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Timely communication is integral to our mission, to keep you, the member informed. Please help us help you.
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of a long-time union leader, working for the Long Island NY Area Local in numerous capacities, including Area Representative and Clerk Craft Director, John Emmel. Below are the arrangements for our departed Brother.
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
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.
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.
Season's greetings from OPM Retirement Services. As we welcome in 2021, the following announcements are
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.
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.
A special thank you to the offices that donated food to re-supply our local food pantrys. A special thank you to Area Representative Rich Abramovitch, who organized and picked up the food and brought it to local pantrys.
As we all deal with a situation that many of us never thought we would have to, it is important to remember that there are many people on Long Island who are less fortunate and are struggling just to put food on the table for their families. It is in that spirit that I would ask you and the other APWU members in your office to put together a maximum of two bags of non-perishable items that could be donated to local food pantries. As many of you know, we collect these items at our monthly membership meeting, but since we've temporarily suspended these in person meetings, this is a way to keep our charitable efforts going.
If your office would like to donate, simply text me at 631-926-3510 with your name and office. Please have only one person from each office text me. I will be picking up and delivering the items the week of 5/4/20. Being mindful of social distancing, I will arrange with the contact person the best way to collect the items from the office.
Thank you for your efforts during this pandemic, you are essential and you keep the country going.
Tell them to cosponsor S. 2965, the USPS Fairness Act. The Act would remove the burdensome pre-funding mandate that Congress imposed back in 2006. That would free up funding to invest in the service and put it back on the road to sustainability as a PUBLIC Postal Service.
I know you believe the US Postal Service should be a place that continues to provide good jobs and good service. I am asking you to take only a few minutes and make a call today. Don't forget, you can call twice to reach both of your senators.
The October General membership meeting will be held at the Polish Hall on Marcy Avenue, Riverhead, on October 20 at 11 am. Please plan on attending this meeting and staying informed!!
There will be a steward seminar beginning at 830 am prior to the General Membership meeting. It is important for our stewards, especially the new stewards, to attend a seminar. It is a requirement of all stewards to attend at least one seminar and one meeting per year to maintain their stewardship.
Note that all members in good standing can attend the seminar and learn what a steward does, and how stewards perform their duties.
The Long Island NY Area Local are seeking members in good standing who are willing to dedicate themselves and seek to take on the duties and responsibilities of being an Area Representative. We are looking for union activisits ready and able to learn and fight for themselves and the members of this union, and lead into the future!!
For additional information on all of the above, please click here.
The Long Island NY Area Local is seeking union members who are ready to stand up and get involved in representing fellow members!! We are looking for members who are willing to stand up and work for the local and continue the excellent tradition of representing our members.
If you are interested in, and willing to get trained and enhance your skills, we are seeking candidates for the position of Area Representative. To be considered for this important position, you must be a member in good standing and not have applied for a managerial position, nor stood up as a 204 B within the last year. Some experience is preferable, but having desire, energy, and willingness to work hard can often compensate for a little lack of experience.
Contact the Local Union Hall for more information.
The ballots for our National Election have been mailed out. If you have not received your ballot by September 19, please click and read here. You must take action quickly in order to have your vote counted. Please do not hesitate.
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.
My name is Donald Papa. I am running as the long-term incumbent of the position of Area Representative Nassau South.
Began my USPS career 1974 as a clerk in Lynbrook NY
Shop steward since 1980 - 2004.
Held Area Representative position since winning election 1992.
Nominations for Local Officers were held Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the Hartos Memorial Union Hall. The following officers were nominated, and were unopposed, and will serve a three year term beginning April 1, 2019:
President- Peter Furgiuele
Vice President- Michelle Nadeau
Secretary/Treasurer- Peter Lockwood
Executive Secretary- Richard Golini
Clerk Craft Director- Ronald Peebles
Maintenance Craft Director- Robert Zamora
Area Representative, Nassau North- John Emmel
Area Representative, Nassau Central- Clifton Johnson
Area Representative, Suffolk North- Kevin Ryan
Area Representative, Suffolk Central- Richard Abramovitch
Area Representative, Suffolk South- Angela Bennett
Area Representative, East End- Mike Puterio
Sergeant at Arms- Ann Marie Balsamo
The position of Area Representative, Nassau South is the only contested position. The candidates for this office are Donald Papa and Lisa Roland. More information on this election can be found in the article under Election Rules.
Congratulations to all officers elected to new terms.
