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Assault on Jobs

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

By Eastern Regional Coordinator Mike Gallagher 

Baltimore Francis “Stu” Filbey Area Local Clerk Director Gloria Drake at the local’s protest
against USPS job cuts on June 10.

As you may know, the USPS embarked on a strategy of reducing the number of duty assignments in an installation to correspond with their earned work hours, not with the actual hours that people are working. Management’s actions will lead to a wholesale reduction in the number of jobs in an installation.

The Young Worker Activist

‘Why should I get involved?’

11/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Initially, i would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the local, state and national officers, stewards and members who voted for me in our recent election. I look forward to continuing to guide the Eastern Region in the right direction and continuing to be your voice on the National Executive Board.

APWU Web News Article 145-2016

Stop Staples is on Fire in Philly

‘I Think Our Message is Getting Out There’

07/18/2016 -

Under sweltering temperatures, Eastern Region Coordinator Mike Gallagher joined members of the Philadelphia PA Area Local, New York Metro Area Local Retirees Chapter, Philadelphia BMC Local and the South Jersey Area Local for a Stop Staples rally in front of the location at 15th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia on July 17.

Time for a Political Revolution?

01/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

You may have heard politicians talking about income inequality recently, but did you know that approximately 42 percent of Americans work for $15 or less an hour – and there is a growing movement to make $15 an hour the federal minimum wage?


APWU Web News Article 221-2015

Western PA Staples Campaign Takes it to the Top

11/30/2015 - Members of the Western PA Postal Workers Solidarity Committee met with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on Nov. 20 to discuss the dirty deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples. “Fitzgerald listened to our concerns and offered his support,” reports Joe Radovich of the Pittsburgh Metro Area Local APWU.

From left: Radovich; Jack Shea, Allegheny County Labor Council; Alex Criego, NALC Branch 84; Fitzgerald; Mike Plaskon, NALC Branch 84; Joe Anthony, APWU retiree, and Randy Ball, NALC Branch 84.


What Does the Year Hold for Us?

03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The USPS welcomed 2015 by reducing service standards so it can complete its so-called “Network Rationalization Plan.” The plan calls for the closure of 82 additional Processing and Distribution Centers (P&DCs) on top of the 140 that were shuttered in 2012. This will lead to the elimination of approximately 15,000 living-wage union jobs – and further delay America’s mail.

We fought hard in previous years against an earlier round of service standard reductions and P&DC closures, but the USPS just didn’t seem concerned about the timely processing and delivery of mail. Rather, it opted for slower customer service and fewer employees in an effort to reduce labor costs.