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Much is at Stake, Much is Possible

12/22/2014 -

New year’s greetings to one and all!

Your membership in the American Postal Workers Union is the foundation of our strength as we fight for workplace and social justice. I salute you, the thousands of union members and activists, for your contributions to the well-being of all postal workers – active and retired, career and non-career.

I encourage those who are not yet “union active” to commit some of your time in the coming year. There is something for everyone to do: Attend union meetings, volunteer to serve on a committee, act as a shop steward, write an article for your local union paper or website, join a protest at Staples, urge your members of Congress to defend postal workers and the public Postal Service, support fast food and Walmart workers in their demands for $15 per hour and a union, and get involved in our fight for a new APWU union contract in 2015.

The survival of the public Postal Service and our jobs is at stake and you can help make a difference. Yes, each and every one of us has an important role to play. Think about how much stronger we would be if every member volunteered just an hour or two each month for union activism.

The Nov. 14 National Day of Action calling on the Postmaster General and the USPS Board of Governors to Stop Delaying America’s Mail was an example of the kind of activism we need. Hats off to all those who participated in the events, which were held in all 50 states! At postal headquarters in Washington, DC, we packed the public meeting of the Board of Governors, and when they refused to allow all of us in the meeting, hundreds of postal employees took over the lobby and sent our message loud and clear.

APWU Web News Article 239-2014

USPS Tells Customers: Get Postal Discounts at Staples

Union Says ‘Return-to-Sender’

12/21/2014 - Postal management has launched a new offensive – one that clearly reveals the sinister goals of its no-bid deal with Staples. The Postal Service has sent a mass mailing to “postal customers” advertising 20 percent discounts on USPS shipping services. But the coupon glued inside isn’t for use at your neighborhood Post Office. It’s for USPS shipping services at Staples.

The union's response? Return to sender!

APWU Web News Article 240-2014

Dimondstein Appears on Washington Journal

APWU President Mark Dimondstein appeared on Washington Journal on Dec. 20, where he discussed the future of the USPS and the union's opposition to changes in service standards that will affect postal customers across the country. The public affairs program airs daily on C-SPAN,

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Federal Budget Agreement, Obama Signs it into Law

12/19/2014 -  

After a day of drama and partisan wrangling, the Senate voted 56-40 on Saturday to send a government funding bill to President Barack Obama for his signature. Obama then signed the bill into law on Tuesday. The $1.1 trillion legislation funds most of the government through September, but sets up a February showdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. More at http://tinyurl.com/n2jjfxo. Twenty-one Senate Democrats voted against the bill, while 24 Republicans voted for it, including every member of the Senate GOP leadership. Democratic opponents included several senators rumored to have presidential ambitions such as Elizabeth Warren (MA), Cory Booker (NJ), Amy Klobuchar (MN) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). A tally of the Senate vote is at http://tinyurl.com/kn2okjq.

APWU Web News Article 236-2014

Congress Fails to Act – Again

12/17/2014 - Before Congress adjourned on Dec. 16, senators and representatives approved a government spending bill that also weakens restrictions on the big banks that crashed the economy in 2008, allows mega-donors to make substantially bigger contributions to political candidates, and reduces pensions for some current retirees. 

But Congress fled the capital without addressing urgent postal issues, despite unrelenting efforts by the four postal unions.  The unions’ strategy ran on two tracks:

  • We sought to include a one-year moratorium on a reduction in service standards and plant closings in a spending bill that Congress had to pass to avoid a government shut-down;
  • We also worked to hammer out agreement on a stand-alone postal bill.
APWU Web News Article 234-2014

Custodian TL 5 Implementation Schedule (As of Nov. 22, 2014)

12/17/2014 - The USPS and APWU agreed to implement the MS-47 TL-5 dated June 27, 2014, and its cleaning procedures at no more than 15 facilities during Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 (for purposes of this MOU only, a "facility" is a single site or location which has its own PS Form 4869, PS Form 4839, and PS Form 4852). By the end of FY 2015, no more than 100 facilities shall have the MS-47 TL-5 cleaning procedures implemented. (This number 100 includes facilities, where the MS-47 TL-5 was implemented in FY 2014). The implementation in the remaining facilities shall be completed thereafter. Click here to view the full implementation list, as of November 22, 2014.

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