Department & Division News

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Supreme Court Hears Landmark Union Case Involving Home Health Care Workers

01/24/2014 - This week, U.S. Supreme Court heard Harris vs. Quinn, a case concerning in-home care providers who work with Medicaid patients, and their right to unionize. In response to high turnover rates and low wages amongst home care providers, 20,000 individuals in Illinois voted to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), securing higher union wages in negotiations with the state. In response, the anti-union group the National Right to Work Foundation brought suit against SEIU and Governor Pat Quinn (D). At issue are two questions: whether states may recognize a union to represent health care workers who care for disabled adults in their homes instead of in state institutions; and whether non-union members must pay for negotiating a contract they benefit from.

e-Team Report, Jan. 17, 2014

    01/17/2014 -
  • Congress Approves HR 3547 -- Awaiting
    Presidential Signature
  • Ranking Member of Homeland Security and 
    Government Affairs Committee to Retire Mid-Term
  • Legislative Updates:
  • S. 316/H.R.630, Postal Service Protection Act
  • H.R. 961, United States Postal Service Stabilization Act
  • H.R. 3801, Issa’s 5-Day Delivery/Military COLA Bill   
  • S. 1486, Carper-Coburn Postal Bill
  • H.R. 2748, Issa’s Postal Bill 
Saying 'No' to the 'Chained CPI'

Retirees Say: ‘Break the Chained CPI!’

09/02/2013 - APWU retirees across the country turned out in huge numbers on July 2 to protest the “Chained CPI,” a proposal to change the way cost-of-living adjustments are calculated that will result in lower COLAs for seniors. The event was sponsored by the Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA), which has a membership over 4 million retired union members, seniors and community activists. The APWU Retirees Department is one of its affiliates.

e-Team Report, Aug. 9, 2013

    08/09/2013 -
  • APWU, Postal Unions: Carper-Coburn Bill an Assault on Postal Employee Benefits
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders Says S. 1486 Backtracks on Postal Reform, “Makes no Sense” 
  • Postal Customers Get it - Why Can’t Some Members of Congress?
  • Senators Seek to Pass Law to Stop Congress from Passing Laws

President's Viewpoint

Hidden Agenda: When Doing Nothing Does Something

07/10/2013 - Despite a flurry of legislative activity in June, it seems clear that some members of Congress aren’t at all interested in saving the Postal Service. They may talk about the USPS crisis; they may even introduce “postal reform” bills. But they’re content to fiddle while the USPS burns. Why? Because the Postal Service’s manufactured financial crisis helps achieve their goals. As the Postal Service lurches toward insolvency, politicians who favor privatization see an opening — the chance to turn a great public institution into a private business opportunity for their cronies on Wall Street. The deeper the crisis, the greater their chance of success.

e-Team Report, June 14, 2013

    06/14/2013 -
  • Rep. Issa Releases a “Deeply Disturbing” Draft Postal Reform Bill
  • Rep. DeLauro Calls on House Members to Preserve Overnight Delivery
  • Rep. DeFazio Speaks in Support of Postal Service Protection Act
  • Unintended Consequences of Changing Postal Healthcare Options
  • Trumka: Congress Must End Logjam on NLRB Appointees