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Seems you are all over staffed. I suspect your managers and supervisors will do one of two things, ride you to work harder, or start doing the work themselves. Either choice is unacceptable. Per the USPS normal manner of conducting business most if not all of these impacts are filled with errors. We will review and take appropriate measures to see these impacts are addressed, in a lot of cases the impacts have been reached due to PTF transfer or PSE conversion. The flaws in the data are extensive and its one more example of an agency that despite millions of dollars spent automating their processes still having no idea who is working and where they are working.
We have received notice of no other impacts for excessing in our local. If you are approached by management in your office, or another management official approaches you to talk about excessing, you need to call our office ASAP to report it.
Additionally we have been approached by management at the Metroplex to discuss once again the realignment of the work force in that facility. (Last realignment was just under 3 years ago.)
We received a very loose draft of their proposal and since that date (June 30th, 2017) we have sent to them a request for information so we might better understand how they are arriving at the decisions they are proposing to make.
Rumors being what they are we expect that once this plan is finalized we can address the details but at this point what we have is a proposal and they have never made public what is proposed. They have provided some of the requested information and we are waiting for the rest.
At the heart of our discussion now is how management determines what an "earned hour" is. Their entire proposal is based on something called the Function 1 Scheduler and it determines the alignment and staffing of assignments by using "earned hours".
It is very difficult for your union to offer any meaningful input when we have no idea how the service is reaching its conclusions.
They have yet to provide for our review where the PSE complement will be utilized. Unless we know for certain how many PSE's and where and what hours they are working it’s very difficult to discuss what is proposed.
Additionally we are all aware that management has created this situation by their eliminating jobs en masse through the reversion process.
Once we have a clearer picture of what will be happening we will make it a point to get on all tours and all sections to inform our membership.
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04/10/2017 - In order to have a healthy, sustainable, public Postal Service, legislation is necessary to protect postal customers and postal workers from USPS’s current financial crisis. The bi-partisan Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006 largely caused this crisis, sending the Postal Service on a severe downward spiral. The PAEA mandated the Postal Service “pre-fund” 100 percent of its retiree health benefit liabilities, 75 years into the future.
This absurd, unfair and unsustainable burden, which costs the Postal Service $5.5 billion each year over the past decade, is a large reason why the Postal Service cut back service and hours of operation, closed processing plants, increased subcontracting and severely reduced staffing. It also hurt the Postal Service’s financial ability to upgrade buildings, update infrastructure and purchase a new vehicle fleet.
In the ten years since the passage of the PAEA, legislators from both the Senate and House of Representatives repeatedly introduced postal legislation. Some bills, such as H.R. 22 in 2009 and H.R. 1351 in 2011, were positive legislative efforts to help address the pre-funding mandate, and were supported by the APWU. Some, such as H.R. 2309 in 2012, were all-out assaults on postal workers and the public Postal Service, causing the APWU to strongly oppose them.
Regardless of the political party in power, all legislative efforts have failed and the pre-funding crisis continues. It is clear that while Congress created the pre-funding mess, they refuse to legislate its solution on a stand-alone basis.
New postal reform legislation introduced in the 115th Congress helps to solve the pre-funding crisis and is fair to active and retired postal workers. The APWU supports two companion bills introduced in the House of Representatives, H.R. 756 and H.R. 760. As these bills move through the legislative process, the APWU will continue working to improve them.
We received many good questions from around the country regarding the impact of the pending legislation, if it is passed. These questions are the basis for the following “questions and answers.”
Q1: What is H.R. 756?
H.R. 756 is titled the “Postal Service Reform Act of 2017.” It is co-sponsored by a number of Congressional Representatives on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the legislative committee with jurisdiction over postal issues.
Q2: Does it have bi-partisan support of both Republicans and Democrats?
Yes. A rare sight in Washington, key Republicans and Democrats support the bill. It is sponsored by House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). Initial co-sponsors are Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), and Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA). It passed the Oversight Committee made up of 24 Republicans and 18 Democrats with an overwhelming voice vote.
Q3: How does H.R. 756 address the pre-funding debacle created by the 2006 PAEA?
H.R. 756 helps to solve the crushing pre-funding burden. By lowering the cost of FEHBP with Medicare Integration, combined with introducing EGWP drug discounts, the Postal Service should be 100 percent funded to meet the requirement of the PAEA.
