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Department & Division News

Call to Serve

11/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

My name is Idowu Balogun, your New National Maintenance Division Director. I would like to thank each and every one of you for your letters, cards and emails of congratulations and condolences. Brother Raymer’s untimely departure left all of us stunned and without adequate words to describe our feelings.I am writing this open letter to you to share with you the state of the Maintenance Division within a 60-day time frame of the unexpected passing of our beloved Director Steven G. Raymer.

Reduce Inequality with Conversions to Career

11/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Clerk Division Director Clint Burelson 

The single most effective bang for the buck method to significantly reduce inequality at the Postal Service is to convert a Postal Support Employee (PSE) to career. The increase in pay and benefits is estimated at $26,000 a year or about $2,000 a month.

What Could Happen in the Lame Duck Session

11/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Legislative & Political Department Director Judy Beard

With a new congressional session coming up, our fight is not over. We must continue to be aware of postal issues and have discussions with coworkers, community leaders, family and friends to support a progressive, working class agenda during the lame duck session. 

Maintaining a Financially Sound Local

11/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell

One of the overwhelming responsibilities of all officers, shop stewards and representatives of the union is to ensure it holds its money and property solely for the benefit of the union and its members. When union officials express an interest in leadership positions, they inherit the responsibilities entrusted to them, which includes maintaining a financially sound local...Make sure you mark your calendar for any of the 2019 national training seminars the Secretary-Treasurer's department will be scheduling. In addition to the scheduled training opportunities, local unions can also schedule training webinars. Please contact Annette August-Taylor, Executive Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer, at 202-842-4215 or via email to aaugust@apwu.org.

Pledge Your Time in 2019!

11/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Vice President  Debby Szeredy

Going forward there are more battles ahead: the fight against privatizing the Postal Service, against consolidations and closures of plants and post offices, and the fight to expand services like postal banking and community services that help take care of our neighbors across this country.

Our battles need mobilized members from all our locals to participate in building alliances with congressional members and local politicians, as well as community organizations and our sister unions. We must mobilize. 

Eagle or Vulture?

11/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By President Mark Dimondstein 

“We won’t let the postal eagle be replaced by the vulture.” What a great response by Legislative Grassroots Coordinator Janice Kelble to the White House of Office Management and Budget (OMB) proposal to sell-off the Postal Service to corporations for private profit. The eagle symbolizes that the public Postal Service belongs to, and serves, all the people. The vulture represents those who want to pick the public good apart and devour it for private Wall Street greed.

YOUNG MEMBERS

Fired Up and Ready to Go!

10/04/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 


(L-R) Amarillo Local Steward Taylor Martin &
Amarillo Secretary Angela Ramos at the Pittsburgh rally.

During the 24th Biennial National Convention and pre-convention meetings, The American Postal Worker spoke with some of the dozens of young members in attendance. We asked the new APWU leaders about their experiences as postal employees, APWU members and, if applicable, local representatives.

“Being a young worker, and holding the title PSE [Postal Support Employee], management tries to treat us as ‘second rate’. They tend to assume we aren’t knowledgeable and that we aren’t aware of our contractual rights,” said Eveyana Cortez, New York Metro Area

MID-TERM Elections: Use Your Voice and Your Vote

Elect to Protect your Federal Pension Benefits and the Postal Service

10/04/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Retirees Department Director Nancy Olumekor


Retirees in Action
(L-R) Roosevelt Daniel, President of the California Area Local Retiree Chapter,
with Congressman Pete Aguilar (D-CA-31) 
Letitia Ochoa, Vice President California Area Local Retiree Chapter.

Use your voice to let the candidates running for the U.S. House and the Senate know that you and your family will only vote for those candidates that are committed to protecting your hard-earned benefits. This includes your federal pension, i.e., CSRS or FERS; Social Security; Medicare; health insurance and life insurance.

Tell those candidates running for Congress in your area that you will only support candidates who are opposed to privatizing the Postal Service and the federal agencies such as OPM, Social Security and Veterans Administration. Let the candidates know that you are only voting for candidates who will fight to protect and preserve the Postal Service and federal agencies.

 

Your Data Will Never Be Used Against You at APWU

10/04/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte

As an advocate for workers and quality health care, I am disturbed by recent media reports about health insurance companies using data collected from non-medical sources. The implication is that this could be used to set rates for health insurance premiums.

First let me assure you that the APWU Health Plan does not do business this way. I personally find this practice discriminatory and reprehensible; it defies the entire construct of health insurance. The APWU Health Plan was created by postal workers banding together to share the financial burden of health conditions should any one of us be unfortunate enough to have or contract one of these conditions. This is a proud heritage and one I believe is worth fighting to defend.

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