08/25/2016 - The APWU Research and Education Department offered more than two dozen pre-convention workshops on a range of subjects on Friday, Aug. 19.
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.
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.
03/18/2016 - APWU Basic Arbitration Training conferences provide an in-depth knowledge of the techniques needed to effectively prepare a case for arbitration.
Twenty-nine workshops will be offered on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, the day prior to the craft meetings, at the Swan & Dolphin Hotels.
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.
12/03/2015 - The Research and Education Department will provide Arbitration Advocacy training to APWU arbitration advocates Feb. 28 to March 6, 2016. The program is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of the techniques needed to effectively prepare a case for arbitration.
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.
(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.
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.