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Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Thousands of Alliance Members Join Tele-Town Hall Calls with Candidates

10/03/2014 - More than 6,000 Alliance members dialed in Monday night on a tele-town hall conference call with Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), with several of the activists asking Sen. Hagan questions. Seniors advocate Jon “Bowzer” Bauman of the musical group Sha Na Na and North Carolina AFL-CIO President James Andrews also spoke on behalf of Sen. Hagan during the call. “I will vote against turning Medicare into a voucher program every day of the week, if that’s what it takes,” Sen. Hagan said.

e-Team Report, Sept. 19, 2014

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.  

e-Team Report, Sept. 15, 2014

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.

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Seniors Increasingly Struggle to Pay Back Educational Loans

09/12/2014 - Watsonville, California resident Rosemary Anderson testified in Washington on Wednesday before the Senate Aging Committee’s hearing on older Americans and student loan debt. “Some may think of student loan debt as just a young person's problem," said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), chairman of the committee. “Well, as it turns out, that's increasingly not the case.” Ms. Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments.

The PMG’s Trumpeted Attack – Forewarned is Forearmed

09/11/2014 - The Postmaster General’s Federal Register announcement makes management’s intent to impose more consolidations and cuts crystal clear. Even if we succeed in our legislative efforts, the USPS Board of Governors will plow ahead with their strategic initiatives to “rationalize” the network and streamline the workforce. The next wave of consolidated attack is slated for January 2015. So we MUST PREPARE!


At the Top of Their Game

09/11/2014 - Snce January, the APWU has signed up more than 6,300 new members. The commitment to organizing is growing, but we still have a long road ahead. Although excessing, downsizing and consolidations have hurt membership, some locals have maintained or increased membership.

Maintenance Division

Dispute on Custodial Staffing Settled; More Than 3,150 PSEs Converted

09/11/2014 - The APWU and USPS signed a major settlement on July 9 that resolved a long-standing dispute over custodial staffing and resulted in the conversion to career of all Maintenance Craft Postal Support Employees.

It was not an agreement we entered into lightly. The agreement stipulates that the MS-47 Handbook-Transmittal Letter 5, which governs custodial work and staffing, will be implemented as amended by our negotiations.

Clerk Division

Privatizing by Incentivizing

09/11/2014 - We often think of privatization as the transfer of public ownership. However, the Postal Service’s policy of offering postage discounts to large mailers has led to a similar harmful end result – a huge transfer of work and revenue from the public sector to the private sector – without a change in ownership of the USPS.

Human Relations

Our Right to Vote is Under Attack

09/11/2014 - In recent years, our right to vote has come under attack all across the country. Dozens of states are advancing voter suppression laws in an effort to influence the outcome of elections.

The democratic process of the United States is based on free elections. America holds it up as a model for the world. For more than two centuries, our country has consistently expanded the ability of its citizens to vote.