(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.
Tell PMG, Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America's Mail!
11/10/2014 - On Nov. 14 postal employees from every craft in more than 149 locations will send an urgent message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail! Donahoe and the Board are poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts that would forever damage the U.S. Postal Service.
08/31/2012 - Delegates to the APWU National Convention condemned USPS management for their failure to adhere to the terms of the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement and for their dismal response to the agency’s congressionally-manufactured financial crisis.
ALSO: At pre-convention meetings, Guffey reported that the union has engaged in informal discussions with management on incentives to encourage employees to retire or resign. To date, the USPS has made no official offers to the APWU, but discussions are continuing, he said.
AND: Despite all the media coverage of the GOP Convention during the last week in August, the party's platform received little notice. But postal workers ought to sit up and take notice: The Republican Party wants to privatize your job.
12/16/2008 - APWU President William Burrus has posed a straightforward question to Postmaster General John E. Potter regarding the Postal Service’s decision to designate a shipping franchise with an offensive name as a participant in the USPS Approved Shipper program:
Does the decision to embrace the term “Goin’ Postal” reflect the policy of the Postmaster General or is it an example of bureaucratic bungling by his subordinates?
06/06/2007 - The APWU, together with an organization representing a coalition of consumers and nonprofit mailers, has filed a suit challenging secret policy-making by a Postal Service advisory committee.
The panel, the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee, is made up of trade associations that represent large business mailers. Co-chaired by major mailer representatives and postal officials, MTAC — acting through “work groups” — commissions studies and makes recommendations to senior USPS management on postal operations, postal rates, and postal regulations.
08/18/2006 - Nearly 3,000 blue T-shirt-clad APWU union members sent a strong and unified message to the Postal Service Thursday, as they surrounded what used to be the Philadelphia Processing & Distribution Center at a rally protesting failing service and mismanaged network realignment programs.