01/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The 2016 election is over. It is time to revamp our efforts to secure legislation to benefit the working class and protect the public Postal Service. The results of the election have caused a divide in this nation. It is a divide we must work to end. It is now more important than ever to stand up and fight for what is right.
12/21/2016 - On the heels of the 2016 elections and with the New Year approaching, APWU members should make a resolution to stay engaged on legislation at all levels (city/state/national) crucial to our livelihoods. In that spirit, we should reflect on our successes and failures in building economic justice in order to pave the way for 2017.
The 114th U.S. Congressional session is over and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is officially dead. This victory comes despite it being a signature effort of the White House and Republican-controlled Congress, supported by business lobbyists and the Chamber of Commerce.
The Presidential election is over and Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States. Throughout the primaries and general election there was a revolt against the “establishment” and politics as usual. People clearly wanted a change...
11/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the November-December issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
When members of Congress return to the Capitol after Election Day, they will be officially operating in a “lame duck” session. The “lame duck” session will include senators and representatives who lost their seats in the election, but whose terms don’t expire until Jan. 3, 2017.
10/07/2016 - Information on this page should not be downloaded, posted or sent to others using U.S. Postal Service equipment, nor should it be read, downloaded, posted or sent to others while on the clock or while on USPS property because it involves partisan election-related activity. In accordance with the Hatch Act, postal and federal employees are restricted from engaging in partisan political activity while on the clock or on postal or federal property.
The APWU is challenging the restrictions on postal workers’ use of social media for political activity, but employees should adhere to these guidelines in the meantime.
Working people win when we turn out to vote in large numbers. The Nov. 8 election will not only determine the next president, it will determine the makeup of Congress, as well as state and local offices. In many places, the election will decide the outcome of ballot questions that directly affect the labor movement, such as minimum wage laws and anti-union “right-to–work” laws.
Please help get out the vote. You can volunteer in a variety of ways:
09/15/2016 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)
Delegates to the APWU 2016 national convention, representing a broad cross-section of the union’s membership, voted overwhelmingly to endorse Hillary Clinton for president and to “support her in every possible way.”
Following the endorsement vote, Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard read a letter from Clinton, where she expressed explicit support for postal workers and our goals, fully embracing the postal provisions in the Democratic Party Platform.
09/02/2016 - APWU officers discussed postal issues with Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) on Sept. 1, at the Philadelphia BMC’s union hall.
Nick Casselli, president of the Philadelphia Area Local; Ken Prinz, MVS NBA, Philadelphia Region; Mike Gallagher, Eastern Regional Coordinator; Vince Tarducci, president of the Philadelphia BMC Local; Chuck Camp, vice president of the Philly BMC Local; Ray Pavel, Political Director and Charlie Kukulski, vice president of the Eastern Montgomery County PA Area Local, were in attendance.