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What's New at QAL-APWU 1022
Significant COLA Increase
Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 16 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective March 4, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement (Postal Support Employees are not eligible for cost-of-living increases, but they receive five general wage increases under the 2015-2018 contract). Read More...
Statement on Price Vote: Every Senate Republican Just Voted to Destroy Medicare
The following is a statement from Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, in reaction to Tom Price being confirmed as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services on a party line vote: “Nobody voted to destroy Medicare, but that is what the entire Senate Republican caucus just came out in support of by confirming Tom Price. Read More...
2017 QUEENS AREA LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS
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We Won!! The USPS and Staples Deal is Over!
Postal management informed the APWU in writing that the “Approved Shipper” program in Staples stores will be shut down by the end of February 2017. This victory concludes the APWU’s three-year struggle. The boycott against Staples is over!  “I salute and commend every member and supporter who made this victory possible,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. Read More...
The Republican New Year’s Resolution: Destroy Medicare
New Year’s is a time for resolutions. Consistent with this tradition, powerful Republicans have made clear that they are resolving, in the New Year, to dismantle Medicare, ending it as we know it. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has said that destroying Medicare is part of the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare, another Republican resolution for 2017. Read More...
In The Age Of The Trump Monster
It is too easy to say they have gone insane. In fact, it is more than that. Much of the modern Republican Party is a Monster, a Monster that does not care if people go without health care, a Monster that does not care if seniors stand in the cold, hungry, homeless, afraid. Read More...
APWU Receives Favorable Arbitration Award Hundreds of SPSS Clerk Craft Jobs Preserved
The APWU prevailed in an arbitration that keeps hundreds of Clerk Craft jobs in the union’s bargaining unit. The decision clarifies what ability the Postal Service has to change craft work assignments for new machinery. When the new Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS) machines were installed, the Postal Service first assigned all of the work to the Mail Handler Craft. Read More...
2016 Penalty Overtime Exclusion
In accordance with Article 8 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, penalty overtime rules are not applicable for a four-week period each year during December. This year, the period starts with Week 2 of Pay Period 25-16 (Dec. 3, 2016) and stops at the end of Week 1 of Pay Period 01-17 (Dec. 30, 2016). Source: http://www.apwu. Read More...
Social Security is in Grave Danger
The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, founding co-director of Social Security Works: “With Republicans soon to be in full control of Congress and the White House, Social Security and Medicare are at greater risk than they have been for a long time. Speaker Paul Ryan has spent decades working to cut, privatize, and dismantle these vital programs. Read More...
In Stinging Rebuke, NLRB Rules USPS-Staples Deal Violated Federal Law
Dimondstein Calls Upon the USPS to “Do the Right Thing! End the Staples Deal Now.” On Nov. 8, 2016, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge Paul Bogas ruled to uphold all of the charges leveled at the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) Staples Approved Shipper program. The APWU initially filed the complaint on Nov. 13, 2014. Read More...
Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results
According to USPS’s financial results released on Nov. 15, the Postal Service gained $610 million in operating profit in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Despite what the headlines say, the Postal Service has now been operating in the black for three straight years, with operating profits totaling $3.2 billion since 2013. Read More...
Social Security And The Election: Stronger Together Vs. Scare, Lie, Divide And Conquer
Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine have just released a new book, Stronger Together. In that book, which sets out in clear terms their policy positions, Clinton and Kaine take a strong stance to expand, not cut, our Social Security system. Clinton and Kaine recognize that expanding, not cutting, Social Security is an effective and sound solution to a number of challenges facing the nation. Read More...
Loud and Clear: 'We Don't Want No TPP!'
APWU delegates held a spirited rally protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the second day of the union’s National Convention. With Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell serving as emcee, and the APWU Labor Chorus singing loud and proud, speakers outlined the damaging effect the trade deal between the US and 11 other countries would have. Read More...
Trump Lies About Social Security And Undocumented Workers
In pivoting to the general election, Donald Trump recently proclaimed, “I will never lie to you.” That, of course, is a lie. Some of Trump’s lies are inconsequential, like his claim to never lie; others, though, are extremely damaging, furthering his political agenda while undermining the security of us all. Read More...
Rare FEGLI Life Insurance Open Season Starts September 01, 2016
The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program, FEGLI, is having an Open Season from September 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016. This is the first FEGLI Open Season since 2004. During the month of September 2016, if you are a Federal employee eligible for FEGLI, you can elect any coverage that FEGLI offers, including Option C coverage on the lives of your eligible family members. Read More...
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