3 December 2018
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Former President George H.W. Bush National Day of Mourning

From: Omar Gonzalez
Sent: Monday, December 3, 2018 10:20 AM
Subject: FW: National Day of Mourning

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From: Vance Zimmerman
Sent: Monday, December 03, 2018 10:08 AM
To: Resident Officers <ResidentOfficers@apwu.org>; Regional Coordinators <RegionalCoordinators@apwu.org>; NBAs <NBAs@apwu.org>
Subject: National Day of Mourning
The PMG  just announced that the USPS will participate in the day of mourning per 519.4 of the ELM
Management just released the following statement : President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed Dec. 5 as a national day of mourning throughout the United States and has called on the American people to pay homage to memory of former President George H.W. Bush on that day.
Out of respect for President Bush, the nation’s 41st commander in chief, and to honor his vast contributions to the United States during his lifetime, and consistent with the presidential proclamation, the Postal Service will observe the national day of mourning.
The Postal Service will suspend regular mail delivery and retail service Dec. 5. USPS will provide limited package delivery service on that day to ensure that the Postal Service network remains fluid and USPS does not experience any impacts to its package delivery operations that might negatively affect customers or business partners during the remainder of the busy holiday season.
All Postal Service facilities — including headquarters in Washington, DC, and area and district administrative offices — are included in the national day of mourning. Local managers will advise employees on staffing levels to maintain operations and prepare for the resumption of regular activities Thursday, Dec. 6.
Pay and leave administration for the national day of observance for affected bargaining unit employees is governed by section 519.4 of the ELM 519.4 provisions of May 4, 2000, memorandums of agreement between the Postal Service and the APWU
Vance Zimmerman
Industrial Relations Director
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
1300 L Street, NW
Washington, DC  20005-4128

3 December 2018
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Revision of the Leave Offered Through the Wounded Warriors Leave Act of 2015

From: Lynn Pallas-Barber 
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2018 2:49 PM
To: Regional Coordinators; NBAs
Cc: Jimmie Waldon; Clint Burelson; Lamont Brooks; Michael Foster; Idowu Balogun; Javier Pineres
Subject: FW: REVISED Notification No. N19C20180435 USPS Proposes to Revise MI EL-510-2016-8 Wounded Warriors Leave

Brothers and Sisters,
Please find attached the notification from the USPS that they have revised the leave that is offered through the Wounded Warriors Leave (WWL) Act of 2015 to all eligible employees at the beginning of each leave year. This will begin effective leave year 2019 (January 5, 2019).  The eligible employees will receive an allotment of 104 hours of WWL. WWL will continue to be provided to newly hired employees at the beginning of their term of employment as required by the terms of the 2015 Act. 
WWL is an authorized absence from work to undergo medical treatment for a service-connected disability rated 30% or more. It is a separate leave category, distinct from sick leave.  Approved WWL cannot be adversely used against an eligible employee for attendance and discipline purposes. To request WWL an employee must submit a PS Form 3971 to their appropriate supervisor.  There is an exception to the advance approval for unexpected treatment the qualifies for WWL. The supervisor is responsible for approving or disapproving the PS Form 3971.
To verify that WWL requested is appropriately used for the treatment of the service-connected disability, the requesting employee must submit to the supervisor a copy of PS Form 5980,  Treatment Verification for WWL, certified by a health care provider that the employee used the leave to receive treatment for the covered disability.  The employee must provide the verification no later than 15 calendar days after the employee returns to work.  A properly completed PS Form 5980 also provides for frequency and/or duration of prescribed treatment that would necessitate the employee taking WWL beyond the date of appointment identified in the Employee Information portion of the form.
  • Eligible new hires will receive 104 hours of WWL upon hire (as required by the 2015 law) to be used for the remainder of the current calendar.
  • Each January, all disabled veterans with a 30% or more disability rating will receive 104 hours of WWL to use during the calendar year.
  • At the end of each calendar year, an remaining WWL will be forfeited but, assuming the employee still has a combined disability rating of 30% or more, he/she will receive a new 104 hours at the start of the new year.
  • Any unused WWL is not rolled over to the next year, nor will it be paid out if the employee leaves.
  • WWL can be used concurrent with FMLA, when appropriate.
This replaces the draft copy that was sent on 10/18/18. Any questions or concerns please free to contact me or Jimmie Waldon, Asst. Dir Maintenance Craft.
This is an important benefit for our disabled veteran employees.
Please share with your state and local representatives.
Lynn Pallas-Barber
Assistant Clerk Craft Director
1300 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

