10/08/2014 - Fall is in the air, kids are back to school, leaves are changing colors, and Congress has adjourned so members can return home to run for reelection. Now that members of Congress are home, it is a perfect time to meet with lawmakers and discuss our issues – particularly in support of a moratorium on postal cuts. APWU activists are encouraged to come together with their APWU locals and our brothers and sisters in the mail handlers, letter carriers and rural carrier unions to schedule meetings with our elected officials and their staff during the month of October.
News: e-Team Reports
09/19/2014 - This week, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through December 11, 2014. Unfortunately, this continuing resolution did not include a 1-year moratorium on closing or consolidating mail processing facilities or cutting mail service standards – a position publicly supported by a majority of senators and 160 representatives.
09/15/2014 - The ongoing effort by APWU and our partners to block destructive cuts to America’s mail service has recently gained a powerful ally. On Thursday, September 4th, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) added his name to the list of senators opposing the Postal Service’s destructive mail slowdown and plant closure plan. Now with his signature, an outright majority of senators are calling for a government funding bill that places a one-year moratorium on the Postal Service attempts to close up to 82 mail processing plants, slow down mail delivery, and eliminate up to 15,000 jobs.
09/02/2014 - Earlier this summer the Postal Service announced plans to close or consolidate 82 mail processing plants. On August 1st, the Postal Service published in the Federal Register a reduction in Service Standards, which makes their closure and consolidation plan possible. Unless we build a movement to protect current Service Standards and stop these plant consolidations and closings, these cuts will create a massive mail slowdown nationwide, including the elimination of overnight delivery of first-class mail.
08/20/2014 - On August 14th, 50 U.S. senators sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee urging congressional action to preserve service standards and prevent the closure or consolidation of mail processing facilities.
Over the past few weeks, APWU members and allies sent thousands of messages and phone calls to their senators’ offices asking them to sign on to the letter. Together, our collective calls to action were crucial in getting so many of our senators to sign on!
08/01/2014 - 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. If not stopped, this move threatens tens of thousands of jobs and will slow down America’s mail.
07/11/2014 - On June 30, the Postal Service announced plans to resume the closure and consolidation of up to 82 mail processing plants beginning in January 2015. The APWU was quick to denounce USPS’s destructive scheme. “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 APWU President Mark Dimondstein.
06/06/2014 - The Federal Highway Trust Fund, which provides for construction and maintenance of the nation’s roads, rail lines, and bridges, is expected to run out of money this summer. Should the fund run dry, important work on the nation’s transportation infrastructure would come to a halt.
- 01/17/2014 -
- Congress Approves HR 3547 -- Awaiting
- Ranking Member of Homeland Security and
Government Affairs Committee to Retire Mid-Term
- Legislative Updates:
- S. 316/H.R.630, Postal Service Protection Act
- H.R. 961, United States Postal Service Stabilization Act
- H.R. 3801, Issa’s 5-Day Delivery/Military COLA Bill
- S. 1486, Carper-Coburn Postal Bill
- H.R. 2748, Issa’s Postal Bill
- 08/09/2013 -
- APWU, Postal Unions: Carper-Coburn Bill an Assault on Postal Employee Benefits
- Sen. Bernie Sanders Says S. 1486 Backtracks on Postal Reform, “Makes no Sense”
- Postal Customers Get it - Why Can’t Some Members of Congress?
- Senators Seek to Pass Law to Stop Congress from Passing Laws