03/31/2015 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein will address a rally in front of the White House on April 2 calling on President Obama to issue an Executive Order requiring corporations that do business with the government to disclose their political spending.
A Sin of Omission
03/30/2015 - A recent “study” by a Harvard-educated economist asserting the Postal Service has an “unfair competitive advantage” over private-sector delivery companies has garnered a lot of attention in recent days. The “study” by Robert J. Shapiro was the subject of articles in the Washington Post and Fortune, and was the centerpiece of a panel discussion at the well-known Brookings Institution on March 25. The headline in Fortune was eye-catching, to say the least: ‘American Taxpayers Give an $18 Billion Gift to the Post Office Every Year,’ the Wall Street mouthpiece asserted.
But so far, discussion of Shapiro’s claims has omitted a crucial detail: The study was financed by United Parcel Service, the Postal Service’s chief private-sector competitor and a long-time proponent of postal privatization.
03/30/2015 - APWU members are invited to join APWU President Mark Dimondstein for a live Contract Town Hall Call on Monday, April 6. This will be the third such call.
We will discuss our fight to win a good contract for union members while we fight for a vibrant, public Postal Service for the people of the country.
There are two options: 12 p.m. EDT and 8 p.m. EDT. The call is expected to last approximately 25 minutes.To participate, you must register online by 6 p.m. EDT, April 5. At your selected time, you will receive a call from the APWU. All you have to do is answer your phone!
03/27/2015 - Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg has sustained the MVS Craft Step 4 dispute in Case # Q10V-4Q-C 14125953, regarding contracting out Postal Vehicle Service work.
The MVS Craft initiated the dispute in response to the USPS April 26, 2013, notice to the APWU that management was “considering subcontracting the highway movement of mail in approximately 162 Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) sites nationwide.” The notice came on the heels of the Postal Service’s attempt to contract out the entire PVS operation in the state of California.
Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert
03/27/2015 - Members of the U.S. Senate voted on dozens of amendments to the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget on Wednesday. This marathon “Vote-O-Rama” session forced many Senators, including 2016 GOP Presidential hopefuls, to take definitive positions on issues such as raising the minimum wage, preserving Medicare and Social Security earned benefits, and protecting against Medicaid cuts.
03/27/2015 - The Postal Service’s operating profit totaled $1.4 billion for the first five months of fiscal year 2015, according to a USPS report provided to the Postal Regulatory Commission.
This result exceeds the $1.375 billion operating profit for the entire year in fiscal year 2014.
03/25/2015 - Pay More, Get Less
Postal Employee Retirements in the Crosshairs
This month, the House and Senate Budget Committees released their budgets for Fiscal Year 2016 and both contain severe hardship for federal and postal employees. Among other harmful provisions, these recently unveiled budget bills call for significant increases in the amount federal and postal employees must pay into their retirements.
The San Jose Local decided got a jump on activities set for March 26 and persuaded King Egg Roll, a restaurant that serves hundreds of customers each day, to displays the APWU poster in support of “Our Postal Service.”
03/25/2015 - Two congressional committees are proposing to solve the nation’s financial problems in part by reducing pay for millions of postal and federal employees. Budget bills for fiscal year 2016 proposed by House and Senate committees last week would cut pay for postal and federal workers by increasing the amount employees must pay into retirement accounts – without any increase in benefits.