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    Legislation Calls to Repeal Prefunding Mandate

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 32-2019

    On Monday, Apr. 29, members of Congress introduced H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act. This legislation would repeal, in full, the onerous prefunding of retiree health care benefits mandate Congress put in place in 2006. The mandate requires the Postal Service to prefund its retiree health care benefits 75 years in advance, paying for retirement health care for individuals who haven’t been born yet, let alone enter the workforce. The mandate is accountable for 92 percent of the Postal Service’s net losses since 2007 and is a constant threat to the financial sustainability of the Postal Service.

    Call 844-402-1001 to contact your member of Congress and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act. Be sure to also promote H.R. 2382 on social media using #repealprefunding #HR2382  #peoplebeforeprofit and/or #unfairburden.

    Reach out to your family, friends, and neighbors and ask them to call their representatives as well. This legislation affects every American household. 

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    House Committee Looks for Solutions for the Postal Service’s Finances

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 33-2019

    In an Apr. 30 hearing, The House Committee on Oversight & Reform (COR) examined the financial conditions of the United States Postal Service. The committee invited Postmaster General Megan Brennan, Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) Director of the Office of Accountability and Compliance Margaret Cigno, President and CEO of Quad/Graphics Joel Quadracci, National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando, and Cato Institute Director of Tax Policy Studies Chris Edwards to testify.

    Ahead of the hearing, APWU President Mark Dimondstein submitted a statement for the record, calling for four common sense solutions. These include: repealing the prefunding mandate in full; allowing investment options for the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund to boost investment returns; expanding on new products and services; and restoring the 2013 exigency rate surcharge permanently.  

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    May Day – International Workers’ Day!

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 30-2019

    On May 1, workers around the world gather together to renew the fight for workers’ rights. It is International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, the annual holiday commemorating the universal struggle of all working people. 

    If you take part in an event, please send pictures of you, your family and/or co-workers to communications@apwu.org for a chance to be featured on the APWU website or in future publications. Remember to wear your union gear!

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    APWU Honors Workers Memorial Day

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 31-2019

    On April 28, APWU members wore stickers to honor Workers Memorial Day. The stickers had a simple but strong message, Safety is every workers right!

    If you honored Workers Memorial Day, please send pictures to communications@apwu.org.

     

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    Bakersfield Area Local

     

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    How to Participate in Workers Memorial Day

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 28-2019

    1912_WMD_EngPoster_8x11-page-001.jpgEach year on Workers Memorial Day (April 28), working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job, and recommit to the struggle for a safe workplace.

    Virtually every safety and health protection on the books today exists because union workers fought together to win them, the most notable being the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

    On April 28, 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Act became effective and the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was formed. Since the law was passed, significantly fewer workers have been killed on the job each year; however, there is still a long way to go. Right now, the federal government is reversing safety regulations and slashing resources for safety enforcement.

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