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APWU 2013 National Election

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Individual Candidate Web Sites
APWU Members First Team - apwumembersfirst.org
Leadership Team 2013 - leadershipteam.org
APWU Press Release, Oct. 9, 2013
In Upset, Postal Workers Elect New Union President
Mark Dimondstein Promises ‘New Direction’


Bill Burrus <weburrus@yahoo.com>
Local 72 Cleveland, Ohio
Former National President
- Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 15:23:14 (PDT)

Post Mortem

As I review the outcome of the 2013 election of APWU officers I am left with an examination of my involvement and left with the provocative question, what did I do wrong? In my selection and explanation of the issues that should influence the election outcome, did I select the wrong examples, was my wording too imprecise was I the wrong spokesperson? How did I fail to convert the many supporters of the Leadership Team to accept the principle that you cannot deliberately reduce wages in the range of $500,000 per employee and declare victory?

I perceive as a matter of respect the humanity of all human beings, that we all share the general concern for our fellow brothers and sisters. If given the direct choice of personal enrichment vs. the possibility of pain for unknown individuals it is expected that self- preservation will rule but the election debate was about deliberate decisions to exchange tomorrow for today. This was not life or death.

It was clear that a strategy was pursued to sacrifice the earnings of all future employees in exchange for selective bragging rights. And now the architects were asking for an endorsement that they could repeat the flawed strategy again and again. The stakes were glaringly obvious yet vociferous supporters rallied in support of the failed Leadership Team and fought to the bitter end. Was it me or was it my message? Was there a different way that I could have framed the debate to convince the LT supporters that APWU could not risk a repeat performance from the same cadre of officers and achieve the same results?

I never alleged that the officers were bad people or that their intentions were not honorable. They just made bad decisions. How could so many good people suggest that the membership endorse those decisions with their reelection?

The election outcome is satisfactory with limited exceptions but I am left with the burning desire to understand how so many good union people could abandon their principles and endorse such dramatic concessions. Is the proximity to power so seductive that they would ignore basic principles of fighting for today and tomorrow? Where does their loyalty lie, with friends or with the membership? Could they endorse the total destruction of postal employment while demanding loyalty to failed decisions? They knew what the issues were in this election and consciously elected to embrace the transfer of $4 billion from the wages of future employees to rate discounts and deep within they knew that comparing the glowing testimonials of contractual impact on current employees with the pain inflicted on those to come was irrelevant. They knew that the employees adversely affected had no voice, no vote and were ill served. I attempted to clarify this contradiction throughout the campaign but a core of supporters went so far as being offended by the truth. And to the bitter end they championed the architects of this colossal disaster.

Ultimately the members voting did not share the glowing tributes declaring the contract to be Watershed in a positive way. My lingering question is why so many leaders were not convinced that this was unacceptable and it was wrong. Did I fail in framing the issue or do individuals who profess to represent the interest of the members have a different agenda?


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Organization Dir
- Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 14:21:00 (PDT)

The first national APWU convention I attended was in Detroit in 2010. There were many wearing Dimondstein shirts and passing out Dimondstein for Organization Director literature. I supported firebrand Boston Local President, Moe Lepore for Director of Organization based largely on my private conversations with then Organization Director, Frank Romero.

I did not know Mark Dimondstein or for that matter David Yao. I was impressed most by Brother Yao’s skills at the microphone and the obvious clashes that he seemed to be having with the chair, President Burrus. Brother Yao did not back down and was wearing a Dimondstein tee shirt. I asked him after adjournment one day who was this Dimondstein and why did he support him. Basically he explained that Mark was a leader with 100% to his core, fundamental Union values.

I met Mark Dimondstein during the 2010 national APWU election when he campaigned in Atlanta. After spending a good deal of time talking with him I realized I had made a mistake by not supporting him. As the campaign got rolling, Brother Lepore had some personal issues to come up that crippled his campaign efforts and sent him to the back of the pack. The four-way vote split favored the Leadership Team candidate Martha Shunn-King, and Mark finished a respectably close second.

But it was by way of his unsuccessful 2010 campaign efforts that many hundreds of self-appointed activists like me were able to meet and to get to know Brother Mark Dimondstein and realize that he is indeed the very visionary leader our faltering Union needs at this most critical time in American history. Whether you believe in fate or faith, random coincidence or divine providence, Mark could not be our new APWU President-elect today if he had won the Organization Director’s seat in 2010. He would have been tainted by the “Incumbent Stigma” that the majority of voting APWU Members voted against.

By electing Mark Dimondstein, the Working Class has elected a strong leader, spokesman and general who is unafraid to fight against those who are trying to annihilate the American Middle Class. And by giving President-elect Dimondstein the majority of his team of the very finest Unionists, having purged the primary architects of the 2010 Watershed CBA, we have set the stage for the 2015 Contract Negotiations to NOT be a repeat of the 2010 Watershed negotiations.

To Sister Ward I would say be very proud of your campaign. It was only the mechanics of the three-way vote split that denied you victory this time around.

To Brother Furbush I would say that to his credit, Brother Kaczor to my knowledge never pushed the 2010 Watershed CBA and I believe that was the deciding factor that just barely saved him from the purge.

The moral of this story is to never focus on a single defeat as often the road to victory is paved with many defeats and setbacks. Those who do not lose faith in themselves will persevere over time. Never give up when you know in your heart yours is the righteous cause!

At times campaigns of any kind in America can get tough, turn ugly, or cause anger and/or hurt feelings. And as bad as our system of democratic election can get, it is still the best of all the alternatives.

Congratulations to those elected and a huge “Thank You” to ALL candidates who sacrificed their time, energy and money to run. And a big “Thank You” to those who volunteered their time, energy and money to campaign for those who did run, no matter who you supported. You and your personal involvement is the reason our democratic election system still works.


William LaSalle <williamlasalle@comcast.net>
APWU Eastern Region
NBA Maintenance Division
- Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 04:54:51 (PDT)

Let’s dedicate the Craft Conferences that are scheduled just three weeks from now as an opportunity not only to welcome our new leadership, but, also to give genuine thanks to those not returning to office for their decades of service to our APWU coworkers.


Elizabeth Bobo <bethluvsmiles@yahoo.com>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
Southern Region Retiree Delegate
- Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 03:55:15 (PDT)

OOPS my bad ... I forgot to thank some very important and special people who stood up for me and supported me during this election. It was the emotional support from these people that helped me stay on the right track.

So Sister Liz Powell, Sister Judy Beard, Brother Al Labrecque and last but not least my Mother. Here is a HUGE THANK YOU! I am truly humbled by your friendship and loyalty to our Union.

And Mom thanks for teaching me to be a strong and confident woman. In today's world we need to teach all of our daughters that life's lesson.

Peace With Solidarity,
Beth


Elizabeth Bobo <bethluvsmiles@yahoo.com>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
Southern Region Retiree Delegate
- Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 23:58:18 (PDT)

Wow, quite an election. I want to thank all of you who supported me and at this point I feel it is important and appropriate to recognize what all of the candidates brought to OUR UNION. We owe much gratitude to the outgoing officers and much support to the incoming officers.
Thanks Cliff, Greg, Mike and my dear friend Martha, you all had a part in teaching me how to be an effective loyal Unionist!
Now we need to unite as one and move forward. As the old saying goes, "there is no UNION without U!" It's been an honor to work and learn from all of you. So for the next three years WE SHALL UNITE AND STOP THE BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON DC FROM TEARING APART THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE. Our livelihood is at stake as is the history of our Union and the USPS.
YOURS AS ONE IN SOLIDARITY
Beth
PS Desi and Rufus, I will be more than happy to work with you in our region. The activists turned Florida Blue in the last election. Rufus, lets see if we can turn Georgia Blue the next election!!!!


Jesus Gonzales <cmalprez300@yahoo.com>
Central Michigan Area Local 300
President
- Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 18:49:27 (PDT)

As we have seen history changed before our very eyes "MEMBERS FIRST", we can not stop here. Local and State Presidents have the duty to change the face and direction of the National Presidents' Conference (NPC). I have long felt that the "NPC" should be a learning portal "for" and "of" the Presidents, and share our struggles and bind a unified movement of tomorrows leaders from a local and state level and view point.

"It's not how we got here, but rather where we need to be in the future."

Congratulations to the Members First Team!!


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 17:59:07 (PDT)

Postal Workers Elect New Leaders Who Pledge to Build a Movement - LaborNotes.org
October 9, 2013

A diverse slate of local leaders pledging to take a firmer hand with management, increase transparency about contract details, collaborate with other postal unions and community groups, and mobilize members has just won national leadership of the American Postal Workers Union.

The Members First Team, headed by now President-Elect Mark Dimondstein, won seven of the nine seats it contested, the APWU announced last night.

The stakes couldn’t be higher for postal workers, who are battling wave after wave of attacks—post offices and sorting plants closing, work privatizing, delivery standards eroding. The latest nasty bill pending in Congress would kill Saturday letter delivery, replace door-to-door with curbside and neighborhood “cluster box” service, and ban workers’ time-honored no-layoff clause from future contracts.

“We’re at a crossroads,” said Dimondstein before the election. “At the core of this whole struggle is whether the post office is going to be decisively privatized and turned over to profit-making entities and low-paid, non-union jobs—or remain a public entity that serves all the people and maintains good-paying union jobs.”

Along with Dimondstein, winning members of the slate were Debby Szeredy for executive vice president, Tony McKinnon for industrial relations director, John Marcotte for legislative/political director, Anna Smith for organization director, Kennith Beasley for Southern region coordinator, and Clint Burelson for clerk division director. Their three-year term begins November 12.

“We have not seen anybody at this point able to stop the postmaster general,” said Szeredy, a local president in Mid-Hudson Valley, New York, who has organized other local leaders to oppose plant closures.

Plus, the union made dramatic concessions in 2010—including a three-tier system that funnels new hires into low-paid, perma-temp positions.

“It’s a regressive contract that takes us back 30 or 40 years,” said McKinnon, a local president in Fayetteville, North Carolina. “We have to try to stop the bleeding.” The new team will bargain the 2015 contract.

Dimondstein was president of his Greensboro, North Carolina, local for 12 years and an APWU lead organizer for a decade. More recently he co-founded an area Jobs with Justice chapter and a local community-postal worker coalition. ....


Richard C. Shelley <rorganizer@comcast.net>
Baltimore Local 181
Director of Organization
- Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 10:23:04 (PDT)

A message from APWU President-elect Mark Dimondstein:

Greetings APWU Sisters and Brothers,

I am deeply honored to be elected by the membership to the office of APWU National President and greatly appreciate the many activists around the country that passionately worked for change and made this victory possible. This election victory belongs to the people.

I congratulate the fine candidates I ran with on the APWU Members First Team, most of whom also were given a strong vote of confidence by the membership, as well as congratulate all candidates who were re-elected to office.

I also join with many in our union family in thanking the outgoing officers for their years of service to the APWU.

The APWU membership has spoken decisively for a new direction in our union as we face the challenges of protecting our jobs, our retirement and our public postal service from the postal privatizers on Wall Street, in Congress and even in Postal Headquarters.

To be successful we will need maximum unity. I very much appreciate outgoing APWU president Cliff Guffey’s gracious statement: “I hope everyone will get behind the new administration. We have tough times ahead and we’re going to need unity.”

In this spirit of unity we look forward to working with all APWU members, our sister postal unions, the labor movement and the people of this country as together we stand up and fight back to win the best possible future for postal workers, our communities and working people.

Solidarity Forever!

Mark Dimondstein, APWU President-Elect
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APWU Web News Article 116-2013, Oct. 9, 2013
Message from President-Elect Mark Dimondstein


William Whalen <apwu145@yahoo.com>
Wilmington NC Local 0145
General President
- Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 04:10:18 (PDT)

I thank Cliff Guffey and Mike Morris for their leadership and dedication to the APWU. Their success and competency in enforcing the terms of a current contract is unmatched. I appreciate their efforts along with the other Officers in getting the APWU through some of the most difficult times since its founding in 1971.

I wish the new Officers the best in carrying out their duties and responsibilities.


John Drake <driverdrake@aol.com>
APWU San Francisco Local 2
Motor Vehicle Craft Director
- Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 02:16:33 (PDT)

Congratulations to the newly elected National Officers of the APWU AFL-CIO. I would also like to thank President Cliff Guffey for his dedication and commitment to saving all PVS operations in the Pacific Area from HCR mode conversions. President Guffey and his staff were truly relentless in their efforts to preserve the Motor Vehicle Craft in California and we are all eternally grateful. I would also like to congratulate the members of the Motor Vehicle Craft in Western Region, you have elected a 'Drum Major for Justice.' Our Western Region NBA-elect for the Motor Vehicle Craft; Jerome Pittman, will serve the Western Region with the same intellectual energy and professional decorum that he has served with in San Francisco. A clamorous applause could be heard coming from the 3rd floor at the San Francisco P&DC. As the offices of the District Manager, the Senior Plant Manager, the Law Department and Labor Relations were all celebrating the much anticipated departure of Jerome Pittman from the San Francisco Local. His victory is bitter sweet, while the Western Region will gain one of the best and brightest arbitration advocates there is, the void left behind from his victory will be impossible to fill.

"I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, why Democracy means everybody but me."
-Langston Hughes


Charles "Rufus" Hunt <ruruhunt@gmail.com>
Atlanta Metro Area Local Retiree Department
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 21:21:00 (PDT)

"FIRST AND FOREMOST, I CONGRATULATE AND APPLAUD SISTER BOBO ON YOUR STUNNING VICTORY."

It was challenging, and I do hope we can as one unit join in the organizing of the Southern Regional Retirees.

I will also take this opportunity to extend my congratulations to the winners of the Members First Team, and vow to assist in the resurgence of the American Postal Workers Union to the level of dignity and respect we know and are accustomed to.

CONGRATULATIONS to all winners, in genuine Union Solidarity,
Charles "RUFUS" Hunt

PS: Way to go K.B.


Al LaBrecque <allab@sisna.com>
"Cradle of Labor" Flint MI Area Local Retiree Chapter
President, Michigan State Retiree Chapter
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 19:13:26 (PDT)

First, my Congratulations to Southern Region Retiree Delegate, Beth (Cramer) Bobo, and to Western Region Retiree Delegate, Byron C. Denton on their re-elections. Second, I'm deeply grateful for the renewed opportunity to serve with them as Central Region Retiree Delegate-elect. I commend my opponent for conducting a respectful campaign, with the vote totals indicating Brother Paul Renshaw was a worthy opponent. I'm just as grateful that it allowed me to run a positive campaign as well.

Now, to turn to getting our ducks in a row for the All-Craft Retirees' Dept. Conference, and getting used to the make-up of the leaderships elected at all levels.

The theme of the 2012 APWU National Convention was; "One Union Undivided". We all need to strive to live up to that, because I'm also reminded of the admonition that; "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

Just one last observation as I watched all the debate, campaign rhetoric, and the unofficial results posted; It doesn't appear that the retiree vote had an undue influence on the outcome, or the dire predictions that retirees somehow would be preferential toward inumbent candidates. I expect that the eventual breakdown will reveal a mixed bag among retiree voters on the 5 national officer positions we were eligible to vote for. The "Blue Book" (probably will be online now) will tell the story of how Chapters, Locals, States voted, and percentage of retirees voting. I am advised that the Central Region returned an estimated twice as many ballots as any other Region. That can be seen with the retiree ballots for the 3 National Retiree Delegate races. Maybe it's a form of Union demographics. Regardless of the percentage of ballots returned, it's far too low! So, if you didn't vote for who or what you wanted, don't complain about who or what you got. Otherwise, be gracious both in victory and in defeat. As a long-time candidate in Union and local government elections, and with a 149-64-7 high school football coaching record, I've experienced the highs and lows of each.

So, I try not to either gloat or to pout (too much). All I know is that I'm relieved it's over, and that we can concentrate on the work at hand. Solidarity Forever!


Joe Shevlin <JOE0986@comcast.net>
Red Bank Local
President
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 18:45:17 (PDT)

I would like to wholeheartedly thank all those who ran for election to positions within our great Union. I would like to thank those that lost for their service to our Union at the National level. I congratulate the recently elected, well done. We are all Postal workers and solidarity is the only thing that can save us from our demise, that includes management. One Union and solidarity forever. Peace to all Postal workers.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 18:40:02 (PDT)

APWU News Bulletin 18-2013, Oct. 8, 2013
Dimondstein Wins Presidency
His Team Wins Most Offices
Powell Wins as Secretary-Treasurer, Kaczor Wins Health Plan Director


Mark Dimondstein was elected the new president of the American Postal Workers Union in a hotly-contested race that ended Oct. 7. His “Members First” team won most of the offices they sought, defeating incumbents.

The exceptions were incumbents Liz Powell, who was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer in a three-way race, and William Kaczor, who was re-elected Health Plan Director. The union mailed 195,509 ballots to union members; 48,909 envelopes were returned.

“I hope everyone will get behind the new administration,” said outgoing President Cliff Guffey. “We have tough times ahead and we’re going to need unity.” Dimondstein was not available for comment.

Running on Dimondstein’s slate and winning were: Debby Szeredy for Executive Vice President, Tony McKinnon for Industrial Relations Director, John Marcotte for Legislative/Political Director, and Anna Smith for Organization Director. Also running with Dimondstein and winning were Kennith Beasley for Southern Region Coordinator and Clint Burelson for Clerk Division Director.

Twenty-four offices were contested, including Maintenance Assistant Director, 11 National Business Agent spots and three Retiree National Convention Delegates.

Unofficial results are posted below. Winners are denoted with an asterisk; incumbent officers are denoted by “(I)” appearing after their name. Certified results are expected in the next several days and will be posted at www.apwu.org. Results also will appear in the next issue of The American Postal Worker.

The newly-elected officers begin three-year terms on Nov. 12. A swearing-in ceremony will be held Nov. 7.


Michael Manis <m29manis@gmail.com>
Keystone Area Local
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 18:23:27 (PDT)

I would be interested in seeing what effect the PSE vote had in the election. I hope they make it public.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 18:20:54 (PDT)

Tom Matuszewski, I was wrong on my predictions and wish all of the newly elected and unopposed officers the best in the years to come.

Will I be silent? I doubt it.

I have not in the past been negative of incumbent officers at any level of the union (local, state, or national) or our union. I do not plan on changing that practice.

I do respect the voting membership. I will respect their vote in this case as I have done so in the past.

The APWU, AFL-CIO is a good union and we all should work toward a strong APWU, AFL-CIO.
The APWU, AFL-CIO has been impacted the most of any of the postal unions and I hope the decline in APWU, AFL-CIO represented postal jobs/position ceases.


Bill Burrus <weburrus@yahoo.com>
Local 72 Cleveland, Ohio
Former National President
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 17:57:47 (PDT)

Congratulations, to the unofficial winners in the APWU election of officers. The candidates of the Members First Team led by President - elect, Mark Dimondstein and Vice President - elect, Debbie Szeredy that were successful are to be congratulated for running an effective and spirited campaign.

In the history of APWU, no insurgent Team has been as successful and this victory is a testament to their leadership abilities. Contrary to the political rhetoric, I played no role in their formation or their decisions and have no expectations of any involvement in their administration. I intend to fully retire from all union matters beyond full membership and can now engage exclusively in personal matters.

The past three years have been extremely trying for the union and the membership. I lent my voice to the issues decided with no concern for postal employees of the future. The decisions made will change postal employment for years to come and should be classified as felonies. But now justice has been served; the union is in the hands of qualified representatives. I wish them well. The membership made wise choices but the struggle continues and this administration will face major challenges ahead requiring your continued support and involvement.

Bill Burrus


Terry Stoller <tsto@netzero.net>
California Area Local
President
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 17:51:56 (PDT)

William LaSalle,

Your post below reminds me of a California State Convention some time ago when you came up to me, and before you introduced yourself, you recited a quote to me, and then I knew that you had read the quote that I had put in our local's newsletter.

That quote applies more today than ever, as we have witnessed something today that gives us reason to believe in our members' bright and hopeful future. Welcome Mark Dimondstein!

"First they ignore you
then they laugh at you
then they fight you
then you win."

- Gandhi


Omar M. Gonzalez <ogonzalez@apwu.org>
Greater Los Angeles Area Local
Western Region Coordinator
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 17:48:06 (PDT)

Brothers and Sisters it behooves us all to work together for the common cause and on behalf of our beloved Union.

Management did not run for election and congress won't face one until next year. Yet, they work to destroy our livelihood and our postal service!

Let's put our election behind us, work on a smooth transition and then get into the trenches united, determined and focused to fight against those that seek us harm.

And let us not forget to work together to eliminate the apathy within our ranks that will truly undermine us all!

Congratulations to all and may God Bless the APWU.


William LaSalle <williamlasalle@comcast.net>
APWU Eastern Region
NBA Maintenance Division
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 17:25:15 (PDT)

Charles,

Indeed, a new day dawns!

Now, will those vanquished and those unchallenged come together to ensure Brother Dimondstein and his colleagues have successful terms of office, or, will they act against the interest of the members they professed to serve and try to undermine our new President? That decision may be in the hands of the rank-and-file. All must insist that solidarity and our common struggle rule the day.


Tom Matuszewski <tmcmski@optonline.net>
GHMI Local
NYS TREAS
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 17:01:37 (PDT)

Congrats to all the winners I know all of you will prove yourselves to be the best in what you do.
I ALSO WANT TO KNOW WILL THIS FINALLY SHUT BOBBY DONELSON UP!


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 16:16:20 (PDT)

APWU 2013 National Officer Election "Unofficial" Results





Congratulations to the winners!


Charles P. Smith <kitsapapwu@wavecable.com>
WAPWU
President
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 16:10:53 (PDT)

Bill,

Sometimes it is lonesome at the top, or at least that's what I have heard.

Our local prognosticators seem to have misjudged just what our members thought about APWU leadership.

It's a new day, a new day indeed.


William LaSalle <williamlasalle@comcast.net>
Philadelphia BMC Local 7048
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 15:41:25 (PDT)

Is there anybody ALIVE out there?
Is there anybody ALIVE out there?
Is there anybody ALIVE out there...


Elizabeth Bobo <bethluvsmiles@yahoo.com>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
Southern Region Retiree Delegate
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 14:52:01 (PDT)

To all my supporters I send out a HUGE thanks!
Desi I believe its in April around Orlando or Tampa. You can contact Dave Berstein. I will be there and there will be an election for all the positions for our State Retiree Chapter.
Thanks again
Solidarity Forever, Beth


Mark Kirkwood <kirkwoodut@aol.com>
Provo Local
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 14:48:02 (PDT)

If the voter eligibility is done, how many ballots were submitted?


Jamila Bush-Carrier <apwupresidentbush@hotmail.com>
Reno Local
Former President of Carson City Local
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 14:37:54 (PDT)

I would like to post a correction to my previous post...

I ALWAYS support and endorse Shirley Taylor Western Region NBA Clerk Division!

Respectfully....
Shirley, as I have said previously, Dennis Wong who?

Jamila


Desi Neurohr <dneurohr@pgh-metro.net>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 14:37:35 (PDT)

Congratulations to Sister Bobo on her victory. Thank you to all who supported my candidacy. Now that the election is over, can someone please tell me when and where the Florida State Retiree Chapter will next meet?


Jamila Bush-Carrier <apwupresidentbush@hotmail.com>
Reno Local
Former Local President Carson City Local
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 13:26:25 (PDT)

First I would like to thank my Lord and Savior for waking me up this morning!

Second I would like to say....
Thank you Lord for bringing this election to a close today. This divided time in our Union must finally come to a end.

Although I only "officially" endorsed Liz Powell and Charles Smith, I have people I respect and call friends running in this...overall nasty little election. I can't wait for it to finally come to a close.

I would like to say congrats to those who win today...whomever you are, in advance. Additionally I want to tell my friends who do not, to keep your head up. All of your contributions are valuable and have been an asset to our Great Union despite what some may say. We all should be proud of our accomplishments over the years.

Although the membership may decide to go in another direction....or to keep charging ahead in the current direction, we all can be proud we have members and leaders who feel strongly about the success of this Union and love it - to the core so much that they are willing to sacrifice their lives to work for the people who work hard for the Postal Service and their families everyday.

We can't all be perfect, however I believe we truly as leaders, strive for perfection. We may not always be right according to the majority or minority, but we work towards what we believe is best. Win or lose we fight with the belief we are doing what is the best interest of the membership.

Lets put the nastiness and the division behind us and move forward in the direction the membership leads us AND most importantly learn from the past moving forward and cater to the VOICE of the Membership. We the Members are what is important. Never lose focus are first and most important responsibility.

With Love and Solidarity,
Jamila


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 07:13:10 (PDT)

Results are now being posted for the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO 2013 Unofficial Election Results

Click Here for latest results


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, October 07, 2013 at 20:22:53 (PDT)

APWU.org UPDATE: (10/07/13 - 9:45 p.m. Eastern Time) Voters' eligibility has been verified and some envelopes have been opened, but no ballots have been counted yet. Activities have adjourned for the evening and will resume on Oct. 8 at 7 a.m.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Monday, October 07, 2013 at 15:54:42 (PDT)

I would be surprised if the margin of victory is small for President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team 2013.

However, I know the attack by Burrus and its impact is not known to me and any influence he may or may not have could not be messaged.

I have predicted a 59% to 41%, yet people from Florida and Alaska predict a 64% to 36% for President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team 2013.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, October 07, 2013 at 14:02:25 (PDT)

APWU Web News Article 114-2013, Oct. 7, 2013
APWU Election Ballot Count

Members of the APWU Election Committee collected ballots for the 2013 election of national officers from the designated post office box at 2 p.m. on Oct. 7 and transported them to the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Washington DC, where they will be counted.

Voters’ eligibility will be verified and the ballots will be opened, scanned, and tallied by the American Arbitration Association, under the supervision of the Election Committee.

Unofficial results will be posted online as soon as the vote tally begins, and will be updated frequently. Click here to view the results.
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Ballots are being prepped today for counting that begins at 7am tomorrow morning (Tuesday, October 8, 2013), starting with the Eastern Region.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Member...
- Monday, October 07, 2013 at 03:02:50 (PDT)

Today is October 7, 2013, ballot counting day for the APWU. The reports of the donations I saw online as spread around by the Leadership Team and it's supporters were in 2009 and 2011.

Just how long does it take the feds to indict someone on insinuated crimes that only have a 2 year statute of limitation?

Answer: There never was, nor will there ever be, an indictment because there was never any crime. Nothing but gossip and spin from our incumbent spin doctors and those receiving something from them.

You can believe anything you want to believe because this is America! But today we will see whether the majority of our voting Members still believe these fairy-tales:
- It really is a good contract you know, I mean considering how dire our temporary situation was in 2011 and all...
- We couldn't have done better in arbitration (despite the Mail Handlers' arbitration award NOT giving them NIFTY bids or capped pay for New Hires, and they get to keep their no-layoff clause too!)...
- The majority of APWU Members (that voted) voted to ratify it so that proves Guffey and his Leadership Team are invincible and will all easily win reelection by a landslide today...


Ricardo (Ric) Barreto <ricbsacapwu@gmail.com>
Sacramento, California, Area Local 0066
Legislative Director
- Monday, October 07, 2013 at 01:21:33 (PDT)

Wow!!! News Flash! Scandalous donation made to union! Accussations fly of undue influence by said union upon the APWU! But wait, like anything else you need actual proof, before one can convict legally, but apparently not in the public square. One would think if an outside union was trying to influence the APWU, that the donation would be being made TO the APWU. It was not. Furthermore, said donation IS a matter of public record, not hidden. Also, you would think if one was trying to hide or fly under the radar screen, such a large donation would not be made all at once, but rather in much smaller increments, to draw less attention. Curios, how no one raised any hackles at the time. Has there been any legal charges filed, or violations with the FPPC, or FEC? I'm certain if there had been we would have been presented with this evidence, instead innuedo is provided & baseless charges. Really, is that the best you can do? If this is an example of you taking the high road, I wish not to travel with you as a companion. Thank you very much. Call me old fashioned, but a person is considered innocent until proven guilty, & not until then. At least, I hope we haven't lost that right too!

In union solidarity, as a house divided unto itself cannot stand!


Joe Shevlin <JOE0986@comcast.net>
Red Bank Local
President
- Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 19:02:59 (PDT)

Jesus,

Well said my Brother. I would also like to thank Randy for all his efforts in providing a forum of democracy for all us postal losers. Peace.


Jesus Gonzales <cmalprez300@yahoo.com>
Central Michigan Area Local
President
- Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 12:08:46 (PDT)

My fellow APWU brothers and sisters, I can't believe that members still question brother Dimondstein's generous donation to another struggling Union. It takes money to move political action, and if the brother donated, then the appropiate response should be- "what else could he offer to move the APWU political action forward?"

It's clear that lots of you don't understand what it takes to keep this labor movement going, money is just one part of a successful organizer. If you think for a second the Republican Party isn't funneling special interest money to move their agenda and continue to disect labor unions, you people better wake up and smell the coffee.

Political action is the only way to have a voice in today's congressional environment, and it's going to take big money and an aggressive organizer and political action team, and I feel the Members First Team has the plan to move us forward!
Food for thought- try to grieve Congress taking our rights to collectively bargain and see where this gets you.
It's a new war and it's at the door waiting to come in!!


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Friday, October 04, 2013 at 21:32:08 (PDT)

My prediction for the outcome of the APWU, AFL-CIO National Union Elections is President Cliff Guffey and his Leadership Team 2013 is they will win their respective office by a margin of 59% to 41%.

I think the membership is well informed and in most cases very happy with the contract. I think most are happy with their wages and bid jobs.

I also would like to say thank you to Randy for providing an avenue for us to voice our concerns in regards to the election.

I do think many of the writers on 21cpw will be surprised with the outcome of this election.

I fully support the Southwest Coastal Area Local Endorsements and Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapter Endorsements:

Cliff Guffey for President
Greg Bell for Executive Vice President
Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Secretary Treasurer
Mike Morris for Industrial Relations Director
Gary Kloepfer for Legislative & Political Director
Martha Shunn-King for Organization Director
Bill Kaczor for Health Plan Director
Rob Strunk for Clerk Division Director
Greg See for Assistant Maintenance Director “B”
Byron Denton for Retiree Delegate Western Region
Louis Kingsley for Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”
Shirley Taylor for San Francisco Region Clerk NBA “B”
Ed Knipe for Western Region MVS NBA

I also agree with the comments from William Whalen.


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Friday, October 04, 2013 at 20:34:05 (PDT)

The balloting is over, but the election isn't! Am I reading that some are predicting a win of the APWU Members First Team in one form or another?

I don't read tea leaves or uncounted ballots. But it is obvious that those that think Mark may win the presidency are already marshalling forces to raise objections and problems for him and his team. GIVE IT A REST! The election is over!

The pius calls for unity and solidarity ring hollow when uncharged speculation is thrown around as if it is an indictment.

"Let him that is without sin cast the first stone."

If Mark has stepped over the line, I will be first to question him. But so far, his finances are none of mine..and yours..business.

Anyone interested in how the leadership team got their campaign funds? Check those expense vouchers, you may find some creative accounting!

As for Mark, he can and I am sure will speak for himself, if need be.


Marcia Coleman <marciacoleman@cox.net>
Great Bend KS Local
- Friday, October 04, 2013 at 18:52:11 (PDT)

Posted on Leadership Team Facebook Page:

Another $50,000 Donation

I read the December 2011 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) article (http://www.seiu-uhw.org/archives/4644) concerning a dispute with the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) over a questionable donation. The NUHW reported to the Department of Labor that $1.05 million was donated by an individual lawyer, but later was required to amend the LM-2 financial report to reveal the true source of the donation.

The concerns being raise by many APWU’s members and local leaders are not over the dispute that may exist between the two unions.

