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Chris Smith

Executive Board
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  • Birthday 10/20/1970

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    Charleston APWU 133
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  1. APWU members around the state of West Virginia out on the picket lines supporting teachers during the 2019 walkout.
  2. Web News Article #: 16-2019 On Feb. 19, almost a year after walking out of school and beginning a national movement of teacher and education workers strikes across the country, West Virginia workers struck again. This time teachers and school personnel walked out explicitly in protest against a potential bill that would begin a process to privatize the state’s education system. Schools in 54 of the state’s 55 counties were closed for the day, and the House of Delegates voted 53-45 to kill the bill only hours after the walk out. View the full article
  3. Web News Article #: 14-2019 On Feb. 13, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced S. 478, the “Expand Social Security Act,” legislation that would expand benefits and add almost 50 years of solvency to the program. Social Security, in its current form, is paying out more money to recipients than it takes in, and will no longer be able to pay out full benefits by 2034. A companion bill, H.R. 1170 was introduced in the House on the same day by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4). View the full article
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    Honoring Women’s History

    Web News Article #: 15-2019 On Feb. 15, 2019, the APWU National Executive Board adopted a proclamation honoring women of the APWU throughout March, in celebration of Women's History Month. The proclamation read: View the full article
  5. Web News Article #: 13-2019 On Monday, Feb. 11, over two thousand educators from the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) walked out of school, launching the first teachers’ strike in the city in over 25 years. The walkout follows 15 months of negotiations. The strike vote passed in January with over 93 percent of the workers in favor of the walkout. The APWU National encourages members who are able to join the picket lines or show their support via social media with the hashtag #DCTAstrong. You can also donate to the strike fund. View the full article
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    Wounded Warrior Leave

    Web News Article #: 246-2016 Consistent with the requirements of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015, the Postal Service allows veteran employees who meet the eligibility requirements to take Wounded Warrior Leave. This is a specific type of leave, which provides veteran employees with no loss in pay, for undergoing medical treatment for a service-related disability rated at 30% or more. View the full article
  7. Web News Article #: 12-2019 On Feb. 5, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” Powell was honored by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council (WPPAC) as a “Roving Ambassador for Peace,” and awarded the World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership, alongside Ester Lopez, International Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW. View the full article
  8. Web News Article #: 11-2019 APWU Regional Safety and Health Representatives, Regional Coordinators, and National Officers responsible for the flow of workplace safety programs recently met over two days at headquarters, where they discussed APWU’s Stand Up for Safe Jobs campaign and prepared to go into the field to present training on the campaign, and safety in general. Each APWU region has at least one member in the field, a Safety and Health Representative, who is appointed to help states and locals with safety issues that affect workers. View the full article
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    2019 Women's Wave

    Web News Article #: 11-2019 APWU officers at the 2019 Women's March in Washington, DC. View the full article
  10. Washington Region Council, Tri-State Conference which will be held in Martinsburg WV, hosted by the West Virginia Postal Workers Union. We will be meeting at the Holiday Inn, 301 Foxcroft Avenue. Dates of the conference are September 20 and 21, 2019. Room rates are $93.00 if reserved by August 29, 2019.
  11. The KYOWVA Area Local is hosting the 93rd West Virginia Postal Workers Union State Convention and Spring Seminar. The training seminar will begin on April 25, 2019, with convention business on April 26-27. Events will take place at the Pullman / Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, at 1001 3rd Avenue, Huntington WV, 25701. Hotel phone is 304-525-1001, or 844-213-4932. Rates are $129.00 per night, plus $10.00 per day for parking. Please make your reservations by March 24 to receive the discounted rates. Complimentary breakfast will be served. Registration fee is $60.00 per person. Make all checks or money orders payable to the KYOWVA Area Local, APWU, prior to the event if possible.
  12. Web News Article #: 10-2019 On Jan. 23, APWU officers joined together with protestors from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), SEIU, and other unions in a sit-in at the Hart Senate office building in Washington, D.C., demanding the re-opening of the federal government. Hundreds of protestors engaged in a silent, 33-minute sit-in action (one minute for each day of the shutdown). View the full article
  13. Web News Article #: 9-2019 APWU’s Greater Los Angeles Area Local joined United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) on the picket line last week, offering support to fellow public-sector workers during the week-long strike that ended Tuesday morning. “It’s important to support each other in solidarity,” said Greater Los Angeles Area Local President Dominic Davis. “Teachers were out in full force, side by side with us in solidarity, during the Stop Staples campaign. We’re so closely aligned with them, with both of us going through negotiations [now], so it was important to show our support.” View the full article
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    Stop the Shutdown!

    Web News Article #: 8-2019 The United States is in the midst of the longest government shutdown – with 800,000 government employees locked out of their jobs. Thousands are currently forced to work without pay. Make no mistake: federal employees’ pay is being held hostage as the White House and Congress lock horns over federal funding. President Mark Dimondstein is asking APWU members to contact their Senators, telling them that they shouldn’t use federal employees’ pay as a bargaining tool over policy issues. View the full article
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    Martin Luther King Day

    Web News Article #: 7-2019 The APWU joins the country today in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a dedicated champion for the civil rights and labor movements. Dr. King’s actions still resonate in the hearts of labor and civil rights activists. View the full article
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