07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)
By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell
Union elections represent one of the foundations of our democracy. Union members have the right to nominate and vote for their leadership and those officers who will be placed in charge of protecting the rights of postal workers and the administration of the union.
The American Postal Workers Union’s elected officers were installed Nov. 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Mark Dimondstein, Vice President Debby Szeredy, and Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell took their oath of office along with almost 80 elected officers. Members of the Executive Board, Craft Division Directors and Assistant Directors, and Department Heads, as well as National Business Agents (NBAs) all raised their hand and pledged to “uphold the Constitution and Bylaws of the [APWU]” and “perform the duties of [their] office to the best of [their] ability.”
Dimondstein Scores Overwhelming Victory; His Team Wins Decisively
(This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
APWU President Mark Dimondstein scored an overwhelming victory on Oct. 6, winning re-election with 84 percent of the votes cast. Dimondstein’s entire slate won: Incumbent Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy won re-election, beating two opponents. Challenger Vance Zimmerman, who ran on Dimondstein’s slate, won as Director of Industrial Relations.
10/14/2016 - The official results [PDF – Members Only] of the APWU Election of National Officers have been tabulated and were certified by the American Arbitration Association on Oct. 12. A summary will be published in the November-December issue of The American Postal Worker. The posted results have been separated by local. Uncontested offices are not shown in the web posting, but will be listed in the magazine.
10/13/2016 - Six locals and six retiree chapters will be rewarded for generating participation in the recent election of national union officers, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell has announced. The top locals and retiree chapters in various size categories will receive prizes, and any local or chapter that achieved a voting level of 100 percent will be rewarded.
10/06/2016 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein scored an overwhelming victory on Oct. 6, winning re-election with 84 percent of the votes cast. Incumbent Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy won re-election, beating two opponents. Challenger Vance Zimmerman, who also ran on Dimondstein’s slate, won as Director of Industrial Relations. Unofficial results for all races are printed below. Winners are denoted with an asterisk; incumbent officers are denoted by “(I)” after their name. Certified results are expected in the next several days and will be posted at apwu.org. Results also will appear in the next issue of The American Postal Worker.
10/05/2016 - Members of the APWU Election Committee collected ballots for the 2016 election of national officers from the designated post office box at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5 and transported them to the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University, where they will be counted, beginning at 7 a.m. EDT on Oct. 6.
09/28/2016 - Time is running out for union members to vote in the APWU National Officers election. To be counted, ballots must be returned to and received in the designated post office box by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
UPDATE: As of Sept. 27, just over one week before the deadline, the unofficial count of ballots received was 34,199. Votes will be tallied at Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington DC 20002. Preliminary, unofficial results will be posted on the union’s website, www.apwu.org, as soon as they are available, and will be updated frequently. Official results will be posted as soon as they are available as well.
09/21/2016 - APWU members and guests are invited to attend the Installation of National Officers Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20009, (202) 483-3000. The ceremonial affair will feature the swearing-in of new and returning officers and the ticket price for this event is $85 per person. The program will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. and the installation of officers will begin at 6:30 p.m.