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Feb 22, 2023
Third COLA Increase Announced February 15, 2023  In accordance with the 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), career employees represented by the APWU will receive a $0.10 per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective March 11, 2023. The increase is the result of a rise in the January Consumer Price Index (CPI-W).
Feb 22, 2023
APWU Endorses Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence for the Postal Board of Governors February 13, 2023 At our national convention in August 2022, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence reflected on her time in the House of Representatives as a postal champion and how her long career in various roles at the USPS laid the foundation for a life of public service.
Feb 22, 2023
Columbus, OH 10 Roads Express Drivers Win Huge Union YES! Vote February 3, 2023 10 Roads Express mail drivers in Columbus, OH have voted to join APWU by a blowout 57-21 margin. The ballots were tallied by the National Labor Relations Board on Jan, 26.
Feb 22, 2023
Department of Labor Announces New FECA Procedures for COVID-19 Cases January 30, 2023 The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) expired on January 27. The APWU has opposed the expiration of those provisions of the act that protected federal workers who contracted COVID-19 (COVID).
Feb 22, 2023
Questions and Answers: In-Service Examinations, Register & Eligibility Ratings January 23, 2023 On Jan. 18, 2023, the parties signed off on national Questions & Answers on the In-Service Examinations, Register and Eligibility Ratings MOU.
Feb 22, 2023
The Debt Ceiling & Postal Workers No postal worker or federal retiree will see a gap or reduction in pension payments or healthcare coverage. January 20, 2023 The Treasury Department announced on Thursday that the United States government has hit its statutory “debt limit.
Feb 22, 2023
Protecting LiteBlue from Cyber Criminals: Multifactor Authentication Required After January 15 January 20, 2023 APWU national officers are continuing to advocate for members who have had had their wages stolen in the recent online fraud attack on USPS systems.
Feb 22, 2023
APWU Position on Employees Who Have Had Direct Deposits  APWU national officers have filed a national dispute with postal management on behalf of members who have had their pay stolen by cyber-criminals and are unable to recover the money.
Feb 22, 2023

