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APWU Web News Article 03-2008

Union President Asks Locals, States To Seek Support for Subcontracting Legislation

01/09/2008 - APWU President William Burrus has asked the union’s state and local presidents to encourage APWU members to write to their U.S. representatives and ask them to co-sponsor and support the Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236). The bill, introduced by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) on Nov. 15, 2007, would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant subcontracting.

Seven U.S. Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors. They are: Yvette Clark (D-NY), Al Green (D-TX), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Patrick Murphy (D-PA), Laura Richardson (D-CA), Christopher Smith (R-NJ), and John Tierney (D-MA).

APWU Web News Article 02-2008

They Love to Hate Us

01/07/2008 - Postal Points, a mailing industry newsletter, has enjoyed taking potshots at the APWU for quite a while, but the vitriol seems to have increased lately.

And in a Dec. 21, 2007, article about the Omnibus Appropriations Bill that passed Congress late last year, the publication also blasted legislators who added a provision to the spending bill that directed the Postal Service to postpone any facility consolidations until further review has been made by the Government Accountability Office. 

APWU Web News Article 118-2007

House ‘Mail Network Protection Act’ Gains Seven Co-Sponsors Prior to Holiday Break

12/26/2007 - Seven U.S. representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of H.R. 4236, the Mail Network Protection Act introduced by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA). Introduced in the House on Nov. 15, the bill would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before engaging in significant subcontracting. The union has been strenuously advocating such legislation for several months, including in congressional testimony in April and July. 

The seven co-sponsors are Yvette Clark (D-NY), Al Green (D-TX), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Patrick Murphy (D-PA), Laura Richardson (D-CA), Christopher Smith (R-NJ), and John Tierney (D-MA). Congress is now on break until after New Year’s.

APWU Web News Article 116-2007

Spending Bill Includes Rider That Blocks 7 Consolidations

12/20/2007 - A provision attached to the appropriations bill awaiting President Bush’s signature would indefinitely postpone most of the Postal Service consolidation plans still awaiting implementation. 

The initial adjustment to the legislation came at the instigation of Rep. Jose Serrano (D-Bronx), who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.

APWU Web News Article 115-2007

APWU Seeks Support for ‘Mail Network Protection Act’

12/19/2007 - The APWU has written to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives, asking them to co-sponsor and support the Mail Network Protection Act, which would require the Postal Service to bargain with unions before committing to significant subcontracting. The legislation (H.R. 4236) was introduced by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) on Nov. 15.

Winning co-sponsors for H.R. 4236 [must be a priority for APWU activists, APWU President William Burrus said. “It is imperative that union members contact their representatives and let them know that this legislation is important to the future of the Postal Service and to postal workers.”

APWU Web News Article 114-2007

Rep. Lynch Seeks Support for ‘Mail Network Protection Act’

12/12/2007 - Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) has asked his congressional colleagues to co-sponsor legislation he introduced last month that would require the Postal Service to bargain with unions before engaging in significant subcontracting.

Lynch’s Dec. 11, 2007, letter to fellow representatives outlines the importance of the legislation in maintaining the security of the mail network. While noting that contracting out core postal functions impacts “the allocation of work,” he said “this alarming trend bears much broader implications in terms of compromising the security of the U.S. mail network.

APWU News Bulletin

APWU-Backed Bill Introduced in Congress

Legislation Would Compel USPS to Bargain Over Subcontracting

11/19/2007 - The APWU won a significant victory Nov. 15, with the introduction of a bill that would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before engaging in significant subcontracting. The union has been strenuously advocating such legislation for several months.

APWU Web News Article 107-2007

APWU-Backed Bill Introduced in Congress

Legislation Would Require Bargaining Over Subcontracting

11/16/2007 - The APWU won a significant victory on Nov. 15, when Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) introduced legislation that would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before making a commitment to significant subcontracting. H.R. 4236 would require the USPS to submit to arbitration if management and the affected unions were unable to reach agreement. The APWU has been strenuously advocating such legislation for several months.

APWU Web News Article 67-2008

Burrus Tells Congress: Compel USPS to Bargain Over Subcontracting

07/20/2007 - If Congress wants to limit USPS subcontracting, lawmakers should enact legislation compelling the Postal Service to bargain over the issue, APWU President William Burrus told a House subcommittee on July 19, rather than intervening in specific contracting-out disputes.

Congress should avoid substituting its judgment for the judgment of the parties who are directly involved, Burrus said during testimony before the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia.

APWU Web News Article 60-2007

Despite Majority Support, ‘EFCA’ Blocked in Senate

06/28/2007 - Although a majority of U.S. Senators clearly favor the Employee Free Choice Act, anti-worker lawmakers have prevented the Senate from passing the measure.

Fifty-one senators voted June 26 to end debate and pass the act. But the 48 senators who oppose the bill voted against “cloture,” preventing a vote on the bill. Under Senate rules, 60 senators would have had to agree to end debate before a vote on the legislation could take place.

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