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Apr 17, 2018

Update on Contract Negotiation Preparations on April 23



04/12/2018 - Contract Negotiation Opening Day – June 26 – is around the corner.

Please join the APWU National Negotiations Committee (NNC) for a live Tele-Town Hall for updates on negotiation preparations that are under way. Members will also hear updates on the contract campaign and how they can get involved.

The Tele-Town Hall will be held at two times on April 23 - at 11AM and 9PM EDT (8AM and 6PM PDT). You can register for the call here.

When members sign up for the call, they will have the option to submit suggestions – for both the contract negotiations and the contract campaign.

If we’re going to win better working conditions and a better standard of living for APWU members and families, we need everyone ready for this fight.

Click here to sign up for the call.

Mar 28, 2018

Contract Action Team Liaisons Appointed

They are Fired Up and Ready to Go Assist Local CATs!


03/22/2018 - 

Front (L-R): Janalee Banks, Wanda Harris, Ahlona Miranda, Angela 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:

  • Janalee Banks - Provo (UT) Local;
  • Arrion Brown - Nation’s Capital Southern Maryland Areal Local;
  • James Donohoe - Boston Metro Area Local; 
  • Angela Ellington - Dallas Area Local;
  • Larry Guarnero - Portland OR Area Local;
  • Wanda Harris - Miami Area Local;
  • Jennifer Lemke - Toledo (OH) Area Local;
  • Ahlona Miranda - Greater Kansas City Metro Area Local.

The appointees arrived at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center on Feb. 27, excited for the “train-the-trainee” boot camp covering the elements involved in a contract campaign. During the two and a half day training, the liaisons learned how to “Build Worker Power through CATs.”

Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Powell opened the first official day of the training with inspiration, speaking on the important role that the CAT Liaisons will play in the success of a contract campaign.

Highlighting lessons learned from the 2015 Contract Campaign, and how to build on those accomplishments, President Mark Dimondstein expressed the new expectations for the APWU’s 2018 contract campaign. “The success of 2015 Contract Campaign and the Stop Staples campaign are proof,” he noted. “When we take a stand and fight, we can win!”

After explaining the negotiation process and possible outcomes, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman warned of the challenges involved, and provided strategies to win.

The liaisons all left the training Fired Up and Ready to Go! Over the next couple weeks they will be contacting locals and states in their area to see how they can help the local/state organizations while they are Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow!

Mar 28, 2018

Importance of Contract Action Teams

(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).

In general, most postal workers are sick and tired of the understaf?ng, daily contractual violations, and poor service that the Postal Service is providing to the public. Most union members would like to see better service to our communities, as well as improvements to working conditions, wages and bene?ts. Contract negotiations will be an opportunity to make progress on these important issues.

Hostile Opposition in Negotiations

However, we will face strong opposition in our efforts to improve the Postal Service. Many of the large mailers – who are among the largest corporations in the world – and their friends in Congress will again be pressuring the Postal Service to seek concessions from postal employees. These large mailers continually push the Postal Service to cut staf?ng and reduce service to the public in order to reduce how much they pay for postage.

In addition, many of the large mailers are media companies like Time Warner, who have signi?cant in?uence on the public’s understanding of what is occurring at the Postal Service. Corporate-owned news and information will re?ect the interests of corporate ownership and their advertisers. The labor movement today lacks the type of media outlets that can explain our story to millions of people like corporate media can.

In this hostile environment, simply asking for an improvement in our contract will not be enough. Collective bargaining without the willingness to engage in collective action is merely collective begging, and will not change the balance of power.

Collective Action is the Historical Recipe for Success

All signi?cant gains in the past – either in the labor movement, civil rights movement or any other movement – has come about from collective action. Gains were made through strikes, boycotts, working to rule, public campaigns and other efforts where large groups of people worked together to bring pressure to bear on important decision makers. It takes a movement to make progress.

The wildcat, Great Postal Strike of 1970 was the key collective action that the people who came before us did to win many of the bene?ts that we enjoy at the post of?ce today. More recently, the many volunteers who participated in the Stop Staples boycott stopped the Postal Service from utilizing large chain stores to contract out Clerk Craft work. When people came together and sacri?ced for the greater good, we made progress.

Contract Actions Teams Are the Key to Success

APWU Contract Action Teams (CATs), where individuals come together to carry out collective action, will play a critical role to bring pressure on the USPS to win contractual language that management would not otherwise provide.

Actions usually begin small and gradually escalate as the CAT teams get stronger. For example, it might start with education within the team so that everyone is on the same page, then education to employees on the ?oor, to “Wear Your Union Gear” days, to safety enforcement day, to informational pickets, etc. Working together as a large group in collective actions is surprisingly fun and empowering.

In order to get the Postal Service to agree to any improvements in the CBA, the APWU will need a corresponding amount of leverage. A little bit of power will translate to a little bit of improvements – a lot of power, a lot of improvements. It is up to us.

The more employees that participate in Contract Action Teams, the more the APWU can gain improvements in the CBA. Join the ?ght for a better tomorrow. Sign up today to participate on a Contract Action Team in your workplace. If your local or state union does not have a CAT Team set up yet, speak to your local/state president about forming one.

Mar 28, 2018

2018 Contract Campaign and Slogan Contest!


08/18/2017 - The APWU’s national headquarters is gearing up for the upcoming 2018 Contract Campaign! 


The current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), also known as a union contract, between the APWU and the USPS expires on Sept. 20, 2018 – just a little over one year from now. The contract determines wages, benefits and conditions of employment.

In June 2018, the APWU will open formal negotiations with management, and preparations are already underway. Some of the APWU’s major goals for upcoming negotiations include:

  • Ensuring job security, including protecting no lay-off provisions and limiting sub-contracting;
  • Providing fair pay raises that reward postal workers for their hard work and contributions;
  • Bridging the gaps between the divisive “three tier” wage and benefit structure;
  • Protecting and expanding career jobs;
  • Uplifting the Postal Support Employee (PSE) workforce;
  • Holding abusive managers accountable;
  • Expanding and enhancing postal services.

Negotiations are never easy. Especially in the current political environment, they will be extremely challenging. The APWU’s success will depend on how much power and leverage can be mustered with member involvement and support from the public.

By successfully doing this in 2015, the union made real progress in the last contract.

Over the next year, the APWU will be building momentum, establishing contract action teams, wearing union gear and educating postal customers. There will be many opportunities – and much need – for members to get involved.

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