(This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Frederick Douglas, the renowned anti-slavery leader, declared, “Without struggle there can be no progress.”
Certainly during 2015 we engaged in lots of needed struggle in the fight for workers’ rights and in defense of our wonderful national treasure, the public Postal Service. And, indeed, we have made some real progress.
01/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
It’s not news that corporate vultures would like to get their hands on the most profitable parts of the Postal Service. Right-wing think tanks and politicians, along with the Postal Service’s competitors, have been advocating privatization for decades.
(This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service (AGA) held a historic first meeting with Postmaster General Megan Brennan in August. The delegation, representing six of AGA’s national signatories, brought the group’s mission – the fight to protect and enhance vibrant public postal services – directly to the Postmaster General.
Each member of the delegation expressed the importance of the Postal Service to the people in their organizations.
10/28/2015 - Members of the Maine AFL-CIO adopted resolutions supporting two important postal issues at their 30th biennial convention on Oct. 22 and 23 -- in support of postal banking and to join A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. APWU President Mark Dimondstein was the keynote speaker.
10/02/2015 - The APWU joined civil rights groups, labor organizations and financial reform groups on Sept. 30 in urging Senate leaders to reject a slate of nominees to the USPS Board of Governors.
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid, they wrote, “Our organizations are in agreement that it would be preferable to continue with a stripped-down Board of Governors than to fill those vacancies with a slate that includes nominees whose policy stances would be harmful to the USPS and ultimately to the public it serves.” Only three of nine governor slots are filled. Members of the board are appointed by the president and must be approved the Senate, which plans to consider four nominees as a package.
Named for one of Wisconsin’s best-known politicians, the annual Fighting Bob Fest has become one the nation’s largest progressive gatherings. This year’s celebration, held in Madison on Sept. 19, was no exception – and APWU members seized the opportunity to win support for the fight to save our public Postal Service.
08/26/2015 - The APWU joined more than 50 member organizations of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service last month to urge members of the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor two bipartisan resolutions to restore mail service standards and protect six-day mail delivery.
08/17/2015 - A delegation representing six member organizations of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service met with Postmaster General Megan Brennan at Postal Headquarters in Washington, DC, on Aug. 13. The meeting was “a historic first” for the Alliance, which is dedicated to building a vibrant, public Postal Service for generations to come.
07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Representatives from 17 member organizations of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service answered the APWU’s call for support on the union’s National Day of Action on May 14.
The leaders joined actor-activist Danny Glover at the APWU’s press conference in Washington, DC, which advocated Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract! Speakers from Alliance organizations included Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America; Clayola Brown, president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute; Steven D. Martin of the National Council of Churches, and Richard Fiesta, executive director of Alliance of Retired Americans.