From: Sue Carney Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:52 AM To: Regional Coordinators; NBAs; Resident Officers Subject: Misleading USPS Letters; Training Seminar Info; cyberFEDS; Have OWCP claims reviewed at Nat’l Conv
National Officers – For your information. Please feel free to forward this information with attachments to your APWU email distribution lists. Your continued support is appreciated. Sue
It has recently come to my attention that the USPS is sending what I consider to be misleading letters (attached) to injured members in an effort to obtain ‘additional’ OWCP claim information. I hope the attached APWU tutorial helps inform members and impedes Postal Service attempts to obtain information through deceptive campaigns.
Organizing Director Anna Smith and I are both hosting a training seminar in Atlantic City, NJ, October 5th – 9th. Seminar options include Human Relations/OWCP Injury Compensation (Carney) and Effective Organizing (Smith). Individuals must book a package through APWU to participate. Space is limited so book early. A copy of the “Register Now” postcard is attached. Interested representatives should visit the APWU Calendar of Events for more detailed information and to register.
Delegates who have questions about specific claims or OWCP processes are invited to stop by the Human Relations Booth during National Convention to speak with Mr. Ed Duncan, APWU Federal Injury Compensation Human Relations Specialist. Ed has 28 years of experience with the Department of Labor – 24 specifically with the Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation. Ed has been a Claims Examiner, an Assistant District Director, the Assistant Branch Chief for the Branch of Hearings and Review, and he was the Assistant Deputy Director of Federal Employees’ Compensation for eight years before retiring and becoming a valued part-time resource to the APWU. Delegates are encouraged to bring copies of medical narratives if applicable and OWCP letters, including decisions for review. Delegates should ensure they have the claim number, date of injury and claimant’s date of birth for us to access DOL query systems during convention.
I have received a few calls from locals reporting a Mr. Dan Organ, Consultant, LRP Publications has been innocuously referencing me while attempting to sell subscriptions to cyberFEDS. To clarify my interactions with Mr. Organ, I received a free one week trial to cyberFEDS which I never used, and participated in a one hour demonstration. This officer neither endorses nor rejects cyberFEDS as a useful resource. A local should make its purchase decision based on its needs. My limited interaction should not influence a local’s decision one way or the other. Mr. Organ has been contacted and advised not to use APWU or its officers as a reference without our express consent.
Susan M. “Sue” Carney National Human Relations Director American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO 1300 L Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20005