Q4: What are the main aspects of H.R. 756 that affect postal workers and retirees?
The bill puts the Postal Service on firmer financial footing, which should lead to positive benefits for postal workers both active and retired. It addresses the pre-funding crisis and increases postal rates to raise revenue. Aspects that will directly affect postal workers and retirees are the creation of a “postal only” health care program within the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), and the requirement of “Medicare Integration” for postal retirees who are eligible for Medicare.
Q5: If H.R. 756 becomes law, will there be any changes to what health benefits are covered?
There should be no changes in what health benefits are covered as a direct result of the passage of H.R. 756. With or without passage of the bill, FEHBP plans, with OPM approval, make changes annually to what they cover for medical procedures and prescription drugs, as well as co-pays, deductibles, networks and premiums. Those changes may increase or decrease a particular benefit. These FEHBP practices of the past will continue in the future.
Q6: What is Medicare Integration?
Medicare Integration requires that all Medicare-eligible postal retirees (age 65 or older) enroll in Medicare in order to maintain their FEHBP plan coverage in retirement. This means that all eligible retirees must be enrolled in Medicare Parts A, B and D in order to get insurance through the FEHBP. In order to simplify the enrollment procedure, all Medicare-eligible retirees will be automatically enrolled.
Q7: What do Medicare Parts A, B and D cover?
Medicare Part A covers hospitalization, Medicare Part B covers doctor/physician care and Medicare Part D covers prescription drugs.
Q8: Will this cost employees, upon retirement, additional premiums? What about retirees who are not yet 65 years of age?
Medicare Part A has no premium. Medicare Part B currently has a standard premium for new enrollees of $134.00/month. Each year, Medicare Part B premiums are set based on the Consumer Price Index, so premiums can change. There is no additional premium for Medicare Part D because it is part of a retiree’s FEHBP plan coverage. Retirees under 65 years of age are not Medicare-eligible and thus will have no additional Medicare premiums until they become Medicare-eligible.
Q9: If a postal worker is still an active employee after reaching the Medicare-eligible age of 65, will they have to enroll in Medicare Part B to maintain their FEHBP coverage?
No. Only when an employee retires does the Medicare Integration mandate apply.
Q10: Will Medicare Integration remove retirees from medical coverage under the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program?
No. H.R. 756 sets up a “postal only” group within FEHBP for active and retired postal workers. For Medicare-eligible retirees, Medicare will be the primary insurance and a FEHBP plan will be the secondary insurance. Medical and prescription bills not covered by Medicare are covered by the FEHBP plan (if the medical care or drugs are normally covered by the plan’s benefits).
Q11: Will the postal only group insurance be run by the USPS?
No. USPS management will have no more authority to run the postal only health plans than they do now. The FEHBP “postal only” plans will continue to be administered by their plan sponsors, with OPM oversight.
Q12: Will retirees have access to all the FEHBP plans that other federal employees/retirees have?
Mostly yes. Eligible plans in the “postal only” group will be ones with over 1,500 postal participants. Right now, over 30 plans would be eligible, including all of the union-sponsored FEHBP health plans. Current retirees in a FEHBP plan with under 1,500 postal participants will be “grandfathered in” and can stay with their health plan – or switch to a FEHBP postal plan.
Q13: Are “pre-1983” postal Civil Service retirees who did not contribute to Medicare covered under the provisions of H.R. 756?
Postal Service employees who retired prior to 1983 will be exempt from Medicare Integration, unless the retiree had sufficient quarters in a non-postal job, qualifying them for Medicare.
Q14: If a Medicare-eligible retiree has a spouse who is covered by an FEHBP plan, and is not yet 65 years of age, will there be a change in how the spouse gets medical coverage?
No. The spouse will be fully covered by the FEHBP plan until he or she becomes Medicare-eligible. At that point, the spouse will be required to enroll in Medicare Part B in order to maintain FEHBP coverage.
Q15: If H.R. 756 passes, what happens to a dependent under 26 years of age who is currently covered under a FEHBP plan?
No change will take place as a result of H.R. 756.
Q16: If H.R. 756 passes, will it have an effect on the FEHBP premium cost for active and retired postal workers?
