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‘Join Together! Fight Together! Win Together!’

Call to Action at the AFL-CIO Convention

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)


Elizabeth 'Liz' Powell, Debby Szeredy, 
Judy Beard, Vance Zimmerman, 
Clint Burelson and 
Omar Gonzalez at the AFL-CIO Convention

The APWU was one of 55 unions who participated in the AFL-CIO’s 28th Constitutional Conven- tion in St. Louis, MO, from Oct. 22-25. The convention is held every four years, during which officers are elected and resolutions are passed that guide the largest vol- untary federation of national and international labor unions. 

Change is Continuous

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Maintenance Craft Directors 

On Oct. 17, we attended a national Tech & Mech joint committee meeting with the USPS. APWU Maintenance, Clerk and MVS Officers, as well as representatives from the Mail Handlers were present. The USPS attendees included program managers over many of the new or changed equipment systems and, of course, labor relations.

The Postal Service & the DOT Physical

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors 

On Feb. 26, 1995, the Postal Service informed the APWU that to be consistent with the trucking industry and its own contract drivers, USPS would voluntarily mirror DOT requirements covering physicals for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) employees, including the issuance of a medical card and drug and alcohol testing. The federal government is exempt from Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, under 49 CFR 390.3(f)(2).

Large Mailers Are Privatizing the Postal Service

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Clerk Craft Directors 

Millions of Americans utilize USPS on a daily basis, yet the public desire for a Postal Service that serves the common good is trumped by the financial wealth and political power of relatively few owners of large corporations that utilize the Postal Service for advertising purposes. Even though the large mailers receive huge discounts for their mailings, they want to decrease their institutional postage costs even further by reducing service to the American public and cutting the wages and benefits of postal workers.

From the National Headquarters to the Workroom Floor

APWU Prepares for 2018 Contract Negotiations

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

The APWU is gearing up for upcoming negotiations to secure a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the United States Postal Service. The current contract expires on Sept. 20, 2018.

The national officers who will serve on the National Negotiations Committee (NNC) – and will negotiate our next union contract – are specified by the APWU’s Constitution and Bylaws. President Mark Dimondstein, Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman, Clerk Division Director Clint Burelson, Maintenance Division Director Steven Raymer, Motor Vehicle Service Division Director Michael Foster and Support Services Division Director Steve Brooks comprise the constitutionally-mandated committee.

2018 Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By President Mark Dimondstein  

Happy New Year! 2018 will be extremely challenging and busy as the fight continues to protect our jobs from the outrageous management onslaught of reversions, abolishments and threatened excessing. The 2018 elections, including issue-based ballot initiatives, are important to our future. The ongoing Stand Up for Safe Jobs campaign has the potential to reduce tens of thousands of workplace injuries. The APWU Biennial National Convention, the union’s highest authority, will help set the course for the coming years. Critical postal reform will need serious attention to be achieved. 

Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike Anniversary

50 Years Later, Unity of Labor and Civil Rights Lives On

01/01/2018 -


March 29, 1968 protest Photo by Richard Copley

(This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

This spring marks 50 years since sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Mountaintop” speech and his subsequent assassination.

APWU Communications Dept. Wins ILCA Awards

President Dimondstein Received Third Place for Coveted Saul Miller Award for Collective Bargaining

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

President Mark Dimondstein was awarded third place for the International Labor Communication Association's (ILCA) Saul Miller Writing Award for Collective Bargaining for his July-August 2016 American Postal Worker column, We Have a New Union Contract! The award honors the late Saul Miller, a director of the AFL-CIO Department of Information and an ILCA founder.

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