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    Seniors Increasingly Struggle to Pay Back Educational Loans

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Watsonville, California resident Rosemary Anderson testified in Washington on Wednesday before the Senate Aging Committee’s hearing on older Americans and student loan debt. “Some may think of student loan debt as just a young person's problem," said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), chairman of the committee. “Well, as it turns out, that's increasingly not the case.” Ms. Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments.



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    PMG ‘Wanted’ in Salt Lake City

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 167-2014

    If Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe thought his speech to a group of business mailers in Salt Lake City on Sept. 10 was going to be a quiet, uneventful affair, he was mistaken.

    A coalition of unions and postal customers showed up outside the Grand America Hotel, the site of the speech, to protest the PMG’s plans to privatize postal operations and cut service to the people.

    “We are here today to tell Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe that his destructive cutbacks to the American people’s Postal Service will not be tolerated,” Charlie Cash, president of Salt Lake City Area Local APWU, told media outlets. 

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    The PMG’s Trumpeted Attack – Forewarned is Forearmed

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    The Postmaster General’s Federal Register announcement makes management’s intent to impose more consolidations and cuts crystal clear. Even if we succeed in our legislative efforts, the USPS Board of Governors will plow ahead with their strategic initiatives to “rationalize” the network and streamline the workforce. The next wave of consolidated attack is slated for January 2015. So we MUST PREPARE!



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    We Don’t Always See Eye-to-Eye, But We Always Remain United

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    By now the 22nd Biennial National Convention is a thing of the past, but just in case you missed it, let us recap.

    Just prior to the start of the convention, a committee of MVS members reviewed resolutions submitted by local and state unions relating to contract proposals for our craft.



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    At the Top of Their Game

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Snce January, the APWU has signed up more than 6,300 new members. The commitment to organizing is growing, but we still have a long road ahead. Although excessing, downsizing and consolidations have hurt membership, some locals have maintained or increased membership.



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