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    What Opportunities Are Left?

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Recently, I was asked the following questions by a brother unionist I highly respect: what opportunities are left in the legislative arena this year to put a stop to the plant consolidations that are scheduled to begin in January 2015? What do we have to do?

    If you receive e-Team alerts or regularly visit www.apwu.org, you may know the answers to these questions.

    We have to get Congress to include language that would halt the closure or consolidation of mail processing facilities in an appropriations bill or “continuing resolution.” (A “continuing resolution” will be used to fund government operations beyond Dec. 12, 2014, when the current budget expires.)



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    Astronomical Prices of Some Cancer Drugs Hit Vulnerable Patients Hard

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    60 Minutes reported last Sunday on the high price of cancer drugs in the U.S. Lesley Stahl’s piece shed light on the fact that Medicare has to pay the price determined by the drug companies, since under current law, Medicare is prohibited from negotiating the prices. The report noted that some cancer patients have gone into bankruptcy in an effort to save their lives. Dr. Leonard Saltz, chief of gastrointestinal oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering, noted that a patient could easily be paying $250,000 for two drugs, “just to get started.”



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    ‘Don’t Buy’ Movement Grows

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 183

    As the one-year anniversary of the Postal Service’s no-bid deal with Staples approaches, the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement is continuing to grow. The USPS and Staples are upping the ante as well: On Oct. 7 management notified the APWU that it plans to expand the program to all 1,500 Staples stores in the U.S. 

    “It’s no surprise that Staples and postal management are making a last-ditch effort to salvage this disastrous program,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.



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    Conversions, Not Terminations!

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 182

    The APWU and USPS have settled a dispute over the proper remedy for violations of contractual limits on the number of PSEs that can be on the rolls at any given time.

    Under the terms of the Oct. 3 agreement, any future violations in the Clerk and Motor Vehicle crafts will result in the conversion of PSEs to career in the district where the violations took place.



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    ‘Pecking Order’ Set for Filling

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 181

    The APWU and USPS have agreed on a “pecking order” for filling newly created positions in POStPlan Installations. A recent arbitration award will result in the creation of 9,000 new Clerk Craft jobs in six-hour and four-hour offices affected by the POStPlan



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