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What's New at QAL-APWU 1022
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...
McDonalds Workers Say They Were Fired For Participating In Union Activities
McDonalds is under investigation for firing workers who were participating in union activities, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg News. In claims filed with the National Labor Relations Board, workers allege that their employer cut their hours, fired, and suspended them for engaging in union activities. Read More...
Five Ways Unions Are Trying To Get Their Mojo Back
ince the mid-1950s, the percentage of employed workers who belong to a union has dropped from more than 28 percent to less than 12 percent. Experts have tied the nation’s growing wage inequality with this decline. Read More...
Staples Terminates Deal With USPS
July 14, 2014 - A Staples announcement on July 14 indicating that the company is terminating its no-bid deal with the U.S. Postal Service and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program is a ruse. Staples and the USPS are changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers. Read More...
USPS Uses Trickery, Tries to Derail Staples Boycott
A Postal Service letter to the APWU dated July 7 indicating that it is terminating the no-bid deal with Staples and replacing it with an ‘approved shipper’ program is a ruse,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “The USPS is changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers. Read More...
APWU to Fight Back Against Postal Closures, Consolidations
On June 30, the APWU denounced plans by the Postal Service to resume the closure and consolidation of up to 82 mail processing plants beginning in January 2015. “This is a direct assault on service to the people of the country, on postal workers and on the Postal Service’s own network,” said union President Mark Dimondstein. Read More...
Issa Tries to Derail Six-Day Delivery – Again!
A Republican lawmaker made a final stand this week to strike down legislative language requiring mail delivery six days per week, but his efforts ultimately fell short. Rep. Darrell Issa., R-Calif., wrote a letter to the House Rules Committee stating an appropriations bill containing a rider on postal policy was outside the parameters of the chamber’s guidelines. Read More...
People Who Work For Tips Are Twice As Likely To Live In Poverty
People who work for tips are far more likely to live in poverty, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The poverty rate for workers who don’t make tips is 6.5 percent, but the rate for tipped workers is 12.8 percent — meaning that people working for tips are nearly twice as likely to live in poverty. Read More...
AFSCME, UNITE HERE Join ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ Movement
The ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign got another big boost on July 2, when the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) endorsed the boycott. Read More...
Low-Wage Villains of the Week: USPS and Staples
In our new regular feature, we'll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages for all or some Americans. In this series, we're going to look past the usual suspects—for example, while it is true that too often elected officials get in the way of a fair economy, we want to dig deeper. Read More...
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