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APWU Web News Article 48-2008

APWU Testimony Kicks Off Controversy

06/02/2008 - Recent APWU testimony on Capitol Hill about the Postal Service’s obligation to provide “universal service” to all Americans seems to have stirred up a controversy.

Addressing a House subcommittee on May 8, APWU Legislative Director Myke Reid expressed the union’s concern about actions by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), “which has undertaken, through private contractors, to study the Postal Service’s universal service obligation.”

The PRC has hired contractors who favor privatizing essential USPS operations, Reid testified, noting that the individuals selected have expressed hostility to fundamental elements of universal service — the postal monopoly and uniform rates.

APWU Web News Article 47-2008

Supreme Court Ruling:

Postal Workers Protected from Retaliation for Age-Discrimination Complaints

05/28/2008 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled May 27 that the law that prohibits age discrimination protects federal and postal employees from retaliation when they file age-discrimination complaints. The ruling is noteworthy because the statute in question specifically prohibits reprisals against private-sector employees but does not include a ban on retaliation against public-sector workers.

In a pair of decisions, the nation’s highest court relied on precedent to conclude that federal anti-discrimination laws also protect workers from retaliation for filing complaints, even if the laws are silent on the issue.

APWU Web News Article 45-2008

Support for Mail Network Protection Act Tops 100

05/21/2008 - Thanks to continuing legislative outreach efforts by APWU locals, 10 additional members of the U.S. House of Representatives have become co-sponsors of the Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236).

To date, a total of 104 representatives — nearly a quarter of the House membership — have taken a stand against wasteful, inefficient, and detrimental subcontracting by the U.S. Postal Service.

 

APWU Web News Article 41-2008

Another Dozen U.S. Reps. Sign On to Mail Network Protection Act

05/13/2008 - APWU efforts to build support in Congress for the Mail Network Protection Act have gotten a big boost in the last two weeks, as 12 more members of the U.S. House of Representatives became co-sponsors.

The bill (H.R. 4236) would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant contracting-out.

APWU Web News Article 40-2008

APWU Testimony on Capitol Hill

Postal Reform Act Is No Endorsement of Privatization

05/08/2008 - The passage of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act in December 2006 did not change the fundamental mission of the Postal Service, an APWU leader testified on Capitol Hill, and should not be perceived as justification for privatizing the nation’s mail system or eliminating its obligation to provide service to all Americans.

Nonetheless, APWU Legislative Director Myke Reid told a congressional panel on May 8, “As we meet here today, there is an active and ongoing effort to dismantle the Postal Service as we know it, to privatize it, and to turn its work over to for-profit companies.”

APWU Web News Article 36-2008

Six More U.S. Representatives Co-Sponsor Mail Network Protection Act

04/28/2008 - Six more members of the U.S. House of Representatives have become co-sponsors of the Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236) in support of the union’s efforts to reduce wasteful, inefficient, and detrimental subcontracting by the U.S. Postal Service. 

The legislation would help preserve inexpensive, trustworthy mail service for the American public as well as USPS jobs by requiring the USPS to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant contracting-out. 

APWU Web News Article 34-2008

Mail Network Protection Act Gains Eight More Co-Sponsors

04/17/2008 - Eight more members of the U.S. House of Representatives have become co-sponsors of the Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236) in the past two weeks, thanks to continuing outreach efforts by APWU locals.

The legislation would help reduce wasteful, inefficient, and detrimental subcontracting by requiring the USPS to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant contracting-out.

APWU Web News Article 31-2008

Burrus Asks Bush to Appoint Postal Service Advisory Council

04/14/2008 - APWU President William Burrus has asked President Bush to appoint a Postal Service Advisory Council, noting that the appointment of the panel is required by federal law. “The Postal Service is required to ‘consult with and receive the advice of the Advisory Council regarding all aspects of postal operations,’” Burrus wrote in an April 11 letter to Bush

APWU Web News Article 29-2008

Ten More U.S. Representatives Co-Sponsor Mail Network Protection Act

04/03/2008 - Since Congress returned from its Easter recess on March 31, 10 additional members of the House of Representatives have taken a stand against wasteful, inefficient, and detrimental subcontracting by signing on to the Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236).

The legislation, introduced last November by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant contracting-out and protect inexpensive, trustworthy mail service for the American public.

APWU Web News Article 26-2008

Bush Keeps Trying to Chip Away at Workers’ Rights

FMLA: Here We Go Again

03/28/2008 - The headlines last July seemed to say it all: “Labor Department Study Affirms That FMLA Is Working as Intended.” So union activists were dismayed when seven months later the Department of Labor proposed sweeping new regulations for the FMLA. 

“Business as usual, that’s the only reasonable explanation,” said APWU Legislative Department Director Myke Reid of the more-recent news stories. “It seems like corporate America just won’t give up in its quest to strip workers of their rights. I guess this is just one more excuse to flex their muscles before the Bush administration leaves office.”

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