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Q&A with Braden Pelky

11/01/2016 -


Braden Pelky at the 2014 National Convention, presenting the report of the Labor-Management Committee.

(This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

From time-to-time, the American Postal Worker interviews union leaders to help inspire others to get involved. In this issue, we talk with Braden Pelky, who started working at the Postal Service as a Part-Time Flexible (PTF) in 2005, at 20-years-old. He is currently serving his second term as president of the Eugene Area Local and is president of the Oregon Postal Workers Union. We wanted to hear his perspective on being a young union leader.

Whose Union Is It Anyway

04/22/2016 -


Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez (right) administers the Oath of Office to officers of the Greater Seattle Area Local. All APWU officers take an oath and pledge to uphold the union’sconstitution and to perform the duties of office to the best of their ability.

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

At times, members get frustrated by the level of union representation they receive. And yes, sometimes our representation falls short. But I also suspect that much of the frustration comes from misunderstanding how our union functions.