GUIDE TO VETERANS RIGHTS AND BENEFITS
Dear Military Veteran and APWU Member,
The APWU membership includes tens of thousands of proud military veterans, many with
service- connected disabilities, who are now proud and dedicated postal workers and members
of our union. Many APWU retirees are also veterans.
The APWU is pleased to share this booklet with you, designed as a quick reference guide on
important rights and benefits of veterans employed by the United States Postal Service.
While this guide cannot address every issue, it includes topics of interest to veterans, including
Leave Accrual, Wounded Warriors Leave, Employment and Reemployment Rights, Merit
Systems Protection Board (MSPB) rights and Retirement Credit for Military Service. We
encourage you to explore the “Veterans Issues” section of the APWU website at
https://apwu.org/veterans-issues for further information on veteran-related issues and many
other subjects important to postal workers.
In addition, a new “APWU Veterans Network” was launched in 2021 to provide opportunities to
connect with other APWU veterans and stay informed on important issues.
We encourage you to avail yourself of your veteran-earned rights as well as to be fully involved
in the union and the continuing struggle to improve the rights and well-being of postal workers
and defend and expand the public Postal Service.
The APWU national leadership appreciates your sacrifice and commitment and we hope this
guide proves to be a valuable resource to you.
Sincerely and in Union Solidarity,
2022 CAL STATE CONVENTION
THE 2022 APWU CALIFORNIA STATE CONVENTION
IS SET FOR MAY 20TH-22ND, 2022
The 2022 California State Convention has been scheduled for May 20th, 21st, and the 22nd at the Handlery Hotel in San Diego. More information about hotels, accomidations and schedules will be made available at a later date.
CONTACT CALIFORNIA STATE PRESIDENT GAARE DAVIS FOR MORE DETAILS
AT: CALSTATEGD@ATT.NET OR 626-487-4366.
NEW WITH APWU
New and exsisting members, here is a link to the APWU Health Plan so you can compare them side by side. New employees can choose an APWU Health Plan as their provider within the first 30 days of hire.
All federal and postal employees and retirees who are eligible to enroll in the FEHB Program may become members of APWU Health Plan.
BATTLING THE PMG & RECENT CHANGES
Here is a letter from APWU Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman on how to report delayed mail:
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!!!!!
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
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: