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2018 Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By President Mark Dimondstein  

Happy New Year! 2018 will be extremely challenging and busy as the fight continues to protect our jobs from the outrageous management onslaught of reversions, abolishments and threatened excessing. The 2018 elections, including issue-based ballot initiatives, are important to our future. The ongoing Stand Up for Safe Jobs campaign has the potential to reduce tens of thousands of workplace injuries. The APWU Biennial National Convention, the union’s highest authority, will help set the course for the coming years. Critical postal reform will need serious attention to be achieved. 

Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike Anniversary

50 Years Later, Unity of Labor and Civil Rights Lives On

01/01/2018 -


March 29, 1968 protest Photo by Richard Copley

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

This spring marks 50 years since sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Mountaintop” speech and his subsequent assassination.

APWU Communications Dept. Wins ILCA Awards

President Dimondstein Received Third Place for Coveted Saul Miller Award for Collective Bargaining

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

President Mark Dimondstein was awarded third place for the International Labor Communication Association's (ILCA) Saul Miller Writing Award for Collective Bargaining for his July-August 2016 American Postal Worker column, We Have a New Union Contract! The award honors the late Saul Miller, a director of the AFL-CIO Department of Information and an ILCA founder.

‘Stand Up for Safe Jobs’ Campaign a Priority in St. Paul

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

Every worker has the right to a safe workplace. Most APWU members know first-hand what can happen if proper safety procedures are not followed by management. The simple truth is: If postal workers want a safe workplace, APWU members have to work together to force management to make changes when necessary. 

APWU Fights Changes to PS-Form 3971

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

Happy New Year! I hope this finds you having had a wonderful holiday season, spending time with your families and friends, and having had some joyous times leading into 2018. I also want to thank you all. No matter your craft, work location, or job title, you each had an impact on millions of Americans’ holiday season. Because of your hard work, the holidays were brighter due to the gifts, cards, and letters you delivered during the season. I know it is a busy and exhausting season for all of you, but don’t forget what the work you did meant to millions of people.

Welcome to the APWU Health Plan

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte

Another Open Season has come and gone, and I would like to welcome our new members to the APWU Health Plan family! Thanks to our many long-time members for their loyalty and support as we continue to work together to provide high quality health care at the most affordable price.

Inaugural Legislative Conference Builds Political, Union & Community Strength

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  


Sondra Cosgrove, president of the Nevada League of Women Voters, 
speaking during the general session panel presentation. 
Also pictured are (l–r) Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard; 
Larry Cohen, chair of Our Revolution; 
Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP; 
and David Driscoll-Knight, interim field director at the AFL-CIO.

The inaugural Legislative Conference was a resounding success, leaving attendees with tools to protect workers’ rights and prepare for the 2018 midterm elections. On Oct. 1, nearly 300 APWU members learned how to build political, union and community strength during a full day of workshops, an intensive general session and regional breakouts.

It’s That Time Again

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell 

Each year, this department seeks to assist local officers in performing the administrative duties they were elected to do. All the listed chores are essential to running your local or state union. Once you start scheduling, you will be surprised how easy it is to keep up with your local duties.

Stopping Workplace Harassment

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Research & Education Director Joyce Robinson 

Employees have the right to work in an environment free of harassment or intimidation. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines harassment as “unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Harassment becomes unlawful where 1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or 2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.”

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