*New* Free College Benefit – Deadline to Apply for Spring Term is March 16
Get an Associate Degree Completely Online — For Free!
Union Plus is excited to announce, Union Plus Free College, in partnership with AFSCME. This new benefit is available to you and your family (including spouses, children, grandchildren and financial dependents) and offers the opportunity to earn a free associate degree from Eastern Gateway Community College – an accredited, non-profit public institution of higher education offering online degree and certificate programs.
Having a college degree is more important than ever for getting ahead. An associate degree can be your pathway to new career opportunities. With Union Plus Free College, your union wants to help you and your family access top-notch education without financial pressure.
Associate degree programs are available in business management, general studies, accounting, criminal justice, paralegal, early childhood education and more.
Enroll in online classes from anywhere in the country, and you can take one class at a time, or attend full time.
Don’t miss out! Classes begin every 8 weeks, but the next term’s registration deadline is March 16.
Do You Have a Check in the Registry Unit
The APWU has been informed by the Registry Unit that there are numerous unclaimed employee checks stored in the unit. The checks will eventually be returned to the USPS Finance Center if they are not claimed. APWU members are advised to contact the registry section to find out if they have a check being held in the unit. The Registry telephone number is: (510) 874-8226.
Waiting for Seniority List 2.0
During the last few weeks, a U.S. Postal Service event was about to reach its conclusion. While this action was taking place, there had been at least several inquiries from bargaining-unit employees asking APWU stewards and the Oakland Local about seniority lists, where each stand on such lists. [More in the full article as a PDF document below.]
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Sexual harassment is a form of employer discrimination based on sex, which is a protected class. It is typically defined as unwanted advances, requests, language and conduct of a sexual nature that unreasonably interferes with an employee’s performance or exposes them to a hostile work environment. Sexual harassment claims are typically based on one of two categories, quid pro quo and hostile work environment. [Please read the full announcement in the PDF document]
Veterans Day Holiday 2017
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The EAP Stands with You After a Disaster
Hurricanes, flooding, wildfires—the last few weeks have
presented a smorgasbord of disasters all over the country.
Nature at its most uncompromising has barreled through
neighborhoods, leaving ruined homes, lost possessions,
perhaps dead or missing pets and people. We are
overwhelmed with images of Houston families waiting to be
rescued by boat, of Puerto Ricans forced to drink river water, of
walls of flame chasing people from their houses in Northern
California. If extreme weather weren’t destructive enough, a
mass shooting took place in Las Vegas as an APWU
conference was getting underway. No one is safe.
EAP clinicians were deployed to all of these disaster sites,
and were gratefully received. The EAP is ideally suited to
provide help for postal workers overwhelmed by anxiety and a
sense of loss. Millions of people will be coping for years with the
after effects of these catastrophes. Postal workers have the
great advantage of being able to draw on EAP resources. If it
all seems like too much to handle, make the call: 1-800-327-
4968. The EAP is here for you!
Reasonable Accommodation and the Rehabilitation Act
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Reassignment to Motor Vehicle Operator Position
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Your Health Matters
You are emphatically encouraged to immediately report all job-related traumatic injuries to your supervisor and on a Form CA-1, even if there is no lost time from work and / or medical treatment involved. Forms CA-1 can be obtained from your supervisor. Federal law requires your supervisor to complete the receipt of notice of injury attached to each Form CA-1 and that he or she gives the receipt to you for your personal records.
If the injury requires medical treatment, ask your supervisor to authorize medical treatment by use of Form CA-16. You may select the physician of your choice to provide necessary treatment. Take the Form CA-16 and Form OWCP – 1500/HCFA 1500 to the physician you selected.
If your supervisor refuses to give you a Form CA-1 to report your injury, the receipt of notice of injury, and a CA-16, if treatment is necessary, contact your steward or the union office.