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APWU Web News Article 186-2016

Historic Win for the Maintenance Craft: An All-Career Workforce

08/25/2016 - The new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) included a historic win for the Maintenance Craft.

“We have negotiated our way to an all-career workforce,” Maintenance Craft Director Steven G. Raymer, said at the National Convention. “There used to be casual employees, Transitional Employees, and there aren’t anymore. More recently, there used to be Postal Support Employees (PSEs) and there are no longer any PSEs that can be employed in the Maintenance Craft. We are very proud to be an all career workforce!”

APWU Web News Article 185-2016

Dimondstein: Contract Negotiations Reflect Our Power

08/25/2016 - “Negotiations come down to power,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein told delegates at the union’s National Convention at a meeting on the new contract. The results of negotiations reflect how much power and leverage each side can assert, he said.

With that in mind, as part of the fight for a good contract, union leaders sought to strengthen our members’ power on the work floor and build support for our struggle in the labor movement and beyond.

APWU Web News Article 184-2016

Mobilizing a Progressive Labor Movement

08/25/2016 - Postal workers are experts in workroom floor solidarity. But in order to build a true, progressive labor movement, that sense of mobilization must be spread into the community – and beyond.

“None of us can do anything to move the progressive movement by ourselves,” said Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard, who moderated a Sunday afternoon panel, The Labor Movement, Time for a New Day, A New Direction.  “We have to mobilize not just around labor issues, but issues like unemployment, underemployment, people living without access to healthcare or in poverty.”

APWU Web News Article 183-2016

Empowering Young Workers

08/23/2016 -


Courtney Jenkins, standing, co-chaired the workshop

At a workshop on Empowering Young Workers, Robin Robertson asked the question on everyone’s mind: How do we attract more young workers to the union cause? At 38, the secretary-treasurer of the St. Louis Gateway Area Local is the youngest activist in her local.

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