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Offer from Prudential Borrowing Corp

Dear Members, Retirees and Auxiliary Members,     As you no doubt know mortgage rates have reached  all time lows, some as low as 2.75 % As your Executive Board approved preferred mortgage lender we will waive the appraisal fee and  application fee plus we do not charge any points. If you are considering a home purchase or refinance now is the time to act.

Office short on masks? Read this and the item number

From USPS Headquarters: Topeka now has millions of surgical masks on hand.

PSE Health Plan Enrollment

For PSEs eligible to enrol in the Health Plan (over a year on the job or newly converted to career), you must send in the forms to Human Resources, not through Postal Ease at this time. For more information go to the PSE page from the menu on the left side. You must register on the website to get to that page.
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Retirement Seminar- USPS

A note from our NBA Pete Coradi:  Just a friendly heads up. These Group Retirement Seminars are in fact off-the-clock as management notes in the advertisement. However, what they do not note is that as per ELM 589, individual telephonic retirement counseling is in fact on-the-clock.

Accident Benefit Association Improvements

The ABA has announced an improvement to the program benefits. The ABA is also allowing spouses of members can enrol in the Plus Plan for benefits up to $150,000. Previous they were limited to $50,000.
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General Membership Meeting

The Local is holding a General Membership Meeting this Sunday, September 27, via Zoom. This is our first meeting in sometime, so please, register to attend. This meeting is for members of our local only, and membership is being checked prior to attendance. To register, copy and paste the link below into your browser.

Hi there, 

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
When: Sep 27, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kdO-qrTMtHNMOIVl7QG3iJSYiNxcpL9mG 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Sen. Schumer Mid Island PDC Press Conference

Click on the link for an excerpt of the Senator's press conference, attended by Long Island Area Local President Pete Furgiuele and presidents of other locals and crafts.

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/post-office-stimulus-package-1.48031714

08.12.20

SCHUMER REVEALS: LONG ISLAND’S POSTAL HUB—ALONG WITH ITS 7,500 TOTAL WORKERS & DOOR-TO-DOOR SERVICE—FACE A GIANT AXE UNLESS ADMIN. FINALLY MEETS IN THE MIDDLE & NEGOTIATES ON ‘COVID-4’; SENATOR STANDS UP FOR LI PLANT’S WORKERS, NEIGHBORHOOD POST OFFICES & DEMANDS CRITICAL SERVICES REMAIN

Of All The USPS Processing Plants In The Nation, Melville’s Is One Of The Most Important Because It Serves Tri-State Area—BUT Without Coronavirus Fed Relief, LI’s Postal Engine Could Fizzle, Impacting Jobs, Businesses & Everyday Service   

Schumer Just Met 1:1 With Postmaster & Warned Of Inaction; Senator Cited Delayed Medications, Paychecks & More In Plea To Get Stamp Of Approval On LI USPS Funds 

Schumer: Even A “Back Of The Envelope” Calculation Shows LI Post Office Operations Would Be Amongst The Hardest Hit If Action Is Not Taken     

Mere days after a 1:1 meeting with USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer revealed that Long Island’s Melville postal hub—one of the biggest in America—along with the Island’s more than 7,500 USPS workers in total and door-to-door service could face a giant axe if the administration does not —like it has in prior pandemic relief bills—meet in the middle and negotiate on the ‘COVID-4’ relief bill now on pause in Congress and if USPS leadership does not support its agency.

“A week ago today, I met one-on-one with Postmaster General DeJoy and my very serious concerns for Long Island’s postal operations, workforce and customers still remain,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. “The Melville facility, Long Island’s more than 7,500 jobs and this plant’s tri-state services are systemic to the entire USPS postal system, a part of the ‘central nervous system’ functions, really. So, a place like this will feel the results of inaction first and it would get worse from there across Long Island and beyond. That is why we are here today for two reasons: first, to make a case for the administration to meet in the middle and negotiate on pandemic relief for the USPS and second, to urge USPS leaders like Louis DeJoy to back this place up—the entire Island, its entire workforce and all the customers.”

Schumer said that of all the processing plants in the nation, Melville is a tri-state hub and that it cannot risk a major slash or closure, a scenario the facility and LI postal services could face without deserved pandemic relief. Schumer warned that without negotiated pandemic relief for the USPS, LI jobs, businesses and everyday postal service on the Island would be changed—for the worse. He detailed his recent meeting with DeJoy and explained how he pushed the postmaster on these issues of delayed medications, consumer goods, paychecks and more as he made a public case for Congress to act and for the postmaster general to heed the concerns of Long Island.

Schumer was joined by Walter Barton, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers Long Island Branch, Peter Furgiele, President of the American Postal Workers Union Local 3251, Keven Tabarus, President of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 300 and employees of the Long Island postal system who ensure door-to-door delivery to homes and small businesses across Long Island as he made his case for action.