What is very disturbing is that the article also reveals that the same financial report (2010 LM-2) indicated that a $50,000 donation was made in the name of Mark Dimondstein. The SEIU wrote that “NUHW’s 2010 LM-2 also raises questions about a $50,000 donation in the name of Mark Dimondstein of Greensboro, NC, a particularly large donation that the union claims from a single individual.”
http://www.nuhwwatch.org/files/2011/06/LM2-Schedule-14-highlight-the-lobbyist-and-Unite-Here-donations.pdf

Mark Dimondstein is the same the person who is running for president of our great union and it raises a lot of questions.
Do you really believe that he donated $50,000 of his own money to the NUHW? Just ask yourself even if you had that type of money would you?
Interfering in the affairs of another union is just plain wrong, and it damages the unity and solidarity needed within the labor movement among the different unions in general. When it involves questionable financial transactions, it makes matter more serious. In this case, it also puts in question the integrity of Mark Dimondstein, someone who is running for president of the APWU.
Is some outside group funding his attempt to take over the leadership positions in the APWU? Is some group interfering with our internal APWU elections? If so, what is their agenda for APWU?
Only APWU members should be involved in choosing our leaders. No outside groups should try to dictate who we elect as our president. No outside group should fund the election campaign of a group within APWU that is running for leadership positions in our union.
Do you really believe that he donated $50,000 of his own money to National Union of Hospital Workers?
Another $50,000 Donation
After reading the SEIU article about the $50,000 donation in 2010, further review of other NUHW LM-2 financial reports listed on the DOL website, shows that a $50,000 donation in the name of Mark Dimondstein was also made in 2009. At the time, Mark Dimondstein was a full-time private sector organizer employed by the APWU. Do you really believe that he donated $100,000 of his own money to National Union of Hospital Workers? Something just isn’t right.


William Whalen <APWU145@yahoo.com>
Wilmington NC Local 0145
General President
- Friday, October 04, 2013 at 16:57:30 (PDT)

Brother Burrus is playing the victim in his latest post below. He contends those of us who supported the contract are “bashing” him because we cannot defend the negative changes. From what I can read Burrus and the Members First Team (MFT) made this entire election about the last contract, specifically three issues. The 2 tier wage system, PSEs and NTFT positions. For myself during the ratification of the CBA I posted a complete point by point evaluation of my take on it. After considering the contract as I whole I supported it and still do. We were hemorrhaging jobs at an alarming rate which I believe now will be reversed. There have been many posters during this election who have been much more eloquent than me on the positives of the contract and addressing the negatives. It has been Burrus’ who has been “bashing” and misrepresenting. For myself I think his Irreversible posting will hurt whoever wins the election and thus intentionally destructive to the APWU.

Without a doubt the Burrus mailing urging votes for the MFT will produce a significant turn out for them. I suspect it would have been a much smaller turnout if he had started it with “As the president who sat over the loss of more than 100,000 APWU bargaining unit jobs during my terms I urge you to vote for the Members First Team”.

I am worried about the post from Sister Coleman below. If Mark Dimondstein is wealthy or mortgaged his house to make a $50,000 donation to the NUHW he deserves to be commended. If not, then if elected the membership deserves an explanation.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Thursday, October 03, 2013 at 22:48:31 (PDT)

Hi Ed,

In answer to your questions:
1. I have spoken with Hannah Lively by phone before but never met her in person, at least not that I recall.
2. Yes, I do have Liz Powell's email address. I know longer email Liz Powell because she has never responded to the many emails I have sent over the years. Even when she wants to censor 21cpw (and she has unsuccessfully tried in the past) she doesn't contact me, she contacts other Local officers to have them contact me on her behalf.

You describe Ms. Lively as a "point person" for Liz Powell. That seems to fit into her official duties as Executive Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer. She has also been helpful to me in the past. I reported almost verbatim what transpired in our phone call. Of course I initially tried to contact Liz Powell directly but she was "not available" and I was directed to Hannah Lively. As I described in my post, I had simple questions that were not controversial and I asked them respectfully. Hannah is a very pleasant person to deal with (we even shared a laugh during the call). I appreciated her being frank and honest with me, telling me she "did not know" any of the information that I requested.
In my post below, I was reporting the information (or lack of it) to the membership. How and why this offends you I don't understand and I certainly will not apologize for it.


Ed Knipe <mvssd@cox.net>
San Diego Area Local
National Business Agent, Motor Vehicle Division Western Region
- Thursday, October 03, 2013 at 21:20:43 (PDT)

Dear Brother Zelnick,
I have a couple of questions.
1. Have you ever met Ms. Lively?
2. Do you have Sister Powell's e-mail address?

As a new NBA, Ms. Lively and others at HQ and everywhere else have been most helpful in my transition to the position of NBA. I have attended several functions or been on a committee where Ms. Lively was the point person for Sister Powell. She has always, as long as I have know her or have had communication with her been the most professional and adept person at her job as anyone I have met in my 53 years on this earth. For you to post what you posted regarding her supposed lack of knowledge about what is happening with our election I find offensive. You have shown on this website that you know how to get to the top when you want an answer on an issue. As I asked in question 2 you could have contacted Sister Powell herself and gotten the answers you were looking for. I wanted to bite my tongue, but I couldn't help myself when you made the statements about Ms. Lively. I think you owe her an apology. Thank you for the forum, in solidarity, Ed Knipe


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Thursday, October 03, 2013 at 08:03:25 (PDT)

APWU Web News Article 113-2013, Oct. 3, 2013
Ballots Due Oct. 7 in APWU Officers Election

Time is running short for APWU members to vote in the election of national union officers. Ballots must be returned to and received in the post office box designated on the return envelope by 2 p.m. on Oct. 7.

As of Oct. 2, 45,998 ballots have been received in the post office box.

Votes will be counted at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 1201 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005.

Preliminary results will appear on www.apwu.org as they become available and will be updated frequently. Final tallies will appear in the November-December issue of The American Postal Worker.

It’s your union. VOTE!
-----------------------------------
(For perspective: In the 2010 election, the number of ballots received by September 30 in the designated post office box was 37,634.
- APWU Web News Article 100-2010, Oct. 1, 2010)


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 19:59:39 (PDT)

I called APWU National HQ - Secretary Treasurer's office today to find out what the current number is for ballots received and other election related questions. I was promptly redirected to Hannah Lively's extension. She said they did not have that information.
I asked when the deadline was for requesting a duplicate ballot. She did not know that either (although AAA told me the last day for requests is October 3, 2013).
I asked Ms. Lively if there was a possibility of extending the deadline (it was extended in 2010 election) for returned ballots due to the many requests for duplicate ballots and other errors. She did not know that either.
So much for an update....


Marcia Coleman <marciacoleman@cox.net>
Great Bend KS Local
- Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 17:17:02 (PDT)

Mark Dimondstein name was Googled and this is one of the articles that came up. It’s a press release from SEIU (Service Employees International Union).

The title is, “NEWS: NUHW [National Union of Hospital Workers] Officials Reveal Source of $1.05 Million in donations Laundered Through a Sacramento Attorney.”
http://www.seiu-uhw.org/archives/4644

An excerpt is below.
“NUHW’s 2010 LM-2 also raises questions about a $50,000 donation in the name of Mark Dimondstein of Greensboro, NC., a particularly large donation that the union claims came from a single individual.”

DOL Link below:
http://www.nuhwwatch.org/files/2011/06/LM2-Schedule-14-highlight-the-lobbyist-and-Unite-Here-donations.pdf


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 12:54:27 (PDT)

I'm trying to find a copy of a 2010 APWU National Officer Election ballot.
If anyone has a picture or scanned file of one, please email it to me.
I will redact personal information, if any, from it upon receipt.
Thanks, RZ


Bill Lewis <Billlewistmal@aol.com>
Trenton Metro Area LOcal
President
- Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 11:51:20 (PDT)

I am voting for change. This election I am voting for Steve Duckworth for Assistant Maintenance Craft Director B. Steve is young, energetic and not afraid to tackle new issues. When Steve was excessed into Trenton he immediately began attending union meetings and he was always willing to step up and assist the local in any manner.

Steve has served the local as a maintenance steward and he is now currently the Maintenance Craft Director of the Trenton Metro Area Local.

I have attended many union seminars, conventions and conferences and I have never seen Greg See participate in any of them. He usually sits in the back of the room in the corner with headphones on and never seems to be involved. The main issue I have is all 3 National Maintenance Craft Officers are retired. I believe we need an officer who has felt the impact of excessing and is in touch with what is happening in our Processing Plants and our Area Offices.

Vote Steve Duckworth


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 11:31:41 (PDT)

Desi Neurohr: Many of us think Bill Burrus was out of line in regards to President Cliff Guffey and his Leadership Team 2013.

Many of us think Bill was instrumental in forming the opposition team.
Bill Burrus made what some consider to be inappropriate comments related to President Cliff Guffey, President Moe Biller, and President Emmitt Andrews and the Leadership Team 2013.
Most former officers of the APWU, AFL-CIO have taken a positive road and supported the elected leaders of the APWU, AFL-CIO.
Bill Burrus has been extremely negative towards President Cliff Guffey. Many think the reasons are personal.
Bill Burrus opened himself to the criticism.
Most people I know were defenders of Bill Burrus when he was an officer because they supported the membership choice and respected the position he held.

Southwest Coastal Area Local Endorsements
and
Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapter Endorsements

Cliff Guffey for President
Greg Bell for Executive Vice President
Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Secretary Treasurer
Mike Morris for Industrial Relations Director
Gary Kloepfer for Legislative & Political Director
Martha Shunn-King for Organization Director
Bill Kaczor for Health Plan Director
Rob Strunk for Clerk Division Director
Greg See for Assistant Maintenance Director “B”
Byron Denton for Retiree Delegate Western Region
Louis Kingsley for Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”
Shirley Taylor for San Francisco Region Clerk NBA “B”
Ed Knipe for Western Region MVS NBA

Only a few days left to vote. Please vote.


Bill Lewis <Billlewistmal@aol.com>
Trenton Metro Area Local & NJ State Postal Workers Union
President
- Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 07:29:55 (PDT)

STILL TIME TO VOTE!!!

With just a few days left until the deadline for ballot return to Washington, DC. Now is the critical time for all of us - as Concerned Members, Shop Stewards and Officers in this Union - To Not Only Vote, but to Encourage, Push, Press and lead all within our reach to bring Our/Your/Their Ballots to work at the post offices AND VOTE!!!

RIGHT NOW - TODAY - 7 Out Of Every 10 APWU Members HAVE NOT VOTED!!!

There is still time to elect those candidates who have stepped up for the future of our Union. Ask Yourselves: Who Has Helped My Local? My Shop Stewards? My Officers? My State?

If your answer is an incumbent, vote for that person.

If your answer is, I cannot identify help from an incumbent - vote for the fresh candidate.

It is time that we all evaluate each candidate as an individual and not because of some team slogan or stale rhetoric.

We have the power of this election to shape & steer the ship which is our Union into the future. Don't let the ship flounder without direction by not voting!

These last few days are critical. The Election, by every indication will be very, very close. APWU elections in the past have been decided by less than 30 votes on more than one occasion.

You and your circle of co-workers can decide The outcome!

TAKE YOUR BALLOT TO WORK WITH YOU AND VOTE!!!

TALK UP THE VOTING TO THOSE CO-WORKERS!!!

YOU OWE IT TO YOUR FUTURE AND TO THE FUTURE OF YOUR SISTER & BROTHER MEMBERS!!!

Yours in Solidarity,
Bill Lewis


Rory L. McLeod <misterrlm30@gmail.com>
San Fransico Local 2
- Tuesday, October 01, 2013 at 22:45:04 (PDT)

Just a reminder my union brothers and sister's it's election time, so remember to vote for Jerome Pittman. You would be hard pressed to find a more qualified candidate. He gives a voice to the voiceless, and stands up for injustices. You won't find a man more passionate and dedicated when it comes to organized labor. With Jerome at the national level, motor vehicle best intensions and future at heart going forward. So good luck Jerome, we love, and we're voting for, you!


Jerry Monzillo <jmonz56@aol.com>
New Jersey State APWU
NJ State APWU president (retired)
- Monday, September 30, 2013 at 19:34:45 (PDT)

Brother Ric,
Its APWU members like yourself that will make our APWU strong.

After reading your post below several times I thought of the time I spent with the late Caesar Chavez. I had invited him to our NJ APWU State convention in 1988. Our State Union presented him with the "Leader of the Year Award."

That evening at our State banquet he gave me an autographed UFW flag with the inscription "HUELGA" " VIVA LA CAUSA".

Ric, I sincerely hope that you will continue to post on the 21CPW web site. APWU needs you.


Ricardo (Ric) Barreto <Ricbsacapwu@gmail.com>
Sacramento, California Local 0066
Legislative Director
- Monday, September 30, 2013 at 18:27:57 (PDT)

Hello to one & all, brothers & sisters alike.
My name is Ric Barreto & am the duly elected Legislative Director of the Sacramento area local 0066. This is my 1st ever post on this site.
My background is one of an activist & thru the Civil Rights era/Vietnam era when growing up in this blessed country we have.

I am a full-time custodian at West Sacramento PD&C, having attained this job as a veteran preference hire with disabled status. I was a maintenance mechanic (A/I troop) on the B-1B during the 1st Gulf War.

In my capacity of my current position & other positions I hold in various political clubs & the labor movement (to include walking picket lines & taking heat, in solidarity with our sister unions & other actions), I have taken our message of saving our jobs & a constitutional American Icon, not only to congressman/women & their staffs, to include Republicans who vehemently disagree, to many venues & have given speeches & seminars, educated the public on many occasions, have led actions to include addressing our sister unions (mail handlers & letter carriers) to join in solidarity efforts & also to educate & motivate our own membership. I have been in the trenches, not over contract issues, but fighting the idea wars both with congress & the public, as that is where my skill set lays. This is the approach our sister union NALC executes with much success, both contractual fights & the political fight.

On a personal note, I voted against our current contract for 2 main reasons:
1) The breaking of protection for veterans hiring in the custodial craft manifested in our contract I vehemently opposed both as an officer of my local & as a disabled veteran. In my humble opinion our current leadership broke the good faith & decades of solidarity with our veterans & disable vets, as the custodial craft is (was), the only specifically protected entry level job set aside (off the street hiring) for this purpose. The post office mgmt. is gonna do what they are gonna do. Our leadership should have fought not to have that changed & end up splitting the maintenance house over it, with the vast majority of custodians (who knew about this contractual change) voting against it (in my local.)
2) The 2 tier wage system & redefinition of fulltime is a cancer, which created a 2nd class (citizen) worker status, & our current leadership agreed to. If it was so good NTFT then why don't the letter carriers & mail handlers craft have it also?
They also got stuck, due to our quote, unquote "leadership," in contract negotiations, with the PSE-like assistants. Ask our sister unions about how greatful they are that we blazed that trail!!! This I submit, is exactly the kind of thing mgmt. loves - "Divide & Conquer." We gave many concessions to help with the USPS financial aspects, (COLA waivers, health cost increases, small pay increases- which health care costs ate up, early retirements) many which I disagree with. It was said that was the best deal, for the times we were facing. I totally disagree. When I was hired in 2005 we were in a contract extension & then followed with another 1yr ext. If we could have extended a year & ended up having 3 unions negotiating at once, than we could have had a united front. Why didn't this happen? We also did not go to arbitration like our sister unions did (both NALC & NMHPU), which I would submit to you is one main reason why they didn't end up with the NTFY bids. THEY FOUGHT, OUR LEADERSHIP DID NOT!

There has been much said about personalities & past history. As a relatively new member, especially in leadership, I really can't weigh in on that. What I do know is with leadership comes accountability & this contract is not even balanced in regards to givebacks vs. gains, not even close! Let alone the weakened state our union finds itself in.

ACCOUNTABILITY IS THE STANDARD! On these grounds & others I in the strongest terms whole heartedly ENDORSE the MEMBERS 1ST TEAM!!! If they don't get it done, I will vote them out too. I don't believe in rewarding bad behavior. Out with the old in with new!!! Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!!!

Yours in solidarity! - Yes We Can=Si Se Puede! - Remember Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio! - Stand & Fight!

Ric Barreto
Legislative Director
Sacramento Local 0066


Desi Neurohr <dneurohr@pgh-metro.net>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
- Monday, September 30, 2013 at 18:04:42 (PDT)

As I sift through the rhetoric during this election cycle, I am amazed at the criticism directed at former president Burrus. What I find most offensive is the anger and rude comments that accompany this criticism.
These comments are coming from national, state and local leaders, both active and retired, who have been some of the most staunch defenders of Burrus when he was in office.
Now that Burrus is no longer in office, these individuals now have the courage to rant against Burrus. Did they always feel like this, fooling us with their defense of Burrus? Shame on them.
This reminds me of the 2010 Detroit convention when the members of the current administration took on a lame duck president regarding what could and could not be negotiated with the USPS. Had Burrus not been a lame duck chances are very good not a peep would have been heard from these individuals. So it goes.


Elizabeth Bobo <bethluvsmiles@yahoo.com>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
Southern Region Retiree Delegate
- Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 11:01:35 (PDT)

To all who have read this website:
Thanks to Randy for allowing us to use this site for campaigning and stating our opinions. We have a GREAT UNION in the APWU!

Our members will vote for the most EXPERIENCED AND QUALIFIED candidates. They can read these posts and see who takes our Union seriously and those who have no clue what this election means to us all.

People who have used another persons specific language in order to seem like they understand the qualifications of the position they are running for are not the ones you want elected.

Most importantly you want to VOTE! Elect the most experienced and qualified candidates. Do your research read these posts and see how many have actually done the name calling. Then see how many have actually stated facts.

I have been proud and above reproach through out my career as an APWU activist. My qualifications and experience speaks for itself. Your ballot as a retiree can show you that. There were specific people who got you as retirees the right to vote. ONE HUGE FACT IS THAT NEITHER OF MY OPPONENTS WHO WERE BOTH RETIREES AT THE LAST CONVENTION, STOOD AT THAT MIC TO GET RETIREES THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN THIS ELECTION. Brother Lebrecque wrote the original amendment, Brother Donelson, Brother Denton and myself spoke loud and clear on behalf of ALL our retiree members. The delegates heard us loud and clear and voted in the affirmative.

Therefore a BIG THANKS goes out to all of the delegates at the 2012 Convention. Ask them who represented them the best on that convention floor. You will get a resounding voice ALL OF THE ABOVE AFRORMENTIONED DELEGATES!

Time is running out so get those ballots out and VOTE!

Yours in true SOLIDARITY
Elizabeth (Beth) Bobo


Charles "Rufus" Hunt <ruruhunt@gmail.com>
Atlanta Metro Area Local Retiree Department
Candidate Southern Regional Delegate
- Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 04:42:37 (PDT)

Southern Region Retirees, this will serve as my finale post and plea for your VOTE and SUPPORT at becoming your NEW delegate to the National Conventions.

If by chance you've been following the rhetoric, and slanderous name calling posts by my opponents and their supporters, you'll have deduced that I have only responded to the attacks, and statements made by them, by pointing out their discrepancies without leveling any allegations about their character or honesty.

During this election campaign, I've been attacked, accused, and vilified by persons who don't personally know anything about me or my work for the Union that I truly LOVE and have sacrificed quality family time for. Although the attacks have been brutal, I remain steadfast in my commitment to serve, and if you determine that I am not the one to represent you, the retirees of the "eleven" state Southern Region, then here's hoping that my efforts will at least SPUR whomever is elected into a more progressive, and active posture in the development of the entire Southern Region of Retirees.

In closing I remain yours in UNION SOLIDARITY,
C. "RUFUS" HUNT

PS: If you haven't already VOTED, please exercise your right and VOTE...VOTE...VOTE to become a solution to YOUR future.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 20:11:14 (PDT)

Via Former APWU President Bill Burrus on Facebook
September 28, 2013
This was an embedded Facebook post that no longer appears because Bill Burrus
has closed his BurrusJournal.org blog and Facebook account on October 5, 2013.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Member
- Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 19:00:23 (PDT)

I voted to EXCESS the Leadership Team and here is why you should also VOTE to EXCESS the Leadership Team:

Our Leadership Team rested on the "50 Mile Excessing Limit" rather than actually standing up to FIGHT to STOP the Consolidations and Closures. Rather than FIGHT, our Leadership Team accepted the USPS downsizing plans and horse-traded to limit some of the damage to our Members. But the horse-trading did nothing to limit the Excessing to other Crafts.

I agree with Tom Maier and others when it comes to 6% PSE's being a huge upgrade for 6% Casuals. But what of the other 14%? That's one of the major reasons that particular horse-trade is an overall major loss and a huge step backwards.

And yes, Brother Burrus has left the APWU HQ building. Love him, hate him or whatever, his mistakes are behind him just like the 2010 Watershed CBA is behind us.

For those Members the Watershed Contract is working for, by all means vote for more horse-trading Watershed in 2015 by reelecting the Leadership Team Incumbents. It is telling that they didn't put the usual (i) by their names, but they seem to be the candidates listed first in each category.

But if you are like me and you believe that our National APWU officers should be FIGHTING FOR US and FIGHTING AGAINST management downsizing the USPS, then VOTE TO EXCESS THE LEADERSHIP TEAM by VOTING for the second candidate in each category.

Other Unions see it my way and are VOTING to EXCESS their Leadership Team as well:
The Transportation Workers Union Elects New President Moving Union In New Direction


William Kaczor <BKaczor@comcast.net>
Buffalo, NY
National Health Plan Director
- Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 18:17:40 (PDT)

There is still time to vote…Vote the 2013 Leadership Team.

Former NBA and now Special Assistant to the President posted the below on Facebook and with his permission I am posting here. .

On Sep 25, 2013, at 9:14 PM, Tom Maier wrote:

I can't believe you of all people choose to continually put the members of the leadership team down. Sitting on your pompous ass dissing PSEs while knowing that in your 30 years as Executive Vice President and President you did nothing for casual employees. These employees came to work for the Postal Service hoping for a career opportunity. Instead they were assigned low paying jobs, no benefits of employment, no career opportunities, no health insurance, no retirement; nothing but an hourly wage. You did nothing but allow their numbers to grow.
You stood by and watched while the PAEA was enacted which caused the financial crisis the USPS now finds itself in.
Knowing that the next contract after the PAEA was passed would be an extraordinarily difficult one to negotiate you chose to retire. You gave it up. And now you have the unmitigated gall to throw stones? You're way in over your pay level now Bill.
Tell the readers all you've done for casuals. Tell them how you embraced private sector organizing and allowed them to spend millions of dollars of dues paying members money organizing a comparative few hundred members. How much time and money did you spend organizing casuals and bringing them into the bargaining unit?
In fact, tell them how many 10's of thousands of APWU members were lost under your watch while you did little or nothing to stop it. 100,000 plus sound right?
Tell the readers how much effort you put into organizing and mobilizing members and retirees to become involved in political activities. The answer is zip.
You disgust me with your poison pen. You sit in judgment where you failed the very people you now try to convince with your gossip and lies.
Cliff Guffey and his administration has done more for the members and the APWU and the future of the APWU in 3 years than you did in 10 years. Vote Leadership Team!

Tom Maier
Executive Assistant to the President


Richard Haefner <haefmeister@msn.com>
Minnesota Postal Workers Union
President
- Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 15:13:20 (PDT)

Why I voted for the Leadership Team.

Reasons too numerous to state, but here are a few.

First, I understand that some folks are all upset about “full time” now meaning 30 hours a week. Well, I can tell you that in level 21 and above offices, there are two groups of people that are all kinds of happy about it. First, there are the folks who chose not to sign the OTDLs. They can no longer be forced to work overtime. And those PTFs and PTRs? Instead of having a 2 hour per pay period guarantee, they now have a 30 hour per week guarantee. That’s a $1527.14 PER PAY PERIOD increase in these people’s work hour guarantee, or $39,705.64 per year of increased guarantee. Ya think some of these people were finally able to buy that house, car, or high dollar toy they’ve been dreaming of for years but didn’t dare for lack of a decent guarantee? I can also tell you who’s really super pissed about the NTFT MOU, Management is! They like forcing non-vols to work overtime. Life sucks. And, given the local managers ineptitude and inability to schedule, they have to pay the NTFT OOS premium for hours worked outside their schedule. They really hate that.

Second, we now have a cold hard limit on how much clerk work that managers in small offices can do. This is something that was discussed way back in 1978 by Arbitrator Garrett, and I’m not going to regurgitate his discussion here, as anyone who has ever filed a 1.6.B grievance should be quite familiar with what Garrett suggested be done. The 2010 Agreement finally accomplished what APWU should have been trying to negotiate all along! It is the very first National Agreement negotiated by this Union that addressed our people in smaller offices at all! As a State President, I think that’s pretty cool! I can only ask, where were ALL our previous administrations and why did they never accomplish such a HUGE gain for our most vulnerable members, as Garrett instructed? Sure, we State Organizations are working our asses off and spending a fortune to get management to comply fully at our level. But that takes me to my next point.

Third, National Arbitration. I’d have to do some research, but if memory serves me right, there have been more cases heard in National Arbitration in the last three years than have been heard in my illustrious Postal career! Obviously we have to spend a lot of our member’s money to prove both at our level, and at the HQ level, that management is illiterate, but so be it. So, why when King Bill held the reins, were we only doing a case a year, or maybe two? And the cases heard since November 2010 actually mean something! We aren’t finding out something worthless, like that sweeping the MPLSM is clerk work. How timely, only about 10 years after the last LSM was scrapped out, we learn that it is our work. Wonderful!

Fourth, 50 miles. Many people, some who I deeply respect, have opined that the new agreement makes it easier for management to close plants and excess people, and that 50 miles doesn’t really mean 50 miles. Well, since I was pretty heavily involved in the closing of a plant (my own) I’m here to tell you that 50 miles does in fact mean 50 miles! Rochester, MN is a case in point! There were 3 residual full time vacancies 54 miles from the Rochester plant, and management did in fact ask for an exception to the rule in this case. They were told that, no, 50 miles means 50 miles! They asked again, and were told the same thing. Both requests went to the DC level, and both were turned down by APWU. And, an additional benefit to the 50 miles…the clerks who they could not find a home for stayed in Rochester, and guess what? They’re still here, and have been gainfully employed the entire time. So, they never had to uproot their families, or make unsavory decisions like having a small apartment in another town so the spouse could keep their job, while hoping against hope that maybe someday, they could move back home. I guess in my head, this is a good thing, and I think people who were spared due to the 50 mile limit would agree. Under previous administrations and the Contracts they were so proud of, we had our members being excessed hundreds of miles from their homes. Obviously to the previous men in charge, this was not much of an issue, even though for our members, it caused financial hardship, broken marriages, and even people harming themselves because they could not deal with being separated from their families and homes.

Fifth, Legislation. APWU is now a presence on the Hill thanks to Myke Reid, and Roy Braunstein and Pat Nilan before him. They know who we are, they knew who Myke Ried was, and through my conversations with Minnesota Congressional representatives and their staffs, I have found that they know who Gary Kloepfer is, even though he has only held the office a short time. Make no mistake, I believe that John Marcotte is the most, if not the only competent member of the Member’s First team, and I have a huge amount of respect for him, and I consider him a friend. If he wins, APWU will still be well served in the Legislative Arena. But to me, Gary has proven himself in a very short time, and I felt he deserved my vote. As a side issue, there are a few who thought that they deserved to be appointed to the position of Legislative-Political Director after Myke Reid’s retirement. One would question, “Why.” I ask that question after attending God knows how many National President’s Conferences and National Conventions where we discussed the future of the Union and its finances given a shrinking dues structure, and how we finally agreed to Constitution language that would allow reduction of National Officers through attrition, without even filling the position, at the discretion of the President and/or appropriate body. Why would the President appoint someone to a vacant position from outside, thereby adding one more pensioner to the dole, when the status of the Officer’s Retirement Fund is always an issue? This flies in the face of everything we have discussed for years! I just don’t get it, especially in view of the fact that MVS and the Clerk Craft have already downsized by one HQ level officer, why not move someone already on “the dole” who will not cost the Union any more money, who has been around, and is qualified and ready and willing to do the job? This is not to say that I think that there is a lack of work at the HQ level for our Maintenance Officers. I’ve been there and looked at what they’re doing. They’re earning their keep.

Sixth, Article 32, Article 1.2 and 1.5, and the Jobs MOUs. President Guffey has long preached that the key to protecting our work did not lie in Article 1.6, but in 1.2 and 1.5. Funny how none of the naysayers ever mention the new language in 1.5, because it clarifies and expands the work of our bargaining units, and after we win the Postplan National Arbitration, will result in even MORE work being returned to our PTF and PSE clerks in small offices. And oh yeah, many of those PSEs will have to be converted to PTF due to the Contractual limitations on the use of PSEs. We’ve seen it happen already, even before the PostPlan award, only because management can’t count.

Seventh, the NBAs at step 3 get another bite of the apple after management renders a decision. That’s fabulous!

Eighth, one sentence: “Every effort will be made to create desirable duty assignments from ALL available work hours for career employees to bid.” Combine that with the language of 1.5, and we can now combine work performed by not only PSEs, (which we lost in National Arbitration under the previous administration) but postmasters, supervisors, light duty carriers, mailhandlers, contractors, and whoever else does the work of the Clerk Craft to establish duty assignments to replace the numerous pieces of garbage that management was allowed to create under previous Contracts, while allowing their son-in-law the casual to have weekends off while they were allowed to have a FTR with 30 years have Sunday-Thursday off. 8.2.C was good, but this PLUS 8.2.C is better. Why couldn’t the highly skilled negotiators of the past come up with this one, simple sentence?

And, take a look at what management GAVE UP to get what they got. No one ever talks about that, either. And ever since the Agreement was signed, they’ve been trying to get it all back, and we’ve been kicking their butts in National Arbitration to make them give us what they said they would. Do they have “buyer’s remorse?” Damned right they do!

Lastly, plain, simple, dirty politics. Ever since the 2010 Contract was signed, we have heard this undying noise about the downsides of it. The noise maker never mentions the upsides, and there are many. Funny how that works. As stated above, the most vulnerable of our members now have work hour guarantees that never even were though of under ANY administration since Garrett issued his award. I’ve seen the King of the noisemakers stand in front of the NPC and lie through his teeth to those in the room. “I don’t use a computer or a cell phone” he said, many, many times ad naseum. Well, when I was driving him in from the airport one time, it must have been a box of crackerjacks he were talking into, huh? And what was that thing on the table behind his desk at 1300 L, a paperweight? It amazes me that so many sell themselves so cheap, a little trip out to the farm, a little wine, some good whisky (or even some whiskey) that may or may not have been leftover from an office party long past, and some are willing to sell their souls. When you get to the big 1300 L in the sky, brothers and sisters, ask Patrick J. Nilan what he gained by allowing himself to be used by the king. After he was used up, he got tossed like yesterday’s garbage, and whatever happens with the Member’s First Team gets soundly beaten, they will be no different. Even if they win, given their lack of experience at this level, in 2015 they’ll be eaten alive, just like a rookie Local President negotiating his first LMOU. And then, the king will come out against them too. Oh wait, I understand he’ll be brought in to “consult” (read negotiate) in 2015. Boy, if that’s all the confidence the challengers have in themselves, why should I vote for them?

Oh yes, there’s the issue of the “inexperienced” negotiators of the 2010 Agreement. Seems to me that after the purely conceptual 2006 Agreement was negotiated behind closed doors without even a note taker present, some of these “inexperienced” negotiators gained a whole bunch of experience drafting language to reflect the “concepts” that no one had a clue of, that became the 2006 Agreement.

