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    Maintenance Defeats Improper Excessing

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Maintenance craft officers recently settled an important dispute, stipulating that the Postal Service cannot declare an installation “non-maintenance capable” and then use the designation to justify excessing Maintenance Craft employees who work on Building Equipment. The work at issue was primarily that of Building Equipment Mechanics (BEMs), although occasionally the duties are performed by other occupational groups, such as Level 7 Maintenance Mechanics (MM-7s) and Level 5 Building Maintenance Custodians.



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    The Postal Service's Union-Busting Law Firm

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    With negotiations for a new contract set to begin on Feb. 19, 2015, it’s worth noting that in the past, when talks have ended in arbitration, the USPS has used the anti-union law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to represent management’s interests.

    The firm, which has more than 1,400 attorneys in 25 offices, is considered one of the leading union-busting law firms in the country.



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    APWU Retirees Rock

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Many APWU members ask, “What do I do once I retire?” It is, of course, a personal choice. However, I have a suggestion: Become a union activist. Many of our members understand the importance of staying involved with the union and keeping up with important issues that affect retirees, our families, our former co-workers, and the American people.

    That’s what activism is all about, and it keeps you pretty busy. The Retirees Department works to keep you up-to-date on important issues hoping that you will get involved. I proudly boast that, based on reports from our retiree chapters, many of our members are active organizers in the union and their communities. But there is room to increase our involvement.



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    Is Walmart Destroying America?

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Is Walmart ruining our country? That’s a question that most people never stop and ask. Most of us love shopping in big, clean stores that are packed with cheap merchandise, but the truth is that Walmart is destroying America in a lot of ways.

    Walmart has destroyed tens of thousands of small businesses and countless manufacturing jobs over the past few decades. It has become a gigantic operation that sells five times more stuff than any other retailer in the United States. Unfortunately, a large percentage of the things sold at Walmart are made overseas. What that’s costing the U.S. economy in lost jobs and revenue is incalculable.



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    Wanting Something vs. Getting It

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    It’s no secret that having more dues paying members makes locals stronger, but the benefits are more than financial.

    New members mean greater solidarity, more camaraderie and a larger talent pool. Our union provides fairness in the workplace, healthcare that puts families first, security for the injured and a voice for postal workers in the halls of Congress. All this requires a team with diverse talents and a deep bench.



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