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It Could Be a Matter of Life and Death

Ramping Up for Safety Campaign

10/05/2015 - Declaring that “there are far too many serious safety problems at post offices and facilities,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein and Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon Sr. are calling on union members across the country to launch a Safety Awareness and Enforcement Campaign in mid-October. “Even the Postal Regulatory Commission recently reported that USPS management failed to meet its performance goal to ‘Ensure a Safe Workplace and Engaged Workforce,’” they wrote in a letter to local and state presidents. The Aug. 28 letter called on local unions, state organizations and Contract Action Teams (CATs) to enhance safety education among union members and take the necessary steps to ensure that unhealthy and unsafe conditions are corrected.


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House Panel Approves Amendment To Restore Postal Service Standards

Next Step: Win Support for House Resolution 54

06/30/2015 - The vote by a House Committee on June 17 approving an amendment that would restore postal service standards “is a big step forward for postal workers and our customers,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. 

“If enacted, it will mean that management must restore overnight mail delivery within cities and towns, and that the 2- and 3-day delivery standards that were wiped out in January must be restored. It also would make additional plant consolidations less feasible.”

The legislation would rescind the lower service standards the USPS implemented on Jan. 5 – which have wreaked havoc on mail delivery – and restore the standards that were in place on July 1, 2012. 

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Union Fights for ‘Economic Justice’

Contract Mediation Gets Underway

06/12/2015 - Representatives of the APWU and USPS met with officials of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) on June 9 to begin mediation on a new collective bargaining agreement.

APWU President Mark Dimondstein, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon and staff met with FMCS Acting Director Allison Beck, Deputy Director Scot L. Beckenbaugh, and the USPS vice president of Labor Relations, where they discussed the progress of negotiations and outlined several of the topics that separate the parties. 

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Contract Talks Hit Impasse

USPS Demands Cuts in Pay, Benefits, Job Security

05/28/2015 - Contract negotiations between the American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service ended without an agreement on May 27.

The USPS scuttled any prospect of reaching a deal by insisting on severe cuts in pay and benefits, despite the fact that progress had been made on many non-economic issues, President Mark Dimondstein reported. “Management’s economic demands and proposed changes to the workforce structure were completely unacceptable,” he said.

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As Contract Deadline Nears, Union Gears Up for Action

04/20/2015 - With the Collective Bargaining Agreement set to expire in one month, APWU negotiators – and members – are preparing to turn up the heat! "As we enter the final month of bargaining, it will soon become clear whether management is serious about reaching a negotiated settlement," said President Mark Dimondstein.

The union is launching an ambitious program to mobilize support for the final stretch, including a National Day of Action on May 14 and a campaign to gather signatures on postcards addressed to Postmaster General Megan Brennan bearing the message, "I Stand with Postal Workers." A Contract Town Hall Call is set for May 6.

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On Tax Day, Tell the World:

'Your Post Office Gets Zero Tax Dollars'

04/07/2015 - On April 15, APWU members will greet last-minute tax filers at post offices around the country with a message many of them haven’t heard before: The Postal Service gets no money from taxpayers. 

“Tax day is a good time to inform the public – and the media – about this little-known fact,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. 

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Contract Town Hall Call: April 6

03/30/2015 - APWU members are invited to join APWU President Mark Dimondstein for a live Contract Town Hall Call on Monday, April 6. This will be the third such call.

We will discuss our fight to win a good contract for union members while we fight for a vibrant, public Postal Service for the people of the country.

There are two options: 12 p.m. EDT and 8 p.m. EDT. The call is expected to last approximately 25 minutes.To participate, you must register online by 6 p.m. EDT, April 5. At your selected time, you will receive a call from the APWU. All you have to do is answer your phone!

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Contract Town Hall Call - March 19; Sticker, Flyer, Poster Day - March 26

03/09/2015 - APWU members are invited to join President Mark Dimondstein for a Town Hall Call on March 19, to discuss our fight to win a good contract and protect our public Postal Service. 

The call is expected to last approximately 25 minutes. To participate, APWU members must register online by 6 p.m. on March 18, at There are two options: March 19 at 10 a.m. EDT and March 19 at 8 p.m. EDT.

At your selected time, you will receive a call from the APWU. All you have to do is answer your phone!

March 26

“Led by our local and state presidents and our Contract Action Teams, March 26 will be a day to spread the word,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “We’ll send a message to management by wearing stickers, and we’ll take our message to the people by passing out flyers at post offices and asking business owners to put posters in their windows supporting ‘Our Public Postal Service.’”

March 19 - Town Hall Call

March 26 - Wear your sticker!

Pass out flyers to the public at post offices; Distribute posters to businesses to display.

Material is being mailed to local and state presidents to distribute. For contract news, visit