And I simply cannot believe that someone on this site actually spoke about Greg See and insinuated that he basically shows up and does nothing at conferences and seminars. I pose the question…..did the organizers of the conference/seminar ever ASK Greg to teach? If they did, I will guarantee that if he is invited far enough in advance to adjust his calendar, he’ll be there with bells on, and he’s one of the best instructors around! If I were a member of the Maintenance Craft, I’d be voting for Greg, too!

What about the totally baseless accusation of Fiscal Impropriety leveled at certain officers just prior to the 2012 Convention and posted on this site?

Sorry, folks. I did actually read the new Agreement and I was dumb enough to concentrate on the NEW language when I read it, compared it to the old language, and formed my own opinions. I went to the “Round Robin” not for the purpose of being led down the path, or in any way sold on the new Agreement (I had already made up my mind). I was more concerned with implementation. I knew when I left the meeting that not only did the negotiators have good, solid language, they had a plan to enforce it. The aggressive National Arbitration schedule is the result. The evidence is clear. Based on APWU’s negotiations, notice was placed on the Federal Register to make the changes that would have given even more work to our clerks in small offices. The unfortunately, the PMG and his minions caved to NAPUS and the League trying to preserve “postmaster work” in violation of the new language in, guess what, Article 1.5.

Yes, I voted FOR the 2010 Agreement, and, as a State President representing 400 + Members at Large who can now make a decent living, and as time goes on a better living, I’m proud that I made the right choice for them. I am also proud that I made the right choice for the members of my Local who, under the Contracts negotiated by previous administrations, would have been excessed to GodKnowsWhere, Tanganyika when our plant closed, but under the 2010 Agreement, they’re still here. I’m thrilled that many of our PTF clerks in small offices have picked up the custodial work that used to be done by contractors.

I love this Union too. Because of the American Postal Workers Union, I was able to send my two beautiful daughters through college, and support one of their studies in St. Petersburg, Russia on her way to a double major in Russian and Political Science. I’m an old man, and my body is failing me (or I am failing it). But Mom and the Nuns taught me to read, and I do. I can make my own decisions. I don’t need to be spoon-fed (yet). Collective Bargaining is just that, collective! You have to give to gain. Neither side gets everything they want. Did future employees take a hit? Sure, for now. But it could have been far worse! Perhaps the king would prefer that APWU had gone the way of the UAW and hit everyone, past, current and future employees in order to keep the shop open. We’ll never know, because he will never tell us.

But he was willing to negotiate us out of FEHBP, and I remember him going to the mic sniveling about how we as a body were “tying his hands” and not allowing him to negotiate! So, your highness, what would our membership have gained from you negotiating us out of FEHBP? Would our former PTFs in level 21+ offices now be guaranteed 30 hours a week as opposed to 2? Are we to believe they would be working 40? Would you have done away with PMRs and their ridiculous bidding restrictions, which you never did before despite resolutions from Conventions? Would excessing be limited to 50 miles as it has been consistently enforced under the Guffey administration? Would there be cold, hard limitations on the number of hours management could do our work in small offices? Would there now be TACS clerks coming out of the woodwork in Eagan? Would we have gotten back AMS? Would we have gotten back so much previously contracted custodial work in small offices? Would we have set the table in Article 1.5 to gain back ALL the work in the PostPlan offices and kick out PMRs and replace them with career clerks? Given your 26 year negotiating history, 1980 – 2006, I seriously doubt it.

And, on the FEHB issue, I just wanted to point out who was the very first person to come to the Minnesota table at the 2012 Convention to talk to us about Jim Bertelone’s resolution to restrict the king’s ability to bargain APWU out of FEHBP. That would be Greg Bell. He was willing to take the time to speak to any Local that was unsure of the ramifications of this, but I told him Minnesota was good so that he could move on to other States that needed convincing.

In case you missed it, I support, and voted for the 2010 Contract, and the Leadership Team, top to bottom, and I’m damned proud to have done it! I hope that the Membership will be persuaded not with rhetoric, but by reality, and return the Leadership Team to office in its entirety.

Fraternally;

Richard Haefner


Andy Kubat <Drewk86@verizon.net>
Lehigh Valley Area Local
Vice President
- Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 11:25:52 (PDT)

(Please, forgive me if I butcher this quote)

I remember former President Bill Burrus describing contract negotiation using the analogy of "The pie is only so big". Burrus said that when it came time to negotiate pay and benefits, the USPS offered a "pie". They would negotiate on how that pie is divided, it was what it was. Once it was gone that was it. Burrus explained that if the union wanted a bigger pay increase it would have to come at the expense of another part of the pie, such as paying 1% more per year for health care.

Fast forward to this election:
I have heard the pledges and promises of the MFT, but have yet to hear any substantive plans on how they will achieve those pledges.

- Fix the many problems like NTFTs assignments How? Will the USPS simply give us what we want?

- Win a path for conversion of PSEs to career jobs and small office PTFs to full-time positions!: Again, how? There were 399 PSEs recently converted to career. Is that what you mean...oh wait, you didn't do that...the Leadership Team did.

- Fully protect Veterans’ rights: Which ones? (again) How?

- Stop the USPS plans to subcontract all MVS/PVS jobs Details, please.

- Protect the hard-earned benefits of current and future retirees Again, no specifics?

I hear all the pledges. What I do not hear are any substantive plans or proposals. Does the MFT expect me to believe that they will achieve all of this and the USPS will not expect us to agree to some of their proposals? We've all participated in negotiations. Is that how it works? Remember, "The pie is only so big.

This past contract was like no other. We faced the challenge of a US economy in recession, High unemployment rates, USPS finances strained to breaking, and an anti-labor agenda which saw millions of Americans applauding(!) the fact that bargaining rights were stolen from union members in Wisconsin.

Despite having the deck stacked against us, the APWU achieved a reasonable contract which provided pay raises, COLAs, continued layoff protection, limitations on excessing, elimination of casuals, elimination of 204bs, the return of jobs to the APWU, and more protections against contracting out work (to name a few things).

I support Cliff Guffey and the Leadership team. I have seen what they have been able to achieve in negotiations, through arbitrations and in contract enforcement.

What I see from the MFT are vague pledges and campaign promises without details or specifics on how gains will be achieved.

My vote is for Cliff Guffey, Greg Bell, Mike Morris, Rob Strunk and the Leadership Team.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:39:38 (PDT)

Elections bring out the best and worst of people. Elections are a very important part of the American culture. The right to vote or not to vote is up to each one of us. I have always made the choice to vote.

I have supported the team concept and think the union at the local, state, and national level is more successful with the team concept.

It always feels good when your team wins. We should respect the will of the “voting members”.

However, what you do afterwards is very important as well. We should be respectful of the winners and try to work together. I know this is easier said than done.

I do think President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team 2013 will be successful.

Ballots must be in soon, we have only ten more days until the dead line of 2PM on October 7, 2013.

We have time to vote. I know one of our retirees just open his ballot yesterday and voted because he was gone most of the month.

I hope to see many of you at the All Craft/Retiree Conference and Installation of Officers Affair in Las Vegas in November of this year.


Mark V. Case <Mark277@aol.com>
APWU277
Member
- Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 08:28:38 (PDT)

Finishing up- Well I was a good person and Union Leader until my endorsement hit this page. Thats politics- Union or Citizen Elections. I made my endorsement letter from me available to others who want a opinion- take it or leave it. To make a statement a person has to have credibility so I will give mine, and I have no doubts about my work for this Union in the past,current, or future. For those that know me, grade me on my actions. For those that are new-
• Local President- 8 years- 1st term contested, uncontested 2 terms. Did not run for local office again due to running for National office- let someone else have a shot- and she is doing a tremendous job. All or nothing, don't hold up one while you go for another- let someone else advance!
• Arbitration Advocate- NC,SC,GA, and one political case in TX.
• National Presidents Conference- Chair and Vice Chair- might have been the smallest local president to ever hold these positions- need a fact check. Turned office over to VC when running for National. Let someone else advance- and he did a tremedous job.
• Constitution Committee Member- Fought in Committee and on Convention Floor to fund AFL-CIO so that our nationwide locals could better participate around the country in Central Labor Councils- This has turned out to be an asset to our Union in working with all other Unions across this country! That resolution was dead in committee until I advocated for reconsideration and gained support! Heck of a tudo on convention floor as well before passing as amended.
List could go on, but it isnt necessary.

You don't gain any of the above positions without a considerable bit of work- most on your own time and at the expense of not being with your family.

The Union is a consumer, and never gives back as much as you put into it. It is a price that all pay for working for it, and helping others. I missed much of my two boys growing up and a wife that was dealing with various illness. Others have lost more.

Meat of Subject- I think most of the ballots are cast, but there is still time if you havent. Read, Learn, Talk, and vote how you feel! Most important is to VOTE! Folks, with right at 200,000 give or take- can't we at least reach half! 100,000 votes or more?

The Union is a Living Breathing Viable Entity that lives and breaths in each one of us as we work on that workroom floor, in retirement, and in our Blood. It bonds us all together. Don't let it die! When the workroom floor, our retiree's no longer care- our Union dies! Progression and Mobilization is the call for our sweet Union- How many care to mark a ballot and mail it for free!

End Post until after elections.

In Appreciation and Working for this Union,

Mark V. Case


Elizabeth Bobo <bethluvsmiles@yahoo.com>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
Southern Region Retiree Delegate
- Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 08:22:55 (PDT)

This goes out to all retirees:

As dismayed as I may be concerning all the negativity, name calling, false allegations and blatant lies being posted concerning this election. This post is to show all our members that we should and can rise above this!

The recent attack on Brother Labrecque and myself is humorous to say the least. Had it not been for Brother Labrecque, Brother Denton, Bother Donelson, myself, many many others that have come before us we would not as a retiree be voting in this election. Nor would there even be a Retirees Department.

Speaking on behalf of my home state of Florida, both retirees and active employees were some of the strongest and most diligent foot soldiers in getting the vote out. Thanks to those strong loyal Unionists, Florida turned BLUE and helped get our President get re-elected.
I believe in power of positive thinking! I am counting on those same foot soldiers to get the vote out for this historic election. The American Postal Workers I know are strong, determined and will VOTE for the most qualified candidates.
Therefore, I am asking you to research each and every candidate and vote on their experience and record.
My record speaks loud and clear as do I when it comes to representing our retirees.

Fellow unionists, this is an important election. We need experienced, qualified people to represent us all!
Please use your ballot wisely and VOTE, our turnout thus far is less than adequate. You don't even have to use a stamp, you have been given a pre-paid postage envelope.

In closing, my record stands strong. Sling all the mud you want, it just won't stick. I am forevermore a UNIONIST within the APWU!!!
SOLIDARITY
ELIZABETH (BETH) BOBO


Charles "Rufus" Hunt <ruruhunt@gmail.com>
Atlanta Metro Area Local Retiree Department
Candidate Southern Regional Delegate
- Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 05:57:15 (PDT)

Al LaBrecque, I'm appalled that you felt the need to stoop to name calling in your efforts to campaign for yourself and Sister Bobo. You don't know the first thing about me or my knowledge of the workings within the APWU. I propose that since retiree delegates will now be compensated for attendance at the All Craft Conferences (as stated by you), that is your motivation for seeking the Central Region position, and that you probably are trying to leverage yourself from a financially destitute state that at least can boast of a State Retiree Chapter.

I vowed to not post any further negative responses to statements yourself and sister Bobo had made earlier in the election process, and have never referred to you or anyone else within the Union other than as BROTHER or SISTER and be d****d you knowing me as a "Johnny come lately".

Since I only retired in 2011, I must admit that I'm not privy to all the fine point of the Retiree Delegate position, although CHANGE is only effected to replace complacency, idleness, and the Ism's of which you must be aware. As I don't personally know you, nor how long you have been the president of your state's retiree chapter, I can mathematically deduce that Sister Bobo has been retired in excess of twelve years, and the condition of the Southern Region as far as retirees are concerned is not at all impressive.

Since the ballots are out and you choose to taking a parting shot at me personally, I bid you farewell, and wish you good health in the future.

Southern Regional Retirees, if you haven't as yet cast your ballots, but intend to do so, then please VOTE for CHANGE, and VOTE to ELECT me, Charles "RUFUS" Hunt your new Delegate to the National Conventions.


Ed Truax <etruax@optonline.net>
Red Bank, NJ
- Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 05:47:37 (PDT)

I was a member for 34 years. I filled the form for Retiree associate dues pronto but my annuity wasn't changed until recently (2 months ago).


William Whalen <145apwu@yahoo.com>
Wilmington NC Local 0145
General President
- Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 04:45:50 (PDT)

A lot of posts have been harsh, passions get worked up, things get said, feelings get hurt, responses escalate and it goes on until the conclusion of the election. Unfortunately some collateral damage is done to the union regardless who wins but that is politics and price for relatively peaceful resolution to our internal conflict of placing people in places of power and trust in our Union. That said I do find Brother Burrus posting Thursday labeled – Irreversible - intentionally destructive to our union regardless of whether the Leadership, Member First or a mixture of the teams wins. I don’t know if Burrus feels he got this election locked up and as some special advisor to the new administration he is now laying the ground work so as not to be held accountable for failing to correct the two tier wage system in the next negotiations or hedging his bets if the Leadership Team wins torpedoing their efforts for improvement in the next contract negotiations out of spite. He certainly seems willing to testify on management’s behalf to enshrine the 2 tier wage system for what I can only presume is keep his legacy as the “high water mark” president instead of the president who lost over 100,000 APWU jobs resulting in a give back worth at least several hundreds of billions of dollars.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Friday, September 27, 2013 at 18:15:39 (PDT)

Ed,
If you were an APWU Retiree Member in good standing as of June 15, 2013 you are entitled to a ballot.
If you need a replacement ballot, see this:
APWU Web News Article 110-2013, Sept. 25, 2013

If you are not a member, please feel free to visit, but refrain from posting on the site.
Thanks - RZ


Ed Truax <etruax@optonline.net>
Red Bank, NJ
- Friday, September 27, 2013 at 18:06:55 (PDT)

I retired in January and I thought I was entitled to vote in this year's election. I haven't received any election ads or a ballot. Am I entitled to vote? I wouldn't want to see the national have to re-do the process if they screwed up.


Al LaBrecque <allab@sisna.com>
"Cradle of Labor" Flint MI Area Local Retiree Chapterpa
President, Michigan State Retiree Chapter
- Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10:21:57 (PDT)

Brother Rufus Hunt a.k.a. "Johnny-come-lately" desperately attempting to garner last-minute votes by echoing previous posts on the flawed $36. retiree ballots. I'd be willing to wager Rufus didn't even notice the incorrect offices on the ballot until he saw it here, the he rides on my coattails. Nice try, but it doesn't wash.

Rufus goes so far as to infer that the ballot errors are by design. It's one thing to think it, but to make that allegation is quite another. And, he's going to effect CHANGE if elected?! Not so fast, my friend! Rufus is in critical need of education on the role of National Retiree Delegate, an UNPAID position! Elected National Retiree Delegates are delegates to the APWU National Convention, period!

Only recently have Retiree Delegates been authorized necessary expenses to attend the All-Craft Retirees' Dept. Conferences! In that regard, this is an educational opportunity I highly recommend Rufus takes advantage of. It's evident he is in great need of learning how this thing works! Now, there will be general sessions scheduled where attendees will be discussing and debating the issues and proposals for resolutions for the 2014 National Convention. One proposed resolution will be to re-designate the position of National Retiree Delegate to; "Regional Retiree Representative", to be fairly compensated when assigned to authorized duties, and an automatic delegate to National Conventions.

At this time, National Retiree Delegate's ONLY leverage is as one of 5 National Retiree Delegates among 2-3 thousand delegates. So, good luck with that Rufus!
While it may be too late for Rufus to withdraw from the election over his personally being "ashamed" of the APWU, as he said he would, it would have been a plus if he had. Rufus' latest post reveals, again, just how little he really knows about the position. Hopefully, IF elected, Rufus will attend the All-Craft Retirees' Dept. Conference Nov. 4-6 in Vegas. If not elected, maybe his Atlanta GA Local Retiree Chapter will send him as a delegate for much needed education. We ALL profit from the education offered, including yours truly.

To her credit; Sister Beth (Cramer) Bobo, incumbent Southern Region Retiree Delegate, took the high road, choosing not to get into the muck just to garner votes. Sister Bobo is an experienced, knowledgeable, dedicated Retiree Delegate, who knows the ropes, and has stood up for Retiree Involvement throughout her tenures. Rufus, on the other hand, is quite the opposite, with his posts revealing just how clueless he is. It's not just a free ride to a convention, my friend! Delegates work hard, as Beth Bobo can attest, to represent the best interests of Retirees' Dept. members.

As a candidate for Central Region Retiree Delegate, if I'm fortunate enough to be elected, I want the most knowledgeable, sensible, hard working Retiree Delegates by our side, and that would be Beth Bobo, and Western Region Retiree Delegate; Byron Denton. I have to say; my opponent in our Central Region contest has been respectful and civil, and I've tried to campaign in kind by stating my qualifications and objectives. Maybe politically unwise, but morally correct. I'm sick of the incessant mudslinging and allegations hurled back and forth. I'll be glad when it's over.

The theme of the 2012 Convention was; "One Union Undivided". Great in theory! I'm also reminded, and this is for Rufus as well: "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Amen... I'm done.... except for Southern Region retiree members who may not have voted yet; do yourself a favor and vote BETH BOBO for National Retiree Delegate. Thank you.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Friday, September 27, 2013 at 09:10:24 (PDT)

Via Former APWU President Bill Burrus on Facebook
September 26, 2013
This was an embedded Facebook post that no longer appears because Bill Burrus
has closed his BurrusJournal.org blog and Facebook account on October 5, 2013.


Larry R. Sorrells <avlapwu@charter.net>
NC Council
State Pres.
- Friday, September 27, 2013 at 08:00:18 (PDT)

Mark,

I never mentioned Judas or compared anyone to Jesus. There was only one Jesus and none of us are Him.
For years I made excuses for you and looked the other way. People were asking where is Mark, why is he not in training, why is he heckling Burrus, etc.? Why is Mark playing the slots and sitting in the bar, when he supposed to be in training? I kept hoping things would change, but they never did. I tried to support you but it became impossible.
When you were local pres., you let them do away with a bunch of residual vacancies and put split off days on our good jobs. A far as the arbitration, your testimony lost the case for us. Your replies to questions, like "well whatever I said in the file is what I said" killed us. I have had invitations to stay in many people's homes, but I never asked them. I have never mentioned anyone else's name in my posts. I am done with this.


Mark V. Case <Mark277@aol.com>
APWU #277
Past a lot of things but always a member
- Friday, September 27, 2013 at 07:09:45 (PDT)

Oh Lord, what a kickback from the NC Retirees current advocates! They are playing a game usually played by Republicans, or in NC some Democrats play when they don't get what each one specifically wants. If elections are close they burn the bridges, and hell bent for their candidates trying to discredit anyone who speaks against their candidate. Let me address the issues they have brought forth.

Mr. Sorrell's comments were unusual to find here since he said this was now a radical site and he wouldnt post or visit here anymore.
30 pieces of Silver hmmm- you could have said that I was a Judas like you told plant people, or that I was black balled in APWU. I thought there was only 1 Judas and that was to Jesus; I don't think our National Officers are in the same catagory? Yep, I would have liked to work in National Legislative, Cliff and I talked about that. A career in APWU Union in any position helping people would have been nice; not ashamed of that. Sour Grapes, yep, with what eventually happened within those positions with just sticking people in them for reasons other than legislative. Loyalty to oneself- boy this was reaching to try to discredit, I have always given more than received. Monday Morning quarterback- yep you have used that before on others you didn't agree with. Senators- worked with them and congressmen- hmmm, reaching to understand your comment on that one. CILO case we lost in Asheville- yeah we could really go into that on how we lost, but I imagine you don't want to get into the truth. Stayed and Mooched at National Officers' houses. Boy, now you're talking- Yep, stayed with you on most of those trips. Never thought it was mooching when they where nice enough to let us stay while on Union business in town. Guess if you stay there you are committed. Wish you felt the same about Tony McKinnon who gave us a place to stay as well and feed us while on a trip there- even after running against you twice. Mooching is more like when you go to National Convention and go to all the hospitalities from other states because your state doesn't have one.

Charlie Bothwell- come to the aid of the National supporters and trying to discredit me. If Bob J. was alive, I would have him have a talk with you on doing something like this. The shirt you are talking about Charlie was when I came to Greensboro- at National APWU request and dime- to talk to your Congressman that they said no one there would talk with him about on National Issues. Left speaking at event in WNC at night, slept, got up and spoke to him, left and came back to Asheville and worked. All for your local, and I had my billfold there, was just not any money in it. You showed me the shirts, told you I didn't have money and you offered to purchase it. I did say I would repay you, but I don't believe we have seen each other since then in person. Your comments are the funniest because you always call me on the phone to talk about how you have not been paid enough by National for your work- shirt issue never came up- heck and this was last month? Why do you call me if I am such a bad person?

I'm sure what has happened to me after my endorsement post was placed on here is happening all around the country. It happened a little in 2010 but not to the extent it is being played here! My reckoning is that the threat to the National Team is more so than ever before. Anyone that draws any type of salary, whether active or retired is pressured to preserve their incomes and being called upon.

We could play these games throughout the election, and we could go in depth in discrediting a whole variation of people. I have been around for 17 years, and probably another 30 years worth of stories of the past from others.
My opinion on this election is that- My Opinion! Take it or leave it!

Stutts- We still have disagreements- but you have bowed out, and so will I if the discrediting is done. Let them run their race, and God help us and our Union with whichever team wins!


Mike Nodine <apwunodine>
Atlanta MAL 32
Member / Alternate Steward / Organisation Director
- Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 21:54:53 (PDT)

I DISAGREE with Larry, and Bob and Bobby and support the Members First Team 2013.

I fully support the following people endorsed by the Atlanta Metro Area Local 32

Mark Dimondstein for President

Debby Szeredy for Executive Vice President

Violetta "Vi" Ward for Secretary Treasurer

Tony D. McKinnon for Industrial Relations Director

John L. Marcotte for Legislative & Political Director

Anna Smith for Organization Director

Robert Furbush for Health Plan Director

Clint Burelson for Clerk Division Director

Kennith Beasley for Southern Region Coordinator

(*note: this is only the first time I have posted this list here)


Charlie Bothwell <Pittsburghfly@aol.com>
Greensboro NC BMC Local 7035
Retired VOA (Vehicle Operations Assistant
- Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 21:05:47 (PDT)

To respond to my North Carolina State President, Larry Sorells post.
First and foremost I can attest to the fact, that Mark Case was upset, when Steve retired and he fully thought he should have been appointed to the job.
Brother Mark and I had discussed this fact, and as I told Mark, when you run for a position, and lose, the winning team is not going to be favorable to you in the future. You ran for Executive Vice-president, and lost. So, therefore, you can not expect favors.
Moreover, I have considered Brother Mark Case a friend, but back in 2011 (I believe) the National BMC conference was held in Greensboro, NC.
The GSO BMC was selling shirts. Someone asked Brother Mark Case to buy a shirt. He indicated,that he left home and forgot his money, I told Brother Mark Case, no problem, I would lend him the money and he could get a shirt.
Subsequently,there after every time I saw Brother Mark Case, he said; Oh I need to pay you for that shirt. But to date, I have never been paid.
So, to me if you borrow money and don't pay it back, your credibility, is shot.
So be it, if I have to donate and buy the shirt for Brother Mark Case, I will do in Unionism. Unlike Him.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 21:01:22 (PDT)

I agree with Larry and Bob and support the Leadership Team 2013.

I fully support the following people endorsed by the Southwest Coastal Area Local and Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapter Endorsements

Cliff Guffey for President
Greg Bell for Executive Vice President
Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Secretary Treasurer
Mike Morris for Industrial Relations Director
Gary Kloepfer for Legislative & Political Director
Martha Shunn-King for Organization Director
Bill Kaczor for Health Plan Director
Rob Strunk for Clerk Division Director
Greg See for Assistant Maintenance Director “B”
Byron Denton for Retiree Delegate Western Region
Louis Kingsley for Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”
Shirley Taylor for San Francisco Region Clerk NBA “B”


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta Metro Area Local 32
Organization Director
- Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 20:35:14 (PDT)

I have never met Brother Mark Case in person. But I know he has made more personal sacrifices for his Union Principles than most any other poster in this forum.

If National APWU positions are for life, then why do we even bother having elections?

At a minimum every national officer should be challenged constantly so that they remain hard and aggressive and so they they know their place and who they serve, not the other way around. Elections are about tossing out those who have gone soft or lost their way. Those who have grown too comfortable and believe they own the position rather than the right to serve in capacity of that position.

With that said, I too voted for Guffey and Bell in 2010 and I wish I could get those votes back now. There is no dishonor in making a mistake, only in making the same mistake twice.

Bob Stutts, it is interesting that some like yourself believe the Small Offices really made out at the expense of the Plants and Larger Facilities. Not every PTF and former PTF agrees. But again, this is why we have elections if they are nothing more than votes of confidence for some people.

I too could have gone into management years ago but did not largely because I don't want to be a part of such an overly micromanaged fluster cuck. But I have no shame in saying that if we can't turn this sinking ship around I will have to bail out. And as I have discussed with Michael Kaehler, the easiest path out of the USPS for me is to transition through management into another Federal Agency or private employment here in Georgia, a Right to Work for Less State. I'm not half the Unionist Brother Case is as I am not willing to make the kinds of financial and other personal sacrifices he made to better the APWU.

I'm not a National APWU Officer making over $125,000 per year plus all the travel pay and per diem. I'm not a National APWU appointed Advocate pulling down nice side money doing that or a "Special Assistant" or any of the other ways one gets on the National APWU dole. If I was, I would be s shill for Guffey too in order to protect my little racket like ALL those attached to the National APWU teat. (I'm not accusing you personally of this Brother Stutts, as I know you are one of the few true to your convictions regardless of the circumstances.)

As it is, I just turned 50 with 24 years Postal. I need a minimum of 7 more years and up to 12 years before I retire. And although I am more selfish than Brother Case, I am not as selfish as many others who vote only for themselves. I have step kids and grand kids so I care about the next generations as well, you know, all of those that will follow in our footsteps.

I believe if Mark Dimondstein and the Members First Team are elected, I will get those 7-12 years I need as a Craft Worker and I will have no need to "jump ship." And I believe they will fight to restore the future of the next generations of Postal Workers we stole from them as we ate our young when we ratified the 2010 Watershed CBA Contract. The Members First Team is the light at the end of the very long tunnel. They are the right people at the right place at the right time.

With so few voting so far, some 32,000 out of some 180,000 APWU Members, (less than 20%) I do not believe there will be room for any landslides. Every candidate will get some votes so I predict most will be very close races.

I believe we will elect a split ticket, some from each Team. I have been asked how I expect to deal with those incumbents that might happen to be reelected. I say that is their problem and a reflection on how big or small as persons they are. I was already "Blackballed" by Mike Morris for speaking against the TA in 2011. I am very proud to be one of the original "50 Rogues." I don't want anything so unlike some others, I can't be bought. There just isn't anything more the majority of the Leadership Team can do to me than to continue to not take or return my calls or emails.

Even with that said, I'm totally with you Brother Bob Stutts when you said, "Let there be no doubt. No matter who wins they will have my full support and effort" as least for as long as they keep the ship above water without throwing any more Craft Workers overboard.

But no matter who is elected, if they can't as a minimum hold the line on the 2015 contract, they can expect me to do everything in my power to throw them out in 2016 as well. My "loyalty" to APWU "Leaders" is contingent on their "loyalty" to ALL of our Members.

Selling us contract provisions that segregate us and pit us as one groups of APWU Members one against the other is not Union loyalty to our cause. Simply put, No More Watersheds!


Larry R. Sorrells <avlapwu@charter.net>
NC Council
State Pres.
- Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 16:27:03 (PDT)

THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER/SOUR GRAPES

I have read all of the posts from the brothers from my state, North Carolina. Bob Stutts' recollection is the correct one about Case saying he had not read the contract. Case has told several persons that he was mad because he did not get the Legislative Department position. This is not loyalty to the members, this is loyalty to oneself.
Case is like many of the "Monday morning quarterbacks" out there. He states the changes in the contract should have taken away by an arbitrator. That makes no sense whatsoever. He states many of the legislative moves were mistakes. What were the mistakes? This is from someone who did not know that US Senators had six year terms. Also, what is this different direction we should have taken? Our elections are not primaries. Primaries are followed by elections between two candidates.
As far as us going to arbitration with this contract, I could go on about his part in a recent CILO arbitration which we lost.
Case has stayed at several of the national officers' homes and has mooched drinks and food from several of them when it suited him. I could not stay silent any longer. I am finished commenting on the election. VOTE FOR THE LEADERSHIP TEAM.


Larry R. Sorrells <avlapwu@charter.net>
NC Council
State President
- Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 15:58:34 (PDT)

On this date at the Fall Meeting of the North Carolina Council, a vote was taken on endorsements for the 2013 election of national officers. The consensus of the state president local presidents, and/or local vice-presidents was to endorse Cliff Guffey-President, Greg Bell- Vice President, Liz Powell- Secretary Treasurer, and Mike Morris- Dir. of Industrial Relations.


Bob Stutts <dammmmn@att.net>
NCCAPWU
NCCAPWU R/E
- Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 07:18:50 (PDT)

Mark,

You know that was not the question on the contract I was talking about but a much later incident. You and your family are still special to me.

It does come as a shock that anyone would not read the proposed contract till after it was voted in. If I had not read it how could I answer a question or vote in good confidence of my vote.

To all,

This is my last post on the election issue. God show blessings to our Union and members no matter the outcome.
Bob


Mark V. Case <Mark277@aol.com>
Asheville Area Local #277
Member/ Legislative
- Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 06:46:38 (PDT)

Morning Bob, wanted to clarify a few things from your post.

You're correct in your post that our local endorsed the leadership team, and I was not at the meeting. 3 things to add. Working Tour-1 that night after staying up all day working on AFL agenda's for our CLC. I have stayed away from Local Meetings, letting the new officers work with their agenda's while I work on AFL issues more. I wanted to see what would happen at this meeting, who would show up and why! I work with the Local President in anyway she requests me, but it is her local to run; and not mine or others to jump in every couple of years to persuade!

For the APWU, I have worked with Legislators here and and in Washington at every chance possible through various avenues. Yep, employed in 1997 with the USPS, and active within the Union traveling probably since 2000. Did however meet with Mark at a Vegas convention when he was organizing and spent a few hours. Then had the pleasure to go out with about 20 truck drivers he had organized to a bar. Listened for about 3 hours as they told the horror stories of their employers, and how they did not feel that the APWU was following through with their committments to them! I never forgot Mark or these truck drivers.

As far as never reading the contract- I remember the fight we got into over this one! I knew the contract backwards and forwards and when the new contract came out before ratification I asked you a question about it! Instead of an answer, you replied, "Haven't you read it?" My reply was no, not before ratification- reasoning- it is not a contract until the membership ratify's it!

I know you voted for Bell- heck he won by 3 to 1. I ran on priciple! I was privy to a few meetings that you where not at and I have never spoken of them because I felt that it would damage our Union! I had my reasons for running. You and Larry are still close to me; even if you have distanced yourselves because I have a different opinion! I still remember the APWU shirt Bill Rice gave me, and wear it even though it is about to fall apart! On the sleeve it states- accountable to the membership! I have never seen others like it today in our Union. I believe that, and I have a difference of opinion because of events I have been apart of! I offered no disrespect to any parties in my endorsement letter, and I will continue to encourage new people to step up in our Union!


Bob Stutts <dammmmn@att.net>
NC Council APWU
R/E Director
- Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 06:42:21 (PDT)

To All,

My below post got an immediate response. Let there be no doubt. No matter who wins they will have my full support and effort.
Bob


Bob Stutts <dammmmn@att.net>
NCCAPWU
- Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 06:11:08 (PDT)

To All,

I have stayed off this site dealing with the election. After Mark Case's post I must respond.

