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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.

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First 2018 COLA Increase Announced

02/23/2018 - In accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 25 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective March 3. 

The increase is the result of a rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). It will appear in paychecks dated March 23, 2018 (Pay Period 06-2018), and will total $520.00 per year.

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Inaugural Legislative Conference Builds Political, Union & Community Strength

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  


Sondra Cosgrove, president of the Nevada League of Women Voters, 
speaking during the general session panel presentation. 
Also pictured are (l–r) Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard; 
Larry Cohen, chair of Our Revolution; 
Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP; 
and David Driscoll-Knight, interim field director at the AFL-CIO.

The inaugural Legislative Conference was a resounding success, leaving attendees with tools to protect workers’ rights and prepare for the 2018 midterm elections. On Oct. 1, nearly 300 APWU members learned how to build political, union and community strength during a full day of workshops, an intensive general session and regional breakouts.

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.

APWU Web News Article 116-2017

APWU Clashes with Management on New 3971 Language

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.”  

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