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Sexual Harassment on the Rise

07/08/2016 - (This article first appeared in the July-August issue of The American Postal Worker Magazine)

As a new and younger workforce enters the USPS, it should be no surprise that sexual harassment is on the rise and is being directed at both male and female employees. Horror stories are being told around the country of supervisors, managers, or postmasters touching employees inappropriately, visiting employees’ homes, and threatening to fire employees if they do not submit to sexual advances.

APWU Web News Article 125-2016

‘Graduates’ Complete Union Administration Training

06/17/2016 -

The “graduating class” of the APWU’s Union Administration Training,
with Research and Education Director Joyce Robinson (center). 

From May 23-27, local and state presidents, executive vice presidents and secretary-treasurers attended sessions, including, Duties of Election Committees; Filing and Defending a Charge With the National Labor Relations Board; Getting out the Union’s Message; Monitoring Dues Check Off (DCO); and Understanding Diversity. 

Attend a Pre-Convention Workshop

03/01/2016 - The Research & Education Department will sponsor the APWU’s 15th Educational Conference, a National Convention event that provides union members with a wealth of information to take home to their locals and state organizations.

Twenty-nine workshops will be offered on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, the day prior to the craft meetings, at the Swan & Dolphin Hotels.

What is ALEC?

01/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

“ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is not a lobby or a front group. It is much more powerful than that,” writes ALEC Exposed.

Truths About Privatizing Social Security

11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Social Security is a successful program that has served this country well. Yet some groups want to privatize the program by taking the payroll tax money that now goes into its trust funds and investing it in private accounts.

People earn the right to participate in Social Security by working and contributing. It was never intended to be an investment program. Unlike private retirement plans, its purpose is to provide guaranteed income to seniors, disabled citizens, survivors, and their families.

A Woman’s Place is in Her Union.

11/01/2015 -

New POWER Coordinators with Joyce Robinson:
Charlotte Hiatt, Linda Terry, Robinson, Betty James-Leaks,
Michelle Boulware, and Tracy Blakely.

(This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

APWU members from across the country cheered the theme of the 17th Biennial Convention of POWER (Post Office Women for Equal Rights) in Atlanta in August: A Woman’s Place is in Her Union.

Walmart: Stop Charter School Fraud

09/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) 

Recently, there have been many headlines about waste, fraud, and abuse at charter schools across the country. School districts lack the resources to oversee charter schools, which has led to millions of dollars in misspent taxpayer funds.

Charter schools are big business. There are more than 6,000 schools that spend upward of $20 billion of taxpayers’ money per year, despite the fact that they demonstrate no significant academic gains for students.

A significant share of the blame lies at the feet of the Walton Family Foundation (WFF), which is run by the family that owns Walmart. The foundation has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to promote charter schools and opposes regulation of charter schools.