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February 22, 2020
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What's New at QAL-APWU 1022
30 Years Ago: The Day the Middle Class Died
From time to time, someone under 30 will ask me, "When did this all begin, America's downward slide?" They say they've heard of a time when working people could raise a family and send the kids to college on just one parent's income (and that college in states like California and New York was almost free). That anyone who wanted a decent paying job could get one. Read More...
Medicare for All Saves Money. Elizabeth Warren’s Plan Ensures That Working Families Get The Savings.
The following is a statement from Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, on Senator Elizabeth Warren’s newly released Medicare for All plan: “Medicare For All doesn’t cost money. Read More...
Sign the petition to the Postal Service Board of Governors
Sign the petition to the Postal Service Board of Governors In July 2018 the White House announced proposals to privatize the Postal Service. Now Postmaster General Megan Brennan has announced her departure as Postmaster General in January 2020. Read More...
Opening Day of Interest Arbitration!
APWU discusses how postal workers are mission-dedicated, skilled, public servants deserving of fair pay and benefits, job security, and a safe workplace, free of harassment. On Wednesday, September 4, the APWU began presenting its case for a strong contract in the opening day of Interest Arbitration hearings in Washington, D.C. Read More...
Bernie Sanders’s ambitious plan to double union membership, explained Bernie Sanders wants to end “at-will” employment, and bring industry-wide wage boards.
Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign has put out a new plan for workers that reflects a growing progressive labor movement dedicated to reinvigorating the country’s dwindling unions. Read More...
Interest Arbitration Panel for New Contract Appointed
Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg has been appointed as the impartial chair of the tri-partite interest arbitration panel and scheduled the opening day of the hearings for September 4, 2019.  When the APWU and USPS are unable to reach a new collective bargaining agreement through negotiations, the law requires interest arbitration. Read More...
House Majority Supports H.R. 2382
On August 16, the USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) achieved a bipartisan majority of cosponsors. This critical milestone is the direct result of a successful, day of action held on July 23 and our ongoing work with the AFL-CIO, and our sister postal unions. Read More...
New MS-1 Settlement and Implementation
On Aug. 8, the Maintenance Craft reached a settlement with the USPS regarding Handbook MS-1, TL-5 and TL-6 Revisions and Related Maintenance Management Orders, originally grieved by current Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun. On Sept. 13, 2017, Arbitrator Goldberg remanded the MS-1 revisions case nos. Read More...
Big Changes Are Coming to the TSP Get ready for a bunch of upgrades and new options.
Times are changing for the Thrift Savings Plan—and for all of the federal employees and retirees who have invested their retirement savings in it. One recent change was the formal announcement that the TSP will no longer require a separate election for catch-up contributions for those age 50 and older. Read More...
Anti-Labor Group Urges Federal Government to Stop All Existing Union Payroll Deductions Group's argument has already been rejected by a federal appellate court in decision that did not set a precedent.
A prominent anti-labor advocacy organization this week urged the Federal Labor Relations Authority to call on agencies to cancel all existing agreements to deduct union dues from employees’ paychecks, claiming the agreements violate the First Amendment. Read More...
Trump Finds a Brawler for His War on Workers America’s working class is in desperate shape, and its longtime protectors — unions — have lost much of their power.
President Trump talks a good game about helping American workers but has pursued arguably the most anti-labor agenda of any modern president. Now he has doubled down by choosing for secretary of labor a corporate lawyer who has spent his career battling workers. This is a bit like nominating Typhoid Mary to be health secretary. Read More...
Senate GOP plans to raid health and education funds to pay for Trump’s wall Instead of Mexico paying for Trump’s wall, Senate Republicans plan to use health and education funding.
The signature promise of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was that he would build a massive wall along the nation’s southern border and that not a penny of it would be charged to the American taxpayer. He repeatedly boasted that he would get Mexico to pay for it. Read More...
Senate Approves New Members of the Board of Governors and the Postal Regulatory Commission
The Senate confirmed three appointees to the Board of Governors on Thursday, August 1, before adjourning for the summer recess. Ron Bloom, Roman Martinez IV, and John Barger will join current Governors David Williams and Robert Duncan. Bloom previously served in the Department of Treasury and was an advisor in the Obama White House. Read More...
Texas AFL-CIO Passes Resolution to Support the Public Postal Service
On July 26, the Texas AFL-CIO adopted the resolution Fight to Save the Postal Service at their 60th Constitutional Convention. The resolution was introduced by Texas Postal Worker Union President Carlton Williams and two NALC delegates. Read More...
Yes, America Is Rigged Against Workers No other industrial country treats its working class so badly. And there’s one big reason for that.
The United States is the only advanced industrial nation that doesn’t have national laws guaranteeing paid maternity leave. It is also the only advanced economy that doesn’t guarantee workers any vacation, paid or unpaid, and the only highly developedcountry (other than South Korea) that doesn’t guarantee paid sick days. Read More...
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