APWU: Don’t Post Health Records Online

Web News Article #: 196-2015 10/16/2015 – The APWU is discouraging union members from participating in a voluntary program established by the Postal Service that creates an online database of their health records, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced. “Last year’s cyber attack on the Postal Service demonstrates the danger in posting sensitive personal information…

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USPS: National Cyber Security Awareness Month to Spotlight Importance of Information Security

We now live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet is a part of almost all elements of our daily lives. However, with this increased convenience and connectedness comes a responsibility to stay safe online. Our growing dependence on online communications is also a public concern. The challenges of cyber…

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December 2015 Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period

As referenced in Article 8, sections 4 and 5, of the USPS-NALC and USPS-APWU national agreements, the December period (during which penalty overtime regulations are not applicable) consists of four consecutive service weeks. This year, the December period begins Pay Period 26-15, Week 2 (December 5, 2015) and ends Pay Period 01-16, Week 1 (January…

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Trump Blue Collar Support highest since FDR in 1930s

By Dmitri Voltova – October 17, 2015 It may come as a surprise to many that Donald J Trump’s support from Blue Collar Americans (those involved in trades, manufacturing, industry, and labor) is the highest since any candidate since FDR in 1936 since Gallup began polling. Trump has consistently shown his appeal to the blue…

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2016 OPM Health Plan Rate Comparison Spreadsheet

Many of you have asked me to once again put out this information as I have been doing for many years now. As promised, attached (below) is a spreadsheet that I created comparing the 2016 Office of Personal Management (OPM) Health Plan Rates. I received this information from this website: https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/plan-information/premiums/2016/postal-ffs.pdf As you will see…

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Possible changes to the APWU National Constitution

After a lot of consideration and based on what the retirees recommended I am submitting three recommendations for your review and comments (scroll down for resolution format). I think the changes negate the concerns the convention delegates had at the 2014 National Convention. This does not change any of the details related to retirees in…

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Public Postal Service is Essential to Democracy

By David Cohen You wouldn’t hand your laptop to a hacker, right? Well, the Senate could make a move just as foolish. They’ll soon vote on nominations to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors, which include a longtime advocate for postal service privatization and a lobbyist for the payday lending industry. The internet…

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Bernie Sanders Addresses APWU Conference – ‘It Was Electric’

Web News Article #: 195-2015 10/14/2015 – Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thrilled APWU members attending the union’s All-Craft Conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 14. “It was electric,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein of the response to Sanders’ speech. Sanders told the audience of approximately 2,000 APWU members, “The beauty of the Postal Service is…

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