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  1. ATTENTION MEMBERS The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting on February 18, 2023 @ 8:00 AM. We will be voting for delegates to attend the West Virginia State Convention The meeting will be held at 711 Bigley Ave. Charleston, WV 25302 There will be a $25.00 door prize. The bonus drawing is $500.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND Opening of Meeting Craig Brown called meeting to order at 7:05 PM, Saturday, January,20 2023. Allegiance to Flag Tim Holstein led the Pledge of Allegiance. Chris Smith made a motion to suspend order of business. Seconded by Bob Redman Motion Passed Election Committee Crystal Wayne read the election results for 2023 as follows: APWU Local 133 President Craig Brown 114 Votes Daniel Gravley 68 Votes Vice President Tim Holstein 99 Votes Doug Butler 79 Votes Clerk Craft Director Tim Thompson 84 Votes Amy Haga 54 Votes Trustees Rita Jackson 123 Votes Donna Acord 26 Votes Tom Acord 25 Votes Motion to accept the election results for 2023 as read was made by Bob Redman. Seconded by Robert Ludwig. Motion Passed New Officers Sworn in By Chris Smith Chris Smith made a motion to go back to the order of business. Seconded by Robert Ludwig Motion Passed Officers Present President - Craig Brown, Vice President – Tim Holstein, Secretary - Eustacia Wriston, Editor – Wes Scarbro, AO Coordinator – Travis Searls, Motor Vehicle Craft Dir.- Melissa Monday, Treasurer - Chris Smith, Assistant Maintenance Craft Dir - Tiffany Copley, Legislative Director – Bob Redman, Health Plan Director - Kayla Cuppy, Clerk Craft Dir – Tim Thompson, Assistant Clerk Craft Dir – Tyler Williams, Safety Director – Frank Zahurancik There were 17 members present. Reading of Minutes Craig Brown read the monthly minutes for November 2022. Motion to accept the minutes as read was made by Bob Redman. Seconded by Tim Holstein. Motion Passed Treasurer's Report Chris Smith read the Treasurer's Report for December 2022. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report as read was made by Bob Redman. Seconded by Robert Ludwig Motion Passed Bills and Communications Tim Holstein read the following bills and communications. Clerk Division Zoom Meeting – January 31, 2023 1187 Zoom Meeting – January 25, 2023 Presidents Conference April 1-3, 2023 New Members None Dropouts None Special Committees None. Standing Committees The following constitutional changes were voted on. 1. Article 4 Meetings Section 1 - Passed 16-2 2. Article 7 Executive Board Section 2 - Passed 16-0 3 Article 12 Conventions, Conferences, Seminars, Schools and Training Section 1 Passed 14-2 Unfinished Business None New Business Chris Smith made to spend $3900.00 for new flooring at the union hall. Seconded by Bob Redman. Motion Passed Chris Smith made a motion to approve $1000.00 for a Drawing for members to register for the locals website apwu133.com Seconded by Bob Redman. Motion Passed Chris Smith made a motion for the President, Vice President and the Treasurer for lost time to visit the unions financial institutions for account name changes. Seconded by Bob Redman. Motion Passed Chris Smith made a motion to send the President, Vice President and Treasurer to the Presidents Conference April 1-3rd at full expense. Seconded by Bob Redman. Motion Passed Chris Smith made a motion to send up to $1000.00 for a TV and wall mount for the union hall. Seconded by Robert Ludwig. Motion Passed Open Forum Keys returned and handed out to new officers. Vote to attend the WV State Convention will be held at the March meeting. Adjournment Motion to adjourn was made by Bob Redman. Seconded by Craig Brown. Motion Passed The $25.00 door prize winner Tim Holstein. The $500.00 bonus number was 465, Meredith Whitten, who was not present. The next Union Meeting will be held on March 18, 2023, at 8:00 AM. Respectfully Submitted, Eustacia Wriston, Secretary, APWU Local #133
  2. Department of Labor Announces New FECA Procedures for COVID-19 Cases The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) expired on January 27. The APWU has opposed the expiration of those provisions of the act that protected federal workers who contracted COVID-19 (COVID). We are providing the following as information to members on the new procedures for COVID-related workers’ compensation (OWCP) claims through the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). The ARPA included presumptions for federal workers who were exposed to COVID in the course of their employment. Postal workers who tested positive for COVID and had been working in the Postal Service were presumed to have contracted their illness while at work. Workers’ compensation claims were to be processed through the Department of Labor (DOL) by submission of form CA-1, Notice of Traumatic Injury. Traumatic Injury claims allow for the benefit of Continuation of Pay (COP). The ARPA expired on Jan. 27, 2023. For workers who test positive for COVID after