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August 21, 2014

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What's New at QAL-APWU 1022
Don’t Buy School Supplies at Staples
As the back-to-school season moves into high gear, the APWU is ramping up its ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, with online ads directed at educators and parents. The ads ask them to buy school supplies elsewhere. The APWU has also developed a flyer for distribution to teachers that asks them to honor the boycott. Read More...
It’s Making Money from Operations
USPS management is doing its best to keep the good news quiet, but facts are facts. According to reports released by the USPS on Aug. 11, as of June 30, three-quarters of the way through Fiscal Year 2014: Operating income was up by about $1 billion over the previous year; Revenue increased 2. Read More...
What the NLRB Announcement on McDonald's Means
In case you missed it, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard F. Griffin made a pretty significant announcement about McDonald's and its role as an employer to workers in franchise locations all over the country. Read More...
Issa on $2 Billion Postal Service Loss: Bailout Not the Answer
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today released the following statement on news that the U.S. Postal Service posted a $2. Read More...
The Jobs Added In Today’s Economy Pay A Quarter Less Than The Ones We Lost In The Recession
The jobs that have been added to the economy during the recovery pay 23 percent less, on average, than those that were lost in the recession, according to a report from The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM). The report examined the sectors where jobs were added between 2009 and 2014 and weighted them by how many each gained, finding that their average wage was $47,171 a year. Read More...
Profits Outpace Job Growth Five To One At Largest U.S. Corporations
Profits have grown five times faster than jobs at America’s largest publicly-traded companies over the past dozen years, according to a new analysis by Reuters. Staff levels rose by 31 percent from 2001 to 2013 at the companies analyzed while inflation-adjusted profits grew 150 percent, the wire service reports. Read More...
The Senate Can Help Stop Service Cuts & Plant Closures – Urgent Action is Required!
On June 30th, USPS announced its intention to close and consolidate 82 mail processing facilities in 37 states throughout the country beginning in January 2015.  Today, August 1st, 2014, service standard changes were printed in the federal register ending overnight mail service for the entire country, effective January 2015. Read More...
Judge Orders Kellogg to End Lockout, Reinstate Workers
A federal judge granted an injunction Wednesday ordering the Kellogg Company to end its lockout of 226 workers—members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 252G—at its Memphis cereal plant and reinstate them to their jobs within five days. The lockout began Oct. 22. Judge Samuel H. Mays Jr. Read More...
Raise Wages for Everyone, Not Just Some
"The defining challenge of our time is flat or falling wages for the vast majority of workers, which is a root cause of many of the problems facing the U.S. economy,” said the AFL-CIO Executive Council in a statement approved today at its summer meeting at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. Read More...
Recently, Queens Area Local President Ron Suslak finalized another group baseball game ticket  purchase for our members. Read More...
4 Things You Need To Know About The State Of Social Security
The Social Security Trustees issued their annual report on the status of the Social Security trust funds on Monday. While many focus on the fact that Social Security faces a financial shortfall over the next 75 years, it’s both expected and manageable. Here are four big takeaways from the latest report: 1. Read More...
The Median Family Is Worth One Third Less Than It Was A Decade Ago
Median household wealth has fallen by 43 percent from its pre-recession peak in 2007, according to a new study from the Russell Sage Foundation. It has fallen so far that the median household is worth less now than it was in 2003. But the wealthiest 10 percent of families haven’t faced that pain, and are worth far more on average than they were in 2003. Read More...
Postal Privatization Protest Is Having an Effect, so Staples Resorts to Trickery
Staples says it is dropping plans to administer mailing services in retail stores, but Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union claims that the the company’s announcement terminating its no-bid deal with the U.S. Postal Service is a ruse. Read More...
Six-day mail clears major hurdle
The full House of Representatives voted Wednesday to preserve six-day mail delivery appropriations language by passing H.R. 5016, the Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill. The base bill was introduced last month without the six-day provision, which has been part of appropriations bills for decades. Read More...
Darrell Issa’s postal embarrassment: Momentum builds for cheap banking option
Though the promising concept of postal banking has frustratingly stalled due to inertia from policymakers, this week things started to move. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, which oversees the Postal Service, previously called postal banking “unacceptable” and a “massive expansion” of government power. Read More...
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