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APWU Web News Article 22-2019

Join Us on April 15 for the APWU’s Tax Day of Action!

04/03/2019 - On Apr. 15, postal workers are letting the public know that the Postal Service operates with NO tax dollars. Contact your local or state officers to find out how you can participate!

If there isn’t a Tax Day event in your area, do a digital action by sharing a social media post by the APWU or the US Mail Not for Sale campaign!

Go to usmailnotforsale.org or call 844.402.1001 to tell your member of Congress that you support the PUBLIC Postal Service!

Solidarity Works! United Worker Actions Mean We Prevail

04/01/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Working people across the country continue to build on past organizing successes to beat back government actions that threaten our jobs and our families’ futures.

For the last few years, labor has been in the streets, defending our rights to good, family-sustaining jobs and dignified retirements. APWU has been a key part of these recent labor victories, with our successful Stop Staples campaign against privatizers in the USPS.

2019 is barely three months old, yet collective worker action has already led to two tremendous victories. First, the partial government shutdown beginning Dec. 22, 2018. More than 800,000 federal workers were locked out or forced to work without pay as President Trump demanded billions in funding for a border wall. After the longest federal government shutdown in history – lasting 35 days – workers brought it to an end because they fought back, and the entire American labor movement came to their aid.

Second, the strike by education personnel in West Virginia – the second in as many years – once again captured national attention and showed the country how it is possible to win when workers stand together, even when the government is set squarely against them. 

White House Targets Postal Workers

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

On Dec. 4, 2018, the U.S. Treasury Department released the long-awaited report by the White House’s Task Force on the United States Postal System. The Task Force was created by an executive order issued on April 12, 2018. It was chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) also serving on the committee. This task force report followed a June 21 recommendation from the White House Office of Management and Budget, which called for the wholesale privatization of the USPS, i.e. selling it to private corporations.

APWU Web News Article 4-2019

APWU and Union Allies March in Solidarity with CUPW

On Jan. 15, APWU officers and members protested with union sisters and brothers from the NALC, National Nurses United, Teamsters, the BCTGM (Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers) International Union, and SEIU outside the Canadian embassy. The “solidarity across borders” action supported our postal brothers and sisters in the Canadian Union of Postal Workers forced back to work by the Canadian government.

APWU Web News Article 94-2018

Thousands Proclaim the ‘U.S. Mail is Not for Sale”

Yesterday, Oct. 8, thousands of postal workers and supporters participated in over a hundred rallies across the country to proclaim that the U.S. Mail Is Not For Sale! This National Day of Action was sponsored jointly by the four postal unions.

Click here to see the images the APWU National has received of postal workers out in the streets on Oct. 8. 

APWU Web News Article 225-2015

Important Arbitration Win in Fight Against Plant Closures and Consolidations

12/04/2015 - Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled on Dec. 3, 2015, that the American Postal Workers Union and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union may now go forward with their Step 4 grievances challenging the Postal Service’s decision to close or consolidate approximately 82 mail processing facilities starting January of 2015.  The grievances had contended that the consolidations violated the PO-408 Handbook, Closures and Consolidations Area Mail Processing (AMP) Guidelines.

 

APWU Web News Article 149-2015

Happy 240th Birthday, Postal Service!

Locals Celebrate 'Postal Heritage Day'

07/28/2015 -


In Washington, DC: Assistant Clerk Craft Director Lynn Pallas-Barber,
Nations' Capital Southern Maryland Local
President Dena Briscoe, 
a clerk from the Dorothy Height Post Office,
President Mark Dimondstein and Vice President Debby Szeredy.

A number of locals joined in with others in wishing the Postal Service a Happy 240th Birthday on July 26, "Postal Heritage Day."

 

APWU: We Need to Protect the USPS from Corporate Pirates

Inspector General Slams USPS on Property Sales, Leases

07/01/2015 -


Berkeley residents have stopped the sale of the
historical post office - for now. 

(This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

In April, the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a scathing report on the Postal Service’s transactions with CBRE, which serves as its exclusive agent for real estate transactions.

The report recommends that the USPS terminate its contract with CBRE, the world’s largest real estate company. The OIG also referred numerous USPS-CBRE transactions to its Office of Investigations for possible criminal charges.

The report points out that USPS management permits CBRE to represent both the Postal Service and the businesses and individuals that are buying and leasing property from the USPS.

Hocking Our Heritage – At a Discount

06/01/2015 -


Murals depicting our nation's heritage grace the lobbies of many post offices. Here is 
Stagecouch, Overland Express and Riverboat Carrying U.S. Mail, by Valdimir Rousseff,
which has been displayed in the Reedly, CA, Main Post Office since 1935. 

(This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

“When USPS management sells these priceless public properties to private interests at a discount, they are privatizing a national treasure,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

The Postal Service not only takes these assets away from the people they belong to, but often sells them to individuals who work against the best interest of the public: bigwig developers who are only interested in their own profit.

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