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APWU Web News Article 35-2008

Monday, April 28

Workers Memorial Day

04/22/2008 - On April 28 each year, the labor movement observes Workers Memorial Day to commemorate workers who have been killed or injured on the job, and to renew the fight for safety-and-health protections. This year’s theme is, Good Jobs, Safe Jobs. For All.

More than three decades ago, with union backing, Congress passed legislation to establish safety and health standards to protect workers in every industry. In recent years, however, many of the safeguards have been eroded by lax enforcement. 

APWU Web News Article 34-2008

Mail Network Protection Act Gains Eight More Co-Sponsors

04/17/2008 - Eight more members of the U.S. House of Representatives have become co-sponsors of the Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236) in the past two weeks, thanks to continuing outreach efforts by APWU locals.

The legislation would help reduce wasteful, inefficient, and detrimental subcontracting by requiring the USPS to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant contracting-out.

APWU Web News Article 33-2008

APWU Donation to Save Small-Town Post Office

04/16/2008 - The APWU has given a one-of-a-kind gift to the people of McCausland, Iowa: a donation of $30,000 to help save their post office. The contribution will pay for renovations to a building the small town purchased in order to stave off threats by the USPS to discontinue regular postal service for its 300 residents.

The saga began more than four years ago, when the Postal Service closed McCausland’s only post office because of mold contamination. A “temporary” post office has never been up to code, and the USPS threatened in January of this year to close it on April 25.

APWU Web News Article 32-2008

APWU Members Lead the Charge In Defense of FMLA

04/14/2008 - APWU members rose to an important challenge in recent weeks: Postal workers submitted more than half of the postings to a Department of Labor Web site that features comments regarding proposed revisions to the Family & Medical Leave Act that would weaken the law. By the deadline for submissions on April 11, more than 1,600 comments had been posted on; of those, approximately 900 were from postal workers.

APWU Web News Article 31-2008

Burrus Asks Bush to Appoint Postal Service Advisory Council

04/14/2008 - APWU President William Burrus has asked President Bush to appoint a Postal Service Advisory Council, noting that the appointment of the panel is required by federal law. “The Postal Service is required to ‘consult with and receive the advice of the Advisory Council regarding all aspects of postal operations,’” Burrus wrote in an April 11 letter to Bush

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Executive Board Endorses Barack Obama for President

04/09/2008 - The APWU National Executive Board has voted unanimously to endorse Barack Obama for president. “Sen. Obama’s message is one of hope and change,” said union President William Burrus. “His message is special, and the timing is right.”

"We believe he will be a strong advocate for working people, and we believe he can win the nomination and the election."

“We are most impressed by Sen. Obama’s commitment to eradicating the undue influence of special interests in the political process,” Burrus said. “Our current political system does not allow for the voices of citizens to be heard over the demands of corporate lobbyists and big-money campaign contributors.

APWU Web News Article 30-2008

Union Members Urged to Help Save FMLA Protections

Deadline for Objecting to New Rules is Friday, April 11

04/08/2008 - Time is running out for union members to voice objections to new regulations proposed by the Department of Labor that would undermine employees’ medical privacy protections and make it more difficult for workers to exercise their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

APWU Web News Article 29-2008

Ten More U.S. Representatives Co-Sponsor Mail Network Protection Act

04/03/2008 - Since Congress returned from its Easter recess on March 31, 10 additional members of the House of Representatives have taken a stand against wasteful, inefficient, and detrimental subcontracting by signing on to the Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236).

The legislation, introduced last November by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant contracting-out and protect inexpensive, trustworthy mail service for the American public.