On Nov. 8, APWU Des Moines Area Local and the Des Moines BMC Local (Iowa) held an informational picket in front of the downtown processing and distribution center to send a resounding message to postal management: Postal Workers Want First-Class Service for the People!
05/11/2016 - The 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is on Saturday, May 14. The food drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), is the world’s largest one-day food drive, taking place in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
04/05/2016 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein is encouraging APWU members to actively support the National Association of Letter Carriers’ 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, slated for Saturday, May 14.
(This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Frederick Douglas, the renowned anti-slavery leader, declared, “Without struggle there can be no progress.”
Certainly during 2015 we engaged in lots of needed struggle in the fight for workers’ rights and in defense of our wonderful national treasure, the public Postal Service. And, indeed, we have made some real progress.
(This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The National Association of Letter Carriers’ 23rd Annual Food Drive was held on May 9. Every year, on the first Saturday in May, customers are asked to put non-perishable food donations in a sturdy bag near their mailbox, which Letter Carriers collect as they deliver the mail.
To help the cause, the APWU purchased some of the sturdy bags that were distributed to customers in Las Vegas and Upland, CA.
06/16/2015 - In a June 15 letter, the presidents of the four postal unions asked the Department of Labor (DOL) and the White House to withdraw a proposal that would reduce compensation benefits to injured workers and urged the administration instead to work with federal employee unions and their allies in Congress to “fashion sensible reform” of the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA).
06/11/2015 - In a joint letter to members of the House of Representatives, the presidents of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and APWU expressed opposition to the “Fast Track” trade bill pending before the Congress. Voting on the measure is expected to take place on Friday, June 12.
The June 10 letter says, “We have urged you to end the undemocratic practice of voting on Trade Promotion Authority before the trade and investment agreements negotiated in secret by our government and its trading partners are made public. Such authority guarantees enactment of these agreements before their flaws can be democratically debated and amended.”
06/09/2015 - The four postal unions have asked the White House to issue a Presidential Proclamation designating July 26, the agency’s 240th birthday, “Postal Heritage Day.”
The Postal Service was established on July 26, 1775, when an act of the Second Continental Congress created the United States Post Office Department, and named Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General.
“The USPS is the governmental agency which most interacts with the American people. Postal employees have repeatedly been recognized as the government employees most trusted by the citizens of our great country,” a June 5 letter to President Barack Obama says.