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    Pictures from 2014 Tri-State Convention

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

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    Quick Notes from the Tri-State Convention

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Day one

    Speaker Mike Gallagher - Next National convention will be held in Orlando Florida. IRS can now take money directly from your TSP account if back taxes are owed.

     

    Constitution and By-Laws change from having thr tri-state conference from every year to every 2 years.

     

    Live Video Conference with National President Mark Dimondstein – Staples fight continues, congressional bill 1486 is strongly opposed. There is a bipartisan bill in the works that the APWU approves. The bill is from a collective of all of the Postal unions and the Mailers. Working a lot about postal banking we will be hearing a lot more on this next couple of months. OIG reports that Postal banking could bring in 9 billion in new revenue.  What all is being done to stop the currently planned Plant closures. Q & A from the convention members with President Dimondstein.

     

    Lamont Brooks - Open door to send up any contract changes to national. 

     

    Day2

     

    Nancy Olumekor - Art 16 Presentation


    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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