As it relates to Long Island and its more than 7,500 USPS workers and countless customers, Schumer said he is concerned because the USPS recently directed operational changes in post offices and processing centers. On August 7, 2020, the USPS also announced a significant reorganization of Postal Service leadership and functions, which could impact Long Island. These changes include the elimination of extra mail transportation trips, the reduction of overtime, the start of a pilot program for mail sorting and delivery policies at hundreds of post offices, and the reduction equipment at mail processing plants. Schumer said these decisions absolutely have an impact on Long Island, a case he made to the postmaster.

“Because one of the biggest plants is right here in Melville,” Schumer warned.

In urging the postmaster, both in letters and personally, Schumer argued the Postal Service is an “essential public institution with an obligation to serve every community in the nation.” Schumer told DeJoy he should not make changes on Long Island that will slow down mail or compromise service for veterans, small businesses, rural communities, seniors, and millions of Americans who rely on the mail for medicines, essential goods, voting, correspondence, and for their livelihoods.  The Postal Service has characterized these changes as efficiency or cost-saving measures and add they minimized any “temporary service issues” as an “inevitable” side effect of implementing new procedures, Schumer and colleagues noted in a recent letter.

Schumer has argued that in the midst of a pandemic, these actions, whether intentional or not, are already causing mail delays across the country and appear to constitute an unacceptable threat to the Postal Service and the millions of Americans who depend on it. According to Time, amid the pandemic, many postal service employees have seen their workload double because Americans started ordering more medicine and food online from inside their homes. But the volume of letter mail – the USPS’s biggest revenue stream – has fallen. In April, the U.S. Postmaster General, told the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that revenue losses this fiscal year could reach $13 billion. Schumer said that the USPS is like any other business that has been provided relief and assistance and that the numbers prove they’ve been hard hit.

“The bottom-line for Long Island is that even a “back of the envelope” calculation shows that postal operations here would be amongst the hardest hit if action is not taken and if leadership within the agency does not make the right decisions, and we cannot have that and I will not go for it,” Schumer concluded.

A breakdown of USPS jobs across Long Island’s congressional districts (CD) appears below:

CD 1

1,248 jobs

CD 2

1,262 jobs

CD 3 (Melville)

3,248 jobs

CD 4

1,893 jobs

*TOTAL LONG ISLAND USPS WORKFORCE: 7,651 JOBS

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A New Postmaster General
The Postal Board of Governors have appointed a new Postmaster General, a non-postal employee with no postal knowledge. He is a donor to republicans and the president. We shall see where this takes us.
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APWU Health Plan Enhancement

APWU Health Plan COVID-19 Coverage Enhancements

The Health Plan will:
•     Cover COVID-19 testing at no cost* to the member when testing is prescribed by a clinical 
professional
•     Cover telehealth visits at no cost* to the member when visits are performed through the 
Health Plan’s telehealth providers:


o  High Option: Visits through Amwell are available at www.amwell.com at no cost* to the member
o  Consumer Driven Option: Virtual visits through AmWell, Teladoc, and Doc on Demand are available 
at www.myuhc.com at no cost* to the member

•     Cover telehealth visits to network providers at no cost* to member when related to COVID-19
•     Waive inpatient prior authorization requirements related to COVID-19
•     Reminder: Members are encouraged to use mail order for maintenance medications which provides 
a 90-day refill and the delivery is free

*All deductible, coinsurance, and copays will be waived

Family First Coronavirus Act
Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act The Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (FFCRA) extends to postal employees some additional leave benefits due to the Coronavirus and the illness it causes--COVID19. APWU represented employees, both career and non-career, are entitled to the leave provisions enacted by the FFCRA. Two new leave types are now extended to postal employees.
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COVID 19 Timekeeping Procedures
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Covid-19 Decision Tree
Below are the steps that should be taken in certain cases of possible COVID-19 discovery. You should have the actual poster in your office. For a copy of the poster, click here.
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Important information

Immediate Action Required!

 

NEW APPROVED Retail Safe Guards & Actions to be taken in every office:   

 

Social Distancing

·         Please ensure EVERY PO has lines and sign in place today.  Tape on floor 6’ increments, Lobbies, Q-lines, Counters, Front Doors & even outside on ground (for lobbies that get more than 10 people) where necessary

·         Please ensure we have taken every proactive steps within the operations to ensure social distancing: Cases, Start Times, Breaks, Loading of Dock, Back Office, PO Box, PM Office, Parcel Distribution

 

·         Coughing/ Sneezing guards at retail window is authorized where appropriate, standard work to follow.  Items to consider:

o   Safe and secure installation

o   Plexi glass first option (remember , cough guard , not an air flow shield , maybe 2.5x3 or 3x3)

o   Clear vinyl (shower curtain) as temp option until plexi glass

o   Clear vinyl (shower curtain) as long term where plexi glass can’t be installed

 

Please take all urgent precautions to keep our employees safe while continuing to service our customers. 

