Labor News

(This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 
By Health Plan Director John Marcotte

(This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 
By Retirees Department Director Nancy Olumekor
When you receive a “cold call” from a federal agency – like the Social Security Administration, the IRS, or the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) – it is a fraud call. A “cold call” is an unsolicited call from someone that you did not call, which may include a voicemail to call them back. Cold callers identifying themselves as being from a government agency are committing fraud – they are attempting to get your personal identifying information, such as your social security number, your bank account information, your CSA (Civil Service Annuity) number or your credit
card information.

This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 
By Research & Education Department Director Joyce B. Robinson
According to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, membership in labor unions rose by about a quarter million this year. In 2017, 7.2 million employees in the public sector belonged to a union, compared with 7.6 million workers in the private sector. Although the union membership rate for private-sector workers increased by 0.1 percent, their unionization rate continued to be lower than that for public-sector workers (6.5 percent versus 34.4 percent).

(This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 
By Human Relations Director Sue Carney
Martin Luther King referred to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as the second emancipation. It ended public segregation, banned employment discrimination, and forbids the use of federal funds for discriminatory programs.

(This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 
The Veterans Administration Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act was signed into law on June 6, 2018. Dubbed the VA MISSION Act, the “reform” was touted to improve veteran access to VA health care and pave the way for a major overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which has long been plagued with problems that negatively impact our veterans.
Critics, however, see the act as an effort to privatize the VA. If you look at the fine print, they just might be right. 

(This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 
By Organization Director Anna Smith
Organizing is more than signing up the non-member; it is also engaging our union brothers and sisters as well as members of our communities. It’s about building our labor movement. It’s about ending the divide-and conquer tactics of our enemies. It’s about building up our union at every level of the organization.
As we begin 2019, inviting non-members to after-work events, parties, gatherings, bowling, etc. cannot be accepted any more. Understand, these aren’t our friends. It does not mean that we need to be rude or demoralizing, as every non-member is a potential member. What it does mean, however, is that they are working against all of us. While we fight and preserve what we have – the benefits that support our families, the wages we receive – these non-members work directly against us. If you start evaluating and looking at who has your back, you will find it is not the non-member standing next to you.

This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 
Below are quotes from various APWU local and state publications throughout the country. All the publications listed are part of the Postal Press Association.

This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 
Below are quotes from various APWU local and state publications throughout the country. All the publications listed are part of the Postal Press Association.

(This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 
By MVS Division Director Michael O. Foster
In a significant change to Department of Transportation (DOT) rules, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a revision to the policy on insulin dependent diabetics operating Commercial Motor Vehicles, 49 CFR Part 391 [Docket No. FMCSA -2005-23151].

(This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 
By Southern Region Coordinator Kennith Beasley 
I trust that all APWU members had a Happy Holiday Season and New Year.
During 2018 we had countless things to be grateful for. We are still standing in spite of the White House’s unnecessary, unwarranted attacks on the Postal Service. Our challenge now in 2019 is to stay focused on strengthening our resolve to continue to safeguard and protect the public Postal Service and our jobs.
We were excited and energized in 2018. Let us carry that same enthusiasm over into 2019