10/27/2017 - On Thursday, Oct. 26, the House of Representatives voted to approve the Senate’s budget resolution. With both chambers in agreement, there is now a budget which lays out limits for 2018 federal government spending...
“While the APWU successfully defeated attacks on postal worker pay and retirement benefits make no mistake, this is not a good budget,” said President Dimondstein.
10/11/2017 - On Thursday, Oct. 5, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to advance its 2018 budget resolution... "The budget fight is far from over," said Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard.
10/02/2017 - CALL 1-844-402-1001 NOW! Tell your member of Congress to VOTE NO against any budget that includes attacks to postal and federal employees’ benefits, including retirement benefits, or undermines the public Postal Service itself!
09/26/2017 - The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) had their 19th Biennial Convention in Detroit, Michigan from Sept. 6-9. Over 400 union delegates from across the country attended, representing 27 national unions. CLUW is a national women’s organization within the labor movement. Its goals are to empower women in the workplace, advance women in their unions and promote policies that support women and working families.
09/19/2017 - This week, the U.S. Senate is working on their newest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graham-Cassidy bill, a last-ditch effort to repeal the ACA, is gaining steam, and Senators are hoping to bring it to a vote by September 30. This bill, like other repeal attempts, is riddled with catastrophic measures...
09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard
The 2017 Congress introduced legislation to improve the Thrift Savings Program (TSP). It addresses shortcomings in the withdrawal rules which have not been changed since 1986. The current rule allows for active postal employees, upon reaching age 59 ½, to make only one withdrawal from their TSP account. Similarly, retirees can only partially withdraw from their TSP a single time. This inflexibility often leads retirees to fully withdraw their money and move it into private investment plans which have pricier maintenance fees.
(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.