Joining the APWU

Joining the APWU Has Never Been Easier

Simply download and fill out Form 1187 (Authorization for Deduction of Dues) and give it to your local shop steward or union president, who will see that you are enrolled automatically.

You can also mail the form directly to the APWU Organization Department at 1300 L St., NW, Washington, DC 20005.

After you've joined, dues are automatically deducted from your pay check. Dues vary from local to local. They include national dues established by the APWU National Convention and local dues determined by your local union. Your steward or local officer can tell you the exact amount of dues for your local.

National dues pay for all the operating expenses of the union, including contract negotiations, grievance handling above the local level, and the cost for arbitration at the regional and national levels. Members' dues also cover the cost of publications, legal fees, legislative activities, education and training, and community service programs.

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News: Joining the APWU

Building on Our Success

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Organization Director Anna Smith

We had an outstanding finish in 2016 with approximately 21,000 new members joining the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) family. Our success can be attributed to hard work and dedication at every level of our union!

New Employee, New Union Member

01/01/2017 -

Prospective members at orientation training by the Phoenix Metro Area Local.

(This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.

Missed opportunities to strengthen the APWU are happening every day. Each orientation for new hires, new career employees and PSE enrollment into Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB), is a chance for organizers and local union leaders to reach out to possible new members. Each of you can make a big impact by simply taking advantage of the language in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). We must jump on these crucial minutes to provide education, outreach and empowerment.

APWU Web News Article 234-2016

APWU Organizing Victory!

10/28/2016 -

Gloria Gonzalez (left) and her co-worker proudly display
their APWU membership cards. 

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is celebrating an organizing victory! Workers at the Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC) located in Urbandale, Iowa, voted to join the Des Moines Area Local. The MTESCs are run by postal subcontractors, servicing the sorting and palletizing of mail trays, bags and other equipment. The favorable vote was over a two-to-one margin of 18-8. 


Our Most Important Member: YOU!

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Organizing is not just about signing up new members – it’s joining with current members to ensure common success. Our camaraderie and solidarity will also motivate non-members to join the union.

Management will try to take advantage of any dissension among union members. Postal bosses take note of whether the membership is engaged and active or passive and disengaged. Managers look for every weakness they can find. Let’s show them our strength.

Union meetings are the place to air our differences, not on the workroom floor and definitely not in front of management. We might disagree, as any family does, but when one of us is wronged, we must defend each other. That’s the union way.

Excerise Your Precious Right to Organize

03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Organizing is our union’s strength and essential to our survival. When contract negotiations take place, inevitably non-members ask questions about issues that are discussed during bargaining.

That’s a great opportunity to remind non-members that only union members have input into negotiations. It’s also a good time to point out that union members are forced to pay non-members’ share of the costs associated with negotiating and enforcing the contract.

We all know the phrases, have seen the posters and read the posts on social media. “Strength in Solidarity,” “Union Power” and “United We Bargain, Divided We Beg.”

A Step-by-Step Guide to Signing-Up New Members

12/23/2014 - Happy New Year! In 2015 the Organization Department will expand our training efforts by reaching out to locals and conducting regional training seminars on how to sign-up non-members.

“The union” isn’t a third party. It’s you. It’s me. It is all of us working together for a common cause. By working together we aim to achieve better working conditions, safe work places, a better standard of living for ourselves and our families, and dignity and respect on the job. 

When people talk about what the union does or doesn’t do, remember, we are the union.

Wanting Something vs. Getting It

10/14/2014 - It’s no secret that having more dues paying members makes locals stronger, but the benefits are more than financial.

New members mean greater solidarity, more camaraderie and a larger talent pool. Our union provides fairness in the workplace, healthcare that puts families first, security for the injured and a voice for postal workers in the halls of Congress. All this requires a team with diverse talents and a deep bench.


At the Top of Their Game

09/11/2014 - Snce January, the APWU has signed up more than 6,300 new members. The commitment to organizing is growing, but we still have a long road ahead. Although excessing, downsizing and consolidations have hurt membership, some locals have maintained or increased membership.

APWU Web News Article 44-2008

‘Ask a Working Woman’ Survey

05/19/2008 - Working women understand the difficulties of balancing work and family, the pressure of making ends meet, and the challenges of getting ahead. 

That’s why the union urges APWU members to make their voices heard by taking part in the AFL-CIO’s 2008 Ask a Working Woman survey. The thought-provoking survey questions women about their jobs, their free time, and what would make their lives betters.