Labor News

Past APWU President Moe Biller and Steve Lord
(This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  
The following is a reprint of a column by APWU of Wisconsin President Steve Lord that ran in the November-December 2017 issue of The Badger Bulletin. On Jan. 3, Lord retired after a 41-year postal career, serving as APWU of Wisconsin president for the past 12 years. Prior to that, he was APWU of Wisconsin’s Legislative & Political Director for four years, Oshkosh Area Local President for 14 years and Oshkosh Area Local Vice President for five years. Lord became an active APWU member in 1978. 
So, I haven’t changed my mind about retiring. I only have 50 days left at the USPS and a few months as State President but, I have changed my mind about a few other things. One of the things I have changed my mind about is term limits for our elected U.S. representatives.

Nina Turner speaking at the 23rd Biennial National
Convention on Aug. 22, 2016 in Orlando, FL
(This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  
Our Revolution formed in the wake of Senator Bernie Sanders’ ground-breaking presidential campaign. The American Postal Worker spoke with its President, former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner about the organization’s future goals. 
Q: What is Our Revolution?
A: “Our Revolution is an organization that is building progressive, grassroots movements all across the country, in a way that reminds people that the political power is in our hands. In order to create a strong democracy, people have to be engaged.

April Burger (left) with Brenda Sprague, Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Passport Services, after the award ceremony.
(This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 
April Burger, a 31-year member of the Jefferson City Local (MO) and the local’s secretary-treasurer, was unanimously chosen as 2017 Acceptance Agent of the Year for the Department of State’s (DOS) National Awards Program for Passport Acceptance Facilities and Agents. She was honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 29. 

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By President Mark Dimondstein   
When the hungry people were demanding bread, French Queen Marie Antoinette was said to utter the words, “Let Them Eat Cake!” Little wonder she lost her head in the ensuing 1789 French revolution.

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 
By Clerk Craft Directors 
Contract negotiations will begin in June, and the membership has democratically decided on resolutions to improve the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Web News Article #: 33-2018The Research & Education Department will sponsor 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.
Twenty-eight workshops will be offered on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, the day prior to the craft meetings, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Hall B.
All APWU members are welcome and encouraged to sign-up online by the early registration deadline of Friday, Aug. 3. This deadline is firm for participants with special needs: If you need a sign interpreter, for example, you must register by Aug. 3. Other participants may try to sign up for workshops after they arrive in Florida; however, late registrants will have a limited choice of workshops and will not receive certificates. 

Web News Article #: 32-2018On March 22, The Postal Service Reform Act of 2018 (S. 2629) was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The APWU recognizes the efforts of the four bi-partisan Senators who worked to craft and co-sponsor the proposed legislation - Tom Carper (D-DE), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO). “The APWU appreciates their efforts to achieve postal legislative reform that is fair to the APWU members, postal workers in general, the public Postal Service and postal customers,” said Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard.

Web News Article #: 34-2018The time is now for all current and former permanent-rehabilitation and limited-duty postal employees who were subjected to the USPS National Reassessment Process (NRP) between May 5, 2006 and July 1, 2011 to file a timely claim with the Postal Service to seek monetary damages and other relief. The Postal Service has exhausted all of its administrative appeals in the class action discrimination complaint, McConnell v. USPS.

Web News Article #: 31-2018
Front (L-R): Janalee Banks, Wanda Harris, Ahlona Miranda, Ellington 
​Back (L-R): James Donohoe, Arrion Brown, Jennifer Lemke, Larry Guarnero
To assist local and state organizations with developing strong grassroots organizing and activism in support of the APWU’s upcoming contract negotiation fight, President Mark Dimondstein appointed the following Contract Action Team (CAT) Liaisons...

Web News Article #: 30-2018The APWU Arbitration Advocacy Training program will be Sunday, June 3 - Sunday, June 10. It is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of the techniques needed to effectively prepare a case for arbitration. Participants should plan to arrive at the hotel, Hilton Hotel & Meeting Center, 100 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202, on Sunday, June 3 because classes start promptly at 9:00 a.m. on Monday morning. A graduation dinner will be held on Saturday evening. No classes will be held on Sunday, June 10. The curriculum includes: Introduction to Arbitration; Preparing the Case; Identifying and Framing Issues; Threshold Issues; Exhibits and Stipulations; Opening and Closing Statements; Rules of Evidence; Objections, and Direct and Cross Examinations.