12/22/2017 - On Wednesday Dec. 20, Congress voted to pass a tax bill designed to reward the super wealthy and major corporations with more money. Despite being an unpopular bill opposed by hard-working families across the country, it passed without any bipartisan support and awaits the president’s signature to be signed into law.
(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
Protesting Health Care Bill
Members of the Portland Oregon Area Local attended a rally protesting Republican health care legislation on July 6. At rallies all over the country, people protested against the drastic bill that would leave millions uninsured with the slogan, “Kill the bill, don’t kill us.”
Truth Exposed in New Report by the Economic Policy Institute
08/31/2017 - Postal workers know first-hand that union jobs are good jobs. Unions help workers join together and bargain with their employer for better wages, benefits and working conditions. However, unions also stand up for the rights of workers who are not currently in a union. They are a rising tide that lifts all boats.
08/21/2017 - The APWU’s national headquarters is gearing up for the upcoming 2018 Contract Campaign.
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), also known as a union contract, between the APWU and the USPS expires on Sept. 20, 2018 – just a little over one year from now. The contract determines wages, benefits and conditions of employment.
Big Victory for Workers
The 114th U.S. Congressional session is over and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is officially dead. This victory comes despite it being a signature effort of the White House and Republican-controlled Congress, supported by business lobbyists and the Chamber of Commerce.
Call Before Tuesday!
06/19/2015 - Like the Zombie apocalypse, legislation that would “fast track” a bad trade deal has risen from the dead. Workers, environmentalists and other progressives thwarted passage of the package on June 12, when the House voted against a companion bill that was essential to passage of the trade deal.
But the fight isn't over. On June 18, the House voted to approve fast-track authority separately, giving the president the power to negotiate the corporate-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – in secret – and without permitting members of Congress to offer any amendments. The Senate is poised to vote on the House version of the bill on Tuesday.
Call 1-855-712-8441 and ask your senators to say NO to Fast Track and the TPP.
06/11/2015 - In a joint letter to members of the House of Representatives, the presidents of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and APWU expressed opposition to the “Fast Track” trade bill pending before the Congress. Voting on the measure is expected to take place on Friday, June 12.
The June 10 letter says, “We have urged you to end the undemocratic practice of voting on Trade Promotion Authority before the trade and investment agreements negotiated in secret by our government and its trading partners are made public. Such authority guarantees enactment of these agreements before their flaws can be democratically debated and amended.”
If you want to know what’s in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bill, you can go to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and read it for yourself. That’s what the Obama administration said about the trade deal that’s been negotiated behind closed doors by the United States and 11 other countries.
On June 2, a coalition of veterans, environmentalists, community organizations and labor groups took the White House up on the offer and asked to see the text of the bill, which labor and environmental groups vehemently oppose.
A group of five, including APWU member Arrion Brown, were refused entry into the building that houses the Trade Representative’s office. Police then barred the door of the public building.
04/16/2015 - Saturday, April 18, has been designated a National Day of Action to oppose a trade deal that would be terrible for working people: the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP has been devised behind closed doors, with the help of Wall Street and corporate lobbyists and has the support of the White House. The negotiations are purportedly aimed at increasing international trade and investments by lowering tariffs and other trade barriers among participating countries.
03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
A trade deal the U.S. is negotiating in secret with 11 other countries would slash labor rights; obstruct access to medication; degrade food safety; weaken regulations that keep our air and water clean, and restrict Internet freedom.
The deal has no expiration date or separation clause, meaning if it is signed, it would last forever.
Known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the behind-closed-doors agreement includes: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States. The U.S. joined the negotiations in 2010.