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APWU Web News Article 169-14

160 House Members Urge USPS to Stop Consolidations

09/15/2014 - The hard work of the APWU membership is paying off. One hundred sixty members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the leaders of the House Appropriations Committee on Sept. 11 urging them to stop devastating cuts to the Postal Service.

The group appealed to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) and others to include a one-year moratorium on the closure and consolidation of mail processing plants in must-pass legislation to keep the government running in the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

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Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Appointed

09/15/2014 - With contract negotiations set to begin early next year, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced the names of union members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. In accordance with the APWU Constitution, each member of the National Executive Board names one person to the committee; a 14th member, appointed by the president, is a member of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force.

e-Team Report, Sept. 15, 2014

09/15/2014 - The ongoing effort by APWU and our partners to block destructive cuts to America’s mail service has recently gained a powerful ally.  On Thursday, September 4th, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) added his name to the list of senators opposing the Postal Service’s destructive mail slowdown and plant closure plan.  Now with his signature, an outright majority of senators are calling for a government funding bill that places a one-year moratorium on the Postal Service attempts to close up to 82 mail processing plants, slow down mail delivery, and eliminate up to 15,000 jobs.

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Seniors Increasingly Struggle to Pay Back Educational Loans

09/12/2014 - Watsonville, California resident Rosemary Anderson testified in Washington on Wednesday before the Senate Aging Committee’s hearing on older Americans and student loan debt. “Some may think of student loan debt as just a young person's problem," said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), chairman of the committee. “Well, as it turns out, that's increasingly not the case.” Ms. Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments.

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PMG ‘Wanted’ in Salt Lake City

09/11/2014 - If Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe thought his speech to a group of business mailers in Salt Lake City on Sept. 10 was going to be a quiet, uneventful affair, he was mistaken.

A coalition of unions and postal customers showed up outside the Grand America Hotel, the site of the speech, to protest the PMG’s plans to privatize postal operations and cut service to the people.

“We are here today to tell Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe that his destructive cutbacks to the American people’s Postal Service will not be tolerated,” Charlie Cash, president of Salt Lake City Area Local APWU, told media outlets. 

The PMG’s Trumpeted Attack – Forewarned is Forearmed

09/11/2014 - The Postmaster General’s Federal Register announcement makes management’s intent to impose more consolidations and cuts crystal clear. Even if we succeed in our legislative efforts, the USPS Board of Governors will plow ahead with their strategic initiatives to “rationalize” the network and streamline the workforce. The next wave of consolidated attack is slated for January 2015. So we MUST PREPARE!

Organization

At the Top of Their Game

09/11/2014 - Snce January, the APWU has signed up more than 6,300 new members. The commitment to organizing is growing, but we still have a long road ahead. Although excessing, downsizing and consolidations have hurt membership, some locals have maintained or increased membership.

Clerk Division

Privatizing by Incentivizing

09/11/2014 - We often think of privatization as the transfer of public ownership. However, the Postal Service’s policy of offering postage discounts to large mailers has led to a similar harmful end result – a huge transfer of work and revenue from the public sector to the private sector – without a change in ownership of the USPS.

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