Yes, it will have a positive effect. According to numerous health care actuaries, Medicare Integration will likely lead to cost savings for the FEHBP plans with three possible outcomes for both active and retired postal workers: 1) Some outright reduction in FEHBP premiums; 2) Slower growth of premium increases; and 3) increase in benefits provided. These anticipated savings are part of what makes this pending legislation fair to both active workers and retirees.
Q17: These are tumultuous times and there is much talk of doing away with and/or privatizing Medicare. If that were to happen, how would that affect our health coverage if H.R. 756 passes?
In the unlikely event of the elimination of Medicare, then there is really no Medicare Integration required of employees. Annuitants, including spouses, would maintain their FEHBP plan as their health insurance
Q18: If passed, when would the Medicare Integration provisions of the bill go into effect? How will affected retirees know the impact on their individual situation?
January 2019 is currently the proposed effective date. There is language in H.R. 756 that mandates an extensive education program for affected employees prior to Medicare Integration implementation. Furthermore, if H.R. 756 becomes law, the APWU is committed to creating its own education program.
Q19: How many of the current postal retirees will be affected by Medicare Integration if this bill were to become law?
Approximately 20 percent of Medicare-eligible postal retirees are not currently enrolled in Medicare Part B. They will be required to enroll if they wish to keep their FEHBP coverage.
Medicare Part B
Q20: Why do approximately 80 percent of APWU retirees already voluntarily enroll in Medicare Part B?
With the combined benefits of Medicare Part B and their FEHBP plan, enrolled retirees have virtually 100% medical coverage with no co-pays, deductibles, co-insurance or catastrophic limits.
Q21: If an over-65 retiree did not voluntarily enroll in Medicare Part B at age 65, what happens to the late enrollment penalty if the bill is passed?
Under current provisions of the law, there is a 10% late enrollment penalty for each year after a person became Medicare-eligible, but did not enroll. H.R. 756 waives the late enrollment penalty for Medicare Part B to allow current retirees to enroll.
Q22: Is there any financial assistance with Medicare Part B premiums for those who are already Medicare-eligible but did not previously enroll?
H.R. 756 has a transition provision for current retirees and covered family members. The USPS will pay 75 percent of the Medicare Part B premium the first year, 50 percent the second year and 25 percent the third year (only for retirees and dependents who did not enroll in Medicare Part B before the passage of H.R. 756). Furthermore, there are a number of Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) to assist low-income beneficiaries with their Medicare Part B premiums. Eligibility and availability vary state by state.
Q23: If a disabled veteran, getting their health care coverage through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Health Benefit program, has FEHBP coverage for a spouse, will they be mandated to enroll in Medicare as well?
The way H.R. 756 is currently written, yes. However, the APWU is working to improve and clarify the language surrounding this issue.
Q24: If I have a physician who opts out of Medicare Part B, will I be forced to change my existing doctor?
No. For doctors who opt out of Medicare, which is an extremely small number (less than 1 percent), your FEHBP plan will pay towards your medical expenses as set forth in its benefits and coverage rules. Medicare Part D
Q25: How does Medicare Integration into Part D affect my premiums?
Prescription coverage is already provided in all FEHBP plans. There is no additional Medicare Part D premium that would be paid under the bill other than the premium already paid for FEHBP coverage.
Q26: Medicare Part D has what is called a “donut hole” creating a gap in prescription drug coverage. How will this affect annuitants under H.R. 756?
Whatever Medicare Part D does not cover in the “donut hole” will be covered by a person’s FEHBP plan, if the FEHBP plan provides coverage with what is commonly referred to as a “wrap around plan.” A "wrap around plan" for Medicare Part D gives a person complete prescription coverage. The APWU Health Plan will provide prescription "wrap around" coverage in the new “postal only” group and it is anticipated that other FEHBP plans will, as well.
Q27: If my current medicine is not covered under the Medicare Part D formulary, will I lose the coverage for that particular medicine?
No. Your FEHBP “wrap around plan” will cover what is not covered by Medicare Part D, based on the FEHBP plan’s benefits. Keep in mind that FEHBP plans cover different medicines in different ways, which can change from year to year. That practice will not change as a result of H.R. 756, and employees will need to review their options carefully during Open Season.
Q28: What is the Employee Group Waiver Program (EGWP)?