First his local unanimously voted for the present incumbents. Mark did not attend the meeting. He has only been active above the local level since 2000. He has never worked with Mark Dimondstein.

I, since meeting Mark, have watched his kids grow up and have had a lot of fun with them and his wife Melissa. I have in the past had to vote against friends of mine when I thought the other candidate was better for the job. For instance, I voted for Bill Burrus for president in just such an incident.

Mark has told me and Larry Sorrells before he has never read the contract. I voted for Bell when Mark ran against him when clearly Mark was closer to me.

I know and have worked with both Mark Dimondstein, when in NC, and Cliff Guffey on committees before he ever became a national officer. I have already cast my ballot. I have to look at all I know including comments and statements I have heard from both. Also leadership at meetings. I had to vote for Cliff.

Mike Morris is as smart an officer as we have up there. This contract, who many criticize, has been by far the best for the smaller locals I represent. I am currently certified for several offices from Level 21 down. We have made many first time regulars. We have won much money using the "Global Settlement" for 1.6 violations. Tony has always been my friend for over 20 years. I had to vote for Mike Morris.

I am, and have been, for the members. My Union is only slightly below my God, family and country. Because the other candidates with Guffey are known to me to be capable I voted for his ticket. We cannot have division like we did many years ago at the national level after the first Biller, Burrus, Richards election. We cannot have board members writing attacking letters about our leadership that ultimately ends up known to all active members and management. I had chances to go into many management jobs before ever being a nation officer which would have benefited me and my family more financially. I had to do the right thing then also.

The low number of ballots is shameful another election it would appear. We do not elect by majority of our members voting.
Bob


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 02:25:43 (PDT)

Irreversible - BurrusJournal.org
September 24, 2013

No matter the outcome of this election, postal employment has been changed forever. Upon the attrition of the current generation, it will no longer serve as a stepping stone to the middle class. I support the APWU Members’ First Team because I firmly believe that they will halt the abandonment of the future. However, if successful they will be unable to reverse the damage done, and from the Leadership Team you can expect more of the same.

No matter the outcome of the election, postal management will never voluntarily surrender the change to the 40 hour work week, the increase in the supplemental work force and the severe wage cuts. Moreover, future arbitrators will not reverse the voluntary concessions that were exchanged as protections for current employees. In 10 to 15 years as the newly hired employees grow in numbers and demand attention, the choice will be continued growth for the protected group vs. the demand for parity by the next generation. Today we hear the voices of employees who did not suffer the draconian cuts. In time, however they will be replaced and future generations will reject the justifications that a coworker performing the exact same task can receive wages nearly double what they will receive.

Existing employees will not receive a free ride as there will be continuous pressure to lower their compensation to the lowest denominator. They will not experience the average $1,000 yearly increases achieved over the past 20 years. I negotiated the current salary, No Lay Off and COLA in 2006 and they have been carried forward providing a solid base for existing employees. Because prior generations did not sacrifice the unborn far into the future, current employees will live off the achievements of the past. The $53,000 annual wage inherited by the current administration will stand as the high water mark and net income will be almost frozen. But this will be sufficient to restrain a revolt. The tipping point will arrive when the work force is fully integrated with employees earning 25% less, with employees whose wages are capped at Step J and those who are arbitrarily assigned by postal management to 30 hour full time assignments. When these changes are fully implemented and union members demand parity, the elected officers will be saddled with the 2010 national agreement with no bargaining power to reverse it.

The real impact of the 2013 national election is whether or not the struggle for parity involves the future sacrifice of a targeted group. Having achieved these major changes postal management will not voluntarily surrender the annual one billion dollars in concessions, demanding equal savings for every future change. They have long demanded “value for value” with savings equal to increased costs, and having traveled the road of this for that they will be relentless in protecting gains made. This will expose the various components of the APWU bargaining unit as management will demand that savings be generated equal to increased future costs.

Mark Dimondstein has announced his refusal to engage in future trading while the current administration embraces the “this for that” model of bargaining but neither will be successful in returning all represented employees, past, present and future to the standards enjoyed over the last40 years. The die has been cast and the choice is to dig the hole deeper or stop digging. Future historian will look back over postal history and will record that 2010 was the turning point and it will stand in infamy.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 14:23:00 (PDT)

Received today from APWU Member Mark V. Case:

Several people have asked for my opinion on the upcoming APWU Elections. Privately, I have made my opinion known, but have not done so openly because I thought people would think it was just a spoiled grapes endorsement from a former candidate for National Officer. A member questioned my private endorsement asking where my loyalty was, and this has changed my stance on making an open endorsement! So many of our officers and members around the country feel intimidation and loyalty issues during elections that they do not make the choices they other wise feel that they should make for the betterment of our Union. I know personally all of our National Officers, and I know all the candidates you have gathered for the APWU Members First team. They are all good people, and all good Union Members! Elections in the APWU are like a National Primary, not a General Election! All the people are good people willing to advance our cause, but who can do it better; and who can give our Union what we need at this time!

Some of the changes in our contract that where bargained away, should have only been taken away by an arbitrator in my opinion! Some of the legislative moves that our Union has made have gone in the wrong direction in my opinion! I do not believe that these moves where made maliciously, but simply because of a wrong vision of where we need to go, and how we need to get there!

To answer the member's question as to my loyalty, my loyalty is to the National Officers who the membership elected for 3 years! At election time, my loyalty switches back to the membership and what I feel can best be done for them! I love this Union and all Unions with all my heart! I am seeing the very worst this year that Corporate America has thrown at all of them during my time! The vision that we are currently seeing and the direction we are seeing in our Union is not what I feel we need at this time! Our Union, our membership, needs to see a different direction and different vision from leaders that are fresh from the floor - feeling and knowing what our membership need now and not yesteryear!

I fully endorse Mark Dimondstein and the rest of his team. They are diverse and represent today’s membership needs! My vote is for the APWU Members First Team!

Mark V. Case
Former 277 Asheville NC President, Natl. Arbitration Advocate, Presidents Conference Vice Chair and Chairman, Field Legislative Rep., Constitution Committee Member, 2010 Natl. Officer Candidate, APWU Member


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 13:05:24 (PDT)

APWU Web News Article 110-2013, Sept. 25, 2013
Deadline Nears In APWU Officers’ Election

Time is running out for union members to vote in the APWU National Officers’ election. To be counted, ballots must be returned to and received in the designated post office box by 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7.

As of Sept. 25, less than two weeks before the deadline, 32,386 ballots have been received.

Votes will be tallied at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 1201 K Street NW, Washington DC.

Preliminary, unofficial results will be posted on the union’s website, www.apwu.org, as soon as they are available, and will be updated frequently. Official results will be posted as soon as they are available as well.

Members in good standing as of June 15, 2013, who have not received a ballot should notify their local, or contact the American Arbitration Association between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) at 800-529-5218 to request a duplicate. Ballots may also be requested by visiting www.aaaelections.org/apwu.

All requests for duplicate ballots must include the member’s name, employee ID number (or retiree ID number), the last four digits of his or her Social Security number, and the member’s address, division (craft), and the name of his or her local.

It’s your union. VOTE!


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 20:27:04 (PDT)

Here we go again!

John like I have said the Collective Bargaining Agreement is only one part of a national officer’s duty. I have voice my opinion on the contract because I am still a full dues paying member, attend local union meetings, I am an arbitration advocate for the union and I support and respect my local, state, and national union.

In 1958 I was 10 years old fourth grade in Charleston, SC. My father was career Navy man and station there.

In 1970 when the Postal strike was occurred I was serving in the U.S. Navy aboard an aircraft carrier (USS Wasp) home ported out of Quonset Point, RI. We were at sea at the time.

I served as a Southwest Coastal Area Local officer from 1976 until 1990, Western Region Maintenance NBA from 1990-1996, National Maintenance officer as the Representative at Large and Assistant Maintenance Director from 1996 until 2003, and a Southwest Coastal Area Local office again from 2004-2011. I have served as National Arbitration Advocate from 1983-1990 and again from 2003 to present. I think I have earned the right to participate.

John you say “You brag that retirees may now participate in the election of top APWU officers, yet decry robust retiree campaigning for those offices. You may want to check your compass, you seem to be badly off course! “ What I do not care for is misrepresentation and lies and I do get sick of some people always are negative to incumbent national officers.
John I do not have limited election experience. I have been involved in union elections from 1978-2003 and then from 2004-2011.

The group you support does not have national experience. Their leader will not address why he supports privatization of Postal jobs.

I fully support the following people endorsed by the Southwest Coastal Area Local and Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapter Endorsements:

Cliff Guffey for President
Greg Bell for Executive Vice President
Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Secretary Treasurer
Mike Morris for Industrial Relations Director
Gary Kloepfer for Legislative & Political Director
Martha Shunn-King for Organization Director
Bill Kaczor for Health Plan Director
Rob Strunk for Clerk Division Director
Greg See for Assistant Maintenance Director “B”
Byron Denton for Retiree Delegate Western Region
Louis Kingsley for Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”
Shirley Taylor for San Francisco Region Clerk NBA “B”
Ed Knipe for Western Region MVS NBA


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 18:39:02 (PDT)

Bobby, you object to retirees that are critical of the CBA, while accepting as proper retirees that embrace it. Seems more than a bit hypocritical to me.

I made my bones in the Postal trade union movement beginning in 1958. Where were you then? I was a local strike leader in 1970, which created collective bargaining in the Postal Service. Where were you then? I was a Local officer continually in leadership roles until my retirement, including 20 years as a full time president of our Local. I served as the APWU Director of Industrial Relations from 1980 to 1983. I am still active at age 76. If I haven’t earned the right to participate who has?

As an unopposed elected Delegate to the APWU Convention, my similar colleagues and I have a right to fully participate in those Conventions. We are not restricted to deal only with retiree issues.

You brag that retirees may now participate in the election of top APWU officers, yet decry robust retiree campaigning for those offices. You may want to check your compass, you seem to be badly off course!

As President Harry Truman once observed, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!” What did you expect this campaign to be? Your comments and attitude reveal a very limited experience in a hard fought tough election, where some of your friends may be (and should be) turned out of office. Get over it Bobby, the group you mentioned are not candidates, we are merely those with a lot of experience that are expressing our right to state our views.


Charles "Rufus" Hunt <ruruhunt@gmail.com>
Atlanta Metro Area Local Retiree Department
Candidate Southern Regional Delegate
- Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 04:57:23 (PDT)

Brothers & Sisters, in my opinion the (appointed) election committee was put in place exactly for what is transpiring in the election process of national officers of the American Postal Workers Union 2013.

The duties of the committee are to oversee the election, prepare and approve the ballots for presentation to the Balloting Agent (AAA), and report the results of the ballot count immediately to the President.

I contend the election will be challenged regardless of the outcome, dictating that the incumbent officers will continue to run the Union until the appeal process has been finalized. Simply by design, these errors as reported by the rank and file are not coincidental but schematically designed for the outcomes being achieved.

I'm personally ashamed of what our great Union has become, and if it wasn't for the fact that I feel a CHANGE is desperately needed, I would withdraw my candidacy for Southern Regional Delegate. I learned early in life that you cannot effect CHANGE from without, but within, therefore I humbly solicit your VOTE and SUPPORT as your NEW Southern Regional Delegate to the National Conventions.

Even though the election is flawed and will surely be protested, you must still VOTE the ballot you receive in order to preserve your rights as a member of the American Postal Workers Union......PLEASE VOTE...VOTE...VOTE


Richard C. Shelley <rorganizer@comcast.net>
Local 181 Baltimore MD.
Director of Organization
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 19:07:55 (PDT)

Thank you brother Nodine for that information. Seems brother Kaehler's beliefs and principles are so strongly held that they evaporate into thin air at the most insignificant slight.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 19:01:05 (PDT)

Jerry you said “Bobby, Don’t question my loyalty and dedication to APWU and our membership.” I never did say this.

Jerry you and I have a different opinion in regards to the APWU, AFL-CIO and always have. Most of my union career was in the Western Region/San Francisco Region.

Jerry casuals have always earned less for the same work. This was true in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s and 201O's. Casuals were limited to two ninety day appointments until Bill Burrus agree to extend their time to 360 days each year. Non careers were non union members and not represented until President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership team negotiated the right for non careers to be a part of the union.

Jerry your assessment of the contract is different than what I think and many others think. I think you are dead wrong. Please remember 75% of those voting, voted to ratify the Collective Bargaining agreement. Are you saying these people are wrong?

In closing I am loyal to our membership, respect our membership, and do not go around cherry picking issues so I can be negative. What you and many MFT members fail to address is how they will make change. Saying we need change without a plan is not beneficial to the membership.


Jerry Monzillo <jmonz56@aol.com>
New Jersey State APWU
NJ State APWU President (retired)
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 18:32:20 (PDT)

Bobby,
Don’t question my loyalty and dedication to APWU and our membership. I do indeed attend and speak monthly at my Local meetings, the NJ Shore Area Local. Keep in mind Bobby that I don’t suck up to anyone especially folks who drag my Union brothers and sisters down to being second class citizens.

Bobby your monthly retirement checks amount to much more than the average starting salary of postal workers. Good for you.

And lest we forget there are today postal workers earning $12.00 an hour while others doing the same work are earning (thanks to former contracts) over $24.00 an hour. And the APWU membership did not get a pay raise or a COLA raise for over two years.

I spent over 38 years in the Postal Service. I had the privilege of serving as NJ State APWU President for 19 years; of serving as Co-Chair of APWU Trine Council for 17 years. I served as Vice President of the APWU State Presidents Conference which later merged with the APWU Presidents’ Conference. I also had the privilege of serving as Chairperson of the APWU Presidents’ Conference for two terms.

Why am I stating all this? It’s because I feel that when I, along with over 200,000 other postal workers went on strike in March, 1970, I thought that we were embarking on an odyssey that would take our Union into a future filled with promises of a better tomorrow.

Did my brothers and I risk losing our jobs and facing prison for naught? What has taken over 40 years to achieve is being ripped apart by a Union that is acquiescing to postal management at the expense of its members.
And you think that this contract is wonderful.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL
Member
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 17:39:24 (PDT)

From the "Links to Locals and More" page at this site in the archive section:
Michael Kaehler's greatest hits, Part Deux


"Michael P. Kaehler
Saint Cloud MN Area Local No. 647
President - NRP - 1/21 Crazy Postal Workers - Omega
- Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 13:41:02 (PDT)

There are those who wonder "IF" or "perhaps?" However, I can assure you that I have not and never will . . . and . . .

Just in case you needed to know, I wrote this to someone I have come to hold in high esteem and it was something that they earned. This can, also, be said of some of the others with whom I found as comrades yesterday, today, and in the future.

Bill:

Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the membership past, present, and future in the attempt to enlighten them at what had been gained through hard work and in hard fought battles, both at the front and behind the scenes and of what we stood to lose through the ineptitude and self-serving desire to leave their mark upon this union by undoing the progress of 40 years of Cliff Guffey and his "team" so that they could have their "legacy."

And, of course, you, as well as I and many others, knew that this was an uphill battle against years of complacency based upon a trust that to up to this time had never been betrayed by the APWU leadership as they knew there were and are lines and boundaries that must not be crossed, points of honor that are sacred, and things that must never be surrendered without a fight. It is unfortunate that much of what others before you, you, and so many others achieved has, now, been rendered nearly meaningless by these people and a membership that should have known and deserves better than to accept this gross betrayal by their elected leaders.

Throughout this struggle you stood with a dignity and an integrity that is beyond criticism. When you saw all that you and those who built this union stood for being defiled and denigrated and the members being misled - you attempted to speak wisdom to fools.

I will be forever grateful for all that you and the other old fighters have done for the rank and file members of the American Postal Workers Union and it is tragic that it had to end this way - but, possibly, there might be a new and better American Postal Workers Union arise from the ashes once these people are gone - one that will honor those who came before those come after us with the social, political, and economic justice the working class deserves and strives for.

Thank you for your inspiration, your leadership, and dedication to the rank and file members with vote, but no voice over the years and into the future.

In solidarity for a better tomorrow,
MPK"
**************

Less than a year ago from Burrus Journal, Michael P. Kaehler says on 11/02/2012 at 10:15 am:

Those of us who understood what would happen and were against this contract agree with your analysis. Those with minds left to think critically know this and, also, understand that this contract shaved the hair off Samson and that it will take years to grow it back – if at all. Then, maybe, we might have the strength to bring down the temple.
MPK
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Oh, and let's not forget this: Dear Saint Cloud MN Area Local Members:...


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 17:37:19 (PDT)

What I find interesting is the retirees are really negative about the contract.

It would be interesting to know when Bill Burrus, John Richards, John R Smith, or Jerry Monzillo last attended a regular union meeting at their home local.

I attend the regular meetings for my local and hear what the regular rank and file are concerned about.

The last meeting PSE were a discussion and the issue was the USPS playing games with which PSE they would keep or let go. The issue was addresses nationally and we know seniority is the basis for who stays or is let go.

The issues of grievances and unjust discipline are always a subject at the meetings and have been issues for my entire union career.

What I do not hear is rank and file members sitting around complaining about the contract.

The Southwest Coastal Area Local endorsed President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team.


Michael P. Kaehler <winston@cloudnet.com>
Saint Cloud MN Area Local No. 647
President - 1/21 Crazy Postal Workers - Omega - Marginalized Anti-social Thought Criminals
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 15:31:35 (PDT)

If it sounds good – it must be good and they can make it sound even better! I note the strategy of running from a debate and, then, claiming one wants one – or is that just the press agent’s “voice” and not that of the candidate? Inquiring minds would like to know why Dimondstein ran from the prospects of having one at the Pittsburgh NPC?

But then, if you don’t have anything to say to the members – there really is nothing that you can be held accountable for. The substance has come from Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team and it is because of them that we are still in the fight and if you want credible and experienced leadership of these are the people to vote for not these inexperienced wanna be's.

And of course, it will be interesting to see whom is brought in as a hired consultant as it would seem that someone has run out of things to do in retirement and they have nothing better to do than to trash the people who succeed him and/or get a patsy or two to do it for him with lies originating from him. Remember the “charges” at the 2012 National Convention about the goings on at the National HQ that were disproven at the 2012 National Convention?

It will be interesting to see the results of this election. One can only hope that the voting members are not as stupid as the Man Behind the Curtain, Dimondstein, the majority of the Members First Team, and their supporters think we are. If they come in first – the members will come in last.
MPK


Jerry Monzillo <jmonz56@aol.com>
New Jersey State APWU
State President NJ State APWU, (retired)
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:59:13 (PDT)

I read an article highlighting a recent Texas State Convention.
This is the garbage that the APWU National officers have infected the membership with.

I just shake my head in disbelief when I read DIR Mike Morris' statement made at the Texas convention. Does he really believe that the USPS has "buyers remorse"? He's got to be kidding or maybe he is wrapped up in his own “Twilight Zone” and thinks he outwitted the USPS.

Thank God that there are not too many of us still around who went on strike against the Postal Service in 1970. This contract insures that postal workers will once again become second-class citizens just as they were prior to 1970.

I'm afraid that APWU is in a race to the bottom trying to catch Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. No COLA for 3 years, 1% pay raise in November,2012, Casuals (PSE's) making up 20% of the workforce, $12.00 starting salaries; and yes, 30 hour work weeks considered full-time. And those who voted yes on the TA think they have job security with excessing only up to 50 miles. They haven't read the fine print.

And to top it off, the guy in APWU enforcing the contract, APWU Director of Industrial Relations said in the April-June 2011 issue of the APWU Postal Worker magazine, "This agreement is also good for management because it provides lower-cost employees and more flexibility to meet changing times and conditions." This from a guy making over $125,000 salary plus expenses.
I am embarrassed.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:47:20 (PDT)

To All APWU Members - BurrusJournal.org
September 23, 2013

You have received your ballot for the election of APWU officers. If you have not already voted and mailed it, do not put it off any later. While I have voiced my opinion about the candidates of my choice, what is important is your choice and your participation so please vote. If you are undecided about the candidates and are open to the recommendation of an experienced officer who was committed to you, my recommendation is to vote for the “APWU Members First” candidates.


Paul Kilduff <pkilduff1953@aol.com>
Boston Metro local 100
President
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:00:42 (PDT)

Even though I posted the results of Boston Metro's endorsements last week, I want to speak personally as far as my whole hearted endorsement of President Guffey. I have also had conversations with Boston Metro's MVS President, Bill Weaver, regarding President Guffey. Bill has stated in no uncertain terms that President Guffey has invested considerable time and resources to thwart the Postal Services efforts to contract out MVS work. I can also state for the record that Boston Metro's Maintenance President, Wayne Greenside, Boston Metro's Vice President, Bob Dempsey, Boston Metro's Director of Industrial Relations, Bob Keough, and Boston Metro's Clerk Craft Director, Scott Hoffman all endorse President Guffey.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 09:33:52 (PDT)

Remember Bill Burrus negotiated the all year casual not President Cliff Guffey.
2006 Agreement. Casual employees may be hired for a term not to exceed 360 calendar days.


Elizabeth Bobo <bethluvsmiles@yahoo.com>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
Southern Region Retiree Delegate
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 08:08:44 (PDT)

I am truly saddened by all the internal negatative "opinions" being posted by all of the great unionist. I have admired most of them though out my career. They are who taught me to fight, negotiate, and stand up for what's right. I at first was drawn in by some of those posts and responded in a manner so unlike my character. As your Southern Region Retiree Representative I vow to stay in the positive and continue bringing forth issues that affect RETIREES.
I have researched my candidates and will vote accordingly. You as a retiree should do the same. You now have that equality in your voting because of the amendment and brought before the delagates at the last convention. Thanks to the amendment written by Al Labrecque and brought forward for the last 20 years they delegate heard our ROAR and voted in the affirmative.
Now as your representative I am urging all retirees to show your numbers and VOTE! Beat the projected turn out numbers and let your voice be heard!
Proudly I stand before you knowing I spoke on your behalf at the last convention and am now asking for the privilege to continue to do so in the future. There will be a future because in the end we STAND UNITED as an American Postal Workers!
Don't miss out on your right to make history in ths election. Vote for Elizabeth (Beth) Bobo, Southern Region Retiree Delegate.
MOST IMPORTANTLY RESEARCH AND VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATES WHO WILL REPRESENT YOU AND YOUR FUTURE WITHIN THE APWU!
As my friend Mike G. would say Peace fellow unionists go forth and VOTE!
Solidarity
Elizabeth (Beth) Bobo


Al LaBrecque <allab@sisna.com>
"Cradle of Labor" Flint MI Area Local Retiree Chapter
President, Michigan State Retiree Chapter, MPWU
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 07:13:13 (PDT)

Finally! A couple of posts addressing the ballot SNAFU's! First, there was the two offices listed on $36 per annum retiree member's ballots, just a "small" glitch involving an estimated 41,450 ballots, that after it was brought to the attention of the Election Committee, we were 'assured' the American Arbitration Assn. computers have the ability to be programmed to only tabulate the votes for which $36 retiree members are eligible to vote for.

Then, there's the "small' matter of Maintenance NBA ballots for Michigan, Kansas & Nebraska that 'inadvertantly' omitted properly nominated candidates from that ballot. But hey, no big deal, it's just a "small" NBA election, and the Election Committee will simply issue new ballots, and toss the incorrect ballots, and all will be hunky-dorey.

Unconfirmed reports from a Central Region source alleges Mailhandlers who are $35 per year fee Associate Members of the APWU Health Plan received ballots. Ah, no big deal. Ballots are coded to I.D. craft, retirees, etc. Another report in Michigan discovered a retired supervisor listed as a Retirees' Dept. member. Want to bet they received a ballot?

It's a flawed election no matter how you slice it! The Kansas Kaw Valley Brother makes a valid concern, not to mention just how many of the rank & file members are aware of the glitches, or in that Maintenance NBA election, will be confused over a second ballot. Election Committee Chair, Tony Turner, can issue all the assurances that the sanctity of the ballots will be preserved until the cows come home, but certainly, the INTEGRITY of our election process is compromised.

From the flawed Retiree ballots, to the Maintenance NBA ballots in 3 Central Region States, to ballots reportedly issued to non-APWU members should be troubling to every member, and especially those in leadership in the field. It certainly isn't a 'small' thing to the candidates affected by these inexcusable errors. Yes, inexcusable! It's not like this is some small Local election where 3 members volunteer to run a Local election! Human error in that case is understandable.

We have a 7-member appointed Election Committee that is responsible to proof and approve election ballots, BEFORE the AAA mails them. Regardless of the outcome of this election, we need to demand a thorough investigation of where, how, who, caused these errors to occur, and accountability exacted, beginning with the 7-member Election Committee! Excuse me!? This is a seriously flawed election process, and not a small matter just to be blown off!


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 05:01:05 (PDT)

Installation of APWU Officers - November 7, 2013
Bally’s Las Vegas
3645 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
800-358-8777

Members and guests are invited to attend the Installation of National Officers on Thursday, Nov. 7. The ceremonial affair will feature the swearing-in of returning and new officers. Festivities will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. The Installation of National Officers will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $60 each and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that a limited number of tickets are available. The deadline for purchasing tickets and for making payment is Oct. 18. Please note that refunds will not be issued for any reason.


Ken France <thesioux@ymail.com>
Kansas Kaw Valley Area Local 238
President
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 04:09:01 (PDT)

There have still not been any replacement ballots received by Kansas Kaw Valley Maintenance employees. We were told they were mailed last Wed. Knowing delivery standards have been lowered USPS-wide possibly they show up today?
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Charles,
Vote...Vote...Vote...John Marcotte for Legislative Dir, Anna Smith for Organizational Dir, and Mark Dimondstein for President!


Charles "Rufus" Hunt <ruruhunt@gmail.com>
Atlanta Metro Area Local Retiree Department
Candidate Southern Regional Delegate
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 03:24:06 (PDT)

Retirees of the APWU, I am amazed at the quick fix to the "Ballot Errors" proposed by the National Election Committee. I also view election of the Legislative and Organizing Directors as progressive for the Retiree Department, as those two positions are where OUR (Retiree) grassroots should be planted.
There must be some saboteurs working this election all the way to the ballot box, or the mistakes would have been neglected until the election was completed. Any/all gains realized by USPS retirees will be determined by legislative and organizational actions and not by the APWU administration in control at any time in the future.
Retirees, wake up and smell your coffee by voting what's best for you and your future. VOTE for CHANGE and VOTE for Charles "Rufus" Hunt, Southern Region Delegate.
VOTE...VOTE...VOTE...VOTE...VOTE...VOTE...


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Member
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 01:26:42 (PDT)

Andy, APWU Casuals were intended to supplement the Christmas Season workforce in December. That is why they were limited to 6%. They were untrained "Day Labor" and as such, did nothing to influence the value of our work and the worth of our labor.

APWU PSE's are Clerks. They are intended to be a permanent 20% non-career portion of our workforce and they can be trained to perform any work a Clerk can perform. As such, they redefine and devalue the value of our work and the worth of our labor. You will find this out the hard way at the 2015 contract negotiations bargaining table.

APWU Union President Cliff Guffey testified to a Congressional panel on Tuesday April 5, 2011 about the “Watershed” 2010 Contract he negotiated, "The contract will give the Postal Service the right to employ a substantially larger percentage of temporary workers [PSE’s] who will be paid relatively low wages." (http://deadtreeedition.blogspot.com/2011/04/some-apwu-contract-savings-would-come.html)

But my beef is not that the PSE's will be used to screw the Clerks in all future contracts, that's fine by me if Clerks want to do that to themselves. My beef is with the fact that the APWU Leadership Team is screwing over the PSE's, making them, unlike the 6% casuals, perform all of the very same tasks and full duties of any Clerk for less pay and fewer benefits. The fact that only parts of the Leadership Team's 2010 Watershed CBA apply to PSE's is further insult to the injury we have done to them.

And what about all those PTF's the Leadership Team abandoned and left behind to rot? Now even the PSE's are ahead of them for conversion to career. How is that fair?

It's okay that the Leadership Team is only picking the pockets of the PSE's, PTF's, NTFT's and New Hires, we can trust them to hold our wallets, purses and benefits during the next 2015 contract negotiations? I mean just because they would screw over "those people" does not mean they would screw us too, right?
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Bobby, please consider these members when you vote:

-20% non-career PSE's
-PTF's abandoned and left behind with PSE conversions now placed ahead of them.
-Two-Tier Lower Pay Scale New Hires.
-Part-Time OPM Retirement for all NTFT bids less than 40 hours. -Six Day Work Week Schedule for many NTFT bids.

Now consider our current "Watershed" contract our Leadership Team gave us:

-Nothing negotiated to stop Excessing to other Crafts like Mail Handler and Carrier.
-Nothing negotiated to stop AMP studies, Consolidations or Closures.
-Nothing negotiated to challenge the $14 to $18 Billion in excessive discounts the USPS gives junk mailers. Only $3.8 Billion dollars in APWU worker pay and benefits give backs.

The next thing on the chopping block is our Healthcare. Can we really trust the record of those who gave us the 2010 "Watershed" contract to FIGHT for us and to not cave in and make more concessionary appeasement givebacks to management?

A vote for the so called Leadership Team of incumbents is a vote of support for their kind of horse-trading. And they just aren't very good at it either.


Andy Kubat <Drewk86@verizon.net>
Lehigh Valley Area Local`
Vice President
- Monday, September 23, 2013 at 00:36:43 (PDT)

Mike Nodine - You take umbrage with PSE salaries under the auspices of "Equal pay for equal work". Three questions:

1) Where was this outrage when casuals earned 60% less than career employees for the same work?

2) Where was this outrage when the contract allowed the hiring of Transitional Employees (TEs) who earned 48% less than career employees?

3) Does your favorite football go for a touchdown (all or nothing) on every play? Or, do they take small gains whenever possible with the hope that their cumulative efforts will get them into the end zone.

In negotiating the change from casuals to PSEs the APWU achieved many positive and noteworthy goals including:
-- Almost 50% wage increase over casual wages
-- Up to 104 hrs of A/L ($1,500 value). Casuals got zero A/L
-- Health benefits with the USPS paying 25% of the premium. Casuals got no health benefits
-- Regular wage increases over the life of the contract. Casual got no wage increase.

The are just some of the gains whereby the APWU moved the ball towards the end zone.

Did the APWU score a touchdown with this one play? No, but it was a big gain. Now, we have to focus on the next series of plays and work to get to the end zone.

Or perhaps you suggesting the APWU should have gone "all or nothing"? Are you saying that if the APWU could not achieve "equal pay for equal work" status casuals (soon to be PSEs) they should have left them to languish is their low wage, no benefit, no representation casual status?


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 20:24:29 (PDT)

Come on Michael, I confronted the leadership team that were arguably abusing Union resources in the restaurant at the Pittsburgh NPC. They sat like dummies and didn't respond. By your reasoning, that should make them unworthy of support and votes. Where is the outrage that they were on the Union $$$ for that campaign visit?


Michael P. Kaehler <winston@cloudnet.com>
Saint Cloud MN Area Local No. 647
President - 1/21 Crazy Postal Workers - Omega - Marginalized Anti-social Thought Criminal
- Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 20:13:12 (PDT)

I don't know if any of you ever thought of this about Dimondstein and some of the orher Members First - but the strategy is not to commit to anything nor claim to be able to accomplish anything and, in essence, it is nothing for nothing and that is what the members will get - or, at the very least, more of screwing in the next contract - but it will be either arbitrated or forced through legislative or judicial action (Article 43) and, then, they get off the hook and take no responsibility for anything.

But fear naught - they will probably put Burrus on the payroll as a consultant as he doesn't seem to have enough to keep him busy in his retirement. Say it isn't so? Say that it won't be so?

