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.
05/07/2007 - Support for the Women’s Organizing Campaign is growing, with 89 locals and 17 state organizations participating, said Liz Powell, chairperson of the APWU subcommittee that is coordinating the drive.
Because of new interest in the campaign, the deadline for submitting membership applications for a special drawing has been extended until June 30. The contest offers a grand prize of a vacation trip for two; a second prize of $100 each for five entrants; and a third prize of $50 each for 10 entrants. In each case, the new member whose card is drawn and the APWU member who signed up the new member will be awarded prizes.
The APWU Women’s Organizing Campaign is taking shape, with organizing kits mailed to 58 locals across the country. The packets include buttons, stickers, balloons, flyers, brochures, T-shirts, and, of course, the most important items of all — union sign-up forms.
The campaign’s theme is straightforward: Juggling the responsibilities of work and home often seems impossible — especially for women, who frequently bear a disproportionate share of family burdens. Somehow, working women manage to get it all done.
02/26/2007 - The APWU has unveiled an ambitious union organizing campaign directed at women, scheduled to begin in March, Women’s History Month. The campaign will urge women officers and activists to reach out to female non-members and ask them to join the APWU. The campaign is being coordinated by a committee composed of the women national officers of the APWU, in conjunction with the Organization Department and APWU President William Burrus.
At a teleconference held Feb. 12 to map out the campaign, Northeast Region Coordinator Liz Powell noted that although women make up 48 percent of the postal workforce, more than half of the non-members are women. “We are ready to go into the trenches to organize,” she said. “APWU sisters will be on the front line in this effort, and we know that our APWU brothers will have our back.”
11/09/2005 - With a mailing to non-members and the distribution of the first in a series of flyers, the “It’s All About You!” organizing campaign has officially begun.
“The mailing to non-members that announced the September cost-of-living raise has generated more than 2,500 new members,” APWU President William Burrus said. “But that’s just the beginning: I am asking every local and state organization to make organizing a top priority over the next several months.”