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APWU Web News Article 27-2017

NPC Members Take it to Capitol Hill

03/17/2017 -


St. Charles Local President John Zamudio, Beth Zamudio,
Greater Kansas City Metro Area Local Legislative Director Darcy Wood,
Missouri Postal Workers Union Legislative Director Kirk Schroeder,
Greater Kansas City Metro Area Local President Antoinette Robinson,
Beverly Wolfmeyer, and
St. Louis Gateway District Area Local President Fred Wolfmeyer.

The National President Conference of APWU State and Local presidents, gathered in Washington DC for one of its periodic meetings. This time for their conference the State and Local Presidents and other APWU officers, members and their families descended on Capitol Hill, meeting with elected officials to discuss the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 and other issues of importance to postal workers.

The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017

A Positive Step Forward

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

On Jan. 31, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756) was introduced by Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA).

Legislative Update

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Legislative Director Judy Beard 

The 115th Congress convened on Jan. 3, and legislators wasted no time introducing bills and resolutions of interest to workers.

APWU Web News Article 20-2017

New Hampshire Workers Win

02/17/2017 -


APWU Grassroots Political & Legislative Coordinator Janice Kelble
(second from right) with community activists Jeff Kramer, Kathy Staub,
Keith Yergeau, Elizabeth Ropp, Emily Eastman and Eric Zulaski

On Feb. 16, New Hampshire members of Congress voted 200-177 to kill a controversial, misnamed “Right-to-Work” bill, and to bar its reconsideration from the next legislative session.

APWU Web News Article 14-2017

The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017

A Positive Step Forward

02/07/2017 - The bill addresses two serious key issues of concern: the pre-funding mandate and increasing postage revenue. Judging by the criteria that this bill will move the Postal Service towards solid financial footing, and should not place any undue burden on active members and retirees, the APWU joins its sister postal unions in encouraging the adoption of H.R. 756.

“This legislation is a necessary step to solving the disastrous pre-funding mandate that is dragging down the Postal Service,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Postal reform has been a great concern to postal workers, the four postal unions, the USPS, commercial mailers and the American people for a long time. We are encouraged by the bipartisan effort to fix the financial problems currently facing the USPS while preserving good union jobs and public postal services..."

APWU News Bulletin

As the U.S. Inaugurates its 45th President,

APWU Reaches Out to Trump Administration

01/25/2017 - Last weekend, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. After the election, President Dimondstein pledged to work with President Trump and all elected representatives to achieve the APWU’s goals to defend good service, protect good union jobs and preserve our national treasure. 

On December 20, 2016, President Dimondstein and APWU Legislative Director Judy Beard had a productive meeting with a representative from then President-Elect Trump’s transition team. They discussed the many facets of the USPS as well as the many urgent issues facing APWU members, their families and communities. 

At the beginning of the new year, President Dimondstein wrote a letter to President Trump, to continue the conversation about the fiscal challenges facing the USPS and the importance of a vibrant public Postal Service for all Americans. The letter is reprinted below. 

APWU Gets Out the Vote!

01/01/2017 -


(left to right) Bruce Jackson, President, Cleveland APWU Retirees, Wheeler Nunn,
Dorella McCary, Rep. Marcia Fudge, and Charles Walton, President, Ohio Postal Workers Union
after participating in a phone bank.

(This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

“We appreciate all of the work our release staff and volunteers put into the election both on the national and state level,” said Legislative Director Judy Beard. “Victory was not achieved in every race, but this should not discourage political involvement amongst our members. Stay focused and involved in the political and legislative process on all levels. Let us use the results from this election as motivation to mobilize for the future.” 

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