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e-Team Report, Feb. 5, 2016

The WAGE Act

02/05/2016 - Many Americans are turning their attention to the persistent and growing problem of income inequality. As the rich get richer and leave working families behind with wages that have stagnated for decades, our leaders in Washington should be mindful of the best way to raise wages – collective bargaining. Workers coming together, forming a union, and collectively bargaining is a tried and true recipe for raising wages. This winning recipe and the right to collectively bargain was enshrined in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

e-Team Report, Oct. 28, 2015

New Congressional Majority Against Mail Delays

10/28/2015 - The legislative movement against delayed mail achieved an important milestone over the past week. For the first time, an outright majority of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is now calling for an end to delayed mail and the return of overnight mail standards. This accomplishment is building on the overwhelming and bipartisan 85-11 Senate vote in April against postal cuts.

Over the last week, 3 Republicans and 3 Democrats have signed on as co-sponsors of House Resolution 54 (H.Res.54), which now has 219 co-sponsors in total. Led by Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Paul Tonko (D-NY), H.Res.54 calls on the USPS to restore mail restore service standards to those in effect from July 1, 2012 – January 4, 2015. The latest cosponsors are demonstrative of the broad coalition demanding prompt service: Democrats and Republicans, urban and rural, committee chairs and congressional newcomers.

e-Team Report, Oct. 9, 2015

California Legislature Opposes Cuts to Service

10/09/2015 - The movement demanding an end to delayed mail gained a powerful ally – the California State Legislature. Recently, the legislative body which represents one-eighth of all Americans took a strong stand against cuts to mail service in passing Joint Resolution 11:

The Legislature urges the United States Congress to require the United States Postal Service to restore service standards in effect as of July 1, 2012, and place a moratorium on planned shutdowns of mail sorting centers, and further urges the United States Congress to oppose any postal reform legislation that does not continue the mandate for six-day delivery service or does not protect door-to-door delivery as it currently exists.

To read the full resolution, click here.

e-Team Report, Sept. 18, 2015

Send the Message - Safety First!

09/18/2015 - Private postal subcontractors are seeking an exemption from a necessary federal safety rule. If granted, the exemption would permit private, commercial drivers hauling mail for the U.S. Postal Service to operate trucks after more than 14 hours on duty following a break of less than 10-hours. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering public input on this exemption until September 21st.

e-Team Report, Aug. 29, 2015

USPS OIG Sounds the Alarm Over Delayed Mail

08/29/2015 - The Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an alert this month that confirms what the APWU has been telling Congress and what postal patrons have been enduring – America’s mail has slowed dramatically. In its review of mail timeliness after the USPS cut service standards on January 5, 2015, the OIG found “a substantial increase in delayed mail over the last several months.”

e-Team Report, July 31, 2015

08/03/2015 - Does Your Representative Co-Sponsor H.Res.54?
It’s Time to Schedule a Meeting over August Recess

A growing number of U.S. Representatives are expressing their opposition to the Postal Service’s mail slowdown by co-sponsoring H.Res.54 (House Resolution 54). This nonbinding resolution, introduced by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), calls on the Postal Service to reverse the January 5 action and restore service standards to those in effect from July 1, 2012 – January 4, 2015.

e-Team Report, July 3, 2015

07/03/2015 - Fast Track Signed into Law

Following passage in the Senate last week, President Obama on Monday signed the APWU-opposed Fast Track legislation into law. Monday’s bill signing marked a disappointing end to a fierce effort by unions, environmentalists, and public interest groups to block Congress from Fast Tracking secretive international trade deals negotiated by the President. 

Fast Track, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, will effectively bind the hands of Congress by preventing amendments, limiting debate, and lowering the votes required for passage on bad trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).