12/19/2014 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein will appear on Washington Journal on Saturday, Dec. 20, beginning at about 9 a.m. Dimondstein will discuss issues of concern to postal customers and postal workers, as well as the importance of a vibrant, public Postal Service for future generations.
APWU President on The Ed Show:
APWU President Mark Dimondstein sounded the alarm on The Ed Show on Dec. 17, telling viewers, “Our Christmas seasons will never be the same,” if service standards are lowered on Jan. 5 and 82 mail processing centers are closed.
12/17/2014 - Before Congress adjourned on Dec. 16, senators and representatives approved a government spending bill that also weakens restrictions on the big banks that crashed the economy in 2008, allows mega-donors to make substantially bigger contributions to political candidates, and reduces pensions for some current retirees.
But Congress fled the capital without addressing urgent postal issues, despite unrelenting efforts by the four postal unions. The unions’ strategy ran on two tracks:
- We sought to include a one-year moratorium on a reduction in service standards and plant closings in a spending bill that Congress had to pass to avoid a government shut-down;
- We also worked to hammer out agreement on a stand-alone postal bill.
12/17/2014 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein will appear this evening on The Ed Show, which airs on MSNBC at 5 p.m. He will discuss Congress’ failure to address urgent postal issues before adjourning yesterday and he will talk about the fight to protect the U.S. Postal Service from those who would destroy it.
12/17/2014 - The USPS and APWU agreed to implement the MS-47 TL-5 dated June 27, 2014, and its cleaning procedures at no more than 15 facilities during Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 (for purposes of this MOU only, a "facility" is a single site or location which has its own PS Form 4869, PS Form 4839, and PS Form 4852). By the end of FY 2015, no more than 100 facilities shall have the MS-47 TL-5 cleaning procedures implemented. (This number 100 includes facilities, where the MS-47 TL-5 was implemented in FY 2014). The implementation in the remaining facilities shall be completed thereafter. Click here to view the full implementation list, as of November 22, 2014.
The Postal Service Already Provides Financial Services to the Unbanked
12/16/2014 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein spells out the case for postal banking in response to “The Case Against Postal Banking," a post on the Mother Jones website by blogger Kevin Drum.
“Kevin Drum should do his homework,” Dimondstein writes in an article that explains why the USPS is uniquely qualified to offer expanded financial services.
12/14/2014 - Arbitrator Shyam Das has ordered the Postal Service to pay Maintenance Craft employees $8.64 million for improperly subcontracting work that could have been performed by bargaining unit employees, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced. The decision, issued on Dec. 11, concludes four rounds of hearings on management’s decision to subcontract the wiring of more than 7,800 of the largest Associate Offices with computer cable.
APWU members joined rallies protesting police killings of unarmed black men on Saturday, Dec. 13. Shown here, at the rally in Washington, DC, President Mark Dimondstein marches alongside Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.
Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has announced plans to reintroduce Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) Strengthening Social Security Act in the next Congress. The bill would change the Social Security benefit formula, ensuring that cost of living adjustments adequately reflect the living expenses of retirees, and improve the long term financial condition of the Social Security Trust Fund. The legislation is designed to immediately increase current benefits by about $800 annually. More at http://tinyurl.com/m8cawku.
Sen. Harkin, retiring this month, said, “I could not be more pleased that Senator Brown has decided to champion this legislation in the next Congress. Senator Brown’s commitment to Social Security is unrivaled, and seniors should be thrilled to have an ally like Senator Brown on their side.”
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has charged the USPS with illegally spying on postal employees while they protested outside a Staples store in Atlanta on March 4 and 9, 2014.