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June 13, 2021
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NO to PULSE
The Postal Service is again urging workers to take a survey, called PULSE. Just like the VOE, the Union urges members to boycott this survey.
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Cost of Living Allowance Increase

There will be a COLA increase in all career APWU covered employees of twenty cents (.20) per hour, effective February 27 (PP 6).

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.


Proposed Constitution Changes

EFEL Update

American Rescue Plan Act:  update on Emergency
Federal Employee Leave (EFEL)


Multiple questions were submitted to the Industrial Relations Department  regarding the recently 
passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). As part of the bill, funding for Emergency Federal 
Employ­ee Leave  (EFEL)  was appropriated.  The APWU  is monitoring  all  developments  regarding  
EFEL  and will continue to share information as it is received.
The  Office  of  Personnel  Management  (OPM)  is responsible  for  administering  the fund  and  
issuing guidelines on this new leave. We will not know how this leave will be implemented 
government-wide un­til OPM issues the regulations and guidelines.
However, this is what is known:
•  All postal employees, career or non-career, quali­fy for EFEL
•  $570,000,000  has  been  allotted  for  payment  of EFEL government-wide.
• Employees can utilize up to 600 hours of EFEL in total.
•  The law allows these 600 hours to be used through September  30,  2021  or  until  the  fund  is 
 deplet­ed-whichever  comes first.
Employees can utilize this leave if unable to work due to the following COVID-19 related reasons:
1. Subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19.
2. Has  been  advised   by  a  health  care  provider to  self-quarantine  due  to  concerns   
related  to COVID-19.
3. Caring for an individual who is subject to such an order as in (1) or has been so advised as in 
(2).
l.  Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis.
;_  Caring for the employee's son or daughter if the school or place of care of the son or daughter 
has been closed, requires or makes optional a virtual learning instruction model, requires or makes 
op­tional a hybrid of in-person  and virtual learning instruction  models,  or if the child-care  
provider of the son or daughter is unavailable, due to COVID-19 precautions.
. Experiencing any other substantially similar con­dition.
. Caring  for  a  family  member  with  a  mental  or physical  disability  or who is 55 years  of 
age or older and incapable  of self-care,  without  regard to whether another individual other than the ployee is available to care for such family member, if the place of care for such family mem is closed or the direct care provider is unavailable due to COVID-19.

8. Obtaining immunization  (vaccination) relate COVID-19 or is recovering from any injury, ability, 
 illness,  or condition  related  to such immunization.
Pay is at the employee's normal rate of hourly pay up to a maximum of $2,800 per pay period.
NTFT, PTF, PTR, and PSEs weekly hours paid be  based  upon  the  average  numbers  the  employee 
worked  the 26-pay  periods  prior to the leave be taken up to a maximum of 40 hours a week.
Employees  will  not  earn  credit  towards  retirement,  retirement  contributions,  contribute  
to TSP or receive TSP matching funds on hours paid under the EFEL.
To take this leave, employees should submit a Form  3971  and  indicate  they  are  requesting  EFEL 
on the form. Employees  must identify which of 8  qualifying  conditions  they  qualify  under  for leave. Postal management is to code the leave un TACS code 086-21. The Postal Service informed APWU that this code was made available in TACS on  March 17.
Management  is taking the position that qualify reason number 1 does not apply to postal employees as 
they are not subject to quarantine/isolation ordes related to COVID-19. Also, there has not been " 
other  substantially  similar  condition"  identified this time that would qualify under number 6.
On March 18, the Postal Service informed President Dimondstein that they are awaiting further clarification from OPM on the implementation, documen tion,  and  other items related  to the usage of EFEL.
OPM has instructed all government agencies, including the Postal Service, not to issue their own 
official permanent  policies  until  the  OPM-issued  guidance is released.
It is anticipated that the OPM guidance will be released in the next week or two. At that point, we will
share further information with the members.

Postal Surveys raise their heads again
The Postal Service is again sending out a survey of employees, this time targeting Postal Support Employees. As the Union has for years, we urge our members to not participate in the surveys. The Postal Service manages to find ways to use the results against the Union in negotiations. They are not seeking to help employees, but for their advantage.
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NBA Coradi Meets with Senator Schumer
An Update from our National Business Agent Peter Coradi, a member of the NYS AFL-CIO Executive Council: Good Evening Sisters & Brothers/Union Family: Earlier today, I had the privilege to participate in a meeting with Senator Chuck Schumer, along with other members of the NY State AFL-CIO Executive Council.
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Trustees Announcement

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Vaccine Availability
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Petition for the Board of Governors
Mandatory Stand Up Talk 12/16/20
Mandatory Stand-Up Talk Dec. 16, 2020 Face covering and mask update The requirement for Postal Service employees to use face coverings or masks continues when social  distancing of six (6) feet cannot be maintained in public, or in public-facing settings when  required by state or local orders or directives.
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From OPM Services
OPM.GOV Season's greetings from OPM Retirement Services. As we welcome in 2021, the following announcements are provided: Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and eligible Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) retirees and survivors will be receiving a COLA effective December 1, 2020.
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SUT Mandatory Masks
This is a mandatory Stand Up Talk that ALL offices are to get. If you do not receive a talk, not given a paper to read, but a talk, let your Union Representatives know. And please, wear your mask. Mandatorv Stand-Up Talk Nov.
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Mandatory Stand Up Talk
Mandatory Stand-Up Talk   Nov. 13, 2020   Protecting everyone’s safety and wellness   Throughout the coronavirus pandemic — even as new “hot spots” emerge  around the nation and new cases are reported — the Postal Service has  continued to deliver for America. We are a lifeline for millions of people.
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Election Mail Extraordinary Measures
?           UNITED ST/JTES l!Iii/, POST/JL SERVICE October 20, 2020 Officers, PCES, Pay Band Managers, and EAS Employees SUBJECT:  Extraordinary  Measures Memorandum As we draw closer to the November 3, 2020, general election, more information is being provided  today to further supplement and reiterate previous guidance.
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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
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.
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Protect your job!! Call your Senator!!!

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APWU Call to Action

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APWU Statement on George Floyd Killing
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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.
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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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NO to PULSE
The Postal Service is again urging workers to take a survey, called PULSE. Just like the VOE, the Union urges members to boycott this survey.
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Boycott Staples
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A radio station dedicated to union causes
NO to PULSE
The Postal Service is again urging workers to take a survey, called PULSE. Just like the VOE, the Union urges members to boycott this survey.
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