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APWU Web News Article 118-2015

Assistance for Union Plus Program Participants Impacted by Texas and Oklahoma Storms

06/05/2015 - Union members living in areas impacted by the recent severe storms and widespread flooding in Texas and Oklahoma, and who participate in Union Plus programs may be eligible for financial assistance.  More than 20 people were killed as a result of the storms and in the Houston area alone more than 4,000 properties were damaged and 2,500 vehicles were abandoned.

Virginia Clerk is the Talk of His Town

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Tucked away in the western corner of Virginia, just across the Kentucky border, is the sleepy town of Pound.

On a frigid Tuesday morning this past February, most residents were snowed in – but not 46-year-old Mike Combs. The Pound post office clerk trekked two-and-a-half miles to work that morning so he could open up and serve customers.

In fact, the APWU member’s service is so outstanding that customer Shannon Phillips reached out to The Coalfield Progress to sing his praises.

Help and Hope for Veterans

03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) 

This winter, the APWU and community volunteers joined the Veterans Administration (VA) to give help and hope to veterans at the 19th annual Winterhaven Stand Down. This was the eighth consecutive year that APWU officers and staff participated in the event – providing assistance to hundreds of veterans in need.

More than 700 homeless and at-risk veterans were transported from area shelters and off the streets. When they arrived to the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center, volunteers greeted them with a hot breakfast and coffee, kind smiles, handshakes, words of encouragement and expressions of gratitude for their service.

Full Disclosure Required

03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Postal employees are hardworking and giving. Many hold down two jobs. Some run a side business or help with a family business, while others volunteer for their favorite charities.

These activities are not something we would typically need to divulge, but the law requires individuals who are injured on the job and collecting wage-loss compensation (WLC) to disclose all sources of income, paid and unpaid work activities, business interests and volunteer services to the Office of Workers Compensation (OWCP).

Failure to report or attempts to conceal income and activities can result in forfeiture of benefits and criminal prosecution under the False Claims Act or other applicable laws.

The 411 on 211

12/23/2014 - Every hour, thousands of Americans require some type of essential human service. However, trying to determine what service is available or how to qualify for a service can be a challenge even for the most resourceful and tenacious of individuals. That’s where 2-1-1 comes in.

2-1-1 is a free, confidential information and referral service – available throughout most of the country – that is making it easier for people to connect with agencies and vital community based organizations that provide aid.



Human Relations

Our Right to Vote is Under Attack

09/11/2014 - In recent years, our right to vote has come under attack all across the country. Dozens of states are advancing voter suppression laws in an effort to influence the outcome of elections.

The democratic process of the United States is based on free elections. America holds it up as a model for the world. For more than two centuries, our country has consistently expanded the ability of its citizens to vote.

APWU Web News Article 117-2014

Decision Due by June 19

Potential Participants in Class-Action Settlement Should Exercise Caution, APWU Warns

06/13/2014 - APWU members who are potential participants in the settlement of a class-action discrimination case against the Postal Service must make a decision by June 19, but they should exercise caution in doing so, warns Human Relations Director Sue Carney.

APWU Web News Article 126-2013

Veterans Day, Nov. 11

Remember to Honor Those Who Serve

11/11/2013 - With Veterans Day approaching, the APWU wants to remind union members to honor the extraordinary men and women of the Armed Forces for their service. Throughout our history, Americans have been protected by patriots who make great sacrifices to advance the cause of freedom.

APWU Web News Article 117-2013

How Does Shutdown Affect OWCP Claims?

10/15/2013 - Many postal employees are wondering how the government shutdown is affecting Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) claims. The adjudication of OWCP claims and the payment of workers’ compensation benefits are considered essential work, so the claims examiners who are assigned these duties in the Department of Labor’s field offices are continuing to work. Employees who are injured at work during the shutdown or who have existing claims should expect routine service on these matters, said Human Relations Director Sue Carney.

APWU Web News Article 108-2013

Help For Colorado Flood Victims

Relief Grants Available From Postal Employees Relief Fund, Union Plus

09/23/2013 - Postal workers who suffered property losses due to the recent flooding in Colorado may be eligible for financial assistance through the Postal Relief Fund (PERF).

Sixty-five USPS workers suffered damage to their homes as a result of the flooding, which inundated parts of nine counties, reports APWU Human Relations Department Director Sue Carney.

Postal employees and retirees whose homes were completely destroyed or who anticipate being displaced from their primary residence for an extended period of time due to significant flooding damage are eligible to receive disaster assistance grants from PERF.

Thanks to changes recently implemented by the PERF Executive Committee, disaster assistance grants are available immediately, when aid is needed the most. Applicants no longer have to wait for federal relief agencies and insurance companies to adjudicate claims before they are able to receive a PERF grant to help them procure a new residence, purchase new clothes and other necessities.

The committee also streamlined the application process by creating a new application, requiring less documentation and allowing employees up to 120 days to apply.

PERF Needs Your Support

“In the past year Hurricane Sandy, the Moore, OK tornados, the Canyon wildfires, and the Colorado floods have placed enormous burdens on PERF,” Carney noted. “Our brothers and sisters have suffered unimaginable losses from these tragic events,” she said, “and I encourage APWU members, along with our local and state organizations to give to PERF.”