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.
05/16/2008 - The APWU reached a tentative agreement May 15 on a “first contract” for approximately 120 workers at the Cincinnati Mail Transportation Equipment Service Center (MTESC). If they ratify the contract in a vote on May 28, workers at the private-sector operation will receive a 10 percent wage increase in July — their first raise in six years.
05/14/2008 - In a crass display of sensationalism, E! Entertainment Television is broadcasting a series titled Going Postal: 15 Shocking Acts of Violence.
“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,” APWU President William Burrus wrote in a letter to Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast, 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,” the union president said.
05/13/2008 - APWU efforts to build support in Congress for the Mail Network Protection Act have gotten a big boost in the last two weeks, as 12 more members of the U.S. House of Representatives became co-sponsors.
The bill (H.R. 4236) would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant contracting-out.
05/08/2008 - The passage of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act in December 2006 did not change the fundamental mission of the Postal Service, an APWU leader testified on Capitol Hill, and should not be perceived as justification for privatizing the nation’s mail system or eliminating its obligation to provide service to all Americans.
Nonetheless, APWU Legislative Director Myke Reid told a congressional panel on May 8, “As we meet here today, there is an active and ongoing effort to dismantle the Postal Service as we know it, to privatize it, and to turn its work over to for-profit companies.”
05/07/2008 - For the first time, APWU locals and state organizations will register delegates to the APWU National Convention online, through the union’s Web site, www.apwu.org. “This is another important step on the road to modernization,” said APWU Secretary-Treasurer Terry R. Stapleton. “Submitting paper credentials is a thing of the past.”
To register delegates from their locals or state organizations, authorized officers must visit the Web site’s Members Only section, and select My Local and Personal Info, where they will be prompted to log-in and enter a password. (Log-in instructions are provided on the page.) Authorized officers are the president and the secretary, secretary-treasurer, or treasurer.
05/05/2008 - A federal appeals court has upheld an unfair labor practice charge against the Postal Service in a case involving a supervisor who threatened to retaliate against an employee who had filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rejected USPS claims that the supervisor was exercising his rights under the First Amendment when he threatened to sue the employee and warned the worker that he “had better get a good attorney.” The supervisor was acting as an agent of the Postal Service when he made the threat, the court found, and his “illegal speech” was not protected by the First Amendment.
APWU member John Windle has been hard at work, boosting Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign as the important May 6 Indiana primary approaches.
Noting that his state has never been so crucial to a modern nomination battle, the Indianapolis Area Local member said, “I just didn’t want to let this opportunity pass without trying to amplify my voice."
04/28/2008 - Six more members of the U.S. House of Representatives have become co-sponsors of the Mail Network Protection Act (H.R. 4236) in support of the union’s efforts to reduce wasteful, inefficient, and detrimental subcontracting by the U.S. Postal Service.
The legislation would help preserve inexpensive, trustworthy mail service for the American public as well as USPS jobs by requiring the USPS to bargain with postal unions before it engages in significant contracting-out.
04/22/2008 - On April 28 each year, the labor movement observes Workers Memorial Day to commemorate workers who have been killed or injured on the job, and to renew the fight for safety-and-health protections. This year’s theme is, Good Jobs, Safe Jobs. For All.
More than three decades ago, with union backing, Congress passed legislation to establish safety and health standards to protect workers in every industry. In recent years, however, many of the safeguards have been eroded by lax enforcement.