12 September 2018
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Tell a Friend: Join the Union

Tell a Friend: Join the Union
Susan Robison, Assistant Managing Editor, Oakland Postal Worker News Media

Most new clerk hires and PSEs have signed up with the APWU, yet there are still hold-outs among long-term Oakland employees. Here is why those people should reconsider.

While the Union must represent all craft employees in grievances and contract negotiations, only members may attend membership meetings and vote in Union elections for the candidates who are going to represent them. Members run the Union! Local 78 has an excellent record of communicating with members through the Local’s website, the news Briefs, and workshops on topics like retirement planning, injured employees’ rights, and current legislation that affects postal workers. Our website, www.oakapwu78.org, has recently been redesigned for greater ease of use.

There are monetary benefits to Union membership. The APWU health plan immediately comes to mind. Members are also eligible for the Union+ credit card, several forms of supplemental insurance such as pet insurance and dental coverage, and a mortgage lending program through Wells Fargo. A complete description of available discounts can be found on the national APWU website under “get benefits”. And let’s not forget the Word Find contest the Local just introduced, with a cash prize for members only.

On the subject of money, keep in mind that representation comes with expenses at both the local and national levels. Renting or buying office space and maintaining office space and maintaining office staff and representatives, contract negotiation, and taking cases to arbitration all cost money. Dues income pays for all that; if we fail to increase membership, our ability to cover those costs is restricted.

These days we are going up against not only management, but political forces who want to privatize the agency. Everyone’s job is on the line. Everyone should join the Union.


For an electronic copy, go to the Articles page, under Resources, or click here.


12 September 2018
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Possible Exposure to Asbestos Alert

DANGER – OFFICES CONTAINING ASBESTOS MAY CREATE DUST CANCER AND LUNG DISEASE HAZARDS WHEN DISTURBED AND OR CONTROL METHODS ARE IMPROPER

To: All Western Region Locals
Re: Regional Alert to Drilling & Possible Exposure to Asbestos

Information from the Employer indicates that work may be done at Postal Facilities that have Asbestos. Asbestos fibers are very toxic and are known to cause cancer and other diseases.

Work activities can involve removal, drilling into or otherwise disturbing roofing, insulations, elbows, tiles, wall board, etc. that contains Asbestos.

I AM ISSUING THIS ALERT SO THAT YOUR LOCAL CAN BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR ANY SUCH WORK ACTIVITY.

Enclosed is a summary of OSHA Asbestos Standards. It is not exhaustive! Please reference OSHA Standards and Guidelines in particular OSHA 1926.1101. Please review the summary and be prepared to ensure local management complies with notice, exposure monitoring, regulating areas and all other protective measures.

Also please reference AS 556 USPS Asbestos Management Guide. If you have issues with local management over these matters or have any concerns please contact the Regional Safety Representatives or my office directly at 659-685-7402 or email me at ogonzalez@apwu.org. Also please submit PS 1767s as appropriate.

Yours in solidarity,
Mark [Dimondstein]
[President, American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO]

For a full electronic copy of this letter & document, go to the To Your Health page, or click here.


10 September 2018
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Hatch Act and LWOP Arbitration Award

For more information, please see the Legislation & Politics page.


7 September 2018
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September 7, 2018 Clerk Vacancy Notice

The September 7, 2018 Clerk Vacancy Notice has been posted on the Bid Postings page of this website.

Click Here to be taken to the page & notice.


7 September 2018
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Postal Service Social Media Policy

Please review the postal service social media policy found in the Rules & Regulations page of our website.


6 September 2018
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Retirees Still in the Struggle

As the baby boomers face retirement, we are still riding that wave of activism as we age. Never assume it’s all over and time for the easy chair. Those who would take our jobs and retirement benefits do not rest and neither should we.

What to do? Join the APWU Retiree Department and become active in our local chapter. For $36 a year, you will be kept informed on issues facing retired postal workers. Best of all, you can get involved at the local level and help bring about needed changes. This is crucial – with the efforts being made to privatize the post office we must fight back to save it.

Come and check us out. We meet every third Tuesday of the month at 11:00 am. You’ll hear the latest postal gossip before we get down to business. We need you. We can win this battle and keep our local post offices open. All while making new friends.

Juanita Boles
Director Legislation, Oakland Local Retiree Chapter

For a PDF copy of this announcement, go to the Retirees Chapter News page.


30 August 2018
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August 29, 2018 Clerk Craft Award Notice

The August 29, 2018 Clerk Craft Award Notice has been posted on the Bid Results page of this website.

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27 August 2018
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The Washington Post. In Victory for Unions, Judge Overturns Key Parts of Trump’s Executive Orders

The Washington Post. In Victory for Unions, Judge Overturns Key Parts of Trump’s Executive Orders:

http://a.msn.com/01/en-us/BBMqryZ?ocid=se

 


20 August 2018
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How To Build Your Own Nest Egg

The easiest way to build wealth is through stocks and real estate.  Assuming you are not one of the fortunate individuals to receive a large inheritance or win the lottery, wealth can be built over a period of time by making a few wise financial decisions in your working life. The earlier you begin doing these things, the more capital you will accumulate over time. Through the power of compound interest and dollar cost averaging, you will be amazed on how much capital (money) you will have built up over time. An example of this power can be demonstrated by FERS postal employees who maximize their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) and retirement contributions (contribute and receive the maximum agency matching portion). When you add in the increased amount of TSP contributions you can make after reaching 50 years old, some FERS (Federal Employees Retirement System) amass over several hundred thousand dollars to add to their social security benefits and postal annuity in retirement.

More information found in our Nest Egg PDF document:


17 August 2018
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COLA Pay Increase, Effective September 1, 2018

Seventh and Final COLA under the 2015 Contract Agreement Announced

Web News Article #: 78-2018

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. It will appear in paychecks dated September 21, 2018 (Pay Period 19-2018), and will total $645.00 per year.

The COLAs are in addition to general wage increases.

For more information, click here.