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APWU president ousted

American Postal Workers Union National President Cliff Guffey has been unseated by a challenger after a single term as head of the union.

American Postal Workers Union National President Cliff Guffey has been unseated by a challenger after a single term as head of the union. The union's president-elect, Mark Dimondstein, will begin a three-year term on Nov. 12.

APWU's president and other top officers are elected by members via a mail-ballot referendum every three years.

The new APWU leader has served the union in numerous roles, including local president of APWU's Greater Greensboro Area Local, and APWU national lead field organizer.

Dimondstein and his slate of candidates for other APWU slots—most of whom prevailed in the election— ran on a "members first" platform, charging in campaign materials that the union's leadership had been "weak and ineffective, making massive concessions that undermine career jobs, divide different groups of postal workers against each other, and help management carry out its agenda of closings, consolidations and excessing."

Dimondstein went into the election endorsed by Guffey's predecessor, former APWU National President William Burris.

"I am deeply honored to be elected by the membership to the office of APWU national president and greatly appreciate the many activists around the country that passionately worked for change and made this victory possible," Dimondstein said in a statement. "This election victory belongs to the people."

“I hope everyone will get behind the new administration,” said outgoing President Guffey. “We have tough times ahead and we’re going to need unity.”

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