03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The USPS welcomed 2015 by reducing service standards so it can complete its so-called “Network Rationalization Plan.” The plan calls for the closure of 82 additional Processing and Distribution Centers (P&DCs) on top of the 140 that were shuttered in 2012. This will lead to the elimination of approximately 15,000 living-wage union jobs – and further delay America’s mail.
We fought hard in previous years against an earlier round of service standard reductions and P&DC closures, but the USPS just didn’t seem concerned about the timely processing and delivery of mail. Rather, it opted for slower customer service and fewer employees in an effort to reduce labor costs.
02/09/2015 - APWU members are invited to join President Mark Dimondstein for a live Town Hall Conference Call on Feb. 17, to discuss our fight to win a good contract for union members while we fight for a vibrant, public Postal Service for the people of the country. Negotiations begin on Feb. 19. To participate, you must register online by Feb. 16.
APWU Calls on Incoming PMG to Reverse 'Policies of Destruction'
Postal workers across the country cheered the announcement on Nov. 14 that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is stepping down, effective Feb. 1. “We hope that the next Postmaster General will reverse Donahoe’s policies of lowering standards, reducing hours, outsourcing work, and diminishing a great American institution,” President Mark Dimondstein said. “We call on USPS’ Board of Governors to immediately freeze Donahoe’s policies and to do no more harm.” Delegates to the APWU national convention in July had voted unanimously to seek his resignation.
11/15/2014 - Updated 11/19/2014 - The Nov. 14 National Day of Action to send a message to the Postmaster General and the USPS Board of Governors to Stop Delaying America's Mail! generated extensive media coverage. The events were sponsored by the four postal unions: the American Postal Workers Union, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association.
11/10/2014 - U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) stopped by the Philadelphia Local’s protest outside a Staples store on Nov. 6. Shown here with Local President Nick Casselli (left) and Recording Secretary Cindy Heyward.
Postal Unions Call for National Day of Action Nov. 14
10/16/2014 - The four postal unions are calling for a National Day of Action on Nov. 14 to send a message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!
“The Postmaster General is poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service,” the union presidents said.
10/10/2014 - As the one-year anniversary of the Postal Service’s no-bid deal with Staples approaches, the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement is continuing to grow. The USPS and Staples are upping the ante as well: On Oct. 7 management notified the APWU that it plans to expand the program to all 1,500 Staples stores in the U.S.
“It’s no surprise that Staples and postal management are making a last-ditch effort to salvage this disastrous program,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.
07/01/2014 - The APWU won an important arbitration award on June 24, when Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service must determine – prior to excessing employees across craft lines – that the employees meet the minimum qualifications for the new position.