2019 Contract Campaign


APWU Enters Mediation



04/09/2019 - In our continuing efforts to get the contract the members deserve, the APWU invoked mediation on April 3, 2019 – sending a letter to the Acting Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and to the Postal Service. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) is a federal agency that provides public and private-sector labor-management mediation, and by law it is responsible for facilitating the APWU’s demand for mediation with the Postal Service. 


What's to Come in Interest Arbitration

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman 

Our efforts to reach a new contract are now entering the next phases of mediation and interest arbitration.

In mediation, an impartial mediator engages the Postal Service and the APWU negotiating teams in an attempt to break through any impasses and reach an agreement. If mediation does not lead to a voluntary agreement, we will move to interest arbitration.vvvv



Contract Negotiations Update:

Management and Union Exchange Final Economic Proposals

03/08/2019 - On March 7, 2019, the APWU and United States Postal Service negotiators exchanged their final economic proposals as both sides continue their preparation for interest arbitration...

President Mark Dimondstein said, “There are clearly two sides in this fight and the battle lines have been drawn in our efforts to obtain a contract that honors and respects postal workers.  The USPS proposals reek of contempt for the workforce.  APWU members will fight for what we deserve in the interest arbitration process as we continue ‘Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow.’”



Frequently Asked Questions

01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

With negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the USPS and the APWU now at an impasse, we are heading into interest arbitration. Below are answers to a few frequently asked questions the union has received regarding the next steps in achieving a new union contract.


Send a Message to USPS Management! 

On Thursdays Participate in National Union Gear Day!

September 20, 2018 marked the expiration of our Collective Bargaining Agreement between the APWU and the USPS. There is much at stake for members of the American Postal Workers Union as your negotiating committee is fighting to protect job security, win fair wage increases, maintain our COLA, expand rights of PTFs and PSEs alike, seek to end the divisive multi-tier wage structure and expand postal services. 

We can all help show management that we, the workers, are united in demanding a fair and decent contract. Show solidarity and stand together united with the National Negotiations Committee by wearing your union gear.

Make sure to ‘Gear Up!’ Coast-to-coast – Hawaii to Maine, Florida to Alaska – as we show the Postal Service that we are one, we are strong, we are united

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The APWU is Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow! 

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), also known as a union contract, between the APWU and the USPS expires on Sept. 20, 2018 – just a little over one year from now. The contract determines wages, benefits and conditions of employment. 

In June 2018, the APWU opened formal negotiations with management, and preparations are already underway. Some of the APWU’s major goals for upcoming negotiations include: 

  • Ensuring job security, including protecting no lay-off provisions and limiting sub-contracting; 
  • Providing fair pay raises that reward postal workers for their hard work and contributions; 
  • Bridging the gaps between the divisive “three tier” wage and benefit structure; 
  • Protecting and expanding career jobs;
  • Uplifting the Postal Support Employee (PSE) workforce;
  • Holding abusive managers accountable; 
  • Expanding and enhancing postal services.

Negotiations are never easy. They will be especially challenging in the current political environment. The APWU’s success will depend on how much power and leverage can be mustered with member involvement and public support.

By successfully doing this in 2015, the union made real progress in the last contract. 

Over the next year, the APWU will be building momentum, establishing contract action teams, wearing union gear and educating postal customers. There will be many opportunities – and much need – for members to get involved. 

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Union Gear Day Shout Out

Danville Local Members Showing They Are #APWUnited!
Submitted by Teresa Barker 

Every week we'll post images of APWU Members participating in union gear days. To be featured, wear APWU T-shirts, buttons, armbands, etc. on the workroom floor, have a member take a picture and email it to Let’s show management our solidarity!

Town Hall Call on Sept. 6 - Sign Up Today! 

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STAND TOGETHER - Wear Your Sticker on June 26 

06/14/2018 - June 26 is a big day for hundreds of thousands of postal workers and our families.  It’s the opening day of contract negotiations for our new collective bargaining agreement. June 26 is a day to stand up, speak out and show pride in our union and solidarity with our bargaining team.            

Let’s all wear our stickers, showing we are “Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow.”  [Read More]

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Contract Negotiations Are Just Around the Corner

Show Solidarity on Union Gear Thursday!

Boston Metro Area Local Standing Strong & United
on Union Gear Thursday!

If your local is FIRED UP AND READY TO GO send union gear and contract action images to [Read More]

Join the Town Hall Call on June 14



06/10/2018 -

Opening Day is June 26, and it is right around the corner! Are you ready? Join the Town Hall Call to find out what is in the works for opening day of negotiations and how you can get involved! You won't want to miss this call. [Read More]

Members Get Your Gear to Get Fired Up & Ready to Go!

