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APWU Web News Article 55-2018

APWU Meets With Federal Task Force Considering Changes to USPS

06/08/2018 - APWU met with the White House Task Force on the Postal Service on Tuesday, June 6 and presented a series of recommendations and supporting materials on how the USPS could improve services, become more financially stable, and continue to remain a treasured public institution offering universal service to all citizens, regardless of where they live or work.

Rising Up in West Virginia & Beyond!

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By President Mark Dimondstein 

In late February, 37,000 West Virginia teachers and school employees went on an inspiring nine-day strike – and won! As we go to press, similar strikes are going on in Oklahoma and Kentucky.

The strike was fueled by low pay (WV teachers’ salaries were ranked 48th out of the 50 states), no pay raises in four years and rising health insurance premiums. These conditions were, in part, created by 2006 bipartisan (Democratic and Republican) supported corporate tax cuts that drained needed money out of the state treasury.

USPS Rated Top Government Agency Once Again by Gallup Poll

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Americans like their public Postal Service – and results from a country-wide poll prove it. In fact, the Postal Service is even more popular now than it was in 2014, the last time this poll was conducted – its approval rating rose two points to 74 percent.

It’s Time to Play Amazon’s New Hit Game, ‘Milk the Taxpayer!’

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

The following article by Jim Hightower (former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and popular activist) originally appeared in the Hightower Lowdown and was edited for length.

Milk the Taxpayer, the old corporate-politico con game, is a 5-step con that generally works like this:

  1. GreatBigCorporation decides to build a facility in City A.
  2. Claiming the project will create beaucoup jobs, GBC demands that City A’s officials fork over boodles of tax breaks and gimmes.
  3. If the officials hem and haw, GBC approaches City B to stir up a bidding war.
  4. Fearing the stigma from “losing” those jobs, City A officials cave to GBC’s demands.
  5. At a joint press conference, both parties hail the “win-win” deal and praise each other’s forward-looking vision and integrity.

A Grand Alliance

Americans Still Rate the Postal Service Best, Why the Calls for Privatization?

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)   

Once again, the U.S. Postal Service has been rated most well-liked federal agency by the American public. A recent Gallup poll asked Americans to rate the job performance of 13 key government agencies. Seventy-four percent of respondents rated the USPS as “excellent” or “good,” an increase of two points from 2014.

Labor News

03/01/2018 -


L. A.Times newsroom workers celebrate their organizing victory.
Photo courtesy of the NewsGuild-CWA

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

L.A. Times’ Newsroom Unionizes in Landslide Vote 

Reversing 136 years of management rule, 85 percent of employees working in the Los Angeles Times’ newsroom voted to join The NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America, in a 248-44 vote on Jan. 4.

Members in Action

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 


(L-R) Virgin Islands Area Local President Becky B-Simmonds
and clerk Mary Meyers who works at the general post office on St. Thomas

APWU Donates $25,000 to Hurricane Relief 

APWU delegates to the 2017 All-Craft Conference  donated $12,500 to help their sisters and brothers affected by the catastrophic Sept. 2017 hurricanes and APWU National matched the contributions – resulting in $25,000 worth of donations.

  

Protests Against Job, Service Cuts Continue

01/01/2018 -


Members of the Des Moines Area Local and the 
Des Moines BMC Local picket in front of the downtown P&DC.

(This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

APWU members from coast-to-coast continue to fight against postal management’s cuts to jobs and resulting diminished service. Following the previously reported demonstrations by the Baltimore Francis “Stu” Filbey Area Local, the Charlotte Area Local (NC), and the Greater Seattle Area Local, in Massachusetts and Iowa APWU members hit the streets and spoke out to inform postal customers about how these cuts lead to slow mail processing, delayed delivery and poor customer service.

APWU Web News Article 120-2017

Unpopular Tax Bill Passes

12/22/2017 - On Wednesday Dec. 20, Congress voted to pass a tax bill designed to reward the super wealthy and major corporations with more money. Despite being an unpopular bill opposed by hard-working families across the country, it passed without any bipartisan support and awaits the president’s signature to be signed into law.

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