(This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
At the All-Craft Conference, the American Postal Worker sat down and spoke with a few young APWU leaders about why they decided to get involved in their local. Many shared the same sentiment – they saw things on the workroom floor they did not like and decided to take action.
09/26/2017 - In preparation for the 2017 All-Craft Conference, the APWU has requested an extension for all grievance time limit deadlines, for all levels. In response, the Postal Service has issued, “a one-week moratorium on grievance time limits at the local, regional and national level.” The extension period is effective from Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, through Oct. 6, 2017, to coincide with All-Craft activities.
08/18/2017 - Early registration for the All Craft Conference and the Retirees Conference has been extended until September 8, 2017. The cost is $85 for the All Craft Conference and $40 for the Retirees Conference. After September 8, 2017, the cost for the All Craft Conference is $135 and $45 for the Retirees Conference.
01/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The APWU and the Postal Service settled a dispute in September concerning management’s restructuring of Tractor-Trailer Operator and Motor Vehicle Operator complements through the application of the audit review process known as “Zero Base.”
2015 was the centennial of the execution of labor activist Joe Hill. His famous last words were, “Don't mourn... Organize.”
These were the opening remarks of APWU President Mark Dimondstein at the APWU Young Workers Meeting held in Las Vegas, on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. Young people representing over 20 locals assembled during the All-Craft Conference.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thrilled APWU members attending the union’s All-Craft Conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 14.
“It was electric,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein of the response to Sanders’ speech.
Sanders told the audience of approximately 2,000 APWU members, “The beauty of the Postal Service is that it provides universal service six days a week to every corner of America, no matter how small or how remote. It supports millions of jobs in virtually every sector of our economy. It provides decent-paying union jobs to some 500,000 Americans, and it is the largest employer of veterans.
“Whether you are a low-income elderly woman living at the end of a dirt road in Nevada or Vermont or a wealthy CEO living on Park Avenue, you get your mail six days a week. And the American people pay for this service at a cost far less than anywhere else in the industrialized world.
“Yet, the Postal Service is under constant and vicious attack,” he said. “As a matter of fact, the same billionaires who want to privatize Social Security, Medicare, and public education, also want to privatize the Postal Service.
11/19/2013 - Clerks at the All-Craft Conference in Las Vegas approved three of seven resolutions to guide APWU leaders when the union enters contract negotiations with the Postal Service. The union’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires May 20, 2015.