Are you Fired Up and Ready to Go for the 2018 Contract Negotiations? Get your gear to show it! 

Members can now buy t-shirts, stickers, and wristbands from the APWU Store. 

Click here for the APWU Store.  [Read More]

Importance of Contract Action Teams

In general, most postal workers are sick and tired of the understaffing, daily contractual violations, and poor service that the Postal Service is providing to the public. Most union members would like to see better service to our communities, as well as improvements to working conditions, wages and benefits. Contract negotiations will be an opportunity to make progress on these important issues.

Hostile Opposition in Negotiations

However, we will face strong opposition in our efforts to improve the Postal Service. Many of the large mailers – who are among the largest corporations in the world – and their friends in Congress will again be pressuring the Postal Service to seek concessions from postal employees. These large mailers continually push the Postal Service to cut staffing and reduce service to the public in order to reduce how much they pay for postage. [Read More]

Contract Action Team Liaisons Appointed

They are Fired Up and Ready to Go Assist Local CATs!

Front (L-R): Janalee Banks, Wanda Harris, Ahlona Miranda, Angela Ellington 
​Back (L-R): James Donohoe, Arrion Brown, Jennifer Lemke, Larry Guarnero

To assist local and state organizations with developing strong grassroots organizing and activism in support of the APWU’s upcoming contract negotiation fight, President Mark Dimondstein appointed the following Contract Action Team (CAT) Liaisons:

  • Janalee Banks - Provo (UT) Local;
  • Arrion Brown - Nation’s Capital Southern Maryland Areal Local;
  • James Donohoe - Boston Metro Area Local; 
  • Angela Ellington - Dallas Area Local;
  • Larry Guarnero - Portland OR Area Local;
  • Wanda Harris - Miami Area Local;
  • Jennifer Lemke - Toledo (OH) Area Local;
  • Ahlona Miranda - Greater Kansas City Metro Area Local.

The appointees arrived at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center on Feb. 27, excited for the “train-the-trainee” boot camp covering the elements involved in a contract campaign. During the two and a half day training, the liaisons learned how to “Build Worker Power through CATs.” [Read More]

Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Appointed

With contract negotiations set to begin early summer, President Mark Dimondstein has announced the names of union members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee. In accordance with the APWU Constitution, each member of the National Executive Board names one person to the committee; a 14th member, appointed by the president, is a member of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Task Force.

The APWU National Negotiations Committee (NNC) has full authority to negotiate the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement and the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee provides input to the NNC. The rank-and-file committee must also approve any tentative agreement before it can be sent to APWU members for a ratification vote. [Read More]

Note: This event has passed. A recording of the livestream of the Tele-Town Hall is now available at this link (your members-only login will be required).

We need you to build worker power to achieve our goals for a fair contract! Join us for the APWU Tele-Town Hall on January 24 for an opportunity to hear about specific actions you can take in the fight for better working conditions and the ability to provide a better standard of living for APWU members and families.

Here are the details:

The Tele-Town Hall will be held at two times on January 24 – at 2PM and 6PM EST. 

Participants in the Tele-Town Hall will be able to ask questions in advance about the contract negotiations and the contract campaign. Officers will answer the most frequently asked questions during the event. It will also cover:

  • What we are up against
  • Our goals for negotiations
  • Opportunities for you to get involved

Let’s get all hands on deck! 

2018 Contract Campaign Slogan Contest Winner Announced!

'Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow'

10/27/2017 - President Dimondstein is pleased to announce the winning slogan is “Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow.” It was submitted by Alfonso McFarlin, Jr., a member of the Houston Area Local Retiree Chapter. [Read more...]



'In Our Hands is Placed a Power...'

(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By President Mark Dimondstein 

There are many daunting challenges on the horizon that demand our attention and action as postal workers...

The 2018 National Collective Bargaining Agreement (union contract) negotiations with postal management will begin in nine months. Preparations are underway. Negotiations are never easy, and these may prove to be the most difficult to date. Building power and leverage through a rank-and-file “contract campaign” is vital. [Read More...]

2018 Contract Negotiations - Preparations Underway

(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

Although it seems like we just finalized our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), time is rapidly approaching for the next round of negotiations to begin. Your National Officers and the Industrial Relations Department have already begun planning and preparing for 2018 contract negotiations. [Read more...]