The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003, the law that created Medicare Part D, also created the Employee Group Waiver Program (EGWP). It is a program that incentivizes employers to cover health benefits for their retirees by providing access to discounted drugs. Right now, the EGWP does not currently apply to the FEHBP; however, H.R. 756 would allow the “postal only” FEHBP plans access to the EGWP discounts. In turn, access to the EGWP should save the FEHBP plans, individuals and the Postal Service significant amounts of money on the cost of medications.
Q29: What is the companion bill, H.R. 760 about?
H.R. 760, the Postal Service Financial Improvement Act of 2017, allows the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefit Fund (PSRHBF) to invest up to 30 percent of its funds in a Thrift Savings Plan-like account. Currently, all PSRHBF money (approximately $50 billion) is in U.S. Treasury accounts, earning very low interest. With medical inflation running at 6-8 percent annually, the USPS loses large sums of money each year simply trying to keep up. Sensible investment approaches would allow the PSRHBF to generate more income to match medical inflation.
Q30: Why does the APWU support H.R. 756 when there is no language to restore overnight delivery standards?
The return of overnight delivery standards is an important goal of the APWU. However, pressing for it in this bill undermines its passage because neither the USPS nor the mailers agree to support this language. The reality we face is that no legislation will survive in the current political environment without the support of the four major postal unions, postal management and a significant portion of the major mailers. APWU’s effort to restore service standards will continue in other forms.
Q31: What about protection against further postal and plant closures?
If USPS finances are stabilized, there is less pressure to cut back on services. Conversely, if postal reform legislation is not passed soon, the Postal Service may look to implement further service cuts, such as eliminating delivery days, closing processing plants, reducing staffing, shuttering post offices and subcontracting more work – and services. Remember, a declining Postal Service is also an easy target for full-blown privatization.
Q32: Will H.R. 756 undermine our union rights?
No. As opposed to some “postal reform” bills over the last few years, H.R. 756, as this article goes to press, does not attack collective bargaining rights, the right to dues check-off or the right to official union time.
Q33: Different legislative initiatives over the years have attacked injured workers. How does H.R. 756 treat injured workers?
There is no change to current law.
Q34: What is the current status of the legislation?
The bills are in the early stage of a long arduous legislative process. Both have been “marked up” and approved by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Once the bills are reviewed by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) - to "score" their financial impact on the overall federal budget - and are reviewed by other committees of jurisdiction, they will advance to the full House. If the bill(s) pass the House, the process will move to the Senate.
Upon my return from our nations capital we see HR 756, the bill on postal reform, clearing its first hurdle on its way to the house floor for a vote. The APWU at the HQ level is preparing a Q&A to answer the many questions you will all have. Take a look at the story below, we have attached the bills (HR 756 and its companion HR 760) in their entirety.
Feel free to email the local with your questions - if we can answer we will, if not we will forward them to the legislative department for answers.
I can be emailed at email@example.com
As always, stay tuned...
480-481 Area Local
MPWU Legislative Dir.
Hello Brothers and sisters,
The OIG received a complaint from the APWU in December of 2015 expressing concerns for the safety and health of employees at the Metroplex.
The complaint mentioned the facility is located at an old General Motors site, may be contaminated and, therefore, needs further investigation.
The attached report is just a continuance of the investigation into the air quality and work environment at the MI Metroplex. The APWU has remained engaged at the local and HQ level in this process and we continue to discuss what improvements can be made at the Metroplex to ensure we have a safe place to move our customer's mail. As your President I have been in communication with APWU HQ and USPS District and Plant management regarding the implementation of the OIG recommendations.
I have briefed the Maintenance Craft Director Mike Gordon as well Metroplex Chief Steward Eric Neal, copies of this report have been sent to all members of this local executive board and the stewards at the Metroplex.
On behalf of the 480-481 Area Local I want to thank APWU President Mark Dimondstein, Executive VP Debby Szeredy and MVS Director Mike Foster for the leadership as we confronted these issues. They were instrumental in getting this issue the national attention and oversight necessary to see that the proper reforms and repairs were made to the methane detection system in the MI Metroplex.
Stay tuned, once the final report is issued we will make it available for all of you to review.
480-481 Area Local
Hello Sisters and Brothers,
With the announced retirement of long time Communicator Editor Paul Felton the 480-481 Area Local would like to congratulate Elaine Dunlap the current Chief Steward in Rochester and our former Maintenance Craft Director into the position of Editor for the 480-481 Area Local Communicator. I am certain Elaine will make us all proud. I expect Elaine will continue the tradition of strong editorial content as well as giving us a round up of all that is happening in the world of postal workers.
