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What's New at QAL-APWU 1022
Contract Talks Extended One Week to Focus on Economic Package
The APWU and the U.S. Postal Service agreed to continue bargaining for an additional week after they were unable to reach agreement on economic issues by the May 20 expiration of the current contract. “We were unable to reach a negotiated settlement tonight,” Dimondstein said just before midnight. “We were too far apart on wages and benefits. Read More...
If You Get Memorial Day Off, You’re Lucky
On Monday, Americans celebrate Memorial Day and many have the day off to be with family, go to the beach, watch a baseball game, and barbecue in the backyard. But the ability to take a break from work is a privilege that not everyone enjoys. There is no law guaranteeing that workers get paid holidays in the United States. Read More...
America’s Housing Developers Are Almost Exclusively Building Luxury Units
America’s housing developers have been hard at work in the past three years. But their labor has only exacerbated the affordable housing crisis that afflicts most of the country’s population centers. Read More...
Senate Opposes USPS Service Cuts
The Senate approved a motion on S. Con. Res. 11 introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that instructs budget conferees to insist on a deficit-neutral fund to halt mail processing center closures, restore overnight mail delivery, and protect rural services. A deficit-neutral amendment may not increase the nation’s deficit. Read More...
Northwest Lawmakers Speak Out Against Consolidations
Oregon’s congressional delegation sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan, requesting a meeting, “as soon as possible,” to discuss consolidation plans and the future of mail delivery standards. Read More...
New Jersey’s High Court Hears Christie’s Last Ditch Effort To Avoid Pension Payouts He Promised
Not long after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) took office, his 2011 pension reform deal was heralded as a major, bipartisan success of his leadership. Hopes were high for the governor and he became an early favorite for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Read More...
National Day of Action Set for Thursday, May 14
APWU members are turning up the heat with a National Day of Action on May 14 – just one week before the union’s Collective Bargaining Agreement is slated to expire. APWU members will hold events in cities and towns across the country, organized around the theme, “I Stand with Postal Workers.” Click here to find an event near you. Read More...
Democrats Propose Most Ambitious Minimum Wage Bill Yet
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA) are introducing a minimum wage bill on Thursday that would raise the federal floor from its current level of $7.25 an hour to $12 an hour by 2020, eliminate the lower tipped minimum wage that currently stands at $2.13 an hour, and automatically increase it as median wages rise. Much of that plan is brand new. Read More...
General's Report on Questionable Sales of Historic Post Offices by USPS's Real Estate Firm, CBRE
Washington - The Inspector General’s report on the Postal Service’s real estate transactions with CBRE is a stinging indictment of the way the USPS has sold off post offices and other facilities. It is also a condemnation of the cozy relationship between postal management and the world’s biggest real estate company.. Read More...
Statement on Governor Bush’s Support For Social Security Cuts
The following is a statement from the executive director of Social Security Works in response to Governor Jeb Bush’s comments regarding Social Security. “Raising the retirement age is a benefit cut of around 6.5% per year raised, and the age is already going up from 65 to 67,” said Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works. Read More...
House, Senate Budget Resolutions Call for Dramatic Changes in Retirement, Health Benefits
Dramatic cuts in federal employee and retiree compensation could come about through FY 2016 budget bills passed by the House and Senate late last month. While the details of the House and Senate bills differ, both call for lower compensation for federal workers and retirees, dramatic cuts to agency spending and huge reductions in the federal workforce. Read More...
As Contract Deadline Nears, Union Gears Up for Action
With the Collective Bargaining Agreement set to expire in one month, APWU negotiators – and members – are preparing to turn up the heat! "As we enter the final month of bargaining, it will soon become clear whether management is serious about reaching a negotiated settlement," said President Mark Dimondstein. Read More...
A Living Wage When Working, a Poverty-Free Old Age When Retired
Capitalizing on today's date, the Fight for $15 (i.e., 4/15) Campaign is holding rallies all over the country, and fast-food workers nationwide are going on strike in support of a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize without fear of retaliation. Social Security Works is proud to stand in solidarity with the Fight for $15 Campaign. Read More...
Workers Allege Walmart Closes Stores To Retaliate Against Strikes
Venanzi Luna says she was given just four hours notice that she was losing her job at Walmart. That day, she says everyone came to work around 7:00 in the morning. “We actually ended up finding out around 1:00 in the afternoon,” she recounted. Read More...
Unions still matter
This year the Republican war on unions has returned with a vengeance. In former labor stronghold Illinois, GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner is pursuing right-to-work legislation — which allows workers to gain the benefits of union representation without paying dues — and looks likely to succeed. Wisconsin became a right-to-work state last month, and its Republican Gov. Read More...
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