Labor Solidarity

Workers are struggling all across the world to fight for safe working conditions, fair wages, and decent benefits, and supporting each other is crucial to building a strong labor movement. APWU stands in solidarity with working people everywhere. We are all in this together! Read below to learn more about some of the struggles our brothers and sisters are engaged in, and find out how you can help:

Stand up for the Nabisco 600

Check the label and BOYCOTT Nabisco products made in Mexico!

Mondelēz International, which makes Nabisco snacks, outsourced 600 good union jobs to Mexico, closing the largest commercial bakery in the United States. The company isn’t losing money; this move was simply to line the pockets of the CEO, Irene Rosenfeld, and other stakeholders and executives. As a result, BCTGM union workers in Chicago lost their jobs.

Stand together with our BCTGM brothers and sisters. Click here to learn more.

News: Labor Solidarity

Rising Up in West Virginia & Beyond!

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By President Mark Dimondstein 

In late February, 37,000 West Virginia teachers and school employees went on an inspiring nine-day strike – and won! As we go to press, similar strikes are going on in Oklahoma and Kentucky.

The strike was fueled by low pay (WV teachers’ salaries were ranked 48th out of the 50 states), no pay raises in four years and rising health insurance premiums. These conditions were, in part, created by 2006 bipartisan (Democratic and Republican) supported corporate tax cuts that drained needed money out of the state treasury.

Members in Action

05/01/2018 - This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

Tulsa Area Local Secretary-Treasurer Cynthia McNeilance (right) speaking to strikers.
Also pictured is OPWU President Ashley Cargill (top left),
and OPWU and Oklahoma City Area Local Vice President Janice Pickup (bottom).

OPWU Supports Striking Education Workers 

Teachers and public service workers in Oklahoma, inspired by their colleagues in West Virginia, went on strike April 2 to take a stand for themselves and their students.

Labor News

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

Portuguese Postal Workers Hold One-Day Strike 
Over 4,000 Walk Out to Demand Reversal of Privatization

Over 4,000 Portuguese postal workers held a one-day strike in Lisbon on Feb. 23, demanding a reversal of the country’s privatized postal services.

Marching in Memphis: 50 Years Later

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., union activists and allies gathered together in Memphis, TN for three days of events, including a celebration of King’s “Mountaintop” speech on April 3 and a spirited rally and march on April 4. The march was from AFSCME Local 1733’s current office through downtown Memphis to the Mason Temple – the site of King’s final speech. 

APWU News Bulletin

Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Convenes

04/30/2018 -

Members of the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. L-R: Yared Wonde, Dallas Area Local; Tiffany Foster, New York Metro Area Postal Union; Daleo Freeman, Cleveland Area Local; Robert Johnson, Greater Connecticut Area Local; Fred Wolfmeyer, St. Louis Gateway District Area Local; Scott Hoffman, Boston Metro Area Local; Doris Orr-Richardson, Florida Postal Workers Union; Arrion Brown, Nation’s Capital Southern Maryland Area Local; Roscoe Woods, 480-481 Area Local; Ashley Cargill, Oklahoma Postal Workers Union; Sandra Munoz, Broward County Area Local (FL); Arthur “A.J.” Jones, Eastern Montgomery County PA Area Local. Not pictured are Aulby Gillett, San Angelo Local (TX), and Timothy Maynard, San Fernando Valley Area Local (CA)

Members of the APWU’s Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee held their first meeting in Washington, DC, on April 24. The committee advises the union’s National Negotiations Committee on bargaining demandsand must approve any tentative agreement reached before it can be sent to APWU members for a ratification vote. 

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Q&A with Our Revolution President Nina Turner

03/28/2018 -

Nina Turner speaking at the 23rd Biennial National
Convention on Aug. 22, 2016 in Orlando, FL

Our Revolution formed in the wake of Senator Bernie Sanders’ ground-breaking presidential campaign. The American Postal Worker spoke with its President, former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner about the organization’s future goals.  Q: What is Our Revolution? 

A: “Our Revolution is an organization that is building progressive, grassroots movements all across the country, in a way that reminds people that the political power is in our hands. In order to create a strong democracy, people have to be engaged.

‘Let Them Eat Cake’

03/27/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By President Mark Dimondstein   

When the hungry people were demanding bread, French Queen Marie Antoinette was said to utter the words, “Let Them Eat Cake!” Little wonder she lost her head in the ensuing 1789 French revolution.

Bill Lucy Presented with Alston/Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award

03/01/2018 -

(L-R) International Civil Rights Center and Museum founders Melvin “Skip” Alston and Earl F. Jones, Secretary-Treasurer Powell, Honoree William ‘Bill’ Lucy, and President Mark Dimondstein  presenting the Alston/Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award.

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum’s Alston/Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award was given to renowned trade union leader and APWU member William “Bill” Lucy on Feb. 3, in Greensboro, NC. The museum is on the site of the Woolworth Department store where four courageous African-American students “stood up” by sitting down at the segregated lunch counter in 1960, and sparked a sit-in movement for equal rights that spread throughout the south, and beyond. Sixteen national unions and the AFL-CIO joined in supporting the event and honoring Bill Lucy.

It’s Time to Play Amazon’s New Hit Game, ‘Milk the Taxpayer!’

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

The following article by Jim Hightower (former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and popular activist) originally appeared in the Hightower Lowdown and was edited for length.

Milk the Taxpayer, the old corporate-politico con game, is a 5-step con that generally works like this:

  1. GreatBigCorporation decides to build a facility in City A.
  2. Claiming the project will create beaucoup jobs, GBC demands that City A’s officials fork over boodles of tax breaks and gimmes.
  3. If the officials hem and haw, GBC approaches City B to stir up a bidding war.
  4. Fearing the stigma from “losing” those jobs, City A officials cave to GBC’s demands.
  5. At a joint press conference, both parties hail the “win-win” deal and praise each other’s forward-looking vision and integrity.