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Retirees Friday Alert:

2018 Social Security COLA to Health Care Executive Order

10/13/2017 -

HEADLINES: 2018 Social Security COLA will be 2.0%: Not Enough to Offset Medicare Part B Premiums; House Slashes Medicare to Fund Children’s Health Insurance Program; President Trump Signs Health Care Executive Order, Ends Affordable Care Act Subsidies; CNN: Investigation Finds Drug May Be Inappropriately Prescribed Pill to Nursing Home Residents; Nebraska Alliance Elects Officers, Wisconsin Alliance Draws Gubernatorial Candidates.

Retirees Friday Alert:

Graham-Cassidy Health Care Tax on Older Americans Fails to Advance in the Senate

09/29/2017 - Senate Republicans announced that they will not vote this week on their latest proposal to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The bill, sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), would have placed an age tax on older Americans, eliminated protections for people with pre-existing conditions and resulted in at least 32 million Americans losing affordable health care.

2018 Contract Negotiations - Preparations Underway

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

Although it seems like we just finalized our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), time is rapidly approaching for the next round of negotiations to begin. Your National Officers and the Industrial Relations Department have already begun planning and preparing for 2018 contract negotiations.

Article 3, Membership

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell 

Membership in the APWU determines who can vote, run for office, and attend meetings to discuss and decide the business of the union. There are four primary categories of membership in the APWU: postal employees, full, part-time, Members-at-Large (MALs) and Postal Support Employee (PSE); cash pay members, full-time local/state officers and retired full-dues paying members; Retiree Department members and Associate (Health Plan) Members.

As with Customer Convenience,

Are Blue Boxes a Thing of the Past?

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

The familiar blue collection boxes are vanishing from our streets. A recent USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit report charges that the Postal Service is not taking into account community need and service when removing the signature mail boxes. In the Eastern Area alone, the Postal Service did not follow proper procedure for 75 percent of the removed collection boxes between Oct. 1, 2014 and Feb. 29, 2016 (322 out of 432).  

Community Engagement

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 


Charlotte Area Local Research & Education Director Shenita Bost, Charlotte Area Local member Roxanne Graham, APWU Vice President Szeredy and Charlotte Area Local Legislative Director Cindy Foster at a protest against job and service cuts in Charlotte, NC.

By Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy

As the APWU gears up for negotiations and continues to address service cuts and proposed staffing reductions, excessing and reassignments, you and I need to be engaged not only with our coworkers, but with our families, friends, allies and communities.  

The Heritage Foundation: A Think-Tank on a Mission to Destroy the Public Postal Service

09/01/2017 -

(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

On paper, the Heritage Foundation looks like an ordinary “think tank,” a group of experts who research public policy ideas and write reports and articles. It is, in fact, completely dedicated to increasing the wealth and power of its ultra-rich funders, at the expense of working people.

The Status of Unions in 2016

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Research & Education Director Joyce Robinson

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that union membership has declined across the United States since the early 1980s.

In 1983, more than a fifth of the nation’s workers were unionized. The union membership rate was 10.7 percent in 2016 and the number of workers belonging to unions was at 14.6 million, a decline of 240,000 from 2015.

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