APWU Receives Recognition from Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Judy Chu

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06/15/2017On June 11, California Postal Workers Union President Mike Evans attended a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) event with Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) and special guest Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 114th Congress.

On behalf of the American Postal Workers Union, President Evans accepted a Certificate of Appreciation recognizing the APWU’s outstanding legislative efforts from Representative Chu. During the event, Congresswoman Pelosi also addressed key postal legislative issues with President Evans, including amendments APWU raised on H.R. 756. Congresswoman Chu represents California’s 27th Congressional District and serves on the powerful House Ways & Means Committee.

(L-R) Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi; Mike Evans, California Postal Workers President; Natalie Salazar, Evans’ sister; Rep. Judy Chu

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Prosecutors: Letter carrier busted selling marijuana on duty

Christopher Baxter

(Chicago police)
William LeeContact ReporterChicago Tribune
A veteran mail carrier was ordered held in custody on $100,000 bail Saturday after authorities said he ran a drug business out of his mail truck while working his route in the Near North neighborhood, authorities said.

Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Christopher Baxter held on $100,000 bail Saturday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. He is expected to return to court next week.

Baxter, who lives in Indiana, according to his public defender, was charged with one felony count of manufacture/delivery of cannabis. Baxter said nothing during the hearing as his parents watched from the spectators’ gallery.

U.S. Postal Service inspectors conducting surveillance witnessed Baxter, 36, make multiple hand-to-hand drug deals while on duty, according to Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney John Chambers. The inspectors alerted Chicago police, who sent officers to interview Baxter in the first block of West Elm Street in the Near North neighborhood.

Baxter admitted to officers, “I have a pound of weed,” which authorities recovered inside his postal bag, as well as a digital scale, plastic bags and a heat sealer, Chambers said. The marijuana had an estimated street value of $2,721.

It was unclear what prompted postal authorities to begin their surveillance. A spokeswoman from the U.S. Postal Service did not immediately return calls for comment.



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Postal Employees aids customers, injured co-worker and child in moments of need

Posted on June 22, 2017 by postal
Adam Quiles Jr., Honolulu
Adam Quiles Jr., a mail handler equipment operator at the Honolulu Processing and Distribution Center, recently rushed to the aid of an injured co-worker.

The man had blacked out and gashed his head open when he hit the floor.

Quiles applied pressure to slow the bleeding, told bystanders to get additional help and continued to render first aid until emergency medical technicians arrived.

“I appreciated that Adam was able to relay to the first responders that I was exhibiting seizure-like symptoms,” said the injured employee, who recovered from the incident.

“Adam didn’t wait to be asked or told. He took control of the situation and remained calm, giving others instructions during the tensest moments,” said Acting Sr. Plant Manager Daniel Hirai.

Quiles said his calm demeanor in a medical crisis was profoundly shaped by a boyhood experience at the group home his family operated: At the age of 12, he successfully performed CPR on a disabled resident when no one else was available.

“He is really a superstar,” Hirai added

Michael Fox, Cheektowaga, NY; Mary Martinez, Phoenix; Michelle Ramer, Muscatine, IA
Postal Service employees recently came to the aid of a customer, a co-worker and a child in moments of need.

Cheektowaga, NY, Letter Carrier Michael Fox was concerned that a disabled customer’s mail was piling up over several days. He alerted his manager, who contacted authorities. When they checked on the woman, she was in distress, suffering from an adverse reaction to a change in her medication. She has since recovered, and authorities were thankful for Fox’s attentiveness.

Arizona District Address Management System Technician Mary Martinez was quick to respond when a co-worker started choking while eating. She performed the Heimlich maneuver until the piece of food was dislodged.

Michelle Ramer, a rural carrier in Muscatine, IA, was delivering mail when she heard a child crying across the street. She saw that it was a toddler alone outside a residence, clothed only in a T-shirt and diaper on a frigid day. Ramer knocked on the front door but got no answer, so she alerted her supervisor and sat with the child in her warm vehicle until authorities arrived.

Joshua Hefta, Grafton, ND
Grafton, ND, Rural Carrier Joshua Hefta knew that a 95-year-old postal customer lived alone in the countryside, and he worried about the safety risk of her making the trek outside to her mailbox.

He’d gotten into the habit of taking her mail to her house, but one day recently, she didn’t meet him at the front door as usual.

When Hefta knocked, the woman called out for help, and he soon discovered her lying on the floor.

The customer asked Hefta to call her granddaughter, which he did, and he stayed there until she arrived.

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NARFE Responds To Reported Threats in Trump’s 2018 Budget

May 22, 2017
In response to a report by The Washington Post regarding President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) President Richard Thissen said the following:

“The rumored details of President Trump’s first full budget with respect to federal employees and retirees are nothing short of an egregious attack on federal service and seniors. The President purports to defend government annuities like Social Security and then proposes to eliminate cost-of-living adjustments for some and limit COLAs for those already retired and living on fixed incomes. It is beyond insulting. It is downright mean. Simultaneously promoting tax cuts and forcing a tax on just federal employees, through an increase in retirement contributions, is the height of hypocrisy.

“This Administration, more than any before it, and this country need a quality and experienced civil service to ensure the faithful execution of our laws and the delivery of services critical to hard-working taxpayers. Arbitrarily decreasing benefits will not only lead to an exodus of experienced employees, but will also threaten the very safety of our nation.

“Federal families are taxpayers, too. The disrespect this budget shows to those who defend our country undermines morale and denigrates the integrity and commitment of those civil servants who serve in every American community. This rumored budget proposal is unconscionable. I urge Congress to recognize the President’s Budget for the flawed document it is. Every day, federal employees and retirees put country first. Our spending priorities should as well. This budget is a giant leap in the wrong direction.”

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