Message to Members from APWU National Executive Board In Response to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s Destructive Policy Changes

The Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 is clear: “The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by Act of Congress and supported by the people. The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together…It shall provide prompt, reliable and efficient services to patrons […]

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THEY DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT!

By: Western Regional Coordinator “Omar Gonzalez” We often hear that ‘management has the right to mismanage.’ NO THEY DON’T!  Laws require that USPS be run efficiently, including managing the workforce. Postal regulations, statutes and our contract outline what management cannot do. When we fight management, we must use all three resources. Postal life would be less hectic if only all parties followed the union contract. Regulations related to your working conditions, hours and wages are subject to […]

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Extension of COVID-19 MOUs

Over the recent weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has raged across the country.  Overall cases across the US have increased.  The percentage of positives tests are increasing, and it was recently announced the overall COVID-19 caused death rate has increased. In many areas, COVID-19 cases are spiking to all-time highs—higher than even the worst of the early days of the pandemic.  Unfortunately, Postal Employees have not been exempted from the infections and death caused by the […]

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Memorandum of Understanding Re: LMOUs for Offices Without a Local Union Structure

The American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO and the United States Postal Service have agreed on a Local Memorandum of Understanding for Offices Without a Local Union Structure.  The parties negotiated and agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding Re: LMOUs for Offices Without a Local Union Structure that calls for the parties at the national level to develop a model “Local Memorandum of Understanding” within ninety (90) days of the effective date of a contract.  The parties agreed to […]

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Call Your Senators – #SaveThePostOffice

The Postal Service is in a crisis, caused by the Coronavirus, and Congress needs to act, urgently. The Coronavirus shutdown is plummeting postal revenues while increasing costs. The Postal Service could run out of money by the end of the summer and the Trump administration is trying to leverage the crisis to sacrifice our public Postal Service at the altar of private profit. Call your Senators urgently. Tell them to support stimulus funding for our […]

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Legislative & Political Hatch Act Training

The Legislative & Political Department will be hosting a Hatch Act Zoom Training Webinar on July 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST. The upcoming 2020 Election is quickly approaching. It is vital that all members know their rights and responsibilities pertaining to the Hatch Act. Click here to register. The Hatch Act is a federal law passed in 1939. The Hatch Act limits certain political activities and restricts postal and federal employees from engaging in […]

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Work Year List

The APWU and the USPS have agreed to the work year list for the term of the 2018-2021 National Agreement.  Work years (formally known as man-years) is a term the utilized by the APWU and the Postal Service to define the size of postal installations throughout the country. The work year categories are broken down into three sizes: 200 work year installations 125 work year installations 100 work year installations The determination is made by […]

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Postal Service Emergency Assistance Act, S. 4174

On July 3rd, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Postal Service Emergency Assistance Act, S. 4174. This legislation would create a $25 billion fund for the Postal Service to recoup COVID related losses and expenses. This is a standalone bill that is currently separate from any Senate stimulus package. The key components of this legislations would: Require the USPS, in order to receive any part of the $25 billion, to declare […]

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Dealing with COVID-19

By: National Business Agent “Chuck Locke” We are facing a pandemic like we have never experienced in our lifetime. As things start opening back up, we are seeing huge jumps in COVID-19 cases. Please follow the recommendations from the CDC to keep you and your family safe. We all need to follow safe practices at work as well as at home. I know we all wish this pandemic would be over soon but that is […]

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2 MILLION+ VOICES TO #SAVETHEPOSTOFFICE

Securing relief from the economic impact of the Coronavirus crisis is part of our work to ensure the health and safety of postal workers and the long-term future of the Postal Service. The Postal Service could run out of money by the end of the Summer. But instead of backing our public Postal Service, the Trump administration is trying to leverage the crisis to sacrifice our public Postal Service at the altar of private profit. […]

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Save the Post Office Ad and Danny Glover spot hit the airwaves

