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APWU Web News Article 73-2018

Major Victory For Expanded Postal Services

07/26/2018 - On Wednesday, July 18, the APWU and our allies won a big victory by defeating an attempt to prohibit the Postal Service from expanding financial services. In a vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, an amendment to a government appropriation bill (H.R. 6147) offered by Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) was rejected by a bipartisan vote of 212 to 201. The APWU greatly appreciates the bipartisan support from lawmakers who voted down this proposal.

APWU Web News Article 74-2018

New Benefits Secured for Postal Support Employees (PSEs)

07/26/2018 - In the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the APWU and the US Postal Service, the parties established a “Workforce Benefits, Employment Opportunities, Training and Education Fund.”  The purpose of the fund was to provide for the Postal Service’s share of health insurance benefits to PSEs and to provide additional resources for new PSE benefits.

Campaign for Postal Banking

Postal Banking is Successful Around the World - Could It Work Here?

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

Postal services across the world provide tried and tested and successful models for postal banking, or the provision of financial services via the post. New research by Holly Feldman Wiencek, Research Assistant at the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), shows differing models for postal banking across the world and the factors that drive their success.

A Grand Alliance

A Bold Vision for the U.S. Postal Service

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 


Speaking out for better, expanded postal services at
A Grand Alliance field hearing in Baltimore, MD, March 2016.

What if, instead of reducing hours, closing post offices, slowing delivery standards, and cutting staff, the nation’s largest retail network offered a wide array of services to our communities? What if the nation’s most trusted federal agency delivered ballots for national, state, and local elections? What if the U.S. Postal Service used its vast infrastructure to support a green economy?

Postal Support Employees Deserve Better

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte

The USPS continues to fall short in its obligation to provide Postal Support Employees (PSEs) health insurance information that is vital to them and their families.

As I wrote in the September/October 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker, PSEs are not being informed upon conversion to regular that their USPS PSE insurance will be cancelled and they have 60 days to choose a FEHB health plan. If these new career employees do not choose a plan within 60 days, they will have no health insurance because the USPS will drop the USPS PSE insurance after conversion. Those PSEs who already have APWUHP Consumer Driven Option (CDO) plans are not being dropped, since APWUHP CDO is a high-performing FEHB plan and the coverage continues.

From the Field

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

Below are quotes from various APWU local and state publications throughout the country. All the publications listed are part of the Postal Press Association.

“Did you know unions are what brought races and genders together more than any other type of organization, including government? We’re all brothers and sisters in the union. And we don’t have to be forced into this unity. In the common struggle for a better life, a decent income and respectable retirement, the divisions fade away.” — Loren Adams, Arkansas Postal Workers Union Editor, The Arkansas Postal Worker

Celebrate, Protect Your Benefits

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor

Every year we recognize and celebrate the Social Security Act, enacted on Aug. 14, 1935, 83 years ago, and Medicare, enacted on July 30, 1965, 53 years ago. These two important laws were established to benefit workers in their old age, as retirees.

Our celebration this year during July and August includes continuing the fight to protect these earned benefits. All APWU members, along with their families, friends and neighbors, can participate in an action of recognition by supporting APWU legislative priorities for fair benefits for American seniors.

Who We Are

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

There is no doubt our country is divided, whether it is because of opposing political views and party allegiance, or because of differing opinions pertaining to copious social issues. With all that divides us, it is a good time to remind ourselves who we are, where we come from and what we stand for.

We Are Labor
Bound together, our fundamental purpose has always been to seek political, social and economic justice for the disadvantaged. We are not a fee-for-service organization or a group of self-serving individuals simply looking to make gains for ourselves. We seek fairness, equality, dignity and respect for all common people, including those beyond our workroom floors and borders.

Home Front

Hearing Loss

07/24/2018 - Twenty percent of Americans report some degree of hearing loss but those who serve are far more impacted by auditory disorders than the general public due to their exposure to artillery gunfire, battlefield explosives, loud machinery, aircraft noise and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Hearing loss and tinnitus, a perceived ringing in the ear that often accompanies it, are the top two service-connected disabilities afflicting service members and generations of veterans. These maladies are often overshadowed by other challenges our service men and women face.

In 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported, more than 1.6 million veterans received disability compensation benefits for tinnitus, and another 1.1 million received monthly payments for hearing loss. A staggering 60 percent of the troops who returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan sustained some degree of hearing loss, causing the military to take preemptive measures to curtail hearing loss.

The Struggle to Win the 40-Hour Workweek

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Research & Education Director Joyce Robinson 

The upcoming celebration of Labor Day is a good time to remember the role labor unions have played in raising living standards and improving the quality of life for working people in the United States. While most people recognize that unions have been beneficial for their members, there is little known about the role of labor unions in winning the 40-hour workweek.

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