Jan. 27, 2023, the DOL has announced their procedures for processing workers’ compensation claims in FECA Bulletin 23-02, available online. In most instances, workers’ compensation claims for COVID should now be filed on form CA-2 Notice of Occupational Disease (unless the injured worker is capable of positively identifying their exposure to a single event or a single work shift). There is no entitlement to COP in an occupational disease claim. Any claim for wage loss benefits will need to be pursued through filing a CA-7 through the DOL. Any claims for COVID benefits based on testing after Jan. 27, 2023 and filed on a CA-1 will be administratively converted to a CA-2 by the DOL, and COP will be denied. The injured worker will receive written notice of any such change. There is also a three-day waiting period and the employee will initially need to use their own leave until the claim is approved. For claims based on positive testing after Jan. 27, 2023, the injured worker will have the burden of establishing all five (5) essential elements to workers’ compensation entitlement to include a causal relationship (there will be no more presumptions). A causal relationship is established by providing a physician’s reasoned medical opinion as to why he or she believes that a positively tested COVID diagnosis was attributable to work place exposure. The claims examiner will issue a developmental letter explaining in more detail the evidence needed to establish the claim. All COVID claims based on positive testing through Jan. 27, 2023 were assigned case number with a prefix of 19. COVID claims based on testing after Jan. 27, 2023 will be assigned a prefix 55, like most other claims received by the DOL.
  3. The Debt Ceiling & Postal Workers No postal worker or federal retiree will see a gap or reduction in pension payments or healthcare coverage. January 20, 2023 The Treasury Department announced on Thursday that the United States government has hit its statutory “debt limit.” The next several months will be full of political drama, with serious risks at hand for working people and working-class retirees. While the debt limit was technically reached this week, the Treasury Department has begun certain accounting measures to extend its ability to pay the government’s bills. Among the “extraordinary measures” announced by Treasury are some that are of serious concern to postal workers. The Treasury Department has announced it will begin a “debt issuance suspension period” which will affect the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF), the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefit Fund (PSRHBF), and the G Fund of the Thrift Savings Plan These funds are normally invested in U.S. Treasury bonds. By suspending the debt issuance, Treasury temporarily saves the interest that would normally be paid into the funds. While the political brinksmanship around the debt ceiling is a shameful reflection of Congress’s disregard for working peoples’ interests, postal workers and other federal employees should rest assured that their retirement benefits are secure at this time. No postal worker or federal retiree will see a gap or reduction in pension payments or healthcare coverage. The law further requires that the Treasury Department make whole the effected funds once the debt ceiling has been either raised or suspended. Treasury has previously taken similar actions, and in each instance, benefits continued to be paid and the CSRDF, the PSRHBF and the G Funds were fully reimbursed for the temporary losses incurred by the funds. Today, the law makes that reimbursement automatic once the debt ceiling issue is resolved. The debt limit showdown is a manufactured crisis, the product of decades of tax cuts for the wealthy led by a political elite that is more comfortable debating cuts to already-starved social programs and hard-earned benefits than ensuring the federal government works for working people. The new Republican majority in the House is demanding the Biden Administration agree to steep cuts in federal spending in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. It’s projected that the Treasury Department will be unable to pay bills in a few months, putting the “full faith and credit” of the U.S. government in question and risking an unnecessary recession that would surely hit working people hardest. “Make no mistake working people and our unions won’t stand for benefit cuts in exchange for what should be a routine act of Congress,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “The debt limit has been increased on a bipartisan basis dozens of times before, including three times during the Trump presidency. The cynical hostage-taking is unnecessary and dangerous.” The APWU leadership is following the developments closely and will continue to demand our political leaders don’t sacrifice working people’s benefits in exchange for a debt limit increase and will keep members informed of any new developments.
