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Vote for 'Issues that Can Unite Us' on Election Day

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard 

The AFL-CIO Convention last October called for a break with the politics of the “lesser of two evils” that currently dominate U.S. elections. The 2018 mid-term election is an opportunity to implement these words and focus around important issues, directed by APWU National Convention actions and principles of our APWU Constitution.

APWU Web News Article 32-2018

New Postal Reform Legislation Introduced in the Senate

03/23/2018 - On March 22, The Postal Service Reform Act of 2018 (S. 2629) was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The APWU recognizes the efforts of the four bi-partisan Senators who worked to craft and co-sponsor the proposed legislation - Tom Carper (D-DE), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO). “The APWU appreciates their efforts to achieve postal legislative reform that is fair to the APWU members, postal workers in general, the public Postal Service and postal customers,” said Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard.

Voting Rights Under Attack

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard 

With the 2018 midterm elections rapidly approaching, we must remain vigilant on the barrage of attacks against our voting rights. Our vote symbolizes the values we believe in and supports the leaders we trust to make decisions affecting our livelihood. We unfortunately still live in a time where there are those who want to silence the voices of millions of citizens by making it more difficult, if not impossible, for us to exercise the fundamental right to vote.

APWU Web News Article 120-2017

Unpopular Tax Bill Passes

12/22/2017 - On Wednesday Dec. 20, Congress voted to pass a tax bill designed to reward the super wealthy and major corporations with more money. Despite being an unpopular bill opposed by hard-working families across the country, it passed without any bipartisan support and awaits the president’s signature to be signed into law.

Bill to Improve Thrift Savings Plan Introduced

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

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard

The 2017 Congress introduced legislation to improve the Thrift Savings Program (TSP). It addresses shortcomings in the withdrawal rules which have not been changed since 1986. The current rule allows for active postal employees, upon reaching age 59 ½, to make only one withdrawal from their TSP account. Similarly, retirees can only partially withdraw from their TSP a single time. This inflexibility often leads retirees to fully withdraw their money and move it into private investment plans which have pricier maintenance fees.

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