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What We’re Fighting For

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Sisters and Brothers,

I am proud that our activist union is engaged and organizing in many good battles, including to:

  • Win a strong new contract;
  • Stop the delay of America's mail and keep plants open;
  • Continue the fight against the Staples-USPS dirty privatization deal;
  • Build the "Grand Alliance" of 73 national organizations united to save our public Postal Service;
  • Expand the Campaign for Postal Banking;
  • Work toward positive postal legislation, and
  • Mobilize to stop the "fast tracking" of bad trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!

A Budget That Doesn't Add Up

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

In March, the Senate and House passed bills for 2016 and both are bad news for working Americans. The Senate version proposes $5 trillion in cuts over the next 10 years to Medicare, children’s healthcare, food stamps, earned income tax credits, child tax credits, Pell grants and Social Security, while increasing military spending. It also would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), claiming $2 trillion in savings – but inexplicably continues to count revenue from the ACA as income.

Overall, the Senate budget would cut non-defense discretionary programs almost 40 percent below the lowest level in 50 years!

Turn Your Grief and Anger Into Action and Hope!

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Postal workers took matters into their own hands
in 1970 and made history.

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By having hope, we inspire hope. if you wait until you have time, people and resources, you may miss out. If something must be done, we must do it now.

When you ask someone for a little bit of their spare time, they may actually be ready to give you their all. Maybe they were hoping someone would ask them to be a part of a big movement – something that would bring meaning to their life.

You have to renew your efforts every day: 90 percent of organizing is follow-up. Don’t talk at people; put them to work by asking them. We put our heart and soul into rooting out the injustices in our workplace. We need to fight those who want to crush our communities by degrading our jobs, destroying our living wage, and taking rights and benefits from us, our families and our neighbors.

TISA: Another Secret Trade Deal Threatens Public Postal Service, Workers

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(This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

A trade deal the U.S. is negotiating behind closed doors with 50 other countries threatens the future of public- and private-sector services, including the U.S. Postal Service.

Little is known about the Trade in Service Agreement (TISA), because talks have been taking place in secret between the United States, Australia, Canada, Chile, Taiwan, Columbia, Costa Rica, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, and 28 member states of the European Union since 2012.

Because TISA is shrouded in secrecy, the public has to rely on leaked documents for insight into its provisions. Based on the little information that is available, there is reason for serious concern.

Contract Negotiations: Union Members Say it with Stickers, Flyers and More

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)


Members of the San Jose Area Local
distribute flyers outside a post office.

Stickers and flyers and headbands, oh my!

As contract negotiations continue, union members from East to West and North to South have been spreading the word to postal management and postal customers, with APWU-themed materials.

Our demand: Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract!

Shining a Light on Secret Money

05/01/2015 -

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Since 2010, the amount of “dark money” – campaign funds whose source is kept secret – has skyrocketed, thanks to the Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United. But the APWU and several other groups are asking President Obama to shine a light on the shady situation.

Although a five-year citizen campaign has brought attention to the issue, the Citizens United ruling that green-lights secret money still stands, and Congress has not even tried to overturn it.

Robin Hood Lives!

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)


Rep. Keith Ellison introduces the Robin Hood
Tax on March 19.

A proposal is gaining traction that would refund to the people of the country the billions of dollars they paid to bailout the titans of Wall Street during the 2008 financial crisis.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced the Robin Hood Tax bill (H.R. 1464) to Congress on March 19.

The bill could generate up to $300 billion per year by requiring brokers, bankers and the wealthy to pay a small fee for stock trades and other financial assets. The concept of a financial transaction tax (FTT) is similar to the sales tax people pay when they make certain kinds of purchases or dine at a restaurant.

Spreading the Word, Gearing Up for Action

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Since the successful launch of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service on Feb. 12, APWU’s allies have been busy spreading the word about the need to protect and enhance our nation’s public mail system.

Emails, tweets, website articles and Facebook postings from the AFL-CIO, In the Public Interest, Jobs with Justice, and many others have resulted in 50,000 people viewing an inspiring video featuring actor-activist Danny Glover that was produced to support the cause.

More than 10,000 people across the country have signed the Alliance pledge, which says, “I support the fight to protect and enhance vibrant public postal services now – and for many generations to come.”

Understanding Your Rights

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Many employees accept unwarranted discipline, simply because they are unaware of their rights. Sometimes out of fear of losing their job, or being harassed by their supervisor, employees let things go and hope for the best. But things often get worse – and before they realize what’s happening, they’re in trouble.

Therefore, it’s imperative that you know your rights.

Our Most Important Member: YOU!

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Organizing is not just about signing up new members – it’s joining with current members to ensure common success. Our camaraderie and solidarity will also motivate non-members to join the union.

Management will try to take advantage of any dissension among union members. Postal bosses take note of whether the membership is engaged and active or passive and disengaged. Managers look for every weakness they can find. Let’s show them our strength.

Union meetings are the place to air our differences, not on the workroom floor and definitely not in front of management. We might disagree, as any family does, but when one of us is wronged, we must defend each other. That’s the union way.

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