Postal workers and the fight to save the Postal Service hit the airwaves in two important new radio spots. A new radio ad, which focuses on the threat the USPS, was launched today by the American Postal Workers Union. The nationwide ad buy will inlude key states, whose senators will cast crucial votes on postal finances. APWU · Radio Ad: Essential Meanwhile, actor and social activist Danny Glover who has long been a supporter of postal workers […]

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APWU Executive Board Endorses Joe Biden for President

The American Postal Workers Union’s National Executive Board has voted to endorse Joe Biden for President of the United States. In their decision, the Board recognized his record of advancing the cause of unions, his support for the public Postal Service, postal workers, and his opposition to postal privatization. As our country has confronted the pandemic, postal workers have heroically highlighted once again the importance of an affordable, universal and public Postal Service. Even as […]

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APWU Statement on the Killing of George Floyd and the Continuing Struggle for Justice

The three General Officers of the APWU, President Mark Dimondstein, Executive-Vice President Debby Szeredy, and Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Powell issued the following statement: Fair minded people from all walks of life and political viewpoints are deeply disturbed and rightfully outraged by the killing of unarmed and handcuffed African-American George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers. George Floyd was pinned face down on the ground with a knee on his neck for over eight […]

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Join the Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington Digitally

A National Call for Moral Revival: June 20, 2020 Online at 10am & 6pm EST On June 20th, the Poor People’s Campaign will hold the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history. The recent protests and the global pandemic are exposing the already existing crisis of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism, and the […]

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2020 Scholarship Deadline Extended to June 30, 2020

The deadline for the submission of applications for the E.C. Hallbeck academic scholarship ($8,000 over a four-year period), vocational scholarship ($3,000 over a three-year period) and Best Essay Award (one-time $2,000 towards four-year college tuition) has been extended to June 30, 2020, APWU Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell has announced. Applicants must be the child, grandchild, stepchild, or legally adopted child, of a current, retired, or deceased APWU member and a senior attending high school or other secondary […]

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Over 60 Labor Leaders Urge Congressional Leaders to #SaveThePostOffice

On May 11, over 60 Labor leaders sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, copying both the Postal Board of Governors and the Postmaster General, urging them support the United States Postal Service. The letter states, “As representatives of our 17 million members and all American workers, we write to thank you for your national leadership during this ongoing crisis to protect the wages, salaries, and benefits of […]

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Standing Up for Safe Jobs During COVID-19

Vance Zimmerman (This article first appeared in the May/June 2020 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) The past few months have been challenging for this country, especially for those of us considered essential front-line workers. Postal workers were called upon once again in a time of crisis to help keep communication and commerce flowing. You stepped up, you worked hard, and you showed how dedicated you are to every person in this country and […]

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The Urgent Need for Congressional Funding to Save the Postal Service

(This article first appeared in the May/June 2020 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) The ongoing COVID-19 crisis places an unprecedented financial strain on the United States Postal Service, with plummeting mail volumes and billions in lost revenue. Without immediate and substantial funding by Congress, Postmaster General Brennan stated before Congress that the USPS will run out of cash before October, threatening the Constitutional role of the public Postal Service, its universal service mandate […]

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House Passes New Stimulus Bill- Postal Funding Included

On May 15th, the House of Representatives passed the fifth COVID-19 response package.  The 1815 page Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (H.R. 6800) provides some resources to lessen the impact of COVID-19 including direct stimulus payments to Americans, aid for state and local governments, and emergency appropriations for the Postal Service. “There is a big, bold movement taking place across rural and urban American to make sure postal funding is included in the next […]

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Payment of Retroactive Pay Increases

EMPLOYEES COVERED BY THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT Retroactive payments for the pay increases under the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement, have been scheduled for pay period 18-2020, paycheck dated September 4, 2020 – barring any issues or unexpected systems changes. Employees began receiving pay at the current rates in pay period 09-2020, effective April 11, 2020. Retro payments for the National Agreement will cover the period from November 24, 2018 through April 10, 2020. Under the terms […]

