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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).

e-Team Report, June 21, 2015

06/21/2015 - Call Before Tuesday!
Tell Your Senators to Stop ‘Fast Tracking’ a Bad Trade Deal

Like the Zombie apocalypse, legislation that would “fast track” a bad trade deal has risen from the dead.

Workers, environmentalists and other progressives thwarted passage of the package on June 12, when the House voted against a companion bill that was essential to passage of the trade deal.

But the fight isn't over. On June 18, the House voted to approve fast-track authority separately, giving the president the power to negotiate the corporate-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – in secret – and without permitting members of Congress to offer any amendments.

The Senate is poised to vote on the House version of the bill on Tuesday.

Call 1-855-712-8441 and ask your senators to say NO to Fast Track and the TPP.

e-Team Report, June 17, 2015

06/17/2015 - House Committee Votes To Restore Overnight Mail

Ever since the Postal Service acted in January 2015 to cut their service standards from 2012 levels, America’s once prompt mail service has fallen off a cliff. Citizens and businesses alike are feeling the sting when their bill payments, medicines, newspapers, or absentee ballots have been excessively delayed. Even the USPS’s own performance data shows the same sad truth, degrading service standards has virtually eliminated overnight mail delivery and resulted in dramatic delays to America’s mail.

When it comes to ensuring the timely processing and delivery of mail, Congress has the ultimate authority over postal operations.  Congress is beginning to exercise that authority – today the House Appropriations Committee voted to restore prompt, reliable mail. 

e-Team Report, May 12, 2015

05/12/2015 - Rural Senators Question PMG on Service & Closures

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp brought together a bipartisan meeting of solely Senators from rural states to speak with the U.S. Postmaster General about the impact that mail processing facility closures and service standard reductions have had on families and communities throughout rural America.

Heitkamp, a member of the Senate Committee which oversees the U.S. Postal Service, brought together U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Gary Peters (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) to raise awareness about declining postal standards and the effects of closing mail processing facilities in rural communities across their states with U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan.

e-Team Report, March 25, 2015

03/25/2015 - Pay More, Get Less
Postal Employee Retirements in the Crosshairs

This month, the House and Senate Budget Committees released their budgets for Fiscal Year 2016 and both contain severe hardship for federal and postal employees.  Among other harmful provisions, these recently unveiled budget bills call for significant increases in the amount federal and postal employees must pay into their retirements.

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