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APWU Web News Article 121-2015

Postal Unions Ask President To Designate July 26 ‘Postal Heritage Day’

06/09/2015 - The four postal unions have asked the White House to issue a Presidential Proclamation designating July 26, the agency’s 240th birthday, “Postal Heritage Day.”

The Postal Service was established on July 26, 1775, when an act of the Second Continental Congress created the United States Post Office Department, and named Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General.

“The USPS is the governmental agency which most interacts with the American people. Postal employees have repeatedly been recognized as the government employees most trusted by the citizens of our great country,” a June 5 letter to President Barack Obama says.

Hocking Our Heritage – At a Discount

06/01/2015 -

Murals depicting our nation's heritage grace the lobbies of many post offices. Here is 
Stagecouch, Overland Express and Riverboat Carrying U.S. Mail, by Valdimir Rousseff,
which has been displayed in the Reedly, CA, Main Post Office since 1935. 

(This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

“When USPS management sells these priceless public properties to private interests at a discount, they are privatizing a national treasure,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

The Postal Service not only takes these assets away from the people they belong to, but often sells them to individuals who work against the best interest of the public: bigwig developers who are only interested in their own profit.

Tucson Area Local Launches Community, Business Surveys

05/29/2015 - Tucson Area Local President Connie Nelson-Sadler has worked with elected officials and the business community to launch surveys.

The surveys are an effort to provide Tucson residents a platform to share the opinions, impacts and concerns of consolidating Tucson’s mail processing from the Cherrybell facility to Phoenix.

Two surveys are being offered: a business survey and a community survey.  

APWU Web News Article 102-2015

Fired Up and Ready to Go!

Day of Action Kicked Off with Gusto

05/15/2015 -

“Are you fired up? Are you ready to go?”

That’s the question APWU Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell asked dozens of supporters who kicked off the May 14 National Day of Action in front of the post office on 14th and L Streets in Washington, DC – just one week before the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires.

Click here for photos of locals in action. Click here to see media coverage.

Press Release

Actor-Activist Danny Glover, Supporters To Join Postal Workers To Protest Slowdown of U.S. Mail TODAY May 14, 10 a.m., Downtown D.C.

New Reports Reveal Long Delays in Mail Delivery; Reduction in Service Standards Are Hurting Consumers, Seniors, Small Businesses and Workers; Union Renews Call for Expanded Hours, Postal Banking and Other New Services

05/14/2015 - WASHINGTON – Members of the American Postal Workers Union will gather at the U.S Post Office located at 14th and L Streets N.W. on May 14.  The event is part of a National Day of Action by APWU members and supporters across the country to demand improved postal services and to protect good, living-wage jobs. Protests are planned in 85 cities across 42 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Thursday.

Actor Danny Glover, the son of postal workers, will join American Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein at the Washington event, make brief remarks, and, along with other supporters, hand out material to postal customers.

Who: Actor Danny Glover, APWU President Mark Dimondstein,                             

APWU members and community supporters

What: Protest USPS cutbacks and delays in mail service

Where: 14th and L Streets N.W., Washington, DC 20005

When: 10 a.m., Thursday, May 14

APWU Web News Article 101-2015

More Than 120 Events Scheduled!

Support for May 14 National Day of Action Gains Momentum

05/13/2015 -

With just a week left until the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires, APWU members are fired up and ready to go for the National Day of Action on May 14. More than 120 events are scheduled across 42 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, organized around the theme, “I Stand with Postal Workers.”

To help spread the word, APWU created a Facebook National Day of Action event. Click here to invite friends, family and colleagues. Be sure to use the hashtag #0514Action when posting!

Press Release

Postal Workers, Customers to Hold Nationwide Protests on May 14

New Reports Reveal Long Delays in Mail Delivery; Reduction in Service Standards and Closure of Mail Sorting Centers Are Hurting Consumers, Seniors, Small Businesses and Workers; Union Call for Expanded Hours, Postal Banking and New Services

05/12/2015 - WASHINGTON Members of the American Postal Workers Union will rally in more than 85 cities in 36 states across the country during a National Day of Action on May

APWU Web News Article 100-2015

May 14 National Day of Action

Everybody's Doing It! Are You?

05/11/2015 -

Across the country, union activists are promoting the National Day of Action on May 14 and getting postcards signed that say, “I Stand with Postal Workers.”

In Washington, DC, APWU officers distributed flyers and got postcards signed outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Post Office at 14th and L Streets in Washington, DC, on Monday, May 11.

APWU Web News Article 092-2015

Northwest Lawmakers Speak Out Against Consolidations

05/04/2015 - Oregon’s congressional delegation sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan, requesting a meeting, “as soon as possible,” to discuss consolidation plans and the future of mail delivery standards.  

Seattle’s City Council and its mayor sent letters to Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) this month sounding the call for postal reform legislation.