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You’re the Front Line Heroes – Yet Our Jobs Are in Danger

Sisters and brothers,

As part of our efforts to educate and mobilize our fellow members around the urgent need for financial assistance to the Postal Service, we are mailing the attached postcard to every active member this week. Another mailing to retired members will soon follow.

I hope we’ll all use the piece as an organizing opportunity and have the important conversations with our members on the need to act, to engage our Senators and to secure the relief we need. Our jobs and the future of the vital service we provide to the country relies on it.

I’m also attaching a Call-in Flyer with similar information that was mailed to our News Service Bulletin distribution list.

As ever, the struggle continues.

In solidarity,

Mark Dimondstein, President
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

1300 L Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 842-4250
(202) 842-4297 (Fax)

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A Note About Our Postal Service

I want to bring a very important issue to the front of your inbox: The U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

We’ve seen a significant drop in services, and revenue could plummet by more than 50%. The bottom line is the Postal Service could be insolvent by September of this year.

Without congressional action, there’s a very real chance our federal postal system could cease to exist. This would be devastating for the entire country, but it would hit our rural communities especially hard. For the more rural parts of Michigan, the Postal Service is a vital connection. That’s why I’ll do everything in my power to ensure the USPS remains strong and vibrant.

I’ve negotiated a loan so the Postal Service could continue operating – but there are bigger challenges ahead that demand action from Congress and the president. I need your help: will you add your name to my petition demanding Congress take action to save the Postal Service? I’m hoping to get 4,000 signatures before midnight tonight. [ Sign the Petition ]

I really appreciate you speaking out. These times are hard for all of us, but we can’t lose sight of the many facets that make our country great.

Gary Peters, U.S. Senator

ARA Friday Alerts – 3/27/20

Provided by: Alliance for Retired Americans

» CLICK HERE to read the March 27, 2020 ARA Friday Alert

About the ARA

The Alliance for Retired Americans is a nationwide grass roots organization, launched in May 2001, with more than 4.3 million members working together to make their voices heard in the laws, policies, politics, and institutions that shape American life.

For 18 years, we have mobilized retired union members, seniors and community activists into a nationwide grassroots movement advocating a progressive political and social agenda that respects work and strengthens families.

For more information visit: https://retiredamericans.org/

Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic Resources

coronavirus resources

Provided by: USPS Employee Assistance Program

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) our goal is to keep the United States Postal Service employees and their families safe and informed. See the materials below for information that may help you and your household during this time. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. For the latest information visit CDC.gov.

[ CLICK HERE for Additional Resources ]

Coronavirus Update from the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans

Sisters and Brothers,

As the coronavirus, also called COVID-19, continues to spread in the United States, we want to share specific  information for older Americans about how to stay safe and healthy.

Please read this material and forward it to your friends, neighbors and relatives. Older Americans and people with pre-existing health conditions are at particular risk from this virus.

We hope you find the information below from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) helpful. Of course, please contact your health care provider or local health department for more specific information.

What is the coronavirus?

The “Coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19) is a new (also called “novel”) respiratory illness that makes it harder to breath. The name comes from how the virus appears under a microscope, as it appears to have “crowns” and corona is the Latin word for crown.

How does the coronavirus spread?

The virus is mainly spread between people who are in close contact with one another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is also possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.

As of March 12, the CDC says “COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illnesses it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States,” so all of this information may evolve as we learn more.

Can I get the virus from somebody who doesn’t know they are sick?

YES! The disease can be spread by infected people without — or prior to showing — any symptoms. This is why it is important to follow the public health guidelines before knowing of an outbreak in your community.

Why are older adults at greater risk for the effects of the coronavirus?

Viruses are not equal opportunity. Early data suggest older people are at least twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness.

This may be because people’s immune systems change as they age, making it harder for their body to fight off diseases and infection.

Older adults are also more likely to have underlying health conditions (including diabetes and heart/lung/kidney diseases) that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness.

If you are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications due to age or because you have a severe underlying medical condition, it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure.

How can I protect myself?

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with simple preventive actions.

Avoid crowded places and steer clear of close contact with people who are sick. This entails avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially not embarking on cruise ships. We are seeing sports leagues, colleges, businesses and churches shut down large gatherings to avoid the spread. You should think before going to any gathering of more than a few people.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Stay home if you feel unwell. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

What extra steps can I take if I am in a vulnerable population?

Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand. If you cannot get to the pharmacy, consider using mail-order for medications.

Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms in case you become ill.

Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.

Avoid crowds as much as possible. If you are in a crowded area take precautions to keep space between you and others.

Stay home as much as possible. Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.

What to do if you are sick with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread.

