02/05/2015 - The Research & Education Department offers comprehensive training to APWU activists on a wide array of topics, dedicated to providing union officers and stewards with the skills they need to enforce the Collective Bargaining Agreement, motivate union members, and keep members informed about important issues and activities.
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.
01/23/2015 - New Postal Amendment to Pipeline Bill
Whether or not to approve construction of the Keystone tar sands pipeline is one of the first pieces of legislation that the Senate has taken up since the 114th Congress came into session this month. For this bill, newly minted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised an open-amendment process.
01/16/2015 - The video linked below is a good example of how to spread the message that service standard changes and the closure of mail processing facilities will create hardships for individual customers and small businesses.
Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), the new House Budget Committee chairman, hinted to the Heritage Foundation on Monday that he has big plans for Social Security “reform” in the next two years, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Talking Points Memo blog. Price mentioned means-testing and increasing the eligibility age as possibilities. He also suggested that privatizing Social Security is a possibility (http://tinyurl.com/n67l7nf, http://tinyurl.com/mqx6ovp).
“With Chairman Price’s comments this week, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hinting at a Grand Bargain last week, there definitely seems to be a House-Senate consensus and a plan to cut Social Security,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance.
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.
Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert
In his first major speech since becoming the new Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) challenged President Obama to work with him, hinting that he is interested in a “Grand Bargain.” McConnell outlined an ambitious plan that includes Social Security and Medicare reforms as well as steps to achieve a balanced budget. The last big effort at a major Social Security, Medicare, budget, and tax reform agreement came during secret talks between House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and President Obama in 2011. Boehner stepped away from the effort under pressure from his members after Obama tried to extract additional tax increases. In 2013, the Alliance fought Republican attempts to address the budget deficit by implementing the Chained CPI cut to earned Social Security benefits. More from The Fiscal Times at http://tinyurl.com/nxh73z2.
01/09/2015 - The table below indicates the date and corresponding pay period in which locals and state organizations can expect headquarters to deposit the Dues Check Off (DCO) rebate monies via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT).
01/05/2015 - Negotiations for the next collective bargaining agreement (CBA) are scheduled to begin in mid-February, and the Industrial Relations Department has been busy researching material and developing strategies for contract talks.
12/23/2014 - This article appeared in the January-February 2015 edition of The American Postal Worker.
General enrollment in Medicare is open from Jan. 1 through March 31, but don’t confuse the general enrollment period with your eligibility enrollment period: You are eligible to enroll in Medicare three months before you turn 65, the month of your 65th birthday, and three months after the month you turn 65.
You will be penalized if you enroll outside of your eligibility period and your options to enroll will be limited.
If you miss your eligibility window, you may sign up only during the general enrollment period at the beginning of the year, with few exceptions. And, if Social Security records reflect that you have enrolled late, you will be required to pay a penalty in addition to the monthly premium. The penalty for enrolling late is 10 percent for each year you delay enrollment in Medicare Part B.