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Even In Deep Red States, The Minimum Wage Won Big Last Night
Ballot initiatives that increase the minimum wage passed by wide margins in four small states where conservatives typically dominate on Tuesday, raising the number of states that have approved a minimum wage hike this year to 14. Seven out of 10 Alaskans voted for an initiative to raise the minimum wage from $7.75 to $9.75 over the next 14 months. In Nebraska, an increase from $7. Read More...
APWU: Plans Taking Shape for National Day of Action – Nov. 14
Plans are taking shape for a National Day of Action on Nov. 14, when members of the four postal unions and supporters will send a powerful message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governor’s: Stop Delaying America’s Mail. Read More...
USPS: This year, health benefits info will be on LiteBlue
Postal Service employees will be able to download health benefits guides from LiteBlue during this year’s open season, which begins Nov. 10. Open season is the annual period when employees can make changes to their health coverage or choose a new plan. In the past, the guides were automatically mailed to employees. Read More...
Homelessness In The World’s Largest City Just Hit A Record Low
The number of homeless residents in New York City, the largest city in the United States, reached a record high this month at more than 56,000 people. Read More...
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...
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