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PS Form 50 Personnel Actions

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

By Support Services Director Steve Brooks 

I am writing this as an attempt to inform APWU officers and employees at all levels across the country of problems that continue to exist. These problems can cost employees thousands of dollars. I am talking about the untimely processing of PS Form 50s.

There's More to Being a Member than Just Paying Dues

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

By Northeast Region Coordinator John Dirzius 

As I proudly travel the Northeast Region and speak with workers, I always ask if there are any new members, newly hired Postal Support Employees (PSEs) or recently converted PSEs. I ask those questions knowing that 25 percent of postal workers have been hired since 2011 and over 54 percent are eligible to retire.

MS-1 Settlement Reached

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

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

On Feb. 27, 2018, the USPS and the Maintenance Division reached a resolution regarding the MS-1 Handbook revisions that were remanded to the parties by Arbitrator Goldberg in case Q10T-4Q-C 14171644. The MS-1 Handbook is titled Operation and Maintenance of Real Property and it “prescribes the policies, procedures, and practices governing the operation and maintenance of USPS buildings and leased space.”

'Keep on Truckin' Baby'

05/01/2018 -


MVS Director Michael Foster (fifth from right) and 
Assistant MVS Director Javier Piñeres (far left) with 
MVS members and USPS representatives 
in front of newly tested cargo trucks.

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

By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors 

New USPS cargo trucks and spotters were scheduled to begin deployment in April. The Postal Service conducted the First Article Testing (FAT) on the Ottawa Spotters and the Peterbilt 18' and 24' cab-over and cab behind engines. The spotters were tested in Ottawa, KS and the cargo trucks were tested in New Carlisle, IN.

A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service

Canada Post Stops Planned Service Cuts

Workers and Allies Continue Advocating for Restored Door Delivery

05/01/2018 -


CUPW calls on Justin Trudeau
to deliver on his promise to restore door
delivery in this ad.

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

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), along with community allies across Canada, have consistently advocated for door delivery; keeping post offices open; new and expanded services, including postal banking; and the “greening” of Canada Post.

Fighting Back with Street Parties

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

By Clerk Craft Directors 

Understaffing is the main reason service to our communities is decreasing and stress on the job is increasing. It is the reason the mail is delayed, the lines are long and overall service is deteriorating. Understaffing is the cause of most of the violations regarding supervisors doing craft work, crossing crafts, overtime, holiday scheduling, leave requests, staffing on the machines, etc.

Changed My Mind

03/28/2018 -


Past APWU President Moe Biller and Steve Lord

The following is a reprint of a column by APWU of Wisconsin President Steve Lord that ran in the November-December 2017 issue of  The Badger BulletinSo, I haven’t changed my mind about retiring. I only have 50 days left at the USPS and a few months as State President but, I have changed my mind about a few other things. One of the things I have changed my mind about is term limits for our elected U.S. representatives.

Q&A with Our Revolution President Nina Turner

03/28/2018 -


Nina Turner speaking at the 23rd Biennial National
Convention on Aug. 22, 2016 in Orlando, FL

Our Revolution formed in the wake of Senator Bernie Sanders’ ground-breaking presidential campaign. The American Postal Worker spoke with its President, former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner about the organization’s future goals.  Q: What is Our Revolution? 

A: “Our Revolution is an organization that is building progressive, grassroots movements all across the country, in a way that reminds people that the political power is in our hands. In order to create a strong democracy, people have to be engaged.

APWU Member April Burger is 2017 Passport Acceptance Agent of the Year

03/27/2018 -


April Burger (left) with Brenda Sprague, Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Passport Services, after the award ceremony.

April Burger, a 31-year member of the Jefferson City Local (MO) and the local’s secretary-treasurer, was unanimously chosen as 2017 Acceptance Agent of the Year for the Department of State’s (DOS) National Awards Program for Passport Acceptance Facilities and Agents. She was honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 29. 

‘Let Them Eat Cake’

03/27/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By President Mark Dimondstein   

When the hungry people were demanding bread, French Queen Marie Antoinette was said to utter the words, “Let Them Eat Cake!” Little wonder she lost her head in the ensuing 1789 French revolution.

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