Union leader issues call for action for postal workers

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/

Reader comments

Tue, Jul 3, 2018

To the commenter about USPS services getting "poorer and poorer" ... Have you even READ just a few articles over the years about USPS? The government, through a GOP-led Congress, has hobbled USPS by overcharging massively for future health benefits, leading to massive, but FAKE losses. They aren't really losing money. They are funding health care decades in the future, and no successful company does this. Because it leaves NO money to make capital improvements. Anyway, worth studying a little more deeply, rather than just making dumb comments disparaging unions.

Fri, Jun 29, 2018 Larry R. FL

Remember the movie Wall Street. Company with big retirement fund taken over by profiteer and gutted. Now why do you think GOP made USPS prefund retirement fund to an excessive amount and causing current red ink performance? Coincidence? I think NOT.

Wed, Jun 27, 2018

Hooray for Trump MAGA

Wed, Jun 27, 2018

For years, the USPS is in red and services are poorer and poorer! I like to know what is the Union planning to do fix these problems?

Tue, Jun 26, 2018 John S

This White House will turn every job into a fast food job before the dust clears.

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