03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Contract negotiations between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service got underway on Feb. 19 in a dramatic break with tradition.
Joining the APWU at the opening session were actor-activist Danny Glover and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who made brief remarks following a statement by President Mark Dimondstein. National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando joined APWU negotiators at the bargaining table as well.
The presence of special guests was designed to send a message: The U.S. Postal Service belongs to the people, and the people have a stake in the union’s fight to protect and strengthen a great national treasure.