The Election Committee for 2019 has met and has established the following Election Rules:
Only bargaining unit members as of January 18, 2019, and any new member with an 1187 (pink form) dated prior to January 18, 2019 shall be eligible to vote in the 2019local election.
Any 1188s as of January 18, 2019 in local office will be ineligible to vote.
Any member not appearing on the Dues Check Off - Pay Period 02-19 (January 18, 2019) shall be declared ineligible to vote as will anyone having a Form 1187 in the union office after 5:00 PM on January 18, 2019.
All ballots shall be mailed to all eligible members no later than March 1, 2019.
All ballots will be color coded.
Directions accompanying the ballots must be adhered to.
All ballots must be returned via US Mail to PO Box 245 Old Bethpage, NY 11804 (in stamped envelope provided).
Hand delivered ballots will not be accepted.
Ballots must be received by 10:00 AM March 18, 2019.
Ballots shall only be released to at least two committee members after 10:00 AM on March 18, 2019.
The Committee will allow for duplicate ballots for those who did not receive or misplaced them.
Duplicate ballots will be identified as duplicates on the business reply envelope.
Duplicate ballots will be given to Long Island NY Area Local President Pete Furgiuele twenty at a time.
Candidates shall be permitted to run for only one position.
Any candidate running for office shall not campaign on union time.
Articles written by candidates shall be no longer than 250 words.
All articles are to be typed and double-spaced.
All articles are to be written in upper and lower case.
All articles are to be received by the Committee no later than COB February 8, 2019.
Articles are to be sent to the Local Election Committee, by mail.
No corrections will be made to articles.
Any profanity or slanderous remarks may be deleted from articles at the discretion of the Election Committee.
Candidates will be telephoned of any problems with articles and given time to submit any changes.
Changes must be submitted no later than COB February 13, 2019. Candidates must provide phone number.
The Election Committee will affix mailing labels to the candidate's mailings at a flat rate 'charge of $.175 per member maiIinglist.
If a candidate chooses to use their own volunteers to affix mailing labels to mailings (which must take place at the Long Island Area Local Union Hall and at the time and date of the Election Committee's discretion), there will be a flat rate charge of $100 per member mailing list. At least two committee members will be present to supervise the affixing of the mailings labels.
Candidates will not have access to the union hall for the stuffing of any campaign mailings.
Candidates must submit to the election committee how they want their names to appear on the ballots and on the official Local Web-Site.
Any candidate who has any question concerning the election may submit them (in writing) to the Election Committee.
The Election Committee may modify these rules concerning the election process up until February 12, 2019. All candidates will be advised of any changes.
Ballots will be counted in the basement of the Union Hall on March 18, 2019 starting at 11:00 AM.
AlIproperly returned ballots will be checked off and counted as per Local Dues Check Off (DCO) dated January 18, 2019 /PP 02-19.
There will be a notice posted on the Local Official Web-Site requesting that Shop Stewards/Members post any political information concerning Local Election 2019 on Union Bulletin boards.
These rules have been reviewed and agreed upon by the following Committee Members: Debbie Alanis, Bay Shore, Josephine Bruck, Mille Neck, Terry Hooks, Amagansett.
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.
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.
URGENT!!!!! APWU MEMBERS, PLEASE READ!!!!
Thanks to the diligence and perseverance of our APWU representatives, the pay fiasco and resulting confusion has been resolved. Employees whose pay (overtime) was not properly processed WILL be able to get a salary advance.
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.
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.
The Long Island NY Area Local was represented at the APWU National Convention by the delegates elected by our membership: Ron Peebles, Mike Puterio, Clif Johnson, and Rich Abromavitch.
The convention was honored with speakers from various areas of the labor movement, from sister locals, and the AFL-CIO. It was also noteworthy in that this year marked the 50th Anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Workers strike. This historic strike, known as the "I am a man" strike, came at the height of Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's. It is also during this strike that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. The delegation was honored to have speakers who were at the heart of the strike.
Democratic Candidate for the First Congressional District Perry Gershon has been endorsed by the New York State AFL-CIO. Mr. Gershon made this announcement at the Thomas Hartos Union Hall, home of the Long Island NY Area Local, APWU. The Long Island NY Area Local was proud to be the site of this announcement.
Left to right: Area Representative Angela Bennett, President Peter Furgiuele, Perry Gershon, National Business Agent Peter Coradi, Long Island NY Area Local Secretry Rich Golini. Not pictured: Local Executive Vice President Michelle Nadeau.
