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The Badger Bulletin - American Postal Workers Union of Wisconsin ...

The Badger Bulletin - American Postal Workers Union of Wisconsin ...

The Badger Bulletin - American Postal Workers Union of Wisconsin

W APWU The Badger Bulletin TheAmerican Postal Workers Union of Wisconsin W Volume 42 No. 5 2009 PPA Award Winner September-October, 2009 The President’s Report . . . by Steve Lord Thank You For A Great Seminar proportion amount of the pain because it is cus and the APWU of Wisconsin 2010 State ing them. Lies and misinformation lead to the easy way out for the USPS. We must continue to fight DUR and AMP consolidations. held at the Concourse Hotel in Madison on hall meetings across America on the health Convention. The Four State Caucus will be the confrontations you have seen at town Hopefully better times coming. Wondering February 19-21. The 19th will be a training care. People get away with telling lies only if they will come fast enough is what makes day. The State Convention will be held at the because we don’t call them on it. While I things so stressful. Paper Valley Hotel on April 29- May 1. The was working the window I had a customer Legislative Fights 29th will be a training day. tell me that President Obama was going Because of all the negative things going Also, the APWU of Wisconsin will be to make an address to America’s school on with out jobs we tend to forget that there holding a Statewide COPA Raffle beginning soon. The prizes will be $1000, $300, pledging allegiance to him and not the flag. children and tell them they had to start are other pressing labor issues before Congress that we need to support and be vocal and $200. We will be asking for help selling I was dumbfounded. How do you fight such about. The two most important non postal tickets from each local. Your help will be ignorance? People have to be held accountable for such statements. I guess what I This is the first chance I have to talk to legislative issues are health care reform and greatly appreciated. you since the John Akey seminar in Wausau. the Employee Free Choice Act. Ignorance and Lies am asking for is not to let people get away I want to thank all of you for your overwhelming support. The classes and instruc- The health care battle has been a hard one people tell to defeat proposals they do believe it or not, some people will believe Health Care Reform In this article I have talked about lies with spreading such stupid ideas. Because tors were excellent. Many deserved Thank to ignore lately. I ask that all of you don’t not like. This leads to a certain amount of anything. Yous need to go out starting with the Wausau fall prey to the lies and fear mongering that people believing these lies and propagat- Thanks for listening. Area Local and President Kelly Heany for is out there on this issue. No matter how you the great job done hosting the event. The feel about this issue most everyone agrees Save Our Service APWU Auxiliary once again was invaluable that our health care system is too expensive to the seminars success. NBA Lyle Krueth and needs to be reformed. After all of the was the driving force behind the excellent rhetoric these are the facts that remain about classes and instructors. Finally, the member healthcare. 47 million Americans are without health care insurance. More than 18000 Members of the Northeastern Wis- take the outgoing mail operation as well by: John E. Durben being performed by the Postal Service to of the APWU of Wisconsins attendance was phenomenal. With your continued support Americans die every year because of a lack consin Area Local APWU were joined as the Green Bay Postmark and send it to the APWU of Wisconsin will be able to of preventative medicine and early detection by members of the Oshkosh Area Local Oshkosh, WI. The results of the postal survey are expected to be available in about 60 provide more of these excellent training opportunities. It’s important to note that over We must remember that we already bear Postal Mailhandlers Union and National days. All APWU members, their families, of major illnesses. as well as members from the National 3600 dollars was raised COPA. the brunt of costs from uninsured Americans Association of Letter Carriers in an informational picketing. The picketing took their Legislative Representatives and urge relatives, and friends are urged to contact USPS Woes in higher medical costs. Insurance companies Being a postal worker these days is turning out to be a very stressful occupation. It In comparison Social Security and Medicare Facility in Green Bay and was organized in Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper take 29% of the money spent on health care. place on September 15 at the General Mail them to get involved and Save our Service seems that everyday the USPS has a new administrative costs amount to only 3%-5%. to inform the American Public of a study Peninsula of Michigan. scheme to cut costs. Most of these schemes We are paying middlemen a big portion of make no sense at all. Unfortunately, it always seems to be us that bear the negative change or individuals, small business and our money spent on health care. This has to impact of these mostly ill conceived plans. large corporations will be unable to survive. Whether it is Delivery Unit Relocation EFCA (DUR) that consolidates small offices, Labor has agreed to put the Employee AMP studies such as the one that threatens Free Choice Act (EFCA) on the backburner to move Green Bay operations to Oshkosh, until the healthcare debate is over. President or excessing off of preferred tours, we are Obama and the Democratic leadership in the ones who suffer. Congress have promised to take up EFCA as The USPS must realize that our economic soon as possible and give it their full support. woes will not continue forever. By the time EFCA will be another big fight. More lies you read this many postal workers will will be spread about unions using bullying have signed on to the retirement buyout the tactics to get people to join or form unions. USPS is offering. Congress will soon vote In fact the exact opposite is true. Employers are the ones who currently can get away to give the USPS some relief from future GO YOU OSHKOSH PACKERS! things combined should put the USPS on less ing soon when we will have to take strong shaky ground financially. In the meantime actions with informing our members and getting them to make Congressional contacts to the USPS is taking the path of less resistance and making cuts mostly to bargaining unit get EFCA passed. This may be our last best positions. chance to strengthen the labor movement in Management positions are not being cut America and secure the financial future of at a rate even close to the rate that bargaining positions are. There is no talk of closing Upcoming Events working Americans. We all must do our part. No more Greeen Bay, WI Postmark retiree health care costs. Hopefully, the small Postmaster only Post offices that are with threatening employees if they even The dates have been finalized and the papers signed for hotels for the Four State economy will continue to improve. These hemorrhaging money. We are bearing a dis- mention forming a union. The time is com- Cau- The Union Newspaper is the Most Visible Sign of Life in the Labor Movement

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