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APWU Web News Article 26-2019

31,000 Stop & Shop Workers on Strike in New England

04/17/2019 - On Thursday, Apr. 11, nearly 31,000 workers at over 240 Stop & Shop grocery stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut walked out, beginning a strike that stretched into a seventh day on Wednesday. The workers, unionized under five New England-based locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), began the strike after months of negotiations with Stop & Shop reached an impasse and the collective bargaining agreement expired on Feb. 23.

The strike is the largest private-sector work stoppage in the United States since 2016’s Verizon strike by members of the Communications Workers of America.

Closing the Gender Pay Gap

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Research & Education Department Director Joyce B. Robinson

Because women earn less than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. In 1996, The National Committee on Pay Equity originated Equal Pay Day to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages and create a symbolic day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year. This year, Equal Pay Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Stay Strong Going Into Arbitration

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Organization Director Anna Smith

With contract negotiations going into interest arbitration, staying united and strong is essential at every level. Reminding not only ourselves but our non-member co-workers that the need to stand together is essential to preserve the rights and benefits we currently enjoy.

Below are some examples of what APWU members can and have achieved by working together.

Student Financial Aid Programs

11/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/Decmber 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Research & Education Department Director Joyce B. Robinson

As the cost of a college education continues to escalate, many parents do not have the funds or resources needed to assure their children receive a college education. However, there are numerous student aid programs available at the state and federal levels. For assistance contact the financial aid offices of colleges for information on the types of aid offered, the procedures, deadlines, and how and when the student will receive the aid. Inquire about each school’s satisfactory academic progress policy. Keep copies of the enrollment agreement, the school’s catalog, and all financial aid documents.

APWU Web News Article 105-2018

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Produces Video Against Postal Privatization!

10/29/2018 - In a strong show of solidarity, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA produced a video to educate flight attendants about the importance of public services and the role of solidarity in winning our fights. “The U.S. Postal Service mail and packages fly on our planes. The routes we fly to communities across the country depend on a strong United States Postal Service. We’re standing with our sisters and brothers from [the four postal unions] to stop privatization!” 

YOUNG MEMBERS

Fired Up and Ready to Go!

10/04/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 


(L-R) Amarillo Local Steward Taylor Martin &
Amarillo Secretary Angela Ramos at the Pittsburgh rally.

During the 24th Biennial National Convention and pre-convention meetings, The American Postal Worker spoke with some of the dozens of young members in attendance. We asked the new APWU leaders about their experiences as postal employees, APWU members and, if applicable, local representatives.

“Being a young worker, and holding the title PSE [Postal Support Employee], management tries to treat us as ‘second rate’. They tend to assume we aren’t knowledgeable and that we aren’t aware of our contractual rights,” said Eveyana Cortez, New York Metro Area

Labor News

07/27/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

JetBlue Workers Vote for Union Future


New member of TWU: Jet Blue
InFlight Crewmembers.

Workers are standing up for a better deal at JetBlue. It’s one of the few companies in the airline industry that has operated in the past as a non-union carrier.

The future will be different. In April, flight attendants at the New York-based airline overwhelmingly voted for representation by the Transport Workers Union (TWU). In May, the Air Line Pilots Association announced a tentative agreement on a first contract with the airline.

Members in Action

07/27/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

PORTLAND, CINCINNATI LOCALS RALLY AGAINST CUTBACKS IN JOBS AND SERVICE


Teresa Oller, steward from Portland OR Area Local, 
helps lead a rally against jobs and service cuts. 

In June, as the APWU bargaining team prepared for contract talks with the U.S. Postal Service, union members in Portland, Oregon and Cincinnati, Ohio rallied with supporters to protest job and service cuts that have led to long lines and delays in mail service.

Long Beach President Tells CLUW Rally:

We're Fighting for Everyone

A Dynamic Young Leader from Long Beach, CA Takes the Stage in Washington, DC

07/27/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

When APWU member Denisha Dean decided to step up and run for president of the Long Beach Area APWU Local, there were those who believed was too black, too young and too busy as a single mother to compete for such an important position. “The idea of ‘I can’t’,” Dean recalls “made me hit the pavement even harder.”

Instead of considering age, race, parental status or other irrelevant factors, APWU members in Long Beach saw a dynamic leader standing up for a strong union. Dean was elected president with 13 percent more votes than her nearest competitor.

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