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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.


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. Please read the information and statement from our National Officer Vance Zimmerman.

Subject: PSE Retention Survey

All, recently the Postal Service notified the APWU that they would be conducting a survey of PSEs assigned to Function 4.  This survey is being referred to as “retention survey for Postal Support Employees (PSEs) currently assigned to Function 4 (Customer Service Operations).”  The USPS has stated that the purpose of the survey is to “obtain feedback from PSEs assigned to Function 4 regarding their overall workplace experience. The Postal Service continues to say, “ It is anticipated that the feedback received from the survey will guide the Postal Service in developing retention strategies that will have a positive effect on PSEs currently assigned to Function 4.” 

  

It also came to our attention that the Postal Service also released a stand-up talk on this survey. It is attached for your review.  

  

The APWU is not agreement with this survey. The APWU’s position on this--and all management conducted surveys—is not to participate. The Industrial Relations Department in conjunction with the Clerk Division has demanded and is scheduled to meet with the Postal Service on this survey. The APWU will be once again voicing our opposition to management surveys and asserting that the APWU is the sole bargaining agent for all APWU represented bargaining unit employees, which includes Function 4 PSEs. The Postal Service cannot use surveys to circumvent the bargaining process, nor can they implement any changes based on this survey without negotiating with the APWU.  

  

As more information is obtained it will be shared with the field. 

Please Disseminate

Vance Zimmerman

Industrial Relations Director

Function Four Service Talk 

February 12, 2021 

Function Four Postal Support Employee  (PSE) Survey 

Function Four (F4) Postal Support Employee (PSE) Retention is an  initiative seeking to gather information related to improving F4 PSE  retention. The responses are only for analytical purposes and will not  affect anyone’s standing within the organization. Results will be  reported anonymously, compiled, reviewed and used when solutions  are discussed.  

The survey is voluntary and it will be sent to all F4 PSEs currently on  the rolls with Postal emails and made available via an online link  found here:  

https://uspslndevalfedramp.gov1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0j6yIBlP6 NYftKR 

PSEs are encouraged to complete the survey to provide feedback on  their employment experience. If employees choose to participate in  the survey, it must be completed by February 26. Function Four  PSEs are to be provided 15 minutes on the clock to complete the  survey. Postmasters and Managers are asked to provide the link to  any PSE that does not utilize their Postal email or did not receive an  email with the survey link. Please post this Service Talk. 

Thank you for everything you do every day to provide the best  customer experience in your delivery units. 

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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.

I had an opportunity to speak with the Senate Majority Leader relative to postal workers and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.    

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) COVID-19 Relief Package calls for continuing Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). President Biden’s plan calls for 14 weeks of paid sick leave and family medical leave. Additionally, President Biden’s plan calls for a change in the maximum leave benefits, which would represent an increase for those using expanded FMLA to care for others. Senator Schumer mentioned the goal of getting a new COVID relief bill done by March 14, 2021.   

As we know, postal workers have been true heroes, and have been on the front-lines during the entire pandemic. The expiration of FFCRA and EPSL effective December 31, 2020 has been to the detriment of postal workers so it is important to have the inclusion of postal workers and the continuing of FFCRA in a new COVID-19 Relief package. We must continue to urge our representatives to ensure the aforementioned is achieved.

For those in the State of New York, our collective continued disappointment was expressed that currently postal workers remain excluded from Phase 1B, despite the repeated CDC recommendation. We will continue to endeavor that postal workers are included in Phase 1B vaccination distribution, and sooner, rather than later!

Senator Schumer mentioned the administration plan for the Federal government setting up centers in each State nationwide to give vaccines to ALL, regardless of category. The centers would be run by FEMA, with National Guard, and Health care workers. The target is to have the centers functioning by June 2021.   

Another noteworthy topic discussed was the continued effort for the passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would strengthen the Labor Movement. The PRO Act would not only facilitate workers efforts to form a union, but to organize and join a union and allow them to bargain for better wages and benefits.

The struggle continues…..

In solidarity,

Pete Coradi

National Business Agent

American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

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:
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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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