I read the campaign literature and am not impressed. I don't listen to "voices" and don't follow people who blow or whisper in my ear.

Management would love to have Dimondstein, Szeredy, McKinnon, Burleson, and some of the others running the APWU - all nice people, but I would not put my livelihood or my future in any of their hands.

More so, they (Members First) are betting on the general malaise and ignorance of the membership - and if they elect the main candidates of the Members First the membership will find out what fools they really are.

P.S.

There would have been a debate at the Pittsburgh NPC - but Dimondstein refused to push for it. His "voices" told him not to.

But, yeah, it is all right to go around after and have his "voices" tell everyone he wants to and that Guffey won't do it.

My Local voted to endorse and support President Guffey, Executive Vice-president Greg Bell, Industrial Relations Director Mike Morris, Sec-Treas Liz Powell, Clerk Craft Director Rob Strunk and these are the people we need to remain in office at this time.
MPK


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 19:26:54 (PDT)

The candidates listed below are responsible for the worst give back give away CBA in APWU history. Don't reward them with reelectiion. Vote for the APWU Members First team, the second spot on most ballots. This is our one oppostunity to throw the rascals out!


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 14:17:55 (PDT)

Please consider these members when you vote and mark their names on your ballot.

Cliff Guffey for President
Greg Bell for Executive Vice President
Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Secretary Treasurer
Mike Morris for Industrial Relations Director
Gary Kloepfer for Legislative & Political Director
Martha Shunn-King for Organization Director
Bill Kaczor for Health Plan Director
Rob Strunk for Clerk Division Director
Greg See for Assistant Maintenance Director “B”
Byron Denton for Retiree Delegate Western Region
Louis Kingsley for Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”
Shirley Taylor for San Francisco Region Clerk NBA “B”
Ed Knipe for Western Region MVS NBA

We know what these officers have accomplished and all are capable union representatives. I am proud to recommend and be associated with them.


Terry Stoller <stollerterry@gmail.com>
California Area Local
President
- Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 08:00:27 (PDT)

Regarding the post yesterday from former Raleigh, North Carolina President, Ajamu Dillahunt, I haven't heard from him (or about him) for a number of years.

I have fond memories of a speech Ajamu gave at a national convention somewhere around 2000, give or take a few years. It was one of the greatest speeches I have heard at a national convention, and as I recall prompted a passionate ovation.

The issue at hand when Ajamu spoke, as my memory serves, dealt with national finances, and some had pleaded what I would call poverty, as an excuse for inaction.

I don't recall the exact words so much as I recall the message, the delivery and the overall effect on me and the other delegates. As best as I can remember, Ajamu was saying words to the effect that Martin Luther King did not go off to study the budget and numbers before he took to the streets to bring justice for the oppressed in the deep south; and Cesar Chavez did not go off to study accounting principles before he brought so many farm workers with him from the fields of central California, to fight the owners who were responsible for the oppression that the farm workers were enduring. Ajamu went on to present additional meaningful arguments.

And, what Ajamu wrote in his post yesterday was as eloquent as I have come to expect from him. His endorsement of Mark Dimondstein inspires and reminds me of what is so urgently within our grasp.

As someone said, "Life is not made up of minutes or months, but of moments." The speech Ajamu made at that convention is a moment I will not soon forget - neither will I soon forget the moment presenting itself so dramatically before us - the chance of a lifetime to change and make our working lives, and beyond, so much more promising for each and every one of us. Take this precious time to...Seize the moment!


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 01:26:19 (PDT)

From former President of Raleigh, NC APWU Ajamu Dillahunt on Facebook:

Postal Workers need leadership that practices “wall to wall” solidarity. That means defending and fighting for retirees, all current employees and future employees. The struggles and gains of the last four decades can only be honored and protected by a leadership that is willing to fight and not unnecessarily compromise.

That’s why, as a retired former local president and life long trade union and community activist, I enthusiastically support the APWU Members First Team led by Mark Dimondstein.

The incumbents talk about the importance of experience. Our experience with their leadership shows a willingness to try to make a devastating state of affairs seem like it is satisfactory and inevitable. It’s neither.

The restructuring of our contract that moves us away from career employment while creating a two tier wage system and the destruction of our beloved democratic and public institution requires resolve against postal management and a creativity that embraces community groups, unions and other civil society organizations.

To paraphrase a popular slogan about a better world, “Another Union is possible and Another Union is necessary.”


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Member / Blah-blah-blah
- Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 01:15:48 (PDT)

Either the Membership is happy with the Watershed Bobby, after two years of actually having to work under it's terms, unlike you.

Or the Membership isn’t.

Nothing you or I can say will change how they feel about the Watershed or whether they want the same Guffey and his Leadership Team negotiating more Watershed for us in 2015.

Now let me explain the fundamental difference between people like me that support Mark Dimondstein and his Member’s First Team and people like you who support Cliff Guffey and his so-called Leadership Team.

Let's say everyone here grows corn. And I am the local grocer who buys the corn you grow. And let's say corn is bringing $26 per bushel and that is what I pay other people for the hard work they do growing the corn that I buy to sell in my store.

But I am only going to pay YOU $17 per bushel for the corn that you grow because you are a _______. (Fill in the blank here with anything discriminatory that you might think of... minority, female, infidel, whatever.)

Is it right that I am exploiting you in this way because you are a _______? Or am I morally corrupt for ripping you off and stealing the VALUE of your LABOR by paying you LESS for your corn than what it is really worth?

If I am wrong to pay you less because you are a _______, then please tell me how putting "PSE" in that blank is any different? Equal pay for equal work is a very basic fundamental Union principle.

How the Leadership Team and their supporters don't seem get this just breaks my heart.

But in this election there is real hope the APWU Membership will take this morality test presented to them and they will rise to the challenge of doing the right things now that they understand what they are voting on, what they actually got rather than what they were promised.

And I see this has you flailing around panic stricken, thrashing around and grasping at straws like a drowning man who is just realizing he is caught in a massive undertow and is being washed out to sea.

Thrash on my Brother, thrash on, the tides they are a-changin'.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 21:46:56 (PDT)

Mike Nodine:
What has your candidate done for the APWU, AFL-CIO or an APWU Local or State Organization in 2004?
What has your candidate done for the APWU, AFL-CIO or an APWU Local or State Organization in 2005?
What has your candidate done for the APWU, AFL-CIO or an APWU Local or State Organization in 2006?
What has your candidate done for the APWU, AFL-CIO or an APWU Local or State Organization in 2007?
What has your candidate done for the APWU, AFL-CIO or an APWU Local or State Organization in 2008?
What has your candidate done for the APWU, AFL-CIO or an APWU Local or State Organization in 2009?
What has your candidate done for the APWU, AFL-CIO or an APWU Local or State Organization in 2010?
What has your candidate done for the APWU, AFL-CIO or an APWU Local or State Organization in 2011?
What has your candidate done for the APWU, AFL-CIO or an APWU Local or State Organization in 2012?
What has your candidate done for the APWU, AFL-CIO or an APWU Local or State Organization in 2013?

Mike you are saying the 75% of the membership voting for the contract is stupid?

I truly think you, Mark, and Burrus all need to accept the membership’s vote.

It does not appear you, Mark, or Burrus thinks the membership comes first. President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team think the membership comes first.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Member / Blah-blah-blah
- Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 21:12:58 (PDT)

On October 7th it will all come down to this:

IT'S THE CONTRACT STUPID!


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 20:26:48 (PDT)

Joe, if Mark and his team was to get elected I think it would be a very sad day for our membership and extremely harmful to our union.

Why would I want the President of the APWU, AFL-CIO to be a non office?

Why would I want the President of the APWU, AFL-CIO who supports privatization?

Why would I want an inactive member to be the President of the APWU, AFL-CIO?

Why would I want a leader who is afraid to answer questions about his past or present work status to be the President of the APWU, AFL-CIO?


Joe Shevlin <JOE0986@comcast.net>
Red Bank Local
President
- Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 19:19:49 (PDT)

Bobby Donelson,

If Mark is elected President of this great Union, will you support him unequivocally (leaving no doubt). Peace.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 15:33:36 (PDT)

Don I agree, “Who he works for now (if applicable) is important and relevant information”. Mark has not been fully open to all of us and failed to answer even simple questions.

The Nomination petition asks the above question and was left blank on Mark's nomination petition.

Mark and the MFT is hard to trust them if they are reluctant to answer questions directed to them.

What is Mark hiding????

Why would anyone put the union in the hands of person who not been a delegate to the national convention or elected officer in many years? What has Mark done for the union or retirees during the past ten years? Vote for President Cliff Guffey and the 2013 Leadership Team and send a clear message to Mark.


Richard H Logan <richlog@cox.net>
Local 387
NE Region National Business Agent Maintenance Division
- Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 15:20:35 (PDT)

Sisters and Brothers, as the current National Business Agent for the Maintenance Division in the North East Region and a member of the Providence RI Area Local, I feel very strongly that as the North East Region National Business Agent for the Maintenance Craft, I should let our members know who I endorse as candidates in the coming elections.

First and foremost I endorse Gary Kloepher for Legislative Political Director. I have known Gary Kloepher for many years and support Him with out reservation

I also support Greg See for assistant Director”B” for the Maintenance Division. I have worked with Greg See for many years and endorse him without reservation.

I also support Liz Powell for Secretary Treasurer , Cliff Guffey for President, Greg Bell for Executive Vice President, Mike Morris for Industrial Relations Director, and Martha Shun-King for Organization Director.

In Solidarity,
Rick Logan
NBA Maintenance Division
North East Region


Don Cheney <doncheney@live.com>
Auburn WA Local
Retired President
- Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 14:52:21 (PDT)

As followup to Michael Ganino's question yesterday, Mark Dimondstein’s nominating petition says he is retired. He left blank this question on his nominating petition, “I am employed by _____.” Who he works for now (if applicable) is important and relevant information.

Most members of the Leadership Team 2013 are retired. Some exceptions include Martha Shunn-King, Sue Carney and Javier Pineres. Violetta Ward, on the APWU Members First Team, is retired and properly answered the question, “I am employed by _____.”

Most other retired APWU candidates ignored APWU Election Rule II.B.4 to "fully complete the entire candidate’s portion of each petition."
See: Rules and Regulations Governing - 2013 APWU National Elections [pdf]


Michael P. Kaehler <winston@cloudnet.com>
Saint Cloud MN Area Local No. 647
President - 1/21 Crazy Postal Workers - Omega - Marginalized Anti-social Thought Criminal
- Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 12:06:08 (PDT)

Bobby:

It would seem to me that your question is unfair in respects to Mark Dimondstein as he has been to Oz and the Wizard has endowed him with magical powers that have nothing to do with elected union positions or being a delegate to national conventions in the recent past or in times long since passed. He pays union dues and that is all that is necessary for one to be anything one desires in this union by election, appointment, or in one’s own mind.

I would appear that Mark Dimondstein has returned from the wilderness and is ready to lead the children to “The Big Rock Candy Mountains” and that is all anyone needs to know.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 08:55:17 (PDT)

Good advice Andy. There is also a small segment of Maintenance Craft members in the
Central Region who were mailed incorrect ballots and there are special instructions:

Ballot Corrections - Maintenance Craft
Corrected ballots will be mailed to APWU members of the Maintenance Craft in Kansas, Michigan and Nebraska, where candidates for Maintenance Craft National Business Agent races were inadvertently omitted, Turner said.

A notice accompanying the new ballots urges Maintenance Craft union members in the affected states who have already voted to cast the new ballots. Members who have not yet voted are asked to disregard the first ballot.

Affected members who have already voted but fail to cast new ballots will not have the opportunity to vote on the NBA races; however, their votes for other offices will be tabulated. The incorrect ballots of union members who vote twice will be voided, Turner said.

Ballots must be returned to and received in the designated post office box by 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 08:39:41 (PDT)

A couple of questions for Mark and MFT:

Is there any reason were not a convention delegate to the 2008, 2010, and 2012 National conventions?

When was the last time you held an elected union position at any level of the union?


Michael P. Kaehler <winston@cloudnet.com>
Saint Cloud MN Area Local No. 647
President - 1/21 Crazy Postal Workers - Omega - Marginalized Anti-social Thought Criminal
- Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 08:16:28 (PDT)

Thought for the day:

"Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide."
- John Adams


Michael Ganino <mikepat@optonline.net>
greater ct/retiree
national director, emeritus - APWABA
- Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 06:21:27 (PDT)

Still waiting for answers from the MF Team candidates for president & sec/treas. Absent response I will then to social media and legitimate news outlets.


Frank Townsend <ftowns1234@aol.com>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 21:30:37 (PDT)

Wow, what name calling. Imagine that, a person with a vocabulary. What wonderful ways to call someone a contemptible coward and a collaborator/traitor.

It’s about time the vitriol ends and we get back to working for our membership. The election will take care of itself without the hatred being shown here.

Cooler heads need to prevail. The USPS is watching as well as the NALC and Mailhandlers. Be civil. The voting will be over soon and the winners announced. As a union, we will be proud that democracy works when given a chance.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 16:55:58 (PDT)

From candidate for APWU President Mark Dimondstein, earlier on Facebook today:

Just received the great news of the endorsement of the APWU New York Metro Area Local, the largest Local of the APWU! Big thanks to Local President Jonathan Smith, Vice President Tiffany Foster, the Executive Board and the Membership. The Local Executive Board engaged in an impressive and democratic process to arrive at their recommendations to the membership. Onward to victory!


Frederick Peterson <fandjpeterson@frontiernet.net>
CNYAL
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 15:40:33 (PDT)

Bobby, nice of you to step up and defend Vikdun, as he most certainly will not step up to his own defense.

Congratulations, you have 30 years experience in the Union as an officer at all levels.

That and $2.00 will get you a cup of coffee at a gas station.

Vikdun and co took 3500 CUPS OF COFFEE OUT OF MY POCKET and refuse to explain their decisions.

50 miles is 50 miles my ass, hypocrites.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 15:34:04 (PDT)

Frederick Peterson: My Experience is the exact opposite of your experience and covers more than 30 years as an officer at all levels of the union.

I am proud to say I know President Cliff Guffey and the entire Leadership Team and vote for them.

Vote for President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team
Cliff Guffey for President
Greg Bell for Executive Vice President
Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Secretary Treasurer
Mike Morris for Industrial Relations Director
Gary Kloepfer for Legislative & Political Director
Martha Shunn-King for Organization Director
Bill Kaczor for Health Plan Director
Rob Strunk for Clerk Division Director
Greg See for Assistant Maintenance Director “B”

Others recommendations
Louis Kingsley for Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”
Shirley Taylor for San Francisco Region Clerk NBA “B”
Ed Knipe for Western Region MVS NBA
Byron Denton for Retiree Delegate Western Region


Frederick Peterson <fandjpeterson@frontiernet.net>
CNYAL
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 15:27:01 (PDT)

I find the discussion of National Officers responding to Union members amusing, as I have been attempting to communicate with the poltroons in charge of the Union for better than a year with no response from the cowards.

Emails and certified letters have gone unanswered.

Leaders communicate. Poltroons hide behind their wall of staff that the membership is paying for, which is precisely what Vikdun Guffey and his "leadership" team are doing.

Leader? Pres. Guffey is a buffoon hiding behind a title, nothing more.


Michael Ganino <mikepat@optonline.net>
Greater CT/Retiree
national director, emeritus - APWABA
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 13:59:16 (PDT)

Sincerely hopeful that the retirees on the MF Team step forward into the light explaining their retirement situation.

Apparently the MF Team candidates for president and secretary treasurer are retired. Are they collecting retirement benefits from any APWU entity?

One of the team has been off the workroom floor for decades which is longer than many national officers,

What APWU activities has the MF presidential candidate undertaken since he was "dismissed" from APWU employment by then APWU president, William Burrus?

Since supporters of the MF Team have made these paramount issues its fair and just that the membership have all relevant information.

To those "honest brokers" who continue to shield I only ask that the aforementioned candidates "come out from behind the curtain".Its all about transparency.


Andy Kubat <Drewk86@verizon.net>
Lehigh Valley Area Local
Vice President
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 12:44:19 (PDT)

Members should also know that once a request for a duplicate ballot is made, the duplicate ballot is the only one that will be accepted.

Sometime the initial ballot, delayed in the mail, shows up after the request for a replacement ballot but prior to the arrival of the replacement.

If the member uses the original ballot, or both, it may be rejected.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11:12:59 (PDT)

Members in good standing who have not received their ballots by Thursday, Sept. 19, should notify their local, or contact the American Arbitration Association between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) at 800-529-5218 to request a duplicate. Ballots may also be requested by visiting www.aaaelections.org/apwu.

Here is a flyer with "pull-tabs" on it that APWU Members can post on union bulletin boards, distribute etc:

Replacement Ballots Flyer [pdf]


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11:12:37 (PDT)

Randy I can say all national officers have returned calls or answered them if they were not previously engaged in other business. This was the case my entire union career.

Some are only available during regular work hours. That is not the case for President Biller or President Guffey; I talked to both many times after regular work hours.

Others were also available after normal work hours but I would hate to exclude any of them so I will not list all.

I would like to remind every on Kenny Wilson was probably one of the most available officers to the membership I ever met. I tried to mirror his access to the members and think I did when I was a local or national officer. Kenny was an excellent officer.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10:59:36 (PDT)

That's interesting Mike, you are the very first and only one I've heard of who hasn't been able to get through to Mark Dimondstein by calling his personal cell phone number I listed below (Mark also listed it on his Team's web site).

Bear in mind he has been traversing the country speaking directly to the APWU rank and file workers these past few months so an immediate response by phone may not have been always possible. As for my own experiences with contacting him, I've called to ask him questions or make comments and most times he was able to take my call immediately, but in any event he always responded to me within a reasonable time frame.

Mark Dimondstein puts the APWU Members First, as of course he should, and that is why I voted for him and those I am eligible to vote for on the APWU Members First Team.


Michael Ganino <mikepat@optonline.net>
Greater CT/Retiree
national director, emeritus - APWABA
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10:40:35 (PDT)

202 842 4200 is the number I utilize.

Quite sure Mark has received the message's. Sadly he has chosen to stay behind the curtain allowing his supporters to act in his name.

Thank goodness, one candidate (Guffey) is right out front LEADING which is why I support GUFFEY & THE LEADERSHIP TEAM. Peace


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10:25:20 (PDT)

Here ya go Mike, and anyone else who would like to contact Mark Dimondstein directly.

Phone: 336-210-2229

In the interest of fair play, do you have Guffey's personal number that I or other APWU Members could call? Lots of questions for him and as he doesn't return my calls made to HQ or answer certified mail or emails, a personal number would be just great!!


Michael Ganino <mikepat@optonline.net>
Greater CT/Retiree
national director, emeritus - APWABA
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10:16:35 (PDT)

According to information provided by Site Admin Randy Z the membership teams candidate for president & secretary treasurer are both retired.

NO information provided as to whom may be collecting retirement from the APWU or who may be eligible in the future.

Unfortunately the information is incomplete as it relates to membership team.

What APWU related work did the MF presidential candidate perform during the years from his dismissal from APWU employment by former APWU president Burrus till he began his new employment as candidate?

As an APWU member it Would be wonderful too hear directly from the MF presidential candidate and not a spokes person.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 09:39:28 (PDT)

Andy Kubat, the MFT says the members come first yet fail to honor or respect the membership's vote if it isn’t what they want, so much for the MFT pledge.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 09:35:04 (PDT)

Mark is the leader of the MFT. What has he done for the membership? He was an outside organizer who organized non postal workers performing postal work and this is privatization.

What has he done the past few years? He says the members are first? Which members does he support, outside contractors or postal workers?

We have a good union and a good contract.

There is no doubt to many of us think “Bill Burrus” footprint is all over the MFT.

He appears to be a bitter ex-union official who was upset the convention stopped his plan to change medical for APWU, AFL-CIO members.

I also think he was upset that President Guffey and his team negotiated a Collective Bargaining Agreement ratified by 75 % of the voting members.

Bill and Mark have "cherry picked” the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. The entire contract must be judged not a few selected points.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 09:09:04 (PDT)

Retirement statuses of Leadership Team 2013 and APWU Members First Team are here:

Leadership Team 2013 Nominating Petitions [pdf]

APWU Members First Team Nominating Petitions [pdf]


Michael Ganino <mikepat@optonline.net>
Greater CT/Retiree
national director, emeritus - APWABA
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 08:04:28 (PDT)

Much ado regarding retiree dominance within and of the APWU, a conversation long overdue. Equally challenging is the issue of non-retirees lack of participation at all levels.

Both conversations are critical. However its disingenuous to limit conversations to incumbents when the "pox" is on the entire house.

Utilizing the work/retiree status of members of the leadership team as a bludgeon is now commonplace so I ask How many, by name, of our brothers & sisters who constitute the Membership Team are postal retirees also collecting a retirement from the "APWU". How many are eligible for future APWU retirement?

Of course this applies to employment at the local, state and national levels.

FYI I am a postal and APWABA retiree. During my tenure the APWABA eliminated and revamped the retirement plan to exclude officers, also reducing from two to one the number of full time officers, hiring two additional bargaining unit employees and recouping hundreds of thousands dollars from two corrupt former officers.


Mike Stinson <cad4mik2003@yahoo.com>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retired
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 07:07:06 (PDT)

Can anyone tell me what post office Mark Dimondstein works at? Or is he retired?


Richard C. Shelley <rorganizer@comcast.net>
Local 181 Baltimore
Director of Organization
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 06:37:08 (PDT)

Brother Nodine is right, this election will be the real ratification vote. The members were sold a bill of goods using a dues paid traveling road show to spin a hugely concessionary contract. The members have now lived this sellout deal for over two years.I believe our members are smart and clearly see the dishonesty with which this contract was sold. One question that has never been answered is, if the official position of the APWU was and remains that the financial crisis is a manufactured set up to create an excuse for privatization and the destruction of our unions, why did we grant any concessions at all? Why didn't we fight?

Our enemies smelled the fear the concessions revealed and that is why we are in the position we are in today.


Andy Kubat <Drewk86@verizon.net>
Lehigh Valley Area Local
Vice President
- Friday, September 20, 2013 at 03:31:08 (PDT)

The 2010-2015 contract seems to be at the heart of much of the election debate. The "members first" team seems dissatisfied with the agreement, but look at what their own members said.

Oregon State (anna smith) 95% YES on the contract
New Orleans Local (robert furbush) 89% YES on the contract
Michigan State (john marcotte) 87% YES on the contract
Gaylord MI Local (john marcotte) 86% YES on the contract
Cleveland Area Local (vi ward) 83% YES on the contract
Houston TX Local (robert furbush) 80% YES on the contract
Atlanta Metro Local (kennith Beasley) 68% YES on the contract
Greater Greensboro Area Local (mark dimondstein) 59% YES on the contract

Seems to me a good barometer of whether or not Guffey did well with the 2010 - 2015 contract would be to ask the members from the "member first" team's own locals!


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta Metro Area Local 32
Member / Alternate Steward / Organization Director
- Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 20:19:55 (PDT)

Bobby Donelson wrote,

"The MFT does not provide any guidance or plans how they plan to do anything different than President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team."

If that is the case, then why should we keep the Leadership Team incumbents? In a worst case scenario as you describe, a new set of losers is as good as an old set of losers.

Except we know the Leadership Team's losing record at the bargaining table. I say give the Members First a chance and if they don't advance our cause, out they go as well in 2016.

I understand some in the APWU think loyalty is what the Members should have for their Officers. They are little more than kiss-up lap dogs.

I say that the only loyalty that matters in a Union is the Loyalty of the Officers to the Members and to the Labor Movement.

This election is not about endorsements, justifications or excuses. It is about whether those that still toil on the workroom floor got what they were promised by the Leadership Team with the 2010 "Watershed" Collective Bargaining Agreement or not.

This election is the real ratification of the 2010 APWU Watershed Contract.

If the majority of voting APWU Members are happy with the 2010 Watershed CBA, Guffey and his Leadership Team are unbeatable.

But if the majority of the voting APWU Members are unhappy with the 2010 Watershed CBA, then nothing can save the Leadership Team from being held accountable. We are fortunate that the Members First Team are such dedicated Unionists and are ready, willing and able to handle the challenge that lays ahead of them.

And THAT is why the Leadership Team and their minority of vocal supporters are in panic mode.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 15:28:29 (PDT)

Michael,

I checked my ballot several times and I am certain Bill Burrus is not listed. Perhaps a discussion of Burrus' tenure is best served on the General Union Business page of this site, if you and others are so inclined.

Bobby Donelson and I are discussing Retiree issues on the Retirees page and he keeps bringing up Bill too. I guess I just don't "get it" like you guys. Or is it maybe you guys just don't "get it."
Anyway, let me repeat what I posted to Bobby about the healthcare issue:

"I don't know what Bill Burrus has to do with what is going on now with proposed changes to healthcare. Sure, he tried to put it on the table but it was defeated. End of story. That's why we have conventions. I made specific reference to a most recent Convention Mandate and Guffey not adhering to it. See the video (there is a link in the "About" part of the video to the full video testimony, so you can see it in it's full context).

This couldn't be any more clearer:"


Michael P. Kaehler <winston@cloudnet.com>
Saint Cloud MN Area Local No. 647
President - 1/21 Crazy Postal Workers - Omega - Maringalized Anti-Social Thought Criminal
- Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 15:14:52 (PDT)

Let me see . . . the Royal Mail is up for sale and it has been legislated by Parliament that a foreign entity can purchase it. The WTO to which we are signatory and the General Agreement on Trades in Services to which we are signatory mandates the privatization of all member postal services and the nations that are signatory are required to comply and the United States is a leading – if not the most powerful member. The USPS would have collapsed by now had not the Guffey Administration not brokered this contract and more of the plants would have closed sooner and the legislation wanted by the Republicans and Democrats to emasculate the USPS to force the sale would have happened by now – Issa and Carper-Coburn would have been a reality albeit even worse. Fred Smith would have been happy as would the CEO of Pitney-Bowes and the other “interested parties.” Guffey and his Administration took them on where Burrus and the others would not – if they were being honest, we lost more positions and work under Burrus than under Guffey and Burrus would have had us out of the FEHB had he had his way to help out his good friend, Jack.

And for those who made and/or believe the false claim that Guffey is in support of getting us out of the FEHB – here is the link to the transcript of the 2010 National Convention:

2010 Convention Transcript - Members Only

and suggest that you got to page 1299 for the start of discussion of Jim Bertolone’s Resolution C-217 (page 1305) and go to Burrus’s attempt to stop it so that he could put the FEHB on the table in the 2010 Contract Negotiations (page 1309 through page 1311) with final vote defeating President Burrus’s attempt to put your health benefits on the table for the 2010 Contract negotiation being overwhelmingly defeated 1211 to 435 (page 1314).

Lest we Forget . . .

It is so easy to forget and if you repeat the same lies often enough people tend to believe them – particularly when they are a captive audience.

I live and work with this contact every day and it has helped us, at the very least, stay in the game even though we are fighting a losing battle because of the Trade Agreements just as the postal services of most of the signatory nations are. Based upon the facts of our unpleasant reality and not upon lies, the distortions of facts, and pandering to the ignorance and fears of vulnerable adults, I have to vote for Cliff Guffey for President, Mike Morris for Industrial Relations Director, Greg Bell for Executive Vice-president, Liz Powell for Secretary-Treasurer, Rob Strunk for Clerk Craft Director, and, if I were Maintenance, I would vote for Greg See for Assistant Craft Director.

MPK


William LaSalle <williamlasalle@comcast.net>
Philadelphia BMC Local 7048
- Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 14:38:42 (PDT)

Oh, Greg.
You, too, Bill.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 12:46:08 (PDT)

Reasons I do not support the MFT is their pledge.

• Better Defend the Public Postal Service!
The MFT does not provide any guidance or plans how they plan to do anything different than President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team.
• Put members first in 2015 contract negotiations!
The MFT has not stated how President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team failed to put members first.
• Listen to and timely address locals’ concerns!
The MFT has not stated how President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team failed to listen or address members. The 2012 National APWU, AFL-CIO. Convention Delegates were able to say what they wanted without games being played by the chair.
• Implement a national coordinated plan on fighting plant consolidations and post office closures!
The MFT has not provided any plan that I am aware of.
• Stand with APWU retirees in defense of all benefits!
There is no doubt President Guffey guidance and assistance provided a major gain for retirees at the 2112 National APWU, AFL-CIO Convention. What has the MFT done for retirees????
• Call for a new PMG who will protect the Postal Service, not destroy it!
What good would this be?
• Organize non-members to build our strength!
President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team provided the means to increase membership within the APWU, AFL-CIO postal employees. The MFT supports outside organizing (privatization). Outside organizing brings in non postal workers to do postal work – privatization.
• Be honest with the members — Always!
President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team have been honest with the members and available. The MFT should not question the integrity of long time experienced union officers.

Vote for President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team
Cliff Guffey for President
Greg Bell for Executive Vice President
Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Secretary Treasurer
Mike Morris for Industrial Relations Director
Gary Kloepfer for Legislative & Political Director
Martha Shunn-King for Organization Director
Bill Kaczor for Health Plan Director
Rob Strunk for Clerk Division Director
Greg See for Assistant Maintenance Director “B”

Others recommendations
Louis Kingsley for Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”
Shirley Taylor for San Francisco Region Clerk NBA “B”
Ed Knipe for Western Region MVS NBA
Byron Denton for Retiree Delegate Western Region


Bill Lewis <Billlewistmal@aol.com>
Trenton Metro Area Local & NJ State Postal Workers Union
President
- Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 05:09:06 (PDT)

The membership of the Trenton Metro Area Local, NJ voted to endorse the following, “APWU Members First Team” and Steve Duckworth for the National Elections.

President - Mark Dimondstein
Executive Vice President - Debby Szeredy
Secretary/Treasurer - Violetta “V” Ward
Industrial Relations - Tony McKinnon
Clerk Director - Clint Burelson
Assistant Maintenance Craft Director B - Steve Duckworth
Legislative Director - John Marcotte
Director of Organization - Anna Smith
Health Plan - Robert Furbush


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 23:39:43 (PDT)

Received today from NY Metro President Jonathan Smith:

NY Metro Members have made their decision on who to endorse in the National Officer Election!!!!

President - Mark Dimondstein
Executive Vice President - Debby Szeredy
Secretary-Treasurer - Elizabeth "Liz" Powell
Industrial Relations Director - No Endorsement
Legislative/Political Director - John L. Marcotte
Organization Director - Anna Smith
Health Plan Director - Robert Furbush
Clerk Craft Director - No Endorsement
Maintenance Division Asst Director (B) - Steven Duckworth
Clerk National Business Agent NE Region NY Region (B) - John "JB" Bernovich

There were more than one hundred Members who attended the Membership Meeting! I am so proud of the NY Metro Membership for taking their rightful position as leaders in APWU.

NY Metro Members - Educated, Trained, Respected, Organized


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 07:59:51 (PDT)

Received today from an APWU Member:

August 15, 2013
RE: Endorsement of the Leadership Team 2013

Dear Cliff, Greg, Liz and Members of the Leadership Team:

This letter serves to clarify my support of the Leadership Team 2013 in the upcoming APWU election. On July 23, I endorsed the Membership Team, but the following week I reconsidered my decision and retracted my endorsement.

Much of my decision to change my support to the Leadership Team has been based on some candid, informative discussions with APWU colleagues and friends that I have worked with for over 25 years. There are many capable and dedicated sisters and brothers running for office this year, but I believe the Leadership Team with its many years of experience, long-standing commitment, and accomplishments will provide the necessary force in the coming years to meet the many challenges we face. The struggle continues.

