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APWU Web News Article 41-2017

'Enough is Enough'

APWU Members Take it to the Streets

Protest Barre, VT Post Office Management

05/01/2017 - Members of the Barre Local [VT] were joined by their APWU brothers and sisters from across New England - including National President Mark Dimondstein and Northeast Regional Coordinator John H. Dirzius - for an informational picket outside the South Main Street post office on Friday, April 28. 

“Management in this office is guilty of refusing to bargain in good faith, targeting local union officers for enforcing the contract, retaliating against employees injured on the job, embarrassing employees in front of customers and unprofessional behavior,” Dirzius said... workers had to “get the message out that enough is enough."

Unions Do it Right!

Higher Union Membership Boosts Wages for All

05/01/2017 -


APWU Grassroots Political & Legislative Coordinator Janice Kelble (second from right) 
with community activists (L-R) Jeff Kramer, Kathy Staub, Keith Yergeau, 
Elizabeth Ropp, Emily Eastman and Eric Zulaski after “right to work” law was defeated in NH.

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.

The correlation between a community’s percentage of union members and the average pay its workers make is crystal clear – the higher percentage of union members a city or state has, the higher the wages are for all workers, not only union members.

‘In Order to Form a More Perfect Union’

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By President Mark Dimondstein 

The preamble to the U.S. Constitution includes the well-known and eloquent words, “in order to form a more perfect union.” The “union” here refers to the young country, born of the American Revolution – and wisely acknowledges that there should always be an effort to strive for improvement.

APWU Web News Article 39-2017

Join a May Day Event!

04/28/2017 -

May Day, the annual holiday recognizing the international working class, will be celebrated around the world on May 1.

This year hundreds of thousands are expected to participate in demonstrations, strikes, and shows of solidarity. Coast to coast, workers and allies will join together and fight for respect, dignity, equal rights, and opportunity for working people of all backgrounds – whether they be immigrants, coal and steel workers, services employees or day laborers. 

APWU encourages all members to take part in this historic day, and bring attention to workers’ issues at home and across the world!

APWU Web News Article 40-2017

Fighting for Workplace Safety

04/28/2017 - Read more about the history of workplace safety. Reprint from May-June 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker 

Before passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in December 1970, millions of Americans risked their lives every time they reported for duty – there were no national safety laws designed to protect workers across industries.

In 1970, groundbreaking legislation created the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), which is responsible for setting workplace safety and health regulations.

APWU Web News Article 37-2017

APWU to Join People’s Climate March on April 29

04/25/2017 -

On Saturday, April 29, APWU members will join allies from labor, civil rights, environmental and political reform groups for the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC.

Participants are joining together to “stand up for our communities and climate.” The American Postal Workers Union encourages all its members to come out and march either in Washington, D.C., or in one of the sister marches across the country. Click here to find one near you.

APWU Web News Article 36-2017

APWU Receives Favorable Arbitration Ruling

Clerk Craft Gains 362 Administrative and Technical Jobs

04/24/2017 - Arbitrator Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service failed to make a good faith effort to return 362 administrative and technical jobs to the Clerk Craft. The arbitration award was issued on April 21, 2017 and settles a long-standing dispute over the Clerk Craft Jobs Memorandum of Understanding in the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

APWU Web News Article 35-2017

Workers Memorial Day is April 28

04/24/2017 - The labor movement will observe Workers Memorial Day on April 28, to commemorate those who have been killed or injured on the job and to revitalize the fight for workplace safety.

Each year, thousands of workers die and millions more are injured or sickened from dangerous working conditions. Many employers routinely cut corners and violate the law.

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