  4. APWU Position on Employees Who Have Had Direct Deposits Stolen in LiteBlue Fraud January 20, 2023 APWU national officers have filed a national dispute with postal management on behalf of members who have had their pay stolen by cyber-criminals and are unable to recover the money. Several hundred postal workers have had pay stolen by cyber-criminals who used fraudulent websites to obtain sensitive personal data that was used to divert and steal direct deposit payments. The thefts mainly occurred during Pay Period 26 of 2022 but continued into Pay Period 1 of 2023. The thefts led the Postal Service to shut down employee apps on LiteBlue and through PostalEase on any computer or device not connected to an internal Postal Service Intranet network. While many workers have been able to recover money that has been recovered from banks, Postal Service management has taken the position that any unrecovered loss of pay as a result of the fraud is the fault of postal workers. However, management was aware of the risk of cyber fraud but did not send warnings to employees. It is also known that the Postal Service was aware of security threats to the LiteBlue application because they had been working on the creation and implementation of a Multifactor Authentication (MFA) process since mid-2022, but did not inform the APWU of this until the last week of November 2022. The banking industry and secure websites have been utilizing MFA processes for years because of the everyday security threats on the internet. Yet the Postal Service chose not to implement these processes until just this week, when a Stand-Up Talk was issued on December 17. Although not every APWU represented employee has had their pay stolen, we understand that anyone who has lost money has been affected deeply, and these issues must be addressed by the Postal Service immediately. APWU President, Mark Dimondstein, said: “It appears that the number of affected people is not huge, but a paycheck is a family’s lifeline and not one single worker should be left without money as a result of this attack.” “The criminals behind this attack are to blame, but postal management must also take its share of the responsibility,” said Charlie Cash, APWU Industrial Relations Director. “It is clear that Postal management knew for a long time that LiteBlue had this security risk by they made no serious attempt to warn workers or upgrade security until it was too late for hundreds of workers.” TAKE THE FOLLOWING STEPS IF YOUR DIRECT DEPOSIT HAS BEEN STOLEN: Call the Accounting Service Center to report the fraud at 1-866-974-2733 Report the loss to the USPS Cybersafe unit at cybersafe@usps.gov Call the Human Resources Shared Service Center (HRSSC) at 1-877-477-3273 and either change the direct deposit information or cancel it entirely Request a pay advance, but note the advance will more than likely be denied as the Postal Service takes the position that due to employee negligence, no advance is owed. A grievance can be filed on the denial of the advance at this point The employee can file a PS Form 2146. The PS form 2146 is a claim for employees lost personal property while on duty or while on postal premises. An employee’s pay is personal property and is connected to employment. Once the claim has been submitted, the Postal Service must act on it. The Supervisor must complete their portion, send to the Area, and a decision must be rendered within 30-days of receipt at the Area Level. Employee and local officers and stewards need to make sure the form is submitted to Area ASAP. If a negative decision is rendered, the denial should be appealed directly to arbitration. There is no guarantee this will lead to the Postal Service paying the lost funds to the employee--this is only one possible action an employee can take on the issue and it is up to each employee whether or not to make such a claim. If the Postal Service recovers the funds lost and returns them to the employee, each employee and union official must then evaluate any grievances or claims currently active and make a determination on the continued processing of such grievances or claims.
