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APWU Web News Article 169-2016

AGA Brings Postal Issues to the Public

07/08/2016 - (This article first appeared in the July-August issue of The American Postal Worker Magazine)

John Seibel, an elections expert and president of True Ballot, testifies at the Baltimore Field Hearing.

One concrete way that A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service is working to bring postal issues to the attention of the public is by organizing field hearings around the country.

An Action-Packed Year

02/01/2016 -

Members of the Dallas [TX] Area Local at the
May 14 National Day of Action.

(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.

Is UPS Behind Think Tank’s Attack on the Postal Service?

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.

A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service

Historic First Meeting with Postmaster General

11/01/2015 -

From left: John Hatton, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association;
Eva Dominguez, Alliance for Retired Americans; Melanie Campbell, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation/Black Women’s Roundtable; Postmaster General Megan Brennan;
Rev. Steven D. Martin, National Council of Churches; Katherine McFate, Center for Effective Government;
Jeffrey Williamson, USPS Chief Human Resources Officer; Rob Weissman, Public Citizen; and Ronald Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General.

(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. 

APWU Web News Article 204-2015

Maine AFL-CIO Joins Grand Alliance, Backs Postal Banking

Dimondstein Was Keynote Speaker

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.


APWU Web News Article 192-2015

APWU Joins Civil Rights, Financial Reform Groups Urging Senate to Reject Nominees to USPS Board of Governors

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.

APWU Web News Article 189-2015

Postal Workers Win Support at ‘Fighting Bob Fest’

09/23/2015 -

Front row: Madison Area Local President Bret Wersland; Chris Czubakowski, associate editor Milwaukee Area Local; JJ Johnson Heiss and Karen Deloof, Madison Area Local; Valerie Landowski, Regional Coordinator Northeast Wisconsin AFL-CIO.Back row: John Nichols, writer, commentator; Bernie Faust Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans; APWU of Wisconsin President Steve Lord;  Booth visitor; APWU President Mark Dimondstein, John Miceli, editor Milwaukee Area Local; Cathy Carobine; APWU Nat’l. Postal Press Assoc. President  Tony Carobine.

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.