(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.
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.
10/06/2015 - Responding to a call for a membership drive by the California Postal Workers Union, the Organization Department presented training sessions in “dynamic organizing” and “door-to-door visitation.”
05/18/2015 - The 2015 Contract Action Team (CAT) Organizing drive is coming to a close and because of the hard work of our local and state organizations, it has already been a success. Starting on Feb. 19 and as of May 5, this year’s organizing drive has added 3,485 new members to the APWU!
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.