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APWU Web News Article 39-2017

Join a May Day Event!

04/28/2017 -

May Day, the annual holiday recognizing the international working class, will be celebrated around the world on May 1.

This year hundreds of thousands are expected to participate in demonstrations, strikes, and shows of solidarity. Coast to coast, workers and allies will join together and fight for respect, dignity, equal rights, and opportunity for working people of all backgrounds – whether they be immigrants, coal and steel workers, services employees or day laborers. 

APWU encourages all members to take part in this historic day, and bring attention to workers’ issues at home and across the world!

APWU Web News Article 08-2017

Honoring the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

01/15/2017 - On Jan. 16, the APWU will join the country to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a  dedicated champion for the civil rights and labor movements. Dr. King’s actions still resonate in the hearts of labor and civil rights activists today.   

The APWU encourages all members and supporters to participate in their local Martin Luther King Day march, volunteer opportunities, and other events. Click here to find an event near you. 

APWU Web News Article 02-2017

EEOC Issues Regulations on Federal Government’s Obligation to Engage in Affirmative Action for People with Disabilities

New Rule Implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act Sets Employment Goals for Federal Agencies

01/06/2017 -     The Rehabilitation Act is a federal civil rights law that prohibits federal agencies, including the United States Postal Service from discriminating against job applicants and employees based o

APWU Web News Article 084-2016

Democracy Awakening Converges at Capitol

04/18/2016 -

Some of the APWU contingent on April 18.

Dozens of APWU officers and staffers joined thousands of labor, civil rights, environmental and political reform groups at the Capitol on April 17 and 18 to participate in the Democracy Awakening. The event was the culmination of more than a week of rallies, teach-ins and non-violent protests calling on the government to expand voting rights and get money out of politics. 

Click here for more photos.

APWU Web News Article 043-2016

Augusta Thomas, Civil Rights, Labor Leader Honored

03/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) 

Above: The original Greensboro sit-in participants. Insert, l-r: AFGE President J. David Cox,
Dimondstein, Ms. Thomas, and museum founders Skip Alston and Earl Jones. 

Augusta Thomas, an 80+ year-old leader of the movements for civil rights and workers’ rights, was honored with the “Sit-In Participant” award at a gala sponsored by the International Civil Rights Center and Museum (ICRCM) in Greensboro, NC, on Jan. 31.

Thomas is one of the top three officers of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), where she serves as Vice President for Women and Fair Practices.

The unions share a special bond: AFGE has shown tremendous support for the APWU’s campaign for a good contract and the fight to save the public Postal Service

APWU Web News Article 042-2016

Building a Democracy for the 21st Century

03/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) 

"Our democracy is under siege,” declares the website of the Democracy Initiative. The group is dedicated to ending the unprecedented influence of big money in politics and increasing voter participation. “Our fundamental democratic value of ‘one person, one vote’ is under attack by a barrage of aggressive attempts to restrict access to the ballot box and undermine voting rights,” it says. 

APWU Web News Article 010-2016

Liz Powell Honored on MLK Day

01/19/2016 -

APWU Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell
with Reverend Al Sharpton.

APWU Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell received the Breaking Barriers Award at the National Action Network’s Annual Martin Luther King Day Awards Ceremony on Jan. 18, where she was recognized for activism in the APWU.