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National Officers Attend AFGE Rally

05/01/2018 - This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)  


APWU Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Powell (center) speaks at an AFGE rally.
Also pictured (L-R) is AFGE Bureau of Prisons Council President Eric Young, AFGE
District 14 National Vice President Eric Bunn, AFGE Bureau of Prisons Council
National Representative Robert Swanson, AFGE Local 1978 President Michael
Guerrissi, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and AFGE President David Cox with
other speakers, AFGE officers, and staff.

On Feb. 13, APWU National officers and staff attended an American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) rally against staffing cuts and efforts to privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth "Liz" Powell spoke at the rally.

Convention Reminder

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)  

The 24th Biennial APWU National Convention will take place Monday, Aug. 20 through Thursday, Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

What Does It Mean to Be a 501(c)(5) Organization?

How Unrelated Business Income Can Jeopardize Tax-Exempt Status

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell 

IRS 501(c)(5) status provides exemption from federal income tax to labor, agricultural or horticultural organizations. APWU affiliates are 501(c)(5) organizations and provided tax-exempt status. Tax-exempt status refers to federal income tax exemption under the Internal Revenue Code. APWU locals do not pay income tax on dues collected nor taxes on the interest earned on investments. However, they must pay sales tax for purchases and payroll taxes for employees.

Marching in Memphis: 50 Years Later

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., union activists and allies gathered together in Memphis, TN for three days of events, including a celebration of King’s “Mountaintop” speech on April 3 and a spirited rally and march on April 4. The march was from AFSCME Local 1733’s current office through downtown Memphis to the Mason Temple – the site of King’s final speech. 

APWU Web News Article 43-2018

Moratorium on Grievances Agreement Due to Convention in August

05/01/2018 - The APWU and the Postal Service have agreed to a moratorium on grievances, disciplinary actions and arbitration hearings at the national, regional, state and local levels from Aug. 13 until Aug. 27 due to the 2018 APWU Biennial Convention, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman has announced. The period spans a total of 15 days.

APWU Web News Article 36-2018

Members Get Your Gear

to Get Fired Up & Ready to Go!

04/11/2018 -

Are you Fired Up and Ready to Go for the 2018 Contract Negotiations? Get your gear to show it! 

Members can now buy t-shirts, stickers, and wristbands from the APWU Store. 

Click here for the APWU Store. 

APWU Web News Article 31-2018

Contract Action Team Liaisons Appointed

They are Fired Up and Ready to Go Assist Local CATs!

03/22/2018 -

Front (L-R): Janalee Banks, Wanda Harris, Ahlona Miranda, Angela Ellington 
​Back (L-R): James Donohoe, Arrion Brown, Jennifer Lemke, Larry Guarnero

To assist local and state organizations with developing strong grassroots organizing and activism in support of the APWU’s upcoming contract negotiation fight, President Mark Dimondstein appointed the following Contract Action Team (CAT) Liaisons...

Bill Lucy Presented with Alston/Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award

03/01/2018 -


(L-R) International Civil Rights Center and Museum founders Melvin “Skip” Alston and Earl F. Jones, Secretary-Treasurer Powell, Honoree William ‘Bill’ Lucy, and President Mark Dimondstein  presenting the Alston/Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award.

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

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum’s Alston/Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award was given to renowned trade union leader and APWU member William “Bill” Lucy on Feb. 3, in Greensboro, NC. The museum is on the site of the Woolworth Department store where four courageous African-American students “stood up” by sitting down at the segregated lunch counter in 1960, and sparked a sit-in movement for equal rights that spread throughout the south, and beyond. Sixteen national unions and the AFL-CIO joined in supporting the event and honoring Bill Lucy.

Support Your AFL-CIO Central Labor Councils and AFL-CIO State Federations

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

By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell 

Central Labor Councils (CLCs) and State Federations play an intricate and necessary part in the labor movement’s effort to ensure that policies pertaining to the economy, education, health care and other issues, benefit working families.

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