07/31/2015 - Retirees and allies around the country participated in more than 100 Medicare events celebrating 50 years of guaranteed health coverage for seniors this week. In Washington, DC, the Alliance for Retired Americans participated in a celebratory press conference with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Reps. Doris Matsui (CA), Jan Schakowsky (IL), Xavier Becerra (CA), and Joe Crowley (NY) to honor the program’s accomplishments and reiterate support for preserving it for the future. Alliance executive director Richard Fiesta and Alliance member Susan Thomas of Maryland spoke at the event. You can watch the video on YouTube. Minutes later, U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) led a Senate celebration.
Members of the Houston Area Local collected hundreds of signatures on “I Stand with Postal Workers” postcards at the 52nd National Convention of Delta Sigma Theta last week.
07/30/2015 - After an onsite inspection, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) slammed the Postal Service with five citations for violating safety standards at a post office located in Kent, WA, on July 1. OSHA also imposed a total of $16,000 in fines.
At 87 events in 37 states on July 30, unions, seniors, medical professionals and others held special celebrations in honor of Medicare’s 50th birthday.
“Today’s 50th anniversary of Medicare is not just a moment, it is a movement. We need to protect, improve and expand Medicare,” said APWU Retirees Director Judy Beard at the rally in Washington, DC.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was the only presidential candidate to attend the event, which was sponsored by National Nurses United.
Happy 240th Birthday, Postal Service!
A number of locals joined in with others in wishing the Postal Service a Happy 240th Birthday on July 26, "Postal Heritage Day."
07/27/2015 - On July 30 – the 50th anniversary of Medicare – APWU members will join with others across the country to celebrate the program that has helped more than 53 million seniors and disabled Americans obtain healthcare. To find an event in your area, visit www.medicare50th.org/#!/events or www.medicareturns50.org/events.html. To download a flyer to distribute on the work floor and take to events, click here. Sample op-ed columns and background information can be downloaded here.
Members of the Cleveland Ohio Area Local wear their solidarity on their sleeve on Thursday, July 16.
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07/21/2015 - The APWU and the Postal Service signed an agreement on July 15, 2015, that will compensate Postal Support Employees (PSEs) for the time they spent and costs they incurred to obtain fingerprints for background investigations that were required for their conversion to career status, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon has announced.
In accordance with the settlement, the Postal Service is responsible for any “direct costs” of fingerprinting, including mileage.
07/17/2015 - If you missed last week’s National Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, or if you want to see more about it, visit the Alliance online! You can access photos from the event as well as the action session presentations on our conference web page.
In addition to hearing from dynamic speakers from Capitol Hill, the labor movement, and other allies, activists sharpened their skills in action sessions and met with more than 150 members of Congress.
07/15/2015 - The Rural Postal Act of 2015, introduced by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) on July 9, aims to improve mail service by restoring stronger service standards and placing a two-year moratorium on the closure of additional mail processing plants. It also would make the requirement for six-day mail delivery permanent.