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Develop a Home Fire Escape Plan

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

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you little time to escape safely. Your family’s ability to get out depends on their knowledge of home fire safety and developing an escape plan that everyone is familiar with and has practiced.

Understanding Climate Change

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

Climate change is defined as “Any significant long-term change in the expected patterns of average weather of a region (or the whole Earth) over a significant period of time. These changes may take tens, hundreds or perhaps millions of years. These changes can be caused by processes inside the Earth, forces from outside (e.g. variations in sunlight intensity) or, more recently, human activities.”

APWU Web News Article 199-2016

Attend the APWU POWER Eastern/Northeast Regions Educational Conference

09/02/2016 - The APWU POWER Eastern/Northeast Regions Educational Conference will take place Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28, 2016. (Participants should plan to arrive at the hotel on Wednesday, October 26. The conference starts at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and adjourns no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday).

Employee Rights During Interrogations

09/01/2016 - This article first appeared in the September-October 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Postal employees are subject to investigation by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and/or Postal Inspection Service for off-duty as well as on-duty offenses. Generally, off-duty non-postal offenses that are subject to investigation include serious acts of criminal violence; use of firearms or dangerous weapons in the commission of a crime; grand larceny, burglary, embezzlement, or robbery, and sale or possession of narcotics or dangerous drugs. Other off-duty non-postal offenses may also result in investigations.

If you are questioned by one or more OIG agents or Postal Inspectors, even if you believe you are not guilty of any wrongdoing, here's what you should do.


Sexual Harassment on the Rise

07/08/2016 - (This article first appeared in the July-August issue of The American Postal Worker Magazine)

As a new and younger workforce enters the USPS, it should be no surprise that sexual harassment is on the rise and is being directed at both male and female employees. Horror stories are being told around the country of supervisors, managers, or postmasters touching employees inappropriately, visiting employees’ homes, and threatening to fire employees if they do not submit to sexual advances.

APWU Web News Article 125-2016

‘Graduates’ Complete Union Administration Training

06/17/2016 -

The “graduating class” of the APWU’s Union Administration Training,
with Research and Education Director Joyce Robinson (center). 

From May 23-27, local and state presidents, executive vice presidents and secretary-treasurers attended sessions, including, Duties of Election Committees; Filing and Defending a Charge With the National Labor Relations Board; Getting out the Union’s Message; Monitoring Dues Check Off (DCO); and Understanding Diversity. 

Attend a Pre-Convention Workshop

03/01/2016 - The Research & Education Department will sponsor the APWU’s 15th Educational Conference, a National Convention event that provides union members with a wealth of information to take home to their locals and state organizations.

Twenty-nine workshops will be offered on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, the day prior to the craft meetings, at the Swan & Dolphin Hotels.

What is ALEC?

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

“ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is not a lobby or a front group. It is much more powerful than that,” writes ALEC Exposed.