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It has come to our attention that a large number of emails are being returned, inhibiting our ability to communicate with you, the members.  If you have not received an email message in the past two weeks, please do the following:

If you have used your USPS email, the system will reject the Union's email. Please use your private email. Rest assured we do not share your email with anyone, especially marketers.

If you have used a private email, make sure that our emails are not being placed in your spam folder. Mark the emails as not spam, or place in the white list.

Check the email in your profile, and make sure it is entered correctly.

Timely communication is integral to our mission, to keep you, the member informed. Please help us help you.

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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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ABA Scholarship 2019

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

More APWU Scholarship information

In addition to our Local's Larry Correia Scholarship, the APWU offers additional scholarships.
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Larry Correia Scholarship

It is that time of the year for our Local members with graduating seniors to consider applying for the Larry Correia Scholarship.
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December 2018 Flash Report

The December President's Flash report is available by clicking here.
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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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Greatest Grievance of All

Tom Brimm, Managing Editor,

e Kentucky Labor News, June 1981

It  would  be  the  most  famous  written GRIEVANCE in the history of man ...

It would be known forever as the DEC­LARATION  OF  INDEPENDENCE,  but it is, in  fact - a  pointed accounting of grievances of the colonists against King George III. Even  the  Magna Carta, sealed by King John at  Runnymede 750  years ago, followed a grievance of less fame than the  one we celebrate each Fourth of July!

Representatives of the 13 colonies were to  meet initially as the FIRST CONTINENTAL  CONGRESS  in

1774 at CARPENTERS' HALL.They met to form a union-the UNITED States of  America - and it was appropriate that their first meeting  would be in  the  early American union hall that had been erected in Philadelphia by the Company of Carpen­ters, a type of guild organization which had both master carpenters (often builders in their ownright) and journeyman carpenters. This forerunner of  modern  trade  unions established work standards and a common welfare fund where disabled workmen, or widows and  orphans, could get financial help ..  .

Early colonial leaders who still favored resistance to King George wanted labor's support:"Such men 
are the strength of any community and should be consulted in all government affairs."

But it would be another meeting of the Congress at Independence Hall two years laterthatwould 
adoptand sign thegrievance against the British monarch.

The "grievance  committee" was com­ posed of the following great men such as THOMAS JEFFERSON, 
chairman, JOHN ADAMS,  BENJAMIN  FRANKLIN, ROBERT R. LIVINGSTON, and ROGER

SHERMAN.  86 changes were later made by the delegates and 480 words eliminated, leavin_g 1,337. Grievances should be clear and concise, stating the facts!

"He has erected a multitude of new of­ fices,  and sent  hither  swann s  of officers to harass our people,  and  eat  out of  their substance."

"He hasplundered our seas, ravished our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our 
people."

The solution to the problem was offered, as it should be in any grievance:

"That these  United  Colonies  are,  and of  right out to  be,  free  and  independent states ...  
"

There  was  to  be  a  BOYCOTT -  of British goods -     by these early American heroes. Then, as now, there were "SCABS." They were called''Tories"andthey lacked the courage to stand with theirfellow man against unjust treatment.

There was VIOLENCE. The Boston Tea Party was hardly a social affair ...

The LADIES AUXILIARIES were busy! "Even in their dresses," complained a British soldier, "the 
females bid us defiance" as he noted the stripes and thirteen stars sewed into their costumes . . .

Thomas Jefferson's committee ended the grievance with words of unity too beautiful to be forgotten 
. . .

"And, for the support of this Declaration,

with a firm reliance on the protection of Di­ vine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our 
lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

Is it any wonder thatAmerican unionshave continued to carry the torch for freedom from. tyranny, 
inspired by the 56 signers of the most famous grievance of them all?

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. If something is missing, take action to have it put in there. For example, if you have had discipline in the past, it should be removed after two years if no subsequent discipline had been issued, or if it was overturned in the grievance arbitration system.

