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Members in Action

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

Pittsburgh Metro Area Local Retiree Chapter Celebrates CLC Award 

Members of the Pittsburgh Metro Area Local Retiree Chapter had a lot to celebrate at their annual holiday awards luncheon. 

Warning Signs an Older Family Member May Need Help

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor 

Changes in physical and mental abilities that may occur with age can be difficult to detect. Any one of the following behaviors may indicate the need to take action. It is also important to inform their physician of these physical or psychological behavior changes.*

Defend Democracy – Protect Your Vote

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

Working together from now until Election Day is a must if we are going to advance and protect our voting rights. Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy – and democracy is diminished every time we cannot get to the polls. It is weakened when we cannot afford or obtain documents required by the state to prove citizenship in order to be issued an acceptable form of identification needed to vote.

Home Front

Unique Challenges for Female Vets

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Record numbers of women are serving in the military and this means more female veterans. More than two million women currently account for 10 percent of our country’s veteran population and that number is steadily growing. Women are entitled to the same benefits as men, but our system of care is designed for men and not equipped to meet many of the unique challenges our women veterans face.

Building ‘Strong, Action- Oriented’ Communities

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

By Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy 

During November 2017, I met with locals and members who are still on the Phase Two Consolidation List and have shown interest in not only saving their plant, but also building a strong membership and community engagement.

Voting Rights Under Attack

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard 

With the 2018 midterm elections rapidly approaching, we must remain vigilant on the barrage of attacks against our voting rights. Our vote symbolizes the values we believe in and supports the leaders we trust to make decisions affecting our livelihood. We unfortunately still live in a time where there are those who want to silence the voices of millions of citizens by making it more difficult, if not impossible, for us to exercise the fundamental right to vote.

CONVENTION 2018 – PITTSBURGH, PA

24th Biennial APWU National Convention

03/01/2018 -

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow is the theme of the American Postal Workers Union’s 24th Biennial Convention, which is set for Monday, August 20, through Thursday, August 23, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

It’s Time to Play Amazon’s New Hit Game, ‘Milk the Taxpayer!’

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

The following article by Jim Hightower (former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and popular activist) originally appeared in the Hightower Lowdown and was edited for length.

Milk the Taxpayer, the old corporate-politico con game, is a 5-step con that generally works like this:

  1. GreatBigCorporation decides to build a facility in City A.
  2. Claiming the project will create beaucoup jobs, GBC demands that City A’s officials fork over boodles of tax breaks and gimmes.
  3. If the officials hem and haw, GBC approaches City B to stir up a bidding war.
  4. Fearing the stigma from “losing” those jobs, City A officials cave to GBC’s demands.
  5. At a joint press conference, both parties hail the “win-win” deal and praise each other’s forward-looking vision and integrity.

From the Field

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Below are quotes from various APWU local and state publications throughout the country. All the publications listed are part of the Postal Press Association.

“Everything the USPS does is all about money and downsizing and at our expense. We all want our jobs and do not want to have to move from our comfort zone to keep it. The APWU is fighting everything for our members and want you to feel secure and know that we have your back… This is a contract negotiation year which amplifies the fight. We need the support of all members in this battle. Your help is necessary in the effort to fight for our jobs.” – Gregory Bryant, Greensboro BMC Local (NC) Editor/ Legislative Director, The Eagle’s Perspective

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