Contract Negotiations

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APWU Web News Article 024-2016

Opening Day of Contract Arbitration

Dimondstein: ‘Postal Workers Earn the Right to Be Justly Compensated for Our Service and Hard Work’

02/17/2016 -

On the opening day of arbitration for a new contract, APWU President Mark Dimondstein stated the union’s case in an impassioned presentation to the arbitration panel. The text is below. 

“The interests of the 200,000 postal workers represented by the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, are contained in the preamble of the APWU National Constitution. ‘We believe all members of labor have the right to economic, political and social justice.’ That is what we are continually seeking, including in this round of collective bargaining, now culminating in this interest arbitration process.

APWU Web News Article 021-2016

Opening Day: Feb. 17

Last-Minute Preparations Underway for Contract Arbitration

02/15/2016 - With arbitration for a new contract set to begin on Wednesday, Feb. 17, the union’s negotiating team, attorneys, economists, workers and other experts are busy making last-minute preparations. “We’ve worked many long hours preparing to testify and present a strong case,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.  “We’re ready for the challenge.”

As the hearings get underway, the union is asking APWU members to wear stickers bearing the message, “Opening Day – Fighting for Justice.”

APWU Web News Article 019-2016

Missed the Town Hall Call? Listen to it Here

02/10/2016 - As the union makes final preparations for arbitration on a new contract, APWU members heard updates during two Telephone Town Hall calls with President Mark Dimondstein held Feb. 9. Questions submitted by union members were also addressed. 

Dimondstein also reminded union members to wear Fighting for Justice stickers on Feb. 17, the opening day of arbitration. 

To listen to an audio recording of the call, click here. [Members only]

An Action-Packed Year

02/01/2016 -

Members of the Dallas [TX] Area Local at the
May 14 National Day of Action.

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

Frederick Douglas, the renowned anti-slavery leader, declared, “Without struggle there can be no progress.”

Certainly during 2015 we engaged in lots of needed struggle in the fight for workers’ rights and in defense of our wonderful national treasure, the public Postal Service. And, indeed, we have made some real progress.