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Postal Union Fights Staples Partnership: 'A Big Step Toward Privatization'
ELMWOOD PARK, Ill. -- On a recent Saturday morning, 500 protesters poured out of a parade of school buses, signs and megaphones in hand, and tried their best to shame a single Staples store just outside Chicago. Among them was Mike Suchomel, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, who traveled all the way from New Jersey for a nearby labor conference. Read More...
APWU to Hold ‘Telephone Town Hall’ Meetings To Discuss Campaign to Stop Staples
The APWU will hold two Telephone Town Hall meetings to discuss the campaign to Stop Staples. President Mark Dimondstein will talk with union members about the threat the USPS deal with Staples poses to our jobs — and to the public Postal Service. The Telephone Town Hall meetings are expected to last approximately 30 minutes and will include time for questions from union members.. Read More...
PayWatch: CEO Pay Hits ‘Insane Level’
It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293.. Read More...
Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws
At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements.. Read More...
Rising Rents And Flat Wages Mean Americans Can’t Afford To Live In Cities
The rent really is too damn high in 90 separate American cities, according to an analysis by real estate analysts at Zillow on behalf of the New York Times. The analysts measured median rent prices as a share of median pre-tax income and found that rent gobbles up more than 30 percent of earnings. Read More...
How APWU Activists Are Building a Movement
Dozens of locals, state organizations and retiree chapters are preparing for the April 24 National Day of Action to protest the Postal Service’s sweetheart deal with Staples, which puts “postal” counters in the office supply stores — and staffs them with low-wage Staples employees.. Read More...
Senate Republicans Unanimously Block Equal Pay Bill
On Wednesday, Senate Republicans unanimously voted against advancing the Paycheck Fairness Act. Forty-three voted against invoking cloture, joined by Independent Angus King of Maine, while three Republicans didn’t vote. All Senate Democrats voted in favor, with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) switching his vote to no so that he could re-introduce the bill later on. Read More...
Health Care Nightmares
When it comes to health reform, Republicans suffer from delusions of disaster. They know, just know, that the Affordable Care Act is doomed to utter failure, so failure is what they see, never mind the facts on the ground. Read More...
Instead Of Unpaid Internships, Americans Need More Paid Apprenticeships
Every year, millions of young people around the world complete an apprenticeship in order to gain the skills they need to get a high-paying job. Yet few Americans have ever heard of a modern apprenticeship. For example, while 500,000 young Brits started apprenticeship programs in 2012, only 100,000 Americans did the same. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) want to change that. Read More...
USPS Needs Real Reform – Not More Austerity
The Postal Service needs real reform — not the austerity proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and the White House, APWU President Mark Dimondstein said after an April 8 hearing by a House committee. The hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Rep. Issa chairs, focused on White House budget items concerning the Postal Service. Read More...
Extremists Going 'All In' to Make Missouri the Most Anti-Worker State in the U.S. We Can Change That
Extremists in the Missouri House of Representatives are pushing for legislation that would hurt working families, importing a national agenda that faces bipartisan opposition in the state. Despite claims made by the proponents of the legislation, paycheck deception and "right to work" for less bills wouldn't help the states' workers and would limit their rights. Read More...
Republicans, White House Finally Agree on Something: Postal Reform
A key proponent of overhauling the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday vowed to introduce a new reform bill in the coming weeks, promising to work more closely with the White House in hopes of encouraging more bipartisan support. That support, however, remains far from guaranteed, detractors made clear during a committee hearing. Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Read More...
Senate OKs Jobless Benefits Renewal, Tell the House to Do the Same
More than three months after House Republicans leaders allowed the Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits program to expire, nearly 2.8 million jobless workers have lost their economic lifeline. Monday, the U.S. Senate gave those workers a ray of hope when it passed (59-38) a bill reviving the program for long-term jobless workers. Now it is up to the House to keep that hope alive. Read More...
Equal Pay Day: Bridging the Pay Gap Takes 3 Extra Months of Work
That 23 cents on the dollar pay gap adds up over time—$11,607 a year for women working full-time is more than $440,000 over a lifetime. Bridging the annual difference would make a huge impact on the lives and families of working women. Read More...
Staples Deal Still a Secret — But Hearing Reveals Disturbing Truths
The Postal Service and Staples are working overtime to keep the details of their sweetheart deal a secret, but a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board — and documents the USPS was forced to provide to the APWU — have revealed some disturbing truths. Read More...
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