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Vote for 'Issues that Can Unite Us' on Election Day

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard 

The AFL-CIO Convention last October called for a break with the politics of the “lesser of two evils” that currently dominate U.S. elections. The 2018 mid-term election is an opportunity to implement these words and focus around important issues, directed by APWU National Convention actions and principles of our APWU Constitution.

Janus v. AFSCME Q&A

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

During the last few months, there has been a lot of discussion in the news about the Janus Supreme Court case and how it will affect public employees, all workers and the labor movement as a whole.

Q: What is the Janus case about?

A: The Janus lawsuit against AFSCME claims that “fair share” fees are a violation of an individual’s “free speech” rights. The case is really not about free speech at all, but rather a blatant effort to weaken unions.

Letters

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

Feb. 18, 2018

Dear Editor Mark Dimondstein,

My name is Susan Nichols and I am sending you this [letter and photograph below] on behalf of the group of Laborer/Custodians to whom it refers. We would urge you to print this because 1) it underscores the power and importance of the Union, and 2) in recognition of the enormous effort put forth in this case to win back these jobs. It was a long and labor-intensive process on the part of, particularly, Maintenance Craft Director Erik Bojarski. He, and President Frank Resetarits, truly changed our lives for so much the better. They deserve a recognition – as does the Union.

Labor News

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

Portuguese Postal Workers Hold One-Day Strike 
Over 4,000 Walk Out to Demand Reversal of Privatization

Over 4,000 Portuguese postal workers held a one-day strike in Lisbon on Feb. 23, demanding a reversal of the country’s privatized postal services.

Marching in Memphis: 50 Years Later

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., union activists and allies gathered together in Memphis, TN for three days of events, including a celebration of King’s “Mountaintop” speech on April 3 and a spirited rally and march on April 4. The march was from AFSCME Local 1733’s current office through downtown Memphis to the Mason Temple – the site of King’s final speech. 

Campaign for Postal Banking

Is Free Checking a Thing of the Past?

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

Bank of America, the country’s second largest bank, ended its popular free e-checking account and is now requiring customers to maintain a minimum balance of $1,500 or a monthly direct deposit of at least $250. Customers who fail to meet those minimums will be charged a $12 monthly fee. 

APWU Web News Article 43-2018

Moratorium on Grievances Agreement Due to Convention in August

05/01/2018 - The APWU and the Postal Service have agreed to a moratorium on grievances, disciplinary actions and arbitration hearings at the national, regional, state and local levels from Aug. 13 until Aug. 27 due to the 2018 APWU Biennial Convention, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman has announced. The period spans a total of 15 days.

From the Field

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 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.

“The union is you, me and the co-worker next to you. The union is all of us. We, as officers, have a job to represent, but without you as members standing up and standing behind the officers, there is no power in the union. If things are not the way they should be, or you feel something more needs to be done, then the union needs you to stand up for that. The officers can solve some things with class action grievances but if you want to see change, it requires UNITY and all of us working together to get the change you deserve and want.” — Mike Mize, Michigan Postal Workers Union President, Auto City Flint Facts

PS Form 50 Personnel Actions

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Support Services Director Steve Brooks 

I am writing this as an attempt to inform APWU officers and employees at all levels across the country of problems that continue to exist. These problems can cost employees thousands of dollars. I am talking about the untimely processing of PS Form 50s.

There's More to Being a Member than Just Paying Dues

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Northeast Region Coordinator John Dirzius 

As I proudly travel the Northeast Region and speak with workers, I always ask if there are any new members, newly hired Postal Support Employees (PSEs) or recently converted PSEs. I ask those questions knowing that 25 percent of postal workers have been hired since 2011 and over 54 percent are eligible to retire.

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