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APWU Web News Article 89-2016

Santa Ana Second Graders Love Writing Letters – And Saving Our Post Office

04/27/2016 -

St. Anne’s second graders show off letters they wrote to their parents asking them to help Save Our Post Office. Chief Steward Sandra German and Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez visited on April 25.

After a visit from the APWU on April 25, second graders at St. Anne’s Elementary School were eager to teach their parents lessons they learned about the Postal Service.

Whose Union Is It Anyway

04/22/2016 -

Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez (right) administers the Oath of Office to officers of the Greater Seattle Area Local. All APWU officers take an oath and pledge to uphold the union’sconstitution and to perform the duties of office to the best of their ability.

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

At times, members get frustrated by the level of union representation they receive. And yes, sometimes our representation falls short. But I also suspect that much of the frustration comes from misunderstanding how our union functions.

APWU Web News Article 038-2016

San Jose Members Support Bernie Sanders Outside the Democratic Convention

02/29/2016 -

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders rallying outside the Democratic Party State Convention in on Feb. 27 in San Jose, CA. 

On Saturday. Feb. 27, APWU members joined nurses, students, and community members for a rally at the California Democratic Party State Convention to show their support for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

APWU Web News Article 034-2016

Greater Seattle Area Local for Bernie Sanders

02/25/2016 -

Seattle Local Vice President David Yao
(second from right) spoke at the rally. 

Members of the Greater Seattle Area Local participated in a spirited Labor for Bernie rally on Feb. 21. Speaking at the event, Local Vice President David Yao recalled Sen. Sanders’ support for postal banking and the public Postal Service, his opposition to mail processing plant closures, and his electrifying speech at the APWU’s All-Craft Conference in October.  

APWU Web News Article 184-2015

San Jose Students Say, ‘Give America Good Postal Service!’

09/18/2015 - Lowell Elementary School students in San Jose, CA, got a special treat this week: coloring books filled with fun facts about the Postal Service and how mail is delivered.

Students at Lowell Elementary
are all smiles about the Postal Service, with Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez and 
San Jose CAT Coordinator Carol Federico.

APWU Web News Article 186-2015

San Jose Celebrates Mexican Independence Day in a Big Way

09/18/2015 -

The San Jose Area Local went big, collecting over one thousand signatures at the celebration of Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain.


Members of the San Jose Area Local went big – collecting over 1,000 signatures on postcards declaring, “I Stand with Postal Workers.” at the area’s Mexican Independence Day celebration on Sept. 13.

Steering the Enterprise

07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

This isn’t a review of a new, epic star trek saga. it is, however, the tale of an incredible journey into the black hole of privatization and the gravitational pull to blame you for it.

District managers, postmasters or area vice presidents, for that matter, do not run the Postal Service. Fourteen corporate elite “appointees” – nine governors and five commissioners – are at the helm of the USPS.

The nine governors select the Postmaster General and he or she selects a Deputy Postmaster General. (Currently, the USPS is being navigated illegally, since the board lacks a quorum, but that’s a tale for another day.)