 

Frank Calabrese

District Manager / Executive-In-Charge

Long Island District

Statement from President Dimondstein
Statement from President Dimondstein: Postal Workers in a Time of Crisis Mark Dimondstein March 25, 2020 Since the early days of the Postal Service, we postal workers have helped stitch the fabric of the country together.
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Recent and important stand up talks
These are the most recent Stand Up talks. You should have received these talks. If you are not receiving these talks, contact your Union representatives. These are talks, do not let management leave them lying around and saying you should read them.  Enforce what is suggested. Social distancing is not an option, it is vital to protecting yourself.
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Use of Masks In the Post Office
Please note this important message from Director Zimmerman Subject: Use of Masks: Surgical and N95 There have been many questions recently about the use and wearing of masks while at work.  There is no dispute that an employee can wear a mask at work if they choose to do so. A concern was brought to me in regards to the “N95” masks.
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March 19 Service Talk
Postal Service Stand up Talk March 19, 2020 Mandatory Retail Stand-Up Talk COVID-19 Prevention and Response March 19, 2020   On a daily basis, we interact with our customers in the lobby to transact business. The safety and well-being of our employees is our highest priority, especially in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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Coronavirus and FECA (Workers Comp)
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Latest Management Coronavirus Instructions
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) UPDATED SUPERVISOR AND MANAGEMENT GUIDANCE (V.2) March 13, 2020 The Postal Service continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 across the United States. The following information is provided to assist you as managers and supervisors to communicate with your employees.
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Note!!! Event changes

Please note that the General Membership Meeting and Shop Steward Seminar scheduled for Sunday, March 22, 2020 is canceled. We will reschedule the shop steward seminar. No one will be adversely affected by this cancelation. 

Be safe, stay healthy, take care of family. Stay posted for additional information and schedules.

Coronavirus Update from PMG
USPS News Link News Coronavirus update PMG delivers message to employees March 9 at 3:42 p.m. PLAY 00:00 04:21 PIPENTER FULLSCREEN PLAY In a special “Business Focus” video released this week, Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan updates employees on the new coronavirus.
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We have a contract!!!
We Have a New Union Contract!! Retroactive Back Pay and COLA Awarded March 11, 2020 The big news is in – 200,000 postal workers represented by the APWU have a new union contract.
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Renewed Optimism
Mike - As we started the New Year with the delivery of more than 400,000 petition signatures to the Postmaster General, President Dimondstein had a message for all members. "Let’s enter this year with renewed optimism and energy. I look forward to working with all of you as we continue to advance the cause of postal - and all - workers." Watch the video here.
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Message from President Dimondstein
Dear Sisters and Brothers, Happy New Year to you all. It promises to be an important year in the life of our union and our movement as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Great Postal Strike, anticipate a new contract, engage in vital struggles over the future of the Postal Service and organize for important elections in the fall.
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Welcome 2020!!!
Happy New Year!!! Here's to hoping that everyone had a fantastic, fun filled, and safe holiday season. All of our members toiled hard during this holiday season, working long hours, often starting at midnight to accept Amazon drops. You all deserve a round of applause. 2019 was a challenging year, and 2020 will be no less challenging.
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Contract Now
Show your Union Support and the fight for a fair contract. Wear your contract now stickers, have your kids, family, friends wear the stickers. Support your Union. Fight for a fair contract.
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Greatest Grievance of All
Tom Brimm, Managing Editor, e Kentucky Labor News, June 1981 {t  would  be  the  most  famous  written IEVANCE in the history of man .
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Things a Member Should Do
Members, there are several things you should do periodically to protect yourself, and to assist your Union in protecting your rights. A very important and overlooked task a member should do is periodically review their Official Personnel File.  Know what is in your OPF, and if there is something that should not be in there, take action to have it removed.
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Protect your job!! Call your legislator!!!
Legislation Calls to Repeal Prefunding Mandate WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:  32-2019 05/02/2019 - On Monday, Apr. 29, members of Congress introduced H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act. This legislation would repeal, in full, the onerous prefunding of retiree health care benefits mandate Congress put in place in 2006.
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APWU Contract Statement
Statement from President Mark Dimondstein to APWU on Status of Collective Bargaining WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:  119-2018 12/21/2018 - The Collective Bargaining Agreement (Union Contract) between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service initially expired on September 20, 2018.
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It's Your Job, Save It
Reprinted from the Wisconsin Postal Workers Volume 51    No.
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Urgent Safety Alert
Urgent Safety Alert Breaking news: It has just been reported that explosive devices have been sent through the mail addressed to a number of high-profile individuals and corporate entities. APWU leaders condemn such criminal acts. Our members are rightfully deeply concerned for their own well being and that of the public we serve.
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Benefits for PSEs
As if PSEs (or any employee represented by APWU) needed any additional reasons to belong to the American Postal Workers Union, these additional benefits and rights exacted for PSEs demonstrate how hard, and continuous, APWU works for their members.
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Postal Service Unilaterally Changes Safety Program
Not surprisingly, the Postal Service has once again unilaterally changed a program within the job. This time, the Postal Service has changed the safety program, essentially ridding themselves of safety captains, local safety and health committees, and the nuisance (to managers) form 1767 report of safety problems. This action seeks to circumvent the Union's and long standing practices.
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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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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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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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