02/01/2017 - On January 31, 2017, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders introduced The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756. Currently, the APWU Legislative & Political Department is reviewing the legislation with APWU leadership.
Legislation that preserves the USPS as a public service for the American people is an over-arching goal of the APWU.
News: Postal Legislation
01/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The 2016 election is over. It is time to revamp our efforts to secure legislation to benefit the working class and protect the public Postal Service. The results of the election have caused a divide in this nation. It is a divide we must work to end. It is now more important than ever to stand up and fight for what is right.
By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard
12/21/2016 - On the heels of the 2016 elections and with the New Year approaching, APWU members should make a resolution to stay engaged on legislation at all levels (city/state/national) crucial to our livelihoods. In that spirit, we should reflect on our successes and failures in building economic justice in order to pave the way for 2017.
11/10/2016 - To APWU Members,
The Presidential election is over and Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States. Throughout the primaries and general election there was a revolt against the “establishment” and politics as usual. People clearly wanted a change...
APWU Stands in Solidarity with Letter Carriers
10/03/2016 - Members of the Portland [OR] Area Local attended a rally defending door-to-door delivery organized by the local branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), on Sept. 29.
07/20/2016 - A House committee has approved two important postal measures that may be considered by the full House in the fall. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee adopted the Postal Service Reform Act of 2016 (H.R. 5714) and the Postal Service Financial Improvement Act (H.R. 5707) in a voice vote on July 12. “While the APWU is encouraged by the bipartisan manner in which the committee has approached postal reform, we are troubled by the inclusion of a number of provisions that we believe will undermine efforts to secure a robust future for the Postal Service,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Unless these provisions are revisited, improved, and changed during consideration of the bill by the full House of Representatives, the APWU will be unable to endorse the legislation.”
06/16/2016 - The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released a “discussion draft” of a postal bill on June 15. “Any comprehensive postal legislation is critically important to our members,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.
06/09/2016 - The House Appropriations Committee overwhelmingly approved an amendment on June 9 to restore the USPS service standards that were in place on July 1, 2012. The amendment, which was offered by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), was adopted in a voice vote, with strong support from both Democrats and Republicans. After all the amendments were considered, the committee approved the Financial Services Appropriations bill in a vote of 30-17.
03/07/2016 - Over the last few weeks, news has spread about a bombshell report that postal management’s supposed cost-saving decision to shutter plants and slow down the mail has actually lost the USPS money. As reported in Government Executive, “The U.S. Postal Service has long sold its decision to reduce the size of its physical footprint as a necessary evil, a painful cost-cutting measure required to adapt to the changing landscape of mail delivery. One problem: It did not cut costs.”
03/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Here is a look at upcoming legislative issues in 2016 – and a recap of our activities in 2015.