About the Legislative and Political Department

The Legislative and Political Department helps advance the union's cause on Capitol Hill and keeps the APWU members informed about important issues and legislative developments. Working with the union's president, we are the APWU's eyes, ears, and voice in Washington, DC.

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Why We Need the Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service has long been an important source of decent jobs, particularly for people of color, who make up 40 percent of their workforce. In the current crisis, postal workers are playing a particularly vital role in our nation’s economic and public health as they strain to meet the surge in demand for package deliveries. At the same time, mail volume has plummeted as a result of the crisis. Without emergency relief, the Postal Service is facing a real threat of insolvency.

Latest News

February 24, 2021

Today’s Hearing and the Nomination by President Biden to Fill Vacancies on the USPS’ Board of Governors

Statement by American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein on Today’s Hearing on Legislative Proposals to...

February 3, 2021

USPS Fairness Act Reintroduced in the House and Senate

APWU applauds members of Congress for their efforts to repeal this unfair mandate and place the Postal Service on solid...

January 29, 2021

President Biden’s Executive Order on Health and Safety a Positive First Step

During his campaign, President Biden promised to stand with workers, and direct the Occupational Health and Safety...

January 13, 2021

Why we all need to care about the Postal Board of Governors

The Postal Service has a Board of Governors that is responsible for major decisions about the Postal Service’s...

Turning Our Attention to the 117th Congress

(This article first appeared in the January/February 2021 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

APWU members have so much to be proud of right now. With the fate of USPS and our union jobs hanging in the balance, we gave the Georgia runoff election our all.

Together, we elected Reverend Raphael Warnock (D) and Jon Ossoff (D) as Georgia’s newest senators, helping secure a pro-worker, pro-Postal Service majority in the Senate.

We registered people to vote, made sure voters requested and returned their mail-in ballots, helped people find their polling locations, and had meaningful conversations with our fellow union co-workers, family members, and neighbors about the issues at stake. You spent significant time and energy making phone calls, sending texts and emails, and knocking on doors. When the people’s right to the public Postal Service and our democracy are under attack, APWU members always show up.

Our fight to pass crucial legislation continues.

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Continuing the Momentum in the Georgia Runoff Elections

(This article first appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Members of the American Postal Workers Union understood what was at stake this election. Amid attacks on the Postal Service, active voter suppression and a pandemic, we voted to defend our public Postal Service and our union jobs – but these were not the only issues on some of our minds when we voted. Many of us voted for a solution to the ongoing pandemic, expanded health care, action on climate change, justice for all regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, and religion. Together, we elected Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next President and Vice President of the United States of America.

Though we celebrate this victory, our fight is far from over. We must maintain our momentum and turn our efforts towards Georgia. There, not one but two consequential Senate races are still underway. Since no candidate in either race was able to earn more than a 50 percent majority of votes in the November election, special runoff elections on January 5 will now decide the winner. One race is between the incumbent David Perdue (R) and challenger Jon Ossoff (D). The other is between the incumbent Kelly Loeffler (R) and challenger Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock (D).

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Saving our public Postal Service - a livestream with Sen. Bernie Sanders

In an event viewed live by hundreds of thousands of people, Sen. Bernie Sanders and the leaders of major postal unions discussed how we must work together to save our public Postal Service. 

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Pres. Mark Dimondstein, APWU
  • Pres. Fredric Rolando, NALC
  • Pres. Paul Hogrogian, NPMHU
  • Judy Beard, Legislative & Political Director, APWU

Rep. Brenda Lawrence Stands Up for Postal Workers!

"So how did you come up with this recommendation or plan on privatizing the Postal Service - Keeping in mind that the Postal Service does not fund itself with taxpayers dollars. It funds itself based on the sale of their products, in addition to that it, operates under a directive of the Constitution? So how did you come up with a plan to privatize it when you have not engaged the organization...this is a very severe recommendation. It's very high level to say 'I'ma privatize' and then actually put it on the selling block for the highest bidder...This body who has the legislative responsibility based on the people who voted us here, I would hope every single one of us will stand up and have the political courage to say...this is not professional and it looks political and unacceptable."

We Deliver Almost Anything

The public Postal Service will take almost anything, but doesn't take any taxpayer dollars! Spread the word!

The USPS operates with ZERO tax dollars! Learn more at usmailnotforsale.org.

The United States Postal Service - Keep It. It's yours!

If the U.S. Postal Service is sold to private corporations, you won’t get your mail every day – maybe only every third day – and you will pay more for mail services. Learn more about the White House's proposal to sell the postal service at: usmailnotforsale.org.