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APWU Web News Article 69-2017

Fight the White House’s Budget Proposal!

Speak Up to Protect Your Job and Your Retirement!

07/13/2017 - The House Budget Committee is currently weighing a budget which includes deep cuts to your pay and benefits! Please take a couple of minutes to call 1-844-402-1001 and 1-844-813-4060 and tell your Representative in Congress to vote NO on the White House budget.  Together, our united voices CAN make a difference!

Attend the Legislative Conference Oct. 1

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Legislative Director Judy Beard

On Oct. 1, the APWU Legislative and Political Department will be hosting the first Legislative Conference and Training in conjunction with the All-Craft Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is Building Political, Union and Community Power. This all-day conference will consist of several workshops geared towards a variety of legislative and political areas, as well as a general session and regional breakouts. 

APWU Web News Article 63-2017

Postal Unions Prevail!

Arbitrator Das Solidifies Administrative Leave for Caucus Voting

06/22/2017 - On June 21, Arbitrator Shyam Das issued a national award in the arbitration between the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), with APWU and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) as intervenors. In Case No. Q11N-4Q-C 16398841, the postal unions united and together prevailed. “This Postal Alliance victory demonstrates that when we come together to protect and enforce the rights of our bargaining-unit workers, we can be more successful,” said President Dimondstein. 

 

APWU Web News Article 60-2017

APWU Receives Recognition from Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Judy Chu

06/15/2017 -

On June 11, California Postal Workers Union President Mike Evans attended a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) event with Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) and special guest Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 114th Congress.

On behalf of the American Postal Workers Union, President Evans accepted a Certificate of Appreciation recognizing the APWU’s outstanding legislative efforts from Representative Chu. During the event, Congresswoman Pelosi also addressed key postal legislative issues with President Evans, including amendments APWU raised on H.R. 756. Congresswoman Chu represents California's 27th Congressional District and serves on the powerful House Ways & Means Committee. 

 

APWU Web News Article 56-2017

Postal Reform Scored by Congressional Budget Office

Reports a Positive Financial Impact of H.R. 756 on Federal Budget

06/02/2017 - Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published its report on Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). It is standard practice for the CBO to “score” pending legislation introduced into Congress in order to report its impact on the federal budget. They estimate that H.R. 756 would result in a savings of $6.2 billion over the next ten years.

APWU Web News Article 53-2017

White House 2018 Budget Proposal Targets Postal Workers and Postal Services

05/26/2017 - This week the White House released their budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, as they do every fiscal year. There are a number of disturbing provisions which will directly affect postal workers and postal services for the American people...

“This budget proposal is Robin Hood in reverse,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “It robs from the workers to give more and more to the wealthy. Taken in their entirety, these are draconian attacks on hard working postal workers and our families.”

Postal Reform is ‘Marked-Up’

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard 

On March 16, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “marked-up” and approved the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). A mark-up is a process where a congressional committee can consider and amend a bill before advancing it to the House of Representatives or Senate.

Unions Do it Right!

Higher Union Membership Boosts Wages for All

05/01/2017 -


APWU Grassroots Political & Legislative Coordinator Janice Kelble (second from right) 
with community activists (L-R) Jeff Kramer, Kathy Staub, Keith Yergeau, 
Elizabeth Ropp, Emily Eastman and Eric Zulaski after “right to work” law was defeated in NH.

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.

The correlation between a community’s percentage of union members and the average pay its workers make is crystal clear – the higher percentage of union members a city or state has, the higher the wages are for all workers, not only union members.

APWU Web News Article 34-2017

Get the Facts

Postal Reform Questions & Answers

04/10/2017 - In order to have a healthy, sustainable, public Postal Service, legislation is necessary to protect postal customers and postal workers from USPS’s current financial crisis. 

New postal reform legislation introduced in the 115th Congress helps to solve the pre-funding crisis and is fair to active and retired postal workers. The APWU supports two companion bills introduced in the House of Representatives, H.R. 756 and H.R. 760. As these bills move through the legislative process, the APWU will continue working to improve them.

We received many good questions from around the country regarding the impact of the pending legislation, if it is passed. These questions are the basis for the following “questions and answers.”

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