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    Dispute on Custodial Staffing Settled; More Than 3,150 PSEs Converted

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    The APWU and USPS signed a major settlement on July 9 that resolved a long-standing dispute over custodial staffing and resulted in the conversion to career of all Maintenance Craft Postal Support Employees.

    It was not an agreement we entered into lightly. The agreement stipulates that the MS-47 Handbook-Transmittal Letter 5, which governs custodial work and staffing, will be implemented as amended by our negotiations.



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    Privatizing by Incentivizing

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    We often think of privatization as the transfer of public ownership. However, the Postal Service’s policy of offering postage discounts to large mailers has led to a similar harmful end result – a huge transfer of work and revenue from the public sector to the private sector – without a change in ownership of the USPS.



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    Do You Have What It Takes to Vote?

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    There has been a lot of information on TV, in newspapers, and online about changes in voting procedures for the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 4. Voter identification laws have made it more difficult for seniors to exercise their right to participate in the election process in many states.

    Seniors who don’t drive may not have the necessary ID and, depending on the state, there may even be a fee to obtain proper ID.



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    Our Right to Vote is Under Attack

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    In recent years, our right to vote has come under attack all across the country. Dozens of states are advancing voter suppression laws in an effort to influence the outcome of elections.

    The democratic process of the United States is based on free elections. America holds it up as a model for the world. For more than two centuries, our country has consistently expanded the ability of its citizens to vote.



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    Why Congress Can’t Get It Done

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Why can’t Congress get anything done on postal reform? It seems I’m asked that question all the time – in conversations at conferences and conventions, in letters, phone calls and email correspondence.

    In part, the answer is a lack of understanding by members of Congress about how the USPS works and how much authority the legislature has ceded to the Postmaster General. He has slowed down America’s mail and entered into “partnerships” with private industry that undermine the public Postal Service without congressional consent.



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