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.
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
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.
07/24/2012 - The National Executive Board (NEB) has amended the APWU Consitution and the APWU Health Plan Consitution to comply with provisions of the Affordable Care Act. In making the change, the NEB exercised its authority under Article 22.2 of the union’s constitution, which permits the board to act between conventions to remove conflicts between the union’s bylaws and applicable federal or state law.
04/04/2012 - The National Executive Board (NEB) has removed from the APWU Constitution & Bylaws a provision that was in conflict with federal law.
06/18/2008 - The union’s Constitution Committee convened at APWU headquarters in Washington, DC, on June 16 to begin reviewing resolutions submitted by APWU state and local unions to amend the APWU Constitution and Bylaws. The resolutions will be debated and voted on by delegates to the union’s 19th Biennial National Convention in Las Vegas, Aug. 18-22, 2008.