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What's New at QAL-APWU 1022
2016 Penalty Overtime Exclusion
In accordance with Article 8 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, penalty overtime rules are not applicable for a four-week period each year during December. This year, the period starts with Week 2 of Pay Period 25-16 (Dec. 3, 2016) and stops at the end of Week 1 of Pay Period 01-17 (Dec. 30, 2016). Source: http://www.apwu. Read More...
Social Security is in Grave Danger
The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, founding co-director of Social Security Works: “With Republicans soon to be in full control of Congress and the White House, Social Security and Medicare are at greater risk than they have been for a long time. Speaker Paul Ryan has spent decades working to cut, privatize, and dismantle these vital programs. Read More...
In Stinging Rebuke, NLRB Rules USPS-Staples Deal Violated Federal Law
Dimondstein Calls Upon the USPS to “Do the Right Thing! End the Staples Deal Now.” On Nov. 8, 2016, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge Paul Bogas ruled to uphold all of the charges leveled at the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) Staples Approved Shipper program. The APWU initially filed the complaint on Nov. 13, 2014. Read More...
Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results
According to USPS’s financial results released on Nov. 15, the Postal Service gained $610 million in operating profit in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Despite what the headlines say, the Postal Service has now been operating in the black for three straight years, with operating profits totaling $3.2 billion since 2013. Read More...
Social Security And The Election: Stronger Together Vs. Scare, Lie, Divide And Conquer
Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine have just released a new book, Stronger Together. In that book, which sets out in clear terms their policy positions, Clinton and Kaine take a strong stance to expand, not cut, our Social Security system. Clinton and Kaine recognize that expanding, not cutting, Social Security is an effective and sound solution to a number of challenges facing the nation. Read More...
Loud and Clear: 'We Don't Want No TPP!'
APWU delegates held a spirited rally protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the second day of the union’s National Convention. With Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell serving as emcee, and the APWU Labor Chorus singing loud and proud, speakers outlined the damaging effect the trade deal between the US and 11 other countries would have. Read More...
Trump Lies About Social Security And Undocumented Workers
In pivoting to the general election, Donald Trump recently proclaimed, “I will never lie to you.” That, of course, is a lie. Some of Trump’s lies are inconsequential, like his claim to never lie; others, though, are extremely damaging, furthering his political agenda while undermining the security of us all. Read More...
Rare FEGLI Life Insurance Open Season Starts September 01, 2016
The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program, FEGLI, is having an Open Season from September 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016. This is the first FEGLI Open Season since 2004. During the month of September 2016, if you are a Federal employee eligible for FEGLI, you can elect any coverage that FEGLI offers, including Option C coverage on the lives of your eligible family members. Read More...
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Social Security Expert Praises Hillary Clinton’s Speech on the Economy
The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, Founding Co-Director of Social Security Works, in response to Hillary Clinton calling for expanding Social Security benefits in today’s economic policy speech: “In today’s speech, Hillary Clinton made it clear that expanding Social Security benefits is a cornerstone of her economic agenda. Read More...
APWU Joins Boycott of Made-in-Mexico Nabisco Products
The APWU is urging union members to join a boycott of Mexican-made Nabisco products launched by the Bakery, Confectioners, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) and endorsed by the AFL-CIO. Read More...
USPS Third Quarter Financial Report
According to financial results released on Aug. 9, the Postal Service has earned $1.3 billion in operating profit so far this year, making this the fourth straight year the USPS is operating in the black. Operating profits in 2015 and 2014 also totaled more than $1 billion each. Read More...
National Executive Board Endorses Hillary Clinton for President
The APWU National Executive Board endorsed Hillary Clinton for president by acclamation on July 29, the day after she received the nomination of the Democratic Party. “We recognize that our members hold a wide spectrum of political views and that not everyone will agree with this endorsement,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. Read More...
COLA Increase
Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a one-cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective Sept. 3, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The increase is the result of a slight increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated Sept. 23 (Pay Period 19-2016), and will total $21 per year. Read More...
Trump To Pay Thousands For Retaliating Against Workers On Day He Accepts The GOP Nomination
Just a few hours before he officially accepts the presidential nomination of the Republican party, Donald Trump agreed to pay a $11,200 federal settlement for retaliating against workers who voted to unionize at his eponymous Las Vegas hotel. Read More...
Statement on Mike Pence’s Support for Social Security Cuts
The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, co-director of Social Security Works, in response to Donald Trump’s choice of Mike Pence for his running mate: “Governor Pence has a long history of fighting to cut and privatize Social Security. In 2005, he was the leader of a group of House Republicans who criticized George W. Read More...
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