Feb 22, 2023
Pay Anomalies Continue Michael O. Foster January 17, 2023 (This article first appeared in the Jan/Feb 2023 issue of the American Postal Worker) The best intentions often have unintended consequences. Past contract negotiations have resulted in various changes to the pay tables in Article 9 for various groups of employees.
Feb 22, 2023
Optimism and Action in 2023 Debby Szeredy January 17, 2023 (This article was first published in the Jan/Feb 2023 issue of The American Postal Worker) I hope our future in 2023 will be blessed with optimism and action.
Feb 22, 2023
Burnout: Signs, Symptoms, and Prevention Joyce B. Robinson January 17, 2023 (This article first appeared in the Jan/Feb 2023 issue of the American Postal Workers) The last few years dealing with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people to become overwhelmed and experience burnout.
Feb 22, 2023
New Year, New Officers, Same Commitment! Arrion Brown January 17, 2023 (This article first appeared in the Jan/Feb 2023 issue of the American Postal Worker) New Year’s greetings to our Support Services and entire APWU family. I hope this article finds you and your family well.
Feb 22, 2023
Monsters Do Exist... Omar M. Gonzalez January 17, 2023 (This article first appeared in the Jan/Feb 2023 issue of the American Postal Worker) ...as evidenced by those that creep around postal work floors. This new year we re-focus on the harassment and bullying by postal monsters. It takes a postal village to take them on.
Feb 22, 2023
Renew Our Commitment to APWU Nancy Olumekor January 17, 2023  (This article first appeared in the Jan/Feb 2023 issue of the American Postal Worker) Legislative Priorities The 118th Congress began on Jan. 3, 2023.
Feb 22, 2023
Start 2023 Off Right With a Commitment to Your Health Sarah Jane Rodriguez January 17, 2023 (This article first appeared in the Jan/Feb 2023 issue of the American Postal Workers Union) There are so many things that keep us busy every day, such as work, kids, family, and even illnesses, that it’s sometimes difficult to think of anything else.
Feb 22, 2023
Starting the Year in Good Financial Shape is the Key Elizabeth Powell January 17, 2023 (This article was first published in the Jan/Feb 2023 issue of The American Postal Worker) Every new year brings new challenges – nothing we are not able to handle, some larger than we would like. However, we prevail and persevere nonetheless.
Feb 22, 2023
Santa's Elves are Union Proud - Let's Spread the Word! Charlie Cash January 17, 2023 (This article was first published in the Jan/Feb 2023 issue of The American Postal Worker) Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.
Feb 22, 2023
Bulk Mail Tech and Mailer Requirement Clerk MOU & Higher-Level National Dispute Lamont Brooks January 17, 2023 (This article was first published in the Jan/Feb 2023 issue of The American Postal Worker) On Nov.
Feb 22, 2023
Together, Let's Keep Rolling the Union On! Mark Dimondstein January 17, 2023 It was a tremendous honor to be installed into office on November 16 with all of the elected national officers. I share a few of my edited remarks below, including a brief “12-point platform,” as we look forward to the new term of office and the New Year.
Feb 22, 2023
A Year In Review: A Look Back at 2022 and Looking Forward to 2023 Judy Beard January 17, 2023 (This article first appeared in the Jan/Feb 2023 issue of the American Postal Workers Union) New Year Message from Director Judy Beard Happy New Year, union family.
Feb 22, 2023
NLRB Charges 10 Roads Express for Violations of the National Labor Relations Act January 13, 2023 On Jan.
Feb 22, 2023
Dr. King’s Legacy of Peaceful Direct Action is a Model for Us Today Daleo Freeman January 13, 2023 “Somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.
Feb 22, 2023
Vote By Mail is Better Than Ever January 13, 2023 The Postal Service Successfully Delivered for Democracy During the 2022 Mid-Term Elections The U.S. Postal Service issued a Post-Elections Analysis Report on the delivery of 2022 mid-term Election Mail on Jan. 9, 2023. The analysis reported that the Postal Service delivered more than 15.
Feb 22, 2023
Looking Back: This Time in Our Labor History - Martin Luther King Jr. This article is an exerpt from the "Looking Back: This Time in Our Labor History" article in the January/February issue of the American Postal Worker January 13, 2023 Rev. Dr.
Feb 22, 2023
Updated 2022 APWU Constitution Posted January 9, 2023 The updated APWU Constitution & Bylaws has been posted. The new constitution includes changes adopted by delegates to the union’s 26th National Convention in August 2022.
Feb 22, 2023
APWU Endorses Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence for the Postal Board of Governors February 13, 2023 At our national convention in August 2022, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence reflected on her time in the House of Representatives as a postal champion and how her long career in various roles at the USPS laid the foundation for a life of public service.
Feb 22, 2023
JCIM is Available: Order Yours Today! January 5, 2023 The 2023 Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM), a resource for the administration of the 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), is now available for members.
Feb 22, 2023
Update to APWU Members on LiteBlue Fraud January 5, 2023 APWU National Officers continue to warn postal workers to be on the lookout for a fraudulent online scheme that has resulted in stolen direct deposit payments from USPS employees.
Dec 13, 2022
Union Power in Peoria: APWU 10 Roads Express Workers Strike to Defend Their New Union! December 5, 2022 An exhibition of true worker power, solidarity, and courage was on display recently from 10 Roads Express drivers in Peoria, IL.
Dec 13, 2022
Postal Vehicle Operator Pilot Program to Create New Union Jobs in Oklahoma City, OK. December 2, 2022 APWU and USPS leadership have signed a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Postal Vehicle Operator (PVO) Position Pilot Program that will establish and fill a minimum of 125 PVO positions in the Oklahoma City, OK area.
Dec 13, 2022
APWU-Represented Postal Workers Get Retro-Pay October 28, 2022 APWU-represented employees who fall under the 2021-2024 National Agreement received the retro-active payments owed on them in their paychecks dated October 28, 2022. Employees will see the retro-active payments listed on their paychecks as multiple “adjustments”.
Dec 13, 2022
Emily Weber Appointed to New NBA Position in Wichita Region October 28, 2022 Share this article On October 28, 2022, Emily Weber was appointed by Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks to the new post of National Business Agent (NBA), Wichita Region. The Wichita Region represents clerks in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska.
Dec 13, 2022
2022 Convention Transcript Now Available October 26, 2022 An official transcript of the proceedings from the APWU’s 26th Biennial National Convention is now available to union members on www.apwu.org. The convention is the highest governing body of the APWU.
Oct 26, 2022
PER DIEM UPDATE – EFFECTIVE DATE NOVEMBER 7, 2022 October 18, 2022 After meeting with the Postal Service again and scheduling an NCED site visit, we can announce that the implementation date of the per diem MOU is November 7, 2022 and will be piloted for three years for all Crafts. The current GSA rates control the per diem amount, currently at $59.
Oct 26, 2022

And the Winners Are...

