News: Contract Negotiations
Opening Day of Contract Arbitration
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.
02/17/2016 - Seattle APWU members wore their “Fighting for Justice” stickers at the Feb. 11 union meeting on Thursday February 11.
“I am sure all the employees will be wearing the stickers on the Opening Day, Feb. 17,” said local editor Sarab J. Singh.
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Opening Day: Feb. 17
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.”
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]
Staples NLRB Case:
02/04/2016 - A document unearthed in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reveals why the APWU is adamant that the Postal Service’s deal with Staples – and others like it – must be stopp
(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.