering Emma Tenayuca

12/21/2016 -


20-year old Emma Tenayuca speaks to members of the
National Workers Alliance outside a hearing 
investigating beatings by border patrol officers, Feb. 23, 1937.
Photo courtesy of UTSA

In Depression-era south Texas, Emma Tenayuca was a young Mexican-American woman who broke tradition when she stood up for oppressed workers in her community and made an important contribution to the fight for social justice. 

Vilified by the conservative establishment that controlled San Antonio, she became a beloved leader to oppressed workers in the Mexican-American community. They called her “La Pasionaria.”  

Standing Rock Sioux Stands Up to Big Oil

11/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The Standing Rock Sioux, a federally recognized Native American tribe, has taken a stand against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The underground pipeline would span 1,172 miles – across four states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois). It is expected to transport 470,000 barrels of oil per day from the Bakken and Three Forks Reservoirs to refineries and markets in the U.S.

Veteran's Day

11/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Every year on Nov. 11, Americans celebrate Veterans Day to honor the millions of men and women who have served, or are serving in our nation’s Armed Forces.

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