October 17, 2022

Three locals will receive $200.00 each for achieving at least 50 percent participation:

  • Vincennes (IN) Local
  • Lewistown (MT) Local
  • Chatsworth (CA) Local

No other locals qualified in any of the other categories.

Retiree Chapters

The Philadelphia BMC Local Retiree Chapter will receive $50. No other chapters qualified in any of the other categories.

“Congratulations to the locals and retiree chapters that achieved a high level of participation,” Powell said. “Unfortunately, voter turnout overall was extremely low, so we must redouble our efforts to encourage members to participate in union activities.”

The official results [PDF – Members Only] of the APWU Election of National Officers were certified by the American Arbitration Association on Oct. 7.


Oct 13, 2022

2022 APWU National Officer Election Results Certified

October 11, 2022 

The official results [PDF – Members Only] of the APWU Election of National Officers have been tabulated and were certified by the American Arbitration Association on Oct. 7. A summary will be published in the November-December issue of The American Postal Worker. 

The results will also be separated by local. These will be posted to the Members Only section in the coming days. Uncontested offices are not shown in the web posting, but will be listed in the magazine.


Oct 08, 2022

Open Season is November 14 – December 12, 2022

Sign up by December 12th

Please note: The Federal Benefits Open Season ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday December 12, 2022 for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) and the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS). Open Season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) ends at 11:59pm, per the location of your electronic enrollment system, on Monday December 12, 2022.


Oct 08, 2022

Mark Dimondstein Overwhelmingly Reelected APWU President

Entire APWU Solidarity Team prevails

October 6, 2022 

APWU President Mark Dimondstein was elected to a fourth term as votes in the APWU National Officer Elections were tallied on Oct. 6. Also re-elected were Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard, and Retirees Department Director Nancy Olumekor. Human Relations Department Director Daleo Freeman was elected to a first full-term.

Yared Wonde will become the new Southern Region Coordinator and Arrion Brown will become the new Support Services Division Director.

Election results are not official until verified by the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Unofficial results for all races are printed below. Certified results are expected in the next several days and will be posted on apwu.org and in the next issue of The American Postal Worker.

"I am honored by the strong vote of confidence from APWU members for my re-election and the election of every APWU Solidarity Team member,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “As candidates, we proudly ran a campaign focused on our collective accomplishments and our vision for the future of our great union.”

“I congratulate all those officers who were re-elected and welcome those who are newly-elected,” Dimondstein added. “Now that the election is behind us, let us all unite in APWU solidarity to continue building union power as we face the many opportunities and challenges to come.”


Oct 08, 2022

Message from APWU President Mark Dimondstein, Executive Vice-President Debby Szeredy and Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell on Hurricane Ian and Fiona.

September 30, 2022

Message from APWU President Mark Dimondstein, Executive Vice-President Debby Szeredy and Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell on Hurricane Ian and Fiona.

In the past two weeks, two disastrous hurricanes have caused massive devastation and hardship, including the loss of life. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are still recovering from the damage of Hurricane Fiona. Hurricane Ian continues to sweep through the Southeast United States after delivering massive damage in Florida.

These storms have deeply impacted our APWU family.

Our hearts and thoughts are with all those affected by these storms, especially APWU members and their families.  First and foremost, our primary concern is for the wellbeing and safety of all those in the path of these terrible storms. The APWU leadership has reached out to and been informed by postal management that postal employees are thus far safe and accounted for. 

We understand that for many the recovery process will be long and difficult.

Postal workers are encouraged to continue donating to the Postal Employee Relief Fund (PERF), which provides relief grants to assist qualifying active and retired postal employees impacted by natural disasters, to help re-establish residence and replenish necessities in the aftermath of a devastating loss.

Secure donations to PERF can be made by credit card using Pay Pal or through payroll deduction by designating #10268 during the Combined Federal Campaign, which is set to kick-off on October 2nd. PERF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All contributions are tax-deductible. More information on disaster relief funds is available here.

Affected postal workers may also contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (800) 327-4968. EAP is available around the clock to provide free, confidential counseling and referral services to help employees and their families to obtain resources and cope with their current challenges.

With natural disasters becoming ever more frequent and devastating – wildfires, floods, extreme heat and storms – we are reminded that it is the public Postal Service and dedicated postal workers who are on the frontlines of beginning to bring normalcy back to our communities. And postal workers return to performing our mission of serving the people often while facing their own hardships and recovery efforts.

The APWU leadership continues to monitor the impact of these storms and we encourage all our affected members to stay strong in the face of the adversity. Know that your APWU family stands with you!