While Paul's much earned retirement brings to end an era of outstanding work when it comes to our paper I have no doubt Elaine will continue that tradition. Elaine has written her first editorial and since our winter edition is not due to come out until late December I thought we could share her first article here on our homepage.
Enjoy the read and good luck to you Brother Felton and thank you for those decades of excellence.
480-481 Area Local
480-481 Area Local Field Steward Marty Jablonski has written the article below and Maintenance Craft Director Mike Gordon and me thought it important enough information to get it out to you all now.
Thanks Marty for summing it all up - as a custodian myself I believe Marty explains the importance of policing what we do ourselves on a daily basis. The work we protect is our own - management as shown time and time again they will manipulate hours to get out of paying us all what we are owed.
We must all work together to protect our work.
480-481 Area Local
480-481 Area Local Endorsements for the election of officers for the APWU as discussed and voted on at the September 11th, 2016 480-481 Area Local GMM. We urge all of our membership to review these endorsements and vote for those candidates:
Mark Dimondstein (I), Greater Greensboro Area Local (NC)
Executive Vice President
Jeff Kehlert, Trenton Metro Area Local (NJ)
Industrial Relations Director
Vance Zimmerman, Greater Cincinnati Area Local (OH)
Judy Beard (I), Detroit Area District Local (MI)
Health Plan Director
John L. Marcotte (I), Gaylord Local (MI)
Research and Education Director
Charles P. Smith, Puget Sound Area Local (WA)
Clerk Craft Director
Clint Burelson (I), Olympia Local (WA)
Assistant Clerk Craft Director (B)
Lynn Pallas-Barber (I), 498-499 Area Local (MI)
Maintenance Craft Director
Steve G. "Steve" Raymer (I), Madison Area Local (WI)
Assistant Maintenance Craft Director (B)
Terry B. Martinez (I), Dallas Area Local (TX)
Motor Vehicle Service Division
National Business Agents, Central Region
William Wright, Indianapolis Area Local (IN)
Retiree Dept. Director - While the general membership cannot vote for this
position the membership at the September 11th, 2016 meeting does endorse and
urge all retirees in the APWU to vote for:
Joe Gordon, 480-481 Area Local (MI)
Additionally the members in attendance at the September 11th, 2016 meeting approved the following contest to get out the vote in this national election:
Resolution to encourage our members to get out the vote in the 2016 APWU National Election - Presented to the membership for vote on 9-11-16.
Whereas: The APWU is a fully democratic union that gives all members in good standing their voice through their vote - as in one person, one vote,
Whereas: We are one of the largest Area Locals in the APWU and it is important we use that strength to see those officers we endorse win election and hold office,
Whereas: We have spent a considerable time choosing who to endorse for this year's 2016 electin of national officers,
Therefore Be It Resolved: The 480-481 Area Local President will ask the Chaiperson of the APWU National Election Committee Anthony "Tony" Turner to randomly draw 20 ballots from those designated as having come from the 480-481 Area Local.
Those 20 names will be entered into a local drawing where the first 19 pulled will receive a $25.00 Visa Gift Card and the 20th name drawn will receive a $100.00 Visa Gift Card. This drawing will take place at the October 2016 general membership meeting.
MI Metroplex Methane Update: March 2016
Recently there was a report posted on the internet that dealt with a concern raised by the APWU regarding issues associated with the Methane Detection System in place at the Pontiac MI. Metroplex. The report can be found here [PDF].
After a series of work place fatalities spanning 14 months the 480-481 Area Local of the APWU reached out to APWU HQ to discuss our concerns. Among issues we were concerned with, excessive overtime, a tense and at times hostile work environment, under-staffed machines as well as issues we had with the methane detection system.
As President - First I called OSHA, then I called APWU HQ in D.C.
APWU National President Mark Dimondstein as well as Vice President Debbie Szeredy after talking to me reached out to the OIG at the HQ level and the OIG investigation that resulted in the report linked to above began. An OIG investigatory team came to the Metroplex and stayed for a few days doing a series of interviews, Chief Steward Eric Neal and I were interviewed about our concerns.
Additionally I reported on this issue at the October 480-481 Area local Membership meeting. Attached to this update is a document that shows the results of the methane testing that was conducted in January of 2016.