In union solidarity,

Greg Poferl
Current Member of the Twin Cities PDC Local, Retiree Member
Associate Member of Education Minnesota
Former NBA, Support Services


Bill McNally <mcnally2500a@gmail.com>
Northeast MA Area Local
Local President
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 23:58:08 (PDT)

To ALL Officers Stewards and Members,

Ballots are out for our National Election and like you, we have been inundated with emails from various National Officers urging us to re-elect Cliff Guffey and his Leadership Team. We urge you to consider the consequences. We agree with former President Bill Burrus in that most of these officers promoting Cliff Guffey do not do so because they believe that he negotiated a great contract. Cliff Guffey is actually a nice guy, but just not qualified to be our President.

In the words of former President Burrus:

"I respect Bobby Donelson and other defenders of the contract but knowing most of them personally I am convinced that they are as appalled as I of the 25% pay reduction for future employees, the increase of non career from 6% to 20%, the obligation that all future employees must serve indefinitely as PSEs and the reduction of the 40 hour work week to 30 hours. These changes are indefensible and while they may support the officers who negotiated them, as unionist they understand the impact as well as I. These changes were not forced on the negotiators as they willingly participated in the give and take of finalizing a contract. Arbitration was not the alternative. They wanted what they got and were willing to make the exchange. The public explanation was their intent to save the Postal Service but the savings generated were converted to rate discounts so the USPS financial position did not improve with the shifting of $4 billion dollars from employees. I respect the right for any person to make their own decisions and I am not the judge to determine this right but the supporters of the administration understand the damage done and in a vacuum they would strongly resist such changes. If the pmg had arbitrarily imposed the changes agreed to they would be calling for nationwide resistance but when associated with officers who they support they become acceptable. You can support the officer(s) of your choice and I respect that but I know that you do not support what has been done."

Three year ago, the Northeast MA Area Local unanimously endorsed Cliff Guffey for President. Today, like numerous locals across the country, that is not the case.
At our June General Membership our members unanimously endorsed the candidacies of the three most important offices challenged during this election:

Mark Dimondstein for President
Tony McKinnon for Industrial Relations Director
Clint Burelson for Clerk Craft Director

Today, just like members throughout the country we have been dismayed at what Cliff Guffey, Mike Morris and Rob Strunk had done to the membership of this great Union. They gave up the 40 hour work week, not because the USPS demanded it, but because Cliff Guffey liked the idea. They gave up willingly nearly 20% of all bargaining unit work to non-career employees at a time when the USPS was limited to only 6% casuals. They divided this Union irreparably by agreeing to a cap on wages for new career employees; do you think you have any chance of future pay raises when Guffey’s team set the value of your work at Step J for new hires? Can you imagine being a new career employee capped at Step J and never able to have a guarantee of a 40 hour work week? And this is a Union job? How can future APWU members afford to ever buy a home not knowing whether their reduced wages will be based on 40 hours per week or dropped to 30 hours at the whim of the employer?

What did they get in return? An increase in Union dues paid for by PSEs and an increase in kickbacks from the APWU Health Plan from the increased enrollment of PSEs. Health Plan Director Kaczor placed that sum at $8 million for 2013. That’s $8 million for the APWU general treasury while APWU bargaining unit salaries have plummeted to the lowest levels amongst all postal unions.

Now we have to ask what did Mike Morris get in return for the USPS agreeing to allow his son to serve on an arbitrationl panel to hear APWU grievances? Are you that naïve to believe the USPS didn’t get something in return?

What will Cliff Guffey get in return for offering to negotiate a single health plan for all APWU members and retirees as he did before Congressman Issa’s Committee? Don’t expect BC/BS to be your lone option. DO we really want to give Cliff Guffey another chance for more concessions to the USPS?

I recall the APWU accusing the Mail Handlers Union as bottom feeders by agreeing to lower salaries in order to be assigned new work. Now they have the work and we have the lowest salaries. Since Guffey has become President a level 5 mail handler earn well more than a level 6 clerk.

You were told that this was a great contract, a “Watershed Agreement.” As time went on, most national officers knew they were sold a bill of goods. For most national officers, the “great contract” became an “OK contract” and then it became “it is what it is” and “we just have to do the best we can in enforcing it.”

The friends of Cliff Guffey sending you emails today no longer brag what a great contract you have because they know the truth, Cliff Guffey, along with the likes of Mike Morris and Rob Strunk negotiated the worst contract in the history of collective bargaining. In 10 years all of these Guffey supporters will be long gone. Virtually every member of the National Executive Board is now retired and already earning their USPS pension. In 10 years, when today’s members earning a grandfathered salary of Step O will be in the minority in our Union alongside PSEs and those career members who can earn no more than Step J, you will fully see what the future holds thanks to Cliff Guffey. How do you think your grandfathered wages and benefits will fare then?

The membership was lied to by Guffey, Morris and Strunk to secure ratification of this abysmal contract and every national officer went along with it.

Mike Morris stated in New York when questioned by an officer from Providence, RI as to whether the OTDL would get overtime prior to a PSE. Morris replied “The OTDL will get the overtime first, but if it were up to me, I would rather see the employee earning less money get the overtime first. Maybe we can get that next time.” Mike Morris blatantly lied. The only restriction placed on PSEs is working over 8 hours in a day. We now have PSEs working 6 and 7 days (8 hours per day) without a violation. Mike Morris gave up the rights of career members, knew it, and then lied about it.

Mike Morris negotiated an exception for PTFs to be grandfathered into level 21 and above offices so they can work straight time hours prior to a PSE in those offices. What about the PTFs who lost hours in their own level 18 office when postmasters began doing 15 hours of bargaining unit work for the first time. We had such PTFS. They were loaned out to other level 18 offices just to get sufficient hours. Then they were told “you’re not needed anymore, we hired new PSEs.” These PTFs went for 37 hours per week down to 22 hours thanks to Cliff, Mike and Rob. There is no such protection for PTFs loaned into level 20 and below offices, as he negotiated for level 21 offices. When Mike Morris was contacted regarding this inequity to a long time member, he couldn’t even be bothered to respond.

PTFs in the APWU bargaining unit were outright screwed by this contract. No opportunity for conversion while PSEs are getting over 40 hours in surrounding offices. Even arbitrators provided for PTF conversions in the NALC and the NPMHU. Where was Guffey, Morris and Strunk on this issue?

How are those 6 day work weeks? Oh yeah, Rob Strunk stated he was filing a Step 4 on the posting of 6 day a week jobs. Too bad the APWU had already put out a Q and A stating that 6 day a week jobs are permissible. That doesn’t matter; Guffey, Morris and Strunk think we are all stupid.

How do you think the PSEs feel about contributing dues to an organization where they have no real rights while career members are pitted against PSE members? Now we read how 399 PSEs will be converted (most notably in Oklahoma). How about in the Northeast where the PSE cap was exceeded? Or was this just a political deal to get some PSE votes? Our PSEs are stuck in dead end jobs with likely no chance of conversion under this current contract.

2 years ago, the Northeast MA Area Local warned of the end of 40 hour jobs. Today we stand by that assessment. Our Plant has recently undergone excessing of 69 clerks based on an AMP study. Most members went into the mailhandler craft. Very few APWU bargaining unit jobs existed in surrounding offices. Those that did were in other Plants close to 50 miles away. The residual jobs nearby? All Cliff Guffey Niftys consisting of 30 + hours over 6 days. Thanks but, no thanks. PSEs? We have plenty in surrounding offices all working 40 plus. Since those issues are disputed in the grievance procedure management doesn’t have to identify them as jobs. Mike Morris may have said they had to during the ratification but he got his head handed to him in arbitration. Mike may be a good advocate and instructor, but he cannot negotiate contract language (Article 12.5.B.2) if his life depended on it.

We were first introduced to Mark Dimondstein back in 1998 when he relinquished his position of local president to seek the position of APWU Organization Director. Mark has over the years proven himself to be both a qualified and experienced Union officer. We are proud to support his candidacy and will not be fooled by those national officers who proclaim we need Guffey’s experience. We have seen what that has done for us. Within our own Northeast Region, while we disagreed with his position on the contract 2 years ago, we fully support and appreciate the hard work Regional Coordinator John Dirzius has offered us. But let us not forget, John Dirzius had no experience as coordinator until appointed by former President Burrus, and most will agree that John has worked out quite well. We need a new APWU President; we cannot afford another 3 years of Guffey, Morris and Strunk. We need Mark Dimondstein.

Attached are flyers that were shared with our members. We appreciate you taking the time to read this material and sincerely hope that you will join with us in taking back this Union for the membership who report to the work room floor each and every day. We have a long road ahead of us and Mark Dimondstein is the man for the job.

Mark Dimondstein for President 1 [pdf]
Mark Dimondstein for President 2 [pdf]
Tony McKinnon for Industrial Relations Director [pdf]
Clint Burelson for Clerk Craft Director [pdf]

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Bill McNally, Local President
Dom Ferullo, Vice-President
Northeast MA Area Local


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 19:45:39 (PDT)

Bobby, The excessive influence by retirees has been demonstrated in a sister Union, where active members have been outvoted by retirees on a wide variety of important issues. I can see the value of retiree activism in a clearly defined role. Our Union, however, "backed into" retiree involvement due to pressures brought on by fund raising for political purposes, i.e., COPA. From reports by retirees who were part of the founding of the Retiree Department, it was not a smooth exercise. It resulted in poverty rebates for Chapters but expectations of enormous activities in fundraising for COPA, and a structure that was tenuous at best. At last count retiree COPA donations was @ 20% of funds raised. (COPA progress has not been published lately.)

Our Chapter is an activist Chapter that clearly exceeds the expectation of the administration that was in power at the outset. And not with wholehearted cooperation from headquarters.

I won't dignify your snotty personal attacks, the fact that I was unopposed for two elections, as Convention Delegate and Chapter President in a matter of weeks, tells the tale.

As for our proffers at Conventions, some passed, some did not. Some have been proposed by others piggybacking on our proffers. That is the nature of the game. But as Mohandus Ghandi once uttered, "Even if you are a majority of one, the truth is the truth."


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 19:24:10 (PDT)

The list I posted with Kenny Wilson is a list of retired officers at all levels of the union.

I am proud to say I knew many of them and had the pleasure to work with many.

These people, along with others, played a major role in developing the union. They provided representation and were building blocks for the union.

What you should ask is, “Why do all these officers support President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team?”

I am proud to be in this group and recommend everyone vote for President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team.

Cliff Guffey for President
Greg Bell for Executive Vice President
Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Secretary Treasurer
Mike Morris for Industrial Relations Director
Gary Kloepfer for Legislative & Political Director
Martha Shunn-King for Organization Director
Bill Kaczor for Health Plan Director
Rob Strunk for Clerk Division Director
Greg See for Assistant Maintenance Director “B”

********************************************
Below are other recommendations for you to consider.

Louis Kingsley for Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”
Shirley Taylor for San Francisco Region Clerk NBA “B”
Ed Knipe for Western Region MVS NBA
Byron Denton for Retiree Delegate Western Region


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 18:19:03 (PDT)

John, I am a retired national union officer. I earned it and the retirement system was in affect long before I became a national officer.

John, what I do not under is as a retiree representative you make negative remarks about retired union officials. I do not think I will ever forget you called us “has beens”. If I was you I would be ashamed to call myself a Retire Chapter President or the Eastern Region Retiree Delegate.

We will never be on the same page. I have remained active in the union since I retired and also have remained positive toward the union. I think the road I am traveling is the high road and has help make positive changes for retirees.

What did you do at the last convention? You proposed a resolution that every retiree I knew opposed.


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 18:02:51 (PDT)

Bobby, It was very nice of you to remind us of the enormous number of retired officers who dine at the officers retirement plan trough! Is'nt it a fact that one can be vested in that plan for a mere five years of service? Is it any wonder why they endorse the stauss quo? Has that plan ever been the subject of a membership ratification vote? If our retiree COLA is reduced, will they (you) also take a reduction? You must be well versed in that generous plan since you too are a recipient thereof.

I, for one, am more interested in what is in the best interest of the members, not retired officers. "Take the money and run" is a helluva way to run a Union.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 13:30:05 (PDT)

Updated 9/17/2013

Jim Williams – Central Region Coordinator has been added to the list.

Kenny Wilson retired Clerk Craft Director and long time union active unionist supports President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team. He has talked to many retired officers and made a list of those supporting President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team as well. Kenny said he talked to everyone listed below.

RETIRED NATIONAL OFFICERS
David Johnson, Executive VP
Douglas Holbrook, Secretary Treasurer
Kenny Wilson, Clerk Craft Director
Andy Anderson, Assistant Clerk Craft Director
Jim Connors, Assistant Clerk Craft Director
Don Johnson, Assistant Clerk Craft Director
Pat Williams, Assistant Clerk Craft Director
Donald Ross, MVS Director
Teddie Days, Assistant MVS Director
Jim Lingberg, Maintenance Director
Edgar Williams, Assistant Maintenance Director
Bobby Donelson, Assistant Maintenance Director
Owen Barnett, Assistant Maintenance Director
Randy Sutton, Assistant Maintenance Director
Roy Braunstein, Legislative Director
Myke Reid, Legislative Director

REGIONAL COORDINATORS
Raydell Moore
Neal Vaccaro
Jim Williams

CLERK CRAFT NBA’s
Bucky Walter
John Kelly
Jerry Fabian
Bill Wells
Tommy Harper
Jimmy Fouts
Wayne Bertram
Jerry Collins
Louise Yannuzzi
Margaret Leaf
Leon Tatum
Ken Pease
Bob Stutts
Carl Casillas
Ron Nesmith
Woodrow Williams
Ben Lyons
Eugene Polanski
Denise Hernandez Young (All Craft)
Larry Gervais
Russ Bugary

MAINTENANCE NBA’s
Jim Wheeler
Charlie Robbins
Chuck Sundgaard
Richard Shepard
Don Foley

MVS NBA’s
Laverne Johnson
Bruce Bailey

Special Delivery
Tom Donohue - Asst Dir Special Delivery
Rick Parrish
Dave Bernstein

Support Service
Virginia Johnston

RETIRED STATE PRESIDENTS
Harold Terry-Alabama
Sharon Smith-Oklahoma
Elaine Drain-Nebraska
Tom Mayse-Kansas
Bea Wilkerson-Kansas
Annie Baxley-South Carolina
Richard Vess-Tennessee
Charlie Bush – South Carolina

ABA
Michael Ganino
Bill Sims

The following officers have endorsed President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team.

Bob Pritchard former MVS Director
Pat Williams former Assistant Clerk Director
Myke Reid former Director of Legislation/Political
Steve Albanese former Assistant Director of Legislation/Political


Robert L. Johnson <rljapwu@comcast.net>
Greater CT Area Local, APWU
President
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 11:09:07 (PDT)

VOTE the Leadership Team!
By President Robert L. Johnson
Just some of the many contract achievements in the Greater CT Area Local:
• 13 Full-time regular clerks in offices without non-traditional clerks achieved consecutive N/S days – of Saturday/Sunday! The CBA requires at least 1 FTR to have consecutive N/S days if the office has no non-traditional clerks.
• 20+ NEW full-time maintenance custodians in AOs. All of the bids are in more than one office and they get travel time and mileage while going between offices! ALL but 1 have Saturday and Sunday as N/S – We haven't added a maintenance job in an AO, except through a grievance, in 35 years!
• 76 AOs added 2 hours or less cleaning per day to PTF clerks’ hours! Based on @ 10 hours per week, per office that's almost 40 thousand hours per year for clerks in 76 offices!
• Article 16b, Postmasters performing clerk work, put to bed for good! No more grievances that take years to get to arbitration.
• Non-Traditional Bids – Yes, a 30-hour threshold but for many, many clerks in small offices a way to become full-time. In our local we promoted 93 PTFs to non-traditional. As of today 72 have 2-N/S days and 40 hours! These PTFs would have NEVER been promoted the 'old' way and in many cases would have been excessed to small AOs resulting in even less hours!
• A 3rd Break, which for thousands of clerks in small offices meant for the first time ever the Service 'recognized' that 2 breaks occurred before the third break!
• 204bs are now drastically reduced – 14 day minimum and 90 day maximum (Locally we have resolved many 204b grievances with PAY going to the Level 7 lead clerks!)
• Level 7 Lead clerks – slowly resulting in more work for clerks with main vault duties and shortly hoping to add TACS work as well.
• A 'Universal' Level 20 office and below LMOU that guarantees AL all year long, guarantees 3 breaks and almost never having to negotiate with local PMs again!
• 5 new MVS positions for returned work and 2 PSEs have been promoted to full-time regular!
• PSEs that join the APWU, pay their fair share of dues, and look forward to becoming career employees in the future!
More important than any of the above accomplishments, we have a 50-mile excessing restriction - priceless! As a local that has experienced excessing since the late 1990's I challenge any leader to go and stand in front of a member and tell them they are being excessed over 100 miles!
• What do you tell them when they ask who will care for their Mom or Dad that they watch over?
• Who will babysit their grandchildren while they help their family make a living during these difficult times?
• Or what will their spouse do that can't leave their job in this area?
Let's get real, 'new' officers will NOT stop excessing, they will NOT stop office closings, they will NOT negotiate great pay increases, they will NOT eliminate temporary workers! The membership will pay the price for their learning on-the-job!
Maybe they plan on hiring a 'surrogate' national leader to teach them all?
The challengers have been around for several years if our former President thought they were so great why didn't he put them on 'his' team the last time he ran for office. Simple – they don't have experience or the credentials!
Join the entire membership of the Greater CT Area Local, APWU that unanimously endorsed the Leadership Team! Vote for;
Cliff Guffey for President
Greg Bell for Executive Vice President
Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Secretary Treasurer
Mike Morris for Industrial Relations Director
Gary Kloepfer for Legislative & Political Director
Martha Shunn-King for Organization Director
Bill Kaczor for Health Plan Director
Rob Strunk for Clerk Division Director
Greg See for Asst. Maintenance Dir. “B”


Al LaBrecque <allab@sisna.com>
"Cradle of Labor" Flint MI Area Local Retiree Chapter
President, Michigan State Retiree Chapter, MPWU
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 10:37:35 (PDT)

Mea Culpa to anyone, and everyone who feel my concerns over the aptitude of the AAA or Election Committee were too much. It is a ballot error and requires being addressed, as well as the competency of those trusted with the process. It's not about injured feelngs! It's a flawed ballot, human error notwithstanding, and should not have happened. Had I been responsible for making a similar error in my appointed duties, I would fully expect a trip to the woodshed and take my just desserts like a man. I didn't detect resentment by the Committee Chair for my statements. I accept the acknowledgement and explanation of the Chair.

That said; inasmuch as I'm the member who first raised the issue, stated my concerns, including critical statements for which I offer no apology to anyone, as I take the sanctity of the election process very seriously; I'm likewise obligated to post that Election Committee Chairman, Tony Turner has acknowledged the error and issued an Election Committee official determination assuring that they have the ability to program the computer(s) to properly tally the $36.00 per annum Retirees' Dept. member's ballots, bypassing the two offices incorrectly appearing on the ballots.

That satisfactorily addresses the issue I raised, and it is an Election Committee issue to be further addressed in another forum.

Solidarity!


Jamila Bush-Carrier <Apwupresidentbush@hotmail.com>
Reno Local
Former President Carson City Local
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 09:37:38 (PDT)

As a previous appointee of two National ("Function 4") Committees, and the Chair of the Rules Committee when the Retirees petitioned to sit on the convention floor for the first time, I know what its like to be on a committee governing contentious issues. Asleep at the wheel is a little much. I don't think anyone here is perfect and we should respect others accordingly...

Jamila


Marcia Coleman <marciacoleman@cox.net>
Kansas State
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 09:22:48 (PDT)

Just posted on the APWU Website:

APWU Web News Article 104-2013, Sept. 17, 2013
Ballot Corrections


Al LaBrecque <allab@sisna.com>
"Cradle of Labor" Flint MI Area Local Retiree Chapter
President, Michigan State Retiree Chapter, MPWU
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 08:42:13 (PDT)

Retiree's Dept. member's ballots. It's 11:12 a.m. EDT, and I have not received any acknowledgement from the Election Committee regarding the error on the ballots for $36. per annum Retirees' Dept. members. Confirmation by sources in the Southern, Eastern, and Western Regions of the same error on their ballots. I've received 'advice' from the field that those some 40,000 retired members just have to mark the ballot for those they're eligible to vote for. Another comforting resolution is that the computers can be programmed to count only those offices that $36. per annum retiree members are eligible to vote for.

Sounds like a reasonable 'fix', but before I take it as gospel, I want confirmation by the Election Committee who has the authority to make a rules determination. My question is; just how many of the 40,000 retiree members in the field will know not to vote for Industrial Relqtions Director, and Organization Director? And, if they do vote for those positions, we must receive iron clad assurances that the ballot will not be spoiled, and the computer is programmed to ignore those two positions in the tally process. Is this too much to expect in a crucial election?

It's troubling to hear there's an alleged glitch with a Maintenance NBA contest in the Central Region. Not to make a mountain out of a mole hill, but it seems someone, or 7 'someones', were asleep at the wheel. Still (not so) patiently awaiting a response from the Chair.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta Metro Area Local 32
Director of Organization / Alternate Maintenance Craft Steward
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 04:18:11 (PDT)

My ballot [jpg] appears to be correct.

I voted the way I did because:

First they screwed the 20% non-career PSE’s in exchange for 6% casuals,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a PSE.

Then they left many PTF’s behind and placed PSE conversions ahead of them,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a PTF.

Then they screwed the less than 40 hour NTFT’s,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a NTFT.

Then they screwed the New Hires with the Lower Two-Tier Pay Scale,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a New Hire.

Then they came for my Healthcare and other Benefits,
and no one was left who cared enough to speak out for me.


Joe "Dean" Hathaway <dean1hathaway@gmail.com>
St. Louis Gateway District Area Local
Maintenance NBA Central Region B
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 03:24:43 (PDT)

Dean Hathaway for your Maintenance Craft NBA
PLEASE VOTE
My background and experience:
September 1995 Elected to Local Assistant Maintenance Craft Director
September 1998 Elected to Maintenance Craft Director, St. Louis Gateway DAL
2001 - 2010 Arbitration Advocate, All Crafts in the Mod 15 in St. Louis
2002 - 2010 Arbitration Advocate for Don Foley
March 2003 Pre-Arbitration Shake outs with Don Foley
2003 - 2010 Arbitration Advocate for Vance Zimmerman (Maintenance NBA ‘C’)
September 2003 Elected Director of Research & Education, St. Louis Gateway DAL
2006 EEOC Representative for members, St. Louis Gateway DAL
November 2010 Elected unopposed to Maintenance NBA ‘B’
June 2013 MSPB Representative for Veterans

I am endorsed by the following APWU leaders:
APWU Maintenance Council (Maintenance Craft HQ Officers and NBAs), Retired NBA Don Foley, Fred Wolfmeyer, President of the St. Louis Gateway DAL (Missouri's largest local), Phil Thomas, President of the Omaha Area Local, Teddie Days, Missouri State President, Marcia Coleman, former Kansas State President, John Morrissey, Nebraska Sate President, Staffing Advocates Melissa Stack (KAW Valley Secretary Treasurer) and Rob Moyer (Des Moines BMC Maintenance Craft Director), Don O'Hern, Iowa State Maintenance Craft Director, Tom Nanna, Maintenance Craft Director for St. Louis Gateway DAL, and many others.
My opponent's APWU experience:
2000-2005 Steward
2007 - Present Maintenance Craft Director, Greater Kansas City Metro A/L
2013 Missouri State Maintenance Craft Director
July 2013 Beginners Arbitration Advocate Training

It is obvious; my opponent has no arbitration experience and never involved in Step 3 or Pre-Arbitration discussions. He is not a staffing advocate and has little or no experience with Article 12 excessing. His experience is solely on local issues within his local and those issues that are complex are not resolved by him at Step 2 in his own office. Do you want someone negotiating for the entire Central Region Maintenance Craft with this limited ability and experience?


Ken France <thesioux@ymail.com>
Kansas Kaw Valley Area Local 238
President
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 01:52:55 (PDT)

I personally support Jeff Beaton for Maint Central "B" NBA. Jeff is a dedicated, hard working unionist. He is the type of leader the APWU is yearning for. I strongly urge all Maint members in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska to support and vote for Jeff Beaton, your next Maint NBA.


Ken France <thesioux@ymail.com>
Kansas Kaw Valley Area Local 238
President
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 00:51:07 (PDT)

Joe,

Right on Brother. I too personally support Mark Dimondstein/Members First TEAM. The last three years just don't add up. Don't drink the KoolAid or eat the brownies. If you do you just might end up with a one-way, non-refundable ticket to Dismal World. You too, Peace my friend.


Ken France <thesioux@ymail.com>
Kansas Kaw Valley Area Local 238
President
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 00:34:44 (PDT)

Brother Kehlert,

I can confirm the rumor that members have received ballots in my local and other parts of Kansas that are missing the Maint NBA candidates. It has been reported to Sec/Treas and the Election Committee. Awaiting a response. Mistakes can be made but this is ludicrous.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 20:12:17 (PDT)

Your Vote - BurrusJournal.org
September 16, 2013

Based upon the comments received regarding the concessions negotiated in the 2010 national agreement it is clear that the administration’s response to their devastating effect is that the members ratified the new agreement so that makes them acceptable. If the union members accept this rationalization, postal employment for future generations will be held hostage to current employees’ interest to protect themselves so the commitments to continue health coverage in FEHBA, no lay off protection and uncapped COLA apply only to existing employees. If sacrificed for future employees it will be defended because you voted to protect yourself. This is the policy of the leaders who are asking for your vote so you can expect repeated occasions when you will be provided the option of protecting yourself at the expense of future employees.

Given the USPS’ finances and the antipathy of Chairman Issa for postal employees it can be expected that future negotiations will be even more difficult and applying this rationale you should expect that your benefits will be secured at the expense of future employees. You will vote, the next generation will suffer and it will be defended by stating that “the membership has spoken.”


Joe Shevlin <Joe0986@comcast.net>
Red Bank Local
President
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 19:40:23 (PDT)

Was Brother Burrus that bad a President? If Brother Biller was still alive would we be trashing him also. How soon we forget. I started in 1985 and the Step 4's I haved used to help my people to this day are from Brother Burrus and Bother Kenny Wilson. Biller was the guy in charge, probably did not personally get along with Brother Burrus, and probably the rest of them cause he was a pain in the ass, but they accomplished stuff. They had a good team. We need a Team that knows that changes need to be made. Peace.


Jesus Gonzales <cmalprez300@yahoo.com>
Central Michigan Area Local 300
President
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 19:21:01 (PDT)

Brothers and Sisters, as I fill out my ballot for this years National Election, one thing is left lingering in my mind. Does this current administration have the vision to adapt to a 21st century Post Office? Are they able to suggest, offer new ideas, be a bigger picture in how to change the dynamics of how we work with in this industry? With all the financial support with in our coffer, we could have put more pressure on the USPS to hold on consolidating Plants and limiting hours in Rural America. (You can not generate revenue if you are not open), and (would have been easier and cheaper to consolidate machine programs than to move mail processing equipment, and people more the 50 miles away to process mail)! Did our current Leadership forget the basic fundamental purpose of what we do for America and the Businesses we support? We all have a hand in our future, but something has to change!

The Central Michigan Area Local SUPPORTS and ENDORSES the "MEMBERS FIRST" Team! This is what we feel begins this change!


Jeff Kehlert <JeffKehlertAPWU@aol.com>
Trenton Metro Area Local
National Business Agent
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 19:17:57 (PDT)

I have heard a troubling rumor that in part of the Central Region ballots were mailed omitting Maintenance Craft National Business Agent Candidate(s). Can anyone shed any light on this?


William Whalen <APWU145@yahoo.com>
Wilmington NC Local 0145
General President
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 19:16:12 (PDT)

Brother Burrus you are being more than a little disingenuous with your “To the supporters of the Leadership Team, so that the record is clear, you support:” post, but thank you for actually posting a message even if it was meant to misrepresent and dishonor those who disagree with you. That being said I will point out lost a 100,000 APWU bargaining unit jobs while you were president. What would that be a trillion dollar give back? On the matter of national elections I think I pass on giving your recommendations any weight.

To those who are angry because they are victims of excessing remember the plant closures are not the Leadership team’s (LT) fault nor would it had been the Member First Team (MFT) fault if they had been in charge instead. Nor could the MFT stop the closures the postal service is hell bent on. The blame lies with the poison pill provision in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 that was designed to destroy the postal service and it is working. To those who say writing Congress is ineffective what is your solution to correct the law? Also the current national administration as the previous one has done more than write letters in order to correct the corruption of the bill.

As for myself I endorsed the 2010 contract and still do. The contract was not rammed down our throats without time for consideration as I have read. It is easy enough to pick and choose particular parts but the contract must be looked at as a whole. I posted my support for the contract going over it fully point by point at the time, the good and the bad. If I recall correctly it was moved from the general page to the editor’s page at the time. If Randy cares he can put a link here. If any of the MFT members did a similar over all point by point at the time please also include those links. Bottom line for me was I believed overall we would not had done any better in arbitration and suspect we would have ended up with a lot worse.

If this contract was so terrible why has the postal service gone to national arbitration over the terms so many times? Congratulations are due Cliff Guffey and Mike Morris for scheduling so many hearings and congratulations to their win rate.

We are a small Local with limited resources. Very recently I received a grievance remanded back to Step 2 concerning 204bs after 6/1/12 with the parties directed to determine how much the clerks should be paid. I have not had any clerks excessed from the Installation but if I did I would be filing the grievances for management or PSEs were doing their work. We file the 1.6 and 7.2 grievances. I have filed the grievances concerning our maintenance employees who were decimated due to the postal service claiming we are now non-maintenance capable using the language in the Maintenance Craft Jobs MOU along with the Article 12. The new contracting language protects maintenance work. My point is if the contract is violated as local or state organization we enforce the terms. It is not any national union officials fault that management does not honor the agreement the postal service signed.

Finally I do not believe the LT members will negotiate moving us out of FEHB. That does not mean congress won’t.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 19:04:29 (PDT)

Bobby,

Who will have oversight of the correction(s)?
The same incompetent people who created the problem?
And if mistakes are evident in Retiree ballots, how do we know for sure there are not mistakes in other ballots?
This could end up being a very costly election.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 18:55:47 (PDT)

Al LaBrecque: Error should be easy to correct. Those retirees in the $36 due are identified and the program the election company uses should be able to isolate the two offices that the $36 retirees should not have been allowed to vote for.

Joe: Vote for President Cliff Guffey and the full Leadership Team. I had my head examined and all is well. I hope I will be available and able to vote for many more elections. Peace my brother.


Sudhir Ketkar <busynumberone@yahoo.com>
Trenton Metro Area Local
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 18:30:01 (PDT)

For APWU Election 2nd slot is where I recommend to vote. Get Rid Of incumbents.
We don't want to see repeat of last contract.
Pass this on to confused souls as which way to Vote.
Thank you.


Joe Shevlin <Joe0986@comcast.net>
Red Bank Local
President
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 18:09:58 (PDT)

I just received my ballot in the mail. Any Sister or Brother who votes for a candidate that gave a thumbs up on our most recent contract needs their heads examined. Anger will get you no where, but sense may. How could you re-elect those that sold out our future. Everyone at National is retired but I am not. I must deal with this crap contract until I retire. That is why I personally endorse, and encourage all voting Members to endorse, Mark Dimondstein and the APWU Members First Team.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 17:58:56 (PDT)

Al LaBrecque,

Same thing here in Philadelphia, PA with the ballot [pdf] I received. Please let us know what you find out (my emails/phone calls continue to be ignored).

Proofreading and attention to detail seem to be an ongoing problem at HQ. I changed to the HQ preferred and recommended allotment collection of dues method this year, and though I had timely done everything I was required to and have been a dues paying Retiree for 3 years now, I still had to place 8 phone calls and 12 emails to get my dues paying "status" straightened out. Got the problem corrected "just in time" to be eligible to vote (I was told earlier I was ineligible to vote by the per capita dept). Apparently, the problem was that HQ had "lost" my information, twice.


