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GAIL GANISZEWSKI
Tri-County APWU
801 Yale Ave Ste 519
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Phone: (610) 715-2668
Fax: (610) 544-6417

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LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT - SUMMER 2015

by Gail Ganiszewski

On June 17th, the vote by a House Committee was made approving an amendment that would restore postal service standards. Our APWU President Dimondstein stated that it is a big step forward for postal workers and our customers. He also stated that if enacted, it will mean that management must restore overnight mail delivery within cities and towns, and that the 2- and 3-day delivery standards that were wiped out in January must be restored. It also would make additional plan consolidations less feasible.

This legislation is just what we want...and will restore the standards that were in place on July 1, 2012, before the over 140 plant closings nationwide. The House Appropriations Committee approved the Amendment in a bipartisan vote of 26-23. All of the committee’s Democrats were joined by six Republicans to endorse the amendment, which was introduced by Rep. Chakah Fattah (D-PA), of Philadelphia.

I personally want to thank all of the members for talking to their families, friends and customers about this Bill and to please keep asking our legislators to endorse House Resolution 54, a non-binding measure that urges the Postal Service to take "all appropriate measures" to restore the service standards that were in effect as of July 1, 2012.

Nationally, we only need 22 more U.S. Representatives to sign on as co-sponsors for H.R. 54. With the 196 co-sponsors we have now, 22 more would give us more than half of the House’s support. Lastly, I would like to mention the "Special Election" in the 161st District that is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4th. The AFL-CIO is endorsing "Paul Mullen" to be elected to fill the office of State Representative recently vacated by Joe Hackett. I know and have worked directly with Paul Mullen. He is a very strong union brother and President of the Delaware County Labor Council. I will be contacting all of our members that live in the 161st over the next few weeks with more information.

AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD IN THE FIGHT FOR GOOD SERVICE!!!

In union solidarity,

Gail Ganiszewski
Legislative Director

THE HATCH ACT

Important Points to Remember

NOT ON THE CLOCK.
NOT IN THE BUILDING.
NOT IN UNIFORM.
NOT WHILE USING A POSTAL VEHICLE.

--Mike Gallagher, Eastern Region Coordinator