About APWU Health Plan

Who we are

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Health Plan is a national preferred provider organization (PPO) that offers both a fee-for-service High Option plan and a Consumer Driven Option health plan. Both options are open to all employees or retirees covered under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. Located in Glen Burnie, Maryland, the Health Plan is a department of the American Postal Workers Union. We employee 200 people to service the 205,000 people covered by the Health Plan.

Meet our leaders
Mark Dimondstein
American Postal Workers Union

Mark Dimondstein is president of the American Postal Workers Union, which represents 250,000 employees in the clerk, maintenance and motor vehicle crafts. Prior to taking office in November 2013, was elected to six consecutive terms as president of the Greater Greensboro Area Local, serving from 1986 to 1998. He also acted as a local shop steward, labor educator, National Arbitration Advocate, EEOC and OWCP representative, and leader of the Workers for One Postal Union movement.

A strong history of activism

Throughout his many years of activism, Dimondstein has held a fervent belief that the union belongs to the members, The American people deserve vibrant public postal services, and workers everywhere deserve dignity and respect.

Beginning in 2000, Dimondstein served as national lead field organizer for 10 years. In this role, he engaged in a series of ground-breaking union organizing campaigns and contract negotiations for private-sector workers in the mailing industry. In recognition, he received the AFL-CIO Southern Organizer of the Year Award in 2001.

Dimondstein was appointed by the Greensboro City Council to serve on the Greensboro Human Relations Commission, a position he held for six years. In addition, he served as the coordinator of North Carolina Labor Against the War, co-founded the Greensboro Chapter of Jobs with Justice, and helped initiate a local coalition, Postal Customers and Workers United to Save the Public Postal Service.

John L. Marcotte
Newly Appointed Director,
APWU Health Plan

Legislative and Political Director John Marcotte has been appointed APWU Health Plan Director by President Mark Dimondstein. Marcotte’s appointment, which was approved by the National Executive Board, was effective April 16, when William Kaczor, the outgoing director, retired.

Marcotte has served as legislative director since November 2013. He served as president of the Michigan Postal Workers Union from 2010 until 2013, and as president of the Gaylord Local from 2003. Marcotte began his postal career at the Lansing Processing and Distribution Center in 1994 as an Electronic Technician. “I congratulate John Marcotte on assuming his new position as APWU Health Plan Director. I am confident he will bring new, bold vision to these important duties and take them on with high energy and enthusiasm,” Dimondstein said.

“I’m confident that his experience dealing with Congress and government agencies that influence health insurance policy for postal and federal workers will prove to be an asset in this new position.” As a plan participant, Marcotte said he has a keen understanding of the health insurance needs of our members. “I look forward to growing the APWU Health Plan and making it the plan of choice for even more of our members and their families. “During my tenure as Legislative and Political Director, we have made many strides for the betterment of the APWU and I want to thank each of you for your assistance in achieving these gains,” he said.

Located near Baltimore, the APWU Health Plan currently has more than 220 employees, whose salary and benefits are funded by the 118,000 postal and federal plan participants.