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You Have a Right to a Safe Workplace

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of the The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman 

Your safety at work is a priority to the American Postal Workers Union (APWU). We want you to come to a safe workplace and to return to your families each day, without injury. Sadly, you cannot rely 100 percent on the Postal Service to make sure you are protected and your workplace is free from hazardous conditions. It is each member’s responsibility to watch out for his or her own safety, as well as the safety of our union sisters and brothers.

The Future of Retail: Moratorium and Discussion

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Clerk Craft Directors 

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) “Re: Retail” imposes a one-year moratorium on any new contracts under the Approved Shipper Program, Contract Postal Units (CPUs) and Village Post Offices (VPOs). In addition, “For a twelve month period of time commencing on the effective date of the 2015 National Agreement, the parties will enter into discussions over the ‘future of retail’ in the Postal Service.” Absent any extensions, the moratorium and discussions are scheduled to end approximately July 8, 2017.

A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service

Washington Post Gets It Wrong

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

In a Feb. 13, 2017 opinion piece,  “The Postal Service needs more than a Band-Aid,” The Washington Post editorial board issued a troubling public stance on postal reform.

Campaign for Postal Banking

The Market for International Remittances is Hot

Sure Money: Ripe for Expansion

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The market for international remittances – sending money abroad – is rapidly expanding. Between 2010 and 2014, money transfers worldwide increased between three percent and 11 percent annually, according to the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG). The United States ranks first worldwide for this service, with 22 percent of the global market.

Be Part of Our Democracy – Support ‘Vote by Mail’

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy

Voter registration in our country is in a sorry state. in the 2016 general election, not all eligible voters were registered (only 79 percent) – and nearly half of those registered voters did not vote (see chart).

Unions Do it Right!

Higher Union Membership Boosts Wages for All

05/01/2017 -


APWU Grassroots Political & Legislative Coordinator Janice Kelble (second from right) 
with community activists (L-R) Jeff Kramer, Kathy Staub, Keith Yergeau, 
Elizabeth Ropp, Emily Eastman and Eric Zulaski after “right to work” law was defeated in NH.

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.

The correlation between a community’s percentage of union members and the average pay its workers make is crystal clear – the higher percentage of union members a city or state has, the higher the wages are for all workers, not only union members.

‘In Order to Form a More Perfect Union’

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By President Mark Dimondstein 

The preamble to the U.S. Constitution includes the well-known and eloquent words, “in order to form a more perfect union.” The “union” here refers to the young country, born of the American Revolution – and wisely acknowledges that there should always be an effort to strive for improvement.

International Working Women’s Day

03/08/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)


APWU officers, staff and members participated in the International Women's Day Rally.

By Research & Education Director Joyce Robinson 

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8, in honor of women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements. International Women’s Day was first celebrated in North America and Europe in the early 1900s. Since those years, the movement has been strengthened by United Nations’ (UN) women’s conferences designed to build support for women’s rights and equality.

Will You Get Involved This Year?

We Need Everyone to Be a Union Activist!

03/01/2017 -


The success of the recent contract is due to the coalitions built on the 
workroom floor during the 2015 Good Service, Good Jobs, Good Contract campaign. 
Pictured are members from the Omaha Area Local wearing their union gear.

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Vice President Debby Szeredy

In 1970, members on the workroom floor walked off the job and took a stand to fight back, risking it all for a better career. Are workers today willing to walk off the job and to stand up and fight back? 

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