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Are you ready to buy your first home?

February 24, 2014 | Category: Consumer Tips | 0 comments |
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Homeownership brings many benefits. When you buy your first home, you’ll become part of a community and experience the security of owning the roof over your head. You can get more information about these potential benefits and others in Wells Fargo Home Mortgage’s My FirstHomeSM, an online learning experience that can help you decide if you’re ready for homeownership.

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Union Plus Disability Grants help union members when they are off the job

February 21, 2014 | Category: Union Member Stories | 0 comments |
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Having grown up on one of the many farms that blanket much of the state, Kurt Stewart, of Malcolm, Neb., possesses a strong work ethic that few can match. For 25 years, his dedication has served him well with the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 286. But when an illness temporarily forced Stewart off the job, he was relieved to learn that he was eligible to apply for a Union Plus Disability Grant.

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University of Maryland: A reminder to be safe

February 20, 2014 | Category: Consumer Tips | 0 comments |
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According to the Washington Post and school officials, a security breach on Tuesday has resulted in the compromise of more than 300,000 personal records of faculty, staff and students who had received identification cards at the University of Maryland. If this incident can teach us anything, it’s that consumers must take extra steps to protect their information. Need help? Here is a quick list of do’s and don’ts to avoid id theft.

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Wishing won’t make your finances better - but these 3 steps can

February 20, 2014 | Category: Consumer Tips | 0 comments |
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To reach a goal like getting out of debt requires more than optimism. You’ve heard the adage: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” If you expect to pay down debt, build better credit, or bolster your savings accounts, you need a solid plan for getting there. Here’s how!

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10 safety checks to make before you buy from Consumer Reports

February 19, 2014 | Category: Consumer Tips | 0 comments |
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When purchasing a new or used vehicle, its safety features is one of the most important things to consider to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. Check out these 10 safety checks to make before you buy from ConsumerReports.org to help you make the right decision.

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Save early for the 22nd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive on Saturday, May 10

February 18, 2014 | Category: Union Issues | 0 comments |
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In the United States, 14.5 percent of U.S. households, nearly 49 million Americans and 15.9 million children, are food insecure. On Saturday, May 10, you can help the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) be part of the solution just by leaving a bag of non-perishable food items by your mailbox!

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Stand with APWU: U.S. mail is not for sale!

February 12, 2014 | Category: Union Issues | 0 comments |
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Last November, the United States Postal Service launched a pilot program called “Retail Partner Expansion Program” to place postal retail units in more than 80 Staples stores in California, Georgia, Massachussets and Pennsylvania. This pilot program is a strong push for privatized postal services, staffed with workers unprotected by collective bargaining agreements. If this program rolls out to full expansion, the program could be repeated by the retailer’s 1,600 other locations, and other agreements with big retailers could be next. In response, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) has launched an online campaign that needs your support to protect the jobs and keep the Post Offices open.

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No union in Union Workers Credit Services

February 12, 2014 | Category: Consumer Tips | 0 comments |
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Thousands of union members have received solicitations from the Texas-based Union Workers Credit Services, which has no official ties to any union or the AFL-CIO. The false advertising and deceptive solicitation suggest union members are pre-approved for their “Platinum” credit card, which is not a general purpose credit card, but instead a paper card that can only be used to make purchases from their limited catalog of merchandise.

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New discount on textbooks for union families!

February 11, 2014 | Category: Deals & Discounts | 0 comments |
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According to the National Association of College Stores, students spent an average of $370 on required course materials during the 2013 fall term. With an average student loan debt of $29,400, every bit of savings counts. To help union families save on the high cost of education, Union Plus is providing a discount to union members on the purchase of textbooks with eCampus.com

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5 most popular flowers to give on Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2014 | Category: Consumer Tips | 0 comments |
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Flowers are the most popular gift to give Feb 14. According to CNN, 64 percent of men are buying flowers for Valentine's Day. So which blossoms are the best for showing your affection? It's important to consider the preferences of your valentine before choosing a bouquet. If you need a little inspiration, here are the top five flowers given on this holiday!

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