Michael Sullivan <raybucboltsully@aol.com>
Suncoast Area Local 1228
National Business Agent - Clerk Craft
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 17:09:40 (PDT)

Having just received my ballot and filled it out, I want to let the membership know how important this election is. While I respect every dues paying members right to run for office, and especially those that are currently running locals, I find it very disheartening that our prior president has come out and been so jaded in his comments towards the current leadership of this great union. In my first term I have had the great pleasure and experience of working with, being yelled at, congratulated by, directed, questioned and given the upmost support and help whenever I needed it by specifically Cliff Guffey, Greg Bell, Rob Strunk, Mike Morris, Liz Powell, Princella Vogel, and Martha Shunn-King. I have not worked as directly with but also support ,Gary Kloepfer, Greg See and Bill Kaczor. It is not an easy job for anyone but they took it and brought us to a new level while setting up a future for this great Union. The casuals were not the future while the PSE is. The next contract will bring further changes, yet it will protect, advance, and garner the benefits and protection that we have come to expect. The Unionists I listed will be the ones I want to lead us into those negotiations. Consider that alone. Then consider some of the great posts put on this site by actual workers in support of these leaders. Because the USPS fails to abide by what they agreed to is reason for a wholesale change in leadership? Management has violated and will continue to violate every contract. We also need strong leaders at the local level to enforce this contract that is full of so many positive agreements. First and foremost was the limitation of excessing. Ask anyone who was sent or faced the prospect of being sent over one hundred miles away. I have the utmost respect for many of the people that are running for election. I believe that our future should be in the hands of those that are seeing the future, protecting it, and building it. Each and every one of us has a job to teach and train the future stewards, local and national officers. This group of forward thinking individuals deserve another term in which to move from this contract to the next and further plan for the future of this great Union. Please vote and encourage every member to also. My local, SUNCOAST AREA LOCAL 1228 voted unanimously to support the Leadership Team at our recent meeting which I still attend every chance I get.


Michael Ganino <mikepat@optonline.net>
Greater CT/Retiree
national director, emeritus - APWABA
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 16:58:57 (PDT)

MARTHA SHUNN KING APWU ORGANIZATION DIRECTOR exceeded all past directors in organizing non-members to the tune of 16,000 signed, sealed and delivered.

Working with the APWABA Director King worked to sign up 1,000's of long time recalcitrant nonmembers while providing new new APWABA benefits.

In conjunction with Retiree Director Beard & the APWABA we greatly expanded retiree member rolls.

Continue forward with the BEST organizing director in the history of our union!

Have known Sister Shunn-King for decades and know her to be a strong unionist who works tirelessly for U n Ion


Al LaBrecque <allab@sisna.com>
"Cradle of Labor" Flint MI Area Local Retiree Chapter
President, Michigan State Retiree Chapter, MPWU
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 14:33:37 (PDT)

F.Y.I.: Received a call from a Southern Region retiree member who confirmed their ballot also contained the same glitch. It follows that it's likely ALL $36.00 per annum Retirees Dept. members' ballots are affected. Still no response/explanation from the Chairman of the APWU Election Committee. Stand by....


Al LaBrecque <allab@sisna.com>
"Cradle of Labor" Flint MI Area Local Retiree Chapter
President, Michigan State Retiree Chapter, MPWU
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 13:46:34 (PDT)

Bro. Donelson, et al: No! Just got off the phone with Sec.-Treas. Powell, and it IS a monumental SNAFU! Chairman Tony Turner, APWU Election Committee, is supposed to be e-mailing a response to me. Ms. Powell explained some options, but I prefer to wait for the Election Committee's explanation and instruction, and will relay that verbatim on this site.

At first blush, it appears that the American Arbitration Association made an egregious error in printing the $36.00 per annum Retirees Dept. members' ballots, and the APWU Election Committee failed to properly proof what the AAA prepared! It may be confined to the Central Region ballot. I don't know at this point.

Just what the first-ever retiree members' eligibility to vote for national officers needs!


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 13:12:43 (PDT)

Al, if you pay full dues to your local you are eligible to vote for Dir of Industrial Relations and others the same as any full dues paying member.


Al LaBrecque <allab@sisna.com>
"Cradle of Labor" Flint MI Area Local Retiree Chapter
President, Michigan State Retiree Chapter, MPWU
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 13:05:50 (PDT)

NOT SO FAST, my friends! Just received my ballot for the APWU national officer's election, and I'M CONFUSED!

As a post further down accurately states, and I KNOW because I am the author of Resolution #26 amending the APWU Constitution; that Retirees Dept. members are eligible to vote for the top 3 General Officers; Presiden, Exec. V.P. and Sec.-Treas. and 3 resident department directors; Legislative/Political ( Asst. Leg./Pol. vacated), Human Relations (unopposed so no election there), and APWU Health Plan, and Regional National Retiree Delegate.

WHY THEN, are the department offices of INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS DIRETOR and ORGANIZATION DIRECTOR on my ballot?!

I have immediately e-mailed Sec.-Treas. Liz Powell, and Chairman, Election Committee, Tony Turner with this most confusing, troublesome, if not strange ballot for a reply post haste. I WILL NOT complete or mail this obviously (to me) improper ballot until I receive a response from the APWU Election Committee and/or Sec.-Treas. Powell, and advise retiree members with these two offices listed on their ballots to withhold theirs. I don't want to risk our ballots being deemed spoiled!

This contentious election has just become even more concerning!


Mike Stephenson <lancapwu@verizon.net>
Lancaster PA Area Local 95
President
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 11:55:32 (PDT)

The Lancaster Pa Area Local, at our September general membership meeting unanimously approved the executive board's endorsements.
President - Cliff Guffey
Vice President - Greg Bell
Secretary-Treasurer - Liz Powell
Clerk Craft Director - Clint Burleson
Industrial Relations Director - Mike Morris
Legislative/Politcal Dir - Gary Kloepfer
Organization Director - Anna Smith
Health Plan Director - Bill Kaczor
Asst Maint Director B - Greg See


Michael Ganino <mikepat@optonline.net>
Greater CT/Retiree
national director, emeritus - APWABA
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 11:07:41 (PDT)

Andy,

Oui, c'est avnsi!


Michael Ganino <mikepat@optonline.net>
Greater CT/Retiree
national director, emeritus - APWABA
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 10:46:43 (PDT)

Retiree's are fortunate having won the right to vote in APWU National elections due to the support of President GUFFEY and members of the LEADERSHIP Team for whom I have already cast my votes for.

The authors (Donnelson/LaBrecque) are highly commended as are APWU National Retiree representatives BOBO, RICHARDS & FENTON which is why I ask each retiree to vote and vote for

Elizabeth "Beth" BOBO S Region

Al LABRECQUE Central Region

Byron DENTON. W Region

Congratulations to John RICHARDS as well as the NE Director who I last heard from 4-5 years ago.

ALL are strong Union activists as well as long time leaders in their own right.

These brothers and sisters are in OUR corner, fighting to gain and maintain retiree rights and benefits

Please excuse misspellings. peace


Andy Kubat <Drewk86@verizon.net>
Lehigh Valley Area Local
Vice President
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 09:37:00 (PDT)

Almost forgot...

You decry that the APWU agreed to
"Paying 4 different wage rates for performing the same work"

Have we forgotten the past when we had:
* Casuals
* Transitional Employees
* Part Time Flexibles
* Full Time Regulars
All performing the same work for different rates.

Kind of like the pot calling the kettle black, n'est-ce pas?


Andy Kubat <Drewk86@verizon.net>
Lehigh Valley Area Local
Vice President
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 09:32:50 (PDT)

Please, Bill Burrus, don't tell me what I support when the statements are a product of your "spin". I support:

* The 4/10 workweek as an real option. Members has asked for it for many years. You attempted to achieve 4/10 but were never successful. No, the NTFT agreement is not perfect, but how many new contractual provisions are perfect on their first try?
* Protections for FTRs against being forced into a NTFT of less than 40 hours. I can choose the job but cannot be forced into it.
* Casuals are gone and PSEs are part of the bargaining unit. Another item you tried to achieve but could not. Casuals who became PSEs got a 50% pay increase and earned leave, health benefits and representation.
* The two-tiered wage system is not something to brag about, but the APWU had negotiated lower starting rates during your time as an officer. If a reduction in starting wage creates career hiring isn't it a good thing? My plant has not hired a new career employee since 1997. What good is keeping the "old" levels if no one is hired?
* I agree that postal discounts are outrageous. However, to hold the current administration responsible is unfair. You were unable to bring about change in postal discounts during your tenure.

You ask if I "want to go on record as endorsing these changes to postal employment." Not as you spin them. How would your career look if everyone focused on the negative and ignored the positive?

I also am pleased that the APWU was able to:
* Finally bring work back to the clerk craft after years of losing jobs to mailhandlers and contractors during your tenure.
* Convert 399 PSEs to career employee status. Now that the doors is open, we need to push it wider.
* Finally get a definitive ruling on the Das award which puts a substantive limit on the amount of our work that postmasters can steal from clerks.

The 2010 - 2015 contract is not perfect. No contract is. However, it achieved several things the APWU had been striving many years to achieve while protecting existing employees. It can be improved upon and we will get that opportunity in 2015.

I appreciate all the time, effort and service you have given to this union. However, do not presentyour opinions, your beliefs, and your carefully chosen words and label them as my position. We have all used that method when dealing with management. I appreciate your willingness to put forth my opinions, but I can speak for myself, thank you.


Bill Boyle <bboylesjal@yahoo.com>
South Jersey Area Local
President
- Monday, September 16, 2013 at 09:26:40 (PDT)

The South Jersey Area Local Executive Board made the following endorsement recommendations to the membership at their General Membership Meeting.

President - Mark Dimondstein
Vice President - Greg Bell
Secretary/Treasurer - Liz Powell
Industrial Relations Director - Tony McKinnon
Legislative/Political Director - Gary Kloepfer
Health Plan Director - Bill Kaczor
Organization Director - Anna Smith
Clerk Craft Director - Clint Burelson
Maintenance Division Assistant Director (B) - Steven Duckworth

Best of luck to all.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 19:44:20 (PDT)

From Mark Dimondstein via Facebook:

Sister and Brothers,

Ballots for the most crucial APWU National Union election of our lifetimes are now arriving at our homes. Protection of our jobs, our retirement and our public postal service are at stake! Throughout the campaign we have kept focused on these important issues.

In the midst of many slanders and falsehoods, we have refused to take such a "low-road". We are proud to take the "high road" and have consistently put forth a visionary platform for the future of our union. We were the only candidates to do so.

We were privileged to meet thousands of APWU members on the campaign trail and listen their concerns, hopes and dreams. The members clearly want positive change. I have great confidence in the members of this union. Members will see through the diversions created by the incumbent's supporters trying to crowd out real debate and discussions on the issues. Postal workers have had enough of a union administration where management gets most of what they want and the workers get little of what we need. They will vote for a leadership ready to repair the damage done by the last union contract. They will rise up and vote in their own interests and for a leadership willing to stand up and fight.

This is the members' opportunity to take back their union and send a group of honest and passionate fighters to Washington.

I greatly appreciate all the terrific endorsements during the campaign from local and state unions and individuals, the hard work of many activists and the spirit of the membership.

I, and we of the APWU Members First Team, respectfully seek your vote.


William J. Mellon <emcalmel@hotmail.com>
EMCALPA 2233
Director of Industrial Relations
- Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 16:38:38 (PDT)

At today's General Membership Meeting, Eastern Montgomery County Area Local PA 2233
- Chaired by President A. J. Jones, the Members endorsed the following:

President - Cliff Guffey
Vice President- Greg Bell
Secretary Treasurer - Liz Powell
Director of Industrial Relations - Mike Morris
Director of Legislation - Gary Kloepfer
Director of Organization - NO Endorsement
Clerk Craft Director - Rob Strunk
Assistant Maintenance Craft Director - Greg See
Health Plan Director - Bill Kaczor


Ann Albro-Mathieu <AJAlbro@apwupvd.org>
Providence Rhode Island Area Local 387
President
- Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 15:31:11 (PDT)

After lengthy discussions amongst the members of the Executive Board, the Providence RI Area Local endorses the following candidates for National Office:

President - Mark Dimondstein
Secretary-Treasurer - Liz Powell
Legislative Director - John Marcotte
Organization Director - Anna Smith
Assistant Maintenance Craft Director - Steven Duckworth

With regard to the other races, not enough votes were garnered to support an endorsement at this time. Any changes to the status of those positions will be posted. Good luck to all candidates on their respective races.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 14:24:54 (PDT)

As an APWU Retiree Member, I would like to thank the 2012 Convention Delegates for passing Constitution Committee Resolution 26 [pdf].

The Resolution was submitted by Southwest Coastal Area Local, California Postal Workers Union and Michigan Postal Workers Union.

Resolution 26 allows $36 per annum members of the APWU Retiree’s Department to be eligible to vote for the three (3) APWU General Officers: President, Executive Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer, and four resident department officers: Director and Assistant Director Legislative/Political Department, Director Human Relations Department, and Director, APWU Health Plan; excluding all local, state, and national resident and craft/division officers not specifically listed herein, or in any matter pertaining to national agreement ratification, LMOU’s, or proposed work stoppage.

No matter who you vote for, PLEASE VOTE - it is your right and your duty. Please remind your Retiree/active worker APWU brothers and sisters to take part in this democratic process and vote. (I voted and returned my ballot immediately upon receipt of it this weekend.)

I support and endorse the APWU Members First Team.
I urge you to vote for them too.
I think Bill says it all best in this video:


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 13:51:49 (PDT)

Yes, I support and endorse what our negotiators sent to the membership and ratified by 75% of those voting. The Collective Bargaining Agreement is a living document. Changes occur every time we seek a new contract.

What is gained by Bill or anyone being critical of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, especially when the contract has been ratified and signed?

The contract has being implemented. There will be grievances as there have been since our first contract.

What I will not do is cherry pick the contract.

I am a firm believer that our former president Bill Burrus’ actions are harmful to the APWU, AFL-CIO.

He is entitled to his opinion but once the contract is ratified and signed he should accept the will of the membership.

I have not received the ballot yet. Talked to Kenny Wilson today and he is happy that retirees, thanks to President Cliff Guffey and the 2012 Convention, have the right to vote for officers that have an impact on retirees.


Bill Burrus <weburrus@yahoo.com>
Local 72 Cleveland, Ohio
Former National President
- Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 12:42:23 (PDT)

To the supporters of the Leadership Team, so that the record is clear, you support:

* The reduction of the 40 hour work week to 30 hours
* The 25% reduction in pay
* The increase of non career employees from 6% to 20%
* Requiring veterans and other new hires to work as PSEs for an indefinite period before becoming career
* That current employees should receive $500,000 over their careers and retirement than the generation that replaces them
* Paying 4 different wage rates for performing the same work
* That postal employees should reduce their pay and benefits so rate discounts can continue

You want to go on record as endorsing these changes to postal employment.


Richard C. Shelley <rorganizer@comcast.net>
Local 181 Baltimore
Director of Organization
- Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 12:01:17 (PDT)

So what kind of union do we want? One that honors and emulates the workers who sacrificed so much and upon whose shoulders we now stand, enjoying the fruits of their sacrifices and struggle? Or do we want a union who cowers and concedes, collaborates with the boss and chooses to beg instead of fight? I choose the former and that is why I support Mark Dimondstein for APWU president and the entire APWU Members First Team. Let us put the fight back into the American Postal Workers Union!


Marcia Coleman <marciacoleman@cox.net>
Kansas State APWU
- Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 07:17:54 (PDT)

Why I support the Leadership Team 2013 Team:

Many have posted their support of the Leadership Team, mostly Presidents from large Locals, or National Officers, or retired National Officers. Here is the viewpoint of a member in a Level 18 Post Office in rural America. I am also the former Kansas State President, and have dealt with Small Office issues for 20 years. The contract is not negotiated for one, it is negotiated for the body, and most of the chatter has been about large office issues and what’s in it for them.

I was a PTF in a level 18 office for over 25 years. I was resigned to the fact that I was going to be a PTF for my entire career, and at the mercy of the Postmaster for how many hours I worked week to week. During my career, my hours varied from 40 all the way down to less than 20. (that’s when my PM thought I was naughty and needed to be taught a lesson). When the new NTFT duty assignment was created in this last contract, I was excited! Finally! It’s my turn!! I had my reservations, as I was the senior PTF, and if I got the NTFT, that would leave the few remaining hours for the other PTF. I went back and forth with my decision, and finally decided I had put in my time, and I deserved this Full Time assignment. Also, when I retired, it would be there for the other PTF. The grievance was settled at Step 3 for a NTFT Assignment. I am a 37 hr/week NTFT. Is it a perfect job and schedule? No. I work 6 days/week, but I was doing that before. But now I get Paid Holidays, and have a guaranteed number of hours and get Out of Schedule pay when they work me on my split. I thank Cliff Guffey and the rest of the Leadership Team for this Duty Assignment. And, I am not the lone one in the state of Kansas. When I left office, we had 8 NTFT Duty Assignments in Level 18 Post Offices. Complain all you want about the NTFT in the larger offices, but they are a savior in the small offices! And if you are a Large Office and have several NTFTs with 30 hours, shame on you. File a grievance and get them changed….just don’t sit back and complain about it. The contract is clear that ALL work hours are used to create these assignments.

I will admit I was not happy with the provision of Level 18 Postmasters working 15 hours of clerk work. I was in an office that filed a grievance many years ago, and the clerks worked almost all the bargaining unit hours. Yep. I was collateral damage; as one National Officer put it when I called to complain. But this provision in the contract helped many other clerks in the state of Kansas when Postmasters were doing all their clerk work. It finally set a bar and didn’t leave the PTF’s at the mercy of their Postmaster and if they liked them or not. Is Management abiding by this in all offices? No. But that is not the Union’s fault. It is the USPS doing what the USPS does best…violating the contract every chance they get. And what does the Union do best? File Grievances on every one of these violations. Stop blaming the contract.

This APWU administration has done more for Small Offices in the last three years than the past administrations have done since I have been a Postal employee. I am sick and tired of the Members First Team blaming all of the bad decisions the Postal Service is making on the APWU. As we preach to our members on the workroom floor….the Union does not change your bid, the Union does not change your SDO, the Union does not excess you and the Union does not revert FT assignments. STOP blaming the APWU and the Leadership Team for the plant consolidations and the financial state of the USPS.

I write this for the Members in the small offices in all states. Please do not believe all the other team is putting out there. A lot of this is Lies. Yes, lies; and I am not afraid to say it. The beauty of this country is free speech….nothing says it all has to be true. They are using Scare tactics to get your vote, and that angers me. They have no platform…..just a lot of complaints, and no ideas on how to help this great Union.

I respectfully ask the membership to vote for the Leadership Team 2013 in its entirety.

Marcia Coleman
Former President, Kansas Postal Workers Union
NTFT Level 18 office.


Jason Treier <j.treier@comcast.net>
Lancaster, Pa. Area Local 95
Maintenance Craft Director / National Arbitration Advocate
- Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 05:11:44 (PDT)

I fully support and endorse Greg See for the position of National Maintenance Assistance Director (B). Greg not only has the knowledge and experience necessary to continue the forward motion of the Maintenance Craft, but also has the dedication and drive that the position requires.

Every time I have ever needed assistance, be it advice or awards mailed to me in support of my upcoming arbitrations, Greg has been there for me and my members. He has always made himself available, day or night...

He has done an excellent job thus far and is a strong link in the existing National Maintenance Craft chain... if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

For these reasons and more, I urge you all to vote for Greg See in the upcoming elections for the position of National Maintenance Assistant Director (B).


Morris E Jeffries <harleyflt80@yahoo.com>
CFAL #1462
- Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 01:52:34 (PDT)

I would like to know any/all of the candidates running for National office that are already retired?


Ann Albro-Mathieu <AJAlbro@apwupvd.org>
Providence Rhode Island Area Local 387
President
- Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 20:32:38 (PDT)

The ballots are out, and the Membership is charged with the responsibility of electing the best candidates for National Office. Although voters inherently choose individuals who possess the most experience, knowledge means nothing if what is learned is not being properly applied. Taking this into consideration, I proclaim my support for Steven Duckworth for National Assistant Maintenance Craft Director. Steve, who had previously been a victim of excessing, did not miss a beat during his transition to his new facility. He immediately demonstrated his Union participation as a Maintenance Steward and currently holds the position of Maintenance Craft Director for the Trenton Metro Area Local. His lively enthusiasm, flexibility to evolve and roll with the changes, and energetic approach to moving this Union forward all establish his fearless commitment to the membership. As evidenced by his youth, Steve has a vested interest in the future of the membership and is the next generation to represent us for many more years to come – a necessity for the collective existence of this Union. I appeal to every Maintenance Member to join with me and support Steve Duckworth as our next National Assistant Maintenance Craft Director.

Yours in Unionism,

Ann Albro-Mathieu, President
Providence RI Area Local 387


Tom Dodge <tbirdtom@qis.net>
Baltimore Local 181
- Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11:56:26 (PDT)

Some are saying that the Members First Team is inexperienced. They are just as experienced as the Leadership Team before they where initially elected. Unless you actually have held that office before, you have no experience. Considering how well the Fight to Save the Post Office is going, it does not seem that the Leadership Team has any experience on how to deal with the "Cuts and Closures". The Leadership Team is failing miserably. If there is a lack of experience, its on the part of the Leadership Team. 150+ P & DC's consolidated, cuts to 1,000's of hours at rural Post Offices, some now only open 2 hours per day. Are we winning? No ! ! ! We are losing, big time. In other ways, such as being activists, the Membership Team is actually more experienced than the Leadership Team. The Membership Team has a vision and a method to Fight Back. With enough effort, we may be able to turn this around. Where is the fight from the Leadership Team? Anybody see it? I don't. They are not putting up a real fight, only going thru the motions to make it look like they are doing something.

We have seen the leadership of the Leadership Team. Send cards, letters or call your Congressman or Senator. Is this working? It seems that this is all they got. Or is this simply making it look like they are doing something, when they are really doing nothing at all? Its been 2 years. How effective has this been ? Where is plan B?

What kind of union representatives think its OK and actually support "cuts to pay and benefits?" The Leadership Team thinks its OK to increase the cost of your Health Insurance, while the Postal Service pays less. How high does it have to go before "enough is enough?" Unions fight to improve the working conditions of their members, not negotiate decreases.

So this leaves us as to what the future will bring. We have the past performance of the Leadership Team and its not by any measurement,very good. Do we continue to follow the current leadership down this path ? I hope not. We have a chance to turn this around with hard work and determination.

The APWU Membership Team with hard work and determination, is willing to do what it takes to win, not lose. To win for the members. To go the extra mile. My Vote is for the APWU MEMBERSHIP TEAM.


Richard C. Shelley <rorganizer@comcast.net>
Local 181 Baltimore, MD
Director of Organization
- Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10:47:03 (PDT)

Try as they may, the sycophants of the incumbents cannot erase this testimony. The members are intelligent and can see through the lies. What Guffey describes in the following video clip of his July 17, 2013 Congressional testimony is exactly what he agreed to in the 2010 CBA for PSE's. There is no misinterpretation.


William "Bill" Kaczor <BKACAOR@comcast.net>
Buffalo, NY
National Health Plan Director
- Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 07:49:49 (PDT)

Mike:

You hit the nail right on the head...

Ballots are in the mail

Vote the for the Leadership team 2013
Cliff Guffey for President
Greg Bell for Executive Vice President
Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Secretary Treasurer
Mike Morris for Industrial Relations Director
Gary Kloepfer for Legislative & Political Director
Martha Shunn-King for Organization Director
William "Bill" Kaczor for Health Plan Director
Princella Vogel for Southern Regional Coordinator
Rob Strunk for Clerk Division Director
Greg See for Assistant Maintenance Director “B”

Your vote counts....use it wisely.

Thank you


Michael P. Kaehler <winston@cloudnet.com>
Saint Cloud MN area Local No. 647
President - 1/21 Crazy Postal Workers - Omega - Marginalized Anti-social thought Criminal
- Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 07:39:34 (PDT)

I am posing a question:

If certain "members" of the Members First Team (and their supporters/minions to say nothing of their spiritual leader) are being disingenuous - if not blatantly dishonest - about the position of the National Union (to include President Guffey)on the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program(FEHB)and possibly other issues in order to be elected - what are they going to be like if they are elected?

But, then, it may not be dishonesty on their part, but ignorance and inexperience and this is type of leadership that we do not need for this union in Washington, D.C..

It is as simple as that for me.
MPK


Hank Anderson <postalexpress11@aol.com>
Central Jersey Area Local # 149
President/NJ State APWU Executive Vice President
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 21:26:58 (PDT)

I endorse the re-election of Secretary/Treasurer Elizabeth Powell in the upcoming election.

Since I became Local President, in 2004, Liz Powell has always been supportive as the NE Regional Coordinator and National Secretary/Treasurer.

Liz Powell never hesitates to return phone calls and/or emails in regards to any matter. She always say to me "you know how to reach me if you need me." Liz Powell has never failed in this regard.

Liz Powell displays the attitude and professionalism that all Union Officers should have. When she walks in a room she greets everyone that is withing eye distance of her. She is one of the few Officers (current and past) that understands that this is a business and doesn't hold any personal vendettas.

Please vote for Elizabeth Powell as your Secretary/Treasurer.
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I am endorsing the election of Steven Duckworth for the position of Assistant Maintenance Craft Director.

Steven Duckworth is a young, energetic, smart individual that cares about the future of the Maintenance Craft.

Mr. Duckworth has experienced the "reality" of being excessed and the impact that it have on the members and/or their families.

In the few years, that I have had an opporunity to know him, he has demonstated the desire to take on tough task without hesitation. Mr. Duckworth is a very "quick learner" and should not have any problems adjusting to the workload at the National Level.

I encourage all Maintenance members to vote for Steven Duckworth for the position of Assistant Maintenance Craft Director.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 21:15:44 (PDT)

It does not come as a surprise to anyone that my opinion on the election is different than those of retirees Bill Burrus, Jerry Monzillo and John Richard.
All are opposed to President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team. Retirees gain the right for all retirees to vote during the 2012 National APWU, AFL-CIO Convention due to the action of President Cliff Guffey and the delegates.

All three do not agree with the majority of those voting on the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement. Why they continue to voice their displeasure with a Collective Bargaining Agreement is beyond me especially when 75% of those who voted did so to ratify. All three of them fail to address entire Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The actions by retirees Bill Burrus, Jerry Monzillo and John Richard do nothing to promote the interest of retirees or the APWU, AFL-CIO in my opinion.

I encourage all APWU, AFL-CIO members to vote President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team.
This is my check list for the 2013 National APWU, AFL-CIO Elections:

Cliff Guffey for President
Greg Bell for Executive Vice President
Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Secretary Treasurer
Mike Morris for Industrial Relations Director
Gary Kloepfer for Legislative & Political Director
Martha Shunn-King for Organization Director
Bill Kaczor for Health Plan Director
Rob Strunk for Clerk Division Director
Greg See for Assistant Maintenance Director “B”
Louis Kingsley for Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”
Shirley Taylor for San Francisco Region Clerk NBA “B”
Ed Knipe for Western Region MVS NBA
Byron Denton for Retiree Delegate Western Region


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 20:01:47 (PDT)

Endorsement video for APWU Members First Team received today:


Jerry Monzillo <jmonz56@aol.com>
New Jersey State APWU
NJ State APWU president (retired)
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 18:43:22 (PDT)

Brother Bill Lewis,
I tip my hat to you for standing tall in supporting candidates of the "APWU Members First Team."

By your actions Bill, you place protecting the membership of Trenton Local and the New Jersey State APWU above any personal gain you might have received from the present APWU administration.

I am proud of your leadership in maintaining the independent tradition that our New Jersey State has shown over the years.


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 18:43:03 (PDT)

I entered employment at the Pittsburgh Post Office in 1958, having served the previous 4 years in the US Air Force. I became active in Postal Unions from day one, eventually aligning with the National Postal Union. I was in a leadership role in that Local in 1970. I was a senior Local officer for that Great Postal Strike.

We did not risk our freedom, our fortune, our families and the resources of our Local to come to this point where our gains were wiped out by the greatest give-back, give-away Collective Bargaining Agreement in the history of collective bargaining.

The current incumbent leadership, from top to bottom, either negotiated or supported this shameful document. They were not alone. The entire Rank And File Bargaining Advisory Committee signed on, and many Local and State leaders also jumped on the bandwagon. Not to mention the cadre of retired officers who wallow in the generous officers retirement plan ~ of course not available to the rank and file. But these others can be dealt with later in good time.

Close at hand is the incumbent leadership that is up for reelection. That is where my focus is, and where yours should also be. We cannot permit them to sit at the bargaining table again. They have squandered that opportunity causing irreparable harm to the Union and generations of active and retired Postal Workers. They must be replaced. Now is the time.

For your own best interest, I urge in the strongest terms that we vote for the candidates that DO NOT HAVE AN “I”, MEANING INCUMBENT, NEXT TO THEIR NAMES. NONE DESERVE OR HAVE EARNED RE-ELECTION!

VOTE AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON YOUR VOTE, BECAUSE IT DOES.
VOTE FOR THE APWU MEMBERS FIRST TEAM.
LATER REGRETS COUNT FOR NOTHING.
VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE.


Joe Shevlin <Joe0986@comcast.net>
Red Bank Local
President
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 18:37:56 (PDT)

Here it goes,

Election ballots are out and every Member usually wants to hear opinions from their Local leadership relating to who to vote for with regards to their job and who their leaders should be protecting said job.

Our Local Union does not have a Membership meeting until the end of September as per our Constitutional By-Laws so the following opinion is mine and mine alone and is not endorsed or indicative of the opinions of the Members of the Red Bank Local.

I personally believe that any person who has fingerprints on the November 21, 2010 CBA, that was shoved down the throats of APWU Members without regard for our future, should not be re-elected or re-hired. This includes individuals such as lead attorney Darryl Anderson and special assistant to the President, Phil Tabitta.

Please vote, Peace.


John H. Dirzius <unionjack423@aol.com>
Greater Connecticut Area Local
Coordinator Northeast Region
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 17:59:01 (PDT)

I have been privileged to serve the APWU since I first became active six months after the 1970 Great Postal Strike. I served this great union in many capacities over the last 43 years. I had the high privilege to serve as President of the Greater CT Area Local for over 30 years! I had the pleasure to serve my union as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the National Presidents Conference for several terms. My good friend and mentor Moe Biller always said being around for a long time merely made you old, but wiser as well.

Over these 43 years of postal union involvement I have worked individually as well as collectively with every member of the LEADERSHIP TEAM 2013. I know them well. I respect each of them for their contributions in growing our union and making it strong. I know they are the kind of leaders that we need as we confront the most challenging times in the history of the APWU. I speak from first hand experience and I assure you that these leaders process the skills, the dedication, and the tenacity to lead our great union forward.

The many challenges that confront our members, our union, and the postal industry today are complex, difficult to solve, and cannot be confronted without a collective effort of knowledgeable and experienced union officers.
• To protect and improve the rights and benefits of our members;
• To enforce our collective bargaining agreement and to build for our next contract;
• To improve the standard of living of our members;
• To save our postal industry and our jobs all require first class leadership.
• It demands knowledgeable and principled leaders.
• It requires hard work and a team effort.

Most importantly it takes "hands on experience" and years of dedicated experience to lead our great union.

