(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
Protesting Health Care Bill
Members of the Portland Oregon Area Local attended a rally protesting Republican health care legislation on July 6. At rallies all over the country, people protested against the drastic bill that would leave millions uninsured with the slogan, “Kill the bill, don’t kill us.”
08/21/2017 - The APWU’s national headquarters is gearing up for the upcoming 2018 Contract Campaign.
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), also known as a union contract, between the APWU and the USPS expires on Sept. 20, 2018 – just a little over one year from now. The contract determines wages, benefits and conditions of employment.
08/11/2017 - In accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 13 cents per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective September 2.The increase is the result of an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated September 22, 2017 (Pay Period 19-2017), and will total $270.00 per year.
07/20/2017 - Following strong resistance from the APWU - and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) - USPS management agreed to a five-month delay in implementing forced reassignments and excessing of employees out of their installations.
07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)
By Northeast Regional Coordinator John Dirzius
As a proud member of the American Postal Workers Union since its birth in 1971, I have witnessed first-hand our development and growth into one of the largest and most aggressive unions in the labor movement. Over these past 46 years, our collective efforts have improved the standard of living of APWU members, all postal employees and workers in general.
05/01/2017 - Members of the Barre Local [VT] were joined by their APWU brothers and sisters from across New England - including National President Mark Dimondstein and Northeast Regional Coordinator John H. Dirzius - for an informational picket outside the South Main Street post office on Friday, April 28.
“Management in this office is guilty of refusing to bargain in good faith, targeting local union officers for enforcing the contract, retaliating against employees injured on the job, embarrassing employees in front of customers and unprofessional behavior,” Dirzius said... workers had to “get the message out that enough is enough."
03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
From time-to-time, the American Postal Worker interviews union leaders to learn why they got involved in the American Postal Workers Union. In this issue, we talk with Quanisha Mcneal, a 25-year-old member of the New York Metro Area Local. She started working at the post office in November 2014 as a clerk, and was appointed last year to be a part of the Young Workers Committee. As a Postal Support Employee (PSE) her experience represents over a quarter of the employees the APWU represents.
09/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Sisters and brothers, 2016 has been an extremely active year for the apwu and our members. We received our long-awaited arbitrated Collective Bargaining Agreement from Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg; we held our 23rd Biennial National Convention; local negotiations will begin in September; we will have the right and obligation to vote in our national union elections in September, and, yes, we will have the high honor to vote in our nation’s presidential elections in November.