10/17/2014 - The four postal unions are calling for a National Day of Action on Nov. 14 to send an urgent message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail! “The Postmaster General is poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service,” the union presidents said.
09/22/2014 - The APWU has won a major victory on staffing in post offices affected by the “POStPlan” – a victory that will result in the creation of at least 9,000 new Clerk Craft jobs within 90 days.
In a ruling dated Sept. 5, Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg concluded that jobs in four- and six-hour post offices must be assigned to clerks – not Part-Time Postmasters or Postmaster Reliefs (PMRs). A Sept. 22 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines procedures for implementing the award.
The ruling and MOU establish a minimum of 3,000 new Level 6 career jobs in six-hour offices and Level 18 offices. Positions in the six-hour offices must be staffed with full-time employees. The ruling and MOU establish more than 6,000 new Level 6 non-career jobs in four-hour offices, to be filled by Postal Support Employees (PSEs). The union expects thousands of additional new career jobs to be created as the process unfolds.
09/16/2014 - The four postal unions are standing together at the national, state and local level to fight the Postmaster General’s plans to again slash the mail processing network, beginning in January. Eighty-two facilities are slated for closure, and service will be degraded further.
07/31/2014 - Actor Danny Glover gave an impassioned speech on the final day of the APWU’s 22nd Biennial Convention, declaring that he would be part of the fight to keep the Postal Service in the hands of the people.
07/25/2014 - Acting on the first resolution reported by the Constitution Committee during Wednesday’s session, as a cost-savings measure, delegates amended the APWU Constitution, shortening the time frame for National Conventions from five to four days. The change also adds one-hour to each of the four days the convention is in session.
Changing the order in which resolutions were considered, the convention then directed its attention to a resolution regarding a dues increase. After extensive debate, the resolution was voted down.
07/24/2014 - Nearly 150 Convention delegates attended the Postal Banking Forum on Wednesday after the convention adjourned.
The session, moderated by Eastern Region Coordinator Mike Gallagher, included Denis Lemelin, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers; Jose Sayagues, federal secretary of the Spain FSP-UGT Postal Sector; Jose Oliveira, international relations secretary of the National Union of Postal and Telecommunication Workers, in Portugal; and Ariel Yacobi, chairman of the Israel Union of Government Employees.
The panel spoke about the history of postal banking in their countries and how public banking meets the needs of low-wage workers.
07/23/2014 - Thousands of convention delegates and postal supporters, including leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union, protested the privatization of the USPS at a Staples store in the Chicago Loop on Tuesday.
07/22/2014 - After noting that some have called Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s actions criminal -- a clear violation of the law that created and maintains the Postal Service as a fundamental right of the people -- APWU President Mark Dimondstein called the PMG “Wall Street’s Trojan Horse, the privatizer from within.”
Staples, USPS Use Trickery to Try to Derail Boycott
07/17/2014 - When the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) voted to join the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement on July 12, it struck fear into the hearts of Staples bosses and USPS management.
So much so that just two days later Staples and the USPS resorted to trickery to try to derail the boycott. They announced they are terminating the no-bid deal and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program.
The problem? “It’s a ruse,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Staples and the USPS are changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers.