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New Employee, New Union Member

01/01/2017 -


Prospective members at orientation training by the Phoenix Metro Area Local.

(This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.

Missed opportunities to strengthen the APWU are happening every day. Each orientation for new hires, new career employees and PSE enrollment into Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB), is a chance for organizers and local union leaders to reach out to possible new members. Each of you can make a big impact by simply taking advantage of the language in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). We must jump on these crucial minutes to provide education, outreach and empowerment.

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APWU Organizing Victory!

10/28/2016 -


Gloria Gonzalez (left) and her co-worker proudly display
their APWU membership cards. 

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is celebrating an organizing victory! Workers at the Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC) located in Urbandale, Iowa, voted to join the Des Moines Area Local. The MTESCs are run by postal subcontractors, servicing the sorting and palletizing of mail trays, bags and other equipment. The favorable vote was over a two-to-one margin of 18-8. 

 

Know Your Union Benefits

09/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Union members know our strength is in our solidarity, but every now and then, it’s worth thinking about the benefits of belonging to the APWU.

Don't Drop the Ball

05/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

We’ve all heard the phrase, “I dropped the ball,” but none of us wants to be responsible for losing a game – or falling short of a big goal.

 
 

Full Speed Ahead

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

We have so much work ahead of us. Joining together, with the common goal of organizing, is the only way we can strengthen our union.

Door-to-Door Organizing

11/01/2015 -

(This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Local and state organizations across the country signed up more than 11,000 new members as of September 2015 – just short of doubling what we accomplished over the same period last year.

Organizing requires one-on-one communication, having a strategy, and taking action. 

Our Most Important Member: YOU!

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Organizing is not just about signing up new members – it’s joining with current members to ensure common success. Our camaraderie and solidarity will also motivate non-members to join the union.

Management will try to take advantage of any dissension among union members. Postal bosses take note of whether the membership is engaged and active or passive and disengaged. Managers look for every weakness they can find. Let’s show them our strength.

Union meetings are the place to air our differences, not on the workroom floor and definitely not in front of management. We might disagree, as any family does, but when one of us is wronged, we must defend each other. That’s the union way.

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