12/22/2017 - On Wednesday Dec. 20, Congress voted to pass a tax bill designed to reward the super wealthy and major corporations with more money. Despite being an unpopular bill opposed by hard-working families across the country, it passed without any bipartisan support and awaits the president’s signature to be signed into law.
On Nov. 8, APWU Des Moines Area Local and the Des Moines BMC Local (Iowa) held an informational picket in front of the downtown processing and distribution center to send a resounding message to postal management: Postal Workers Want First-Class Service for the People!
(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
On paper, the Heritage Foundation looks like an ordinary “think tank,” a group of experts who research public policy ideas and write reports and articles. It is, in fact, completely dedicated to increasing the wealth and power of its ultra-rich funders, at the expense of working people.
09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By President Mark Dimondstein
There are many daunting challenges on the horizon that demand our attention and action as postal workers.
07/27/2017 - Following strong resistance from the APWU – and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) – USPS management agreed to a five-month delay in implementing forced reassignments and excessing of employees out of their installations.
07/21/2017 - On July 19, the House Budget Committee advanced its Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution. As anticipated, the 2018 House Budget is in the same mold as the White House budget – it punishes workers and the working-class, while giving big payouts to the rich.
07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)
By President Mark Dimondstein
The Three Musketeers must have belonged to the “Musketeers Union” with their rallying cry “All for one and one for all!” That captures the essence of union solidarity.
So does the recent APWU-led informational picket in Barre, Vermont.
A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service
03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Like clockwork, when USPS finances are announced each quarter headline after headline claim the Postal Service is irrelevant, in financial trouble or a monopoly that needs breaking up. These critics compare the USPS financial situation to the sinking of the Titanic. They say the USPS should remember its core mission is to deliver the mail, not expand services. They also say the USPS needs business-savvy leaders on its Board of Governors.
Letter to the Editor of "The Hill" by President Dimondstein
01/10/2017 - Reprint of The Hill Letter to the Editor:
From Mark Dimondstein, President of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union (APWU), Vice President of the AFL-CIO
The hatchet job on the public Postal Service from columnist Brian McNicoll (“Post Office Loses Another $5.1 Billion….” The Hill, Dec. 20, 2016) borders on fake news.
The claim that the USPS lost over $5 billion in the last fiscal year buries the truth...
President Dimondstein's installation speech
01/09/2017 - President Dimondstein spoke about the recent victories and future challenges for the American Postal Workers Union during his address at the installation of officers on Nov. 5, 2016.