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 email@example.com. Also please submit PS 1767s as appropriate.
Yours in solidarity,
[President, American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO]
Hatch Act and LWOP Arbitration Award
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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.
Postal Service Social Media Policy
Please review the postal service social media policy found in the Rules & Regulations page of our website.
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.
Director Legislation, Oakland Local Retiree Chapter
For a PDF copy of this announcement, go to the Retirees Chapter News page.
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.
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:
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:
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.
August 9, 2018 Clerk Vacancy Notice
The August 9, 2018 Clerk Vacancy Notice has been posted on the Bid Postings page of this website.