07/23/2014 - Delegates to the APWU’s 22nd Biennial National Convention got down to business on the convention’s opening day, debating and voting on resolutions submitted to the Labor-Management Committee.
Motor Vehicle Services:
07/23/2014 - “We’re fighting for our lives, fighting for our very survival” said Motor Vehicle Director Michael Foster on Saturday, July 19 in his report at the opening of the MVS Craft Conference in Chicago. “Contracting out of Postal Vehicle Services (PVS) and Vehicle Maintenance Services (VMF) continue to be on the forefront of the Postal Service’s privatization plan.”
07/22/2014 - Evidence that the Postal Alliance formalized on March 10, 2014 is in full effect was clear to the delegates on Monday. In what was an APWU Convention first, the Presidents of the other three Postal Unions addressed the delegates.
07/22/2014 - The APWU Research and Education Department offered 22 pre-convention workshops on a range of informative topics, from legislative and political action to issues facing Postal SupportEmployees (PSEs) on Friday, July 18.
Delegates were excited about the workshop topics and were pleased with the opportunity to learn about important issues affecting postal workers.
07/22/2014 - The APWU Finance Committee reported to convention delegates on July 21. Despite a declining membership and a still-sluggish economy, “the APWU remains in the black for both 2012 and 2013,” the panel wrote.
07/11/2014 - On June 30, the Postal Service announced plans to resume the closure and consolidation of up to 82 mail processing plants beginning in January 2015. The APWU was quick to denounce USPS’s destructive scheme. “This is a direct assault on service to the people of the country, on postal workers and on the Postal Service’s own network,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.
07/01/2014 - On March 20, 2014, President Mark Dimondstein signed a memorandum of understanding with the USPS on Filling Residual Vacancies. The title sounds innocuous enough, but the agreement is an extremely important step forward for APWU members.
07/01/2014 - The Maintenance Craft has made significant progress recently on issues of concern to Postal Support Employees (PSEs). The Memorandum of Understanding on Filling Residual Vacancies, which was signed by President Dimondstein on March 20, solidified the timing of the opportunity for Maintenance PSEs to convert to career status.
07/01/2014 - Wow! It was great to be out in the streets of Washington, DC with 200+ APWU members and other union leaders and activists on April 24, the National Day of Action to Stop Staples.
Research & Education
07/01/2014 - Unemployment and underemployment are projected to remain at crisis levels for years; our trade deficit is growing; the housing market continues its downward slide; millions of Americans are facing foreclosure, and real wages are stagnant. Communities of color in particular are facing a nearly unprecedented economic crisis, with unemployment rates that are nearly double the national average and rising poverty rates.