9 thoughts on “The view from under the bus

  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    San Francisco Local 2/Retiree Chapter
    Past or current office held, if any
    Vice President of San Francisco CA Retiree Chapter
    We earned our health benefits in the FEHB. Retirees shouldn’t have things changed after the fact. No, No, No, on HR-756. This bill will also create a burden to Medicare. This bill was the created to save the U.S. Post Service on the backs of retirees on a fixed income.

  2. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    Local #618, Terre Haute
    I believe local and state officers will start to speak out against this legislation as time goes along. They will not want to be held accountable for the national’s stand on this bill.

  3. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU San Francisco Local
    Past or current office held, if any
    SF Retiree Chapter secretary
    Answers to 39 questions on Postal Reform 756

    Six plus weeks to come up with this?
    Even then questions were missed.

    It’s a lot of sweet talk just to say,
    Support the bill, it “SHOULD” be ok.

    Pension overpayment is no longer on the table,
    Cause backs of retirees will make this bill stable.

    No open discussion, keeping us in the dark,
    The contrast to past years is so very stark.

    Yes, we’re divided, but the message we send
    We need the truth now, so we can begin to mend!

  4. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    Pittsburgh PA Retiree Chapter
    Past or current office held, if any
    President Pgh Local 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
    The Retiree Department has only one officer…..the Director. The clear vibes from her are that she is in full support of the administration’s push for the laws. The so-called activists are all equal in stature and status. The recent Convention revealed again that most retiree activists are in lock step with the administration. I suspect that will be the same for these current issues. Just so long as those munches are provided at conventions and all craft meetings most activists are content with the status quo and will go along to get along. Discussion and debate at the upcoming all craft about these issues, if any, could be very interesting.

  5. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU. Oakland Ca
    Past or current office held, if any
    Legislative Dir. (Ret.)
    I have wondered for over a year where are the APWU activists? Why no struggle and debate among our officers on forced Medicare integration? Were we thrown under the bus or did we lie down and roll under it?

  6. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    Pittsburgh PA Retiree Chapter
    Past or current office held, if any
    President Pgh Local 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, member of the Constitution Committee, President Retiree Chapter
    Dan, the APWU turned in it’s fighting history when Guffey et. al. gave back career employment, supported by most national officers and the RAFBC. The give back trend has morphed into a Frankenstein monster since the NALC appears to be willing to give back door delivery, costing that Association thousands of jobs, and the APWU is promoting hitting retirees hard based on a smoke and mirrors promise that somehow that sacrifice will preserve the USPS and turn back recent destructive plans, i.e., consolidations and facility closings. The fighting days influenced by the NPU have faded into history along with the dinosaurs (us) who have moved on and have little influence with the new breed. We are OK to fight the Staples fight, to be rewarded by this debacle. In any event it is good hearing from you.

  7. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU Salem, OR Area Local / OPWU
    Past or current office held, if any
    Past President
    Excellent points and spot on. Selling out APWU and postal retirees and pure speculation and purposeless gains for current and future APWU employees. I can see no valid reason for my wife or myself remaining APWU members if as retirees we are going to be sacrificed for such ambiguous and meritless goals.

  8. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    Lake Geauga Area Local 1204
    Past or current office held, if any
    Local President, former National Legislative Dir. Candidate.
    Excellent article Brother. The Retirees deserve better from our National Officers. Don’t forget they ran a campaign stating they would fight and protect the retirees. I We need to do all we can to inform retirees and all the members. I’m doing all I can from here in Ohio.
    Thank you for the great article.

  9. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    WESTCT AREA
    Past or current office held, if any
    Member
    Great post brother!
    “Tire tracks all across our backs…..”

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