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West Virginia Postal Workers Union

    Members in Action

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

    PORTLAND, CINCINNATI LOCALS RALLY AGAINST CUTBACKS IN JOBS AND SERVICE

     

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    Teresa Oller, steward from Portland OR Area Local, 
    helps lead a rally against jobs and service cuts. 

     

    In June, as the APWU bargaining team prepared for contract talks with the U.S. Postal Service, union members in Portland, Oregon and Cincinnati, Ohio rallied with supporters to protest job and service cuts that have led to long lines and delays in mail service.

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    We're Fighting for Everyone

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Denish%20Dean%203crop.jpg(This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

    When APWU member Denisha Dean decided to step up and run for president of the Long Beach Area APWU Local, there were those who believed was too black, too young and too busy as a single mother to compete for such an important position. “The idea of ‘I can’t’,” Dean recalls “made me hit the pavement even harder.”

    Instead of considering age, race, parental status or other irrelevant factors, APWU members in Long Beach saw a dynamic leader standing up for a strong union. Dean was elected president with 13 percent more votes than her nearest competitor.

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    New Benefits Secured for Postal Support Employees (PSEs)

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 73-2018

    In the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the APWU and the US Postal Service, the parties established a “Workforce Benefits, Employment Opportunities, Training and Education Fund.”  The purpose of the fund was to provide for the Postal Service’s share of health insurance benefits to PSEs and to provide additional resources for new PSE benefits.

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    Postal Banking is Successful Around the World - Could It Work Here?

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

    Postal services across the world provide tried and tested and successful models for postal banking, or the provision of financial services via the post. New research by Holly Feldman Wiencek, Research Assistant at the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), shows differing models for postal banking across the world and the factors that drive their success.

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    A Bold Vision for the U.S. Postal Service

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

     

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    Speaking out for better, expanded postal services at
    A Grand Alliance field hearing in Baltimore, MD, March 2016.

     

    What if, instead of reducing hours, closing post offices, slowing delivery standards, and cutting staff, the nation’s largest retail network offered a wide array of services to our communities? What if the nation’s most trusted federal agency delivered ballots for national, state, and local elections? What if the U.S. Postal Service used its vast infrastructure to support a green economy?

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