29 November 2018
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November 28, 2018 Clerk Craft Award Notice

The November 28, 2018 Clerk Craft Award Notice has been posted on the Bid Results page of this website.

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21 November 2018
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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9 November 2018
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November 9, 2018 Clerk Craft Vacancy Notice

The November 9, 2018 Clerk Craft Vacancy Notice has been posted on the Bid Postings page of this website.

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7 November 2018
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Make Your Overtime Pay Work For You

MAKE YOUR OVERTIME PAY WORK FOR YOU!

INVESTMENT OPTIONS FOR POSTAL EMPLOYEES

By Derrick Lee, Records Secretary Oakland Local APWU #78

I hear postal employees talking about how they can invest with a limited amount of money and get a good return. My immediate response would be to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) at work. This is an excellent way to build money over a long period of time. Another option, in addition to the TSP, is to open a Standard & Poor 500 index (S&P 500 index) or Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) at a brokerage such as Charles Schwab or TD Ameritrade. You can open an account with Charles Schwab with no money and have money deposited directly into your brokerage account from your checking or savings account. You can deposit as little as $100 monthly into your account. As your account grows, when the index goes up, the return is larger. For example, a 10% return on $1,000, would be $100. When your account is worth $10,000, a 10% return would be $1,000! It gets better as your account grows. The rest of this article reviews the past performance of the S&P 500 index.

[For the rest of the article, please download the full article by clicking here.]

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint or position of APWU, Oakland Local 78. Furthermore, APWU, Oakland Local 78, do not endorse any opinions
from this article.

The author is not a registered financial advisor and wrote this article for informational purposes only. We recommend you consult your financial advisor or consultant before you make any investment decision. As with any financial decision, it is recommended you do your financial homework and research on any investment vehicle to increase your chances for success.


2 November 2018
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Urgent GIVE2 PERF Fundraising Drive

MEMBERS ARE IN NEED. Funds for the Postal Employees’ Relief are critically low. We need your assistance to drive member contributions.

In the last year, back-to-back typhoons, volcanic eruptions, relentless wildfires and ravaging hurricanes have levels communities, indiscriminately swallowed and splintered homes, and left rubble and ash in their wakes. Images fail to reflect the actual depth of destruction and heartbreak. Many within our postal family need our help. They have been displaced, left homeless and are in despair. These catastrophes have also taken substantial toll on PERF.

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1 November 2018
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VOTE!

Someone’s Life is In Your Hands: VOTE on November 6

Susan Robison, Assistant Editor Oakland Postal Worker

During every election season we’re besieged by pleas to vote, either for or against some candidate or ballot measure or just because it’s a civic obligation.: Eat your spinach. Change your oil. Floss. Vote. Midterm elections are commonly seen as snooze fests, although, since the president’s party nearly always loses seats in Congress in the mid-terms, somebody must be going to the polls.

California’s biggest races, for governor and for one Senate seat, currently favor the lieutenant governor and the incumbent Senator respectively. There are also eleven propositions on the ballot, at least one of which asks voters to decide on matters of life and death.

