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    New Law Streamlines Claims and Appeals

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    By Apwu133,

    (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

    Last month, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 finally went into effect after having been signed into law on Aug. 23, 2017. It is said to represent one of the most significant statutory changes expected to benefit veterans in decades.

    Reform has been a long-time goal of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its stakeholders; so much so that the VA sponsored an Appeals Summit three years ago, in Mar. 2016. The VA, Congress, veteran service organizations and advocates worked together during the event to design a new appeals system. The law is intended to deliver reform to veterans on the legacy appeals system.

    Thanks to the collaborative efforts of many, veterans now have a choice in how unfavorable decisions will be reviewed. Veterans should also realize more timely resolutions of appealed decisions through the new streamlined process.

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    Anti-Privatization Resolutions Re-Introduced in Congress

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    By Apwu133,

    (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    By Legislative & Political Department Director Judy Beard

    House representatives in the 116th Congress wasted no time displaying their opposition to the White House plan to privatize the Postal Service. On Jan. 9, Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA-8), along with 12 original, bi-partisan co-sponsors, re-introduced the resolution to ensure the USPS is not subject to privatization. This resolution (H. Res 33) already had 205 co-sponsors as this issue went to press, reaffirming strong support for the public Postal Service. The companion Senate resolution, S. Res. 99, was introduced by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) on March 7, and has 30 co-sponsors.

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    Stay Strong Going Into Arbitration

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    By Apwu133,

    (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    By Organization Director Anna Smith

    With contract negotiations going into interest arbitration, staying united and strong is essential at every level. Reminding not only ourselves but our non-member co-workers that the need to stand together is essential to preserve the rights and benefits we currently enjoy.

    Below are some examples of what APWU members can and have achieved by working together.

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    Labor News

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    By Apwu133,

    This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    Coalition of Unions and Activists Boot Amazon from NYC

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    George Miranda, President, Teamsters Joint Council 16
    (photo courtesy of Teamsters Joint Council 16)

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    Join Us on April 15 for the APWU’s Tax Day of Action!

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    By Apwu133,
    Web News Article #: 22-2019

    Tax%20Day%20of%20Action%20art.JPGOn Apr. 15, postal workers are letting the public know that the Postal Service operates with NO tax dollars. Contact your local or state officers to find out how you can participate!

    If there isn’t a Tax Day event in your area, do a digital action by sharing a social media post by the APWU or the US Mail Not for Sale campaign!

    Go to usmailnotforsale.org or call 844.402.1001 to tell your member of Congress that you support the PUBLIC Postal Service!

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