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August 31, 2016
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What's New at QAL-APWU 1022
Loud and Clear: 'We Don't Want No TPP!'
APWU delegates held a spirited rally protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the second day of the union’s National Convention. With Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell serving as emcee, and the APWU Labor Chorus singing loud and proud, speakers outlined the damaging effect the trade deal between the US and 11 other countries would have. Read More...
Trump Lies About Social Security And Undocumented Workers
In pivoting to the general election, Donald Trump recently proclaimed, “I will never lie to you.” That, of course, is a lie. Some of Trump’s lies are inconsequential, like his claim to never lie; others, though, are extremely damaging, furthering his political agenda while undermining the security of us all. Read More...
Rare FEGLI Life Insurance Open Season Starts September 01, 2016
The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program, FEGLI, is having an Open Season from September 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016. This is the first FEGLI Open Season since 2004. During the month of September 2016, if you are a Federal employee eligible for FEGLI, you can elect any coverage that FEGLI offers, including Option C coverage on the lives of your eligible family members. Read More...
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Social Security Expert Praises Hillary Clinton’s Speech on the Economy
The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, Founding Co-Director of Social Security Works, in response to Hillary Clinton calling for expanding Social Security benefits in today’s economic policy speech: “In today’s speech, Hillary Clinton made it clear that expanding Social Security benefits is a cornerstone of her economic agenda. Read More...
APWU Joins Boycott of Made-in-Mexico Nabisco Products
The APWU is urging union members to join a boycott of Mexican-made Nabisco products launched by the Bakery, Confectioners, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) and endorsed by the AFL-CIO. Read More...
USPS Third Quarter Financial Report
According to financial results released on Aug. 9, the Postal Service has earned $1.3 billion in operating profit so far this year, making this the fourth straight year the USPS is operating in the black. Operating profits in 2015 and 2014 also totaled more than $1 billion each. Read More...
National Executive Board Endorses Hillary Clinton for President
The APWU National Executive Board endorsed Hillary Clinton for president by acclamation on July 29, the day after she received the nomination of the Democratic Party. “We recognize that our members hold a wide spectrum of political views and that not everyone will agree with this endorsement,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. Read More...
COLA Increase
Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a one-cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective Sept. 3, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The increase is the result of a slight increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated Sept. 23 (Pay Period 19-2016), and will total $21 per year. Read More...
Trump To Pay Thousands For Retaliating Against Workers On Day He Accepts The GOP Nomination
Just a few hours before he officially accepts the presidential nomination of the Republican party, Donald Trump agreed to pay a $11,200 federal settlement for retaliating against workers who voted to unionize at his eponymous Las Vegas hotel. Read More...
Statement on Mike Pence’s Support for Social Security Cuts
The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, co-director of Social Security Works, in response to Donald Trump’s choice of Mike Pence for his running mate: “Governor Pence has a long history of fighting to cut and privatize Social Security. In 2005, he was the leader of a group of House Republicans who criticized George W. Read More...
New Pay Rates to Take Effect Aug. 6
According to information provided by the Postal Service, the new pay rates under the new APWU-USPS contract will begin on Aug. 6 (Pay Period 17) and will be reflected in paychecks dated Aug. 26, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced. Retroactive pay for the period from Nov. 14, 2015, through Aug. 4, 2016, are expected in Pay Period 22, with an expected pay date of Nov. 4, 2016. Read More...
Right to Work
Extremist groups, right-wing politicians and their corporate backers want to weaken the power of workers and their unions through "right to work" laws. Their efforts are a partisan political ploy that undermines the basic rights of workers. By making unions weaker, these laws lower wages and living standards for all workers in the state. Read More...
APWU: Postal Reform Bill Needs Work
A House committee has approved two important postal measures that may be considered by the full House in the fall. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee adopted the Postal Service Reform Act of 2016 (H.R. 5714) and the Postal Service Financial Improvement Act (H.R. 5707) in a voice vote on July 12. Read More...
Statement and Graphic on GOP Platform & Social Security
The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, co-director of Social Security Works, in response to the Social Security portion of the Republican Platform: “The Republican Party’s plank on Social Security, in its just released Platform, achieves the dubious achievement of being both terrible policy and stupid politics. Read More...
Keep promises made to Postal retirees
When people think of the U.S. Postal Service's finances, if they even do, they worry about the impact on their magazine delivery or the spoils of their late night shopping habit. I know I worry about these things. But another, less noticeable part of the debate over the financial health of our nation's postal service will have serious consequences for postal workers and retirees. Read More...
 
 
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