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APWU Web News Article 089-2015

Tell the World: 'I Stand with Postal Workers’

National Day of Action Set for Thursday, May 14

05/05/2015 - APWU members are turning up the heat with a National Day of Action on May 14 – just one week before the union’s Collective Bargaining Agreement is slated to expire.
APWU members will hold events in cities and towns across the country, organized around the theme, “I Stand with Postal Workers.” 
Click here to find an event near you.

Click here for a flyer suitable for distribution to allies, friends, neighbors and other potential supporters. Click here for a flyer you can customize to announce the details of your event. 

APWU Web News Article 092-2015

Northwest Lawmakers Speak Out Against Consolidations

05/04/2015 - Oregon’s congressional delegation sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan, requesting a meeting, “as soon as possible,” to discuss consolidation plans and the future of mail delivery standards.  

Seattle’s City Council and its mayor sent letters to Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) this month sounding the call for postal reform legislation.

APWU Web News Article 086-2015

APWU Contract Town Hall Call: Wednesday, May 6

With Updates from the Negotiating Table

05/03/2015 -

To stay on top of the latest news from the negotiating table, APWU members are invited to join President Mark Dimondstein for a live Contract Town Hall Call on Wednesday, May 6. Participants can choose from two time slots: 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. EDT.

To participate, you must register online by 6 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 5. Click here to register. Once you register, all you have to do is answer your phone at your scheduled time! 

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!

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Alliance Members Testify Before NYC City Council, Rally to Oppose TPP Agreement

05/01/2015 - Leaders from the Alliance joined other representatives from New York City’s labor, environmental, and social justice groups in opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement on Monday, testifying before the New York City Council and rallying on the City Council steps. Members of the organizations spoke out in support of Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal’s resolution to declare New York City a “TPP-free zone.” Members of the Alliance have been active in opposing TPP; leaked sections have indicated that the prescription drug prices will increase if the agreement is approved.

Turn Your Grief and Anger Into Action and Hope!

05/01/2015 -

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.