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  1. As we get ready for another round of PSE conversions, the Health Plan is here to help. We want to educate the new career employees on the APWU Health Plan benefits. As you know, we have two great plans that offer strong benefits for the APWU members and their families.

    Please note, the new career employees will only have 60 calendar days to select their health plan. The new career employees that were on the USPS plan as a PSE will be automatically disenrolled. The PSE’s currently on the Consumer Driven Option can remain on this plan to keep those benefits. No further action will be needed. 

    In order to pay the negotiated APWU Career rate for the Consumer Driven Option the employee must be enrolled in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plans for one full year as a career employee. The time spent on the Consumer Driven Option as a PSE doesn’t count toward the one year in FEHB.

    The APWU Health Plan will conduct Virtual Health Fairs, exclusively for this conversion. The Member Education department will brief employees on the benefit highlights for both the High Option and Consumer Driven Option plans. Most importantly, there will be a Q&A period to ask the Health Plan staff questions concerning benefits.

    Below is the schedule for the New Career Employee Virtual Health Fairs. Please circulate this information to the PSE’s that are being converted. Click the link to register and attend. 

    Once registered, you will get an email confirmation with a GoToWebinar link and dial-in information. On the day before the virtual health fair date you selected, we will email you a reminder and include the dial-in information with instructions.
     

    If you have questions, please contact our Director's office at (410) 242-1503 or by email at director@apwuhp.com.

    Download the New Career Employee Virtual Health Fairs flyer here.
     

    Our New Career Employee Virtual Health Fairs Dates
     

    July 19 - 1pm-3pm EST Register Now

    August 4 - 3pm-5pm EST Register Now

    August 13 - 12pm-2pm EST Register Now

    August 23 - 3pm-5pm EST Register Now

    September 9 - 2:30pm-4:30pm EST Register Now

    September 17 - 10am-12pm EST Register Now

    You can also visit www.apwuhp.com/events to register for a health fair.

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    Contract negotiations open in less than one month. Our next APWU Live with President Dimondstein is coming up on June 1 and we hope to see you there.

    Sign up here to get a reminder and to ask your question.

    There is a lot happening for postal workers right now and we have a packed livestream this month.

    This is your chance to get updates on postal workers’ campaign to restore speedy mail service and stop management’s attempt to permanently delay the mail. We will discuss management’s plans for plant closures and consolidations. And we’ll address the new bipartisan legislation that will finally get rid of the unfair prefunding mandate that has drained USPS finances.

    We will also let you know how you can get involved in our fight for a fair contract. Because our strength at the bargaining table comes from our members standing together and mobilizing, to get a Good Contract Now, we need you to make it happen.

    Together with answers for your questions, the June 1 live is a key opportunity for you find out what is going on and to get involved.

    Sign up for the July 1 APWU Live here.

    In union solidarity,

    The American Postal Workers Union

    1300 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 | www.apwu.org

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    The Annual Open Season Seminar has gone virtual again! 

    The Health Plan will continue to be cautious during these unprecedented times. Your health and safety are our top priority. 

    The 36th Annual Open Season Seminar will be conducted virtually, October 20-22. Attendees can access their classes online from the safety of their homes.

    Visit www.apwuhp.com/events for more details. Registration opens July 5.

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    Dear HPR's, 

    The conversion of 5,500 PSE’s began as of March 13. Becoming career employees will be a life changing and exciting time for the PSE’s and the Health Plan is here to help. We want to educate the new career employees on the APWU Health Plan benefits. As you know, we have two great plans that offer strong benefits for the APWU members and their families.

    Please note, the new career employees will only have 60 calendar days to select their health plan. The new career employees that were on the USPS plan as a PSE will be automatically disenrolled. The PSE’s currently on the Consumer Driven Option can remain on this plan to keep those benefits. No further action will be needed. 

    In order to pay the negotiated APWU Career rate for the Consumer Driven Option the employee must be enrolled in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plans for one full year as a career employee. The time spent on the Consumer Driven Option as a PSE doesn’t count toward the one year in FEHB.

