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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.”

Press Release

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.

APWU News Bulletin

Tell the Postmaster General, Board of Governors:

Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

National Day of Action Nov. 14

10/17/2014 - The four postal unions are calling for a National Day of Action on Nov. 14 to send an urgent message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail! “The Postmaster General is poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service,” the union presidents said. 

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Health Experts: Sequester and Other Budget Cuts Left us Vulnerable to Ebola

10/17/2014 - Health experts are saying that the budget cuts, including sequestration, resulting from fiscal conservatives’ goal of cutting government at all costs, has greatly exacerbated the Ebola crisis in Africa and left the U.S. vulnerable. Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has “slowed down” research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. As a result, he said, the international community has been left playing catch-up on a potentially avoidable humanitarian catastrophe. Several Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation that would increase NIH funds to $46.2 billion in 2021. But there is no indication that such a bill will move forward any time soon. 

APWU Web News Article 186-2014

Tell the Postmaster General, Board of Governors:

Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

Postal Unions Call for National Day of Action Nov. 14

10/16/2014 - The four postal unions are calling for a National Day of Action on Nov. 14 to send a message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

“The Postmaster General is poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service,” the union presidents said.

APWU Web News Article 187-2014

Dimondstein Talks to Ed Schultz

10/16/2014 - In an interview on The Ed Schultz Show on Oct. 16, APWU President Mark Dimondstein explained how USPS plans to lower "service standards" and close 82 mail processing plants would slow mail delivery throughout the country. The cuts would affect every postal patron, regardless of where they live, and would send the Postal Service into "a death spiral," he said.

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