APWU Joins Rally for Voting Rights Outside White House

On November 3, President Mark Dimondstein, national officers, local leaders, members and staff from the APWU joined the League of Women Voters, People for the American Way, Black Voters Matter, the Democracy Initiative and other organizations, including other unions, in a rally outside the White House. The protestors called on President Biden to either “fix or nix” the Jim Crow-era filibuster in the Senate, and move swiftly to pass meaningful voting rights legislation. The filibuster allows a minority of members in […]

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Bipartisan Postal Reform Legislation Introduced in the Senate

Last week, Chairman Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ranking Member Rob Portman (R-OH), of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led a bipartisan coalition of 20 original co-sponsors in introducing the Postal Service Reform Act of 2021 in the Senate (S. 1720). This is a companion bill to legislation introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 3076) on May 11 by Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) of the House Committee […]

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House Committee on Oversight and Reform Introduces Bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act

On May 11th, Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform introduced the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act. The new bill is scheduled to be marked up on Thursday, May 13th, 2021.   The bipartisan bill is an important step on the road to saving our public Postal Service. The bill will place USPS on the path toward financial stability by taking the critical step […]

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At Senate hearing, USPS Board nominees express commitment to improving quality and reliability, upholding universal service obligation

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) held a confirmation hearing on April 22 for President Biden’s three nominees to the U.S. Postal Board of Governors: Anton Hajjar, Amber McReynolds, and Ronald Stroman. The nominees testified before the Senate committee alongside Kiran A. Ahuja, who was nominated to be Director Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Earlier this year, APWU members and supporters petitioned the Biden Administration to swiftly nominate governors to the Board […]

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House Passes the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

On February 27th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1319, the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.” This bill promises to help stabilize communities across the country and provide emergency assistance to the working class. If passed in the Senate and signed into law by the President, the $1.9 trillion package will provide workers long-overdue and much-needed relief they deserve.  Many workers had hoped that the previous package which passed in December would have […]

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Today’s Hearing and the Nomination by President Biden to Fill Vacancies on the USPS’ Board of Governors

Statement by American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein on today’s Hearing on Legislative Proposals to Put the Postal Service on a Sustainable Financial Footing and the Nomination by President Biden to Fill Vacancies on the USPS’ Board of Governors I want to thank the chair of the House Committee on Oversight Committee and Reform, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, for holding today’s hearing on legislation that will allow the United States Postal Service to uphold its […]

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USPS Fairness Act Reintroduced in the House and Senate

This week, both the House of Representatives and the Senate, re-introduced the bi-partisan USPS Fairness Act (S. 145 and H.R. 695). This legislation would repeal, in full, the onerous prefunding of retiree health care benefits which Congress required when it passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) in 2006. This law, forced the Postal Service to prefund its retiree health care benefits 75 years in advance, paying for retirement health care for individuals who […]

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President Biden’s Executive Order on Health and Safety a Positive First Step

During his campaign, President Biden promised to stand with workers, and direct the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to implement stronger coronavirus safety standards to keep workers safe. On January 21, President Biden fulfilled one of his promises, issuing the “Executive Order on Health and Safety.” The order mandates that “the Federal Government must take swift action to reduce the risk that workers may contract COVID-19 in the workplace. That will require issuing science-based […]

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Why we all need to care about the Postal Board of Governors

What is the Postal Board of Governors and what does it do? The Postal Service has a Board of Governors that is responsible for major decisions about the Postal Service’s operations, policies and expenditures. The Board’s responsibilities also include hiring and firing the Postmaster General. The Board is usually made up of nine members who are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Why should we care about the Board? President-Elect Joe Biden […]

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Message from Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard

We have entered the new year and, with it, a flurry of Congressional activity. Following the passage of H.R. 113, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act on December 27th (which included funding for the Postal Service), the House and Senate voted to override the Presidential veto of the National Defense Authorization Act, a bill that provides military funding. On December 28th, the House passed H.R. 9051, a bill which would increase the $600 direct payments provided […]

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APWU Members Give Their All in Labor 2020 Campaign

In the face of continuous attacks on the Postal Service, voter suppression, and a pandemic, the APWU’s Legislative and Political Department launched Labor 2020 – our campaign to mobilize voters, elect leaders who will work to better the lives of working families, and guarantee the future of the public Postal Service. “APWU members knew that the fate of the Postal Service and the working class were at stake in this election,” said President Dimondstein. “That’s […]

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Advancing Postal Banking in a New Political Landscape

A changing political landscape offers new opportunities for the Campaign for Postal Banking to advance an agenda for expanded postal financial services. Of course, simply electing politicians who say they support us is only part of our struggle to secure and expand the public Postal Service. We must also hold them accountable to their commitments. In this case, the Democratic National Convention adopted a platform that includes postal banking and other helpful considerations for the […]

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Second Federal Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Postal Service To Protect Election Mail

On Monday, Judge Victor Marrero on the federal district court for the Southern District of New York issued the second nationwide injunction against the Postal Service on election mail. This case, unlike the case decided last week in Washington State, raised legal issues only about voting and voting rights. In a lengthy decision, the Court found that even if the Postmaster General did not intend his recent changes, ideas, and statements to impact election mail, […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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