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APWU Web News Article 044-2013

Union ‘Eagerly Awaiting’ Results Of Follow-Up Tests on Tainted Letters

04/17/2013 - The union is eagerly awaiting the results of follow-up tests on letters that indicated the presence of ricin, APWU Eastern Region Coordinator Mike Gallagher said on April 17 after a teleconference with postal officials from the Capitol Metro Operations Area and the Capitol District. Two letters tested positive for the deadly toxin in preliminary tests on April 16. One letter was addressed to President Obama; the other was addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS).

APWU Web News Article 043-2013

Ricin Update

04/17/2013 - Postal officials have assured APWU President Cliff Guffey that they will update union officials today, April 17, about incidents involving mail that tested positive for ricin, a deadly poison, in preliminary tests on April 16.

APWU Web News Article 121-2008

APWU Members in Florida Enlist Public's Support in Consolidation Fight

12/12/2008 - When the Postal Service announced a consolidation study in Manasota, FL, APWU’s Local 7136 swung into action without waiting for the first in “a series of community meetings” that the USPS said it would schedule.

Instead, the local launched its own effort to inform the public about the plan, and prompted the area’s largest city government to hold a special meeting. The local has also launched a special Web site (, at which local citizens can sign a petition to encourage the Postal Service to keep the 375-worker facility in full operation.

APWU Web News Article 105-2008

USPS Scraps Western Iowa Consolidation Plan

11/07/2008 - Almost three years after the Postal Service announced plans to consolidate a western Iowa postal facility’s mail across state lines, the USPS has decided to allow the Sioux City Processing & Distribution Facility to continue with its normal operations.

The Area Mail Processing survey [completed AMP - added 12/18/08] in Sioux City was among the first batch of consolidation studies begun in late 2005. There was almost immediate public backlash, with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) assailing the Postal Service for ignoring “major issues such as the costs the USPS plan will impose on local businesses and possible delays in mail service ... Siouxland residents have a right to know how the proposed consolidation plans will impact their community.”

APWU Web News Article 92-2008

Labor 2008:

Campaign in Full Swing in NC

Obama Thanks APWU Member for Union's Support

10/07/2008 - APWU members in North Carolina found the presidential campaign on their doorstep over the weekend as Barack Obama visited the western part of the state.

Obama spoke to an overflowing crowd of 28,000 at Asheville High School's Memorial Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 5, and made a surprise appearance at a Democratic Party fund-raising dinner the night before that was attended by many union activists.

APWU Web News Article 56-2008

Union to Re-Run Two NBA Races

06/20/2008 - The APWU will conduct new elections for two National Business Agent (NBA) positions to resolve an investigation by the Department of Labor, union President William Burrus has announced. The two elections to be re-run are the Clerk NBA “A” race in the Dallas Region and the Motor Vehicle Services NBA election in the Southwest Sub-Region. The races were initially contested in 2007, as part of the election of more than 80 national officers.