  5. Protecting LiteBlue from Cyber Criminals: Multifactor Authentication Required After January 15 January 20, 2023 APWU national officers are continuing to advocate for members who have had had their wages stolen in the recent online fraud attack on USPS systems. Below is an update on management’s introduction of multifactor authentication (MFA) for LiteBlue log ins. MFA is a tool that banks and other institutions use when dealing with sensitive personal information to prevent cyber-attacks. It is an identity verification method where users have to use two or more methods to gain access to an online account. Entering a password and then a text message confirmation code is an example of MFA. Management has provided an update about the implementation of MFA to log into LiteBlue after cyber criminals gained access to sensitive employee data using fake websites that closely resembled LiteBlue. The fraudsters used this information to make changes to net-to-bank and allotment accounts to divert and steal direct deposit funds. A Stand-Up Talk issued on January 17 announced that the Postal Service began requiring MFA in order to access LiteBlue on Jan. 15, 2023 as an additional layer of protection to strengthen online security measures for postal workers personal data. When employees log into LiteBlue, they will be required to set up their MFA preferences. Once an employee’s MFA setup is enabled, these ID confirmation factors will be required each time they log in. WHAT YOU NEED TO DO After Jan. 15, 2023, when you log in to LiteBlue: Reset your Self-Service Profile (SSP) Password. Verify the last four digits of you Social Security Number (SSN. Set up your multifactor authentication preferences. After set up, you will be required to confirm your credentials each time you log in. For more information or to view support materials, go to the LiteBlue login page and select “Multifactor Authentication.” Resource materials, including an Instructions to Enroll and Sign in to LiteBlue with Multifactor Authentications (MFA) user guide, are also available below. LiteBlue MFA Documents & Materials Stand-Up Talk: Multifactor Authentication Now Required for LiteBlue LiteBlue with MultiFactor Authentication Instructions (Jan 15 2023) LiteBlue MFA - Manager HERO Email (1-17-23) LiteBlue MFA - Employee HERO email (1-15-23) Manager Talking Points - LiteBlue MFA Multifactor Authentication for LiteBlue - LINK Article Multifactor Authentication Posters D4 USPS Officers Letter - Multifactor Authentication for LiteBlue
  6. Direct Deposit Theft suggestion with 2146 example (2).pdf PS2146 fillable (2).pdf
  7. ATTENTION MEMBERS!! Due to the Southridge Post Office being closed on Saturday, January 21, 2023, the deadline for ballot return for the APWU Local 133 election of officers will be changed to: Friday, January 20, 2023 @ 10:00 am Return your Ballots ASAP
  8. JCIM is Available: Order Yours Today! January 5, 2023 The 2023 Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM), a resource for the administration of the 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), is now available for members! Members can order their JCIM for $10 from the APWU Store on the APWU website, or you can click here for an electronic copy. The JCIM is an APWU and USPS jointly prepared manual for interpreting issues related to the union contract and serves to address and resolve disputes as well as ensure contract compliance. The JCIM is a collection of agreed-upon interpretations that have been made over decades of collective bargaining. Whether those interpretations have been made by simple discussion and agreement, interpreted by a national arbitrator in arbitration proceedings, agreed upon in memoranda of understanding, or through dispute settlements, the JCIM is the final word on issues printed in the booklet for all levels of the grievance process. The purpose of the JCIM is also stated at the beginning of the manual: “When a dispute arises, the parties should first go to the JCIM to determine if the issue in disputes is addressed. If it is, the parties are required to resolve the dispute in accordance with this manual. If the parties effectively use and consult the JCIM, many disputes can be settled early on in the grievance/arbitration process.”
  9. Update to APWU Members on LiteBlue Fraud January 5, 2023 APWU National Officers continue to warn postal workers to be on the lookout for a fraudulent online scheme that has resulted in stolen direct deposit payments from USPS employees. The scam involves either a phone call from someone claiming to be a Postal Inspector or a fraudulent website that looks like LiteBlue, but sends workers’ log in details to the fraudsters. Once workers have provided the scammers with their security information, such as passwords and EINs, the scammers can log into their victims’ LiteBlue accounts and change their net-to-bank payroll information. USPS management warned workers about the fake LiteBlue sites in a Stand-up Talk on Dec. 23. On Dec. 29 the USPS disabled access to change PostalEase on external sites. Employees can still login through external computers, but can only view their direct deposit and other information. Employees who need to change their information will have to either login to PostalEase through an ACE computer at a postal facility or call the Human Resource Shared Service Center (HRSSC) directly at 1-877-477-3273 to make any necessary direct deposit or benefit changes at this time. An updated Stand-up Talk was posted on the subject on Dec. 30. However, it has been reported from the field that the Stand-up Talks are not being done in many locations and that managers are denying workers access to postal devices in order to log into their accounts. If you have not