Statement: Federal Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Postal Policies that Could Slow Election Mail

Yesterday, Judge Stanley Bastian of the federal district court in Washington state issued a nationwide order prohibiting the Postal Service from making major operational changes before the November election. The lawsuit was led by the State of Washington, and it was joined by Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The Court was concerned that Postmaster General DeJoy was making or allowing operational changes or policies […]

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MVS Craft Initiates National Dispute Re: Unilateral Implementation of FMCSA Clearinghouse Consent Form and Program

On August 28, the MVS craft initiated a National Step 4 Dispute contesting the Postal Service’s unilateral implementation of work requirements related to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Click here to view the dispute initiation letter: APWU Case Number HQTV20200376 Re. Unilateral Implementation of FMCSA Clearinghouse Consent Form and Program. Since May, the Union has been requesting information pertaining to the Postal Service’s new consent form entitled, “Consent for Limited […]

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Retroactive Pay Scheduled in Paychecks dated September 4, 2020

The retroactive pay (also called back-pay) due under the terms of the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement is scheduled to be in paychecks dated September 4, 2020. The Industrial Relations Department has had a lot of questions regarding this pay. There are multiple variables that will determine how much any one employee will receive. In attempt to help everyone understand the pay please see below:   The retroactive pay period is September 20, 2018 through April […]

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APWU Members Rally With Community to Demand Congress Save the Post Office

On Tuesday, headlines from news outlets across the country read: “Postal Workers Day of Action.” As the country continues to rise up in defense of the public Postal Service and against the new policies that have significantly delayed mail, thousands took to the streets under the banner “Save the Post Office.” An estimated 300 actions took place in almost every state. Postal workers; labor, civil & human rights activists; community allies; and lawmakers made clear […]

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Regarding PMG DeJoy Temporarily Suspending Some Recent Policy Decisions

Statement by Mark Dimondstein Postmaster General DeJoy’s mid-July implementation of a series of new policies slowed down and delayed the mail. These included the arbitrary canceling of overtime, limiting mail transportation runs, and demands that everything run on time, even if it meant leaving large quantities of mail undelivered. APWU members are deeply committed to our mission of serving the public with “prompt, reliable and efficient” services to all communities. This has been powerfully underscored […]

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WATCH: WHY WE NEED THE POSTAL SERVICE

The U.S. Postal Service has long been an important source of decent jobs, particularly for people of color, who make up 40 percent of their workforce. In the current crisis, postal workers are playing a particularly vital role in our nation’s economic and public health as they strain to meet the surge in demand for package deliveries. At the same time, mail volume has plummeted as a result of the crisis. Without emergency relief, the […]

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Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” Powell Honored with Shirley Chisholm Breakthrough Leader Award

On July 30, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” Powell was honored with the 2020 Shirley Chisholm Breakthrough Leader Award, named after the “unbought and unbossed” 1972 presidential candidate. The award was presented as part of The Summit for Civil Rights, an annual convening of civil rights leaders across labor, government, academia, faith and law to, “respond to the powerful and dangerous intersection of enduring racial disparities, widening economic inequality, and rising political polarization throughout our entire society.” […]

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Don’t Give Them Your “Postal Pulse”

The USPS is once again starting their attempts to get their employees “engaged”. It is Postal Pulse time again! Most likely you have received emails, direct mailings, stand-up talks, and have seen wall postings encouraging you to take the survey. The APWU wants to remind all employees that we advise against participating in surveys that the Postal Service conducts. Recent surveys besides the Postal Pulse have be used to attack our jobs. In the past surveys have been used […]

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PRESIDENT DIMONDSTEIN ON PBS NEWS HOUR

The vital role of U.S. Postal Service in American elections With the election nearing and many parts of the U.S. in the grips of COVID-19, mail-in ballots have become a prominent issue. But President Trump has disparaged both the U.S. Postal Service and the integrity of voting by mail. What effect could his criticism have? William Brangham talks to Mark Dimondstein of the American Postal Workers Union and then Spencer Cox, lieutenant governor of Utah.

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SAVE THE POST OFFICE ON MEET THE PRESS

President Dimonstein joined MSNBC’s Meet The Press Daily’s host Chuck Todd to explain how the new Postmaster General’s slowdown policies are damaging the mail. He explained why we must reject the White House’s attempts to kill the public confidence in our vote-by-mail system.

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APWU members make almost 30,000 calls to Congress

On Thursday, July 23, APWU members and our allies made an incredible 28,156 calls to the senate. That’s a phone call every three seconds! Together with calls made direct to Congress, not through the APWU Legislative Hotline, the total was likely closer to 30,000. This is exactly the kind of pressure we need. Congress holds the key to solving the Postal Service’s financial problems during this Coronavirus crisis. We need to work together to make […]

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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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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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Save the Postal Service – Because it’s yours!

The Postal Service is in a crisis, caused by the Coronavirus, and Congress needs to act, urgently. Call your Senators and tell them to support stimulus funding for the USPS: 833-946-2037. 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 […]

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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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