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Right to Work
Extremist groups, right-wing politicians and their corporate backers want to weaken the power of workers and their unions through "right to work" laws. Their efforts are a partisan political ploy that undermines the basic rights of workers. By making unions weaker, these laws lower wages and living standards for all workers in the state. Read More...
APWU: Postal Reform Bill Needs Work
A House committee has approved two important postal measures that may be considered by the full House in the fall. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee adopted the Postal Service Reform Act of 2016 (H.R. 5714) and the Postal Service Financial Improvement Act (H.R. 5707) in a voice vote on July 12. Read More...
Statement and Graphic on GOP Platform & Social Security
The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, co-director of Social Security Works, in response to the Social Security portion of the Republican Platform: “The Republican Party’s plank on Social Security, in its just released Platform, achieves the dubious achievement of being both terrible policy and stupid politics. Read More...
Keep promises made to Postal retirees
When people think of the U.S. Postal Service's finances, if they even do, they worry about the impact on their magazine delivery or the spoils of their late night shopping habit. I know I worry about these things. But another, less noticeable part of the debate over the financial health of our nation's postal service will have serious consequences for postal workers and retirees. Read More...
We Have a New Union Contract!
The big news is in – 200,000 postal workers represented by the APWU have a new union contract! On July 8th, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued his arbitration award that sets the wages, hours and conditions of employment in our new union contract. Read More...
Complaints Persist About Mail Delivery From Post Office in Bethesda
Rep. Chris Van Hollen says his office is still receiving complaints about mail service in Bethesda, despite promises from U.S. Postal Service (USPS) officials three months ago that the problems related to late deliveries, deliveries to the wrong address and periods without any deliveries would be fixed. Read More...
APWU: ‘Ruling Will Lift the Veil of Secrecy’ NLRB Orders USPS to Release More Info on Staples Deal
In a major ruling in favor of the APWU issued on June 15, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ordered the Postal Service to immediately provide the APWU uncensored copies of documents about the pilot program that established postal counters inside Staples stores – information the APWU first requested in 2013. Read More...
Deadline Nears for PSEs to Sign Up for Health Benefits
Postal Support Employees (PSEs) represented by the APWU have until June 30, 2016, to enroll in health insurance through the USPS Health Benefits (USPSHB) Plan. Coverage will be effective on July 9, 2016. Under the terms of an agreement between the APWU and management, the Postal Service will contribute at least $125 per pay period toward the cost of the insurance. Read More...
Brexit Was Sold As A Victory For The Working Class. It Isn’t.
Voters hoping for a shift in their fortunes when they opted for Brexit faced a rude awakening Friday morning. Britain’s vote to leave the European Union was celebrated by supporters as taking control of the economy — but while some are celebrating it as a victory against the elite, it’s clear that the effects of Brexit will likely hurt the working class far more. Read More...
Paul Ryan’s ‘New’ Tax Plan Is A Lot Of The Same Old Policies
As House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been rolling out his “Better Way” policy agenda, he’s been promising new ideas. And the same was true when he unveiled the latest plank on tax reform, which he said offered “a new direction.” But the plan is packed full of ideas that Republicans have offered up over and over again. Read More...
Statement on 2016 Social Security Trustees Report: Just-Released Report Confirms that Expanding Social Security is Fully Affordable
Social Security has a large and growing surplus, according to the 2016 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds, released today. This year’s report projects that in 2016 Social Security will run an annual surplus of roughly $15.7 billion, bringing the accumulated surplus to about roughly $2. Read More...
Where Walmart Can Find The Money To Pay Its Workers At Least $15 An Hour
A group of Walmart workers that organized a series of strikes and other protests against the company have been calling for their wages to be raised to a minimum of $15 an hour for four years. Their voices have been joined by the larger Fight for 15 movement, which has notched victories in California and New York, states that have both raised their minimum wages to that level. Read More...
Stop Staples Protesters Tell Board of Directors: The U.S. Mail is Not for Sale!
Approximately 50 Stop Staples protesters greeted shareholders outside the company’s annual meeting in Natick, MA, on June 14, waving banners and chanting, “The U.S. mail is not for sale. Read More...
At DNC Platform Committee, Dimondstein Offers Spirited Defense of Public Postal Service
APWU President Mark Dimondstein addressed the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Platform Committee on June 9, where he gave an impassioned defense of the public Postal Service and urged the committee to adopt specific pro-postal and pro-worker planks. The invitation to address the session on Jobs and the Economy was made at the request of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Read More...
Ron Sargent Out as Staples CEO Departure ‘An Opportunity,’ APWU Says
The APWU welcomed the news that Ron Sargent will step down as Staples’ CEO at the company’s annual meeting on June 14. The decision follows Staples’ failed attempt to merge with Office Depot, a business strategy Sargent championed. “The company was weakened by the failure and it ended Sargent’s tenure,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said. Read More...
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