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.
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.
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
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?
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.”
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.
09/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the world’s largest and most successful workplace charity drive, raising millions of dollars each year – more than $7 billion since its inception. The CFC gives postal and federal employees the opportunity each year to make tax-deductible donations to one or several of their favorite charities through payroll deduction.
Pledges made during the fundraising season (Sept. 1 to Dec.15) support an estimated 22,000 eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout our nation and the world. Postal employees must be granted time to participate on-the-clock during the campaign season within a six-week period designated for their area.