07/13/2017 - The House Budget Committee is currently weighing a budget which includes deep cuts to your pay and benefits! Please take a couple of minutes to call 1-844-402-1001 and 1-844-813-4060 and tell your Representative in Congress to vote NO on the White House budget. Together, our united voices CAN make a difference!
06/22/2017 - On June 21, Arbitrator Shyam Das issued a national award in the arbitration between the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), with APWU and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) as intervenors. In Case No. Q11N-4Q-C 16398841, the postal unions united and together prevailed. “This Postal Alliance victory demonstrates that when we come together to protect and enforce the rights of our bargaining-unit workers, we can be more successful,” said President Dimondstein.
On June 11, California Postal Workers Union President Mike Evans attended a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) event with Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) and special guest Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 114th Congress.
On behalf of the American Postal Workers Union, President Evans accepted a Certificate of Appreciation recognizing the APWU’s outstanding legislative efforts from Representative Chu. During the event, Congresswoman Pelosi also addressed key postal legislative issues with President Evans, including amendments APWU raised on H.R. 756. Congresswoman Chu represents California's 27th Congressional District and serves on the powerful House Ways & Means Committee.
01/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
“Liberty and justice for all” is universally known in America. These are words we have said hundreds of times when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, but the phrase is far from ordinary. Together, these five words represent the cornerstone of American democracy. When we recite them, we reaffirm our dedication to the fundamental principles of that democracy. We are created equal and have certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But do we as a nation really practice what we preach?
05/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
This is a crucial time for postal workers and people who depend upon a public Postal Service. While we are engaged in the continued fight against consolidations and closures of processing plants, we are also fighting crushing mail delays that have impacted people all across the nation. We also are fighting to return mail standards to pre-Jan. 5, 2015, levels.
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.
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.
02/29/2016 - Five years after the “Citizens United” Supreme Court ruling unleashed unlimited and often secret corporate cash into the political process and elections, and with voter suppression on the rise, the APWU has joined the “Democracy Initiative,” a network of over 60 national organizations that seek to restore our democracy.
(This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Frederick Douglas, the renowned anti-slavery leader, declared, “Without struggle there can be no progress.”
Certainly during 2015 we engaged in lots of needed struggle in the fight for workers’ rights and in defense of our wonderful national treasure, the public Postal Service. And, indeed, we have made some real progress.