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    • 2020/2021 CAL STATE CONVENTION
      AND ELECTIONS UPDATE!

      2020 APWU CALIFORNIA STATE CONVENTION
      CANCELED



       

      UPDATE!:
       

      On 08/05/20, an Executive Board meeting was held to cancel the 2020 California State Convention and to hold it as scheduled for the year 2021 in San Diego on May 14th through the 16th to also conduct the elections of officers.

      After the 03/25/20 Executive-Board meeting the E-Board members of APWU of California State agreed to hold a teleconference meeting on 08/05/20 to determine if rescheduling is possible for a future date in the 2020 year based on COVID-19. Results and updates will be posted here after the meeting on 08/05/20.

      Due to current impact of the COVID-19 "Corona" virus, this years 2020 state convention is cancelled. There will be an Executive Board Telecon meeting held Wednesday 03/25/2020. 

      CONTACT CALIFORNIA STATE PRESIDENT GAARE DAVIS FOR MORE DETAILS AT CALSTATEGD@ATT.NET OR 626-487-4366.

      BATTLING THE PMG & RECENT CHANGES

      Here is a letter from APWU Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman on how to report delayed mail:

      LETTER FROM VANCE ZIMMERMAN

      NBAs CORNER

      COVID-19

      We are facing a pandemic like we have never experienced in our lifetime. As things start opening back up, we are seeing huge jumps in COVID-19 cases. Please follow the recommendations from the CDC to keep you and your family safe. We all need to follow safe practices at work as well as at home. I know we all wish this pandemic would be over soon but that is not going to happen. We all need to stay diligent to stop the spread of this virus. If there are safety issues in your office pertaining to COVID-19, don’t ignore it. You deserve a safe working environment and management is responsible for providing you with one. You should have masks, gloves and hand sanitizer available to you at work. You have the right to wash your hands as needed. If a customer comes to the window without a mask, ask them if they have one to put on. You have a right to 6-foot social distancing at work. Even if everyone has masks on, it doesn’t eliminate the requirement to maintain 6-foot social distancing. Don’t let management put you and your family at risk. Tell management that you’re not going to risk your health to work in an area where the proper social distancing rules are not being followed. We need to be filling out PS 1767 safety violation forms to report these violations. Our members are very loyal to our customers and are reporting to work day after day despite COVID-19. Thank you for your hard work, long hours and dedication. You are appreciated and absolutely essential to the country and to the APWU.

      NEW POSTMASTER GENERAL

      As some of you already know, Louis DeJoy has been sworn in as the new Postmaster General. So, who is he? Dejoy has contributed more than $2 million to the Trump campaign and was in charge of fundraising for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte.  If that’s not bad enough, postal employees should be even more alarmed at his 35 years in labor analytics. The art of eliminating as many jobs as possible. Dejoy doesn’t come from within the Postal Service. In fact, his company was a contractor for the USPS for more than 25 years potentially putting DeJoy in the position to oversee decisions that affect his personal financial interest. We have been in a struggle to save the Postal Service during Trumps presidential administration that has been openly hostile to the Postal Service and postal employees. At a recent news conference, Trump called us useless. This is during a pandemic in which we have continued to report to work and have bound this Country together. Dejoy is bad for labor and operates with anti-union animus.

      It’s time to fight back to save the Postal Service for the American public and our jobs for our families. We can’t just sit on the sidelines anymore and hope all will be O.K. or handled by the Union.       

      FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE POSTAL SERVICE 

      The Postal Service has reported that they could run out of money as early as this fall. The Postal Service has projected huge losses in mail volumes during this pandemic. They need immediate financial relief from Congress. Our jobs are at risk. We need to call our Congressional representatives today and ask them to support stimulus legislation that includes financial relief to the Postal Service. It is a matter of when not if the Postal Service will run out of money. Your Senators need to hear from you!

