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APWU Web News Article 50-2017

APWU Stands in Solidarity with Striking AT&T Retail Workers

Biggest Retail Worker Strike in National History

05/20/2017 -

Across 36 states and the District of Columbia, 40,000 AT&T retail workers walked off the job on Friday, May 19, because a tentative agreement could not be reached between AT&T Mobility and the Communication Workers of America (CWA). The strike is slated to last 3 days. Visit http://unityatattmobility.org to learn more.

APWU Web News Article 48-2017

APWU Stands with BCTGM as Workers rally at Nabisco/ Mondelēz Shareholder Meeting

Company Is Outsourcing Hundreds of Union Jobs

05/19/2017 - Wednesday morning Nabisco workers from across the country joined together to rally at the site of the annual Mondelēz International shareholders meeting in Lincolnshire, IL. Workers were protesting the company’s continued outsourcing practices, which is hurting American workers and their families.

APWU Web News Article 43-2017

Miners Win Permanent Funding for Retirement Health Care

05/05/2017 -

On May 4, Congress passed legislation providing for 22,600 retired coal miners, widows and dependents to have the health care they were promised by the federal government and earned through going into the mines for decades to power the country.

The members of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) have been rallying and lobbying Congress to secure their promised retirement benefits since Patriot Coal’s bankruptcy filing in 2012. On Sept. 8, 2016, APWU officers and staff stood in solidarity with over eight thousand miners, widows, coalfield community members and union supporters at the UMWA’s rally in front of the U.S. Capitol.

A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service

Washington Post Gets It Wrong

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

In a Feb. 13, 2017 opinion piece,  “The Postal Service needs more than a Band-Aid,” The Washington Post editorial board issued a troubling public stance on postal reform.

Campaign for Postal Banking

The Market for International Remittances is Hot

Sure Money: Ripe for Expansion

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The market for international remittances – sending money abroad – is rapidly expanding. Between 2010 and 2014, money transfers worldwide increased between three percent and 11 percent annually, according to the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG). The United States ranks first worldwide for this service, with 22 percent of the global market.

‘In Order to Form a More Perfect Union’

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By President Mark Dimondstein 

The preamble to the U.S. Constitution includes the well-known and eloquent words, “in order to form a more perfect union.” The “union” here refers to the young country, born of the American Revolution – and wisely acknowledges that there should always be an effort to strive for improvement.

APWU Web News Article 41-2017

'Enough is Enough'

APWU Members Take it to the Streets

Protest Barre, VT Post Office Management

05/01/2017 - Members of the Barre Local [VT] were joined by their APWU brothers and sisters from across New England - including National President Mark Dimondstein and Northeast Regional Coordinator John H. Dirzius - for an informational picket outside the South Main Street post office on Friday, April 28. 

“Management in this office is guilty of refusing to bargain in good faith, targeting local union officers for enforcing the contract, retaliating against employees injured on the job, embarrassing employees in front of customers and unprofessional behavior,” Dirzius said... workers had to “get the message out that enough is enough."

APWU Web News Article 40-2017

Fighting for Workplace Safety

04/28/2017 - Read more about the history of workplace safety. Reprint from May-June 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker 

Before passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in December 1970, millions of Americans risked their lives every time they reported for duty – there were no national safety laws designed to protect workers across industries.

In 1970, groundbreaking legislation created the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), which is responsible for setting workplace safety and health regulations.

APWU Web News Article 37-2017

APWU to Join People’s Climate March on April 29

04/25/2017 -

On Saturday, April 29, APWU members will join allies from labor, civil rights, environmental and political reform groups for the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC.

Participants are joining together to “stand up for our communities and climate.” The American Postal Workers Union encourages all its members to come out and march either in Washington, D.C., or in one of the sister marches across the country. Click here to find one near you.

APWU Web News Article 36-2017

APWU Receives Favorable Arbitration Ruling

Clerk Craft Gains 362 Administrative and Technical Jobs

04/24/2017 - Arbitrator Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service failed to make a good faith effort to return 362 administrative and technical jobs to the Clerk Craft. The arbitration award was issued on April 21, 2017 and settles a long-standing dispute over the Clerk Craft Jobs Memorandum of Understanding in the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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