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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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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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New benefit for our Wounded warriors

The Postal Service is providing an additional benefit for our disabled veterans.
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Q n A on Postal Reform and Medicare integration

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON THE POSTAL REFORM ACT OF 2022

Q 1: What are the major provisions of the Postal Reform Act of 2022?
A: The bill has four primary pillars:1) ending the crippling retiree health benefit pre-funding mandate, 2) providing for prospective Medicare integration, 3) adding transparency to USPS service issues, and 4) guaranteeing six-day delivery.

Q2: Does the bill have bi-partisan support? 
A: Yes. The Postal Reform Act passed in the House on February 8 with

Q3:  How will the bill protect the Post Office for future generations?
A: The Bill is estimated to save the USPS at least $45 billion over the next ten years. It will guarantee six-day delivery. In addition, it will ensure that letter mail, flats and packages remain combined into one postal network, helping to capture package growth in the future.

Pre-Funding Mandate

Q4: What is the “Pre-Funding Mandate” and how does it impact the Postal Service?
 A: The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006 required that the Postal Service “pre-fund'' 100 percent of its retiree health benefit liabilities, 75 years into the future, at a cost of $5.5 billion a year over the first ten years. The USPS now “owes” the government over $35 billion of the unpaid portion of this legal obligation. The draconian pre-funding mandate is a large reason why the Postal Service slowed service and curtailed hours of operation, closed processing plants, increased subcontracting, and severely reduced staffing. It also hurt the Postal Service’s financial ability to upgrade buildings and infrastructure, and purchase a new vehicle fleet.
 
Q5: How does this legislation address the pre-funding mandate?
 A: The Postal Reform Act will completely repeal this unfair law and absolve the USPS of the portion of the “mandate” that they were unable to pay.  Retiree health care costs will return to the “pay as you go” system that was in place before the 2006 PAEA and was being successfully met by the USPS year after year. Repeal of this mandate has been a major legislative goal of the APWU.

Medicare Integration

Q6: How does “Medicare Integration” work?
 A: With Medicare Integration future retirees, when Medicare eligible at age 65, will remain in the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) in retirement. They will also be required to be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B.  Retiree health coverage will then become a combination of Medicare and FEHBP. The provisions of Medicare Integration will become effective on January 1, 2025.
 
Q7: If I am already retired will this obligation apply to me?
 A: No. Medicare Integration will be applied only on a prospective basis However, if a current postal retiree over age 65 with FEHBP who has not already joined Medicare B and now wishes to join will have a one-time opportunity to do so and have the “late enrollment” penalty waived.
 
Q8: Will current and retired employees remain in FEHBP?
 A: Yes. The pending legislation keeps all postal workers in the Federal Employee Benefits Health Program. All workers will be able to keep their current plans and avail themselves of the annual open season if workers wish to choose other options within FEHBP.

Q9: Why does the Postal Reform Act established a “postal employee” program within FEHPB?
 A: The only way to capture the savings of Medicare Integration for the individual employee and the Postal Service is to establish a postal group within FEHBP. The Postal Service will have no authority in administering the plans which will be run by FEHBP with the existing Office of Personnel Management (OPM) oversight.
 
Q10: If I am 65 or older (Medicare eligible age) and still an active postal employee will I be required to obtain Medicare Part B to maintain my FEHBP health insurance
 A: No. The provision will apply only after a postal worker retires.

Q11: If I am retired but have not reached the Medicare Eligibility age of 65, will I have to enroll in Medicare Parts A and B to maintain my health insurance?
 A: No. 

Q12: Under this proposed bill, if I am an active USPS employee and currently under the age of 65, will I be required to have Medicare Parts A and B when I retire from USPS?
 A: Yes. Medicare Integration means enrolling in Medicare Parts A and B when you turn 65 in order to maintain your FEHBP coverage. However, if you are at least 64 as of January 1, 2025, this would not apply to you.
 
Q13. If I am retired and “Medicare Eligible” but live abroad, or receive health care from the Indian Health Service, or the Veterans Administration (VA), will I be required to enroll in Medicare?
 A: No, the proposed bill includes these exemptions from the Medicare requirement.
 
Q14: Will this pending legislation affect my prescription drug costs?
 A : Yes. The Postal Reform Act allows the various FEHBP plans to take advantage of special Medicare D discounts for postal workers that many private employers use. These discounts lower the cost of prescription drugs to the recipients.
 
Q15: How does Medicare Integration help postal workers?
 A : With Medicare Integration, Medicare becomes the primary provider, FEBHP becomes the secondary provider. FEHBP picks up what Medicare does not cover, and thus eliminates out of pocket expenses such as co-pays and deductibles. In addition, with Medicare as the primary provider, the FEHBP plans save money which in turn helps to mitigate future costs of the FEHBP plans. For these reasons approximately 80% of APWU postal retirees voluntarily join Medicare B, finding it beneficial to health and personal finances.
 
Q16: How does Medicare Integration help the public Postal Service?
 A: Medicare Integration also reduces the FEBHP health insurance premiums paid by the USPS for its employees and retirees because Medicare will pick up more of the cost of retirees’ health care. Maximizing participants' use of Medicare will eventually reduce health insurance costs relative to what they would have been without Medicare Integration. Postal employees and the Postal Service have long paid into Medicare, paying over $34 billion in Medicare payroll contributions since 1983. Postal employees, retirees, and the Postal Service will receive the full benefits of these contributions to use through Medicare Integration.

