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West Virginia Postal Workers Union

    Attacks on Federal Workers

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

    Recently our sisters and brothers who work for other federal agencies had their collective bargaining rights attacked. In a series of Executive Orders, President Trump forced agencies to re-write collective bargaining agreements under new guidelines. 

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    Open Season

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    By Health Plan Director John Marcotte

    This year’s Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season is Nov. 12–Dec. 10. Now is the time to take advantage of a union-owned health plan, staffed by union employees, whose singular focus is serving you, the member.

    At the APWU Health Plan we are driven to provide comprehensive health insurance at an affordable price. Now is the time to compare your current yearly out of pocket costs and the coverage your family needs with what the APWU Health Plan has to offer. Whether you desire proactive wellness coverage, are managing current heath care conditions, or looking for peace of mind and financial security if an illness or injury strikes, the APWU Health Plan (APWUHP) is here for you.

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    After the Mid-Term Elections Continue to Use Your Voice for What's Next

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    By Retirees Department Director Nancy Olumekor

    There is still work we must do to protect our federal pension, benefits and the Postal Service on behalf of retirees. The Social Security Fairness Act (HR.1205 and S.915), along with the Social Security Expansion Act (S.427) are needed legislation. There are still millions of Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) annuitants watching and waiting for Congress to pass legislation to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WPO) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) in order to provide us with a fair return on our investment in the Social Security system.

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    Court Rules Pain is a Disability

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans recently ruled that pain alone, without an underlying disability, may entitle veterans to compensation benefits. This decision could affect both veterans seeking service connection and those seeking increased ratings for conditions that are already considered service connected. Prior to this decision, the federal circuit held veterans had to have a diagnosed disability that rationalized the source of their pain in order to receive Veterans Administration (VA) disability benefits.

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    Have a Conversation

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    By Organization Director Anna Smith

    Having a conversation with a non-member coworker can be downright intimidating. It is because of this intimidation some find it frightening and daunting to ask them to stand with us. It is important to move past our concerns and approach them.

    The fact is these non-members are working against our best interest. Some non-members are loud and confrontational with anti-union rhetoric. They let everyone know why they are not a member. While we all realize the harm done by the boisterous one, understand that the silent non-member is as destructive, if not more. They are silently working against everything we fight to achieve. They are not on the same side.

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