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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.

Rising Up in West Virginia & Beyond!

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

By President Mark Dimondstein 

In late February, 37,000 West Virginia teachers and school employees went on an inspiring nine-day strike – and won! As we go to press, similar strikes are going on in Oklahoma and Kentucky.

The strike was fueled by low pay (WV teachers’ salaries were ranked 48th out of the 50 states), no pay raises in four years and rising health insurance premiums. These conditions were, in part, created by 2006 bipartisan (Democratic and Republican) supported corporate tax cuts that drained needed money out of the state treasury.

Members in Action

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


Tulsa Area Local Secretary-Treasurer Cynthia McNeilance (right) speaking to strikers.
Also pictured is OPWU President Ashley Cargill (top left),
and OPWU and Oklahoma City Area Local Vice President Janice Pickup (bottom).

OPWU Supports Striking Education Workers 

Teachers and public service workers in Oklahoma, inspired by their colleagues in West Virginia, went on strike April 2 to take a stand for themselves and their students.

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.

Labor News

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

Portuguese Postal Workers Hold One-Day Strike 
Over 4,000 Walk Out to Demand Reversal of Privatization

Over 4,000 Portuguese postal workers held a one-day strike in Lisbon on Feb. 23, demanding a reversal of the country’s privatized postal services.

Marching in Memphis: 50 Years Later

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

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., union activists and allies gathered together in Memphis, TN for three days of events, including a celebration of King’s “Mountaintop” speech on April 3 and a spirited rally and march on April 4. The march was from AFSCME Local 1733’s current office through downtown Memphis to the Mason Temple – the site of King’s final speech. 

APWU Web News Article 42-2018

May Day - Celebrate International Workers’ Day!

04/30/2018 - International Workers’ Day is May 1! Better known as May Day, it is an annual holiday commemorating the universal struggle of all working people. It is a day for all workers around the globe to stand together in solidarity and fight for respect, dignity, rights, and opportunities for working people of all backgrounds. 

This year, thousands are expected to participate in demonstrations, strikes, parades and other actions across the country. The APWU encourages all members to take part in this historic day and bring attention to workers’ issues at home and across the world!

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