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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May 12, 2021

House Committee on Oversight and Reform Introduces Bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act

On May 11th, Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) of the House Committee on...

April 23, 2021

At Senate hearing, USPS Board nominees express commitment to improving quality and reliability, upholding universal service obligation

UPDATE: Today, April 28th, 2021, the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) held a...

March 26, 2021

National Executive Board votes unanimously to cancel the 2020 National Convention

While we all cannot wait to gather together again, the leadership of APWU takes the health and safety of our members...

March 13, 2021

Biden signs $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill Into Law

On Thursday March 11, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law, providing desperately...

Fighting to Include Postal Workers in Stimulus Package

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

Since the beginning of the 117th Congress, we have focused a lot of attention on making sure the White House and Congress include USPS in the upcoming stimulus package, titled the American Rescue Plan. We were able to build support on two issues: emergency paid leave and the workers compensation claims process. The package from the House of Representatives included language for postal workers that need leave should they fall ill from COVID-19 or need to care for a loved one as a result of the virus. We also secured language in the House package which would streamline the Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP), to ensure that workers who contract the virus are assumed to have contracted it through work, allowing them to qualify for the compensation they deserve. Once the House passes the stimulus package, it will move to the Senate.

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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

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.

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.