Proposition 8 claims that the clinics that administer kidney dialysis are making too much money and need to have their income regulated. Most dialysis treatments are paid for by MediCal or Medicare, since Medicare covers people with end-stage renal disease regardless of age. How likely are these clinics to accept reimbursements even lower than what Medicare provides? Technicians and nurses who work in dialysis clinics are hard to find, since they need extra training aside from nursing school. Clinics are the best places for people to get the dialysis treatments they need to survive. If these clinics cut back or close because they cannot operate profitably, patients will have to go to the ER, a much more expensive way to get dialysis. And if the few dialysis stations at hospitals are in use, patients will have to find another hospital at once, or miss a treatment, with a greatly increased risk of death. Proponents of Proposition 8 say the emphasis should be on making more transplants available. This is an absurd argument. We have a severe shortage of kidneys as it is. People who don’t manage to find compatible private donors often die waiting. Others are not physically able to get transplants. The decisions people make about this measure could end up killing patients.

Propositions are often deceptively worded. A measure banning marriage equality in the state some years ago confused people so much that some voted for the opposite outcome to what they intended. Proposition 10, which would overturn the Costa Hawkins bill of 1995, would allow individual cities to institute some form of rent control and would no longer exempt single family houses or new construction. It’s less likely that large developers would build units knowing that rent limitations would make it harder to sell the buildings down the line. And the owners of single-family houses could very well decide the added restrictions are not worth the trouble and sell their houses or convert them to short-term rentals. In cities like Santa Monica, which has had fairly strict rent control for years, there was a noticeable reduction in housing stock, making it very difficult to find someplace to rent for those who were not already renting when the local ordinance was passed.

And who can say for sure whether a given bond issue is a good idea? Not most voters, who have no experience in finance.

The American electoral process asks us to decide matters that will affect everybody for years to come. Despite all obstacles, voter registration is up substantially in states like Georgia, as are early-voting figures. Know who really wants to vote?-Ex-cons and jail inmates. Felons who have completed parole, and people in county jails awaiting trial, can vote in California. Alameda County alone has registered 425 jail inmates to vote this election season.

As postal workers and retirees, we are free to vote in every election. So vote by mail, vote early, or get yourselves to the polls on November 6.

Just VOTE!

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30 October 2018
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October 29, 2018 Clerk Craft Award Notice

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

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25 October 2018
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ALERT: Safety Talk Suspicious Packages at Multiple High Profile Addresses

Suspicious Items – Exercise Caution

As you may have heard there have been suspicious packages (pictured above) with multiple stamps discovered at multiple high-profile addresses this week.

While these incidents are not common, employees should always exercise caution when coming across a suspicious item. It is important for us to review our procedures concerning suspicious mail, unknown powders, liquids or substances, and emergency situations involving smoke, fumes or vapors.

It is very important that you know how to recognize suspicious mail. Characteristics to pay special attention to include shape, look, address and packaging.

  • Shape – Is it lopsided or uneven? Is it rigid or bulky?
  • Look – Are there oily stains, discolorations, or crystals on the wrapper? Does it have a
    strange odor?
  • Address – Is there a return address? Are there restrictive markings? Are there
    misspelled words? Is it addressed to a title rather than to an individual? Is it an incorrect
    title? Is it poorly typed or written?
  • Packaging – Is it sealed with tape? Is there excessive tape? Is there excessive
    postage?

These are precautionary measures to ensure the safety of all Postal Service employees and customers.

  • If you open a mailbox and see a suspicious item inside, follow these steps:
  • Do not touch or move the item.
  • Don’t put anything else in the mailbox.
  • Leave the mailbox door open.
  • Evacuate the immediate area.
  • Isolate the area around the mailbox.

If you think the suspicious item is an immediate danger to life or safety (i.e. if you see smoke or hear sounds such as, hissing, etc.):

  • Move to a safe area and call 911.
  • Follow instructions from first responders.
  • Call your supervisor to report the incident.
  • Call Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455. When prompted, state “emergency” to speak with a Postal Inspector.

If you believe the suspicious item is not an immediate danger to life or safety:

  • Move to a safe area and call your supervisor to report the incident.
  • Call Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455. When prompted, state “emergency” to speak with a Postal Inspector.

Remember: Safety Depends on Me!

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