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Have a Conversation

11/05/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Organization Director Anna Smith

Having a conversation with a non-member coworker can be downright intimidating. It is because of this intimidation some find it frightening and daunting to ask them to stand with us. It is important to move past our concerns and approach them.

The fact is these non-members are working against our best interest. Some non-members are loud and confrontational with anti-union rhetoric. They let everyone know why they are not a member. While we all realize the harm done by the boisterous one, understand that the silent non-member is as destructive, if not more. They are silently working against everything we fight to achieve. They are not on the same side.

Labor Rights are Human Rights

10/04/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Organization Director Anna Smith


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We all have heard of human rights and we all have those rights. But, did you know that labor rights are human rights?

What do I mean by that? Well, let me give an example and begin with the “right to an education.” Public education is far too often taken for granted by Americans. Sadly, only in the last century is it normal for children go to school and learn reading, writing and basic mathematics. This is all because of the work of worker unions in the late 1800s and early 1900s to end child labor. Once young children were no longer going to work in places like the clothing mills or mines, the need for elementary and high schools emerged. Unions then fought for those schools to be public, and not owned by a religious group or a company (in the cases of “company towns”).

Workers fought for free public education. We succeeded in helping secure the right of every American to have a K-12 education. We still are fighting for that same right to a free collegiate education. Labor unions fought for human rights to be protected by law. We constantly fight to give true meaning to the phrase “dignity and respect.” We fought for, and continue to fight, to maintain basic freedoms like thought, speech, press, religion, assembly and especially our right to petition our government to correct the wrongs we face.

Many Hands Make Light Work

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Organization Director Anna Smith

Sometimes it seems like we are our own worst enemy. When I first started my postal career there was always gloom and doom rhetoric going around the workroom floor. Talk that frankly scared the heck out of me. What I learned though, is that I don’t get to complain about what someone else isn’t doing for me if I’m not willing to step up to the plate and fight for myself.

APWU Web News Article 58-2018

Join us Online for the Contract Negotiations Opening Day Kick-Off Rally

06/21/2018 - APWU invites all members and allies to join us online for the Contract Negotiations Opening Day Kick-Off Rally on June 25 at 7PM EDT. Several labor allies, political leaders, and community supporters will be joining in. We will be streaming the event live from our website and on YouTube. You can RSVP for the event on Facebook by clicking here. Please share far and wide with your coworkers, family and friends.

What Role Do You Play as a Union Member?

05/01/2018 -


Speak to your local leaders or Contract Action Team
to join in our Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow organizing campaign!

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

By Organization Director Anna Smith 

Every union member has a part to play in strengthening the APWU, not just officers and stewards. There is so much more to being a member than just paying dues. Consider for a moment what role you can play as a union member. You can assist with union activities and participate in them at every level of the APWU. There is a role for each of us – if you’re not sure where to start, some things to consider might be:

APWU Web News Article 36-2018

Members Get Your Gear

to Get Fired Up & Ready to Go!

04/11/2018 -

Are you Fired Up and Ready to Go for the 2018 Contract Negotiations? Get your gear to show it! 

Members can now buy t-shirts, stickers, and wristbands from the APWU Store. 

Click here for the APWU Store. 

What Has the Union Done for You?

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

By Organization Director Anna Smith 

Have you ever found yourself saying, “I haven’t ever used the union,” or “that [craft, tour, post office/station, or co-worker] got something I didn’t get?” How about, “I pay my dues, but the union hasn’t represented me or didn’t do anything for me?” Let’s take a moment to address your concerns.

Building Your Bulletin Board

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 


Colorful and creative bulletin board in Hilo, HI, Big Island Area Local

By Organization Director Anna Smith

How can you stay informed and be involved? It’s not as hard as you think. Bulletin boards are a way for us to not only communicate with our current members, but also can be utilized as an avenue to reach our non-member coworkers.

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. 

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