Department & Division News

Have You Seen the Video?

03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) 

The launch of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service featured the debut of a 2-minute video, “Our Postal Service,” featuring actor-activist Danny Glover.

For Glover, it’s personal. In the video, he recounts what the Postal Service has meant to his family and many others.

He ends the video by calling on all those who care about maintaining a vibrant, public Postal Service to join him in A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service, calling it “A Public Trust, A National Treasure.”

65 National Organizations Launch

A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service

03/01/2015 -

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) 

On Feb. 12, more than 60 national organizations joined forces to launch A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. The debut of the Alliance included the premiere of a video featuring actor-activist Danny Glover, the creation of a new website, and many messages on social media.

“I hope every APWU member will support this important endeavor by sharing the news with their family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, and by posting messages on social media,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

Included among the 65 national organizations are the National Council of Churches, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, International Association of Fire Fighters, Alliance for Retired Americans, Greenpeace USA, Vote Vets Action Fund, and the AFL-CIO.

On the Worker Floor: Stickers and More

03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

As negotiations began, APWU members on the work floor expressed solidarity.

Across the country members wore stickers on opening day that said, “Good Service! Good Jobs! Contract Now!” Many took “selfies” showing their union pride. More than 80 locals have formed Contract Action Teams (CATs), which are designed to involve members in the fight for a good contract. CATs share information on the job and work to win community support for the struggle to secure better service and good jobs.

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e-Team Report, Feb. 27, 2015

02/27/2015 - Congressional Support Grows for Prompt, Reliable Mail
USPS Should Nix Mail Delays, Say Reps

The bipartisan coalition of lawmakers saying “No” to delayed mail is growing by the day.  Since the end of January, 71 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of House Resolution 54 (H.Res.54).  The resolution, introduced by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), calls on the Postal Service to “take all appropriate measures to restore service standards in effect as of July 1, 2012.” 

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Alliance Joins House Members to Protect Social Security Disability Insurance

02/27/2015 - On Wednesday, the Alliance joined Democratic Representatives Xavier Becerra (CA), Sander Levin (MI), Jan Schakowsky (IL), and Doris Matsui (CA), and allies in speaking out on a tele-press conference call focused on protecting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which has come under attack by House Republicans since the new Congress convened. The call came in conjunction with a hearing by the House Ways and Means Committee.

e-Team Report, Feb. 26, 2015

02/26/2015 - Republicans in Wisconsin are attempting to rush so-called “Right to Work” legislation through the state Senate. Just days ago, Governor Scott Walker stated he would sign such legislation if it reaches his desk, a stark reversal from his campaign promise not to support right to work legislation – a move Politifact calls a full Flip-Flop.

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Alliance Members Visit Over 120 Congressional Offices during Lobby Week

02/20/2015 - Members of the Alliance visited over 120 Members of Congress and staff in their home states this week during the Presidents Day recess.

“Under the new 114th Congress, retirees issues are once again under attack from many directions including proposed trade agreements, Social Security and Medicare,” said Richard Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. “I applaud all of the Alliance members who are taking their concerns directly to their Representatives.”

e-Team Report, Feb. 6, 2015

02/06/2015 - New Bill Would Stop Mail Slowdown, Reinstate Service Standards

Recognizing the essential role mail plays in American society, some in Congress are responding to the Postal Service’s disastrous action to eliminate overnight delivery and plans to close or consolidate 82 mail processing facilities.  This week, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) reintroduced the “Protect Overnight Delivery Act,” a bill intended to undo the Postal Service’s mail slowdown and reinstate service standards to their 2011 levels. 

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

President’s Budget Offers a Mixed Bag for Seniors

02/06/2015 -

President Obama presented his Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal on Monday, offering a mixed bag for seniors. The budget contains several changes to Medicare, including higher deductibles, new home health co-pays, and increased means testing. However, the budget also contains several positives, including a reallocation of payroll tax revenue from Social Security’s old-age and survivors trust fund to the disability trust fund.

Arbitration Advocacy Training

02/05/2015 - The Research & Education Department offers comprehensive training to APWU activists on a wide array of topics, dedicated to providing union officers and stewards with the skills they need to enforce the Collective Bargaining Agreement, motivate union members, and keep members informed about important issues and activities.