Union leader issues call for action for postal workers
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jun 25, 2018
The largest of the employee unions representing U.S. Postal Service employees—the American Postal Workers Union—has drawn a line in the sand it hopes to defend throughout coming negotiations on worker contracts.
Those negotiations open this week—starting Tuesday, June 26.
“Greetings, brothers and sisters of the American Postal Workers Union,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in a new video posted on the union’s website. “I hope this message finds you in good spirits—and fired up and ready to go, in the fight for a new and good union contract!”
Dimondstein laid out a few points in his rallying cry. These included a reminder to all union members that “everyone has been mailed two stickers”—stickers stamped with the union’s message of “Fighting Today for a Better Tomorrow,” one to wear, and one to share with a fellow employee in public and at rallies.
Dimondstein also cited a move by the administration that he described as “very troubling, and very concerning”: a new plan issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget on June 21, pushing to reorganize government including “to completely privatize the United States Postal Service.”
OMB “plans to turn this public national treasure over to individual companies that will make huge profits at the expense of the people of this country, and obviously at the expense of postal workers, and at the expense of the public postal service and at the expense of your union,” Dimondstein warned.
The union president also called OMB’s plan an “outrageous proposal” that APWU will hit back against in the coming days with “a plan to fight back, united with the people of this country”—and said he was “confident [the union] can win.”
For more go to: http://www.apwu.org/