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APWU Web News Article 106-2018

The U.S. Mail is NOT FOR SALE!

Register Today to Join the Call on Nov. 14!

11/12/2018 - On Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. EST and 7 p.m. EST the Legislative & Political Department will host a call on the US Mail Not for Sale campaign.

Register today to join the call! Click here for a downloadable flyer to spread the word! 

As we move into the Congressional Lame Duck Session - the period after the mid-term elections, but before newly-elected representatives take office for the 116th Congress - our fight to stop postal privatization cannot not slow down.

We must continue to advocate for a public Postal Ser­vice and keep it from being sold off to the highest bidder. Click here to join the call, hear what’s next and take action.

 

APWU Web News Article 59-2018

Statement by President Dimondstein on

White House Plan to Privatize the Postal Service

06/21/2018 - The White House proposal on restructuring the federal government released today, “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century,” delivered nothing but misinformation and, if implemented, would end regular mail and package services at an affordable cost to 157 million addresses every day. Furthermore, the White House plan is an attack on many federal agencies and the public services they provide.

Eliminating the universal service obligation, as the plan suggests, would hurt business and individuals alike, and would be a dagger aimed at the heart of rural America and undermine e-commerce.

APWU Web News Article 55-2018

APWU Meets With Federal Task Force Considering Changes to USPS

06/08/2018 - APWU met with the White House Task Force on the Postal Service on Tuesday, June 6 and presented a series of recommendations and supporting materials on how the USPS could improve services, become more financially stable, and continue to remain a treasured public institution offering universal service to all citizens, regardless of where they live or work.

APWU Web News Article 33-2018

Update: 2 New Classes Added!

Attend a Pre-Convention Workshop

Register Today!

03/27/2018 - The Research & Education Department will sponsor the APWU’s 16th Educational Conference, a National Convention event that provides union members with a wealth of information to take home to their local and state organizations. Twenty-eight workshops will be offered on Friday, Aug. 17... All APWU members are welcome and encouraged to sign-up online by the early registration deadline of Friday, Aug. 3. This deadline is firm for participants with special needs: If you need a sign interpreter, for example, you must register by Aug. 3. Other participants may try to sign up for workshops after they arrive in Pittsburgh; however, late registrants will have a limited choice of workshops and will not receive certificates. 

APWU: We Need to Protect the USPS from Corporate Pirates

Inspector General Slams USPS on Property Sales, Leases

07/01/2015 -


Berkeley residents have stopped the sale of the
historical post office - for now. 

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

In April, the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a scathing report on the Postal Service’s transactions with CBRE, which serves as its exclusive agent for real estate transactions.

The report recommends that the USPS terminate its contract with CBRE, the world’s largest real estate company. The OIG also referred numerous USPS-CBRE transactions to its Office of Investigations for possible criminal charges.

The report points out that USPS management permits CBRE to represent both the Postal Service and the businesses and individuals that are buying and leasing property from the USPS.

Hocking Our Heritage – At a Discount

06/01/2015 -


Murals depicting our nation's heritage grace the lobbies of many post offices. Here is 
Stagecouch, Overland Express and Riverboat Carrying U.S. Mail, by Valdimir Rousseff,
which has been displayed in the Reedly, CA, Main Post Office since 1935. 

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

“When USPS management sells these priceless public properties to private interests at a discount, they are privatizing a national treasure,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

The Postal Service not only takes these assets away from the people they belong to, but often sells them to individuals who work against the best interest of the public: bigwig developers who are only interested in their own profit.

Press Release

Dimondstein on Inspector General's Report on Sale of Historic Post Offices by CBRE

'We need to protect the USPS from corporate pirates'

04/29/2015 - WashingtonThe Inspector General’s report on the Postal Service’s real estate transactions with CBRE is a stinging indictment of the way the USPS has sold off post offices and other facilities. It is also a condemnation of the cozy relationship between postal management and the world’s biggest real estate company. The USPS arrangement with CBRE allows the company to represent both the buyer and seller.

The U.S. Postal Service belongs to the people of this country. We must not permit postal executives and the Board of Governors to sell our beautiful historic buildings at a discount; nor should we permit CBRE to drain the Postal Service treasury with lease deals that benefit the real estate firm at the expense of postal customers and the American people.

A Tale of Two Post Offices

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

A battle is raging for the heart and soul of the U.S. postal service. After the American Revolution, leaders of the new government realized that the post office could play a crucial role in forging a democratic society. They believed that equal and affordable access to correspondence and publications would foster great debate and build the informed citizenry needed to promote prosperity and progress.

They also believed a federal post office could bind together the fledgling nation.

The Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 outlined the Postal Service’s mission: to bind the nation together while offering satisfying careers and opportunities for advancement to all employees.

This vision of the Postal Service as a pillar of American democracy and family-wage jobs for its citizens has been slowly eroded by a competing vision of the Postal Service – one that views the USPS as a business that operates on market principles; where corporate private interests “advise” the Postal Service, and where the American public and American workers are secondary to the financial interests of major mailers.

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