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APWU Web News Article 28-2017

Postal Reform Act of 2017 Moves Forward

03/20/2017 - On March 16, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “marked-up” and approved the Postal Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). A mark-up is a formal process where a congressional committee can consider and amend a bill before advancing it to the full House of Representatives or Senate.

Recognizing the need to set the Postal Service on sound financial footing, the APWU supported H.R. 756 advancing through committee. The favorable vote to move the bill out of the Oversight Committee is one of several key steps in a lengthy legislative process. 

APWU Web News Article 27-2017

NPC Members Take it to Capitol Hill

03/17/2017 -


St. Charles Local President John Zamudio, Beth Zamudio,
Greater Kansas City Metro Area Local Legislative Director Darcy Wood,
Missouri Postal Workers Union Legislative Director Kirk Schroeder,
Greater Kansas City Metro Area Local President Antoinette Robinson,
Beverly Wolfmeyer, and
St. Louis Gateway District Area Local President Fred Wolfmeyer.

The National President Conference of APWU State and Local presidents, gathered in Washington DC for one of its periodic meetings. This time for their conference the State and Local Presidents and other APWU officers, members and their families descended on Capitol Hill, meeting with elected officials to discuss the Postal Reform Act of 2017 and other issues of importance to postal workers.

APWU Web News Article 26-201

APWU Members Join UAW’s ‘March on Mississippi’

03/09/2017 -


Over two dozen APWU members came from 
multiple states to support the Nissan workers efforts to organize. 

APWU members stood in solidarity at the “March on Mississippi” with Nissan workers attempting to organize a union and join the United Auto Workers (UAW).

Over five thousand union brothers and sisters protested near the Nissan plant in Canton, MS, in support of the plant’s workers fighting to organize the notoriously anti-union plant. After the rally, workers marched two miles to the plant. They delivered a letter to Nissan demanding the right to vote for union representation and for a contract to address wages, require safer working conditions and improve job security – free of fear or intimidation.

APWU Web News Article 25-2017

MTESC Workers Unanimously Ratify First Contract

03/09/2017 - New APWU members at the Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC) in Urbandale, IA, unanimously ratified an initial two-year contract... The contract will increase job security through the implementation of a grievance process, a guaranteed number of full-time employees and a “no-lay-off” clause. The APWU also secured enhanced safety commitments from the company with improved pay and better benefits. 

Worker Solidarity

Q & A with Mark Dudzic

Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The U.S. health care system is broken. The Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare (LCSP) calls for a total revamp. The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) supports their goal of health care for all. The union spoke with LCSP National Coordinator, Mark Dudzic, about how the single payer system will better the lives for all Americans and what APWU members can do to grow support. 

A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service

Pro-Privatization Groups Continue Attacks on Public Postal Service

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Like clockwork, when USPS finances are announced each quarter headline after headline claim the Postal Service is irrelevant, in financial trouble or a monopoly that needs breaking up. These critics compare the USPS financial situation to the sinking of the Titanic. They say the USPS should remember its core mission is to deliver the mail, not expand services. They also say the USPS needs business-savvy leaders on its Board of Governors.

Campaign for Postal Banking

Consumer Protections Under Attack

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

After the devastating 2008 financial crisis, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act that led to creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The Bureau has had a significant impact protecting consumers and holding big banks accountable. The CFPB recently fined Wells Fargo $100 million for the illegal practice of secretly opening unauthorized customer accounts. Since the Bureau’s inception, it returned nearly $12 billion to consumers who were cheated or misled by payday lenders, pawn shops and other financial predators. It has taken particular aim at companies that target service members and veterans. 

VICTORY

We Stopped Staples

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

After three years, the Stop Staples campaign concludes with a huge victory. By the time this issue of the American Postal Worker is in mailboxes, the USPS will be out of all Staples stores nationwide. Gone are the Postal Service counters and signs in Staples stores, put in to take away good paying postal retail jobs from the dedicated members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU).

The Stop Staples Fight:

Unity and Activism - Key to Victory!

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017  issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By President Mark Dimondstein

After a dynamic three-year campaign, we have won the Stop Staples fight! Postal management informed the APWU in writing that the “Approved Shipper” program in Staples stores would be shut down by the end of February 2017. The boycott against Staples is now over.

APWU Web News Article 18-2017

Significant COLA Increase

02/15/2017 - Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 16 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective March 4, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement (Postal Support Employees are not eligible for cost-of-living increases, but they receive five general wage increases under the 2015-2018 contract). The increase is the result of an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated March 24 (Pay Period 06-2017), and will total $333.00 per year.

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