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August 19, 2017
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What's New at QAL-APWU 1022
Second Significant COLA Increase of 2017 Announced
In accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 13 cents per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective September 2. The increase is the result of an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). Read More...
USPS OIG Report finds USPS is not accurately reporting delayed mail
The U.S. Postal Service considers mail to be delayed when it is not processed in time to meet the established delivery day. Mail processing facilities are required to complete daily counts and self-report on-hand mail, delayed mail, late arriving mail, and mail processed after the processing cut-off time. Mail processing personnel are to complete daily mail counts by 7 a.m. Read More...
Trump is about to make America much crueler to unionized workers
Since Election Day, unions have lived on borrowed time. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which has exclusive authority over many key questions of labor law, is still controlled by Democrats?—?thus shielding workers and their unions from attacks that became far likelier the moment Donald Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 election. Read More...
Let’s Wish Medicare And Medicaid A Happy Birthday By Fighting To Protect And Expand Them
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. Fifty-two years later, both programs stand as shining examples of government at its best. Over the last half-century, Medicare and Medicaid have efficiently provided access to high quality, affordable health care to seniors, people with disabilities and others who qualify. Read More...
Investor Alert: Fraudsters May Target Federal Government Employee Retirement Plan Participants
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) and Broker-Dealer Task Force are warning the more than 5 million Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) participants, and investors in other federal government employee retirement plans, that investment scam artists may pretend to be affiliated with a government agency. Read More...
Legislation Introduced to Make Federal Employees ‘At-Will’ Employees
Legislation was recently introduced to make federal workers “at-will” employees, meaning they could be removed or suspended from their jobs, without notice or right to appeal. The Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency Act (H.R. 3257) was introduced by Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN). Read More...
NLRB Nominees’ Records Raise Serious Concerns
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Congressmen seek revenge against the CBO for making Trumpcare look bad
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has been a constant thorn in the side of congressional Republicans, repeatedly pointing out that Trumpcare would have a disastrous impact on the American health care system. The most recent version of Trumpcare, according to the CBO, would strip 22 million people of coverage by 2026. Read More...
Statement on 2017 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 2017 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 2017 Social Security will run an annual surplus of roughly $58.6 billion, bringing the accumulated surplus to about roughly $2. Read More...
House Budget Goes Beyond White House Blueprint
On July 19, the House Budget Committee advanced its Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution. As anticipated, the 2018 House Budget is in the same mold as the White House budget – it punishes workers and the working-class, while giving big payouts to the rich. Read More...
Update on the Fight Back Against USPS Reductions in Service and Jobs
Following strong resistance from the APWU - and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) - USPS management agreed to a five-month delay in implementing forced reassignments and excessing of employees out of their installations. Read More...
White House 2018 Budget Proposal Targets Postal Workers and Postal Services
This week the White House released their budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, as they do every fiscal year. There are a number of disturbing provisions which will directly affect postal workers and postal services for the American people. The White House’s budget proposes $46 billion in “savings” to the Postal Service by a reduction in the methods of delivery. Read More...
CBO Score Confirms that Trumpcare Would Be a Disaster for Seniors
The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, in reaction to the CBO score of the American Health Care Act, AKA Trumpcare: “Today’s CBO score makes it clear that the bill is terrible for seniors. It is an indirect cut to Social Security for those who have retired but not yet reached the Medicare eligibility age. Read More...
NAPS: Trump Budget Would Reduce Postal Paychecks, Retirement Benefits
The Fiscal Year 2018 budget sent to Congress by President Trump earlier this week proposes legislative changes that would impose dramatic cuts in federal retirement benefits for current and future retirees and potentially erode the current size of postal employee paychecks. Read More...
Trump Administration is Lying: His Budget Proposal Does Cut Social Security
Donald Trump lies about everything from the size of his inauguration crowds to his promise to provide “great health care for a fraction of the price” to every person in America. So, it’s no surprise that Trump is lying when his Administration says his just-released budget proposal doesn’t cut Social Security. In fact, it cuts billions from that vital program. Read More...
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