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FBI Bulletin
to Current and Former Military Members

Steve Wood

To all our Veterans and those members who have veterans as your friends and family I wanted to share the information below with you all. Recently I was contacted by one or our members regarding the safety of our members and our service members when posting personal information on Facebook and other similar sites in the public view.

Please see the following email from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security regarding this subject.

Please take whatever actions are necessary to keep you and your family safe.

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Subject: SITUATIONAL AWARENESS - 01DEC14: (INITIAL) FBI Bulletin to Current and Former Military Members, Nationwide, DTG 01DEC14 / 1318 EST

Incident or Event Details:

  • The FBI is advising current and former members of the military to review their social media accounts to avoid posts that might attract attention from the group calling itself the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and its supporters.
  • The FBI and DHS notes that the Islamic State group already has publicly encouraged attacks against law enforcement and military service members.
  • The bulletin includes a concern that ISIS members are "spotting and assessing" individuals in the U.S. who they believe may be interested in carrying out attacks on US soil against members of the U.S. military.

Where: Nationwide

In Solidarity,

Steven G. Wood
Executive Vice-President
480-481 Area Local

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No Thank You!

Recently the Postal Service mailed letters to all APWU represented employees telling them that there are transfer opportunities in the carrier craft. I received my letter on January 25, 2012. I suggest that any APWU represented employee who received this letter throw it away. It is the belief of the APWU national officers and the local officers as well that this is not in your best interest.

Any employee volunteering to move into the carrier craft would begin a new period of seniority.

The APWU negotiated strict excessing limits into the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The APWU also negotiated protection against Layoffs. All APWU represented regular workforce employees who were on the rolls as of November 20, 2010 are protected from layoffs during the life of the agreement. The National Association of Letter Carriers have not reached an agreement in their contract and therefore there may not be any layoff protection for any new members going into their craft.

The APWU asserts that once an employee reaches protected status against layoff they retain it. The postal service disagrees and a national level grievance has been filed on the issue.

The Postal Service is planning workforce changes that could eliminate thousands of carrier jobs.

Given the fact that you would lose seniority and possibly could be looking a layoffs, I suggest that we just tell management "NO THANK YOU".

Steven G. Wood
Executive Vice-President
480-481 Area Local
248 543-3262 (Ferndale)
248 758-5785 (Metroplex)

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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, Pickney, Plymouth, Pontiac, Port Huron, Richmond, Rochester, Rockwood, Romeo, Romulus, Royal Oak, South Lyon, South Rockwood, St. Clair, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Union Lake, Utica, Walled Lake, Warren, Washington, Waterford, Wayne, Westland, Willis, Wixom, Wyandotte and Yale.

The Union office is normally open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 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.