Oct 08, 2022

Postal Retirees Deserve Better: Urge Congress to Pass H.R. 82, the Social Security Fairness Act

As we near victory, we must keep the pressure up

September 19, 2022 

For years, APWU has been fighting to end the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO), which dramatically reduce the Social Security benefits of many retirees. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 82), is scheduled for a vote by the House Ways and Means Committee. The vote is an accomplishment for APWU’s long-running campaign to correct this injustice.

The Social Security Fairness Act would repeal the WEP, which penalizes many APWU retirees who receive a civil service pension but paid into Social Security in previous employment. It also repeals the GPO, which unfairly penalizes many spouses and widows with prior employment pensions.

This vote means that we are closer than ever to removing the GPO and WEP. However, we must continue fighting to make sure that the bill is voted out of committee with a bipartisan majority. That bipartisan majority is key to making sure it does not stall in the Senate, where it will likely need broad support to pass. Similarly, we must keep pressure on the House of Representatives to guarantee that the bill receives a floor vote before the end of the month.

It is more important than ever to let your member of Congress know that you support this bill. APWU is holding a National Day of Action to call House members on Tuesday, Sept 20. We encourage everyone to participate. Contact your representative by calling our legislative hotline at 844-402-1001 and urge them to support the Social Security Fairness Act.

To learn more about the Social Security Fairness Act, and how GPO and WEP reduce Social Security benefits for many retirees, please click here.


Oct 08, 2022

"Union Strong, All Day Long!"

Mark Dimondstein

September 16, 2022  

(This article first appeared in the September/October 2022 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

I was proud to give the keynote “State of the Union” speech, excerpted below, at the just completed APWU national convention:

“I am honored to come before you to share our work over the last four years.

Together, we are marching forward and building an activist, winning union.

“In June 2018 former President Trump advocated for the complete privatization of the Post Office, selling it to corporations for private profit.

We built an impressive national fightback campaign. We educated, we took it to the streets, we took it to Capitol Hill, we took it to the airwaves. A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service proved instrumental in the fightback. We have defeated these plans for now.

“This year, APWU members ratified a new outstanding main collective bargaining agreement, with an overwhelming 94% “yes” vote. The new contract secured annual wage increases, full COLAs, new work guarantees for PTFs, new career conversion opportunities for PSEs, enhanced our job security no-lay provisions and generally uplifted postal workers of all crafts.

With high inflation, our COLA takes center stage. The second career COLA under our new contract amounts to a whopping $1.18/hour. This is in addition to the first COLA of sixty-three cents/hour in January. Be proud that the APWU is the only postal union that has maintained full COLA.

“We achieved historic postal legislation with the passage of the Postal Service Reform Act. This law eliminates the devastating pre-funding retiree health benefit mandate of 2006, provides future health care savings to individuals and the Postal Service with Medicare integration, while ensuring that all our health care coverage for active employees and retirees remain part of the Federal Employee Health Benefit system.

The APWU negotiated a series of COVID MOUs and the liberal leave policy that enabled our members to take care of themselves and their families and make the workplace as safe as possible.”

“We led a campaign that mobilized millions to achieve $10 billion in Congressional COVID relief for the USPS. We secured postal worker coverage under the Emergency Federal Employee Leave. We successfully advocated for better appointments to the Postal Board of Governors.

Through the determined efforts of local and state officers and stewards, we have aggressively carried out the hard and needed work of enforcing the contract. We encourage new and young workers to step up as future activists and leaders; We strengthened the work of the Retirees Department and improved cooperation among the four postal unions; We campaigned for expanded services including postal banking... We published the first ever “Guide to Veteran Rights and Benefits.” We improved communications with the members. We engaged in solidarity with other unions and workers.”

“We rallied the country to ensure the USPS treated mail ballots with the priority they deserve and ensured 65 million voters had secure access to the ballot box during a pandemic. Congratulations to all for delivering democracy!”

“We just completed our building union power organizing campaign with 5000-plus new members! Over 200 workers at HRSSC organized with the APWU in 2019.”

“While we have taken pro-active steps including in negotiations, to address the entrenched hostile work environment…we must ensure that all workers are treated with respect and dignity.”

“…and no matter who sits in the White House, Wall Street is still Wall Street and the threat of privatization will continue. We must remain ever vigilant in the defense of our union, good postal jobs and our national treasure.

