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Tell the Postmaster General: Make Postal Banking a Reality Now
Did you know that nearly 28% of U.S. households are underserved by traditional banks?  They turn instead to payday lenders, check cashers and other financial predators, spending on average nearly 10 percent of their income on fees. There is a simple solution: Postal Banking. Read More...
NLRB Calls Interference on Staples
The APWU won an important legal victory on Nov. 4 when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled unanimously that Staples cannot intervene in hearings on charges that the USPS illegally subcontracted work to the office-supply chain. “The ruling is very significant,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. Read More...
This Federal Employee Challenges Paul Ryan Over Flippant Family Leave Answer
Newly-elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) raised a few eyebrows when he warned Republicans that he wouldn’t run for Speaker unless he was able to spend weekends with his family in Wisconsin. Media pundits and proponents of paid sick leave even applauded the young father of three for starting a national conversation about life-work balance. Read More...
Bernie Sanders Addresses APWU Conference ‘It Was Electric’
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thrilled APWU members attending the union’s All-Craft Conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 14. “It was electric,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein of the response to Sanders’ speech. Read More...
What Was Missing From The Democrats’ Debate On Paid Family Leave
Paid family leave was a big topic of discussion at the first Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday evening. But while all the candidates who were asked about the issue support a mandated family leave policy, they failed to mention the vital need to make sure new fathers have access to and take paid time off when their children arrive. Read More...
Jeb Bush Would Allow Corporations To Deny New Mothers Paid Leave
At a recent campaign stop in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush stood opposed to ensuring that American workers are offered paid family leave. After being asked by an activist with the pro-family leave group Make It Work about his stance on mandating paid maternity leave, he first replied, “That’s a state decision. Read More...
President Obama Uses Bully Pulpit To Push Economy That Works For Workers
Barack Obama wants the home stretch of his presidency to be defined by a push to change the balance of economic power in America before runaway corporate influence destroys the country. But he’s not plotting any grand legislative push, and he’s running low on ways to exercise executive power to act without Congress. So now, he wants you. Read More...
50-Mile Limit – Minimizing Excessing Memo Extended
The APWU and the USPS have agreed upon two Memoranda of Understanding: “Minimizing Excessing” and “Peak Season Exception Periods,” in addition to a Maintenance-specific Step 4 Settlement, that are all interconnected and result in the extension of the 50-mile memo on Sept. 28, 2015, APWU President Mark Dimondstein announced. Read More...
APWU Goes to Court Over Service Standards
The APWU filed a brief in D.C. Circuit Court on Sept. 14 against the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), arguing that USPS service standards must be “legally enforceable.” In 2013, the union filed a complaint with the commission asserting that the Postal Service was systematically violating service standards as a result of plant closures. Read More...
Queens Area Local APWU wins 2015 Honorable Mention Award for the Best Non-Professional Website
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Statement on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Social Security Plan
“Governor Martin O’Malley, who is seeking to be the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, just released wise and thoughtful proposals, which effectively address the looming retirement income crisis, as well as a number of other challenges facing the nation. Read More...
APWU’s Statement Regarding Senator Sanders Letter To PMG
In a sharply worded letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called the Postal Service’s decision to close mail processing centers and eliminate overnight delivery “a disaster” and urged her to “re-instate overnight delivery standards and speed up the delivery of mail as soon as possible. Read More...
Contract Update and the Evolution to Privatization By Ron Suslak, President
  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...
Court Ruling Grants Home Care Workers Minimum Wage, Overtime Protections
A federal appeals court has reinstated a rule change that is meant to provide home care workers minimum wage and overtime protections. In 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it would make changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act so that this workforce, who care for the elderly and disabled in their homes, would be guaranteed the same labor protections as all other workers. But U.S. Read More...
Hearing on USPS-Staples Deal Dominated by Legal Wrangling
A hearing on charges that the Postal Service illegally subcontracted work to Staples was dominated by procedural wrangling on Aug. 17 and 18. The hearing before Administrative Law Judge Paul Bogas of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will resume on Nov. 2. Read More...
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