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USPS Announces Voluntary Early Out Retirement (VERA)
Today, January 4, 2018, the APWU was notified by letter that the USPS is offering voluntary early out retirement (VERA) for eligible clerk craft employees.  This letter was received with no advance notification to the union or negotiations with the APWU over who the VERA applied to and under what conditions. Read More...
Hear Why Former Nabisco Workers Want You To Join The Nabisco Boycott
Former BCTGM union Nabisco workers want you to stand with them on a boycott of Nabisco products like Oreos, Ritz and Chips Ahoy. Listen to their message on why they want you to join their Nabisco boycott. [BCTGM Audio]: “We are the BCTGM fighting for American jobs. Nabisco, maker of iconic snack brands like Oreo, Ritz crackers and Chips Ahoy has made its fortunes in America. Read More...
Labor leaders back Democrats’ ‘Better Deal’ to strengthen collective bargaining rights of workers
Labor leaders joined Senate and House Democrats recently as they unveiled one of the critical tenets of their economic agenda, “A Better Deal” to strengthen “the collective voice and negotiating rights of workers. Read More...
Congress Plans Huge Tax Breaks for Corporations at the Expense of Working People
Last week, the House Republicans released their tax bill titled, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “Don’t be fooled by the name,” said Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard. “The foundation of the legislation is a massive corporate tax break and includes many provisions that will hurt working families. Read More...
Pay Increase Coming Nov. 25
The third general wage increase under the 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement will be effective Nov. 25, 2017. This wage increase will be reflected in the paycheck workers will receive on Dec.15, 2017. Career employees will receive a pay raise of 1.3 percent. Postal Support Employees (PSEs) will receive a pay increase of 2. Read More...
Queens Area Local wins the 2017 First Place Award for the best Website
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51 Republican Senators Just Voted for Massive Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid
The following is a statement from Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, on the Senate passing a budget on a party line vote: “Nearly every Republican in the Senate just voted for a budget that calls for cutting $1 trillion from Medicaid and $470 billion from Medicare. Read More...
Donald Trump Is Sabotaging Health Care
Donald Trump and the GOP have spent this entire year attacking the American people’s health care. Time and time again, they tried to pass Trumpcare, which would have gutted not just the Affordable Care Act, but Medicaid as well. Every time, grassroots activists around the country responded with massive resistance. That resistance has been able to stop several iterations of Trumpcare. Read More...
2017 Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period
Reminder, in accordance with Article 8, sections 4 and 5, of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, penalty overtime rules are not applicable for a consecutive four-week period each year during December.  This year, the December period begins December 2, 2017 (Pay Period 25-17- Week 2) and ends December 29, 2017 (Pay Period 01-18 - Week 1). Source: http://www.apwu. Read More...
Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies
Modern conservatives have been lying about taxes pretty much from the beginning of their movement. Made-up sob stories about family farms broken up to pay inheritance taxes, magical claims about self-financing tax cuts, and so on go all the way back to the 1970s. Read More...
Update on the House Budget Resolution
On Thursday, Oct. 5, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to advance its 2018 budget resolution. This resolution is a broad measure that designates government spending with far-reaching implications, including enormous cuts to postal and federal workers, as well as America’s social safety net, while providing tax cuts for the wealthy. Read More...
The House Republican Budget is a Betrayal of the American People
The following is a statement from Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, in reaction to the Republican budget that just passed the House: “On a party line vote, the House just passed a budget that cuts Medicare by nearly $500 billion and Medicaid by up to $1.5 trillion, along with raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67. Read More...
Paul Krugman: Republicans Are Choking on Decades of Lies
Republicans routinely promise voters the moon, from lower taxes with no change in government services, to a repeal of the Affordable Care Act that would magically be replaced with everything voters love about the bill (no penalties for preexisting conditions) and nothing they don't (individual mandate). Read More...
Trump Stacks Labor Department with Friends of Big Business
hen, amid scandal and scrutiny, the bombastic fast-food CEO Andy Puzder withdrew himself as President Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor back in February, worker advocates—who’d run an aggressive campaign to oppose him—let out a collective sigh of relief. Read More...
Unions and Medicare for All: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Bernie Sanders introduced a Medicare for All bill on September 13 in the Senate, backed by 15 co-sponsors. Jane Slaughter of Labor Notes talked with Mark Dudzic, coordinator of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer, about where things stand in the long fight for health care justice. Read More...
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