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White House 2018 Budget Proposal Targets Postal Workers and Postal Services
This week the White House released their budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, as they do every fiscal year. There are a number of disturbing provisions which will directly affect postal workers and postal services for the American people. The White House’s budget proposes $46 billion in “savings” to the Postal Service by a reduction in the methods of delivery. Read More...
CBO Score Confirms that Trumpcare Would Be a Disaster for Seniors
The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, in reaction to the CBO score of the American Health Care Act, AKA Trumpcare: “Today’s CBO score makes it clear that the bill is terrible for seniors. It is an indirect cut to Social Security for those who have retired but not yet reached the Medicare eligibility age. Read More...
NAPS: Trump Budget Would Reduce Postal Paychecks, Retirement Benefits
The Fiscal Year 2018 budget sent to Congress by President Trump earlier this week proposes legislative changes that would impose dramatic cuts in federal retirement benefits for current and future retirees and potentially erode the current size of postal employee paychecks. Read More...
Trump Administration is Lying: His Budget Proposal Does Cut Social Security
Donald Trump lies about everything from the size of his inauguration crowds to his promise to provide “great health care for a fraction of the price” to every person in America. So, it’s no surprise that Trump is lying when his Administration says his just-released budget proposal doesn’t cut Social Security. In fact, it cuts billions from that vital program. Read More...
Trump Suggests USPS Cut Retirement, Health Benefits in $46B Savings Package
President Trump proposed overhauling the U.S. Postal Service in his fiscal 2018 budget released Tuesday, calling for a slew of changes that would save the agency $46 billion over 10 years. Trump followed on President Obama’s tactic of submitting postal reform details through his budget, as well as proposals currently making their way through Congress. Read More...
Statement on Reports that Trump’s Budget Will Contain Cuts to Social Security & Medicaid
The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, in reaction to reports that Donald Trump’s budget will contain cuts to Medicaid and Social Security: “Donald Trump’s frequent promises to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid were a cornerstone of his campaign. Read More...
APWU Stands in Solidarity with Striking AT&T Retail Workers
Across 36 states and the District of Columbia, 40,000 AT&T retail workers walked off the job on Friday, May 19, because a tentative agreement could not be reached between AT&T Mobility and the Communication Workers of America (CWA). The strike is slated to last 3 days. Visit http://unityatattmobility.org to learn more. Read More...
Maintenance Craft Agreement with USPS Resolving Line H Dispute
The Postal Service and the Maintenance Division of the APWU signed an agreement resolving a national level dispute regarding custodial hours on line H of Form 4852 (case number Q15T-4Q-C 17274095). The issue in the case is “the determination of compliance with item 6 of the July 9, 2014 TL-5 MOU. Read More...
PSEs Getting a Pay Raise
Starting May 13, Postal Support Employess (PSEs) will get a pay raise of 20 cents an hour. The increase will be reflected in the June 2 paychecks. Click here for updated payscales. PSEs are not eligible for COLA increases, including the most recent increase of 16 cents per hour all career employees received in March, but they have five general wage increases under the 2015-2018 contract. Read More...
The House Just Passed an All-Out Assault on Older Americans
The following is a statement from Social Security Works President Nancy Altman on the House narrowly passing the American Health Care Act (AKA Trumpcare) today: “The Republican Party just declared war on seniors. Read More...
APWU Receives Favorable Arbitration Ruling Clerk Craft Gains 362 Administrative and Technical Jobs
Arbitrator Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service failed to make a good faith effort to return 362 administrative and technical jobs to the Clerk Craft. The arbitration award was issued on April 21, 2017 and settles a long-standing dispute over the Clerk Craft Jobs Memorandum of Understanding in the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Read More...
No one should be fooled by Trump’s campaign promise not to cut Social Security
As part of his tax package, Donald Trump reportedly is planning to propose replacing employee contributions to Social Security with general revenue. The proposal is a Trojan horse: It appears to be a gift, in the form of middle class tax relief, but would, if enacted, lead to the destruction of working Americans’ fundamental economic security. Read More...
Workers strike for a $15 wage, and this time with the support of the entire Democratic Party
Daquan Jackson was supposed to be at work at 7 a.m. on Wednesday. By late morning, he should have been grilling the large amounts of chicken and steak required to feed customers during the lunchtime rush at the Qdoba Mexican restaurant in the Pentagon. Instead, Jackson joined roughly 400 other federal contract workers and low-wage employees with Good Jobs Nation striking outside the U.S. Read More...
Trump says he’s stopping jobs from going abroad. Here’s the truth.
At least 11,934 Americans have lost or are losing their jobs to production moved overseas since Inauguration Day. Susan Haines and Sharon Vanacker knew something was wrong when their CTS Corporation factory in Elkhart, Indiana shut down production one afternoon in June of last year. That “never happens, unless it’s a holiday or something,” Vanacker said. Read More...
2017 APWU Scholarship Deadline Extended
The deadline for the submission of applications for the E.C. Hallbeck academic scholarship ($8,000 over a four-year period) and vocational scholarship ($3,000 over a three-year period) has been extended to May 31, 2017, APWU Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell has announced. Read More...
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