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    Contract Update

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    By Apwu133,
    Web News Article #: 35-2019

    The APWU is continuing to move forward towards interest arbitration. Preparation of hearing presentations, evidence, and witnesses is occurring every day.

    The craft directors and their assistant directors are working together with the lead negotiator, President Mark Dimondstein, and the negotiation’s chief spokesperson, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman, on the issues that their craft will be facing in the interest arbitration hearings. For example, the crafts are all currently working on presentations that show how important each of their respective craft’s work is, the complexity of the jobs postal workers do, and how critical each job is to the mission of the postal service.

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    Change to Election Rules

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    By Apwu133,
    Web News Article #: 34-2019

    A change has been made to page number 43 of the 2019 Rules and Regulations printed in the  March/April magazine by deleting the paragraph referencing five (5) regional Election magazines. To receive an updated copy, please contact apwuelectioncommittee@apwu.org.

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    Legislation Calls to Repeal Prefunding Mandate

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    By Apwu133,
    Web News Article #: 32-2019

    On Monday, Apr. 29, members of Congress introduced H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act. This legislation would repeal, in full, the onerous prefunding of retiree health care benefits mandate Congress put in place in 2006. The mandate requires the Postal Service to prefund its retiree health care benefits 75 years in advance, paying for retirement health care for individuals who haven’t been born yet, let alone enter the workforce. The mandate is accountable for 92 percent of the Postal Service’s net losses since 2007 and is a constant threat to the financial sustainability of the Postal Service.

    Call 844-402-1001 to contact your member of Congress and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act. Be sure to also promote H.R. 2382 on social media using #repealprefunding #HR2382  #peoplebeforeprofit and/or #unfairburden.

    Reach out to your family, friends, and neighbors and ask them to call their representatives as well. This legislation affects every American household. 

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    House Committee Looks for Solutions for the Postal Service’s Finances

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    By Apwu133,
    Web News Article #: 33-2019

    In an Apr. 30 hearing, The House Committee on Oversight & Reform (COR) examined the financial conditions of the United States Postal Service. The committee invited Postmaster General Megan Brennan, Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) Director of the Office of Accountability and Compliance Margaret Cigno, President and CEO of Quad/Graphics Joel Quadracci, National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando, and Cato Institute Director of Tax Policy Studies Chris Edwards to testify.

    Ahead of the hearing, APWU President Mark Dimondstein submitted a statement for the record, calling for four common sense solutions. These include: repealing the prefunding mandate in full; allowing investment options for the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund to boost investment returns; expanding on new products and services; and restoring the 2013 exigency rate surcharge permanently.  

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    May Day – International Workers’ Day!

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    By Apwu133,
    Web News Article #: 30-2019

    On May 1, workers around the world gather together to renew the fight for workers’ rights. It is International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, the annual holiday commemorating the universal struggle of all working people. 

    If you take part in an event, please send pictures of you, your family and/or co-workers to communications@apwu.org for a chance to be featured on the APWU website or in future publications. Remember to wear your union gear!

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