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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.

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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

We need you October 8th

Save our service
Eddie Caldwell APWU Miami Area Local President & Charlene Butler Miami APWU Retirees President

Privatizers–those who want to sell the public postal service to private corporations–are hard at work. But together we can stop them in their tracks.

The four postal unions are holding a national day of action to Save Our Service on Monday, October 8th, with events around the country.

See if there is an event near you this Monday, October 8th, to Save Our Service!

Here’s what we’re up against:

In April, President Trump created a task force on the United States Postal Service, and gave the it four months to create recommendations for the future of the USPS1.

But the White House tipped their hand when the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released their reorganization plan in June. Among many sweeping changes to the federal government, that proposal called for the privatization of the USPS–and OMB is one of the three partners leading the Task Force.

After the OMB plan met bipartisan opposition in Congress–and facing difficult midterms in November–the White House decided to hide the recommendations until after Election Day. They’re already on their heels. Now, let’s come together to send a message – The U.S. Mail is Not for Sale

If there isn’t a rally in your area, you can still participate by calling your members of Congress and telling them to co-sponsor H.Res. 993 and S.Res 633. You can learn more about the Resolutions and contact your member of Congress here.

I hope you’ll join us Monday–either at a rally in your community or by calling your member of Congress.

In unity,
Mark Dimondstein, APWU President

Tell Congress: Protect the PUBLIC Postal Service

APWU newsletter

Last month, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced a proposal to privatize the United States Postal Service.

Thankfully, a bipartisan coalition in the House of Representatives quickly introduced a measure—House Resolution 993 (H.Res.993) —to support the people’s Postal Service and oppose its privatization. Now we need to make sure every member of Congress joins the coalition.

holding a cellphoneWill you make a quick call and urge your representative to oppose privatization of the Postal Service by becoming a co-sponsor of the resolution? Dial 1-844-402-1001 to be patched through to your member of Congress.

Privatizing the Postal Service would be a disaster for our members, the USPS, and the entire nation. This is yet another attempt by the Wall Street robber barons to pad their pockets and rob the public of affordable and universal mail delivery.

Please CALL NOW and urge your representative to cosponsor H.Res.993 and protect the Postal Service from privatization. Dial 1-844-402-1001 to be patched through to your member of Congress.

APWU will fight back against any attempt to privatize the Postal Service, and we need your help to ensure our members of Congress are on board to stop this terrible plan. This is the first of many actions Postal Workers can take to fight back against privatization.

In unity,

Judy Beard
APWU Legislative and Political Director

1300 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 | www.apwu.org

Message from the AFL-CIO: Reject Supreme Court Nominee Judge Kavanaugh

Working people expect the Supreme Court to be the most fair and independent branch of government in America, yet recent decisions have protected the privileged and powerful at the expense of working people. Decisions by the Court, often by the narrowest of margins, have a dramatic impact on our lives as we recently saw in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 and reinforce the importance of choosing who sits on the Court.

Share this graphic and reject Judge Brett Kavanaugh because we simply cannot have another Justice on the Court who sides with corporations over America’s working families.

We have thoroughly reviewed the record of Judge Kavanaugh on cases of importance to working families and are compelled to oppose his nomination.

Judge Kavanaugh routinely rules against working families, regularly rejects the right of employees to receive employer-provided health care in the workplace, too often sides with employers in denying employees relief from discrimination in the workplace and promotes overturning well-established U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

Any Supreme Court nominee must be fair, independent and committed to protecting the rights, freedoms and legal safeguards that protect every one of us. Judge Kavanaugh does not meet this standard.The next justice confirmed to a lifetime appointment on the Court will play a pivotal role in new cases addressing health care, worker safety issues and collective bargaining rights for generations to come.

This current Supreme Court has shown that it will side with greedy corporations over working people whenever given the chance, and this nominee will only skew that further. The Senate should reject this nomination and demand a nominee who will protect the rights of working people and uphold our constitutional values of liberty, equality and justice for all.

