01/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
You may have heard politicians talking about income inequality recently, but did you know that approximately 42 percent of Americans work for $15 or less an hour – and there is a growing movement to make $15 an hour the federal minimum wage?
11/30/2015 - Members of the Western PA Postal Workers Solidarity Committee met with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on Nov. 20 to discuss the dirty deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples. “Fitzgerald listened to our concerns and offered his support,” reports Joe Radovich of the Pittsburgh Metro Area Local APWU.
03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The USPS welcomed 2015 by reducing service standards so it can complete its so-called “Network Rationalization Plan.” The plan calls for the closure of 82 additional Processing and Distribution Centers (P&DCs) on top of the 140 that were shuttered in 2012. This will lead to the elimination of approximately 15,000 living-wage union jobs – and further delay America’s mail.
We fought hard in previous years against an earlier round of service standard reductions and P&DC closures, but the USPS just didn’t seem concerned about the timely processing and delivery of mail. Rather, it opted for slower customer service and fewer employees in an effort to reduce labor costs.
02/09/2015 - APWU members are invited to join President Mark Dimondstein for a live Town Hall Conference Call on Feb. 17, to discuss our fight to win a good contract for union members while we fight for a vibrant, public Postal Service for the people of the country. Negotiations begin on Feb. 19. To participate, you must register online by Feb. 16.
APWU Calls on Incoming PMG to Reverse 'Policies of Destruction'
Postal workers across the country cheered the announcement on Nov. 14 that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is stepping down, effective Feb. 1. “We hope that the next Postmaster General will reverse Donahoe’s policies of lowering standards, reducing hours, outsourcing work, and diminishing a great American institution,” President Mark Dimondstein said. “We call on USPS’ Board of Governors to immediately freeze Donahoe’s policies and to do no more harm.” Delegates to the APWU national convention in July had voted unanimously to seek his resignation.
11/15/2014 - Updated 11/19/2014 - The Nov. 14 National Day of Action to send a message to the Postmaster General and the USPS Board of Governors to Stop Delaying America's Mail! generated extensive media coverage. The events were sponsored by the four postal unions: the American Postal Workers Union, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association.