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  1. virtual-HF-2021

     

    Health Benefit Officers, 
     
    Welcome to our 2021 APWU Health Plan Virtual Open Season Health Fairs!
     
    We wanted to give your employees an opportunity to meet with APWU Health Plan staff virtually and learn about our benefits. 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 GoToWebinar link and dial-in information. The day before the virtual health fair date you selected, you will receive an email reminder with the dial-in information and instructions.



    Register Now! for any of our Virtual Health Fairs.

    Tuesday, November 9 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Tuesday, November 16 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Tuesday, November 23 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Tuesday, November 30 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Tuesday, December 7 - 12pm-2pm EST

     

    Thursday, November 11 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Thursday, November 18 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Thursday, December 2 - 12pm-2pm EST

    Thursday, December 9 - 12pm-2pm EST

  2. Union Members Mark Your Calendar - September 4, 2021

    WV Power Park - 601 Morris Street, Charleston, WV 25301

    Free for Union Members & There Famalies 

    Gametime 7:05 pm

    Tickets to the Game (Limit 4)

    Picnic Before the Game (6:00 pm)

    Fireworks After the Game

    For Tickets contact Dena at the West Virginia AFL-CIO

    304-344-3557 or dfields@wvaflcio.org

     

    UNION PROUD - UNION STRONG

     

     

  3. In July, the final month of the six-month adjustment period for the sixth COLA under the 2018 Agreement, the CPI-W Unadjusted Index (1967=100) rose from last month to 797.661; an increase over the January 2021 index point upon which employees received the last COLA. 

    As a result of the rise in index level, the following COLA adjustment will be applied to each step of the basic annual salary for all employees covered under the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement effective August 28, 2021 (pay period 19-2021, pay date September 17, 2021).

    The sixth COLA under the 2018 National Agreement will be $1,935.00:
     

    Monthly Tracking

    Amount

    Per Annum

    $1,935.00

    Per Pay Period

    $74.40

    Cents Per Hour

    $0.93

    Under the 2018 National Agreement, employees accrued the following adjustments totaling $3,349.00:

    #

    Amount

    Effective Date

    Pay Period

    Pay Date

    1

    $0.00

    March 2, 2019

    06-2019

    March 22, 2019

    2

    $624.00

    August 31, 2019

    19-2019

    September 20, 2019

    3

    $166.00

    February 29, 2020

    06-2020

    March 20, 2020

    4

    $208.00

    August 29, 2020

    19-2020

    September 18, 2020

    5

    $416.00

    February 27, 2021

    06-2021

    March 19, 2021

    6

    $1,935.00

    August 28, 2021

    19-2021

    September 17, 2021

  4. With our current union contract expiring on September 20, 2021, the APWU and postal management have now been engaged in negotiations for more than five weeks.

    The APWU National Negotiating Committee consists of President Mark Dimondstein, Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy, Secretary/Treasurer Liz Powell, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman, Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks, Maintenance Craft Director Idowu Balogun, Motor Vehicle Services Director Michael Foster, and Support Services Craft Director Stephen Brooks. The Negotiations Committee is meeting weekly, at minimum, to plan, refine proposals and develop strategy.  In addition, the Craft Directors met individually with Lead Negotiator President Dimondstein and Chief Spokesperson Director Zimmerman to coordinate efforts. Many other officers and staff are also working diligently with research and planning. Throughout the process, the Negotiations Committee has kept the National Executive Board and Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee apprised on the process and developments of negotiations.

    Proposals Exchanged

    Generally, at this stage of early negotiations we are focused on proposals addressing work rules, working conditions, and workforce structure. Later in the negotiations process, the economic provisions (wage increases, COLA, step increases, etc.) will be proposed and discussed. To date, the APWU has submitted 86 proposals and management has submitted six proposals for discussion and negotiation. The union proposals include 44 craft proposals covering the Clerk, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Services, and Support Services crafts and 42 general article proposals. These include numerous proposals to protect job security and work opportunities, increase career opportunities and improve conditions of work.

    The APWU will submit additional proposals over the coming month, including our wage and financial package.

    Main Table Meetings

    Since negotiations opened on June 22, 2021, there have been eight “Main Table” meetings between the APWU and postal management, where proposals are exchanged and assigned to various negotiators or to the craft tables for further discussion and development. 

    Each APWU craft is conducting at least weekly meetings with their counterparts at the Postal Service. In addition, Director Zimmerman meets regularly with the Postal Service Chief Spokesperson on the general article proposals that are not currently assigned other negotiators or to the craft tables. Lead negotiator, President Mark Dimondstein, also meets regularly with the Deputy Postmaster General discussing the overall picture of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

    Lock Down Starts Sept. 7

    The parties are currently planning to “lock down” in the same location for a week of negotiations beginning September 7, 2021. Each day will consist of intense main table negotiations, craft tables, and any other sub-committees where the parties agree to work on the various proposals. 

    If an agreement is not reached by the September 20, 2021 expiration of the CBA, the parties will begin to move towards interest arbitration. An APWU team consisting of national officers, attorneys, and staff members is preparing for interest arbitration at the same time negotiations are ongoing. Furthermore, negotiations can continue beyond the expiration of the contract even while preparing for interest arbitration. It is always best for the parties to reach a voluntary agreement rather than have an arbitration panel impose new wages, hours, and working conditions. 

    “The core committee and other craft officers are diligently working to negotiate a contract that recognizes the hard work and dedication the employees represented by the APWU show each day, shared Director Zimmerman. “We are working together to get you the good contract you deserve.”

    “On behalf of the members, I thank the negotiating team and everyone involved with the negotiations process for all their hard work and cooperation as we march together in the battle for a good new contract,” said President Mark Dimondstein. “Our strength at the negotiating table derives from the activity and unity of the members, so keep sending the message from the workroom floor to postal headquarters – ‘Union Strong, All Day Long!’”

  5. 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.

  6.  

    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

  7. V36-AOSS-cvent-banner-950
    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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

     

  11. 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
  12. "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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