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e-Team Report, March 25, 2015

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.

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Posters Promote Our Cause

03/25/2015 -


A San Jose restaurant displays a poster 
in support of "Our Postal Service."

​The San Jose Local decided to get a jump on activities set for March 26, and Jose Chavez, a member of the Contract Action Team, knew where to go to spread the union’s message. He persuaded King Egg Roll, a restaurant with several outlets in the area that serves hundreds of customers each day, to displays the APWU poster in support of “Our Postal Service.”

The union is asking locals, state organizations and retiree and auxiliary chapters to send a message to postal management and the public on Thursday: Wear a sticker bearing the slogan, Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract! Pass out flyers to the public at post offices. Distribute posters to businesses to display in their windows.

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Budget Bills: Cut Postal, Federal Pay

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.

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Update on Article 1.6.B ‘Global Settlement’ Remedy

03/24/2015 - APWU Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson has updated union members on progress toward disbursing a $56 million settlement that was signed Dec. 5, 2014, to resolve disputes over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing bargaining unit work.

As part of the settlement, the Postal Service was required to provide reports showing the amount of bargaining unit work performed by postmasters and supervisors in Level 15, 16 and 18 offices.

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Sticker Day Set for Thursday, March 26

Flyers to be Distributed to Public; Posters to Businesses

03/23/2015 -


Members of the Philadelphia BMC Local proudly
wearing stickers.

On March 26, APWU members will “Say It With a Sticker.”

“Led by our local and state presidents and our Contract Action Teams, March 26 will be a day to spread the word,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein declared.

“We’ll send a message to management by wearing stickers, and we’ll take our message to the people by passing out flyers at post offices and asking business owners to put posters in their windows supporting ‘Our Public Postal Service.’

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Setting the Record Straight

03/23/2015 -

Three in-depth flyers and a brochure just published by the APWU dispel common misconceptions about the Postal Service. “With contract negotiations underway, it’s important for union members – and the public – to know the truth about the Postal Service’s phony financial crisis, the threat of privatization, and the potential for expanded and enhanced postal services,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

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Town Hall Call – March 19, 2015

03/23/2015 - APWU members heard updates on our fight for a good contract on March 19 during two Town Hall Calls with President Mark Dimondstein. Questions submitted by union members were also addressed. In addition, Caroline Federico, a Contract Action Team (CAT) coordinator from the San Jose Area Local, described the activities the local CAT has organized to get members involved.

To listen to an audio of the call, click here. [Members only.]

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The Worst Trade Deal You've Never Heard Of

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is now headed to Congress, is a product of big corporations and Wall Street, seeking to circumvent regulations protecting workers, consumers, and the environment. Watch this video, and say “no” to fast-tracking this bad deal for the vast majority of Americans.

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