received the Stand-up talks regarding LiteBlue fraud, or are denied access to PostalEase through a USPS issued device, please contact your steward or other local/state officer for resolution. If local management refuses to resolve the problems, local and state leaders can inform the Industrial Relations Department to address the problem with Postal HQ management. APWU national officers are monitoring the situation and demanding that the Postal Service provide full updates on what has happened, what is still happening, and what is being done to remedy the situation, including the reimbursement of stolen funds Postal Service management will implement a Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) system, which will add an extra layer of security by requiring a code sent via email or text to log in. It is recommended that everyone ensure the Postal Service has a good email or phone number that can receive a text on file. The email or phone number provided to the Postal Service for MFA will only be used for this purpose. It is important that you should never share your LiteBlue/PostalEase login information with anyone. The Postal Inspectors will not call or ask for this information over the phone. If you are concerned that you might have entered your LiteBlue information on a fraudulent website or have provided that information from a phone call, please attempt to log in and check your LiteBlue/PostalEase account immediately. If you can’t log in, see unauthorized changes, or if anything seems suspicious, contact HRSSC immediately at 1-877-477-3273. FRAUD ALERT STAND UP TALKS Fraud Alert - Fake LiteBlue Websites - Stand Up Talk Fraud Alert - Net to Bank and Allotment Disabled in Postal Ease - Stand Up Talk
  10. Subject: Continual Issues with LiteBlue/PostalEase All, I just received the message below from the Postal Service which you may share with the field informing us the external link to PostalEase/Liteblue will be taken down today. This will require employees to make changes Postal Service devices within postal facilities. Colleagues, We continue to receive reports of employees clicking on fake LiteBlue websites, allowing cyber criminals to steal their usernames and passwords. A limited number of employees have reported changes to their net to bank or allotment changes due to this activity. The USPS has taken multiple steps to combat this activity through enhanced communications, stand-up talks, working with internet providers to identify the sites as fraudulent, and proactively identifying potential victims. Unfortunately, some employees continue to access the fake websites. The VP, CISO has recommended disabling the external link to PostalEase today, December 29, 2022. Taking this action will prevent any net to bank or allotment changes to occur unless employees log-in from a USPS issued device in a USPS facility to further protect employees against fraudulent websites. The Chief Information Office is working to expedite the deployment of a multi-factor solution which will prompt employees for a second identification factor, such as a one-time passcode through text or email or through an authenticator application that will be in addition to their usernames and passwords. In the interim, please inform employees to call the helpdesk at 877-477-3273 for assistance with their urgent LiteBlue needs. Headquarters is working diligently to resolve these security issues and enable LiteBlue to be available ASAP. Thank you! Tom  I have also made inquiries on what the Postal Service is doing to ensure all employees have access to a “postal device” in a postal facility. Thank you and remember—stay safe, wear your mask! Charlie Cash Industrial Relations Director American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
  11. ATTENTION MEMBERS The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting on January 21, 2023 @ 7:00 PM. We will be giving the results of the 2023 Election and will also be voting on the Charleston Area Local 133 Constitution and by law changes at the January 21, 2023 monthly meeting. The meeting will be held at 711 Bigley Ave. Charleston, WV 25302 There will be a $25.00 door prize. The bonus drawing is $500.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND Charleston Area Local #133 Regular Monthly Minutes November 19, 2022 ATTENTION: PLEASE POST ON APWU BULLETIN BOARD Opening of Meeting Craig Brown called meeting to order at 8:00 AM, Saturday, November 19, 2022. Allegiance to Flag Alexis Pratt led the Pledge of Allegiance. Officers Present President – Craig Brown Vice President- Doug Butler Treasurer – Chris Smith Secretary- Eustacia Wriston Clerk Craft Dir.- Amy Haga Legislative Dir.- Bob Redman Motor Vehicle Clerk Dir.- Melissa Monday Human Relations Dir.- Alexis Pratt Editor- Tim Thompson AO Coordinator- Josh Snyder Organizing Dir.- Tiffany Copley There were 13 members present. Reading of Minutes Eustacia Wriston read the monthly minutes for November 2022. Motion to accept the minutes for November 2022 as read was made by Chris Smith. Seconded by Bob Redman. Motion Passed Treasurer's Report Chris Smith read the Treasurer's Report for November 2022. