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APWU Web News Article 33-2018

Update: 2 New Classes Added!

Attend a Pre-Convention Workshop

Register Today!

03/27/2018 - The Research & Education Department will sponsor the APWU’s 16th Educational Conference, a National Convention event that provides union members with a wealth of information to take home to their local and state organizations. Twenty-eight workshops will be offered on Friday, Aug. 17... All APWU members are welcome and encouraged to sign-up online by the early registration deadline of Friday, Aug. 3. This deadline is firm for participants with special needs: If you need a sign interpreter, for example, you must register by Aug. 3. Other participants may try to sign up for workshops after they arrive in Pittsburgh; however, late registrants will have a limited choice of workshops and will not receive certificates. 

Are You Ready to Take Action?

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

By Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy


Vice President Debby Szeredy speaks with clerk Michelle Reid. 

We must fight back against consolidations and closures – and any attack on our workplace. 

To assist, the National has provided locals with information and strategies on how to build a movement.

APWU Web News Article 170-2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders to PMG: Service Cuts, Plant Closures ‘a Disaster’

08/27/2015 - In a sharply worded letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called the Postal Service’s decision to close mail processing centers and eliminate overnight delivery “a disaster” and urged her to “re-instate overnight delivery standards and speed up the delivery of mail as soon as possible.”

APWU Web News Article 099-2015

USPS Second Quarter Operating Profit Totals $313 Million

Good News Continues as Operating Profit for First Half of Year Exceeds All of Last Year

05/11/2015 - The Postal Service’s operating profit for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015 totaled $313 million, putting the surplus for the first half of the year above $1.3 billion – more than all of last year’s operating profit. “These steadily increasing profits are good news for the Postal Service and for the people,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “There is no justification for management to continue to degrade service and shut postal facilities. “Now is a perfect time to strengthen – not dismantle – our national treasure,” he  said.

When Complement Managers Make Contact, Union Calls Foul

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

As this issue goes to press, there is no sign that management is stopping or postponing the Network Rationalization Plan and the quest to systemically dismantle the Postal Service.

Back in 2011and 2012, when AMPs (Area Mail Processing) changes were first implemented and Article 12 impacts were issued, management referred to the massive cutbacks as “consolidations.” Now that the impacts have been devastating to employees and service, they are called “Network Rationalization.” No term could be more fitting.

Everything from the bogus figures in the reports – that haven’t changed since they were first issued two to three (some four) years ago – is wrong. The numbers weren’t correct then, and couldn’t possibly be correct now. The misrepresented findings are clearly “rationalized.”

A Tale of Two Post Offices

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

A battle is raging for the heart and soul of the U.S. postal service. After the American Revolution, leaders of the new government realized that the post office could play a crucial role in forging a democratic society. They believed that equal and affordable access to correspondence and publications would foster great debate and build the informed citizenry needed to promote prosperity and progress.

They also believed a federal post office could bind together the fledgling nation.

The Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 outlined the Postal Service’s mission: to bind the nation together while offering satisfying careers and opportunities for advancement to all employees.

This vision of the Postal Service as a pillar of American democracy and family-wage jobs for its citizens has been slowly eroded by a competing vision of the Postal Service – one that views the USPS as a business that operates on market principles; where corporate private interests “advise” the Postal Service, and where the American public and American workers are secondary to the financial interests of major mailers.

APWU Web News Article 006-2015

Service Cuts Disrupt Workers’ Lives

01/13/2015 -

When postal officials lowered “service standards” on Jan. 5, they didn’t just slow down America’s mail: They set in motion a process that is causing serious disruption in the lives of thousands of hard-working postal employees. As management reconfigures mail processing, they are also causing massive reassignments and shift changes for workers.

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