    As the coronavirus continues to impact families nationwide, the Health Plan will continue to be sensitive to the COVID-19 risks related to work, travel, and social distancing. We want to allow the new career employees an opportunity to meet with APWU Health Plan staff virtually. 

    The APWU Health Plan will conduct Virtual Health Fairs, exclusively for this conversion. The Member Education department will brief employees on the benefit highlights for both the High Option and Consumer Driven Option plans. Most importantly, there will be a Q&A period to ask the Health Plan staff questions concerning benefits.

    Below is the schedule for the Virtual Health Fairs. Please circulate this information to the PSE’s that are being converted. Click the link to register and attend. 

    Once registered, you will get an email confirmation with a GoToWebinar link and dial-in information. On the day before the virtual health fair date you selected, we will email you a reminder and include the dial-in information with instructions.

    If you have questions, please contact our Director's office at (410) 242-1503 or by email at director@apwuhp.com.

     

    Our Virtual Health Fairs Dates
     

    April 14 - 2pm-4pm EST Register Now

    April 30 - 11am-1pm EST Register Now

    May 7 - 1pm-3pm EST Register Now


    You can also visit www.apwuhp.com/events to register for a health fair.

  5. Postal Management and the American Postal Workers Union signed a major Memorandum of Understanding to help address the chronic understaffing at mail processing facilities throughout much of the country.

    Under the terms of the new agreement, over 5,500 new career positions will be created at 192 installations. The number of career positions will vary by installation based on management’s determination. 5,524 PSEs will be converted to career status as soon as possible, but no later than March 13, 2021.

    As a transition to the creation of the new career positions and PSE conversions, combined with the severe backlog of mail and packages, the APWU has agreed to extend the period where management can retain “peak season” PSEs above the PSE cap.

    “This is a major breakthrough and a great way to bring in the New Year, said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “The Union has consistently been raising staffing shortage problems. Postal management has finally gotten the message and we appreciate that this agreement will take pressure off the current “Function 1” workforce, better the lives of over 5,500 PSEs and enable postal workers to better serve postal customers.”

    Full Article

  6. Longtime APWU Retiree, Byron Denton, age 92, was a postal worker. As an old timer, he has experienced some tough times, but nothing compared to the hardships faced by today's postal workers. They have delivered through an unprecedented global pandemic and they deserve support. Show you will stand with postal workers and a public US Postal Service: sign the petition to #SaveThePostOffice www.apwu.org/petition

     

  7. Union Member Benefits

    Insurance

    • APWU Health Plans Learn about the differences between the two health plans so you can choose the one that meets your needs.

          High Option 

          Consumer Driven  - available to PSE's after one year of service

    • The Voluntary Benefits Plan provides voluntary insurance benefits designed especially for APWU members. It offers disability, life, dental, hospital indemnity, automobile insurance, as well as numerous other programs.
    • AFLAC Specified Health Event and Cancer Insurance These comprehensive, affordable benefits, made available through American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Aflac), are being offered exclusively to APWU members and their qualifying family members.
    • Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance In addition to the Basic, there are three forms of Optional insurance you can elect.

    Union Plus Discounts and Services

    APWU Scholarships

    Financial and Retirement

    Hardship

    • Accident Benefit Association provision for the payment of benefits to its members and their beneficiaries in case of temporary disability, dismemberment or death resulting directly from a covered accident
    • Postal Employee's Relief Fund To aid postal employees and retirees whose homes are completely destroyed or left uninhabitable as a result of a major natural disaster or house fire
  8. "When you respond to the 2020 Census, you help inform how billions of dollars in federal funding flows into communities across West Virginia,including money for schools, hospitals and health clinics, roads, public transportation, and other vital services. Unfortunately, West Virginia has one of the lowest 2020 Census response rates in the country. If we don’t respond to the Census, we will miss out on important federal funds that make our communities stronger. Every person in West Virginia that does not respond to the Census equates to $20,000 lost in federal funds for West Virginia and our communities over the next ten years. If 100 people do not respond, that's $2 MILLION lost in federal funds to West Virginia over the next ten years. We simply can’t afford that. So please, Be Counted and respond to the census today by visiting 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020. Responding to the Census by phone or online is safe and secure, and it only takes a few minutes of your time. So again, please respond to the Census today by visiting 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020. Thank you."

