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What's New at QAL-APWU 1022
Contract Arbitration Hearings Conclude
Arbitration hearings on the APWU Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Postal Service have concluded and the union expects a decision in 30 to 60 days, President Mark Dimondstein has announced. Read More...
Union Negotiates New Health Benefit for PSEs
Postal Support Employees (PSEs) will soon be able to sign up for health insurance during their first year of employment, President Mark Dimondstein has announced. Currently, PSEs can enroll only after they complete their first 360-day appointment. Beginning with a Special Enrollment Period from May 16, 2016, to June 30, 2016, PSEs will be eligible to join the USPS Health Benefits (USPSHB) Plan. Read More...
Union Wraps Up Opening Round In Contract Arbitration
On April 5 and 6 the APWU completed the opening round of its case before the arbitration panel that will decide the terms of a new contract, with testimony supporting the union’s economic package and proposals to eliminate multiple tiers within the workforce.   The Postal Service began presenting its case the next day. Read More...
2-Cent Postage Cut is ‘Bad News’
A ruling by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) that required the Postal Service to lower postage rates from 49 to 47 cents will “disrupt service and undermine a great national treasure,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “The decision is bad news for customers, workers and the Postal Service,” he said. Read More...
APWU: Support 39,000 Striking Verizon Workers
APWU President Mark Dimondstein is calling on union members to support 39,000 Verizon workers who went on strike on April 13.  The contract for workers from Maine to Virginia expired in August, but months of effort to get the telecommunications giant to negotiate reasonably have failed. Read More...
Made in America: Union-Made Easter
Easter is this Sunday, so here is a list of union-made in America treats to fill an Easter basket and other holiday accoutrements brought to you by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411. Read More...
New Evidence That Women Make Less Than Their Male Coworkers With The Same Titles
Most people know American women, on average, make 79 percent of what men make. Some argue it’s because women choose lower paying fields or shy away from jobs that come with higher compensation. Read More...
Staples Rings NASDAQ Bell, Protesters ‘Ruin Their Day’
Stop Staples activists “ruined Staples’ day” on March 15, protesting in front of the NASDAQ building in Times Square, while Staples executives gathered to ring the stock market’s opening bell. A security officer asks O'Neill not to ruin Staples' day. Read More...
Lawmakers Want To Crack Down On Bosses Who Steal Money From Their Workers
Employers steal far more money from their employees than robbers steal from victims. On Wednesday, lawmakers will introduce a bill aimed at tamping down on the wage theft epidemic. Democratic Sens. Patty Murray (WA) and Sherrod Brown (OH) with Rep. Read More...
Contract Arbitration Update
Three more days of hearings in the arbitration for a new contract wrapped up on March 10. In testimony that lasted most of the day on March 8, union economist Kathryn Kobe reviewed a series of graphs and charts illustrating the current state of the workforce and supporting the union’s proposals for wages increases, retaining cost-of-living allowances (COLAs), and other monetary matters. Read More...
Who Will Deliver More Than 800,000 Petition Signatures Demanding a Vote on the SAVE Benefits Act
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Senate Democrats to Join Seniors and Veterans Who Will Deliver More Than 800,000 Petition Signatures Demanding a Vote on the SAVE Benefits Act
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Blockbuster Job Growth Still Isn’t Turning Into Big Raises For American Workers
The economy added 242,000 jobs in January while the unemployment rate stayed unchanged at 4.9 percent, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Analysts had expected 190,000 jobs to be added. That maintains the lowest unemployment rate in 2008. The number of jobs added in December of last year was revised up by 9,000, while January was revised up by 21,000. Read More...
Don’t Let Congress Run Out the Clock on Overtime
The APWU is asking union members to sign a petition sponsored by the AFL-CIO that calls on President Obama and the Department of Labor to move quickly to implement a new overtime rule that will increase workers' pay. Millions of Americans have been working overtime but not getting paid for it. Read More...
2016 APWU Scholarship Deadline Extended
 The deadline for the submission of applications for the E.C. Hallbeck academic scholarship ($8,000 over a four-year period) and vocational scholarship ($3,000 over a three-year period) has been extended to April 15, 2016, APWU Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell has announced. Read More...
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