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report for November 2022 as read was made by Bob Redman. Seconded by Robert Ludwig. Motion Passed Bills and Communications Doug Butler read the following bills and communications. Letter from Trustee’s- 3rd quarter audit report July-October 2022 found accurate and exemplary condition Letter from president Dimenstein- sending out a mailing to non-members to encourage them to join Letter from AFL-CIO- 2023 Legislative Conference January 25-26, 2023 New Members None Drop Outs Grace Rose Special Committees Election committee- Justin Goodall, Eleni Tsenoutas, Robert Ludwig, Brenda Matheny, and Crystal Wayne Election Nominees- President- Craig Brown Daniel Gravely Vice President- Doug Butler Tim Holstein Treasurer- Chris Smith Secretary- Eustacia Wriston Legislative Director- Bob Redman Clerk Craft Director- Amy Haga Timothy Thompson Maintenance Craft Director- Steven Dearien Motor Vehicle Director- Melissa Monday Mike Delafuentes (Challenged) Assistant Clerk Craft Director-Josh Snyder Tyler Williams Assistant Maintenance Craft Director-Mark Stricklen Tiffany Copley Trustees- Rita Jackson Donna Accord Tom Accord Editor-Wesley Scarbro AO Coordinator-Travis Searls Safety Director-Frank Zahurancik Organizing Director- NONE (to be appointed by next administration) Human Relations Director- Alexis Pratt Health Plan Coordinator-Kayla Cuppy Standing Committees By-law committee met to be voted on January 2023 meeting. Unfinished Business None. New Business Doug Butler made a to send the President, Vice President and Legislative Director or someone of their choosing to the 86th annual AFL-CIO Legislative Conference at full expense on January 25-26th, 2023. Seconded by Bob Redman Motion Passed. Doug Butler made a motion to accept the 3rd Quarter Audit Report July-October 2022. Seconded by Bob Redman Motion Passed. Chris Smith made a motion to spend $10,000.00 to building Corp to renovate downstairs. Seconded by Bob Redman Motion Passed. Open Forum None. Adjournment Motion to adjourn was made by Bob Redman. Seconded by Robert Ludwig. Motion Passed. The $25.00 door prize winner Mark Stricklen. The $500.00 bonus number was 459, Tom Parish, who was not present. The next Union Meeting will be held on January 21, 2023, at 7:00 PM. Respectfully Submitted, Eustacia Wriston, Secretary, APWU Local #133 Constitution and By Laws Changes To be voted on at the January 2023 Monthly Meeting Old Language: Article 4 Meetings SECTION 1. Excluding the month of December, the regular meeting of this area local shall be held on the third Saturday of each month with alternating times of 8:00am and 7:00p.m. Ending times shall be one and one-half hours after the meeting has been called to order, unless members present and voting by majority, vote to extend the meeting. Meetings may be changed to prevent scheduling conflicts with other events by concurrence of a majority of the members present and voting. Any change in the meetings shall be posted at least five days in advance of the meeting date. The president with the concurrence of the majority of the Executive Board shall have the authority to make any determination involving the change in meetings but shall be considered only to prevent scheduling conflicts. New language: Article 4 Meetings Section 1. Excluding the month of December, the regular meeting of this area local shall be held on the third Wednesday @ 6pm and be altered each month to third Saturday @ 8am. Ending times shall be one and one-half hours after the meeting has been called to order, unless members present and voting by majority, vote to extend the meeting. Meetings may be changed to prevent scheduling conflicts with other events by concurrence of a majority of the members present and voting. Any change in the meetings shall be posted at least five days in advance of the meeting date. The president with the concurrence of the majority of the executive board shall have the authority to make any determination involving the change in meetings but shall considered only to prevent scheduling conflicts. Passed 8-4 Old language: Article 7 Executive Board SECTION 2. The Executive Board shall meet semiannually, first meeting will be scheduled January 1" through June 19. Second meeting between June 2" through November 30 and shall meet by the following: Upon notification by the Local President, or written request by three members of the Executive Board. The Secretary shall notify each board member five (5) days prior to the meeting. New Language: Article 7 Executive Board SECTION 2. The Executive Board shall meet upon notification by the Local President, or written request by three members of the Executive Board. The Secretary shall notify each board member five (5) days prior to the meeting. Passed 10-1  Old Language: Article 12 Conventions, Conferences, Seminars, Schools and Training Section 1. National Conventions: Members of the Executive Board shall have first call. A maximum of six (6) delegates shall attend the National Convention at full expense if authorized by the membership. The Area Local President shall be an automatic delegate representative. Nomination will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the number authorized an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. A maximum of four (4) delegates shall attend the National Conventions at full expense, minus lost time, if authorized by the membership. Nomination will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the number authorized an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. Additional delegates shall attend the National Conventions at their own expense, except registration fees, if authorized by the membership. Nominations will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the total amount authorized by the National Constitution and By-Laws, then an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. An Executive board member to be eligible as a delegate to National Convention must have attended at least six (6) meetings in the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the General Membership meeting at which the nominations are made. The only acceptable excuse for not attending a General Membership meeting shall be if a member is on valid Union business or official out-of-town postal training with the prior approval of the