12/07/2017 - The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) just issued their long-awaited proposal to change how much the Postal Service can raise postage rates of market dominant products.
12/01/2017 - The Postal Service’s Request for or Notification of Absence (Form 3971) has been amended to include a new section applicable to those going on leave without pay (LWOP) for official union business... This certification is an overreaction by the Postal Service to the July 14, 2017 report by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC). The Report of Hatch Act Investigation: Facilitating Labor Union’s Political Activity Through Use of “Union Official” Leave Without Pay stated that “The postal unions and individual employees and members are permitted, and should be encouraged, to maintain PACs, endorse candidates, and enlist union members to support their electoral agendas on their own time.”
11/23/2017 - This year, the December period begins December 2, 2017 (Pay Period 25-17- Week 2) and ends December 29, 2017 (Pay Period 01-18 - Week 1).
On Nov. 8, APWU Des Moines Area Local and the Des Moines BMC Local (Iowa) held an informational picket in front of the downtown processing and distribution center to send a resounding message to postal management: Postal Workers Want First-Class Service for the People!
11/13/2017 - The following is an op-ed by President Mark Dimondstein and Des Moines Area APWU Local 44 President Mike Bates that originally appeared in Des Moines' Register on Nov. 9.
The United States Postal Service belongs to all the people. Its valuable mission is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and mandated in legislation to “provide postal services to bind the Nation together” and to “provide prompt, reliable and efficient services to patrons in all areas.”
Incredibly, the USPS provides universal service six days a week to 156 million addresses and extensive Sunday package delivery. Postal services are provided no matter who we are or where we live – at reasonable rates – without the use of any taxpayer dollars.
11/07/2017 - Last week, the House Republicans released their tax bill titled, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “Working families should not be used as piggy banks to enrich big business, big banks and billionaires.” said President Mark Dimondstein. "It is not designed to create jobs with a living wage and good benefits, but to enrich the corporate elite and the billionaire class," said Legislative and Politcal Director Judy Beard.
More than 70 national organizations have joined forces with APWU to launch A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service.
USPS efforts to cut the nation’s mail processing network persists, but the union is fighting back.
Privatizers on Wall Street and in Congress are eager to defund and dismantle the Postal Service so they can turn over the profitable pieces to their cronies in private industry, undermining universal service to the American people.
Across the country, the people are fighting back against the closure of post offices and shorter hours of operation, which weaken service and threaten the future of our beloved national treasure.
The USPS is well positioned to provide basic financial services to those whose needs are unmet by the traditional financial sector.
Legislation that preserves the USPS as a public service for the American people is an over-arching goal of the APWU.
Postal workers and customers across the country have a message for the Postmaster General and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America's Mail!
The APWU is fighting to stop a shady deal between the USPS and Staples, which jeopardizes mail service and local post offices – along with thousands of living-wage jobs.
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