Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert
November 21, 2014
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) is retiring after 40 years of dedicated public service, including the championing of policies and legislation benefiting Social Security and Medicare recipients and their families. One of those pieces of legislation was the Strengthening Social Security Act (S.567), designed to immediately increase current benefits by about $800 annually, improve Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) and ensure the program’s future to make retirement more secure for our children and grandchildren, too. To thank Sen. Harkin for his years of service - and pledge to support the Alliance in doing all you can to help secure his legacy with the reintroduction and passage of this important legislation in the 114th United States Congress - go to http://tinyurl.com/lbp577e.
Re: New Revelations on USPS Cyber Security Breach
11/20/2014 - New revelations about the security breach in the Postal Service’s data systems are raising additional concerns about this very troubling incident. The APWU remains fully committed to protecting the rights of our members and demanding information from the USPS about what management knew and when they knew it
11/20/2014 - Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
APWU President Mark Dimondstein was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum (ICRCM) in his adopted home town of Greensboro, NC, on Sept. 15.
11/20/2014 - The APWU has vowed to join Black Friday protests at Walmart stores around the country if the company refuses to give their workers full-time jobs with decent wages. “We’re urging union members to join in,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.
11/18/2014 - The APWU and USPS reached an agreement in August to address a problem associated with grievance processing, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon Sr. has announced.
11/18/2014 - Two new national officers were appointed recently to fill vacant National Business Agent positions: James Stevenson was appointed Clerk Craft National Business Agent “C” for the Chicago Region, effective Oct. 13, and Rufina J. Pagaduan was appointed All-Craft National Business Agent for the Pacific Area, effective Nov. 15.
Announcement Made on ‘Day of Action’
APWU Calls on Incoming PMG to Reverse 'Policies of Destruction'
Postal workers across the country cheered the announcement on Nov. 14 that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is stepping down, effective Feb. 1. “We hope that the next Postmaster General will reverse Donahoe’s policies of lowering standards, reducing hours, outsourcing work, and diminishing a great American institution,” President Mark Dimondstein said. “We call on USPS’ Board of Governors to immediately freeze Donahoe’s policies and to do no more harm.” Delegates to the APWU national convention in July had voted unanimously to seek his resignation.
On Nov. 14, 2014, as part of a National Day of Action, postal workers and supporters protested at a meeting of the USPS Board of Governors in Washington, DC, to demand that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the board Stop Delaying America's Mail!