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West Virginia Postal Workers Union

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    With negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the USPS and the APWU now at an impasse, we are heading into interest arbitration. Below are answers to a few frequently asked questions the union has received regarding the next steps in achieving a new union contract.

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    Auto Workers Laid Off

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman 

    Recently, General Motors (GM) and Ford announced massive layoffs and plant closings. GM announced that about 15,000 workers will be laid off in 2019. As this issue goes to press, Ford hasn’t announced how many workers will be laid off, but estimates put the number around 24,000 workers. The stress and emotions the workers and their families are going through is something many of us have never had to experience.

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    John Dirzius Retires

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

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    John Dirzius

    Northeast Region Coordinator John H. Dirzius retired on Dec. 31, 2018. During a labor union career spanning more than four decades, he was a tireless organizer, held multiple leadership roles and worked to build a strong union movement.

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    What is Legally Required?

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    By Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell

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    Are We Going to Let the Big Corporations Privatize Us?

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

    By Vice President Debby Szeredy

    Let’s talk about the facts. Here I am, a union postal worker. What will happen if I don’t step up and help mobilize my co-workers and my community to stop privatization?

    The free market plan is to privatize any and all areas that are vital to the American public. We have seen how privatization affects us. Examples of privatization include: our health care system, water and sewer services, bus and transit systems, parking meters, tolls, roads and bridges, prison systems, mortgage and pay day loans, student loans, deregulation of fossil fuels that pollute our planet, and the money in politics (dark money) that helps to fund candidates who will work hard to privatize public services.

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