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Majority of Senate Members Oppose Postal Privatization

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

In Dec. 2018, Senate Resolution 633 (S. Res. 633) achieved a majority of co-sponsors. This resolution expressed the need to keep the United States Postal Service as an independent establishment of the federal government and that it should not be sold to private corporations. The House of Representatives’ companion resolution, H. Res. 993, obtained a majority of co-sponsors in Oct. 2018.

A Grand Alliance

Task Force: No Fire Sale, But Privatization Threat Looms

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

The long-awaited report of President Trump’s Task Force on the future of the Postal Service was released Dec. 4, months after its original August deadline. While the task force stopped short of proposing an immediate, full-scale fire sale of the Postal Service, it’s no wonder the White House held the report until after the midterm elections – its recommendations would slow mail service, stop the Postal Service from innovating and would, indeed, privatize vast swaths of the Postal Service’s operations.

White House Targets Postal Workers

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

On Dec. 4, 2018, the U.S. Treasury Department released the long-awaited report by the White House’s Task Force on the United States Postal System. The Task Force was created by an executive order issued on April 12, 2018. It was chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) also serving on the committee. This task force report followed a June 21 recommendation from the White House Office of Management and Budget, which called for the wholesale privatization of the USPS, i.e. selling it to private corporations.

The Ostrich Syndrome

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By President Mark Dimondstein 

“Bury your head in the sand” is a common saying based on the myth that when an ostrich senses danger, it buries its head, believing that if they do not see the danger, it does not exist.

Postal workers are facing great dangers from corporate, financial and political forces pulling the strings behind both the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) proposals of June 21 and the new White House Task Force report of Dec. 4 (See page 6 on the Task Force). Sticking our heads in the sand and pretending the threats do not exist will not work any better for us than for the ostrich.

APWU Web News Article 5-2019

Ron Suslak Appointed as Northeast Region Coordinator

01/15/2019 - On Jan. 15, President Dimondstein appointed – and the National Executive Board voted to confirm per the APWU National Constitution – Ron Suslak to the Northeast Region Coordinator position. The position became vacant with the recent retirement of John Dirzius.

Brother Suslak currently serves as the President of the Queens Area Local in New York and Vice-President of the NY State APWU.

“I welcome such a strong union leader to this position,” said Dimondstein. “The national leadership looks forward to working with Brother Suslak in the ongoing struggle to strengthen the APWU and workers’ rights.”

APWU Web News Article 4-2019

APWU and Union Allies March in Solidarity with CUPW

On Jan. 15, APWU officers and members protested with union sisters and brothers from the NALC, National Nurses United, Teamsters, the BCTGM (Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers) International Union, and SEIU outside the Canadian embassy. The “solidarity across borders” action supported our postal brothers and sisters in the Canadian Union of Postal Workers forced back to work by the Canadian government.

Canadian Postal Workers Forced Back to Work, The Struggle Continues

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Strikers on Prince Edward Island

In late October, our postal brothers and sisters in the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) began rotating strikes across the country, their legal right under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (part of the country’s constitution). They struck for a better contract from Canada Post, the country’s public mail operator.

CUPW demanded that Canada Post address workplace injuries – which have increased 43 percent over the last two years due to rising parcel volumes – and stronger pay and benefits for Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC), about 8,000 workers. CUPW also demanded the end to forced overtime, better job security, and stronger health and safety measures.

APWU Web News Article 03-2019

Arbitrator Rejects APWU Challenges to Roof Maintenance

01/10/2019 - In a decision issued on Friday, January 4, 2019, Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service did not violate the National Agreement in 2011 when it decided to subcontract roof maintenance and repair work. The Union contended that the Employer had violated Article32.1.A by failing to give due consideration to the five factors it must consider before subcontracting; violated Article 32.1.B by failing to give the Union advance notice, and by failing to comply with the other requirements of 32.1.B; violated the MOU on Contracting or Insourcing of Contracted Services; and violated ASM Section 535.112. 

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