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International Working Women’s Day

03/08/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)


APWU officers, staff and members participated in the International Women's Day Rally.

By Research & Education Director Joyce Robinson 

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8, in honor of women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements. International Women’s Day was first celebrated in North America and Europe in the early 1900s. Since those years, the movement has been strengthened by United Nations’ (UN) women’s conferences designed to build support for women’s rights and equality.

Will You Get Involved This Year?

We Need Everyone to Be a Union Activist!

03/01/2017 -


The success of the recent contract is due to the coalitions built on the 
workroom floor during the 2015 Good Service, Good Jobs, Good Contract campaign. 
Pictured are members from the Omaha Area Local wearing their union gear.

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Vice President Debby Szeredy

In 1970, members on the workroom floor walked off the job and took a stand to fight back, risking it all for a better career. Are workers today willing to walk off the job and to stand up and fight back? 

Worker Solidarity

Q & A with Mark Dudzic

Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The U.S. health care system is broken. The Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare (LCSP) calls for a total revamp. The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) supports their goal of health care for all. The union spoke with LCSP National Coordinator, Mark Dudzic, about how the single payer system will better the lives for all Americans and what APWU members can do to grow support. 

The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017

A Positive Step Forward

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

On Jan. 31, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756) was introduced by Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA).

A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service

Pro-Privatization Groups Continue Attacks on Public Postal Service

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Like clockwork, when USPS finances are announced each quarter headline after headline claim the Postal Service is irrelevant, in financial trouble or a monopoly that needs breaking up. These critics compare the USPS financial situation to the sinking of the Titanic. They say the USPS should remember its core mission is to deliver the mail, not expand services. They also say the USPS needs business-savvy leaders on its Board of Governors.

Campaign for Postal Banking

Consumer Protections Under Attack

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

After the devastating 2008 financial crisis, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act that led to creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The Bureau has had a significant impact protecting consumers and holding big banks accountable. The CFPB recently fined Wells Fargo $100 million for the illegal practice of secretly opening unauthorized customer accounts. Since the Bureau’s inception, it returned nearly $12 billion to consumers who were cheated or misled by payday lenders, pawn shops and other financial predators. It has taken particular aim at companies that target service members and veterans. 

VICTORY

We Stopped Staples

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

After three years, the Stop Staples campaign concludes with a huge victory. By the time this issue of the American Postal Worker is in mailboxes, the USPS will be out of all Staples stores nationwide. Gone are the Postal Service counters and signs in Staples stores, put in to take away good paying postal retail jobs from the dedicated members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU).

Success in Action!

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor

The USPS and Staples deal is over! APWU retirees worked tirelessly on the Stop Staples campaign to help the union achieve a big victory. We must continue actions to achieve other successes for retired and active members.

2017 Open Season Seminar

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Health Plan is pleased to announce that the 2017 Open Season Seminar will be held in beautiful downtown St. Louis, MO. St. Louis was the location of the first APWU Health Plan Seminar and we are thrilled to be coming back to the “Gateway to the West.”

New EEOC Disability Rules

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

The Rehabilitation Act is a federal civil rights law that prohibits federal agencies, including the United States Postal Service, from discriminating against job applicants and employees based on a disability or the perception of a disability. To strengthen the statute, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published new regulations this year to reaffirm the government’s commitment to otherwise serve as “model employers” for individuals with disabilities and explain what federal agencies must do to comply with affirmative action rules.

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