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APWU Web News Article 114-2017

Des Moines’ Postal Services Should Be Expanded, Not Cut!

11/13/2017 - The following is an op-ed by President Mark Dimondstein and Des Moines Area APWU Local 44 President Mike Bates that originally appeared in Des Moines' Register on Nov. 9.

The United States Postal Service belongs to all the people. Its valuable mission is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and mandated in legislation to “provide postal services to bind the Nation together” and to “provide prompt, reliable and efficient services to patrons in all areas.”

Incredibly, the USPS provides universal service six days a week to 156 million addresses and extensive Sunday package delivery. Postal services are provided no matter who we are or where we live – at reasonable rates – without the use of any taxpayer dollars.

Labor News Briefs

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


ROCU members protest for One Fair Wage in Washington, D.C.
Photo courtesy of ROCU

Fighting for One Fair Wage For All 

The federal minimum wage for tipped workers has not been increased in 25 years – and Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROCU) launched a campaign to change that.

Communication Is the Key

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

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell 

In most local unions, the primary means of communicating with the membership is at the general union meeting. However, if this is the only way to communicate with members, the local will not be very successful getting their message out to the members.

APWU Web News Article 102-2017

Wildfires Continue to Burn in California

10/27/2017 - On Oct. 8, wildfires ignited in northern California, setting in motion state-wide disaster relief. Over 11,000 firefighter and other emergency workers were mobilized across the state to contain the flames.

These wildfires are predicted to be one of the worst disasters in the state’s history. More than 75,000 people have been evacuated. At least 42 people are dead, with another 60 missing. More than 217,000 acres have been engulfed in the fires.

Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) have been tirelessly fighting the flames.

APWU Web News Article 101-2017

Boston Local Brings Allies Together to Fight for a Better Postal Service

10/26/2017 - On October 18, APWU Boston Metro Area Local – along with other APWU members, allies and activists – took to the streets to demand management fill New England Area postal vacancies. Ignoring these vacancies leads to slow mail processing, delayed mail delivery, poor customer service and hinders dependable public service around New England.

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