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    Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee Convenes

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 228-2014
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    Members of the Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee

    Members of the union’s Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee held their first meeting in Washington, DC, on Dec. 8 and 9, where they heard presentations from union officers about negotiations, and engaged in lively give-and-take.



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    Union Wins $56 Million Remedy for Postmasters Performing Craft Work

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 226-2014

    The APWU reached a $56 million settlement with the USPS on Dec. 5 to resolve a long-standing dispute over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing bargaining unit work. 



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    Dimondstein Talks with Ralph Nader

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 227-2014

     

    RALPH-NADER-RADIO-HOUR-NEW-e140021161474APWU President Mark Dimondstein was a guest on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour on Dec. 6, where he discussed the threats to the public Postal Service and how the people can beat them.

    Listen Here.



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    Illinois Pension Reform Law Ruled Unconstitutional

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Retired%20americans_1.pngA Sangamon County Circuit Court judge ruled before Thanksgiving that an Illinois law aimed at easing the state's unfunded pension liability is unconstitutional, handing a victory to labor unions and state retirees who challenged the law. The law decreases cost-of-living adjustments, caps pensionable salaries and raises retirement ages. It also decreases employee contributions by one percentage point, creates a defined contribution plan for a portion of employees and gives the state retirement systems authority to sue the state to compel it to make required pension contributions.

    Judge John Belz ruled that the law, passed Dec. 3, 2013, violates the state's constitutional clause that pension benefits “shall not be diminished or impaired.” In doing so, Belz rejected the state's argument that its ability to invoke its sovereign powers in an emergency trumps protections in the state constitution for pensions. The state is expected to appeal Mr. Belz's decision to the Illinois Supreme Court. More at http://tinyurl.com/mnl8tr4.

    “This is great news,” said Barbara J. Easterling, President of the Alliance. “Those pensions were promised to Illinois retirees, and that promise should be kept, as the law states.”



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    APWU Obtains Extension for the Electronic Grievance System

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 225-2014

    After several months of negotiating with the USPS, the APWU was successful in obtaining a five-year extension for the Electronic Grievance System (EGS).



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