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e-Team Report, Oct. 24, 2014

10/24/2014 - Get involved before it is too late – Election Day is around the corner!

Election Day is just two weeks away and in several states, the polls are already open. In many contests, the margin of victory is expected to be extremely small. Control of the United States Senate and many governorships will hinge on the outcome of a number of tight contests where the candidates are separated by only percent or two or two in the polls.

APWU Web News Article 190-2014

Retiree COLAs Set at 1.7%

10/22/2014 - The Social Security Administration has announced a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of 1.7 percent for the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). The increase will be reflected in January 2015 annuity payments.

APWU Web News Article 189-2014

APWU to Harvard President: Stop Staples Deal or Quit Board

10/22/2014 - The APWU has placed a full-page ad in The Harvard Crimson calling on Harvard University President Drew Faust “to do the right thing or resign.” The right course of action, the ad says, is for Dr. Faust, who sits on the Staples Board of Directors, to use her influence to end the no-bid deal between the office-supply chain and the United States Postal Service.

Ed Schultz
APWU Web News Article 188-2014

The Ed Show:

It’s Going to Take a Lot Longer for Mail to Get From Point A to Point B

Overnight Mail Could Be a Thing of the Past

10/22/2014 - The Postal Service intends to lower service standards again on Jan. 5, MSNBC broadcaster Ed Schultz told his audience on Oct. 20, and that means “it’s going to take a lot longer for your mail to get from Point A to Point B. “Overnight mail could be a thing of the past,” he declared. “Eighty-two mail processing facilities across 37 states are scheduled to be ‘consolidated.’” Schultz dismissed claims that the USPS is losing billions of dollars. “The reality is the so-called crisis is a manufactured one.”

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Postal Workers Union: Harvard President Should Stop Deal that Outsources Postal Services to Staples or Resign from Staples Board

Full-page ad in Harvard Crimson says the university’s involvementwith Staples sullies Harvard’s reputation

10/22/2014 - The Harvard Crimson today features a full-page advertisement calling on Harvard President Drew Faust “to do the right thing or resign.” The right course of action, the American Postal Workers Union says, is to use her influence to end a no-bid deal between the office-supply chain and the United States Postal Service. The deal outsources postal services to Staples.  In addition to her role as Harvard’s top administrator, Faust serves on the board of Staples, where she earns $300,000 per year.

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