                                                                                              - JOE

    More Information

    In Solidarity Glenn Wilson Legislative Director

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed every aspect of our daily lives, including how Americans and West Virginians will be able to vote this year. The 2020 election is quickly approaching and West Virginians need access to accurate, reliable information on how to vote during these unprecedented times. This week I launched a voting resource page that compiles accurate facts on how to register to vote, polling locations, requesting an absentee ballot and more. Every eligible West Virginian should exercise their right to vote and have their voice heard this fall.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        - JOE
    To view the voting resource webpage please click here.

    Information provided by Senator Joe Manchin

    In Solidarity Glenn Wilson Legislative Director

     

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    A Free New Benefit for APWU Members
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    We are excited to announce that The Voluntary Benefits Plan will now be offering all APWU members discounts through The LifeBalance Program. This new program is available to all Active, PSE, Retiree and Associate APWU members.
     
    With LifeBalance, you and your household family members can save on the activities and purchases that leave you feeling fit, happy, and fulfilled. There are thousands of savings waiting for you on all kinds of fun and healthy purchases on the LifeBalance platform!
     
    Read on to learn how to access the program, and to check out popular savings and savings categories.
    
    How to Access LifeBalance Program Discounts
     
    Getting started with LifeBalance is easy! Simply:
     
    ·      Visit LifeBalanceProgram.com and enter your email address (work or home email will do)
    ·     Enter your name, a password, and your zip code
     
    And you'll be all set! You can now log in to LifeBalanceProgram.com any time to utilize program discounts.
     
    This benefit is available to your household family members, as well, so don't hesitate to encourage them to follow the steps above to create their FREE accounts.
     
    Popular Program Savings
     
    Below are a few examples of savings that are currently popular with LifeBalance members! APWU members can now take advantage of these and thousands of additional program discounts! Clicking on the links below will take you to set up your free account, after which you can redeem these savings online.
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    Get healthy meals delivered to your door! Save $60 on your first four orders from Freshly.
     
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    Download or stream over 1,700 online yoga, meditation, Pilates, barre and fitness classes with YogaDownload! Members save 50% on annual memberships.
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    Stay motivated and active with FitBit! Members receive exclusive savings on trackers that monitor activity, exercise, food, weight, and sleep.
     
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    Shop in-store or online at wholesale prices! Save up to 40% on a Sam's Club membership that you can use from anywhere -- even if there are no Sam's Club locations near you.
     
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    Welcome to Our 2020 APWU Health Plan Virtual Open Season Health Fairs!
     
    As the coronavirus continues to impact families nationwide, the Health Plan wants to be sensitive to the COVID-19 risks related to work, travel, and social distancing. While in person health fairs are being canceled, we wanted to give your employees an opportunity to meet with APWU Health Plan staff virtually. Postal, Federal, and Retirees who are eligible for the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program can access and attend our virtual health fairs safely online.

    During Open Season, every Tuesday and Thursday, from 12-2pm EST a Health Plan staff employee will be online to answer questions and discuss plan features. Please forward this email to your employees so that they can participate. Click on the register now to confirm your attendance.

    Once registered you will get an email confirmation with a GoToMeeting link and dial-in information. On the Monday before the virtual health fair date you selected, we will email you a reminder and include the dial-in information with instructions.



    Register Now! for any of our Virtual Health Fairs.

    Tuesday, November 10 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Tuesday, November 17 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Tuesday, November 24 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Tuesday, December 1 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Tuesday, December 8 - 12pm-2pm EST

     

    Thursday, November 12 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Thursday, November 19 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Thursday, December 3 - 12pm-2pm EST

  12. With the election nearing and many parts of the U.S. in the grips of COVID-19, mail-in ballots have become a prominent issue. But President Trump has disparaged both the U.S. Postal Service and the integrity of voting by mail. What effect could his criticism have? William Brangham talks to Mark Dimondstein of the American Postal Workers Union and then Spencer Cox, lieutenant governor of Utah.

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