12/22/2014 - New Year's Greeting to One and All!
Your membership in the American Postal Workers Union is the foundation of our strength as we fight for workplace and social justice. I salute you, the thousands of union members and activists, for your contributions to the well-being of all postal workers – active and retired, career and non-career.
I encourage those who are not yet “union active” to commit some of your time in the coming year. There is something for everyone to do: Attend union meetings, volunteer to serve on a committee, act as a shop steward, write an article for your local union paper or website, join a protest at Staples, urge your members of Congress to defend postal workers and the public Postal Service, support fast food and Walmart workers in their demands for $15 per hour and a union, and get involved in our fight for a new APWU union contract in 2015.
The survival of the public Postal Service and our jobs is at stake and you can help make a difference. Yes, each and every one of us has an important role to play. Think about how much stronger we would be if every member volunteered just an hour or two each month for union activism.
The Nov. 14 National Day of Action calling on the Postmaster General and the USPS Board of Governors to Stop Delaying America’s Mail was an example of the kind of activism we need. Hats off to all those who participated in the events, which were held in all 50 states! At postal headquarters in Washington, DC, we packed the public meeting of the Board of Governors, and when they refused to allow all of us in the meeting, hundreds of postal employees took over the lobby and sent our message loud and clear.