Your membership in the American Postal Workers Union is the foundation of our strength as we fight for workplace and social justice. I salute you, the thousands of union members and activists, for your contributions to the well-being of all postal workers – active and retired, career and non-career.
I encourage those who are not yet “union active” to commit some of your time in the coming year. There is something for everyone to do: Attend union meetings, volunteer to serve on a committee, act as a shop steward, write an article for your local union paper or website, join a protest at Staples, urge your members of Congress to defend postal workers and the public Postal Service, support fast food and Walmart workers in their demands for $15 per hour and a union, and get involved in our fight for a new APWU union contract in 2015.
The survival of the public Postal Service and our jobs is at stake and you can help make a difference. Yes, each and every one of us has an important role to play. Think about how much stronger we would be if every member volunteered just an hour or two each month for union activism.
09/09/2014 - Since 2010, it’s gotten harder for minorities, young people, senior citizens and working people to vote, but easier for the super-rich to buy elections. Corporate money is drowning out the voice of the people.
The Senate vote on Sept. 8 to allow consideration of the “Democracy for All” Constitutional Amendment presents a good opportunity to address the issue, as do other measures.
07/31/2014 - Actor Danny Glover gave an impassioned speech on the final day of the APWU’s 22nd Biennial Convention, declaring that he would be part of the fight to keep the Postal Service in the hands of the people.
07/25/2014 - Convention delegates were inspired by rousing speeches from two great supporters of working people.
Ed Schultz, host of The Ed Show on MSNBC addressed the delegates on day 4 of the National Convention and Reverend William Barber, a leader of the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina told delegates that the time is right for a new coalition in America.
07/22/2014 - After noting that some have called Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s actions criminal -- a clear violation of the law that created and maintains the Postal Service as a fundamental right of the people -- APWU President Mark Dimondstein called the PMG “Wall Street’s Trojan Horse, the privatizer from within.”
07/22/2014 - “Attacks are being waged from all quarters – Congress, Wall Street and the Postmaster General himself,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in the opening of his “State of Our Union” message to the delegates at the union’s 22nd national convention. “Privatization is not a distant danger but a direct and immediate threat. A congressionally manufactured financial crisis is being used to justify new assaults on postal jobs and on the 239-year old public Post Office.”
“To survive the onslaught, we must transform our union into a fighting; activist organization and we must build a Grand Alliance with the people of the country to defend our national treasure, the United States Postal Service,” Dimondstein said.
05/09/2014 - Danny Glover, the star of "Lethal Weapon" and "The Color Purple," stopped by the union office on May 9 for an informal conversation with APWU officers about the building of a Grand Alliance to save the U.S. Postal Service.