      CLERK WORK AND WORK HOURS

      Even though we are in the middle of a National pandemic, it doesn't grant management the right to do clerk work in offices where they are not allowed to perform clerk work or work more hours than they are allowed in offices where the CBA allows them to perform limited clerk work. Nor does it allow carriers to perform clerk work in your office. If either of these are occuring, standup for your rights and call the Union to file a grievance.

      The parties at the National level have agreed to two new categories of temporary employees called Function 1 Mail Processing Assistants and Function 4 Clerk Assistants. They are hired to help installations that are experiencing high absenteeism because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the liberal leave policy. Available APWU bargaining unit employees, starting with career employees and including current PSE’s, within the installation will be utilized up to the maximum hours allowed each week.

      Elections Have Consequences  

      Vote Postal in 2020 and send those who don’t support the Postal Service and your job HOME!!!!!

      In Solidarity,
      Chuck Locke

      HATCH ACT INFO

      Hello APWU members, retiree members, and auxiliary members,

      The link below is a Hatch Act fact sheet, we hope you continue to stand in solidarity with us as we fight for the betterment of Postal Workers and their families

      HATCH ACT INFO

      APIS

      POSTAL/FEDERAL EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SPECIALIST

      APIS...ONE STEP AHEAD SINCE 1988

      American Payroll Insurance Services provides APWU members with valuable benefits and services including CSRS and FERS retirement calculations, TSP counseling, financial planning, FEGLI evaluation and retirement applications review (Blue book).

      APIS also provides TSP Counseling Workshops for APWU Locals as well as individual off the job benefits such as Dental and Vision Plans, Life insurance, Cancer policies, IRA’s and Annuities.

      For more information about APIS services or to schedule a workshop for your local, Please, contact:

      - Alain Gatignol (619) 887-3510 – ag@feasc.com or
      - Kenny Gatignol- (619) 709-3258 –
      kennyg@feasc.com or
      -
      Office: 1-888-647-8777
      - Website:
      www.feasc.com

      2020 POSTAL WORKER WEST

      Here is the newest info & news from POSTAL WORKER WEST issued by Omar Gonzalez, Wester Regional Coordinator
       

      JULY - AUGUST 2020 EDITON

      APRIL 2020 COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION

      MARCH 2020 EDITON

      A WORD FROM OUR LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR



      California Postal Voters Have Impact

       

      APWU Sisters and Brothers:

      I am reaching out to you regarding our efforts in the upcoming primary election in March and the general election in November 2020.  Also, we include the mechanics of the registration process because our families and friends should be encouraged to gain eligibility and vote in California elections.

      Please check this website in the days and weeks ahead for voter guides and other information to enlighten our crucial expression of citizenship, your vote, and why we must take concrete actions to voice our prerogatives. 

      Voting in the 2020 elections provides the ability to elect public officials who express our values and offer the opportunity to improve the quality of life for ourselves, our families, and our communities.  The ballot box can be used to advocate on behalf of disadvantaged and marginalized people including Union members.

      Two indisputable facts illustrate why California Postal Workers must vote in 2020:

      1. Since the California Congressional delegation has a 46 to 7 advantage in favor of Democrats, it is crucial that this political superiority be used to benefit working people generally and Postal Workers specifically.
      2. The California State Legislature in Sacramento has been sympathetic to issues important to Postal Workers such as consolidation.  To the extent we engage the State Legislature, we open a new arena where Postal Workers can contest the Postal Service on grounds unexplored by APWU.  In the interest of brevity, many other reasons compelling us to vote could have been included.

      In order to vote on March 3, 2020, your registration must be postmarked or electronically submitted by February 17, 2020.  A person is eligible to vote in California if: they are a citizen of the United States and a California resident, and they will be at least 18 years old on Election Day.  If a person has not currently mentally incompetent to vote as determined by a Court, the person is eligible.  A person is not eligible to vote if they are in Federal or State prison, or on parole for the conviction of a felony.

      Our participation in these elections cannot be overemphasized.  When we vote, our clout extends to Congress and the California Legislature.  We must fully exercise our power to benefit our families and communities.


      Phillip M. Warlick, California APWU Legislative Director

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