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October 24, 2014

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What's New at QAL-APWU 1022
With contract negotiations set to begin early next year, APWU President Mark Dimondstein  has announced the names of union members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining  Advisory Committee... Read More...
OPM Announces 2015 Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Premium Rates
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced the average premium rate for the 8.2 million people covered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will increase by 3.2 percent in 2015. That percentage is lower than last year’s increase of 3.7 percent and represents the fourth consecutive year that FEHB rate increases have been below 4 percent... Read More...
Congresswoman asks PMG to reconsider plant consolidations of 82 facilities without public input f
The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released a letter Norton sent to United States Postal Service (USPS)  Postmaster General Patrick R. Read More...
Unions tell PMG, BOG: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!
The four postal unions are calling for a National Day of Action on Nov. 14 to send a message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail! “The Postmaster General is poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Read More...
Walmart Workers Arrested In Protest For $15 Wage
A Black Friday protest outside of a St. Paul, Minnesota Walmart in 2013 CREDIT: Associated Press On Thursday, Walmart workers and supporters gathered in New York City and Washington, DC to protest low wages. Twenty-six of them were arrested in New York and 16 were arrested in DC. In New York, protesters marched to heiress Alice Walton’s penthouse. Read More...
Hate Government Spending? Here’s Why You Should Love A Higher Minimum Wage
Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would give 1.7 million workers enough of a raise that they wouldn’t have to rely as heavily on public programs, reducing spending on those programs by $7.6 billion a year, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. Read More...
Michigan Burger King Caught Retaliating Against Pro-Union Workers
Workers who talked about unions and protests on the job at a Detroit-area Burger King got disciplined and threatened in retaliation, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge ruled this week. Read More...
Congresswoman Who Opposes Minimum Wage: McDonald’s Workers Don’t Want ‘Top-Down’ Solutions
Workers at fast food restaurants like McDonalds are struggling to make rent and falling into deeper poverty every year. But according to the highest-ranking Republican woman in the nation, they’re not looking for “top down” solutions like a higher minimum wage. At a House leadership press conference on Tuesday, Rep. Read More...
The Union Difference: Winners and Losers of the Week
In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights. Read More...
Fast-Food Workers and Allies Arrested in Nationwide Strikes
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) was among numerous people arrested as fast-food workers and their supporters rallied in more than 150 cities on Thursday.  Thousands of workers walked out of restaurants and picked up picket signs, demanding that big restaurant chains pay them a living wage of $15-per-hour.  Home care workers also participated in the strikes. Read More...
APWU: COLA Increase
APWU members will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of $686 per year in September 2014, in accordance with the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The raise is the result of an increase in the consumer price index (CPI-W). It is the sixth COLA under the contract. The effective date is Sept. 6, 2014 (Pay Period 20-2014, Pay Date Sept. 26, 2014). Read More...
How Would Raising the Minimum Wage Affect You? Here’s What You Said
Yesterday, we asked you how raising the minimum wage would affect you and the people you know. We’ve had a huge response from our AFL-CIO mobile supporters. Here’s a small sample of what you’ve said so far. Don’t forget you can still send us your story by texting LABOR to 235246. I can finally get off food stamps and heat and energy assistance. Read More...
Five Reasons Walmart's New 'Commitment' to American Manufacturing is Nonsense
Walmart is hosting a manufacturing summit in Denver this week as part of its new program to supposedly invest in products made in America for its stores across the country. The retailer is claiming its new plan will invest $250 billion over the next decade and create 1 million jobs. We're not buying it. Read More...
Not a Union Member But Love the Labor Movement? Join Working America
Many people don't have access to a union on the job, but support workers' rights and the labor movement.  In case you haven't heard, Working America is the nation’s fastest-growing organization for working families. It has more than 3 million members fighting for good jobs and a just economy. Become part of the labor movement and join Working America today. Read More...
Don’t Buy School Supplies at Staples
As the back-to-school season moves into high gear, the APWU is ramping up its ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, with online ads directed at educators and parents. The ads ask them to buy school supplies elsewhere. The APWU has also developed a flyer for distribution to teachers that asks them to honor the boycott. Read More...
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