06/23/2008 - APWU efforts to build support in Congress for the Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236) continued to gain ground over the last two weeks, as six more members of the U.S. House of Representatives endorsed the measure to help preserve inexpensive, trustworthy mail service for the American public.
The bill would help reduce wasteful, inefficient, and detrimental subcontracting by the U.S. Postal Service by requiring the USPS to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant contracting-out.
06/20/2008 - The APWU will conduct new elections for two National Business Agent (NBA) positions to resolve an investigation by the Department of Labor, union President William Burrus has announced. The two elections to be re-run are the Clerk NBA “A” race in the Dallas Region and the Motor Vehicle Services NBA election in the Southwest Sub-Region. The races were initially contested in 2007, as part of the election of more than 80 national officers.
Postal employees whose property was damaged or destroyed due to recent flooding in Iowa and other parts of the Midwest are eligible to apply for grants from the Postal Employees Relief Fund, APWU President William Burrus has reminded union members.
PERF provides financial assistance to postal employees and retirees who have suffered substantial losses as a result of natural disasters or home fires if they are not reimbursed by insurance or other grants. Supported and administered by the unions and the Postal Service, PERF is a tax-exempt charitable organization that is funded through donations from postal employees.
06/18/2008 - The union’s Constitution Committee convened at APWU headquarters in Washington, DC, on June 16 to begin reviewing resolutions submitted by APWU state and local unions to amend the APWU Constitution and Bylaws. The resolutions will be debated and voted on by delegates to the union’s 19th Biennial National Convention in Las Vegas, Aug. 18-22, 2008.
06/12/2008 - When the APWU objected to an E! Entertainment Television series titled Going Postal: 15 Shocking Acts of Violence last month, APWU President William Burrus expected support from the Postal Service, he said recently.
“The title of the series is an affront to more than 700,000 hard-working postal employees who are stigmatized by the cruel stereotype that suggests that postal workers are violent sociopaths,” Burrus noted in a May 13 letter to Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast [PDF], which owns E! “Of course, statistics show that postal employees are no more likely to engage in acts of violence than the public at large.”
06/12/2008 - Preparations for the union’s National Convention ramped up this week, as the Screening Committee met in Washington, DC, to begin the process of sorting through hundreds of resolutions that will be considered by convention delegates.
06/06/2008 - Six more members of the U.S. House of Representatives have become co-sponsors of the Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236).
Thanks to continuing grassroots action by APWU locals across the country, a total of 110 representatives — more than a quarter of the House membership — have signed-on to legislation to curtail against wasteful, inefficient, and detrimental subcontracting practices by the U.S. Postal Service.
06/04/2008 - APWU officers and staff paused briefly Wednesday afternoon to celebrate Barack Obama’s apparent nomination as the Democratic Party candidate for president. “We want to acknowledge the historic nature of June 3, 2008,” said union President William Burrus. “We endorsed Sen. Obama,” he noted, “and it looks like we made the right call.”
“But this day is much bigger than us. … This day shows how far we, as a nation, have come.
06/03/2008 - APWU members are reminded that entries for the union’s creativity contest for their children and grandchildren are due by June 30.
Sponsored by the American Postal Workers Union, the contest is designed to promote among our youth a better understanding of the vital role unions and the APWU play in our lives. Contestants are invited to submit an original work expressing this theme in one of the following formats:
06/02/2008 - Recent APWU testimony on Capitol Hill about the Postal Service’s obligation to provide “universal service” to all Americans seems to have stirred up a controversy.
Addressing a House subcommittee on May 8, APWU Legislative Director Myke Reid expressed the union’s concern about actions by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), “which has undertaken, through private contractors, to study the Postal Service’s universal service obligation.”
The PRC has hired contractors who favor privatizing essential USPS operations, Reid testified, noting that the individuals selected have expressed hostility to fundamental elements of universal service — the postal monopoly and uniform rates.