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Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period

.This year's penalty overtime exclusion period for the Christmas Holidays will run from December 2, 2017 (PP 25-17 wk 2) through December 29, 2017 (PP 01-18 wk 1).

New PSE Relative Standing Seniority

A recent list of Long Island District PSE seniority is now available in the members section.
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FEHB Open Season

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) officially announced  the dates for the 2017 FEHB Open Season which  will run from  Monday, November 13 through  Monday, December 11, 2017.

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Members,  I have received numerous received numerous rejection notices from a handful of members emails. Please double check your email address in your website profile, and add the local's email (info@longislandarealocal.org) to your whitelist.


Congress inching toward taking money out of your pocket

On Thursday, Oct. 5, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to advance its 2018 budget resolution. This resolution is a broad measure that designates government spending with far-reaching implications, including enormous cuts to postal and federal workers, as well as America’s social safety net, while providing tax cuts for the wealthy. While the resolution passed the House on a narrow 219 to 206 vote, a federal budget can only take effect if agreed to by both chambers.

Tens of thousands of postal and federal workers called on their lawmakers throughout the summer and fall to reject any budget balanced on the backs of workers. After APWU and our allies in the Federal-Postal Coalition planted a flag opposing the House’s draconian cuts, 18 Republicans lawmakers joined all Democrats voting in opposition. You can see how each representative voted, including a list of the 18 opposing Republicans, at GovTrack.
“To all of APWU activists who made the call, who visited in person, thank you,” said Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard. “You stepped up and made known to your member of Congress the devastating effects the budget resolution would have on workers. I know you will continue to be seen and heard as the budget moves forward. The budget fight is far from over.”
The Senate next has to consider its own resolution and recently released a budget starkly different from the House version. While the House resolution contains instructions to cut $32 billion from the committee of jurisdiction over the Postal Service and postal/federal pay and benefits, these are absent from the Senate budget resolution. The Senate budget also does not call for bringing the Postal Service “on-budget.”
“It is imperative that the House’s attacks on the postal and federal workforce are kept out of the Senate budget, and out of any possible compromise resolution between the two chambers,” said President Mark Dimondstein. “Our continued activism and engagement will be crucial.”
Stay up to date on the latest developments and action items on apwu.org and through APWU e-Team legislative alerts.
Take Action! Your Retirement and Job at Stake!!
APWU members made 5,000 calls during our call-in Day of Action to fight the House Budget Proposal, but our fight is not over. This Wednesday, Oct. 4, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on their 2018 Budget Proposal. NOW IS THE TIME TO KEEP UP THE PRESSURE. Let your Representative know that their constituents are deeply concerned. CALL 1-844-402-1001 NOW.
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URGENT ACTION ALERT!!!!
URGENT ACTION ALERT: Affordable Care Act Repeal is Back! WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:  88-2017 09/19/2017 - This week, the U.S. Senate is working on their newest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graham-Cassidy bill, a last-ditch effort to repeal the ACA, is gaining steam, and Senators are hoping to bring it to a vote by September 30.
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Postal News Briefs

Postal  NeWs·Briefs

The Postal Service reported in August a net loss of $2.1 billion for the third quarter of 2017, an increase in net loss of $573 million, compared to the same quarter last year. However, the postal unions noted that while USPS is slightly in the red this fiscal year it actually would have turned an operating profit of $1.5 billion if the Postal Regulatory Commission  had not forced the Postal Service to roll back an emergency price hike it instituted in 2014.

"These figures reflect the impact of last year's rollback in stamp prices. 

Without  the  2-cent  reduction  in  stamp  prices,  this  quarter's  revenue would be $500 million higher and the year-to-date revenue would be $1.5 billion  higher,"  said  Fredric  Rolando,  president  of  the  National Association  of  Letter  Carriers. "The  April 201-6 rollback in stamp  prices was the first since  1919, and it makes  little financial  sense  because  the Postal Service  already  has the industrial  world's  lowest rates.".



The current union contract between the APWU and the USPS expires on September 20, 2018. InJune of 2018, the APWU will open formal negoti­ ations  with  management.   APWU  preparations  are  already underway. 

Some of the major goals for the upcoming negotiations: a) Job Security including protection of the no lay-off provisions and limits on subcontracting; b) Fair pay raises that reward postal workers for our hard work and con­ tributions; c) Bridge the gaps between the divisive "three tier" wage and benefit structure; d) Protect and expand career jobs; e) Uplift the PSE work­

force; f) Hold abusive managers accountable; g) Expand and enhance postal services.

