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Thinking Outside the Box: Bargaining for the Common Good

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 


Activists at a Fix L.A. Coalition rally.

All over the country, public sector unions and their community allies are beginning to think outside the box when it comes to collective bargaining. The new strategy, called Bargaining for the Common Good, seeks to forge coalitions that can use the leverage of collective bargaining to benefit the broader community. Furthermore, community involvement puts more pressure on the employer to act on the shared demands.

Members in Action

09/01/2017 -


From L-R: President Joe Cogan, Vice-President Bill Martin,
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Legislative & Political Director Daniel
Cortez and Director of Associate Offices Verna Mathews.

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

Protesting Health Care Bill 

Members of the Portland Oregon Area Local attended a rally protesting Republican health care legislation on July 6. At rallies all over the country, people protested against the drastic bill that would leave millions uninsured with the slogan, “Kill the bill, don’t kill us.” 

Assault on Jobs

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Eastern Regional Coordinator Mike Gallagher 


Baltimore Francis “Stu” Filbey Area Local Clerk Director Gloria Drake at the local’s protest
against USPS job cuts on June 10.

As you may know, the USPS embarked on a strategy of reducing the number of duty assignments in an installation to correspond with their earned work hours, not with the actual hours that people are working. Management’s actions will lead to a wholesale reduction in the number of jobs in an installation.

A Summer ‘To Do’

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Health Plan Director John Marcotte 

Summer is upon us. With it comes vacations, picnics and long days filled with warm weather activities. While evaluating your family’s health care may not be on the top of your list of summertime “to dos,” now is the perfect time to see if the APWU Health Plan can better serve you, save you money or both.

Home Front

Attacks on Veterans

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget plan levies an attack against our veterans who are elderly and disabled. His cuts aim to terminate Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits for veterans who are eligible for Social Security retirement benefits, under the mistaken notion that a duplication of benefits exists.

Get to Know the Non-Member

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Organization Director Anna Smith

As I travel across the country to state conferences and to conduct trainings, too often I hear more excuses for low membership than what is done to connect with non-members.

Who has felt at some point that a task was not attainable? Do not let negative thinking and doubts stop you from reaching out to other members and non-members.

The Combined Federal Campaign

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

Your Participation Matters. The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the largest and most successful annual, workplace charity campaign in the world. CFC donations made by postal workers, federal public servants and military men and women help millions of Americans and others around the world.

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor 

The following is a partial reprint of 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s published by The Alzheimer’s Association®. For the full article, visit alz.org/10signs.

Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms. If you notice any of them, please see a doctor.

POWER: The APWU Women’s Committee

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Research & Education Director Joyce Robinson

APWU POWER (Post Office Women for Equal Rights), the women’s committee within the American Postal Workers Union, was founded in St. Louis, Missouri on April 28, 1979 and incorporated into APWU’s National Constitution in Detroit, Michigan in August 1980. APWU POWER’s Steering Committee consists of five APWU POWER Coordinators, one from each region, who are elected at the Biennial National Convention and assist POWER committees at local and state levels.

Attend the Legislative Conference Oct. 1

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Legislative Director Judy Beard

On Oct. 1, the APWU Legislative and Political Department will be hosting the first Legislative Conference and Training in conjunction with the All-Craft Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is Building Political, Union and Community Power. This all-day conference will consist of several workshops geared towards a variety of legislative and political areas, as well as a general session and regional breakouts. 

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