01/28/2015 - Just weeks into the 114th Congress, a new bipartisan coalition of eight U.S. representatives is taking a stand for prompt, reliable mail service.
Legislation that preserves the USPS as a public service for the American people is an over-arching goal of the APWU.
News: Postal Legislation
01/27/2015 - New House Resolution Takes Aim at Delayed Mail
Just weeks into the 114th Congress, a new bipartisan coalition of a dozen U.S. representatives is taking a stand for prompt, reliable mail service.
01/12/2015 - New Congress Convenes
The 114th Congress convened last week, with Republicans assuming full control of the body for the first time in 8 years.
Republicans captured control of the Senate and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will lead a caucus of 54 Republicans, while Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) caucus included 44 Democrats and two independents.
12/23/2014 - As a difficult year ends and a new year begins, it is a good time to think about areas we need to concentrate on in the new year.
Our work to coordinate relationship-building between members of Congress, our local and state legislative activists, and the Legislative and Political Department in Washington, DC, has been highly successful.
This also entails educating senators and representatives and their staffs about our issues. Financial support from COPA, the APWU Committee on Political Action, is critical to this process.
These relationships create an “echo chamber,” with the same message being repeated back home as well as in Washington. It also builds an environment of unified, continued support for the congressperson financially and with voters, which all politicians crave. We will keep working to find ways to improve and expand these efforts.
10/14/2014 - Recently, I was asked the following questions by a brother unionist I highly respect: what opportunities are left in the legislative arena this year to put a stop to the plant consolidations that are scheduled to begin in January 2015? What do we have to do?
If you receive e-Team alerts or regularly visit www.apwu.org, you may know the answers to these questions.
We have to get Congress to include language that would halt the closure or consolidation of mail processing facilities in an appropriations bill or “continuing resolution.” (A “continuing resolution” will be used to fund government operations beyond Dec. 12, 2014, when the current budget expires.)
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 hard work of the APWU membership is paying off. One hundred sixty members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the leaders of the House Appropriations Committee on Sept. 11 urging them to stop devastating cuts to the Postal Service.
The group appealed to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) and others to include a one-year moratorium on the closure and consolidation of mail processing plants in must-pass legislation to keep the government running in the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
Legislative & Political
09/11/2014 - Why can’t Congress get anything done on postal reform? It seems I’m asked that question all the time – in conversations at conferences and conventions, in letters, phone calls and email correspondence.
In part, the answer is a lack of understanding by members of Congress about how the USPS works and how much authority the legislature has ceded to the Postmaster General. He has slowed down America’s mail and entered into “partnerships” with private industry that undermine the public Postal Service without congressional consent.
Senate Majority Leader Makes 51
09/06/2014 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has added his high-profile support to calls for a one-year moratorium on USPS plans to close 82 mail processing plants and slow mail delivery. Reid has joined 50 other senators who signed a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee calling for a ban on USPS cuts to be included in must-pass legislation to keep the government running into the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
Stop Service Cuts and Plant Consolidations
08/20/2014 - A bipartisan group in the House of Representatives – five Republicans and five Democrats – has drafted a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee calling for a one-year moratorium on Postal Service plans to close mail processing plants and slow down mail delivery. APWU President Mark Dimondstein is asking union members and supporters to urge their U.S. representatives to sign the letter.