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APWU Web News Article 50-2008

Union Pauses for Impromptu Celebration of Obama’s Win

06/04/2008 - APWU officers and staff paused briefly Wednesday afternoon to celebrate Barack Obama’s apparent nomination as the Democratic Party candidate for president. “We want to acknowledge the historic nature of June 3, 2008,” said union President William Burrus. “We endorsed Sen. Obama,” he noted, “and it looks like we made the right call.”

“But this day is much bigger than us. … This day shows how far we, as a nation, have come.

APWU Web News Article 49-2008

Time Running Short For ‘Creativity Contest’ Entries

06/03/2008 - APWU members are reminded that entries for the union’s creativity contest for their children and grandchildren are due by June 30.

Sponsored by the American Postal Workers Union, the contest is designed to promote among our youth a better understanding of the vital role unions and the APWU play in our lives. Contestants are invited to submit an original work expressing this theme in one of the following formats:

  • Video/DVD movie of five minutes or less;
  • Song (recorded on CD) of five minutes or less;
  • Poem — 200 words or less;
  • PowerPoint presentation — 25 slides or less. 
APWU Web News Article 48-2008

APWU Testimony Kicks Off Controversy

06/02/2008 - Recent APWU testimony on Capitol Hill about the Postal Service’s obligation to provide “universal service” to all Americans seems to have stirred up a controversy.

Addressing a House subcommittee on May 8, APWU Legislative Director Myke Reid expressed the union’s concern about actions by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), “which has undertaken, through private contractors, to study the Postal Service’s universal service obligation.”

The PRC has hired contractors who favor privatizing essential USPS operations, Reid testified, noting that the individuals selected have expressed hostility to fundamental elements of universal service — the postal monopoly and uniform rates.

APWU Web News Article 47-2008

Supreme Court Ruling:

Postal Workers Protected from Retaliation for Age-Discrimination Complaints

05/28/2008 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled May 27 that the law that prohibits age discrimination protects federal and postal employees from retaliation when they file age-discrimination complaints. The ruling is noteworthy because the statute in question specifically prohibits reprisals against private-sector employees but does not include a ban on retaliation against public-sector workers.

In a pair of decisions, the nation’s highest court relied on precedent to conclude that federal anti-discrimination laws also protect workers from retaliation for filing complaints, even if the laws are silent on the issue.

APWU Web News Article 46-2008

Convention Childcare Program Cancelled

Onsite Children’s Activities Violate Local Regulations

05/23/2008 - While delegates to the last several APWU national conventions have had childcare services available to them, a recently-passed local ordinance means that the union will be unable to coordinate activities for children at this year’s gathering in Las Vegas.

In the past, the union has contracted with KiddieCorp to organize programs for children ages six months to 12 years. In early March, however, event planners alerted the APWU to a Clark County law that restricts the childcare services that area hotels are allowed to provide.

APWU Web News Article 45-2008

Support for Mail Network Protection Act Tops 100

05/21/2008 - Thanks to continuing legislative outreach efforts by APWU locals, 10 additional members of the U.S. House of Representatives have become co-sponsors of the Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236).

To date, a total of 104 representatives — nearly a quarter of the House membership — have taken a stand against wasteful, inefficient, and detrimental subcontracting by the U.S. Postal Service.


APWU Web News Article 44-2008

‘Ask a Working Woman’ Survey

05/19/2008 - Working women understand the difficulties of balancing work and family, the pressure of making ends meet, and the challenges of getting ahead. 

That’s why the union urges APWU members to make their voices heard by taking part in the AFL-CIO’s 2008 Ask a Working Woman survey. The thought-provoking survey questions women about their jobs, their free time, and what would make their lives betters. 

APWU Web News Article 43-2008

Contract in Cincinnati; Pro-Union Vote in Des Moines

APWU Wins in Private-Sector Campaigns

05/16/2008 - The APWU reached a tentative agreement May 15 on a “first contract” for approximately 120 workers at the Cincinnati Mail Transportation Equipment Service Center (MTESC). If they ratify the contract in a vote on May 28, workers at the private-sector operation will receive a 10 percent wage increase in July — their first raise in six years.

APWU Web News Article 42-2008

E! Television Series Is Offensive to Postal Workers

05/14/2008 - In a crass display of sensationalism, E! Entertainment Television is broadcasting a series titled Going Postal: 15 Shocking Acts of Violence.

“The title of the series is an affront to more than 700,000 hard-working postal employees who are stigmatized by the cruel stereotype that suggests that postal workers are violent sociopaths,” APWU President William Burrus wrote in a letter to Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast, which owns E! “Of course, statistics show that postal employees are no more likely to engage in acts of violence than the public at large,” the union president said.

APWU Web News Article 41-2008

Another Dozen U.S. Reps. Sign On to Mail Network Protection Act

05/13/2008 - APWU efforts to build support in Congress for the Mail Network Protection Act have gotten a big boost in the last two weeks, as 12 more members of the U.S. House of Representatives became co-sponsors.

The bill (H.R. 4236) would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant contracting-out.