03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Organizing is our union’s strength and essential to our survival. When contract negotiations take place, inevitably non-members ask questions about issues that are discussed during bargaining.
That’s a great opportunity to remind non-members that only union members have input into negotiations. It’s also a good time to point out that union members are forced to pay non-members’ share of the costs associated with negotiating and enforcing the contract.
We all know the phrases, have seen the posters and read the posts on social media. “Strength in Solidarity,” “Union Power” and “United We Bargain, Divided We Beg.”
12/23/2014 - Happy New Year! In 2015 the Organization Department will expand our training efforts by reaching out to locals and conducting regional training seminars on how to sign-up non-members.
“The union” isn’t a third party. It’s you. It’s me. It is all of us working together for a common cause. By working together we aim to achieve better working conditions, safe work places, a better standard of living for ourselves and our families, and dignity and respect on the job.
When people talk about what the union does or doesn’t do, remember, we are the union.
10/14/2014 - It’s no secret that having more dues paying members makes locals stronger, but the benefits are more than financial.
New members mean greater solidarity, more camaraderie and a larger talent pool. Our union provides fairness in the workplace, healthcare that puts families first, security for the injured and a voice for postal workers in the halls of Congress. All this requires a team with diverse talents and a deep bench.
09/11/2014 - Snce January, the APWU has signed up more than 6,300 new members. The commitment to organizing is growing, but we still have a long road ahead. Although excessing, downsizing and consolidations have hurt membership, some locals have maintained or increased membership.
05/19/2008 - Working women understand the difficulties of balancing work and family, the pressure of making ends meet, and the challenges of getting ahead.
That’s why the union urges APWU members to make their voices heard by taking part in the AFL-CIO’s 2008 Ask a Working Woman survey. The thought-provoking survey questions women about their jobs, their free time, and what would make their lives betters.
In 2007, when the APWU launched a Women’s Organizing Campaign, the results were outstanding: Approximately 11,000 postal employees joined the APWU last year as a result of the women’s campaign and other organizing efforts.
“We are really fired up as we begin the next phase of our family-focused activities,” said Organization Director Frank A. Romero. “I’m not just being optimistic when I say that we are expecting this year’s campaign to be even more successful.”
07/13/2007 - More than a dozen new APWU members are finding out that it really does pay to join the union.
Organization Department Director Frank A. Romero announced today the winners of a special drawing that awarded prizes to a sampling of the thousands of new members who have joined the APWU so far this year — and to the organizers who enrolled them — as part of the union’s 2007 Help Us, Help You! and Women’s Organizing campaigns.