• VP Kevin Young with Rep Lois Frankel 2019
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Now It Is Easier to File FECA COVID Claims

The recently signed American Rescue Plan of 2021 makes it easier to file Federal Employee Compensation Act (FECA) claims for COVID-19. The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) wants federal and postal employees to know that anyone who is a “covered employee” can file a COVID-19 claim. 

A covered employee is someone whose job requires contact with the public or co-workers. If you qualify and are diagnosed with COVID-19, you qualify for FECA coverage. Even if you had COVID in the past, OWCP is encouraging postal workers to file a claim now in case you need covered care in the future. 

See the flyer below for information on who qualifies and how employees can register in Employees' Compensation Operations and Management Portal (ECOMP) and file a claim. 

The APWU will be working with OWCP on more way to educate postal workers about filing FECA claims for COVID.  In the meantime, please circulate the attached flyer as broadly as possible. 

 

 

If you have any questions, contact OWCP directly through the ECOMP portal. 

PSEs to See Pay Raise

On Saturday, May 22, 2021, Postal Support Employees (PSEs) will receive a pay increase of 20 cents per hour. The additional pay will be reflected in pay checks dated June 11, 2021. The new hourly rates for PSEs can be found here. This is will be the fifth and final pay increase PSEs will receive under the 2018-2021 National Agreement. The five pay increases the PSEs receive included three general increases of 2.3%, 2.1%, 2.0%, and two additional increases of 20 cents each (PSEs do not receive COLA). Overall, a Level 6 PSE received a total of $2.07 per hour during the current contract. Any future pay increases will be based on the next contract. Contract negotiations are set to begin on June 22, 2021.

APWU LIVE - JUNE 1

On June 1, APWU members will gather on a Livestream with President Dimondstein.

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.

JOIN THE APWU CONTRACT ZOOM TOWN HALL

The American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO invites union members to join them for a live Zoom Town Hall on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

 

Join the APWU Contract ZOOM Town Hall, with President Mark Dimondstein and other National Negotiations Committee members

We will discuss contract negotiation preparations and actions you can take to fight for better working conditions & a better standard of living for APWU members and families.

To participate in the call, register online by 8 a.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, June 15.

 

Workers' Memorial Day

WORKERS' MEMORIAL DAY

STAND UP FOR SAFE JOBS

On Workers' Memorial Day, we come together as union members to make our post offices and facilities safer workplaces. Here's what you can do:

  •  Know your rights! You have the right to a safe workplace. "It is the responsibility of management to provide safe working conditions in all present and future installations and to develop a safe workforce."
  • Collective Bargaining Agreement Article 14: Safety and Health. Know how to report a hazard or dangerous condition or practice by using PS Form 1767. Remember your manager has a duty to provide a copy of PS Form 1767 to anyone who requests one. If there are no forms available or if you face any retaliation or pressure from your manager, speak to your Union Steward about a possible grievance. 
  • As you look around your workplace, ask yourself, "Is there something here that can hurt you or make you sick?" There are soem examples of hazards in Safety Factsheet #3 on the National APWU website.
  • If your manager is not providing a copy of the form, you can download a copy of PS Form 1767 at apwu.org. Remember just because APWU National has a copy of the form online, it doesn't let your manager off the hook for not keeping a copy in the office. You can also get a copy of the form by texting "Safety" to 91990.

Union Label & Service Trades Dept, AFL-CIO

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