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Labor Distribution Codes

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

When we punch into work, the USPS time-keeping system tracks our workhours based on the operation we badge onto. All employees are assigned to a particular Labor Distribution Code (LDC) as their “base.” Occasionally, depending on assignment, those work hours need to be recorded under a different LDC – frequently done by badging onto the proper operation number. Sometimes, a manual entry into the time-keeping system is required.

Price Cap's Significant Impact on the Clerk Craft

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Clerk Craft Directors 

Any day now, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) will be making a decision on the postage price cap that will significantly affect service to the American people and possibly the wages, benefits, and working conditions of the Clerk Craft and other postal workers.

Single-Payer Health Care - Its Time Has Come

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

The following is an op-ed by President Mark Dimondstein that originally appeared in Cleveland's The Plain Dealer on Sept. 20.

Congress is back from its summer recess and the problems with our nation’s health care system haven’t gone away. How to fix health care is once again being hotly debated. Recently, President Donald Trump warned Republican senators that they must do something or be confronted with the dangers of “single-payer” health care. But, single-payer shouldn’t be the boogey- man – its time has come.

Catching Up with APWU Young Leaders

11/01/2017 -

(This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

At the All-Craft Conference, the American Postal Worker sat down and spoke with a few young APWU leaders about why they decided to get involved in their local. Many shared the same sentiment – they saw things on the workroom floor they did not like and decided to take action.

A Growing Workplace Danger

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman 

In 2001, Anthrax-laden letters were sent through the mail sickening 22 Americans, including nine postal workers. Five died, including two APWU brothers – Joseph P. Curseen Jr. and Thomas L. Morris – at the Brentwood Mail Processing Center in Washington, D.C., that would later be named in their honor.

Communication Is the Key

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Nov-Dec 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell 

In most local unions, the primary means of communicating with the membership is at the general union meeting. However, if this is the only way to communicate with members, the local will not be very successful getting their message out to the members.

Retirees Friday Alert:

2018 Social Security COLA to Health Care Executive Order

10/13/2017 -

HEADLINES: 2018 Social Security COLA will be 2.0%: Not Enough to Offset Medicare Part B Premiums; House Slashes Medicare to Fund Children’s Health Insurance Program; President Trump Signs Health Care Executive Order, Ends Affordable Care Act Subsidies; CNN: Investigation Finds Drug May Be Inappropriately Prescribed Pill to Nursing Home Residents; Nebraska Alliance Elects Officers, Wisconsin Alliance Draws Gubernatorial Candidates.

Retirees Friday Alert:

Graham-Cassidy Health Care Tax on Older Americans Fails to Advance in the Senate

09/29/2017 - Senate Republicans announced that they will not vote this week on their latest proposal to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The bill, sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), would have placed an age tax on older Americans, eliminated protections for people with pre-existing conditions and resulted in at least 32 million Americans losing affordable health care.

2018 Contract Negotiations - Preparations Underway

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

Although it seems like we just finalized our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), time is rapidly approaching for the next round of negotiations to begin. Your National Officers and the Industrial Relations Department have already begun planning and preparing for 2018 contract negotiations.

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