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    Our Right to Vote is Under Attack

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    In recent years, our right to vote has come under attack all across the country. Dozens of states are advancing voter suppression laws in an effort to influence the outcome of elections.

    The democratic process of the United States is based on free elections. America holds it up as a model for the world. For more than two centuries, our country has consistently expanded the ability of its citizens to vote.



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    Why Congress Can’t Get It Done

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Why can’t Congress get anything done on postal reform? It seems I’m asked that question all the time – in conversations at conferences and conventions, in letters, phone calls and email correspondence.

    In part, the answer is a lack of understanding by members of Congress about how the USPS works and how much authority the legislature has ceded to the Postmaster General. He has slowed down America’s mail and entered into “partnerships” with private industry that undermine the public Postal Service without congressional consent.



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    Setting Priorities, Mobilizing Members For Contract Negotiations

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    On the final day of the apwu 22nd biennial national convention in july, delegates adopted a resolution that spells out priorities for upcoming contract negotiations with the USPS, which are set to begin in February. The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expires in May 2015.

    After voting to adopt more than 125 specific labor-management resolutions earlier in the week, convention delegates passed a motion, Standing Up and Fighting Back, which encouraged the union’s national leadership to “mobilize our members and galvanize postal workers, friends of labor and concerned citizens” to fundamentally change management policies.



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    Protecting Freedom or Trampling Workers’ Rights?

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Isn’t it amazing that every time anti-union groups claim they are protecting our freedom, they are actually steamrolling working people?

    Take the so-called “right to work” legislation that has been proposed in many states. Its supporters claim they are defending an employees’ freedom to work.



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    Consolidation Attack – We Must Mobilize!

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    When the USPS announced on June 30 that it would move forward with plans to close or consolidate 82 more mail processing plants, it was a declaration of war. Not just on postal workers, but on postal customers and on the existence of a public Postal Service for future generations.



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