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.
(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.
05/15/2015 - The May 14 National Day of Action, which was organized around the theme, "I Stand with Postal Workers," generated extensive media coverage. More than 130 events were held across 45 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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.
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
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!
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
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.