Where can I find more information about the coronavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page on “People at Risk” specifically addresses concerns older Americans might have.

The World Health Organization also has an incredible amount of information on the situation around the world.

In Solidarity,

Bill Sauers

Miami-Dade County Weekly News – 02/28/20

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Miami-Dade County monitoring COVID-19

Miami-Dade County officials continue to work with local, state and federal agencies in monitoring COVID-19, part of the coronavirus family. Read helpful tips and resources to avoid potentially spreading the disease.


2020 elections

Early voting for presidential primary starts Monday

Early voting for the Presidential Preference Primary Election starts Monday, March 2 and runs through Sunday, March 15. Visit one of the 23 locations to cast your vote. In addition, the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot for the primary, which can be done online, is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7.


property taxes

Pay property taxes online and save

The last day to get a discount for paying your property tax bill early is Monday, March 2. Get 1 percent off your bill and avoid phone wait times by making your payment online. In addition, the deadline to apply for property tax exemptions is Sunday, March 1.


riding bikes

Join the ride on Bike to Work Day

Try a healthier way to get to your job on Bike to Work Day Friday, March 6. Ride along a police-escorted trail from University Metrorail Station to Downtown Miami. The opening ceremony starts at 8 a.m. but arrive early for free gifts. Read about more bike events happening this month.


community clean up

Help our County stay clean and thrive

Roll up your sleeves and help clean up the Florida City Pineland Preserve on Saturday, March 7. Volunteering in the Environmentally Endangered Lands program is a great way to get involved and make a positive impact in our community.

free tax preparation help

Stop the Postal Sell-off: Say NO to a Privatizer as the Postmaster General

The public service mission of the Postal Service has made it the most popular federal agency. However, this public good is at risk if we don’t all act soon.

In June 2018 the White House announced proposals to privatize the Postal Service. Now Postmaster General Megan Brennan has announced her departure as Postmaster General in January 2020.

The Postmaster General has wide powers to shape the mission of USPS and there is a real risk that Brennan’s successor could hand over parts of the service to private, profit-making corporations and prepare it for a wholesale sell-off.

The people will rightly expect a new Postmaster General who will uphold the Postal Service’s public mission and will work to preserve and enhance our national treasure.

Add your voice. Protect our public Postal Service. [ CLICK HERE to Sign the Petition ]

US Mail Not for Sale petition talking points

Alliance for Retired Americans 2019 Winter Legislative Toolkit

Dear Alliance State Presidents, Regional and CAN Board Members and Field Team,

Last week, we sent you the 2019 Winter Legislative Toolkit to support your efforts lobbying the members of your state’s federal delegation on retiree issues.

Today, as promised, we are happy to resend the toolkit with two additional fact sheets – one on Drug Price Competitiveness and another on the Health Benefits Tax. Both fact sheets are already in the 2019 Winter Legislative Toolkit google folder. They are also attached to this email as stand alones and included in the attached, updated version of the full toolkit.

Remember, please keep us in the loop about the district lobby visits you plan to schedule as well as the results of your visits.

Next week, the Congress is on recess. Now is the time to make the requests and schedule your district lobby visits.


We are excited to share with you the Alliance for Retired Americans 2019 Winter Legislative Toolkit for the 116th Congress. The full document is attached to this email along with a corresponding PowerPoint presentation, which covers the material and which you should feel comfortable delivering to your board and members.

The product of this toolkit are the in-district legislative lobby visits it prepares you to schedule and complete.To this end, you will find Alliance fact sheets that each correspond to specific asks to be made during lobby visits and listed on the Lobby Report Back Form.

Listed below are three important links for using this toolkit:

1) Follow and share this link to a google folder with each individual part of the toolkit available for download.

2) Follow and share this link, which is a form for those planning or coordinating lobby visits. As soon as this form is completed, we will follow up with the lobby visit leader to ensure they have materials as well as accurate membership counts for the legislative district in which they are lobbying.

3) Follow and share this link to a form for use after legislative visits to record the responses on our issues of the members of Congress. These answers are critical moving forward as we track and advocate on our issues.

This toolkit also contains ancillary resources valuable for your organizing. You will find a Storytelling Minikit, a memo on best practices of Photography for Activism, a petition page and a state banner request form. Maximizing the potential of these documents will contribute to stronger State Alliances.

Thank you as always for the work you do building a retiree movement. Your enduring activism advances our progress.

—–

Brendan S. Kelly, Director, Field Mobilization
Alliance for Retired Americans | 815 16th Street, NW, 4th Floor North | Washington, DC 20006

E-mail: bkelly@retiredamericans.org | www.retiredamericans.org
Phone: 202-637-5272
Cell: 732-762-2465