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APWU Web News Article 140-2015

Dimondstein to Appear on Podcast, TV

07/02/2015 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein has a pair of media appearances scheduled for Thursday, July 2.

First, he will call-in to “The Ed Schultz Show,” podcast at 12:10 p.m., which is syndicated across the country. Click here for more info.

Dimondstein will also appear on Thom Hartmann’s The Big Picture, at approximately 7:30 p.m. The live show airs nationwide on the RT America network, and on the FSTV Network.

We Are Fighting for a Just Future

07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The APWU is fighting for a just future – for a strong Postal Service for generations to come and for “economic justice” for the workers and retirees of today and tomorrow.

Across the country, today’s young workers are being consigned to second- and third-class jobs. The Postal Service’s contract proposals would perpetuate the downward spiral, with lower wages and fewer benefits for future career employees, including today’s PSEs.

No Notice Given

British Postal Company Axes Door-to-Door Delivery

07/01/2015 -


Whistl workers, like the ones seen here, are now out
of a job since the company stopped delivering mail.

(This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Employees of a privately-owned British postal service were hit with an unpleasant surprise the morning of May 11.

Whistl suspended door-to-door deliveries without any advance warning, leaving 1,800 workers out in the cold.

Royal Mail was forced to step in to take over the deliveries in London, Manchester and Liverpool – also without notice.

APWU: We Need to Protect the USPS from Corporate Pirates

Inspector General Slams USPS on Property Sales, Leases

07/01/2015 -


Berkeley residents have stopped the sale of the
historical post office - for now. 

(This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

In April, the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a scathing report on the Postal Service’s transactions with CBRE, which serves as its exclusive agent for real estate transactions.

The report recommends that the USPS terminate its contract with CBRE, the world’s largest real estate company. The OIG also referred numerous USPS-CBRE transactions to its Office of Investigations for possible criminal charges.

The report points out that USPS management permits CBRE to represent both the Postal Service and the businesses and individuals that are buying and leasing property from the USPS.

Grand Alliance Answers the Call

‘Stand with Postal Workers’

07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)


Alliance members Melanie Campbell speaks at the Washington, DC, 
​press conference.

Representatives from 17 member organizations of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service answered the APWU’s call for support on the union’s National Day of Action on May 14.

The leaders joined actor-activist Danny Glover at the APWU’s press conference in Washington, DC, which advocated Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract! Speakers from Alliance organizations included Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America; Clayola Brown, president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute; Steven D. Martin of the National Council of Churches, and Richard Fiesta, executive director of Alliance of Retired Americans.

What’s Next for Our Contract, Grievance Procedure?

07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

As many may be aware, we were unsuccessful in reaching agreement with the Postal Service over a new collective bargaining agreement for our members.

My motto has always been, “Pray for peace, but prepare for war.” We are preparing for the next step of contract negotiations, and that would be mediation.

Mediation is when a neutral third-party assists two sides in reaching an agreement. Mediators make suggestions and offer procedural or substantive recommendations. Their tool is the power of persuasion, as they have no authority to impose settlements on the parties.

What Does Union Power Mean to You?

07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Organizing is all about increasing our power. Throughout history, people have made great strides by standing together for a cause. Together, people who had little power individually have accomplished great things.

During the Great Postal Strike of 1970, postal workers – who were fed up with begging the government for better wages and benefits – won the right of collective bargaining that we enjoy today. They also won overtime pay; seniority when bidding on jobs; no-layoff protection; work-hour guarantees, and a living wage.

In the 1960s, by organizing people to stand up to the despicable practice of racial discrimination, protesters motivated Congress to enact the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.

The Perils of Privatization

Public Service + Profits: They Don’t Add Up

07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Every day we hear that government doesn’t work and that it costs too much. Business, we’re told, is more efficient and more effective.

We’re told this is true of the Postal Service as well. Companies like FedEx and UPS could do it better, we continually hear.

But the truth is that corporate CEOs are salivating over the thought of carving up the profitable parts of postal operations and leaving the unprofitable service obligations to whatever is left of the Postal Service.

What Happens When Contract Talks Break Down?

07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

When negotiations between the APWU and USPS reached a stalemate on May 27, our fight for a good contract entered a new stage. And until postal workers have reclaimed our inherent right to withhold our labor to win our demands, the next steps will be dictated by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA).

Mediation is the first step outlined in the PAEA, to be followed by arbitration if mediation fails to result in a new collective bargaining agreement.

“The union has been preparing for the possibility that negotiations would end in mediation and/or arbitration from the beginning,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

Welcome Relief: Network Consolidation on Hold

07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Management put their plans to consolidate and close our mail processing facilities in a “To Be Determined” (TBD) status on May 22, except for three sites. Then, on May 27, the USPS posted an official notice on www.usps.com announcing that they had decided to defer consolidation activities and would resume them in 2016.

Throughout negotiations, the APWU requested a moratorium on consolidations and closures for the life of the contract. The deferral is welcome news, but we still have work to do. We cannot rest.

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