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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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Maintenance Positions

For any career employees seeking to transfer to the maintenance craft, applications for in house transfers are now open. Please consult your managers for the details. You should have received a service talk on this. The applications are open now, and are due January 27, 2020.  If you are interested, act quickly.

Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period

Please Note the Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period.

ABA Scholarship 2019

It is scholarship time! The ABA (Accident Benefit Association) is offering high school students scholarships.
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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.

                       â— Up to 80 hours of Emergency Paid Sick Leave for specific qualifying reasons.

                       â— Public Health Emergency Leave, which amends the Family and Medical Leave Act                           (FMLA), allowing employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave related to the closure of a                           minor child’s school or place of care due to COVID-19.

The law went into effect on April 1, 2020, and covers absences from that day forward. If you were off work prior to April 1st, you cannot retroactively claim benefits under the new law. However, you can claim benefits for any qualifying absences from April 1 through December 31, 2020.

No matter your length of service or status as a career or non-career employee you are eligible for the Emergency Paid Sick Leave. If you meet one of these qualifying reasons:

You will be paid up to 80 hours at your regular rate of pay up to a maximum of $511 per day (APWU represented employees do not go over this limit) if:

                            1. You are subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolated order related to                COVID-19 (state and local “shelter in place” or “stay at home” orders are not considered                        “quarantines”).                             

                            2. You have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to                      COVID-19.

                            3. You are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are seeking a medical diagnosis.                 

The following reasons allow you to receive ⅔ of your regular rate of pay, up to $200 per day,                  for the following qualifying reasons:

                            4. You are caring for an individual subject to an order described in numbers 1 and 2                  above.

                            5. You are caring for your child under the age of 18 whose school or place of care is                  closed (or child care provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 related reasons.

                            6. You are experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the                      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

                           FMLA is expanded if the employee meets qualifying condition five (5) above.

The following regulations apply:

● An employee only needs 30 days of employment to qualify for expanded benefits.

● The usual 12-weeks of FMLA is not expanded.

● The first two weeks are not paid; but you can use Leave Without Pay (LWOP), sick or annual leave you have accrued to cover the two-week period. You may also use the 80 hours of Emergency Paid Sick Leave to cover the first two weeks; but if used here, it would not be able to use it for any other qualifying reason or combination of reasons.

● The remaining 10-weeks of FMLA for the indicated qualifying reasons is paid leave – without charge to any contractual paid leave available to the employee; but it is paid at 2/3 the regular rate of pay with a cap of $200 per day and $12,000 for the ten weeks.

● All of the regular FMLA rules and benefits remain unchanged when FMLA is taken for any reason other than qualifying reasons five above.

Employees who qualify and use these types of leave may not be removed, disciplined, or discriminated against for lawfully exercising their rights to the emergency paid sick leave or the expanded family and medical leave act.

The APWU reached agreement with the USPS that using this type of leave cannot be considered when a new employee is to be separated on during their 90-day probation (career employee) or first 120-calendar days of work or 90 days worked by PSEs. Anyone who believes this has happened should contact their local union stewards or officers.

Employees who wish to use this leave are obligated to give notice to management that they will be absent for one of the qualifying reasons and request Emergency Sick Leave or the Public Health Emergency Leave (expanded FMLA) benefits. You would request this leave through your normal leave request procedures by either calling the normal phone number or submitting a PS Form 3971 directly to your supervisor or manager. On the form 3971 for type of leave you are requesting, check “other” and write in “Code 077-19” for reason 1-3. In the remarks section write “Emergency Sick Leave--Self”. For reasons 4-6 check the other box and write in “Code 081-19” and in the remarks section write “Emergency Sick Leave--Other.” If you call in and request this leave make sure you verify your PS 3971 upon your return before signing. You should also verify your pay stubs to ensure you received the proper type of leave.

As with all FMLA related absences you will be required to provide documentation consistent with Department of Labor regulations and the Act. Medical documentation for reasons 1-3 should not be given to your supervisor or manager but rather provided to your local medical unit or the FMLA coordinators department at the Human Resources Shared Service Center. Medical confidentiality policies and procedures still apply. For qualifying reasons 4-6 one of the following should be provided 1) a notice of closure from a state/county/city school system or your private school system; and/or 2) notice of closure from your daycare center; and/or 3) written statement from the employee stating the need for leave due to the school closure, daycare closure, or unavailability of the usual caregiver of the minor child should accompany the PS Form 3971.

We expect the Postal Service to be constantly updating the processes that will need to be put in place to implement this leave. We continue to have regular discussions with the Postal Service on these new provisions and when we receive updates additional developments we will provide them to you. 

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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