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On the Appointment of Louis DeJoy as the 75th Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service

Statement from Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union, On the Appointment of Louis DeJoy as the 75th Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service Fifty years ago, postal workers waged a heroic nationwide strike to win better pay, benefits and the right to collective bargaining. This strike also recreated the United States Postal Service as an independent agency, designed to be free from the political patronage and cronyism that had plagued the […]

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New Poll Shows Two-Thirds of the Public Supports Stimulus Funding for the U.S. Postal Service, Only 15 Percent Oppose Added Funding

A new nationwide opinion poll shows that the public overwhelmingly supports funding for the U.S. Postal Service in the next stimulus bill to prevent USPS from running out of cash. Postmaster General Megan Brennan has reported to Congress that due to a decline in revenue linked to the pandemic, USPS will run out of money by September, without financial support. The survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), also […]

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Tell Congress to Support the Public Postal Service in the Next COVID-19 Stimulus Package!

Talks in Congress are rapidly progressing regarding further stimulus legislation, and we need your assistance in educating members of Congress about the invaluable service postal workers provide, and the investments that need to be made to ensure USPS is able to continue serving the American public. On March 27, the President signed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act stimulus into law. While much-needed financial relief for the USPS was in advocated on a bi-partisan basis by the Postal […]

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President Dimondstein Appears on Democracy Now!

President Dimondstein appeared on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez today. He spoke about the campaign to save the Postal Service. The interview covered the financial crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service, the impact of the Coronavirus on the USPS and the vital role of our public Postal Service in carrying out civic life across the country. DEMOCRACY NOW! INTERVIEW PART 1

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Reponse to President Trump’s remarks today that he will block coronavirus aid for the U.S. Postal Service

President Trump’s shameful comments today that the Postal Service “is a joke” and that USPS “should raise package prices four to five times” current levels is no laughing matter to the American people. His comments are an insult to the forty-four postal workers who have died carrying out their vital public service in the midst of this pandemic. It’s also disheartening to the 600,000 proud postal workers who continue to carry out our essential mission […]

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APWU Responds to Washington Post Expose of White House Plot to Destroy the Public Postal Service

“It’s a power grab to destroy the public Postal Service. Shame on them,” responded APWU President Mark Dimondstein to shocking reports from the Washington Post that the Trump Administration is attempting to use the coronavirus crisis to force draconian cuts to the Postal Service. “The Post’s reporting confirms what our union has long known: This Administration is committed to fulfilling the decades-long pursuit by some to sacrifice our public Postal Service at the altar of private profit,” […]

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SAVING OUR POSTAL SERVICE (LIVE STREAM)

SAVE THE POSTAL SERVICE: During this public health emergency and horrific pandemic, the Postal Service is needed now more than ever. Join our virtual town hall with the leaders of the country’s major postal unions on how we must act to save the postal system: — BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday will host a virtual town hall with the leaders of the country’s major postal unions on how the federal government can […]

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Stand Up for Safe Jobs This Workers Memorial Day

The number one priority of all levels of the APWU leadership during the current coronavirus crisis has been the health and safety of postal workers, our families, and that of the postal public. As part of our work to keep postal workers healthy and safe, we are encouraging all members to continue to Stand Up for Safe Jobs and Protect Our Rights for a safe workplace during this year’s Workers Memorial Day. As we continue our essential work, the […]

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Postal Service is Highest Rated Federal Agency – Again

As the heroic role of postal workers in the midst of a pandemic grabs headlines (MSNBC, Boston Globe, NY Times), the Postal Service has taken one more accolade – it is once again the public’s highest rated federal agency in an annual survey released by Pew Research Center. With 91 percent of those surveyed viewing the Postal Service favorably, the ranking is an increase from recent years’ high marks and far outstrips any other federal agency. The poll […]

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