Non-Postal Services

Q17. Will the bill allow USPS to offer additional products and services?
 A: Yes. Similar to popular passport services the Postal Service provides for the State Department, the bill specifically allows the USPS to work with State, Local, and Tribal governments to provide public services which in turn will help USPS bring in additional revenue. 

 Postal Service Transparency

Q18: How will this bill increase transparency?
 A: The Postal Reform Act requires USPS to set up a public “dashboard” on their website, which will publish weekly performance data. This data will allow the public to monitor any service failures, identify mail slowdowns and pinpoint zip codes experiencing consistent diminished service performance. These tools will also allow the public and the union  to determine specific areas across the country in need of additional improvements, such as hiring more employees or improving transportation routes.

Q19. Will the bill undermine our union rights? 
A: No. Unlike some “postal reform” bills over the last few years, this legislation does not attack collective bargaining rights, the right to dues check-off or the right to official grievance union time. 

Q20. How does the bill become law?
A: The bill needs to be passed by the full House of Representatives and Senate before it can be signed into law by President Biden. Given the strong bi-partisan support of the bill, the passage of this bill is promising. The bill may undergo amendments prior to being signed into law. APWU will continue to monitor its progress and fight against any proposed changes which would weaken the bill. 

APWU Scholarships

Here are the forms and instructions for two scholarships offered through APWU. The first is the Long Island NY Area Local's Larry Correia Scholarship, the second is the Accident Benefit Association, APWU Hartos, Toches and Johnson Scholarship. Have your High School student apply now!

Maintenance Register Update!!

Canvas Opportunities PSE and PTF

Livestream with President Dimondstein

Greetings APWU Family –

A quick reminder!

Tomorrow, Tuesday the 25th, at 7:00pm (ET)  I am conducting a live stream event with the members.

The general topis is a New Year’s message and the major activities and struggles we see for the coming year, including the Tentative Agreement ratification process.

I am asking all of you to share the links below with your email lists, texts and other ways you communicate with your local/state activists and members.

It is my hope that these livestreams will help further engage members in out union and union activities.

The link and the FB live stream is below

https://apwu.org/live

https://www.facebook.com/events/223173346687085

Thanks and Solidarity

Mark Dimondstein

Local Nomination Results 2022

Local nominations for officers was held at the January 9, 2022 General Membership meeting. The results of those nominations:

President - Peter Furgiuele (unopposed)

Vice President - Michelle Nadeau (unopposed)

Secretary-Treasurer - Mike Puterio (unopposed)

Executive Secretary - Richard Golini (unopposed)

Clerk Craft Director - Ron Peebles (unopposed)

Area Representatives:

Nassau South - Allison Diamond (unopposed)

Nassau North - Tonya Green (unopposed)

Nassau Central - Clifton Johnson (unopposed)

Suffolk East End - No nomination

Suffolk South - Lisa Drummond (unopposed)

Suffolk Central - Deborah Alanis (unopposed)

Suffolk North - Kevin Ryan (unopposed)

Maintenance Craft Director - Robert Zamora (unopposed)

Sargeant at Arms - Stephanie Johnson (unopposed)

Congratulations to all officers. The official start of the new terms is April 1, 2022.

Urgent message from National APWU President

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

For months, we’ve been sounding the alarm about the growing threats to our democratic rights. The failed coup attempt last January is a symptom of a larger movement intent on discrediting our elections and stripping the people of our right to vote. In the past year, 18 states have passed bills making it harder for working people to vote.

Federal legislation to protect voting rights is urgently needed to ensure barriers to voting are lifted across the country.

This week, the entire labor movement is mobilizing to demand the Senate pass crucial voting rights bills, namely the Freedom to Vote Act  and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

To get these bills passed, the Senate will have to ditch the undemocratic filibuster rules that prevent legislation from passing with a simple majority of senators.

In the coming days leading up to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, we are asking our members to call their Senators and urge them to do whatever it takes to pass this critical legislation.

Members should call the APWU Legislative Hotline at 844-402-1001 to be connected to their Senators.

We will have other tools available at https://apwu.org/news/urgent-action-needed-protect-voting-rights

Starting today, please make it an absolute priority to reach all APWU members and ask them to make these important calls, discuss the issue with their coworkers and continue to build a world that works for working people.

In solidarity,

Mark Dimondstein           Judy Beard

President                            Legislative & Political Director

Mark Dimondstein, President
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

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Covid Return to Work Guidelines

Below are the current return to work guidelines for the Postal Service. Note that these guidelines were adopted unilaterally by the Postal Service, without input from the Union. For more information, questions, or help, contact your Area Representative.

Membership meeting- Local Nominations

Tentative Contract Summary

We have a tentative contract that will now be sent to the membership for ratification. This will be your opportunity to have your voice heard. Check APWU.org for virtual town halls to discuss the contract on December 16, 2021.

APWU Reitrement planning zoom
The APWU Retirees Department is holding a Zoom Retirement Planning seminar on November 21, 2021 at noon. This seminar is open only to APWU members and retirees who pay dues. Further information and a link to register is located on the Member Home Page, which requires our website password.
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TACS Settlement

Updated mask policy
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National APWU Letter on Face Mask Policy
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Retail Rights and Wrongs

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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APWU Statement on George Floyd Killing
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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

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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Coronavirus and FECA (Workers Comp)
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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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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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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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