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APWU Web News Article 96-2016

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Addressing Veterans’ Unemployment

05/01/2016 -


Left Center Sue Carney, APWU Human Relations Director; Center Michael Michaud, Assistant Secretary DOL VETS, Center right, Will Fischer, Executive Director, Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO.

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The APWU recently joined with representatives of other unions to meet with Michael Michaud, the new Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (DOL VETS). Michaud is a longtime member of the United Steelworkers. Prior to his appointment, Michaud served 12 years as a member of Congress from Maine, advocating for veterans on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Health Subcommittee.

EAP Offer New Web-Based Therapy

05/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CCBT) is the newest addition to the bank of confidential Employees Assistance Program (EAP) services that are available to postal employees and their families through Magellan Health (MH), the program’s national service provider. The new, free, web-based therapy program is accessible day or night from any device that can connect to the Internet.

 
 

EAP Offers New Web-Based Therapy

05/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CCBT) is the newest addition to the bank of confidential Employees Assistance Program (EAP) services that are available to postal employees and their families through Magellan Health (MH), the program’s national service provider. The new, free, web-based therapy program is accessible day or night from any device that can connect to the Internet.

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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. 

Click here for more photos.

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).

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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.

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.

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.

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