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Coming Together to Battle Workplace Harassment

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

By Vice President Debby Szeredy 

We are all aware of the surge of workers mobilizing against sexual harassment, and their stories and experiences have been both sad and inspiring. The APWU has joined with other national unions to come up with ways the labor movement can work to create the conditions at work that will put an end to harassment and hostile work environments.

What Role Do You Play as a Union Member?

05/01/2018 -


Speak to your local leaders or Contract Action Team
to join in our Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow organizing campaign!

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

By Organization Director Anna Smith 

Every union member has a part to play in strengthening the APWU, not just officers and stewards. There is so much more to being a member than just paying dues. Consider for a moment what role you can play as a union member. You can assist with union activities and participate in them at every level of the APWU. There is a role for each of us – if you’re not sure where to start, some things to consider might be:

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.

Vote for 'Issues that Can Unite Us' on Election Day

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

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard 

The AFL-CIO Convention last October called for a break with the politics of the “lesser of two evils” that currently dominate U.S. elections. The 2018 mid-term election is an opportunity to implement these words and focus around important issues, directed by APWU National Convention actions and principles of our APWU Constitution.

Janus v. AFSCME Q&A

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

During the last few months, there has been a lot of discussion in the news about the Janus Supreme Court case and how it will affect public employees, all workers and the labor movement as a whole.

Q: What is the Janus case about?

A: The Janus lawsuit against AFSCME claims that “fair share” fees are a violation of an individual’s “free speech” rights. The case is really not about free speech at all, but rather a blatant effort to weaken unions.

Letters

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

Feb. 18, 2018

Dear Editor Mark Dimondstein,

My name is Susan Nichols and I am sending you this [letter and photograph below] on behalf of the group of Laborer/Custodians to whom it refers. We would urge you to print this because 1) it underscores the power and importance of the Union, and 2) in recognition of the enormous effort put forth in this case to win back these jobs. It was a long and labor-intensive process on the part of, particularly, Maintenance Craft Director Erik Bojarski. He, and President Frank Resetarits, truly changed our lives for so much the better. They deserve a recognition – as does the Union.

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. 

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.

Campaign for Postal Banking

Is Free Checking a Thing of the Past?

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

Bank of America, the country’s second largest bank, ended its popular free e-checking account and is now requiring customers to maintain a minimum balance of $1,500 or a monthly direct deposit of at least $250. Customers who fail to meet those minimums will be charged a $12 monthly fee. 

From the Field

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

Below are quotes from various APWU local and state publications throughout the country. All the publications listed are part of the Postal Press Association.

“The union is you, me and the co-worker next to you. The union is all of us. We, as officers, have a job to represent, but without you as members standing up and standing behind the officers, there is no power in the union. If things are not the way they should be, or you feel something more needs to be done, then the union needs you to stand up for that. The officers can solve some things with class action grievances but if you want to see change, it requires UNITY and all of us working together to get the change you deserve and want.” — Mike Mize, Michigan Postal Workers Union President, Auto City Flint Facts

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