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Tracey Kolossa

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September 15, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Reid Steps Up for Postal Workers

The ongoing effort by APWU and our partners to block destructive cuts to America’s mail service has recently gained a powerful ally. On Thursday, September 4th, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) added his name to the list of senators opposing the Postal Service’s destructive mail slowdown and plant closure plan. Now with his signature, an outright majority of senators are calling for a government funding bill that places a one-year moratorium on the Postal Service attempts to close up to 82 mail processing plants, slow down mail delivery, and eliminate up to 15,000 jobs.

To read more about Senate Majority Leader Reid signing the letter to Senate Appropriations Committee, please click here.


160 Members of Congress Say 'No' to Mail Slowdown and Closures

Thanks in large part to fantastic outreach by APWU members to their lawmakers' offices, not only are a bipartisan majority of senators standing up for a prompt, reliable mail delivery but now a large contingent of House members are doing the same.

Starting over the summer recess, a bipartisan group of representatives, 5 Republicans and 5 Democrats, circulated a letter in the House that calls for an upcoming government funding bill to fix to looming postal cuts. In just a short period of time, 160 representatives signed on to the letter and called for a 1-year moratorium on mail plant closures and degrading service standards. The letter was delivered Thursday, September 11 to the leaders of the House Appropriations Committee. The letter, which seeks legislative changes in a government funding bill, is particularly timely because Congress is expected to begin consideration of a government funding bill very soon.

The House members who led this important effort are Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH), Ron Kind (D-WI), Pete King (R-NY), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Michael Grimm (R-NY), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA).

To see if your representative has signed on, please click here. If your representative signed, please take a moment to call their office and express your thanks!

To read a copy of letter sent to the House Appropriations Committee, please click here.


The Right to Vote

Tracey Kolossa

First and foremost you MUST BE REGISTERED TO VOTE AT LEAST 30 DAYS BEFORE ELECTIONS! If you are not registered already, please do so immediately with your county, city or township clerk’s office. Since 2007, every Michigan voter must present picture lDs at the polls which include MI driver’s license or MI personal ID card (or issued by another state), federal or state government-issued photo ID, US passport, military ID card with photo, student ID with photo from accredited institution, or tribal ID card with photo. Find your polling place by calling the Dept. of State Info Center at 888-767-6424 or by visiting www.michigan.gov/vote, the Michigan Voter Info Center.

The actions and decisions of poll workers are critical to the fair administration of elections. Poll workers work for a county or city on Election Day administering the election. They are responsible for setting up voting machines, ensuring voters are not intimidated at the polls, checking in and assisting voters, delivering ballots back to officials to name a few. Most importantly they interpret the rules for voting. This is critical to ensure that every eligible voter is able to cast a ballot and that every ballot is counted.

In past presidential elections we all have been made aware of the unfortunate “mishaps” from polls closing early, legitimate voters being denied to vote, hanging chads to dead people and pets voting...but this year the 2012 AFL-CIO Voting Rights Protection Program will help ensure voters are aware and educated on new voting laws...and all votes are counted. Michigan is one of their priority states! The AFL-CIO 2012 “MY VOTE, MY RIGHT” program will implement and be involved in nonpartisan voter protection activities. It will provide info and material to assist voting rights activities, and to ensure and protect the right to vote for eligible voters on Election Day November 6th!

MY VOTE, MY RIGHT is looking for people to fill leadership roles in helping to educate voters and to volunteer as poll workers and poll monitors on Election Day. To get involved, sign up by visiting www.myvotemyright.org or call 800-952-2550 for more information.

Don’t forget it was the unions that changed history. Make no mistake, my friends, the Republicans are coming after everything you hold dear! They will take our collective bargaining rights away, dismantle the unions and create “right-to-work” states. They will attack women’s civil rights. Please take all this into account when you proudly exercise your right to vote for City Councils, State Representatives, Senators, and the President.

Tracey Kolossa

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The 480-481 Area Local maintains offices at 810 Livernois in Ferndale, Michigan 48220 and represents all APWU members in the following USPS installations: Almont, Allen Park, Anchorville, Belleville, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Brighton, Carleton, Chelsea, Clarkston, Clawson, Davisburg, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Fair Haven, Flat Rock, Garden City, Grosse Ile, Hartland, Hazel Park, Highland, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Marine City, Marysville, Michigan Call Center, Michigan Metroplex, Milan, Milford, Mt. Clemens, New Baltimore, New Boston, New Haven, New Hudson, Novi, Oxford, Pickney, Plymouth, Pontiac, Port Huron, Richmond, Rochester, Rockwood, Romeo, Romulus, Royal Oak, South Lyon, South Rockwood, St. Clair, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Union Lake, Utica, Walled Lake, Warren, Washington, Waterford, Wayne, Westland, Willis, Wixom, Wyandotte and Yale.

The Union office is normally open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday and the telephone numbers are (248) 543-3262/3263/3264. The 24 hour number is (248) 543-3262. FAX: (248) 543-2750.