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.
06/09/2015 - The four postal unions have asked the White House to issue a Presidential Proclamation designating July 26, the agency’s 240th birthday, “Postal Heritage Day.”
The Postal Service was established on July 26, 1775, when an act of the Second Continental Congress created the United States Post Office Department, and named Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General.
“The USPS is the governmental agency which most interacts with the American people. Postal employees have repeatedly been recognized as the government employees most trusted by the citizens of our great country,” a June 5 letter to President Barack Obama says.
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.
That’s the question APWU Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell asked dozens of supporters who kicked off the May 14 National Day of Action in front of the post office on 14th and L Streets in Washington, DC – just one week before the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires.
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.”
03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
The launch of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service featured the debut of a 2-minute video, “Our Postal Service,” featuring actor-activist Danny Glover.
For Glover, it’s personal. In the video, he recounts what the Postal Service has meant to his family and many others.
He ends the video by calling on all those who care about maintaining a vibrant, public Postal Service to join him in A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service, calling it “A Public Trust, A National Treasure.”
(This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
On Feb. 12, more than 60 national organizations joined forces to launch A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. The debut of the Alliance included the premiere of a video featuring actor-activist Danny Glover, the creation of a new website, and many messages on social media.
“I hope every APWU member will support this important endeavor by sharing the news with their family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, and by posting messages on social media,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.
Included among the 65 national organizations are the National Council of Churches, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, International Association of Fire Fighters, Alliance for Retired Americans, Greenpeace USA, Vote Vets Action Fund, and the AFL-CIO.