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From the Field

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

From the Field is a new recurring feature for the American Postal Worker spotlighting statements from APWU local and state publications on a current issue.

Reversions, Abolishments, and Excessing 

“This is an attack on postal workers’ jobs and we have a big fight on our hands. We need all of you in that fight. You need to report every violation to your steward. Management will be forced to perform more clerk work if this excessing occurs and it is up to you to report those violations.” – Bob Gunter, Illinois Postal Worker Union President, The Illinois Postal Worker

As with Customer Convenience,

Are Blue Boxes a Thing of the Past?

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

The familiar blue collection boxes are vanishing from our streets. A recent USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit report charges that the Postal Service is not taking into account community need and service when removing the signature mail boxes. In the Eastern Area alone, the Postal Service did not follow proper procedure for 75 percent of the removed collection boxes between Oct. 1, 2014 and Feb. 29, 2016 (322 out of 432).  

Members in Action

09/01/2017 -


From L-R: President Joe Cogan, Vice-President Bill Martin,
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Legislative & Political Director Daniel
Cortez and Director of Associate Offices Verna Mathews.

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

Protesting Health Care Bill 

Members of the Portland Oregon Area Local attended a rally protesting Republican health care legislation on July 6. At rallies all over the country, people protested against the drastic bill that would leave millions uninsured with the slogan, “Kill the bill, don’t kill us.” 

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.

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