UNION MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM
AUG 18, 2020
3521 Mulberry Church Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208
Executive Board to meet after Meeting
STAY TUNED FOR INSTRUCTIONS
There is so much information being released on a daily basis. The APWU National Union has an area on the web site for this infomation https://www.apwu.org/coronavirus
OWCP has updated information on the Covid-19 exposure. Please check out this link. If a person works in high risk employment that is suffecient to show exposure. https://www.dol.gov/owcp/dfec/InfoFECACoverageCoronavirus.htm
The Postal Service Lite Blue also has information https://liteblue.usps.gov/lite-blue/covid19/welcome.htm
Need assistance, contact EAP https://usps.ndbh.com/EAP
APWU Health Plan is providing enhanced benefits as it relates to COVID-19, click on link
AFL-CIO has a state by state resource guide, just click here https://aflcio.org/covid-19/state-resources
Apparently some of our members have experiencing difficulty and/or are raising concerns with respect to the federal tax withholding on their postal pay checks.
The USPS apparently provided correspondence to employees earlier this year advising them to review their W-4, and make any necessary changes by submitting a new one. The employees were referred to their tax preparer for assistance.
Here’s what occurred:
The IRS revised the 2020 W-4 Form, Employee’s Withholding Certificate in order to comply with the income tax withholding requirements contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The revised form eliminated withholding allowances. The IRS also redesigned the withholding tables.
While the IRS is not requiring all employees to complete a new form, a new form is required for new hires-hired in 2020. A new form is also required for those employees whom desire to make changes to their withholding in 2020.
A copy of the new Form W-4 is attached.
Eagan has apparently advised there are no system issues. Therefore, as indicated above, this is an IRS issue, not a USPS issue.Download: FORM W4 2020.pdf
The Election Committee has agreed that any person who joined the union as of May 1, 2020 but was not accepted as a member due to the lack of union meetings, will be considered a member for the purpose of voting in the elction.
Ballots for the Charlotte Area Local Election of Officers will be mailed at least 21 days prior to July 17, 2020. Ballots will be mailed to the address you have on file with the USPS on LiteBlue.
If the address you have on file with the USPS as an employee is wrong, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you receive a timely ballot.
Please include your name, craft and new mailing address and a ballot will be mailed to that address.
The APWU is continuing to make every effort ensure the safety of APWU represented employees. Part of these efforts now include the implementation of employee temperature screening. The screening equipment will first be tested at two (2) locations--Merrifield, VA, and Oklahoma City, OK-for two (2) weeks.Download: Temperature Test_Communication Plan FINAL_5.13.20 (006).pdf
After the equipment testing at these two facilities, a minimum of two (2) pilot sites will begin implementing temperature screenings. We are pushing for more pilot sites as well.
The addition of employee temperature screenings will continue to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the USPS, keep you safe, and help protect your families after you leave work. We ask that all employees continue to practice social distancing, wearing face coverings in the workplace and public, and practicing good hand washing.
As more information comes to us, we will release it to the field to keep you informed on this new safety protocol.
Industrial Relations Director
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO