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09/01/2017 -


Workers march in Los Angeles during a 2015 Fight for $15 protest. 
SEIU Local 99/Flickr Creative Commons

(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Minimum Wage Raised 

Voters in several states and cities approved ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage, which were enacted this summer.

Members in Action

09/01/2017 -


From L-R: President Joe Cogan, Vice-President Bill Martin,
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Legislative & Political Director Daniel
Cortez and Director of Associate Offices Verna Mathews.

(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Protesting Health Care Bill 

Members of the Portland Oregon Area Local attended a rally protesting Republican health care legislation on July 6. At rallies all over the country, people protested against the drastic bill that would leave millions uninsured with the slogan, “Kill the bill, don’t kill us.” 

APWU Web News Article 82-2017

Unions Improve the Lives of All Working People

Truth Exposed in New Report by the Economic Policy Institute

08/31/2017 - Postal workers know first-hand that union jobs are good jobs. Unions help workers join together and bargain with their employer for better wages, benefits and working conditions. However, unions also stand up for the rights of workers who are not currently in a union. They are a rising tide that lifts all boats. 

APWU News Bulletin

Gearing Up for the 2018 Contract Campaign

08/21/2017 - The APWU’s national headquarters is gearing up for the upcoming 2018 Contract Campaign.  


Members of the Central Arkansas Area Local rocked union gear during the 2015 Contract Campaign

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), also known as a union contract, between the APWU and the USPS expires on Sept. 20, 2018 – just a little over one year from now. The contract determines wages, benefits and conditions of employment. 

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Young Workers

AFL-CIO Young Workers Meet with Brazilian Union Leaders

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

A delegation of young workers from the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil for five days in May for an educational exchange with Central Unica dos Trabalhadores (CUT), an organization of Brazilian labor unions, much like the AFL-CIO. The exchange was sponsored by the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center and CUT.

‘All for One and One for All!’

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By President Mark Dimondstein

The Three Musketeers must have belonged to the “Musketeers Union” with their rallying cry “All for one and one for all!” That captures the essence of union solidarity.

So does the recent APWU-led informational picket in Barre, Vermont.

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.

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