(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.
05/15/2015 - The May 14 National Day of Action, which was organized around the theme, "I Stand with Postal Workers," generated extensive media coverage. More than 130 events were held across 45 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Since the successful launch of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service on Feb. 12, APWU’s allies have been busy spreading the word about the need to protect and enhance our nation’s public mail system.
Emails, tweets, website articles and Facebook postings from the AFL-CIO, In the Public Interest, Jobs with Justice, and many others have resulted in 50,000 people viewing an inspiring video featuring actor-activist Danny Glover that was produced to support the cause.
More than 10,000 people across the country have signed the Alliance pledge, which says, “I support the fight to protect and enhance vibrant public postal services now – and for many generations to come.”