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In Memoriam

Steven G. Raymer

APWU Maintenance Division Director

October 6, 1956 - June 16, 2018

06/18/2018 - Brother Steven G. Raymer, who served as the union’s Maintenance Division Director for the past 17 years, was on the union’s National Executive Board and a lifetime trade unionist died suddenly from a heart attack on June 16, 2018.  Steve was 61 at the time of his death.

“We are all deeply saddened and still in shock over the untimely passing of Brother Raymer.  Our heartfelt thoughts go to his wife Nancy, daughters Allison and Jessica, his three grandchildren and his extended family,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Up until the last days of his life, he was working on behalf of our members – getting ready for contract talks, national arbitrations and planning for our convention. We salute his many contributions over the years and his deep dedication to the APWU and its members.” 

Brother Raymer, a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp., was hired into the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in 1982 as a clerk prior to transferring to the maintenance division in 1987. In 1989, he was promoted to Mail Processing Equipment Mechanic (MPE).

In 1990, Brother Raymer was elected by his co-workers as president of the Madison Wisconsin Area APWU Local Union. He served in that position until 2001, when he was elected as APWU National Maintenance Division Director.  

As a national officer, he was fully involved in every National Negotiation since 2001. “I served with Steve for 17 years on the National Executive Board. I know how hard he worked, how much he loved the union and how deeply he cared about our members,” said APWU Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell.

During his tenure as National Maintenance Division Director, Brother Raymer negotiated hundreds of settlement agreements on behalf of the Maintenance Craft. He played a major role in issues that affected not just the maintenance division, but all members of the union. He also represented APWU on the postal and logistics committee of UNI, the global union.

“The APWU has lost a union brother, a good friend, and a mentor,” said APWU Assistant Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun


May 22, 2018

In Memoriam

Remembering President Emeritus William Burrus

December 13, 1936 - May 19, 2018
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #: 
50-2018

05/21/2018 - Former APWU National President Emeritus William Burrus passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the age of eighty-one.

William Burrus served as elected National President of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO from 2001-2010. He was the first African-American to be elected president of any national union in direct balloting by the membership.
Prior to his assuming the presidency, William Burrus served as APWU Executive Vice-President for 21 years, from 1980 to 2001working alongside APWU President Moe Biller.

As a top national APWU officer, Brother Burrus helped negotiate substantial gains for the members with improved wages, and benefits, rightfully earning his reputation as a skilled negotiator and powerful advocate for postal workers. He led the union negotiations of four Collective Bargaining Agreements between the APWU and the USPS, and was also directly involved with every national negotiations between 1980 and 2006. Over his decades of union leadership, he was responsible for countless Arbitration settlements and Memorandums of Understanding with postal management which greatly enhanced workplace benefits, rights and safety of APWU represented employees.

William Burrus began his employment with the Post Office in Cleveland, OH in 1958, first as a distribution clerk and then as a Maintenance employee. He was a participant in the Great Postal Strike of 1970. From 1974 to 1980, he served as President of the Cleveland APWU Local. He was a founder and the first President of the APWU National Presidents Conference (NPC). William Burrus was always proud of the fact that as local president, he, along with others, protected the economic well-being of generations of postal workers by leading the successful fight to reject a proposed 1978 Collective Bargaining Agreement that would have capped COLA increases.

William Burrus was born in Wheeling, WV. After graduating with honors from Lincoln High School, he attended West Virginia State College. He served in the 101st Airborne Division and the 4th Armored Tank Division of the United States Army between 1954-1957.

William Burrus was a Vice-President of the AFL-CIO. Multiple times he was named by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans. He earned great respect from representatives on Capitol Hill as a champion of the public postal service.

“The APWU family is greatly saddened by the death of Brother Burrus,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife Ethelda and his entire family who generously shared brother Burrus with us over many decades. We, as postal workers, including our families and our communities, have greatly benefited from the impassioned and determined life’s work and leadership of William Burrus.”


Jun 10, 2015

In Memory

Kenny Wilson

Web News Article #116-2015

06/03/2015 - Kenneth D. Wilson, former APWU Clerk Craft Director, passed away on June 1. He was 82.

Known throughout the union as a “Turtle,” Wilson often greeted brothers and sisters with the question, “Are you a Turtle?” He laughed uproariously if got his preferred response: “You bet your sweet a--.”

Wilson joined the United Federation of Postal Clerks, a predecessor of the APWU, as soon as he was hired at the Omaha, NE, Post Office in June 1956. His first union position was editor of the Omaha Area Local newspaper.

Wilson was elected president of the local in 1965 and was credited with strengthening the organization. Working on a typewriter in his basement, Wilson led the development of the local constitution and negotiated the local agreement. Today, the Omaha Area Local office is named the Kenny Wilson Union Hall.

In 1972 Wilson become one of the first national officers of newly-formed APWU when he was elected Wichita Area Vice President. He later served as Assistant Clerk Craft Director and Clerk Craft Director, a position he held until he retired in 1992. As Clerk Director, Wilson negotiated much of Article 37 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and settled many national-level grievances.

When asked in 2011, what his greatest accomplishment was, Wilson said his proudest moment came while running for treasurer of a bowling league. The league’s constitution required that bowlers be white, but, through his efforts, the discriminatory racial restriction was removed.

After retirement, Wilson remained an active APWU member, regularly attending union events.

Wilson is survived by his wife, Etta Nielson Wilson, five children, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two brothers. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Etta Wilson and Family, 104 Andulusian Trail, Simpsonville, SC 29681.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Community of Christ Church, 18 Cunningham Road, Taylors, SC 29687, with burial to follow in Cannon Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 5, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Cannon Funeral Home, Fountain Inn.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


Dec 15, 2008
 Martin MurphyIt caused great sadness when we learned long time DMAL/APWU GMF Tour 3 Steward Martin Murphy passed away last week. Martin was a 34 year Postal employee who had been planning his retirement. Those of us who knew Martin knew him to be knowledgeable about all aspects of union administration and contract administration


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