08/29/2014 - Labor Day is a good time to reflect on the achievements of workers and the contributions unions have made to our lives – from abolishing child labor to establishing a minimum wage, healthcare, retirement benefits, workplace safety and more. It’s also a good time to renew our determination to Stand Up and Fight Back! It’s a time to rekindle our commitment to the fight for justice – in the workplace and throughout the country and the world.
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:
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
Hundreds of Postal Workers, Supporters to Protest on Steps of City Hall and at Adjacent Staples in Downtown Boston Wednesday
‘Don’t Buy Staples’ Campaign Picks up Steam in Home Market of Troubled Retailer
08/25/2014 - Postal Workers and supporters will protest a sweetheart deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Framingham-based retailer Staples at a rally in downtown Boston on Wednesday, August 27.
'Stop Staples' Boycott Comes to Hub as Troubled Retailer Releases 2nd Quarter Results
Postal Workers to Pass Out Rulers Stamped ‘Don’t Buy School Supplies at Staples in Boston at 10 a.m.; Teachers to Join Protest at Saugus Staples at 5:30 p.m.
08/18/2014 - The ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, organized by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), will come to the Boston area – home of the troubled retailer – with two events on Wednesday, Aug. 20, the same day the company will release its second quarter results.
APWU to Teachers, Parents:
08/11/2014 - As the back-to-school season moves into high gear, the APWU is ramping up its ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, with online ads directed at educators and parents.
The ads ask them to buy school supplies elsewhere. The APWU has also developed a flyer for distribution to teachers that asks them to honor the boycott.
07/24/2014 - The 22nd Biennial Convention continued the tradition of hosting union leaders and activists from around the globe. Their presence is an expression of building solidarity on an international level.
The delegates who attended came from public sector unions in their countries. They were from Canada, Spain, Bulgaria, Portugal, Egypt, Israel, Greece, Russia and the United Kingdom.
Campaign for Justice
07/24/2014 - The Convention theme of 'Stand Up, Fight Back' was on display Tuesday and Wednesday when two of the most exciting labor struggles in the country honored the assembly with their presence.
07/24/2014 - Nearly 150 Convention delegates attended the Postal Banking Forum on Wednesday after the convention adjourned.
The session, moderated by Eastern Region Coordinator Mike Gallagher, included Denis Lemelin, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers; Jose Sayagues, federal secretary of the Spain FSP-UGT Postal Sector; Jose Oliveira, international relations secretary of the National Union of Postal and Telecommunication Workers, in Portugal; and Ariel Yacobi, chairman of the Israel Union of Government Employees.
The panel spoke about the history of postal banking in their countries and how public banking meets the needs of low-wage workers.
07/23/2014 - Nearly two hundred members gathered Sunday afternoon at the 22nd Biennial National Convention in Chicago, IL for an inspiring and lively program organized by Retiree Director Judy Beard, that included talks by four panelists interspersed with singing and chanting led by moderator, Elise Bryant of the Labor Heritage Foundation.
The Trial and the Verdict
07/22/2014 - After noting that some have called Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s actions criminal -- a clear violation of the law that created and maintains the Postal Service as a fundamental right of the people -- APWU President Mark Dimondstein called the PMG “Wall Street’s Trojan Horse, the privatizer from within.”
President Mark Dimondstein:
07/22/2014 - “Attacks are being waged from all quarters – Congress, Wall Street and the Postmaster General himself,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in the opening of his “State of Our Union” message to the delegates at the union’s 22nd national convention. “Privatization is not a distant danger but a direct and immediate threat. A congressionally manufactured financial crisis is being used to justify new assaults on postal jobs and on the 239-year old public Post Office.”
“To survive the onslaught, we must transform our union into a fighting; activist organization and we must build a Grand Alliance with the people of the country to defend our national treasure, the United States Postal Service,” Dimondstein said.