Labor News

The APWU POWER Western Region Educational Conference will be held on Monday, September 24, 2018 through Tuesday, September 25, 2018. For more information and to register, click here. 

Web News Article #: 72-2018On Wednesday, July 18, the APWU and our allies won a big victory by defeating an attempt to prohibit the Postal Service from expanding financial services. In a vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, an amendment to a government appropriation bill (H.R. 6147) offered by Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) was rejected by a bipartisan vote of 212 to 201. The APWU greatly appreciates the bipartisan support from lawmakers who voted down this proposal.

Web News Article #: 72-2018Jim DeMauro has been appointed Atlanta Region Clerk National Business Agent (A).

Web News Article #: 71-2018
On July 9, in response to the White House’s recent plan to privatize the USPS, Wilmington DE/Malcolm T Smith Area Local hit the pavement to spread the word that the fight is on to save the people’s post office.

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On July 16, a leading group of Congressional representatives took action to help combat a proposal to privatize the Postal Service. The proposal, put forward by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget in their report Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century, would “restructure the U.S. Postal Service” and “prepare it for future conversion from a government agency into a privately-held corporation.”   
CALL 1-844-402-1001 and urge your member of Congress to sign on! 

(This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 
By President Mark Dimondstein 
Members of  Central Jersey Area Local 149 are "fired up and ready to go" on Union Gear Day.
“My door is always open,” is a common refrain by managers at non-union companies. These bosses claim that any individual worker is welcome to just come in and talk about any problem or issue. Such “open door” policies, companies claim, prove workers don’t need unions. But once the talk becomes about raising wages, benefits and improving conditions of employment, the boss will show you the “open-door” exit -- to find work elsewhere!
Contrast that with unionized postal workers. We have a voice at work secured by our collective actions. Every few years we bargain with postal management for a new union contract addressing wages, step increases, job security, seniority, bidding, discipline procedures, career conversions, scheduling, overtime, leave, safety, and a host of other workplace issues. This process is called collective bargaining and provides the opportunity to achieve improvements in our working lives and the well-being of our...

Web News Article #: 69-2018The Research & Education Department sponsor's the APWU’s 16th Educational Conference, a National Convention event that provides union members with a wealth of information to take home to their local and state organizations. Recently, they have added two additional workshops to the 2018 pre-convention training!
1. New APWU SEARCH Interface Training - Arbitration Advocates should attend this training. The new webbased database is designed to be used by arbitration advocates to simplify searches for arbitration awards and decisions. The company that maintains APWU SEARCH database has developed this new design to enable the system to function more efficiently. The training will include how the new interface works, how to conduct searches using the multiple-tab feature, and methods to narrow searches.  (10 am-1 pm)​​
2. “The APWU Health Plan" as an Organizing Tool - Teaches techniques and strategies for signing up non-members utilizing the APWU Health Plan and other benefit programs that are reserved for members. Explores ways to get members, who have quit, to rejoin the union. (10 am-1 pm)

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President Dimondstein has announced in accordance with Article 21 of the American Postal Workers Union Constitution & Bylaws, Idowu Balogun has assumed the position of the Maintenance Division Director.
Western Region Maintenance NBA Jimmie Waldon was appointed by Brother Balogun with unanimous consent of the Maintenance Council to fill the position of “A,” effective July 16, 2018.  
Hector Baez was appointed by Brother Balogun to serve as Western Region Maintenance Division National Business Agent “A” which is located in Mesa, Arizona, effective July 16, 2018. 

Web News Article #: 67-2018American Postal Workers Union members from coast-to-coast say why they are FIRED UP AND READY TO GO for the 2018 Contract Negotiations!