Seventh and Final COLA under the 2015 Contract Agreement Announced
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:
08/10/2018 - In accordance with the 2015-2018 APWU/USPS Collective Bargaining Agreement (union contract), career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 31 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective September 1, 2018.
APWU prevails again!!! The excessing event we have been under since last June has been lifted!!!
Thanks to the tireless efforts and extraordinary work of our National and Regional officers, we are no longer under an Article 12 freeze. Congratulations and thanks go out to all of our officers who have made this possible.
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.
APWU members made 5,000 calls during our call-in Day of Action to fight the House Budget Proposal, but our fight is not over.
This Wednesday, Oct. 4, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on their 2018 Budget Proposal.
NOW IS THE TIME TO KEEP UP THE PRESSURE. Let your Representative know that their constituents are deeply concerned.
CALL 1-844-402-1001 NOW.
URGENT ACTION ALERT: Affordable Care Act Repeal is Back!
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:
09/19/2017 - This week, the U.S. Senate is working on their newest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graham-Cassidy bill, a last-ditch effort to repeal the ACA, is gaining steam, and Senators are hoping to bring it to a vote by September 30.
to tell your Member of Congress
How You Really Feel
About the House Budget
Before the summer recess, the House Budget Committee advanced its Fiscal Year 2018
budget resolution which includes an outright assault on postal and federal workers.
Download: Summer Action Flyer.pdf
APWU Contract 2018
“We’re Fired Up! Ready to Go!
Hopefully, you have received the attached important letter from President Dimondstein about the beginning of our 2018 Contract Campaign, the Slogan contest, and the contest forms.
Update on the Fight Back Against USPS Reductions in Service and Jobs
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:
07/20/2017 - Following strong resistance from the APWU - and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) - USPS management agreed to a five-month delay in implementing forced reassignments and excessing of employees out of their installations.
On July 19, 2017 Long Island District reduced the number of identified Excessed Post Offices from the Original 88 Post Offices to 68 Post Offices, and the number of employees to be Excessed from 188 to 137. Although this is a step in the right direction the APWU will continue to press both Regional and District Management Officials that their numbers are still bogus, inflated and in violation of the APWU - USPS National Agreement.
MEMBERS PLEASE STAY ALERT - LOG ON TO OUR LOCAL WEB-SITE.....
Peter Furgiuele, President
For more information, log onto the website and go to Members Home
In the midst of a stormy political summer, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers are staying focused on good jobs with a short documentary produced by PBS and narrated by James Earl Jones called “Made in America.” Check it out. The labor movement will never rest in our fight to make the American dream real for all workers.
MEMBERS ALERT - MEMBERS ALERT
Dear Sisters & Brothers,
Posta l Management has officially notified the APWU of their intentions to excess at least 188 employees from 88 different post offices represented by our Local. To see the complete list of offices and the number of employees affected visit our Local Web-Site (see enclosed information).
Get the Facts
Postal Reform Questions & Answers
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:
04/10/2017 - In order to have a healthy, sustainable, public Postal Service, legislation is necessary to protect postal customers and postal workers from USPS’s current financial crisis.
The USPS and Staples Deal is Over!
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #:
Rallying in El Cerrito, CA.
Postal management informed the APWU in writing that the “Approved Shipper” program in Staples stores will be shut down by the end of February 2017. This victory concludes the APWU’s three-year struggle.
A special enrollment period for the USPS Health Plan is now open. We encourage any PSE who desires to enroll to review the information and process as soon as possible. The enrollment period ends June 30, 2016.
USPS OIG Audit Report: Optimization of Passport Facilities
Posted courtesy of 21st Century Postal Worker
The U.S. Postal Service accepts passport applications at over 5,000 post offices nationwide on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. The Postal Service agreed to accept passport applications for a minimum of 5 hours per day.
In a typical example of corporate disdain and disregard for unions, their employees, and the compesation they deserve, Cablevision has gone to new lengths to get rid of a union, and pay their employees less than they deserve.
Brooklyn technical workers voted to unionize through the CWA three years ago. In that time, Cablevision has refused to negotiate a fair contract with the CWA, arguing that by paying those workers compensation comparable to technicians in other locales, it would be unfair to non-union workers. They have also allegedly threatened to withhold raises unless the group votes to decertify the CWA, without ever negotiating a fair contract. A typical representation of the attitude of big business in today's climate.