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Message from the President
The challenges continue in 2014
Recently the Senate committee with oversight over the Postal Service met and debated amendants to a postal bill that all four postal unions oppose. This bill S. 1486 would destroy the Postal Service and there would no longer be a vibrant postal service for the American people. Many postal facilities across the country have merged causing disruption in the lives of many postal employees and the American people. Recently the postal service announced that there is a company that has agreed to sell postal products with non-union/non-postal employees. This is just the beginning of the postal service trying to do away with union employees and become privatized. The postal service is a huge undertaking for any company to privatize and it will be a slow process. We have witnessed so many changes now that are leading in that direction. As a union, our national officers are making every attempt to keep the postal service a great institution for the American people. The union does not want to see the public loose the door to door delivery which many Americans depend on. To receive your mail daily is a great pleasure when you are waiting for your monthly check, medicine or special item you ordered through the mail. Our military who are away from family and friends proudly wait for that package from loved ones. Congressional members want the Postal Service to be privatized for the benefit of private companies not for the benefit of the American people. The average American who depends on their medication, their monthly retirement check to be delivered to their door will suffer if this privatization process becomes reality. The door to door service in many rural areas will come to an end because it would not be profitable for the company. The six day delivery may be a thing of the past. These are just a few examples of what could happen if the postal service were privatized and if bill S. 1486 were passed. APWU is doing everything possible to keep the Postal Service as it is meant to be - a public service to the American people. I ask that you go to the Congressional Information Center in the left-hand column, click Issues & Legislation, a letter has been prepared for you to ask your senator to oppose bill S. 1486. Just a few minutes of your time can help save the Postal Service.
APWU will continue the fight not only at the national and state level but here at the local level as well. Management continues to violate the contract and we will continue to file the grievances when we are made aware of such violations. The union has fought over the years for postal employees to have rights in the workplace and you have to exercise your rights, do not sit and be silent when you see violations take place. Contact your union steward as soon as possible so an investigation can take place to see if there has been a contractual violation. APWU will continue to take a stand and fight for your rights in 2014.
Congratulations to our recently elected officers in our Houston local who will be serving you for the next three years. The elected officers has the knowledge and commitment to serve you and keep the Houston local strong for you the member. We will continue to stand strong to fight for you rights.
The postal service continues to make changes based on information received from different electronic devices used daily by postal employees. As a clerk using the IMD to scan AAU's make sure the scanner is in the clerk mode so the clerk craft receives credit.
PSE's who have completed their 360 days of service become illegible for Health Insurance. Attached is the Health Insurance forms that you will have to complete and choose which type of insurance coverage you prefer.
Code 474 for Self coverage and 475 for Family and Self coverage for Consumer Driven. You can fax or mail in the forms once they are completed.
"Although it is true that only about 20 percent of American workers are in unions, that 20 percent sets the standards across the board in salaries, benefits and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions. One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts." Molly Ivins