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National Officers Attend AFGE Rally

05/01/2018 - This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)  


APWU Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Powell (center) speaks at an AFGE rally.
Also pictured (L-R) is AFGE Bureau of Prisons Council President Eric Young, AFGE
District 14 National Vice President Eric Bunn, AFGE Bureau of Prisons Council
National Representative Robert Swanson, AFGE Local 1978 President Michael
Guerrissi, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and AFGE President David Cox with
other speakers, AFGE officers, and staff.

On Feb. 13, APWU National officers and staff attended an American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) rally against staffing cuts and efforts to privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth "Liz" Powell spoke at the rally.

Janus v. AFSCME Q&A

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

During the last few months, there has been a lot of discussion in the news about the Janus Supreme Court case and how it will affect public employees, all workers and the labor movement as a whole.

Q: What is the Janus case about?

A: The Janus lawsuit against AFSCME claims that “fair share” fees are a violation of an individual’s “free speech” rights. The case is really not about free speech at all, but rather a blatant effort to weaken unions.

A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service

Canada Post Stops Planned Service Cuts

Workers and Allies Continue Advocating for Restored Door Delivery

05/01/2018 -


CUPW calls on Justin Trudeau
to deliver on his promise to restore door
delivery in this ad.

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

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), along with community allies across Canada, have consistently advocated for door delivery; keeping post offices open; new and expanded services, including postal banking; and the “greening” of Canada Post.

APWU Web News Article 33-2018

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. 

USPS Rated Top Government Agency Once Again by Gallup Poll

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Americans like their public Postal Service – and results from a country-wide poll prove it. In fact, the Postal Service is even more popular now than it was in 2014, the last time this poll was conducted – its approval rating rose two points to 74 percent.

Building ‘Strong, Action- Oriented’ Communities

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

By Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy 

During November 2017, I met with locals and members who are still on the Phase Two Consolidation List and have shown interest in not only saving their plant, but also building a strong membership and community engagement.

It’s Time to Play Amazon’s New Hit Game, ‘Milk the Taxpayer!’

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

The following article by Jim Hightower (former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and popular activist) originally appeared in the Hightower Lowdown and was edited for length.

Milk the Taxpayer, the old corporate-politico con game, is a 5-step con that generally works like this:

  1. GreatBigCorporation decides to build a facility in City A.
  2. Claiming the project will create beaucoup jobs, GBC demands that City A’s officials fork over boodles of tax breaks and gimmes.
  3. If the officials hem and haw, GBC approaches City B to stir up a bidding war.
  4. Fearing the stigma from “losing” those jobs, City A officials cave to GBC’s demands.
  5. At a joint press conference, both parties hail the “win-win” deal and praise each other’s forward-looking vision and integrity.

A Grand Alliance

Americans Still Rate the Postal Service Best, Why the Calls for Privatization?

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)   

Once again, the U.S. Postal Service has been rated most well-liked federal agency by the American public. A recent Gallup poll asked Americans to rate the job performance of 13 key government agencies. Seventy-four percent of respondents rated the USPS as “excellent” or “good,” an increase of two points from 2014.

Labor News

03/01/2018 -


L. A.Times newsroom workers celebrate their organizing victory.
Photo courtesy of the NewsGuild-CWA

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

L.A. Times’ Newsroom Unionizes in Landslide Vote 

Reversing 136 years of management rule, 85 percent of employees working in the Los Angeles Times’ newsroom voted to join The NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America, in a 248-44 vote on Jan. 4.

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