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  1. There are a few ways in which a local union or state organization can update members’ addresses. View the full article
  2. No one wants to pay double dues when they transfer to one of the crafts represented by the APWU and join our union. View the full article
  3. Local and state presidents can pull and print a list of members or non-members for their organization by logging into the Members Only section of the website. A copy of the list can also be e-mailed to a local or state president by requesting one from the Per Capita Department. Requests should be directed to Anna Smith, Director, Organization Department in writing at organization@apwu.org or American Postal Workers Union, Attn: Organization Department, 1300 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005. All requests will be sent in Excel (.xlsx) or PDF. View the full article
  4. Web News Article #: 16-2019 On Feb. 19, almost a year after walking out of school and beginning a national movement of teacher and education workers strikes across the country, West Virginia workers struck again. This time teachers and school personnel walked out explicitly in protest against a potential bill that would begin a process to privatize the state’s education system. Schools in 54 of the state’s 55 counties were closed for the day, and the House of Delegates voted 53-45 to kill the bill only hours after the walk out. View the full article
  5. Web News Article #: 14-2019 On Feb. 13, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced S. 478, the “Expand Social Security Act,” legislation that would expand benefits and add almost 50 years of solvency to the program. Social Security, in its current form, is paying out more money to recipients than it takes in, and will no longer be able to pay out full benefits by 2034. A companion bill, H.R. 1170 was introduced in the House on the same day by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4). View the full article
  6. Web News Article #: 15-2019 On Feb. 15, 2019, the APWU National Executive Board adopted a proclamation honoring women of the APWU throughout March, in celebration of Women's History Month. The proclamation read: View the full article
  7. Web News Article #: 13-2019 On Monday, Feb. 11, over two thousand educators from the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) walked out of school, launching the first teachers’ strike in the city in over 25 years. The walkout follows 15 months of negotiations. The strike vote passed in January with over 93 percent of the workers in favor of the walkout. The APWU National encourages members who are able to join the picket lines or show their support via social media with the hashtag #DCTAstrong. You can also donate to the strike fund. View the full article
  8. Web News Article #: 246-2016 Consistent with the requirements of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015, the Postal Service allows veteran employees who meet the eligibility requirements to take Wounded Warrior Leave. This is a specific type of leave, which provides veteran employees with no loss in pay, for undergoing medical treatment for a service-related disability rated at 30% or more. View the full article
  9. Web News Article #: 12-2019 On Feb. 5, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” Powell was honored by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council (WPPAC) as a “Roving Ambassador for Peace,” and awarded the World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership, alongside Ester Lopez, International Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW. View the full article
  10. Web News Article #: 11-2019 APWU Regional Safety and Health Representatives, Regional Coordinators, and National Officers responsible for the flow of workplace safety programs recently met over two days at headquarters, where they discussed APWU’s Stand Up for Safe Jobs campaign and prepared to go into the field to present training on the campaign, and safety in general. Each APWU region has at least one member in the field, a Safety and Health Representative, who is appointed to help states and locals with safety issues that affect workers. View the full article
  11. Web News Article #: 11-2019 APWU officers at the 2019 Women's March in Washington, DC. View the full article
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  16. Web News Article #: 10-2019 On Jan. 23, APWU officers joined together with protestors from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), SEIU, and other unions in a sit-in at the Hart Senate office building in Washington, D.C., demanding the re-opening of the federal government. Hundreds of protestors engaged in a silent, 33-minute sit-in action (one minute for each day of the shutdown). View the full article
  17. Web News Article #: 9-2019 APWU’s Greater Los Angeles Area Local joined United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) on the picket line last week, offering support to fellow public-sector workers during the week-long strike that ended Tuesday morning. “It’s important to support each other in solidarity,” said Greater Los Angeles Area Local President Dominic Davis. “Teachers were out in full force, side by side with us in solidarity, during the Stop Staples campaign. We’re so closely aligned with them, with both of us going through negotiations [now], so it was important to show our support.” View the full article
  18. Web News Article #: 8-2019 The United States is in the midst of the longest government shutdown – with 800,000 government employees locked out of their jobs. Thousands are currently forced to work without pay. Make no mistake: federal employees’ pay is being held hostage as the White House and Congress lock horns over federal funding. President Mark Dimondstein is asking APWU members to contact their Senators, telling them that they shouldn’t use federal employees’ pay as a bargaining tool over policy issues. View the full article
  19. Web News Article #: 7-2019 The APWU joins the country today in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a dedicated champion for the civil rights and labor movements. Dr. King’s actions still resonate in the hearts of labor and civil rights activists. View the full article
  20. Web News Article #: 6-2019 On Monday, Jan. 14, over 30,000 members of the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) walked out on strike, taking to the streets in a driving rainstorm. The strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) comes after their 21 month-long contract negotiation reached an impasse. The education workers are demanding: reasonable class sizes; an instant 6.5 percent pay increase; more nurses, librarians, psychiatrists and counselors to fully staff all district schools; and limits on funding to charter schools (a form of education privatization – turning schools into profit making and driven entities). View the full article
  21. (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Health Plan Director John Marcotte View the full article
  22. (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Retirees Department Director Nancy Olumekor When you receive a “cold call” from a federal agency – like the Social Security Administration, the IRS, or the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) – it is a fraud call. A “cold call” is an unsolicited call from someone that you did not call, which may include a voicemail to call them back. Cold callers identifying themselves as being from a government agency are committing fraud – they are attempting to get your personal identifying information, such as your social security number, your bank account information, your CSA (Civil Service Annuity) number or your credit card information. View the full article
  23. This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Research & Education Department Director Joyce B. Robinson According to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, membership in labor unions rose by about a quarter million this year. In 2017, 7.2 million employees in the public sector belonged to a union, compared with 7.6 million workers in the private sector. Although the union membership rate for private-sector workers increased by 0.1 percent, their unionization rate continued to be lower than that for public-sector workers (6.5 percent versus 34.4 percent). View the full article
  24. (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) By Human Relations Director Sue Carney Martin Luther King referred to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as the second emancipation. It ended public segregation, banned employment discrimination, and forbids the use of federal funds for discriminatory programs. View the full article
  25. (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) The Veterans Administration Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act was signed into law on June 6, 2018. Dubbed the VA MISSION Act, the “reform” was touted to improve veteran access to VA health care and pave the way for a major overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which has long been plagued with problems that negatively impact our veterans. Critics, however, see the act as an effort to privatize the VA. If you look at the fine print, they just might be right. View the full article
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