When David Rodriguez first began at the U.S. Post Office Department in 1958, employees would show up and have to wait until work was available, resulting in 12- to 15-hour days with minimal pay. Not until 1963, with President Kennedy’s executive order, did federal employees have the right to even limited collective bargaining.
05/21/2018 - APWU National President Emeritus William Burrus passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the age of eighty-one. "We, as postal workers, including our families and our communities, have greatly benefited from his impassioned and determined life’s work and leadership."
05/10/2018 - On Wednesday, May 9, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Workplace Democracy Act, with Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) introducing the companion bill in the House of Representatives.
05/10/2018 - “Such changes would mean thousands of dollars taken out of active workers’ paychecks and thousands more in reduced benefits for retirees,” said APWU Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard. Taken together, the proposals outlined by OPM would take a staggering $144 billion out of the pockets of dedicated civil servants over the next ten years.
05/02/2018 - Members of the APWU’s Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee held their first meeting in Washington, DC, on April 24. The committee advises the union’s National Negotiations Committee on bargaining demands and must approve any tentative agreement reached before it can be sent to APWU members for a ratification vote.
05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)
The Nation’s Capital Southern Maryland Area Local’s (NCSMAL) CAT coordinated a commemorative day of action on March 19 for the 1970 Great Postal Strike. For the day, participating members wore 2018 Contract Campaign or other APWU gear.
05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By President Mark Dimondstein
In late February, 37,000 West Virginia teachers and school employees went on an inspiring nine-day strike – and won! As we go to press, similar strikes are going on in Oklahoma and Kentucky.
The strike was fueled by low pay (WV teachers’ salaries were ranked 48th out of the 50 states), no pay raises in four years and rising health insurance premiums. These conditions were, in part, created by 2006 bipartisan (Democratic and Republican) supported corporate tax cuts that drained needed money out of the state treasury.