11/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the November-December issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
We are now entering our busiest season, and union members want a safe and non-hostile work environment. It’s also in the Postal Service’s best interest to protect their dedicated workforce and make the holiday season successful, not stressful.
09/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the September-October issue of The American Postal Worker Magazine)
I hope that you are as excited as I am about our new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Standing up and fighting back was the key. We all played a part in achieving the majority of our goals and there are lessons from this moment that we should pass on for our future negotiations – which are just around the corner: The new contract expires Sept. 20, 2018.
As a member of the Negotiating Committee, I had the honor of being involved throughout the entire negotiation process. There was an important difference in these negotiations that involved you, the member.
APWU members interacted with thousands of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 25-28, promoting A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service, advocating postal banking and voting by mail, and dispelling common myths about the USPS.
(This article first appeared in the July-August issue of The American Postal Worker Magazine)
The November general election can either help save the people’s Postal Service or further hinder our chances of expanding and building our future. This is our battle cry to all APWU members to get involved in the election.
05/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
This is a crucial time for postal workers and people who depend upon a public Postal Service. While we are engaged in the continued fight against consolidations and closures of processing plants, we are also fighting crushing mail delays that have impacted people all across the nation. We also are fighting to return mail standards to pre-Jan. 5, 2015, levels.
Dozens of APWU officers and staffers joined thousands of labor, civil rights, environmental and political reform groups at the Capitol on April 17 and 18 to participate in the Democracy Awakening. The event was the culmination of more than a week of rallies, teach-ins and non-violent protests calling on the government to expand voting rights and get money out of politics.
03/24/2016 - Postal workers and postal customers got some good news recently: The Deputy Postmaster General notified a member of Congress that “consolidation activities remain in a deferred status.” A one-year moratorium on more than 70 plant consolidations and closures was set to expire in April.
03/07/2016 - Over the last few weeks, news has spread about a bombshell report that postal management’s supposed cost-saving decision to shutter plants and slow down the mail has actually lost the USPS money. As reported in Government Executive, “The U.S. Postal Service has long sold its decision to reduce the size of its physical footprint as a necessary evil, a painful cost-cutting measure required to adapt to the changing landscape of mail delivery. One problem: It did not cut costs.”
(This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
This year there is so much at stake for apwu members. This is a presidential election year, an APWU national officers election year, an APWU National Convention year, and we are still in the midst of the struggle for Good Postal Service!Good Jobs!Good Contract!