12/03/2018 - The updated APWU Constitution & Bylaws has been posted. The new constitution includes changes adopted by delegates to the union’s 24th National Convention in August 2018.
The APWU Constitution & Bylaws govern the union. Adopted by delegates to the union’s national conventions, the Constitution outlines the union's structure, rules, and dues. It lists the APWU’s national officers and establishes the scope of their responsibility. The Constitution sets forth the rights enjoyed by all members of the American Postal Workers Union.
News: Constitution & Bylaws
10/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell
It starts with the process for nominations. One of the ways to alleviate and hopefully prevent complaints, Local Election Committee (LEC) and National Election Appeals Committee (NEAC) appeals, and Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) investigations, is for local affiliates to ensure elections are conducted in accordance with Department of Labor (DOL) guidelines.
05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)
The 24th Biennial APWU National Convention will take place Monday, Aug. 20 through Thursday, Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
11/30/2016 - The updated APWU Constitution & Bylaws has been posted. The new constitution includes changes adopted by delegates to the union’s 23rd National Convention in August 2016.
05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Your local union constitution contains the fundamental principles by which the local is governed.
Federal law requires local unions to adopt a constitution that has been approved by the members. Section 201(a) of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) states, “Every labor organization shall adopt a constitution and by-laws, and shall file a copy thereof with the Secretary [of Labor].”
Constitutions should address the following:
- Objectives and Mission
- Executive Board, Stewards and Committees
- Duties of Officers
- Salaries and Benefits (if any)
- Meetings and Quorum
- Dues and Fiscal Year
- Membership Protection
- Amendments and By-Laws
Convention Delegates Act on Tough Issues
07/25/2014 - Acting on the first resolution reported by the Constitution Committee during Wednesday’s session, as a cost-savings measure, delegates amended the APWU Constitution, shortening the time frame for National Conventions from five to four days. The change also adds one-hour to each of the four days the convention is in session.
Changing the order in which resolutions were considered, the convention then directed its attention to a resolution regarding a dues increase. After extensive debate, the resolution was voted down.
11/25/2013 - As a result of the postal service’s shrinking workforce — and the APWU’s shrinking membership base — union members have important decisions to make about the structure and future of their locals.
04/01/2013 - The National Executive Council has taken the first steps toward reducing the number of national union officers by voting to keep vacant four soon-to-be unoccupied positions.
03/18/2013 - The updated APWU Constitution & Bylaws has been posted. The new constitution includes changes adopted by delegates to the union’s National Convention in August 2012.
08/22/2012 - Delegates to the APWU’s 21st Biennial Convention voted unanimously on Wednesday to endorse President Barack Obama for a second term.
ALSO: Delegates Approve Changes to APWU Constitution.