Across the country, working people are organizing and taking collective action as we haven’t seen in years and won’t stand for any politician who supports justices who put our rights at risk.

Share this graphic and reject Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Our fight for better wages and benefits and a voice on the job will continue on. The rich and powerful won’t dictate the American story. We will pave our own path, populate the halls of power with allies of working people and secure a brighter economic future.

In Solidarity,

Rich
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Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO

Casey’s Spotlight: The BENES Act – Bipartisan Solution To Medicare Enrollment Issues

Casey's spotlight

Dear Friends:

In an effort to simplify the complex Medicare enrollment process, I recently introduced the bipartisan Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification Act (BENES Act).  The BENES Act would increase education and outreach to individuals nearing Medicare eligibility and eliminate coverage gaps during Medicare enrollment periods.

This legislation responds to calls and letters I have received from older Pennsylvanians who inadvertently miss the deadline for signing up for Medicare.  Many explain that they made the financial decision to delay retirement and defer their Social Security benefits.  They were unaware that by making this decision they would not be automatically enrolled in Medicare, and as a result, face a lifetime of Medicare penalties and higher out of pocket health care costs.

The BENES Act is common sense legislation that would provide the millions of Americans approaching Medicare eligibility with simple advice about their coverage options.  The legislation has already received support from over 70 organizations.  If you or the organization you represent would like to voice your support for the BENES Act, please respond to this e-mail.

Sincerely,

Bob Casey signature
Bob Casey
United States Senator
Ranking Member, Senate Special Committee on Aging

URGENT ACTION ALERT: Affordable Care Act Repeal is Back!

APWU e-Team News Update

The APWU is committed to fighting so that all Americans have access to the highest quality and most cost-effective health care services available, regardless of their employment, income, or health care status.

There is much work still to be done, but the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which our friends, families, and communities rely on, is in danger once again. We have to hold the line. The ACA has helped insure tens of millions of Americans.

While we must continue to work towards affordable and quality health care as a right for all, any attempt to repeal ACA takes us in the wrong direction.

Unfortunately, this week, the United States Senate is working on their newest attempt to repeal the ACA. The Graham-Cassidy Affordable Care Act repeal bill is gaining steam and could pass through Congress next week!

This bill, like other repeal attempts, is riddled with catastrophic measures, including:

  • Dropping an estimated 32 million people from their coverage;
  • Ending Medicaid expansion, currently covering 11 million low-income adults;
  • Ending federal protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

This is just the tip of the iceberg – there are many other detrimental provisions of this bill. We need to take this seriously and fight back once again. Please join your union brothers and sisters from around the country in urging your Senator to vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy Affordable Care Act repeal bill.

Call 1-888-865-8089 TODAY to urge your Senator to vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy Affordable Care Act repeal bill!

Stop Drug Company Price-Gouging

Alliance for Retired Americans

As you’ve probably heard, we recently celebrated a victory. Alliance members made thousands of phone calls and participated in demonstrations — and our efforts helped force the Senate to reject their destructive Obamacare repeal bill.

But the battle for affordable, quality health care isn’t over. Drug corporations are raking in huge profits at the expense of seniors and all Americans, forcing us to pay astronomical amounts for essential prescription drugs like EpiPen and diabetes medications. Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world.

That’s why we need your help. Will you please take action and sign this petition saying that you support requiring Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices?

Last year, the CEO of Mylan, the company that makes EpiPen, received $97.6 million in compensation, yet Mylan charged $608 for a two-pack of its medicine. Humalog Insulin was accused of fixing insulin prices during the same period that it took in $2.7 billion of profits. Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, summed it up best when he explained why his company had i nflated the price of its HIV/cancer drug by 5,000 percent: “almost all of it is profit.”

Drug companies have shown again and again that they will put profits ahead of patients. This won’t change unless we modify the rules and require Medicare to negotiate lower prices. Please click to sign the petition, before it’s too late.

Thank you for your activism and your support.

Richard Fiesta
Executive Director
Alliance for Retired Americans