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.
The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017
02/07/2017 - The bill addresses two serious key issues of concern: the pre-funding mandate and increasing postage revenue. Judging by the criteria that this bill will move the Postal Service towards solid financial footing, and should not place any undue burden on active members and retirees, the APWU joins its sister postal unions in encouraging the adoption of H.R. 756.
“This legislation is a necessary step to solving the disastrous pre-funding mandate that is dragging down the Postal Service,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Postal reform has been a great concern to postal workers, the four postal unions, the USPS, commercial mailers and the American people for a long time. We are encouraged by the bipartisan effort to fix the financial problems currently facing the USPS while preserving good union jobs and public postal services..."
02/01/2017 - On January 31, 2017, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders introduced The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756. Currently, the APWU Legislative & Political Department is reviewing the legislation with APWU leadership.
As the U.S. Inaugurates its 45th President,
01/25/2017 - Last weekend, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. After the election, President Dimondstein pledged to work with President Trump and all elected representatives to achieve the APWU’s goals to defend good service, protect good union jobs and preserve our national treasure.
On December 20, 2016, President Dimondstein and APWU Legislative Director Judy Beard had a productive meeting with a representative from then President-Elect Trump’s transition team. They discussed the many facets of the USPS as well as the many urgent issues facing APWU members, their families and communities.
At the beginning of the new year, President Dimondstein wrote a letter to President Trump, to continue the conversation about the fiscal challenges facing the USPS and the importance of a vibrant public Postal Service for all Americans. The letter is reprinted below.
01/16/2017 - Click here to watch President Dimondstein's message to APWU members saluting them and the union's many supporters for their work to stop the USPS-Staples deal.
01/13/2017 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein was featured on Federal News Radio on Jan. 12, discussing the successful Stop Staples fight and what’s next for the union.
Click here to listen to the interview on Federal Drive, with Tom Temin.
Letter to the Editor of "The Hill" by President Dimondstein
01/10/2017 - Reprint of The Hill Letter to the Editor:
From Mark Dimondstein, President of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union (APWU), Vice President of the AFL-CIO
The hatchet job on the public Postal Service from columnist Brian McNicoll (“Post Office Loses Another $5.1 Billion….” The Hill, Dec. 20, 2016) borders on fake news.
The claim that the USPS lost over $5 billion in the last fiscal year buries the truth...
President Dimondstein's installation speech
01/09/2017 - President Dimondstein spoke about the recent victories and future challenges for the American Postal Workers Union during his address at the installation of officers on Nov. 5, 2016.
Big win for postal workers who waged a three-year campaign against Staples/USPS partnership that included a boycott, rallies, legal battles, outreach to customers and a successful effort to block the Staples/Office Depot merger
After Years of Protest and Boycott by APWU and Allies – The Deal Between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples to Sell Postal Services Ends
American Postal Workers Union Calls Off Staples Boycott
01/05/2017 - The U.S. Postal Service announced in a letter to the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO that the deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples has ended. Staples will be removing all signage and will discontinue postal services at the national retailer’s roughly 500 U.S. locations that handle postal services by the first week of March 2017. In response, APWU is calling off the boycott of Staples effective immediately and will notify its many supporters and allies.