The report attached [PDF] notes that on the date of testing there were no immediate health or safety concerns regarding the methane levels in the Metroplex. The report notes that there seems to be a problem with the detection system itself.
The USPS is taking measures to see these “faults” are in fact remedied so we can all be certain this system is working properly. The actions taken are at the recommendation of the OIG and the oversight is from not only the OIG but all the impacted unions and management associations.
As a side note, this testing was not done by the USPS, it was done by an independent outside agency.
All documentation associated with this issue has been forwarded to APWU HQ. I have had several meetings with our national leadership as well as the OIG on this issue and I want to assure the members of the 480 481 Area local that we are engaged in ensuring that there is no health risk associated with the air quality at the MI Metroplex.
The investigation has yet to be completed and once it is and we have the final report I will report to you all the results.
I want to thank the Mail Handlers Union for their leadership in this issue as well as Senior Plant Manager Brian Fisher for providing us the documentation in a timely manner so we can make certain the OIG’s recommendations are being followed as well as making sure our leadership at all levels has the data.
I also want to thank our national leadership for taking swift action to see the OIG investigated this facility and our concerns.
The contract requires that we all follow the instructions of our supervisors unless of course those instructions could harm us or others. I want to assure all of you that if your union thought for one second the air in the Metroplex was a risk to your health we would be out front telling you all to stay out.
Questions or concerns please give us a call,
480-481 Area Local
Sisters and Brothers,
The article posted below sums up with a firsthand account what an utter failure this Governor's leadership has been in dealing with this disaster that is and remains the Flint Water Crisis. Were it not for the volunteers on the ground getting it done who knows what the actual human cost of this man made crisis might actually be. I too do not have the words to describe what I have seen in just the few moments I have been there in Flint.
The one word I do come back to time and time again is shame. This should never have happened in what I truly believe is the greatest nation on this earth. Shame.
I ask you all read the story, then call your governor - call your state Senator and House Rep and demand they get off their butts and focus on this crisis until it is resolved.
Contact information for all is listed below the story.
The struggle is real and it does in fact continue.
480-481 Area Local
Contact the Governor: http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57827-267869--,00.html
Contact your state Senator: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysbyaddress.html
Contact your House Representative: http://house.michigan.gov/MHRPublic/
Hello Brothers and Sisters,
Our local has been receiving a lot of calls asking how people might assist the citizens of Flint in dealing with this current water crisis.
I have done some research and if you would like to contribute directly to the campaign to help please point and click your way to:
The United Way of Genesee County has set up this fund for the purchase of filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts.
100% of the fund is used for these projects and no Administrative Fee is assessed.
The UWGC has sourced more than 11,000 filters systems and 5,000 replacement filters, ongoing sources of bottled water to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and also supports a dedicated driver for daily distribution.
This is by far the best way to donate cash.
If you wish to donate water feel free to bring water to our next scheduled general membership meeting and we will make arrangements to get it to the folks on the ground assisting the Flint’s people.
An injury to one is an injury to all!
We can make a difference.
480-481 Area Local
E-Mail links are intended for questions of a general nature and are not for formal administration of the grievance procedure. Individuals with specific questions and or problems must contact their steward within 14 days in order to protect grievance time limits.
The 480-481 Area Local maintains offices at 810 Livernois in Ferndale, Michigan 48220 and represents all APWU members in the following USPS installations: Almont, Allen Park, Anchorville, Belleville, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Brighton, Carleton, Chelsea, Clarkston, Clawson, Davisburg, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Fair Haven, Flat Rock, Garden City, Grosse Ile, Hartland, Hazel Park, Highland, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Marine City, Marysville, Michigan Call Center, Michigan Metroplex, Milan, Milford, Mt. Clemens, New Baltimore, New Boston, New Haven, New Hudson, Novi, Oxford, Pinckney, Plymouth, Pontiac, Port Huron, Richmond, Rochester, Rockwood, Romeo, Romulus, Royal Oak, South Lyon, South Rockwood, St. Clair, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Troy, Troy Customer Care Center, Union Lake, Utica, Walled Lake, Warren, Washington, Waterford, Wayne, Westland, Willis, Wixom, Wyandotte and Yale.
The Union office is normally open from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday and the telephone numbers are (248) 543-3262/3263/3264. The 24 hour number is (248) 543-3262. FAX: (248) 543-2750.