Department & Division News

What Opportunities Are Left?

10/14/2014 - Recently, I was asked the following questions by a brother unionist I highly respect: what opportunities are left in the legislative arena this year to put a stop to the plant consolidations that are scheduled to begin in January 2015? What do we have to do?

If you receive e-Team alerts or regularly visit, you may know the answers to these questions.

We have to get Congress to include language that would halt the closure or consolidation of mail processing facilities in an appropriations bill or “continuing resolution.” (A “continuing resolution” will be used to fund government operations beyond Dec. 12, 2014, when the current budget expires.)

Get the 1% Out of Our Dream

10/14/2014 - The American Dream. Anyone who works hard enough can climb the ladder and achieve success – a lovely home, cars in the garage, the kids off to a good college and a comfortable, secure retirement.

Unfortunately, that dream seems unattainable today. The gap between rich and poor, bosses and workers, has widened in the past few decades as compensation and wealth for the nation’s CEOs have grown much faster than for everyone else.

As a result of this increasing gap, American workers are asked to give up the dream that our children will be able to achieve and live a more comfortable, secure life than we have. What is so troubling is that the income gap is not increasing because workers are less productive or unwilling to work; it is directly related to the suppression of workers’ rights, and the transfer of a larger share of the wealth workers create to the country’s richest 1%.

Managing the Grievance Backlog

10/14/2014 - It’s been just about a year since I took office. Wow, how time flies!

Since taking office, I have instituted a very aggressive arbitration schedule based on my belief that disputes at the national level must be resolved to bring closure and provide guidance to union leaders and members in the field.

During the past year, at least two national-level arbitrations have been heard per month. This has enabled us to get some great decisions that will enhance our field representation. We now have three national-level arbitrators hearing cases rather than two.

To Win Consolidation Fight, We Must Build a Movement

10/14/2014 - If we are going to win the fight to stop consolidation of 82 mail processing plants, we must build a movement – a movement that unites postal workers with the people we serve: the neighbors we greet, the businesses we patronize, the civic organizations we participate in, the clubs we join, and the places we worship.

We cannot win this fight in the grievance procedure or even in court – we must win this fight in the court of public opinion.

We are part of the communities served by the United States Postal Service, the national treasure that binds us together as one America, and we must ask for their help.

One Year In: Looking Back, Looking Forward

10/14/2014 - It has been an exciting first year as your president. I am as honored today as I was the day I took office. I appreciate the help, insight and activism of so many members, local and state leaders, and national officers across the country. Together, we have made real advances in very difficult times.

We have forged a strong postal union alliance with our sister postal unions and we are supporting each other’s struggles. The APWU has joined the fight to protect six-day mail delivery, and the Letter Carriers, Mail Handlers and Rural Letter Carriers have enthusiastically backed our campaign to Stop Staples!

Together, we have sent a message to postal management, Staples and every other retailer in the country that the “U.S. Mail is Not for Sale.”

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Astronomical Prices of Some Cancer Drugs Hit Vulnerable Patients Hard

10/10/2014 - 60 Minutes reported last Sunday on the high price of cancer drugs in the U.S. Lesley Stahl’s piece shed light on the fact that Medicare has to pay the price determined by the drug companies, since under current law, Medicare is prohibited from negotiating the prices. The report noted that some cancer patients have gone into bankruptcy in an effort to save their lives. Dr. Leonard Saltz, chief of gastrointestinal oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering, noted that a patient could easily be paying $250,000 for two drugs, “just to get started.”

e-Team Report, Oct. 8, 2014

10/08/2014 - Fall is in the air, kids are back to school, leaves are changing colors, and Congress has adjourned so members can return home to run for reelection.  Now that members of Congress are home, it is a perfect time to meet with lawmakers and discuss our issues – particularly in support of a moratorium on postal cuts.  APWU activists are encouraged to come together with their APWU locals and our brothers and sisters in the mail handlers, letter carriers and rural carrier unions to schedule meetings with our elected officials and their staff during the month of October.

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Thousands of Alliance Members Join Tele-Town Hall Calls with Candidates

10/03/2014 - More than 6,000 Alliance members dialed in Monday night on a tele-town hall conference call with Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), with several of the activists asking Sen. Hagan questions. Seniors advocate Jon “Bowzer” Bauman of the musical group Sha Na Na and North Carolina AFL-CIO President James Andrews also spoke on behalf of Sen. Hagan during the call. “I will vote against turning Medicare into a voucher program every day of the week, if that’s what it takes,” Sen. Hagan said.

e-Team Report, Sept. 19, 2014

09/19/2014 - This week, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through December 11, 2014.  Unfortunately, this continuing resolution did not include a 1-year moratorium on closing or consolidating mail processing facilities or cutting mail service standards – a position publicly supported by a majority of senators and 160 representatives.  

e-Team Report, Sept. 15, 2014

09/15/2014 - The ongoing effort by APWU and our partners to block destructive cuts to America’s mail service has recently gained a powerful ally.  On Thursday, September 4th, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) added his name to the list of senators opposing the Postal Service’s destructive mail slowdown and plant closure plan.  Now with his signature, an outright majority of senators are calling for a government funding bill that places a one-year moratorium on the Postal Service attempts to close up to 82 mail processing plants, slow down mail delivery, and eliminate up to 15,000 jobs.