07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)
By Northeast Regional Coordinator John Dirzius
As a proud member of the American Postal Workers Union since its birth in 1971, I have witnessed first-hand our development and growth into one of the largest and most aggressive unions in the labor movement. Over these past 46 years, our collective efforts have improved the standard of living of APWU members, all postal employees and workers in general.
05/01/2017 - Members of the Barre Local [VT] were joined by their APWU brothers and sisters from across New England - including National President Mark Dimondstein and Northeast Regional Coordinator John H. Dirzius - for an informational picket outside the South Main Street post office on Friday, April 28.
“Management in this office is guilty of refusing to bargain in good faith, targeting local union officers for enforcing the contract, retaliating against employees injured on the job, embarrassing employees in front of customers and unprofessional behavior,” Dirzius said... workers had to “get the message out that enough is enough."
03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
From time-to-time, the American Postal Worker interviews union leaders to learn why they got involved in the American Postal Workers Union. In this issue, we talk with Quanisha Mcneal, a 25-year-old member of the New York Metro Area Local. She started working at the post office in November 2014 as a clerk, and was appointed last year to be a part of the Young Workers Committee. As a Postal Support Employee (PSE) her experience represents over a quarter of the employees the APWU represents.
09/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Sisters and brothers, 2016 has been an extremely active year for the apwu and our members. We received our long-awaited arbitrated Collective Bargaining Agreement from Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg; we held our 23rd Biennial National Convention; local negotiations will begin in September; we will have the right and obligation to vote in our national union elections in September, and, yes, we will have the high honor to vote in our nation’s presidential elections in November.
08/30/2016 - From Northeast Region Coordinator John Dirzius:
I hope everyone made it back home safe from the National Convention. It was great seeing all of you and participating in our union’s most important union meeting. As I have often stated and even from the podium at the Convention - the Northeast Region leads the way in fighting important issues – thinking outside the box to enforce our contract – in providing our members the very best in representation – and in building a better and stronger APWU. Just take a look at who was at the microphones speaking out and on our many resolutions. I could not have been prouder and rest assure that the entire APWU takes note of our collective solidarity in our Region.
I have attached for your review a document provided at the Convention listing the ‘Best of the Organized Locals’ in the APWU. This is just another example of what we do well in the Northeast Region. Let my highlight and congratulate the ‘Top 3 Locals' in each category size as being the best: Boston Metro Area Local, Long Island Area Local, Greater CT Area Local, Red Bank Area Local, Lynn, MA Local, and the Rhode Island Postal Workers.
The APWU made two donations to CT-ALIVE (Connecticut Alliance for Victims of Violence & Their Families) on March 6, at the Greater Connecticut Area Local’s membership meeting. Northeast Regional Coordinator John Dirzius presented a check on behalf of the Northeast Region of APWU-POWER (Post Office Women for Equal Rights) and a donation was made in memory of Jo-Anne Colburn, a 36-year member and Industrial Relations Director of the Greater CT Area Local, who passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 25.
02/29/2016 - The Boston Metro Area Local is Feeling the Bern!
On Feb. 27, the Boston Metro Area Local took part in a rally for Bernie Sanders on the steps of the Massachusetts State House. Boston Metro Area Local President Scott Hoffman addressed the crowd, talking about Sanders’ long history of support of postal workers, as well as union workers in general.