“… let us continue to gain courage and take heart from our forefathers and mothers of the great postal strike, our victorious “Stop Staples” fight, our historic mobilizations of 2020, the dynamite new union contract and historic legislation, and the new militant uprisings of workers in many industries.”

“Union Strong, All Day Long” as the struggle for justice continues!


Sep 19, 2022

Reporting Back On Four Years And Looking To The Future

Lamont Brooks

September 10, 2022 

Where We’ve Been

Since 2009, the USPS has wanted to cut our workforce and reduce the retail footprint using Contract Postal Units (CPUs), approved shippers, and reducing or closing retail operations, which, if successful, would have reduced mail processing and retail/customer service clerks to under 50,000 clerks in each case. However, the clerk complement was 154, 061 in 2011; as of 2022, there are 155,895 employees in the craft -- an increase of 1,834 clerks.

We fought off plant consolidations, attempts to contract-out retail operations, the subcontracting of mail processing, and attempts to reduce or close retail operations. We must face the reality that we are not writing letters, mailing bills, or buying postage like we used to and must shift to customer service, packages, and alternative products and services. We must take back non-managerial and non-supervisory work from EAS employees to create more work opportunities and higher paying jobs.

Where We Stand

Article 37.3.A.1 states, “Every effort will be made to create desirable duty assignments from all available work hours for career employees to bid.” This language has resulted in the creation of new duty assignments, the maximization of PTF clerks, overturning reversions and abolishments, the creation of more desirable duty assignments, and defeating the excessing of clerks.

Article 37.3.A.1 has changed the way the USPS performs Function-4 audits based on earned hours. The USPS is relying on clerk observations. It is very important for clerks to properly perform all of the duties in their position description. The USPS is switching from the timeclock method to utilizing sensor technology and scanners, for more accurate operational moves.

It is important that we apply the Enhanced and Expanded Services MOU, Job Audits MOU, Clerical Work MOU, New Positions and New Work MOU, and the Clerk Craft Jobs MOU to expand our work opportunities. The new 2021 CBA resulted in the Article 8 Task Force MOU, which provides the necessary language to challenge understaffing. The Filling Residual Vacancies MOU provided for all the improvements requested by the delegates at the 2018 convention. PSEs now have automatic conversion rights in all offices except level-4 RMPOs in POStPlan. In exchange they were given 26 hours of additional annual leave. PTF clerks received a one-time opportunity for full-time conversion.

Currently, there are no national-level RI-399 disputes. The parties are waiting on an arbitration decision for the final dispute involving the Automated Delivery Unit Sorter (ADUS). And with the assistance of NBA Bernie Timmerman, we have developed a training manual to assist locals with RI-399 jurisdictional matters.

In Function 7, we negotiated a pilot Telework Agreement at the Customer Care Centers, Customer Retention Team sites, and for the Mailing Requirement Clerks (MRCs). We are pursuing pay upgrades for MRCs and other work opportunities for BMEU clerks, resulting from the reduction of work from Seamless Acceptance.

In Function 4, we are pursuing additional products and services, including passport duties, where we have been negotiating for a higher-level duty assignment. The USPS proposed a new retail clerk position to perform these duties, however it was for level-6 pay. We will challenge the pay-level under sections 233 and 234 of the ELM.

We have also enforced crossing-craft grievances related to injured employees from other crafts, have won Lead Clerk and TACS grievances, including the return of TACS work to the clerk bargaining unit, and were successful with the Jobs MOU, where the USPS failed to post 400 duty assignments, for the PMR/PSE violations in the small offices, Postmasters in level-18 offices, and the improper use of the End of Day button. We will continue to work with Industrial Relations to provide a good, safe, and healthy work environment, free of hostility and harassment, and with dignity and respect.


Oct 26, 2022

PER DIEM UPDATE – EFFECTIVE DATE NOVEMBER 7, 2022

October 18, 2022

After meeting with the Postal Service again and scheduling an NCED site visit, we can announce that the implementation date of the per diem MOU is November 7, 2022 and will be piloted for three years for all Crafts.

The current GSA rates control the per diem amount, currently at $59.00 per day. Students whose training starts prior to Nov. 7 and ends after Nov. 7 will receive per diem for all days beginning November 7, 2022 and beyond.

If you have any related questions, please contact Maintenance Division Director Balogun; (202) 842 4213 or email maintwebinar@apwu.org


Dec 13, 2022
Commercial Crime Policy Bond Coverage Elizabeth Powell November 1, 2022 (This article first appeared in the November/December 2022 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) Bond coverage was renewed for three years, effective July 1, 2022.


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