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What We’re Fighting For

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Sisters and Brothers,

I am proud that our activist union is engaged and organizing in many good battles, including to:

  • Win a strong new contract;
  • Stop the delay of America's mail and keep plants open;
  • Continue the fight against the Staples-USPS dirty privatization deal;
  • Build the "Grand Alliance" of 73 national organizations united to save our public Postal Service;
  • Expand the Campaign for Postal Banking;
  • Work toward positive postal legislation, and
  • Mobilize to stop the "fast tracking" of bad trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!

A Budget That Doesn't Add Up

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

In March, the Senate and House passed bills for 2016 and both are bad news for working Americans. The Senate version proposes $5 trillion in cuts over the next 10 years to Medicare, children’s healthcare, food stamps, earned income tax credits, child tax credits, Pell grants and Social Security, while increasing military spending. It also would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), claiming $2 trillion in savings – but inexplicably continues to count revenue from the ACA as income.

Overall, the Senate budget would cut non-defense discretionary programs almost 40 percent below the lowest level in 50 years!

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Alliance Members Testify Before NYC City Council, Rally to Oppose TPP Agreement

05/01/2015 - Leaders from the Alliance joined other representatives from New York City’s labor, environmental, and social justice groups in opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement on Monday, testifying before the New York City Council and rallying on the City Council steps. Members of the organizations spoke out in support of Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal’s resolution to declare New York City a “TPP-free zone.” Members of the Alliance have been active in opposing TPP; leaked sections have indicated that the prescription drug prices will increase if the agreement is approved.

Turn Your Grief and Anger Into Action and Hope!

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Postal workers took matters into their own hands
in 1970 and made history.

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By having hope, we inspire hope. if you wait until you have time, people and resources, you may miss out. If something must be done, we must do it now.

When you ask someone for a little bit of their spare time, they may actually be ready to give you their all. Maybe they were hoping someone would ask them to be a part of a big movement – something that would bring meaning to their life.

You have to renew your efforts every day: 90 percent of organizing is follow-up. Don’t talk at people; put them to work by asking them. We put our heart and soul into rooting out the injustices in our workplace. We need to fight those who want to crush our communities by degrading our jobs, destroying our living wage, and taking rights and benefits from us, our families and our neighbors.

TISA: Another Secret Trade Deal Threatens Public Postal Service, Workers

05/01/2015 -

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

A trade deal the U.S. is negotiating behind closed doors with 50 other countries threatens the future of public- and private-sector services, including the U.S. Postal Service.

Little is known about the Trade in Service Agreement (TISA), because talks have been taking place in secret between the United States, Australia, Canada, Chile, Taiwan, Columbia, Costa Rica, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, and 28 member states of the European Union since 2012.

Because TISA is shrouded in secrecy, the public has to rely on leaked documents for insight into its provisions. Based on the little information that is available, there is reason for serious concern.

APWU Web News Article 091-2015

May Day Celebration

05/01/2015 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein spoke at a celebration of International Workers Day sponsored by the AFL-CIO on the eve of the holiday.  Although May Day – which originated in the fight for the eight-hour day in Chicago – is not officially recognized in this country, it’s making a comeback. Click here for more. 

APWU Web News Article 089-2015

Tell the World: 'I Stand with Postal Workers’

National Day of Action Set for Thursday, May 14

05/01/2015 - APWU members are turning up the heat with a National Day of Action on May 14 – just one week before the union’s Collective Bargaining Agreement is slated to expire.
APWU members will hold events in cities and towns across the country, organized around the theme, “I Stand with Postal Workers.” 
 
Click here to find an event near you.
 

Click here for a flyer suitable for distribution to allies, friends, neighbors and other potential supporters. Click here for a flyer you can customize to announce the details of your event. 

Contract Negotiations: Union Members Say it with Stickers, Flyers and More

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)


Members of the San Jose Area Local
distribute flyers outside a post office.

Stickers and flyers and headbands, oh my!

As contract negotiations continue, union members from East to West and North to South have been spreading the word to postal management and postal customers, with APWU-themed materials.

Our demand: Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract!

Shining a Light on Secret Money

05/01/2015 -

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Since 2010, the amount of “dark money” – campaign funds whose source is kept secret – has skyrocketed, thanks to the Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United. But the APWU and several other groups are asking President Obama to shine a light on the shady situation.

Although a five-year citizen campaign has brought attention to the issue, the Citizens United ruling that green-lights secret money still stands, and Congress has not even tried to overturn it.

Robin Hood Lives!

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)


Rep. Keith Ellison introduces the Robin Hood
Tax on March 19.

A proposal is gaining traction that would refund to the people of the country the billions of dollars they paid to bailout the titans of Wall Street during the 2008 financial crisis.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced the Robin Hood Tax bill (H.R. 1464) to Congress on March 19.

The bill could generate up to $300 billion per year by requiring brokers, bankers and the wealthy to pay a small fee for stock trades and other financial assets. The concept of a financial transaction tax (FTT) is similar to the sales tax people pay when they make certain kinds of purchases or dine at a restaurant.

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