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APWU Web News Article 26-2018

Huge Victory for West Virginia Education Workers

After Nine Day Strike, Workers Win All their Demands Including a Pay Raise, a Freeze on Any Health Insurance Premium Increase and Governor Veto of Anti-Worker Legislation

03/14/2018 - It was an inspirational show of solidarity. Education workers across all 55 counties in West Virginia – about 34,000 workers in total – said ‘enough is enough.’ Members of the American Federation of Teachers - West Virginia (AFT-West Virginia), the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA), and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association (WVSSPA) went out on strike from Feb. 22 – Mar. 6. Together, they were victorious.

APWU Web News Article 24-2018

Honoring Women's History

The National Executive Board Adopt Proclamation to Honor the Women of the APWU

03/08/2018 - On March 7, 2018, The APWU National Executive Board adopted a proclamation to honor the women of the APWU throughout March, in celebration of Women's History Month.

APWU Web News Article 23-2018

Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Appointed

03/07/2018 - With contract negotiations set to begin early summer, President Mark Dimondstein has announced the names of union members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. In accordance with the APWU Constitution, each member of the National Executive Board names one person to the committee; a 14th member, appointed by the president, is a member of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force.

USPS Rated Top Government Agency Once Again by Gallup Poll

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Americans like their public Postal Service – and results from a country-wide poll prove it. In fact, the Postal Service is even more popular now than it was in 2014, the last time this poll was conducted – its approval rating rose two points to 74 percent.

Bill Lucy Presented with Alston/Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award

03/01/2018 -


(L-R) International Civil Rights Center and Museum founders Melvin “Skip” Alston and Earl F. Jones, Secretary-Treasurer Powell, Honoree William ‘Bill’ Lucy, and President Mark Dimondstein  presenting the Alston/Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award.

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum’s Alston/Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award was given to renowned trade union leader and APWU member William “Bill” Lucy on Feb. 3, in Greensboro, NC. The museum is on the site of the Woolworth Department store where four courageous African-American students “stood up” by sitting down at the segregated lunch counter in 1960, and sparked a sit-in movement for equal rights that spread throughout the south, and beyond. Sixteen national unions and the AFL-CIO joined in supporting the event and honoring Bill Lucy.

CONTRACT CAMPAIGN

Officers Share Information and Answer Members’ Questions at Tele-Town Hall

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

During a country-wide Tele-Town Hall on Jan. 24, APWU National officers discussed the unity required to be successful in our fight for a good contract, with safe working conditions and the ability to provide a better standard of living for APWU members and families. A total of over 1,300 members participated in the two calls. 

Members in Action

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

Pittsburgh Metro Area Local Retiree Chapter Celebrates CLC Award 

Members of the Pittsburgh Metro Area Local Retiree Chapter had a lot to celebrate at their annual holiday awards luncheon. 

It’s Time to Play Amazon’s New Hit Game, ‘Milk the Taxpayer!’

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

The following article by Jim Hightower (former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and popular activist) originally appeared in the Hightower Lowdown and was edited for length.

Milk the Taxpayer, the old corporate-politico con game, is a 5-step con that generally works like this:

  1. GreatBigCorporation decides to build a facility in City A.
  2. Claiming the project will create beaucoup jobs, GBC demands that City A’s officials fork over boodles of tax breaks and gimmes.
  3. If the officials hem and haw, GBC approaches City B to stir up a bidding war.
  4. Fearing the stigma from “losing” those jobs, City A officials cave to GBC’s demands.
  5. At a joint press conference, both parties hail the “win-win” deal and praise each other’s forward-looking vision and integrity.

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