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Department & Division News

Building ‘Strong, Action- Oriented’ Communities

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

By Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy 

During November 2017, I met with locals and members who are still on the Phase Two Consolidation List and have shown interest in not only saving their plant, but also building a strong membership and community engagement.

Voting Rights Under Attack

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard 

With the 2018 midterm elections rapidly approaching, we must remain vigilant on the barrage of attacks against our voting rights. Our vote symbolizes the values we believe in and supports the leaders we trust to make decisions affecting our livelihood. We unfortunately still live in a time where there are those who want to silence the voices of millions of citizens by making it more difficult, if not impossible, for us to exercise the fundamental right to vote.

CONVENTION 2018 – PITTSBURGH, PA

24th Biennial APWU National Convention

03/01/2018 -

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  

Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow is the theme of the American Postal Workers Union’s 24th Biennial Convention, which is set for Monday, August 20, through Thursday, August 23, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

It’s Time to Play Amazon’s New Hit Game, ‘Milk the Taxpayer!’

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

The following article by Jim Hightower (former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and popular activist) originally appeared in the Hightower Lowdown and was edited for length.

Milk the Taxpayer, the old corporate-politico con game, is a 5-step con that generally works like this:

  1. GreatBigCorporation decides to build a facility in City A.
  2. Claiming the project will create beaucoup jobs, GBC demands that City A’s officials fork over boodles of tax breaks and gimmes.
  3. If the officials hem and haw, GBC approaches City B to stir up a bidding war.
  4. Fearing the stigma from “losing” those jobs, City A officials cave to GBC’s demands.
  5. At a joint press conference, both parties hail the “win-win” deal and praise each other’s forward-looking vision and integrity.

From the Field

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Below are quotes from various APWU local and state publications throughout the country. All the publications listed are part of the Postal Press Association.

“Everything the USPS does is all about money and downsizing and at our expense. We all want our jobs and do not want to have to move from our comfort zone to keep it. The APWU is fighting everything for our members and want you to feel secure and know that we have your back… This is a contract negotiation year which amplifies the fight. We need the support of all members in this battle. Your help is necessary in the effort to fight for our jobs.” – Gregory Bryant, Greensboro BMC Local (NC) Editor/ Legislative Director, The Eagle’s Perspective

Contract News

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Support Services Director Steve Brooks 

The year 2017 was busy with contract negotiations for the Support Services Division. We negotiated and ratified three separate Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs). Our postal unit, Information Technology/Accounting Services, and two private sector units – Salmon Companies and a Mail Transport Equipment Service Center in Urbandale, IA – were all completed within the year.

Management Has to Make Sense

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Southern Region Coordinator Kennith Beasley 

Whatever we do in life, we must make sense in our interactions and conversations with each other – especially between the union and management – so that we can respectfully arrive at some kind of resolve. Not making sense kills morale.

Here We Go Again!

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors 

To quote the famous New York Yankee legend Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” As we prepare for the opening of the 2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations, we can be certain that the USPS will once again expect the union, or an interest arbitrator, to concede the many years of benefits we have obtained for APWU members. This USPS textbook move has been used over and over again in their attempt to put the union on defense and not offense. Being mindful of this strategy, the APWU’s leadership remains focused on protecting and improving the rights of our members.

A Grand Alliance

Americans Still Rate the Postal Service Best, Why the Calls for Privatization?

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)   

Once again, the U.S. Postal Service has been rated most well-liked federal agency by the American public. A recent Gallup poll asked Americans to rate the job performance of 13 key government agencies. Seventy-four percent of respondents rated the USPS as “excellent” or “good,” an increase of two points from 2014.

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