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What's New at QAL-APWU 1022
Union Members Bring Home the Bacon
According to a new report from the Department of Labor, the median weekly earnings of full-time workers who belong to a union were $980 per week in 2015, compared to just $776 for non-union workers. The difference is approximately $10,000 per year. As Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Read More...
APWU Reaches Out To EU Allies as Staples, Office Depot Attempt to Save Stalled Effort to Create Monopoly One Year Later
Exactly one year after Staples and Office Depot announced a merger plan that would create a dominant office-supply store monopoly in the United States and other markets, the American Postal Workers Union said today that it is expanding its opposition to the plan to other nations. Read More...
Wall Street’s Third Way Absurdly Wrong About Sanders’ Social Security Plan
Third Way is reaching the point of desperation in its quest to cut Social Security and protect its Wall Street, K Street lobbyist, and GOP donors from paying their fair share. As Third Way has become more and more marginalized, its public outpourings have become more and more extreme and, quite frankly, head-scratching. Read More...
Contract Update and the Evolution to Privatization
  NO CONTRACT ….. NO SURPRISE Neither I nor most other Union Officials across the country were surprised that the parties could not come to terms on a new contract.    The APWU and USPS are diametrically opposed when it comes to the future of the Postal Service. Read More...
Secret Document Exposes USPS Privatization Planning
A document unearthed in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reveals why the APWU is adamant that the Postal Service’s deal with Staples – and others like it – must be stopped. Read More...
These Workers Want To Change Republican Candidates’ Minds On The Minimum Wage
Simone Davis sometimes walks two miles to her full-time job because she can’t afford to take the $1.75 bus. She’s worked at McDonald’s in Des Moines for three years, and makes $7.25 an hour. Alicia McDonald’s son sleeps on the floor of her small trailer home because she can’t afford a bigger home. Read More...
New Report Explores How Attacks on Unions, Voting Rights, & Campaign Finance Laws Part of Concerted, Anti-Democratic Effort
A new report released today from the Democracy Initiative Education Fund, Democracy at a Crossroads: How the One Percent Is Silencing Our Voices, examines how the attacks on unions and the right to organize, assaults on the right to vote, and the dismantling of campaign finance laws are not isolated incidents. Read More...
Millennials Love Labor Unions, New Study Finds
Millennials love labor unions. According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, millennials’ views of unions have improved in recent years, with more than half of respondents telling pollsters they have a favorable opinion of labor organizations. In a survey conducted between Aug. 27 and Oct. 4, 2015, 57 percent said that labor unions have a positive impact on the country. Read More...
Ted Cruz Invokes ‘Free Stuff’ Dogwhistle
For Sarah Sadowski, a mother of four children under the age of seven, the issue of paid family leave is personal. Because Sadowski’s employer did not offer her paid time off when each of her children were born, she was forced to experiment with “so many permutations” of child care. Read More...
New York Governor Calls For Paid Family Leave With Moving Story About Caring For His Late Father
In his State of the State address on Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) called for the passage of legislation that would ensure that state residents can take 12 weeks of paid family leave for a new child or a serious illness. Toward the end of his speech, he shared the story of caring for his late father, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, at the end of his life last year. Read More...
Contract Arbitration to Begin Feb. 17 Goldberg Selected as ‘Neutral Arbitrator’
Arbitration hearings for a new APWU Collective Bargaining Agreement with the U.S. Postal Service will begin on Feb. 17, President Mark Dimondstein has announced. The case will be presented to a three-member panel comprised of a union-appointed advocate, a management-appointed advocate, and a neutral arbitrator, who determines the outcome. Read More...
Kasich Says Employers Should Be Free To Deny Workers Paid Family Leave
Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich doesn’t think employers should be required to let their workers take paid time off for a new baby or serious illness. At a town hall on Friday in Hampton, New Hampshire, he was asked what he thinks about paid family leave. Read More...
Chris Christie Is Fine With Americans Going Without A Paid Day Off When They Get Sick
At a recent town hall event in New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was asked whether he supports paid sick days by a member of the New Hampshire Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy. “I don’t believe in making paid sick leave mandatory,” he responded. Read More...
What It’s Like To Fight For A Union When Your Boss Is Donald Trump
Since 2012, Marisela Olvera has folded the towels, tucked in the sheets, and vacuumed the floors of 64-story, gold-plated Trump International Hotel just off the Las Vegas Strip. But unlike the tens of thousands of hospitality workers just like her across the city, her boss is running for president. “He says he wants to make America great,” she told ThinkProgress in Spanish. Read More...
Congress Approves Spending Bill; Fails to Address Epidemic of Delayed Mail
Congress approved an appropriations bill on Dec. 18 to fund the government through 2016, but failed to include a measure that would have restored postal service standards to their pre-January 2015 levels. The primary purpose of an appropriations bill is to fund the government, but budget bills are often amended to include policy provisions, also known as “riders. Read More...
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