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Marking 50 Years Since Selma

03/06/2015 -

March 7 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the march for civil rights from Selma to Montgomery, AL, which was cut short by police brutality. The march galvanized the burgeoning movement for voting rights and was a catalyst for passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

King v. Burwell Supreme Court Case: Affordable Care Act Hangs in the Balance

03/06/2015 - Continued access to affordable health insurance for many early retirees is at stake as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in the case of King v. Burwell, a lawsuit challenging provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The suit claims that it is illegal for the government to issue tax credits for insurance policies purchased on federal health insurance exchanges.

e-Team Report, March 6, 2015

03/06/2015 - APWU Stands Firm with Allies – No TPP and No Fast Track

In the coming weeks, Congress is expected to consider a wrongheaded bill to "Fast Track" passage of the international trade deal known as Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  TPP would be the largest trade deal in history, including countries from the United States to Chile to Japan and Vietnam, covering 40% of the world economy.  Fast Track legislation (also called Trade Promotion Authority, or TPA) is supported by the White House and most congressional Republicans and would make it significantly easier to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership into law.

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Selfie Winners

03/05/2015 - On March 4, 2015, President Dimondstein randomly selected five winners from among those who submitted “selfies.”  Winners will receive $50 gift certificates to the APWU Store.

Congratulations to: Donna DeMaio, Greater CT Area Local; Angela Ellington, Dallas TX Area Local; Michael Fincher, Toledo OH Local; Federica Harris, Philly BMC, and Laree Coppes, Brainerd MN Local.

To see more photos, click here.

Please continue to send photos and brief reports of your contract campaign activities. 

Press Release

American Postal Workers Union Assembles Team of Experts To Oppose Staples-Office Depot Merger

03/05/2015 - Washington – The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) announced today that the 200,000–member union, with the assistance of the AFL-CIO, has engaged a team of financial advisors, lawyers and economists to challenge the merger between Staples and Office Depot.

The union is urging the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to block a merger that it sees as monopolistic and unlawful. The union also will reach out to members of Congress and state and local officials to raise objections.

Say 'No' to Means Testing

03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The services that Americans depend on are often on the chopping block. When it comes to seniors, attacks on Social Security and Medicare are just the tip of the iceberg. Who exactly is standing up for retirees?

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Rep. Doris O. Matsui (D-CA) recently wrote a letter to President Obama, urging him “to work to strengthen and improve Social Security and Medicare benefits.” Schakowsky, who spoke at our last convention, also addressed concerns about the “Chained CPI” (Consumer Price Index) and proposals for cutting benefits through “means testing” – a phrase you will hear often during the 114th Congress.

So what exactly is “means testing” for Social Security and why are we opposed to it?

Contract Negotiations:

A Break from Tradition

03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Contract negotiations between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service got underway on Feb. 19 in a dramatic break with tradition.

Joining the APWU at the opening session were actor-activist Danny Glover and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who made brief remarks following a statement by President Mark Dimondstein. National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando joined APWU negotiators at the bargaining table as well.

The presence of special guests was designed to send a message: The U.S. Postal Service belongs to the people, and the people have a stake in the union’s fight to protect and strengthen a great national treasure.