All members need to become active, stick together and stay deter- mined. Together  we can win!.                                                                              .,

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For Your Future, Contact Congress
CALL 844-402-1001  to tell your Member of Congress  How You Really Feel  About the House Budget  Before the summer recess, the House Budget Committee advanced its Fiscal Year 2018  budget resolution which includes an outright assault on postal and federal workers.
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Download: Summer Action Flyer.pdf
Contract 2018 Preparation
APWU Contract 2018 “We’re Fired Up! Ready to Go!     Hopefully, you have received the attached important letter from President Dimondstein about the beginning of our 2018 Contract Campaign, the Slogan contest, and the contest forms.
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Fighting Back
Update on the Fight Back Against USPS Reductions in Service and Jobs WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:  70-2017 07/20/2017 - Following strong resistance from the APWU - and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) - USPS management agreed to a five-month delay in implementing forced reassignments and excessing of employees out of their installations.
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Long Island District does it again
On July 19, 2017 Long Island District reduced the number of identified Excessed Post Offices from the Original 88 Post Offices to 68 Post Offices, and the number of employees to be Excessed from 188 to 137. Although this is a step in the right direction the APWU will continue to press both Regional and District Management Officials that their numbers are still bogus, inflated and in violation of the APWU - USPS National Agreement.  
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Peter Furgiuele, President
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URGENT!!! DAY OF ACTION!!!
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED!! YOUR ACTION, YOUR JOB, YOUR PAY!!! Join the APWU in a Day of Action on July 18th to Fight the White House’s Budget Proposal Speak Up to Protect Your Job and Your Retirement.
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A small documentary from PBS

From our friends at the AFL-CIO

The Labor Wire

July 12, 2017

In the midst of a stormy political summer, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers are staying focused on good jobs with a short documentary produced by PBS and narrated by James Earl Jones called “Made in America.” Check it out. The labor movement will never rest in our fight to make the American dream real for all workers.

Postal Service attack on our jobs
MEMBERS ALERT -     MEMBERS ALERT Dear Sisters & Brothers, Posta l Management has officially notified the APWU of their intentions to excess at least 188 employees from 88 different post offices represented by our Local. To see the complete list of offices and the number of employees affected visit our Local Web-Site (see enclosed  information).
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Unions Stand Together Against Postal Service Jobs Attack
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My job is safe. NOT!
So you thought you had a job, eh? A good job. Good days off, good hours.  Seniority has its privileges, eh?  You’re a senior lead clerk, level 7, do the tasks you want to do.  But do TACS? No, I do not want to do that. Station inputs? No, let them find some junior clerk to do that.  In fact, let management do that work.
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Trumpcare

Q and A on the Bills Pending before Congress
Get the Facts Postal Reform Questions & Answers WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:  34-2017 04/10/2017 - In order to have a healthy, sustainable, public Postal Service, legislation is necessary to protect postal customers and postal workers from USPS’s current financial crisis.
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Washington Post Has it Wrong
WASHINGTON POST GETS IT WRONG By AGAFebruary 16, 2017Recent News14 Comments 6    Response to Washington Post Editorial Board’s “The Postal Service needs more than a Band-Aid,” February 13, 2017.
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APWU Legislative Update
The Staples Dirty Deal is over!!!
We Won!! The USPS and Staples Deal is Over! WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:  01-2017 01/05/2017 - Rallying in El Cerrito, CA.  Postal management informed the APWU in writing that the “Approved Shipper” program in Staples stores will be shut down by the end of February 2017. This victory concludes the APWU’s three-year struggle.
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Long Island NY Area Local Constitution Changes
Farewell to Jeff Kehlert
Health Plan Special Enrollment Period for Non Career

For all PSEs and non career employees!!

A special enrollment period for the USPS Health Plan is now open. We encourage any PSE who desires to enroll to review the information and process as soon as possible. The enrollment period ends June 30, 2016.

To see this information, click here.

Health Plan for PSEs less than a year on job
For more information, visit the member resource page. You must be a union member to access the page, and register on the website.
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Year end recap
Postal Service delays payments
Our members Rally!!
OIG and Postal Passport Acceptance
USPS OIG Audit Report: Optimization of Passport Facilities Posted courtesy of 21st Century Postal Worker 3 1 1 Background The U.S. Postal Service accepts passport applications at over 5,000 post offices nationwide on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. The Postal Service agreed to accept passport applications for a minimum of 5 hours per day.
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NLRB Decision on Staples
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Middle-Class Betrayal? Why Working Hard Is No Longer Enough in America
NO PULSE
03/02/2015 - The APWU and USPS are facing off over management’s latest scheme: The Postal Pulse, a new employee opinion survey. “The APWU vehemently opposes Postal Pulse – and any other employee opinion survey – despite management notices that say otherwise,” said President Mark Dimondstein.  A Feb.
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In today's anti-labor world by Mike Puterio

In a typical example of corporate disdain and disregard for unions, their employees, and the compesation they deserve, Cablevision has gone to new lengths to get rid of a union, and pay their employees less than they deserve.

Brooklyn technical workers voted to unionize through the CWA three years ago. In that time, Cablevision has refused to negotiate a fair contract with the CWA, arguing that by paying those workers compensation comparable to technicians in other locales, it would be unfair to non-union workers. They have also allegedly threatened to withhold raises unless the group votes to decertify the CWA, without ever negotiating a fair contract. A typical representation of the attitude of big business in today's climate.

For the whole article, click here.

Someone Else Died

APWU Stands up for Safe Jobs


The American Postal Workers Union continually fights for safe jobs. The Postal Service, as we all know, is not the safest place to work. Learn what we can do to keep ourselves safe, and what the Union is doing to help keep us safe. For more information, click here.

Money on the table
For those Long Island NY Area Locals who have been paying attention, or have been on the receiving end, the members of this local have won thousands of dollars for various violations of our contract in their offices. Almost quarterly, many of our members receive checks for several hundred dollars to a couple of thousand dollars.
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