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May 22, 2019
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What's New at QAL-APWU 1022
Legislation Calls to Repeal Prefunding Mandate
On Monday, Apr. 29, members of Congress introduced H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act. This legislation would repeal, in full, the onerous prefunding of retiree health care benefits mandate Congress put in place in 2006. Read More...
2019 Trustees Report Shows That Social Security Continues to Work for America
Democrats have concrete plans to restore Social Security to long-range actuarial balance and expand benefits Washington, D.C. – As reporters cover the just-released 2019 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports, Social Security Works provides you with this fact sheet that summarizes and puts in context the Social Security report’s key findings. Read More...
Contract Update
The APWU is continuing to move forward towards interest arbitration. Preparation of hearing presentations, evidence, and witnesses is occurring every day. Read More...
APWU Launches New Ad - "We Deliver Almost Anything"
The lighthearted video below makes a crucial point – of all the many things the Postal Service will accept from the public, tax dollars are not one of them. The video advertisement's release is in coordination with Tax Day actions all over the country on Monday, April 15. https://youtu. Read More...
APWU Enters Mediation
In our continuing efforts to get the contract the members deserve, the APWU invoked mediation on April 3, 2019 – sending a letter to the Acting Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and to the Postal Service. Read More...
Join Us on April 15 for the APWU’s Tax Day of Action!
On Apr. 15, postal workers are letting the public know that the Postal Service operates with NO tax dollars. Contact your local or state officers to find out how you can participate! If there isn’t a Tax Day event in your area, do a digital action by sharing a social media post by the APWU or the US Mail Not for Sale campaign! Go to usmailnotforsale.org or call 844.402. Read More...
Postal Employees and Retirees See Threats to Pay and Benefits in White House Budget
The White House released its plans for the fiscal year 2020 budget this month. It once again attacks workers, calling for deep cuts to salaries, retirement and health benefits. Read More...
Contract Negotiations Update: Management and Union Exchange Final Economic Proposals
On March 7, 2019, the APWU and United States Postal Service negotiators exchanged their final economic proposals as both sides continue their preparation for interest arbitration. The APWU put forward proposals that reward postal workers for our hard work. Read More...
Trump Once Again Proposes to Cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, on the topline numbers of Donald Trump’s FY2020 budget, which were released this morning:  “Donald Trump ran for president on a promise to keep his hands off Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Read More...
New Social Security Legislation Introduced
On Feb. 13, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced S. 478, the “Expand Social Security Act,” legislation that would expand benefits and add almost 50 years of solvency to the program. Social Security, in its current form, is paying out more money to recipients than it takes in, and will no longer be able to pay out full benefits by 2034.  A companion bill, H.R. Read More...
Postal task force seeks to remove USPS compensation from collective bargaining
The White House’s postal task force is calling for rolling back collective bargaining rights for postal unions, and is not looking to undo the Postal Service’s obligation to pre-fund health benefits for future postal retirees. Read More...
NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING
The President has proclaimed December 5, 2018 as a national day of mourning throughout the United States to pay homage to the memory of former President George H.W. Bush.  The USPS, consistent with the President’s proclamation, will observe the national day of mourning. The USPS will suspend regular mail delivery service on the 5th but will provide limited package delivery service. Read More...
The Trump Tax Scam, Phase II
When the Trump tax cut was on the verge of being enacted, I called it “the biggest tax scam in history,” and made a prediction: deficits would soar, and when they did, Republicans would once again pretend to care about debt and demand cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Sure enough, the deficit is soaring. Read More...
APWU and USPS Agree to an Additional 30 Days of Negotiations
APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced that the union and the Postal Service again agreed to extend negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement for an additional 30 days until November 20, 2018. Read More...
Significant Payroll Issue Identified
This morning the APWU became aware that the Postal Service identified a computer glitch with the payroll system that will affect nearly 90,000 APWU represented bargaining unit employees. The APWU immediately contacted the USPS about the issue and will continue to monitor the situation until it is corrected. Read More...
 
 
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