Labor News

News Service Bulletin #: NSB 09-2018Richmond, VA
Our fight to stop postal privatization will continue well after the election! We must continue to advocate for a public Postal Service and keep it from being sold off to the highest bidder. On Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. EST and 7 p.m. EST the Legislative & Political Department will host a call updating the membership on the US Mail Not for Sale campaign. President Mark Dimondstein and Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard will discuss:
• The current status of the White House’s plan to sell the Postal Service to private corporations (privatize the Postal Service).
• The status of House Resolution 993 and Senate Resolution 633, and what to expect from Congress in the lame duck session.
• Building public support after the successful National Day of Action on Oct. 8.
• How members can get involved in upcoming campaign actions.
Las Vegas, NV
Do not miss this opportunity to learn more about what is being done to protect your job and how you can help! Click here to sign up.

(This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 
By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell
One of the overwhelming responsibilities of all officers, shop stewards and representatives of the union is to ensure it holds its money and property solely for the benefit of the union and its members. When union officials express an interest in leadership positions, they inherit the responsibilities entrusted to them, which includes maintaining a financially sound local...Make sure you mark your calendar for any of the 2019 national training seminars the Secretary-Treasurer's department will be scheduling. In addition to the scheduled training opportunities, local unions can also schedule training webinars. Please contact Annette August-Taylor, Executive Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer, at 202-842-4215 or via email to aaugust@apwu.org.

(This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 
By Vice President  Debby Szeredy
Going forward there are more battles ahead: the fight against privatizing the Postal Service, against consolidations and closures of plants and post offices, and the fight to expand services like postal banking and community services that help take care of our neighbors across this country.
Our battles need mobilized members from all our locals to participate in building alliances with congressional members and local politicians, as well as community organizations and our sister unions. We must mobilize. 

(This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 
By President Mark Dimondstein 
“We won’t let the postal eagle be replaced by the vulture.” What a great response by Legislative Grassroots Coordinator Janice Kelble to the White House of Office Management and Budget (OMB) proposal to sell-off the Postal Service to corporations for private profit. The eagle symbolizes that the public Postal Service belongs to, and serves, all the people. The vulture represents those who want to pick the public good apart and devour it for private Wall Street greed.

Web News Article #: 105-2018In a strong show of solidarity, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA produced a video to educate flight attendants about the importance of public services and the role of solidarity in winning our fights. “The U.S. Postal Service mail and packages fly on our planes. The routes we fly to communities across the country depend on a strong United States Postal Service. We’re standing with our sisters and brothers from [the four postal unions] to stop privatization!” The video features APWU convention delegates speaking about the importance of a public Postal Service and the need to stand in solidarity. Courtney Agee from Birmingham, Alabama is ready for the fight against privatization: “We can prevent this. We can. We can band together. We can not be scared. We can get in the face of Congress and say, ‘Hey, you can’t take this from the public like you want to.’ I can’t even imagine America without the Postal Service.” Nelson’s call for solidarity inspired APWU member Stephanie McGee from Kansas City. “To see that you have other unions that support you and that have your back 100 percent,” said McGee, “it’s a wonderful thing.”

Web News Article #: 104-2018(L-R) President Jones, President Camp, Madeleine Dean,
President Casselli, and Vice President Charlie Kukulski.
On Thursday, October 25, Eastern Region APWU leaders were at it again, flexing their legislative muscles. Eastern Montgomery County Pa Area Local (EMCAL) President AJ Jones, EMCAL Vice President Charlie Kukulski, Philadelphia BMC Local President Chuck Camp, and Philadelphia PA Area Local President Nick Casselli met with Congressional candidate for the Pennsylvania 4th District Madeleine Dean and presented her with a COPA contribution.

Web News Article #: 103-2018Federal authorities announced that an arrest was made in connection with the explosive devices being sent through the mail. However, an arrest does not mean the danger is over. There is still a possibility that additional pieces remain in the mail stream. APWU leadership again reminds you to be vigilant and continue to be on the lookout for any suspicious devices. Alert and observant postal employees have already helped to intercept some of the devices in the mail stream...
The Postal Service recently released an additional Stand-up Talk in regards to both the arrest and suspicious packages.

Web News Article #: 102-2018Images Courtesy of CUPW
Following nearly a year of negotiations with Canada Post, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) began rotating strikes across the country on Monday, Oct. 22...CUPW’s membership of 50,000 overwhelmingly authorized a strike action following a vote in September. Over the last two years, massive increases in parcel volumes contributed to workplace injuries increasing by 43 percent. What can you do?
APWU members are encouraged to print off one of the CUPW’s signs, take a pictures of you – and your co-workers if possible – holding the sign(s). Post the image to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with a  message of support and tagging CUPW and #negos2018.

Web News Article #: 101-2018Breaking news: It has just been reported that explosive devices have been sent through the mail addressed to a number of high-profile individuals and corporate entities...
We urge all our members to be alert and vigilant to protect your safety and well-being and that of your co-workers and the public.
The APWU leadership is in constant touch with top postal management as these disturbing events unfold. As more information comes to light we will keep you updated.

Web News Article #: 100-2018On October 16, APWU members and retirees, our sister postal unions, community leaders and allies filled the Hunts Point Post Office, in the, Bronx, NY to deliver a petition of more than 5,300 signatures to Bronx Postmaster Scott Farrar, calling for expanded financial services at the Bronx post office and nationwide. “Postal Banking brings a service to the people that’s not only important to the community of the Bronx,” said Jonathan Smith, New York Metro Postal Union President, “but it’s important to this nation”.
An astounding 52.3 percent of Bronx households are underserved by traditional Wall Street banks. These residents either have no bank account or have an account and use “alternative” financial services including paycheck cashing and pawn shops.
The Campaign for Postal Banking invited Postmaster Farrar to accept the petitions. He declined to attend the event. Rep. Serrano agreed to deliver the petitions and the letter of Congressional support to Postmaster Megan Brennan.
Click here to sign the petition!