If you have had discipline in the past, and you check your OPF and see it is still there, you must put in a written request.  This procedure has been in our contract for a long time and is among the most  in Article utilized parts we have.  Note that Article 16, section 10 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement states "Upon the employee's written request, any disciplinary notice or decision letter will be removed from the employee's official personnel folder after two years..."  Further support is found in the Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM) under Article 16 page 7 "Arecords of totally overturned disciplinary actions will be removed from the employee's Official Personnel Folder".  If the criteria of Article 16.10 is met, the employee must be put in the form of a written request for the discipline to be removed.  As the paper OPF was converted to Electronic format (eOPF), the employee should utilize form 8043 and submitted to the District Human Resources Manager. The documents to be removed should ber specified on the PS Form 8043.

Another overlooked action that employees should do peridically is review and obtain copies of their training records. These records should include any formal training you have received in your career, such as window training, bulk mail, scheme, etc.  These records can be obtained through the Blue page.  Dor detailed instructions, please go to the Member page. This requries you to register on this Local Website.

In your OPF, you can review your Life Insurance selections, options, etc. Your employment application and other pertinent information regarding your Postal employment is also available.  This is all information that you should peridocially review.

The more information you have, the better off you are, and the better for the Union to properly represent you.

Wednesday Night Membership Meeting
Note that our May General Membership meeting is Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7 pm. I apologize to those who have received texts and/or emails stating the meeting is Sunday. I thought I had corrected the website messaging, but apparently not yet.
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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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Local Election Results

LONG ISLAND NY AREA LOCAL 

AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION AFL-CIO 300 Eastern Parkway • Farmingdale, N. Y. 11735 Telephone: (516) 694-APWU  
Long Island Area Local #3251 
Local Election Results -2019 
Local Election 2019 Committee Report 
March 18, 2019. 
Total Ballots Mailed Out: 945 
Total Ballots Received : 486
Ballots Rejected :            2
Blank Ballots Received : 2
Total Ballots Counted:     482
Area Representative -Nassau South: 
Don Papa                  60
Lisa Roland             422
Percentage of Local Members who voted -51 %.
 Fraternally, 
Local Election Committee -2019 
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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Trump Report Attacks YOUR Pay
Statement by Mark Dimondstein President, American Postal Workers Union on White House Postal Task Force on the Postal Service Report For Immediate Release 12/04/2018 - If the White House Task Force on the Postal Service’s report was assigned a ZIP Code it would be 00000.
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National Day of Mourning
For the National Day of Mourning being observed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, please note. First and foremost, we mourn and honor the memory of the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush. Former President Bush served the country in numerous capacities during a long career, including serving in World War II as a fighter pilot.
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It's Your Job, Save It
Reprinted from the Wisconsin Postal Workers Volume 51    No.
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New APWU/NALC Ad
The APWU and NALC joined together to produce an advertisement to educate the public that the US Mail is not for sale. Watch it here.
 
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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Day of Action 2018 October 8, 2018
Long Island Area Local Participates in Day of Action Members of the Long Island, NY Area Local joined with members from the NALC and Mailhandlers union to demonstrate in front of the Huntington Station Post Office on Monday, October 8, 2018. Joining a force of about 250 unionists, the message was sent out that the US MAIL IS NOT FOR SALE.
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Stop the White House Plan to Privatize the Post Office
During some office visits, and in speaking with some members, the question has come up of 'what does privatization of the Postal Service mean? How does it affect me?'  If one member has that question, probably numerous members have the same question. How do we educate our members and 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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Congress inching toward taking money out of your pocket
On Thursday, Oct. 5, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to advance its 2018 budget resolution. This resolution is a broad measure that designates government spending with far-reaching implications, including enormous cuts to postal and federal workers, as well as America’s social safety net, while providing tax cuts for the wealthy.
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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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Long Island NY Area Local Constitution Changes
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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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
Let Staples know we will not sit by while they take our jobs!! Click on the link to get a downloadable flyer!
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A radio station dedicated to union causes
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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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