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What's New at QAL-APWU 1022
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...
Republicans Against Retirement
Something strange is happening in the Republican primary — something strange, that is, besides the Trump phenomenon. For some reason, just about all the leading candidates other than The Donald have taken a deeply unpopular position, a known political loser, on a major domestic policy issue. And it’s interesting to ask why. Read More...
Self Plus One: New Insurance Option for You
Get the Care You Need in 2016 - Available for Selection This Open Season How is Self Plus One different from Self Only or Self and Family? Self Only covers only you (the enrollee). Self and Family covers you and two or more eligible family member that you designate to be covered. Self Plus One covers you and one eligible family member that you designate to be covered. Read More...
Home > Politics US Postal Service Reports $586M Net Loss for Spring
The U.S. Postal Service on Monday reported a net loss of $586 million this spring, a big improvement for the cash-strapped agency compared to a nearly $2 billion loss during the same period last year. Postal officials said the loss was mitigated largely because interest rates, which are associated with worker' compensation expenses, swung in the agency's favor. Read More...
Carly Fiorina Thinks Corporations Should Be Able To Deny Paid Leave To New Mothers
After Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s State of the Union, asked Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina about Netflix’s announcement that it will offer a year of unlimited paid family leave, the former Hewlett Packard CEO said she opposes any requirement that employers offer their workers paid leave. Read More...
APWU Launches Petition Drive Against Staples-Office Depot Merger
The American Postal Workers has launched a petition drive calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block the merger of Staples and Office Depot. The merger would give Staples a monopoly in a key sector of the economy. “This monopoly is no game,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. Read More...
The Five Most Damaging Ideas GOP Candidates Have For Social Security
Last night, Social Security was the topic of much discussion during the first Republican presidential debate. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie expounded on his proposals to raise the retirement age and means test benefits. Former Arkansas Gov. Read More...
Representatives Huffman and Blumenauer Introduce Legislation to Modernize the U.S. Postal Service
Today, Jared Huffman (CA-2) and Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) introduced legislation to create a framework that will modernize the United States Postal Service (USPS) to address its growing financial problems and ensure it remains a cornerstone of the American community. Read More...
Medicare at Age 50: It’s Time to Build on Its Success!
Medicare — signed into law fifty years ago, on July 30, 1965 — was supposed to be just the first step. For the fifty years before Medicare’s enactment, progressives had fought unsuccessfully for universal, government-provided health insurance. Read More...
McCaskill Requests Study of Rural Broadband and Postal Access
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has requested an examination of the interaction between the lack of adequate access to broadband technology in rural areas and the reliability of Postal Service delivery. Read More...
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