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APWU Web News Article 76-2017

Second Significant COLA Increase of 2017 Announced

08/11/2017 - In accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 13 cents per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective September 2. The increase is the result of an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated September 22, 2017 (Pay Period 19-2017), and will total $270.00 per year.

Promises, Promises

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

By Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez 

I’m not referring to New Year’s resolutions many of us already broke. I refer to what promises to be an interesting year.

APWU Web News Article 89-2016

Santa Ana Second Graders Love Writing Letters – And Saving Our Post Office

04/27/2016 -


St. Anne’s second graders show off letters they wrote to their parents asking them to help Save Our Post Office. Chief Steward Sandra German and Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez visited on April 25.

After a visit from the APWU on April 25, second graders at St. Anne’s Elementary School were eager to teach their parents lessons they learned about the Postal Service.

Whose Union Is It Anyway

04/22/2016 -


Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez (right) administers the Oath of Office to officers of the Greater Seattle Area Local. All APWU officers take an oath and pledge to uphold the union’sconstitution and to perform the duties of office to the best of their ability.

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

At times, members get frustrated by the level of union representation they receive. And yes, sometimes our representation falls short. But I also suspect that much of the frustration comes from misunderstanding how our union functions.

APWU Web News Article 038-2016

San Jose Members Support Bernie Sanders Outside the Democratic Convention

02/29/2016 -


Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders rallying outside the Democratic Party State Convention in on Feb. 27 in San Jose, CA. 

On Saturday. Feb. 27, APWU members joined nurses, students, and community members for a rally at the California Democratic Party State Convention to show their support for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

APWU Web News Article 034-2016

Greater Seattle Area Local for Bernie Sanders

02/25/2016 -


Seattle Local Vice President David Yao
(second from right) spoke at the rally. 

Members of the Greater Seattle Area Local participated in a spirited Labor for Bernie rally on Feb. 21. Speaking at the event, Local Vice President David Yao recalled Sen. Sanders’ support for postal banking and the public Postal Service, his opposition to mail processing plant closures, and his electrifying speech at the APWU’s All-Craft Conference in October.  

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