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

APWU News Bulletin

President Cliff Guffey: ‘We Must Win in November’

08/20/2012 - In his first State of the Union address, APWU President Cliff Guffey praised union members for their activism and said postal workers must win our battles in the political arena.

ALSO: Thank Veterans – Give Them Jobs!

AND: Debbie Wasserman Schultz on H.R. 2309: “We’re Not Going to Stand for It”.

APWU Web News Article 115-2008

Shop ‘Union-Made’ for the Holidays

Give the Gift of Good Jobs

11/26/2008 - As the holiday shopping season begins, APWU President William Burrus is encouraging members to "look for the union label" when selecting gifts for their family and friends.

"When we care enough to seek out union-made gifts, we are not only purchasing high-quality products, we are demonstrating a commitment to preserving good jobs and strong communities,” he said.

The "Buy Union" reminder is part of the AFL-CIO Union Label & Service Trades Department's annual campaign to encourage union families to let merchants know that they want union products. 

APWU Web News Article 111-2008

‘Stakeholders’ Urge Congress To Give USPS Legislative Relief

11/20/2008 - The APWU is part of a group of 50 postal unions, management associations, and mailers that has asked Congress to help the agency during the current nationwide financial difficulties by giving legislative relief to its retiree health-insurance liability.

In a Nov. 17 letter  to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), the group said that the “$900 billion mailing industry, millions of jobs, continued efficient universal postal services, and the long-term survival of the Postal Service are at stake.” 

APWU News Bulletin

In Historic Speech, NALC's Young Emphasizes 'Need to Work Together'

08/19/2008 -

President Bill Young stands with President Bill Burrus.

In an inspiring speech that brought rank-and-file members of APWU crafts to their feet several times, National Association of Letter Carriers President Bill Young gave an emphatic call for standing together to get this country headed back in the right direction.

“Something’s got to change, and we’ve got make it happen,” Young said during an address to APWU delegates on the first day of the convention. “The men and women of the NALC are ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the men and women of the APWU to make sure that it does."

APWU Web News Article 58-2008

AFL-CIO to Endorse Obama for President

06/25/2008 - The AFL-CIO is poised to endorse Sen. Barack Obama’s bid for the presidency, with the results of a poll of the federation’s executive council expected on Thursday, June 26. Leaders of the 10-million member organization began voting by fax on June 24.

The labor federation is preparing to launch an extensive get-out-the vote drive, and it has already begun a campaign to educate union members about the anti-labor policies of Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee. The AFL-CIO endorsement could help Obama win support among blue-collar workers in critical industrial “swing” states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.

APWU Web News Article 42-2008

E! Television Series Is Offensive to Postal Workers

05/14/2008 - In a crass display of sensationalism, E! Entertainment Television is broadcasting a series titled Going Postal: 15 Shocking Acts of Violence.

“The title of the series is an affront to more than 700,000 hard-working postal employees who are stigmatized by the cruel stereotype that suggests that postal workers are violent sociopaths,” APWU President William Burrus wrote in a letter to Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast, which owns E! “Of course, statistics show that postal employees are no more likely to engage in acts of violence than the public at large,” the union president said.

APWU Web News Article 81-2007

Union Label Week Sept. 3-8

Support Good Jobs – Buy Union

08/27/2007 - Union Label Week 2007 begins on Labor Day, Sept. 3 and runs through Friday, Sept. 8. The message this year is: “Support Good Jobs — Buy Union.”

During Union Label Week the labor movement makes a special effort to create a better understanding of how unions and union members contribute to America’s prosperity and security:

  • Building roads, offices, home and schools and the things that go into them
  • Administering and operating transportation systems
  • Delivering vital services — from education to communications, from public safety to health services, from entertainment to public administration
APWU Web News Article 77-2007

AFL-CIO President Salutes APWU For Work on ‘Solidarity’ Campaign

08/14/2007 - In a letter to the union’s Executive Office, AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney has commended the APWU for making a solid case for solidarity.

Citing the 2006 APWU National Convention Resolution that encourages affiliation with state and local labor councils, Sweeney wrote that he was pleased with the APWU’s “serious commitment” to the labor federation’s Solidarity Affiliation Campaign.

APWU Web News Article 56-2007

'UNI' Leader Visits APWU

06/25/2007 -

APWU President William Burrus (left)
and Union Network International General-
Secretary Philip Jennings (right), at APWU

The leader of an international union federation met with APWU President William Burrus on June 25, 2007, as part of a visit to the United States.

Philip Jennings, general-secretary of the Switzerland-based Union Network International (UNI), and Burrus discussed how the labor movement should respond to globalization, the trend by corporations and businesses to expand around the globe.