President. Members not on the Executive Board may attend the National Convention if the opportunity exists to send additional delegates beyond the Executive Board these additional delegates are not required to meet the established attendance requirements for Executive Board members. The additional delegates will be compensated consistent with this Constitution. New Language: Article 12 Conventions, Conferences, Seminars, Schools and Training Section 1. National Conventions: Members of the Executive Board shall have first call. A maximum of six (6) delegates shall attend the National Convention at full expense if authorized by the membership. The Area Local President shall be an automatic delegate representative. Nomination will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the number authorized an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. A maximum of four (4) delegates shall attend the National Conventions at full expense, minus lost time, if authorized by the membership. Nomination will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the number authorized an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. Additional delegates shall attend the National Conventions at their own expense, except registration fees, if authorized by the membership. Nominations will be taken from the letters submitted or a member present at the meeting. If the delegates nominated exceed the total amount authorized by the National Constitution and By-Laws, then an election will be held by secret ballot to determine those delegates. Those nominated and not elected will be alternates in order of votes. An Executive board member to be eligible as a delegate to National Convention must have attended at least three (3) meetings in the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the General Membership meeting at which the nominations are made. The only acceptable excuse for not attending a General Membership meeting shall be if a member is on valid Union business or official out-of-town postal training with the prior approval of the President. Members not on the Executive Board may attend the National Convention if the opportunity exists to send additional delegates beyond the Executive Board these additional delegates are not required to meet the established attendance requirements for Executive Board members. The additional delegates will be compensated consistent with this Constitution. Passed 9-2 Old Language: Article 16 Expenditures SECTION 8. The Charleston WV Area Local will have an installation dinner/dance during odd years. A picnic, at local expense, will only be held in even years, if authorized by the local's membership. No alcohol will be provided with union funds for those functions. New Language: Article 16 Expenditures SECTION 8. The Charleston WV Area Local will at least once a year provide a membership event for members to attend. Passed 12-0 October 2022 Treasurers Report pg 1.pdf October 2022 Treasurers Report pg 2.pdf
  12. REPORTS OF DIRECT DEPOSIT CHANGES: UPDATE Subject: Update on employee's Direct Deposit Union Family, I received an update on the issue with employee’s direct deposit. See below. However, I reiterate that everyone should go change their password and make sure they are using the appropriate website which is: LiteBlue (usps.gov) Do not share your information with anyone! Including members of your family, friends, etc. Here is the message received from Vice-President of Labor Relations Tom Blum: Colleagues, VP Heather Dyer and the Inspection Service have confirmed Postal Service employees are often unknowingly providing their usernames and passwords to criminal websites, while attempting to access PostalEase. Employees are using Google and attempting to access PostalEase; however, Google in-turn has been redirecting them to criminally run websites that mirror the look and access of PostalEase. VP Dyer and the Corporate Information Security Office (CISO) are working with the Postal Inspection Service and drafting letters to the impacted group of approximately 119 employees, while also preparing a second letter addressed to all postal employees. Both drafts are currently under review by the Privacy Office and Law Department. We have received reports representations have been made at the district level confirming Postal Inspectors are contacting impacted employees, as well as employees who may have unknowingly been compromised, and requesting their EINs and passwords. Please note . . . Postal Inspectors have not contacted postal employees and requested their EINs and/or passwords. (Emphasis added by Charlie Cash) If you know of any financially impacted employees, please have them immediately contact the Eagan ASC Helpdesk at 866-974-2733. Staff members are available to assist. If you become aware of any employee experiencing access issues to PostalEase, please recommend they immediately contact 877-477-3273 to request assistance. VP Dyer, the CISCO Team and the Postal Inspection Service continue working around-the-clock to enhance the security of PostalEase. We will provide you with any additional information ASAP. Tom Thank you and remember—stay safe, wear your mask! Charlie Cash Industrial Relations Director American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
  13. REMINDER: ATTENTION MEMBERS The Charleston WV Area Local #133 will be conducting the Regular Monthly Meeting on November 19, 2022 @ 8:00 AM. We will be taking nominations for the local election at the November 2022 monthly meeting. The meeting will be held at 711 Bigley Ave. Charleston, WV 25302 There will be a $25.00 door prize. The bonus drawing is $500.00. ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
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