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American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

11/17/2017 09:45 AM
House of Representatives Votes to Have Seniors Subsidize the Wealthiest 1%

The U.S. House approved a plan to provide tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and corporations on Thursday by a vote of 227-205. If H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, becomes law, the deficit will explode by more than $1.4 trillion and automatic spending cuts will kick in. For starters, there will be a $25 billion cut from Medicare, and more from Medicaid. In addition, eliminating the medical expense deduction will make it harder for families with high medical expenses, many of whom are seniors, to make ends meet.

11/17/2017 04:45 AM
Des Moines Area Local and BMC Protest for a Viable Postal Service!
Web News Article #: 112-2017


On Nov. 8, APWU Des Moines Area Local and the Des Moines BMC Local (Iowa) held an informational picket in front of the downtown processing and distribution center to send a resounding message to postal management: Postal Workers Want First-Class Service for the People!

11/09/2017 09:45 AM
Veterans' Day
Web News Article #: 111-2017

The APWU joins the nation in honoring all those who served.

11/09/2017 02:15 AM
Arbitrator Rules that Initial Installation of a New Mail Processing System is Not Maintenance Craft Work
Web News Article #: 110-2017

Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued an award on November 7, 2017 stating, "The work of installing the APPS systems was not bargaining unit work. Hence, the Postal Service did not violate Article 32.1.A or Article 32.1.B in allowing Lockheed to perform that work, rather than assigning it to Maintenance Craft employees." In rejecting the Union’s Article 32 dispute, the Arbitrator held that the Postal Service had shown the existence of a consistent past practice of contracting out the initial installation of newly-manufactured mail processing equipment. He concluded, therefore, that the initial installation of newly-created mail processing equipment is not bargaining unit work.

11/07/2017 07:15 AM
Congress Plans Huge Tax Breaks for Corporations at the Expense of Working People
Web News Article #: 109-2017

Last week, the House Republicans released their tax bill titled, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “Working families should not be used as piggy banks to enrich big business, big banks and billionaires.” said President Mark Dimondstein. "It is not designed to create jobs with a living wage and good benefits, but to enrich the corporate elite and the billionaire class," said Legislative and Politcal Director Judy Beard.

11/03/2017 07:30 AM
Electronic Technician Level 11 LMOU Completed
Web News Article #: 108-2017

The Electronic Technician, level 11 (ET-11) LMOU was completed and signed on Nov. 2, 2017. 

11/02/2017 07:30 AM
Pay Increase Coming Nov. 25
Web News Article #: 107-2017

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.

11/01/2017 08:30 AM
Open Season is Here

(This article first appeared in the November December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte 

Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season is upon us and I am proud to report that the APWU Health Plan is bucking the trend of ever increasing premiums by offering extremely small premium increases of less than a dollar for most plans and premium decreases for some.

11/01/2017 08:15 AM
The Postal Service, Serving 2.7 Billion

(This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Contrary to the Postal Service’s claims that post offices have less foot traffic than other national retailers, the United States Postal Service is truly the nation’s leader in service. Postal workers assist customers at more than 30,000 retail outlets across the country, which is about as many locations as McDonald’s, Starbucks and Walmart combined, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. 

11/01/2017 08:15 AM
The Long Road Home

(This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

For many survivors of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria the road home will not be easy. Torrential rains, powerful wind gusts of up to 175 mph and storm surges reaching 12.5 feet caused widespread flooding and destruction throughout much of the south and the Caribbean – impacting millions, including more than 100,000 postal employees and an untold number of retirees.