04/26/2019 - Each year on Workers Memorial Day (April 28), working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job, and recommit to the struggle for a safe workplace.
Virtually every safety and health protection on the books today exists because union workers fought together to win them, the most notable being the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
On April 28, 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Act became effective and the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was formed. Since the law was passed, significantly fewer workers have been killed on the job each year; however, there is still a long way to go. Right now, the federal government is reversing safety regulations and slashing resources for safety enforcement.
04/18/2019 - On April 15, Tax Day, thousands of APWU members and allies took to the street to spread the news that the US Mail Runs on Zero Tax Dollars! At more than 100 locations from Hawaii to New England, activists fighting for the public good passed out flyers and spoke to citizens about the vital, public good the USPS provides, all without a dollar of taxpayer money.
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.
04/02/2019 - This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
At the beginning of the year, Kathy Danek retired as APWU Auxilary President, a position she has served in since 2012.
When Kathy Danek’s husband Terry became a Postal Service employee in 1974, he brought home a paycheck worth over two-and-a-half times what his old job as a minimum wage worker brought in. When she saw the value of the check, Danek quickly realized the importance of joining the APWU Auxiliary to support the union during political battles.
04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
Conventional wisdom suggested that the anti-union Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME last summer spelled the inevitable decline of public sector unionism in this country. Despite a generation of corporate led attacks on public unions and the public good culminating in Janus, public-sector workers and their allies are standing in defense of the common good that everyone in this country relies upon.
04/01/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
Working people across the country continue to build on past organizing successes to beat back government actions that threaten our jobs and our families’ futures.
For the last few years, labor has been in the streets, defending our rights to good, family-sustaining jobs and dignified retirements. APWU has been a key part of these recent labor victories, with our successful Stop Staples campaign against privatizers in the USPS.
2019 is barely three months old, yet collective worker action has already led to two tremendous victories. First, the partial government shutdown beginning Dec. 22, 2018. More than 800,000 federal workers were locked out or forced to work without pay as President Trump demanded billions in funding for a border wall. After the longest federal government shutdown in history – lasting 35 days – workers brought it to an end because they fought back, and the entire American labor movement came to their aid.
Second, the strike by education personnel in West Virginia – the second in as many years – once again captured national attention and showed the country how it is possible to win when workers stand together, even when the government is set squarely against them.