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Rising Up in West Virginia & Beyond!

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.

Members in Action

05/01/2018 - This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 


Tulsa Area Local Secretary-Treasurer Cynthia McNeilance (right) speaking to strikers.
Also pictured is OPWU President Ashley Cargill (top left),
and OPWU and Oklahoma City Area Local Vice President Janice Pickup (bottom).

OPWU Supports Striking Education Workers 

Teachers and public service workers in Oklahoma, inspired by their colleagues in West Virginia, went on strike April 2 to take a stand for themselves and their students.

Letters

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

Feb. 18, 2018

Dear Editor Mark Dimondstein,

My name is Susan Nichols and I am sending you this [letter and photograph below] on behalf of the group of Laborer/Custodians to whom it refers. We would urge you to print this because 1) it underscores the power and importance of the Union, and 2) in recognition of the enormous effort put forth in this case to win back these jobs. It was a long and labor-intensive process on the part of, particularly, Maintenance Craft Director Erik Bojarski. He, and President Frank Resetarits, truly changed our lives for so much the better. They deserve a recognition – as does the Union.

Marching in Memphis: 50 Years Later

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., union activists and allies gathered together in Memphis, TN for three days of events, including a celebration of King’s “Mountaintop” speech on April 3 and a spirited rally and march on April 4. The march was from AFSCME Local 1733’s current office through downtown Memphis to the Mason Temple – the site of King’s final speech. 

Labor News

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

Portuguese Postal Workers Hold One-Day Strike 
Over 4,000 Walk Out to Demand Reversal of Privatization

Over 4,000 Portuguese postal workers held a one-day strike in Lisbon on Feb. 23, demanding a reversal of the country’s privatized postal services.

Campaign for Postal Banking

Is Free Checking a Thing of the Past?

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

Bank of America, the country’s second largest bank, ended its popular free e-checking account and is now requiring customers to maintain a minimum balance of $1,500 or a monthly direct deposit of at least $250. Customers who fail to meet those minimums will be charged a $12 monthly fee. 

A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service

Canada Post Stops Planned Service Cuts

Workers and Allies Continue Advocating for Restored Door Delivery

05/01/2018 -


CUPW calls on Justin Trudeau
to deliver on his promise to restore door
delivery in this ad.

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), along with community allies across Canada, have consistently advocated for door delivery; keeping post offices open; new and expanded services, including postal banking; and the “greening” of Canada Post.

APWU Web News Article 42-2018

May Day - Celebrate International Workers’ Day!

04/30/2018 - International Workers’ Day is May 1! Better known as May Day, it is an annual holiday commemorating the universal struggle of all working people. It is a day for all workers around the globe to stand together in solidarity and fight for respect, dignity, rights, and opportunities for working people of all backgrounds. 

This year, thousands are expected to participate in demonstrations, strikes, parades and other actions across the country. The APWU encourages all members to take part in this historic day and bring attention to workers’ issues at home and across the world!

APWU News Bulletin

Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Convenes

04/30/2018 -


Members of the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. L-R: Yared Wonde, Dallas Area Local; Tiffany Foster, New York Metro Area Postal Union; Daleo Freeman, Cleveland Area Local; Robert Johnson, Greater Connecticut Area Local; Fred Wolfmeyer, St. Louis Gateway District Area Local; Scott Hoffman, Boston Metro Area Local; Doris Orr-Richardson, Florida Postal Workers Union; Arrion Brown, Nation’s Capital Southern Maryland Area Local; Roscoe Woods, 480-481 Area Local; Ashley Cargill, Oklahoma Postal Workers Union; Sandra Munoz, Broward County Area Local (FL); Arthur “A.J.” Jones, Eastern Montgomery County PA Area Local. Not pictured are Aulby Gillett, San Angelo Local (TX), and Timothy Maynard, San Fernando Valley Area Local (CA)

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 demandsand must approve any tentative agreement reached before it can be sent to APWU members for a ratification vote. 

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