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APWU Web News Article 084-2016

Democracy Awakening Converges at Capitol

04/18/2016 -


Some of the APWU contingent on April 18.

Dozens of APWU officers and staffers joined thousands of labor, civil rights, environmental and political reform groups at the Capitol on April 17 and 18 to participate in the Democracy Awakening. The event was the culmination of more than a week of rallies, teach-ins and non-violent protests calling on the government to expand voting rights and get money out of politics. 

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Expect More Attacks on Injured Workers

03/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) 

Over the last decade, attacks on injured federal employees and postal workers, led primarily by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), have been relentless.

But she isn’t the only one who has tried to dismantle the comprehensive coverage provided by the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA).

Home Front

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

03/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) 

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) was enacted to ease the financial and legal burdens brought on by the demands of active duty. It applies to members of the military and their dependents, including Reservists and National Guardsmen who are called to active duty for at least 30 days.

Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act

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

President Obama signed the Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act of 2015 into law on Nov. 5. After passing the House in a voice vote on Sept. 28, the bipartisan bill was approved by “unanimous consent” in the Senate on Oct. 26. The bill was initially introduced in the House in January 2015 by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) with 33 co-sponsors, including 27 Democrats, and six Republicans.

Disability Compensation

11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Disability compensation is a monthly, tax-free benefit paid to veterans because of injuries or diseases that were incurred or were aggravated by military service. Both physical and mental health conditions are included.

Compensation is also payable for post-service disabilities that are considered secondary or presumed related to service-connected disabilities. Certain veterans disabled from VA healthcare may also be eligible to receive this benefit.

Workers Comp Fraud Investigations

11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Special agents of the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General (OIG) are contracted to “safeguard postal revenue” and are supposed to “operate with integrity, be a model of ethical behavior, and treat people in a fair and respectful manner.”

When it comes to workers compensation fraud, however, these law enforcement officers often employ questionable tactics and exercise little fiducial responsibility: They have been cited by the Department of Labor (DOL) for violating federal regulations while conducting fraud investigations involving injured workers. Agents also have been performing claim management functions rather than ascertaining whether crimes occurred.

Workers Comp Fraud Investigations

11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Special agents of the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General (OIG) are contracted to “safeguard postal revenue” and are supposed to “operate with integrity, be a model of ethical behavior, and treat people in a fair and respectful manner.”

When it comes to workers compensation fraud, however, these law enforcement officers often employ questionable tactics and exercise little fiducial responsibility: They have been cited by the Department of Labor (DOL) for violating federal regulations while conducting fraud investigations involving injured workers. Agents also have been performing claim management functions rather than ascertaining whether crimes occurred.

 

APWU Web News Article 155-2015

On the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act:

The Fight for the Right to Vote Rages On

08/04/2015 -

On Aug. 6, the APWU will join with others across the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, and rededicate ourselves to the fight to protect the right to vote. 

APWU President Mark Dimondstein is urging locals and state organizations to participate in a National Day of Action on Aug. 6 to commemorate the historic occasion and to highlight the need to restore the voting rights of our nation’s citizens.  Locals are being asked to post notices on their websites, Facebook and Twitter, send messages to their email lists, and encourage union members to spread the word. Samples were provided by Democracy Initiative, which is organizing the observance of the anniversary.

APWU Web News Article 125-2015

Postal Unions Object to Administration Proposal to Reduce Compensation to Injured Workers

06/16/2015 - In a June 15 letter, the presidents of the four postal unions asked the Department of Labor (DOL) and the White House to withdraw a proposal that would reduce compensation benefits to injured workers and urged the administration instead to work with federal employee unions and their allies in Congress to “fashion sensible reform” of the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA).

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