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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.

For more about how the union works, click here.

News: Joining the APWU

APWU Web News Article 65-2007

2007 Organizing Campaign Special Drawing Winners Announced

07/13/2007 - More than a dozen new APWU members are finding out that it really does pay to join the union.

Organization Department Director Frank A. Romero announced today the winners of a special drawing that awarded prizes to a sampling of the thousands of new members who have joined the APWU so far this year — and to the organizers who enrolled them — as part of the union’s 2007 Help Us, Help You! and Women’s Organizing campaigns.

APWU Web News Article 35-2007

Women’s Organizing Campaign Grows

Deadline for Drawing Extended

05/07/2007 - Support for the Women’s Organizing Campaign is growing, with 89 locals and 17 state organizations participating, said Liz Powell, chairperson of the APWU subcommittee that is coordinating the drive.

Because of new interest in the campaign, the deadline for submitting membership applications for a special drawing has been extended until June 30. The contest offers a grand prize of a vacation trip for two; a second prize of $100 each for five entrants; and a third prize of $50 each for 10 entrants. In each case, the new member whose card is drawn and the APWU member who signed up the new member will be awarded prizes.

APWU Web News Article 15-2007

'A Woman's Place is in Her Union'

02/26/2007 - The APWU has unveiled an ambitious union organizing campaign directed at women, scheduled to begin in March, Women’s History Month. The campaign will urge women officers and activists to reach out to female non-members and ask them to join the APWU. The campaign is being coordinated by a committee composed of the women national officers of the APWU, in conjunction with the Organization Department and APWU President William Burrus.

At a teleconference held Feb. 12 to map out the campaign, Northeast Region Coordinator Liz Powell noted that although women make up 48 percent of the postal workforce, more than half of the non-members are women. “We are ready to go into the trenches to organize,” she said. “APWU sisters will be on the front line in this effort, and we know that our APWU brothers will have our back.”

APWU News Bulletin

2005-2006 Organizing Campaign: 'It's All About You!'

11/09/2005 - With a mailing to non-members and the distribution of the first in a series of flyers, the “It’s All About You!” organizing campaign has officially begun.

“The mailing to non-members that announced the September cost-of-living raise has generated more than 2,500 new members,” APWU President William Burrus said. “But that’s just the beginning: I am asking every local and state organization to make organizing a top priority over the next several months.”

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