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Carwasheros Win Contract

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

Following a four month strike, the “carwasheros” of Brooklyn, NY, have secured a contract.

Workers at 10 car wash companies have voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) since the Wash New York Campaign began three years ago. The campaign is a joint effort by New York Communities for Change, Make the Road New York and the inion.

On April 2, the carwasheros of Vegas Auto Spa won a two-year contract agreement, including two wage increases, paid time off, overtime, a grievance procedure and protection for immigrant workers. It is the strongest contract won in the industry, with higher wages and a $1,500 per person signing bonus.

Young Workers Summit Makes a Splash in Chicago

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

More than a thousand young unionists, activists and organizers convened in Chicago from March 19-22 for the Next Up: Young Workers Summit, sponsored by the AFL-CIO.

Courtney Jenkins, who serves as the APWU representative on the Young Workers Advisory Council (YWAC), explains that the goal of the conference was to “educate, inspire, and organize the next generation of labor leaders” so the labor movement continues to grow. Jenkins is a member of the Baltimore Francis ‘Stu’ Filbey Area Local.

The conference offered 80 workshops focusing on issues that matter most to young workers, including “Collective Bargaining 101,” “Parents Just Don’t Understand: Building Generational Unity in the Labor Movement” and “What’s the Strategic Plan, Stan?”

USW Strikers Get a Contract

05/01/2015 -

Stop Staples supporters join the USW
on the picket line.

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

After a six-week strike, the United Steel Workers Union and Shell Oil agreed on a new national contract on March 12.

Workers went on strike at 15 oil refineries in five states, protesting hazardous conditions that affect them, as well as residents of surrounding communities. APWU members in several locations joined the picket lines in solidarity.

NYC Zara Workers Get a Raise

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

After months of protest and pressure from a workers campaign, Zara clothing retail workers in New York City received a raise.

In a letter to employees, Zara said that starting in January, workers who have been with the company less than a year will make at least $12 per hour; those with one to three years will make $13, and those with more than three years will earn $14. Zara said it will also increase the number of full-time positions and promote eligible employees to that status, although it doesn’t say how many will be made available.

Postal Clerk Remembers Bloody Sunday

05/01/2015 -

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

Distribution Clerk George James was just 15 when he tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965.

He says he had no idea history would be made that day, when police attacked peaceful protesters who were marching for equal rights, on what is now known as “Bloody Sunday.”

Press Release

Dimondstein on Inspector General's Report on Sale of Historic Post Offices by CBRE

'We need to protect the USPS from corporate pirates'

04/29/2015 - WashingtonThe Inspector General’s report on the Postal Service’s real estate transactions with CBRE is a stinging indictment of the way the USPS has sold off post offices and other facilities. It is also a condemnation of the cozy relationship between postal management and the world’s biggest real estate company. The USPS arrangement with CBRE allows the company to represent both the buyer and seller.

The U.S. Postal Service belongs to the people of this country. We must not permit postal executives and the Board of Governors to sell our beautiful historic buildings at a discount; nor should we permit CBRE to drain the Postal Service treasury with lease deals that benefit the real estate firm at the expense of postal customers and the American people.

APWU Web News Article 088-2015

Pittsburgh City Council Joins ‘Stop Staples’ Campaign

04/24/2015 -

The Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed a Will of Council resolution in support of the Stop Staples campaign on April 7.

“The City of Pittsburgh will urge its citizens to become aware of these threats to the Postal Service and the efforts made by the Western PA Postal Workers Solidarity Committee when considering whether to patronize Staples,” the resolution said.

APWU News Bulletin

As Contract Deadline Nears, Union Gears Up for Action

04/20/2015 - With the Collective Bargaining Agreement set to expire in one month, APWU negotiators – and members – are preparing to turn up the heat! "As we enter the final month of bargaining, it will soon become clear whether management is serious about reaching a negotiated settlement," said President Mark Dimondstein.

The union is launching an ambitious program to mobilize support for the final stretch, including a National Day of Action on May 14 and a campaign to gather signatures on postcards addressed to Postmaster General Megan Brennan bearing the message, "I Stand with Postal Workers." A Contract Town Hall Call is set for May 6.