I fully understand and appreciate the right of all members to be engaged in these most important union elections. But let's not be duped or fooled by the misleading videos, the tainted misinformation, the distortion of history, the twisting of facts, the name-calling, and the mud slinging. A Leader leads and a complainer complains. I am proud to say in my 43 years the membership expected me to lead and I have done just that! You can expect the same from the Leadership Team 2013!

Our dedicated and experienced union leaders, led by Cliff Guffey, Greg Bell, Liz Powell, and Mike Morris have the required skills, the necessary talents, and most importantly these leaders have the "hands on" experience to confront the complex challenges our union and our industry face today.

That is why I respectfully ask you and every member of our union to let your collective voices be heard and to cast your ballot in our national union election. Equally important please join me and cast your vote for the entire LEADERSHIP TEAM 2013.


Bill Lewis <Billlewistmal@aol.com>
Trenton Metro Area Local & NJ State Postal Workers Union
President
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 12:05:06 (PDT)

I am supporting the following unionist in the upcoming APWU National Election. This was a very difficult decision. I do not vote by team or party. I vote the way I feel.
Some of the recent emails and negative posts have caused me to change my choices in candidates.

I do believe I am voting the way my membership would want me to, not by how many favors or appointments I could receive. My clerks who were excessed out of their long-term clerical positions in AO’s only to be replaced by Postmasters and PSEs. Plant closings and excessive excessing, where were our regional and national officers? Jobs promised to us still not available for our bargaining unit employees to bid on. The 204B issue just another joke. The healthcare issue is very concerning, much more important then if I can be an advocate or serve on a committee. How do I tell my clerks that a 30-hour job is ok and then have PSEs doing our work? Come on. Maintenance subcontracting is out of control, IT jobs not returned to us. We were promised the PSE conversions. Enough said, I urge each and very member to vote with your conscience not by the favors your local leadership receive.

I do believe change is in the air. VOTE

President
Mark Dimondstein

Executive Vice President
Greg Bell

Secretary/Treasurer
Liz Powell

Industrial Relations Director
Tony McKinnon

Clerk Craft Director
Clint Burelson

Assistant Maintenance Craft Director B
Steven Duckworth

Legislative & Political Director
John Marcotte

Organization Director
Anna Smith

Health Plan Director
Robert Furbush


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 11:35:53 (PDT)

Endorsement submitted today for Elizabeth Bobo:

I wholeheartedly endorse Elizabeth Bobo for Retiree delegate for the APWU Southern Region.

Larry R. Sorrells
State President
North Carolina Council APWU AFL-CIO


Elizabeth Bobo <bethluvsmiles@yahoo.com>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
Southern Region Retiree Delegate
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 10:32:42 (PDT)

The ballots are on their way to all Retirees. Twenty years ago Al Labrecque one of the original 5 Regional Delegates submitted an amendment. That amendment was to give ALL RETIREES the right to vote for the top National Officers that affect you and your retirement. At the last four conventions along with about ten other delegates we spoke loud and clear in favor of that amendment. The delegates finally heard our voice and at the last convention voted in the affirmative. So now when you get youy ballot in a matter of days I am personally asking you to vote. Research your candidates not by word of mouth, or by non neutral postings. Research their record in how they have represented you.

I have proudly served as your representative and my record will show that. But most importantly is that you VOTE! This election could determine what will happen to all of us retired or not.

It would be the proudest moment of my career if we as retirees and the second largest entity within the APWU could get our voting percentage in the 90s. I am challenging all retirees to get the vote out. Prove to our predecessors we still care!

Finally, all Southern Region Retirees, I am asking for your vote based on my record and experience.
VOTE FOR ELIZABETH BOBO, Southern Region Retiree Delegate.
Thank you!


Michael P. Kaehler <winston@cloudnet.com>
Saint Cloud MN Area Local No. 647
President - 1/21 Crazy Postal Workers - Omega - Marginalized Anti-social Thought Criminal
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 07:46:15 (PDT)

Thoughts on the APWU Elections:

I suppose that some people need to be “punished” for making concessions to buy time for those in the here and now as opposed to “pie in the sky when you die.” Of course, what was purchased on the backs of future career employees that might not ever exist in any great number and who do not have “No Lay Off” protection – and, probably, never will - and pay raises and deferred COLAS and whatever else one can come up with as a reason or excuse. And, of course, there are the Postal Support Employees with better wages than casuals, union representation, the ability to have health insurance, and the ability to become career employees – and their being 20 plus percent of the work forces could be problematical in the future or could this be part of our salvation?

In the meantime, we, who were career at the time of the signing of the contract have our “No Lay Off” protection – even though it looks like we will lose it though legislative action and/or subsequent interest arbitrations. But, then, there is always some form of seniority to protect individuals – right? Isn’t Seniority about what it all about for most of us?

Bill Burrus tried to put FEHB “on the table” for upcoming the contract negotiations at the 2010 National Convention (does anyone doubt that his good buddy “Jack’ did not want this as Postmaster General?) – but Cliff Guffey, Greg Bell, and the others stood up to him with the overwhelming support of the convention and FEHB was not “on the table” for the 2010 Contract negotiations. An election ploy? Then why are they all standing firm in the face of lies to the contrary to keep us in the FEHB? There is no doubt in my mind that FEHB would have been a negotiable item had Bill Burrus been in office whether the membership wanted it or not.

NTFT was and is “a double edged sword” as it cuts both ways. Was this a mistake? Or was it an attempt to satisfy the desires of a membership who had wanted the 10/4 work week for many years – and, most certainly, one can go on about the less than 40 hour work week and the neighborhood going to hell just as one might with the PSEs – but there are checks and balances with the NTFT positions that make them less attractive to USPS management. At least, we do have a much better arguing point for the 4/10 work week contractually than we have ever had before.

The Global 1.6.B with DAS is/was a HUGE advancement for the Clerk Craft as, prior to this, Postmasters performing our work in the small or associate offices was all subjective. No other administration could force the issue of limitation of Postmasters performing our work – but the Guffey Administration accomplished it through contract negotiations and, then, cementing the deal with DAS. And when we prevail in the “PostPlan” arbitration the victory for the APWU will be complete.

The 50 miles excessing limitation, though not stopping the consolidation process, has made the USPS be a bit more circumspect in their actions and the benefits for the APWU bargaining unit employees are significant. Yes, this saved the USPS money – but this bought us more time than we would have had had this not been negotiated as privatization brought on by the complete financial collapse would have been expedited. And, more, importantly, it did significantly reduce the inconvenience to thousands of workers who have been displaced by the closings of the plants – and it did slow down the process.

One can believe in Santa and all sorts of things – but we are faced with a government “By, For, and Of The People” and we are not “The People” that they were referring to. By now, we should all know that “we have the best government that money can buy” and that the 99% are sadly lacking of influence in Washington, D.C. and Chase-Morgan, The Bank of America, FedEx, UPS, Pitney-Bowes, and the other financial and corporate houses have the influence.

Instead of playing games and petitioning the Lords and Ladies with prayer in Washington – the Guffey Administration brought the class war back home and engaged the Locals where the union might have more influence – that is, if the Local had the where with all in people and resources to do so. Whether we like it or not, any local activism and genuine support from Congress (besides lip service and signing on to bills to nowhere) on the consolidations and closings has come from this.

And, of course, I know that this is difficult for many of you to accept because you are so used to having everything handed to you by the residual laurels of a past generation that has largely become irrelevant – but they sure can tell you about way back when but the now is so much different and there weren’t that many of them to begin with. Most certainly we can learn from the past – but the past is forty-some years ago. There is no great movement for social, political, and economic justice and the majority of the population is alienated from one another inside their own fears and pain.

In light of this and much more, I may not agree with some of the aspects of this contract – but I can say that, although I would not quite follow them into hell, the Guffey Administration has proven itself to me to be effective leadership in these dire times and that they have kept the American Postal Workers Union in the fight and that with one or two exceptions the Leadership Team has my support in this election.

MPK


Bill Lewis <Billlewistmal@aol.com>
Trenton Metro Area Local & NJ State Postal Workers Union
President
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 07:38:23 (PDT)

The following I am posting on behalf of Liz Powell. I also support Liz in her Re-Election for Secretary/Treasurer.
The following is an endorsement from Jeff Kehlert, NBA Clerk Division.

Dear Sisters & Brothers,

We are rapidly approaching the 2013 National Election Of Officers for our APWU. I firmly believe this may very well be the most important electoral process we have yet faced as a Union and that the Election of those who have merited – and will merit – our support and important votes must be governed by their Contributions Of Value as Representatives and Leaders. With that at the forefront of my thinking and purpose, I am writing to unequivocally express my full commitment to – and support for – the Election of Liz Powell as our National APWU Secretary-Treasurer. Liz has energetically and professionally represented all APWU Members in the crucial area of Financial Administration and in the critical protection of the precious Dues Resources of the Members. Prior to serving the APWU in this most important elected position in Washington, DC, Sister Powell carved a legacy of innovative and successful representation as Northeast Regional Coordinator and as National Business Agent. I had the privilege of working alongside Liz in those days and can fully attest that she set the very high bar by which many Regional National Officers in the field have been judged ever since. Today, Liz continues to stand for what is best about our Union – serious representation, compassionate leadership and successful results. She certainly has served the membership with the very highest contributions of value. I urge all members to join with me and support, vote for and elect Liz Powell as our National Secretary-Treasurer for the American Postal Workers Union.

Yours in Unionism,

Jeff Kehlert
National Business Agent, APWU


Bill Lewis <Billlewistmal@aol.com>
Trenton Metro Area Local & NJ State Postal Workers Union
President
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 07:24:39 (PDT)

The following I am posting on behalf of Liz Powell. I also support Liz in her bid to be Re-Elected Secretary/Treasurer.
The following is an endorsement from Ann Albro-Mathieu, President of the Providence RI Area Local 387.

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Our Union is under attack from every direction like never before. The Postal Service, after approving the 2010 National Agreement, has tried on numerous occasions to renegotiate it after the fact. Postal Management does not respect the Contract, and has therefore, consistently and blatantly failed to abide by it. Congress has used the Postal Service as its personal piggy bank and now wants to systematically dismantle it to avoid the possibility of repayment. No time is more crucial than now for financial stability in all of our battles. It is for that reason that I explicitly support National Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell for re-election. I originally met Liz over a decade ago as my Northeast Regional Coordinator. Although only an alternate steward at the time, I was astonished that she took a keen interest in my work with the Union, as well as my ideas and my opinions. I am proud to say that all these years later, she still demonstrates the same enthusiasm and passion in her position as National Secretary-Treasurer, as she did with me back then. Whether it be in educating officers and trustees on fiduciary obligations, advising local leaders with regard to their Constitutions and By-Laws’ rights and responsibilities or assisting members in navigating the Union waters, Liz works tirelessly in her mission to promote Union Solidarity and participation. This September, I will be casting my ballot for Liz Powell for National Secretary-Treasurer – and for the future success of this great Union, I urge you all to do the same.

Yours in Unionism,

Ann Albro-Mathieu
President, APWU
Providence RI Area Local 387


Charles "Rufus" Hunt <ruruhunt@gmail.com>
Atlanta Metro Area Local Retiree Department
Candidate Southern Regional Delegate
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 05:00:33 (PDT)

It appears the plot thickens as we approach the deadlines. Many of the attacks, acquisitions, and allegations are not warranted or substantiated. I personally have ended my negative responses in my campaign, and concluded that my ballot will be split as I have personal knowledge of some candidates, and incumbents of both slates, and I am not impressed. Neither party has embraced the RETIREES who established the APWU as it is known today. As in the past only seeing COPA dollars, political advocacy help and now possibly a VOTE for their incompetency. REMEMBER THAT "CHANGE" IS EFFECTED THROUGH EFFORTS, SO BY ALL MEANS "VOTE...VOTE...VOTE" and while you're at it VOTE to ELECT, Charles "RUFUS" Hunt your new Southern Regional Delegate to the National Conventions....


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 04:38:33 (PDT)

Mark Dimondstein out campaigning among the rank and file at Jersey City, NJ NDC last night. Submitted by an APWU Member:


Hank Anderson <postalexpress11@aol.com>
Central Jersey Area Local # 149
Local President/NJ State APWU Executive Vice President
- Friday, September 13, 2013 at 03:17:25 (PDT)

I would like to thank Debbie Szeredy for coming out to the Kilmer P&DC/Edison Customer Care Center on Monday (9/9). Debbie had an opportunity to speak with the members and to share the Members First ideas on what is needed to be done in the upcoming years within the APWU. Debbie spoke to the members about the current contract, plant consolidations, healthcare, and various other questions. Debbie took the time to answer any (and all) questions that was put to her. The members were surprised (and appreciated) that a candidate for a National position took the time to pay our facility a visit. I believe this gesture will not go unnoticed when the ballots are mailed back.

Debbie Szeredy came to our facility un-solicited. Debbie took a chance of coming out (to our facility) without knowing whether (or not) our Local had endorsed her team and/or if she was going to be greeted in a friendly manner.

I have been Local President since 2004. This was the first time that any candidate for a National Position (besides the NBAs') have reached out to speak with my membership. I am not a big size local that carry 1,000+ votes but the Members First Team is standing by their promise that every member is first!

As I previously stated, in this post, I have the Edison Customer Care Center in my facility. Our center was the last of the three to open up on June 24, 2013. During the opening week, of the Customer Care Center, we had our State Convention in Atlantic City. At the convention, I gave a presentation, about the Call Center, in which National Officers were in attendance. I would have thought that since it was negotiated to get this work back, and it was our grand opening, that the "proud parents" would have taken the time to visit our Center. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. With no disrespect, to the Troy Customer Care Center, we posted the pictures (on bulletin boards and our newsletter) of National Officers visiting that site. Our Members would have been pleased to have similar pictures posted in the same fashion as Troy. To date the only National Officers that have visited the Customer Care Center is John Dirzius, Jeff Kehlert, and Joe LaCapria.

At the NJ State Convention (in June) Mark Dimondstein, Tony McKinnon, John Marcotte, and Anna Smith spent 45 minutes speaking with the delegates (from my Local) about their goals if elected. The delegates soaked up every word and have been spreading the word to the Members. The Members were happy to see a face with a name when Debbie Szeredy showed up.

Although our Local didn't "officially" endorse any candidates and/or a team, for this election, I believe that they will make wise choices that will reflect their feelings and what they are looking for in the future.

I wish Mark Dimondstein and the members of his team the best of the luck in the upcoming election.


Russ Bugary <russnba@sbcglobal.net>
Owensboro Area Local
NBA, Clerk Craft, Cincinnati Division, Retired
- Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 18:15:19 (PDT)

Mike,

When you click on the link in the email, the heading states “APWU Members Health Care Alert” it further claims that President Guffey is not fighting back and is willing to give up retirees full FEHBA coverage and place active employees into a Postal Service only health plan. President Guffey made it clear numerous times in his questioning by the Committee that we are happy with the current insurance but there are opportunities within FEBHA, again within FEBHA to reduce the Postal Service’s costs for post 65 Retirees who also have coverage under Medicare. President Guffey never advocated removing benefits or forcing employees into one plan.

And yes Mike I religiously watch Postal Hearings in the House and Senate. President Guffey was adamant in asserting this subject is wrong for legislation but should remain where it is now, in Labor/Management Negotiations. To state members should not vote for President Guffey in order to “save our health benefits” is a gross misrepresentation and clearly out of context to his testimony at that hearing on July 17th.

When you show a small video clip and claim it to mean something else you are forcing the viewer to watch in what legal folks would call “in camera”, or not in context to the full hearing. In other words, put these blinders on and watch this video clip, we will tell you what it means without regard to the full context of President Guffey’s testimony.

And thank you Mike for posting the link so others that may not have seen the full hearing can do so and make an informed decision.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alt Steward
- Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 15:01:37 (PDT)

Hi Russ, I have seen the video clip you mentioned in your post. I have also viewed the entire official Part 1 and 2 Videos of the July 17 Congressional Hearing at this link: http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/a-path-forward-on-postal-reform/ and seen all of President Guffey's testimony. Have you? Many have not viewed it in it's entirety because it's quite lengthy. And if you have seen the entire testimony, please explain where it is misrepresented or "out of context" in the shorter excerpts being distributed. Thanks.

To All, Can someone please tell me how our Outside Organized contractor APWU Members seem to be getting a much better contract than our own in-house Clerks, MVS and Maintenance Craft workers?

They just settled on a contract that keeps the 40 hour work week, single tier wages and no PSE's.
And they did this without President Cliff Guffey and his Leadership Team.
And still, the Leadership Team supporters are making excuses and saying it can't be done.
No, it can't be done if we reelect Leaders that won't FIGHT for US!

See: APWU, Salmon & Sons Reach Tentative Agreement


Russ Bugary <russnba@sbcglobal.net>
Owensboro Area Local
NBA, Clerk Craft, Cincinnati Region, Retired
- Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 13:20:21 (PDT)

Yesterday I received a group email from the "APWU Retirees, Pittsburgh Chapter" as the sender but the email address was apwumembersfirst@gmail.com. I replied to the email but received no response. I am tired of this campaign of twisting issues and the re-writing of our history (selective amnesia seems to be at an all time high) The petty vindictiveness is wearing on much of the membership so I decided to post my response to the email here:

Author of the email below (because I am not quite sure who it is),

Shame on you for trying to scare Retirees with an out of context video.

I am a Retired Postal Worker, Full Dues Paying Member, Retirees Member, and Retired National Officer. I previously served as a National Officer under the Burrus Administration and the Guffey Administration (and also the Biller Administration). I must dismiss the Burrus endorsement as another display of Bill's vindictiveness towards the current officers of the APWU. I worked under both administrations (to include contract negotiations) and have first hand knowledge of their character and concern for Postal Workers. If you remember it was Burrus who had a deal with PMG Potter to remove APWU Members from the FEHB until the National Convention shut it down. For those that have an even fainter memory, it was Burrus who negotiated multiple Contracts/Extensions increasing the Casual Cap in order to get Career employees additional pay and benefits. I do not know how one can claim that PSE's are so bad while having agreed and signed to allow the USPS to increase the number of Casuals who had no representation, no leave, no seniority, sub-standard wages, and no chance at career employment. Pretty much selective amnesia I would say. I could go on, but what's the point?

Although I know and respect Mark, Vi, and Tony, I respectfully cannot support unseating incumbents Cliff, Greg, Liz, Mike, Rob and the Leadership Team who have superior experience, knowledge, and qualifications. While it is easy to be a professional critic, it is much more difficult to engage the Postal Service at the National Level and make tough decisions. A fair and factual assessment of the record would lead any member to vote for re-election. A twisting of the facts, vindictiveness, and assault politics may get votes but rarely win our elections. I have watched these incumbent officers put in many long hours on behalf of the Membership. I have watched them endure defeat and victory. I have felt their heart and soul. I have never once saw them "give up" on Postal Workers or Retirees as the author of this email insinuates.

Keep it Real my Brothers and Sisters, you will feel better when it is over.

Respectfully,
Russ Bugary
Retired NBA, Clerk Division, Cincinnati Region


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:40:31 (PDT)

Via Former APWU President Bill Burrus on Facebook:

"The incumbent national officers do not understand the basic objectives of the labor union movement. Every labor union has as its basic objectives: adequate wages - benefits - seniority - grievance procedure - 40 hour work week. From this platform unions add a variety of rights and benefits to reward employees for performance and the continuing objective is to provide more. No labor union sacrifices this foundation except APWU whose negotiators voluntarily reduced the 40 hour work week to 30 hours. There is no comparable benefit that can be exchanged for full time employment.

The contractual right that separates postal employment from McDonalds, WalMart and other entry level employment is the guarantee of 40 hours per week. An employee earning $20 per hour for 30 hours is compensated less than an employee earning $16.00 per hour with a 40 hour guarantee.

All of organized labor understands the value of the 40 hour work week except the current APWU officers. It is inexcusable to voluntarily surrender this basic benefit that was fought for over such a long period of time."
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"Following is the statement issued by the President of the Teamsters:
The leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, have sent a scathing letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, warning that unless changes are made, President Obama’s health care reform plan will 'destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.'

APWU negotiators voluntarily surrendered the 40 hour work week."


Bill Lewis <Billlewistmal@aol.com>
Trenton Metro Area Local & NJ State Postal Workers Union
President
- Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 08:16:55 (PDT)

I am voting for change. This election I am voting for Steve Duckworth for Assistant Maintenance Craft Director B. Steve is young, energetic and not afraid to tackle new issues. When Steve was excessed into Trenton he immediately began attending union meetings and he was always willing to step up and assist the local in any manner.

Steve has served the local as a maintenance steward and he is now currently the Maintenance Craft Director of the Trenton Metro Area Local.

I have attended many union seminars, conventions and conferences and I have never seen Greg See participate in any of them. He usually sits in the back of the room in the corner with headphones on and never seems to be involved. The main issue I have is all 3 National Maintenance Craft Officers are retired. I believe we need an officer who has felt the impact of excessing and is in touch with what is happening in our Processing Plants and our Area Offices.

Vote Steve Duckworth


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 23:27:13 (PDT)

Submitted by APWU Baltimore Local Member Tom Dodge:

Endorsement for Debby Szeredy, APWU Members First Team,
Candidate for Executive Vice-President


Endorsement for Mark Dimondstein and APWU Members First Team
by APWU Baltimore Local Member Rich Shelley


Endorsement for Mark Dimondstein and APWU Members First Team
by APWU Baltimore Local Member Tom Dodge


John Spezia <299john@gmail.com>
Local 200 Austin Texas
Maintenance Craft Director
- Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 22:49:22 (PDT)

I respect the National Offices and the women and men who occupy them. I have met and corresponded with a number of the Secretaries working at the offices and, at times, the actual office holders. I do this for 2 reasons: Establish a dialog or discuss a problem that is not adequately addressed at the local level.

Yes, the last negotiated contract with mutual agreement between Labor and Management is ratified. One stated theme was a fear of Governors at the state level declaring bankruptcy takeovers of cities and municipalities. The Governors appoint city managers, nullifying agreements with teachers, law enforcement or firemen. These members said an arbitrator may declare the PO bankrupt. However, our union is Federal, with no fewer than 45 committees and subcommittees at the Senate and House Levels and a Board of Governors appointed by the Executive Branch ie. President. Also the USPS is a landing spot for many veterans and disabled people (and USPS management). This fact is lost or ignored, on the members who voted. Yes, the last contract was accepted by a majority. Has any contract in this union ever been rejected by the members? We worked under the old contract for months which causes complacency. In my opinion this union has a large apathetic component. What % of the members who voted, (on both sides) actually read the contract?

The last negotiated contract was a mutual agreement between Labor and Management. This agreement includes a 2 tier wage system

We must look at ourselves. We have been drinking from the same bitter cup of givebacks for several contracts. So a current officeholder should take it personal when we are critical.

So as for me, I publically advocated binding arbitration then, as opposed to voluntarily signing our previous wins away. The binding arbitration of the Mail Handler contact creates the position of MA- Mail Handlers Assistant. This position is equivalent to the PSE. Our APWU sets a precedent of a 2-tier wage system. The Arbitrator for the Mail Handler rejects our 2-tier as too extreme. That is a fact.


Edward Krumm <edtraveler35@aol.com>
Trenton
- Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 21:10:31 (PDT)

My name is Ed Krumm. A big thanks to Randy Zelznick for providing all APWU members this informative and democratic free speech forum. I rarely post here but I, and several of my co workers, visit 21cpw.com daily.

I have been a rank and file workfloor dues paying member of the union from day one of my 20 year postal career. I started out as a Keyer Clerk at the Philly BMC and then went to Fairless Hills as a Clerk on DBCS, then into the Maintenance craft at the Philadelphia P&DC -30th Street as an MPE mechanic and then as an Electronic Technician. When Philadelphia P&DC moved to the new building at Lindbergh Boulevard I went there too. A few years ago I transferred to the Trenton P&DC and that is where my current assignment as an ET is. I'm very fortunate to have excellent representation in our union leadership via our Local President and NJ State President Bill Lewis.

It's my opinion we need to change our current leadership at APWU HQ to protect our rights and benefits and never again allow a concessionary contract to be "sold" to us by the very same leaders sworn to protect and serve us. After educating myself about all of the National candidates via their web sites and literature I have decided Mark Dimondstein and the entire APWU Members First Team slate have my full endorsement. We need leaders who will fight for us, leaders who will stand up and fight Congress and the PMG. I know I and many members are tired of writing letters. I believe the APWU Members First Team will make the necessary corrections and implement new strategy that will be effective. No more appeasement, no more givebacks. More than just writing letters and recycled commercials - a REAL fight!

No matter who you decide to vote for, please vote!


Jeff Kehlert <JeffKehlertAPWU@aol.com>
Trenton Metro Area Local
National Business Agent
- Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 20:47:54 (PDT)

CONTRIBUTION(S) OF VALUE

The National Election is here.

As an incumbent National Officer
(unopposed – this time) and before that as a Local President I have seen and been involved in 12 National APWU Elections.

In each of those Elections incumbents have had many advantages: experience in their respective positions, notoriety during their respective tenures as National Officers, exposure to Local Leadership and the Membership. And, the record(s) of accomplishments they have been responsible for during their term(s) of office.

Challengers to incumbents have many disadvantages – not having this National experience, notoriety & exposure and not having developed National Officer records upon which to rely.

In fact, experience often becomes perhaps the central rallying cry and campaign banner upon which support is sought and expressed. Experience is an important element in any election, so long as that experience is evaluated and fairly considered - not just for incumbents but also for the challengers.

Obviously most challengers have never been National Officers so their elements of experience could not be at the National level. National Officers, on the other hand – they (we) are judged based upon our experience at the National level.

Regardless of the level of the experience, judgements must be made not based only on the length of the tenure – the ‘time in the job’. Experience must be evaluated based upon the demonstrable Contributions Of Value each Candidate – Incumbent and Challenger – has made to the Membership of the APWU.

It may seem unfair to Incumbents to have their Contributions Of Value judged – as National Officers – since Challengers have had no National Officer tenure(s) to be judged - but that cannot be helped. Incumbent National Officers have the daily opportunities – and obligations - to Contribute With Value within their positions. Those Contributions should be readily visible – and many are.

But, solely because someone holds an Elected Office – at any level of this Union - does not mean he/she automatically Contributes With Value. Experience - at any level - does not, in of itself, also automatically equate to Contribution Of Value.

I urge all Voting in this Election to evaluate – as best you can – the demonstrable Contributions Of Value of each and every Candidate – regardless of whether Incumbent or Challenger.

I urge all Voting to step away from the notion that only an entire team can be effective -- if Elected together – and that the Contributors should be permitted to pull along those who have not or who do not appear to be ready.

And I urge all Voting to – independently – determine who has – at his/her level -- Contributed With Value, who has not and who appears to be ready.

This Election process of ours is far from perfect. But to rely upon rhetoric instead of demonstrable Contribution Of Value is not only imperfect but a disservice to our Membership and to our Union.

Jeff Kehlert
National Business Agent
APWU


John Drake <driverdrake@aol.com>
San Francisco Local #2
MVS Craft Director
- Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 19:39:42 (PDT)

Hello fellow members of the Motor Vehicle Craft, my name is John Drake and I'm currently the MVS Director in San Francisco. I would be forever remiss if I didn't ask the Western Region Motor Vehicle Craft employees and all of the members that would like see a true 'drum major for justice' to please take the time to visit www.japit1.com and learn about our very own Jerome Pittman. He has been our local oracle and advisor from various help positions in the Union. Whether serving as the former MVS Craft Director for years and volunteering to step down after becoming a victim of the NRP or serving as our current Assistant Director and Arbitration Advocate Jerome Pittman has always brought the 'high heat' along with a level of professional decorum to every single task before him, with his tenacious take no prisoners never retreat approach he has more than benefited the transportation employees in San Francisco. While it is truly discouraging to see all of Brother Pittman's many successes and arbitration victories go unrecognized by the National Machine. It is most rewarding to see that he has applied his routine level of brilliant professional approach to his campaign (www.japit1.com). I ask that the members in the Western Region to vote for the Motor Vehicle Craft's best interest, and Vote for Jerome Pittman for National Business Agent (NBA)for the Western Region.

"An imitation may be quite successful in its own way, but imitation can never be Success. Success is a first-hand creation."
- Henry Ford


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 15:02:51 (PDT)

APWU News Bulletin 16-2013, Sept. 11, 2013
Ballots Mailed in Election Of National Union Officers

Ballots for the 2013 Election of APWU National Officers are being mailed Tuesday, Sept. 10, to Friday, Sept. 13. Every member in good standing as of June 15, 2013, will receive a ballot.

To be counted ballots must be returned to and received in the designated post office box in Washington DC by 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7.

Members in good standing who have not received their ballots by Thursday, Sept. 19, should notify their local, or contact the American Arbitration Association between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) at 800-529-5218 to request a duplicate. Ballots may also be requested by visiting www.aaaelections.org/apwu.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11:04:58 (PDT)

The ballots are being mailed. I will vote in this election.

I support President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team. The team is comprised of officers who have worked at many levels of the union. Voting in the MFT is not in the best interest of the union. Based on what I know none of the candidates have any national experience.

President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team have worked to protect the union and ensure we survive for the future.

Those that want to praise the other unions have that right. However, always remember the Rural Carriers were the first to break from joint bargaining, followed by the Mail Handlers, and then the Letter Carriers.

I fully support the Leadership Team. I recommend others as well because I know each of these officers and have confidence in their ability to serve our great union.

Please vote for these officers:

Cliff Guffey for President
Greg Bell for Executive Vice President
Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Secretary Treasurer
Mike Morris for Industrial Relations Director
Gary Kloepfer for Legislative & Political Director
Martha Shunn-King for Organization Director
Bill Kaczor for Health Plan Director
Rob Strunk for Clerk Division Director
Greg See for Assistant Maintenance Director “B”
Louis Kingsley for Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”
Shirley Taylor for San Francisco Region Clerk NBA “B”
Ed Knipe for Western Region MVS NBA
Byron Denton for Retiree Delegate Western Region


Richard C. Shelley <rorganizer@comcast.net>
APWU Baltimore Local 181
Director of Organization
- Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:27:11 (PDT)

Brother an sisters, I originally posted this on Facebook a couple of days prior to Labor Day. I challenge brother Donelson to not post a really long, quadruple spaced list to try and immediately bury my post. It's very obvious what you do brother:

As we approach the day when America honors the achievements of labor, the members of the American Postal Workers Union approach the election of National officers that will likely decide the fate of postal workers and the Postal Service. This election is the last chance the members of the American Postal Workers Union will have to take back their union from the leaders who have given away the gains of generations of postal workers in just one contract. This election will determine whether the American Postal Workers Union stays on the path to further concessions on wages, hours, working conditions and healthcare. This American Postal Workers Union national election will determine if the American Postal Workers Union continues the tactics of appeasement and collaboration with those who seek to destroy the People's Post Office for profit and with it hundreds of thousands of good, family supporting jobs, relegating current and future postal workers to Walmart status. The people we honor on Labor Day, those who fought to end child labor, for the 40 hour workweek, overtime, time off, safety on the job and countless other rights and benefits we take for granted deserve our respect in action, not just words of praise one day out of the year. We have a moral duty to honor them every day, to make every day Labor Day.

We do not honor the sacrifices of blood, bruises, freedom and life of our ancestors by giving away what they fought for, we do not honor them by agreeing to create a sub-class of fellow workers who are paid far less for the performing the same work. We do not honor them by adopting a strategy of appeasement and begging in light of the Wall Street attack on the People’s Post Office. We do not honor them by being afraid even to use the word "protest" for fear of angering our enemies.

We must honor those true heroes of the working class movement by fighting to keep what we have and to make improvements. We must honor them by calling out our enemies and taking the fight to them, no backing down in the face of fear tactics and threats, we must honor them by having the courage to do exactly what those whom we honor did, by FIGHTING BACK!

I urge my fellow APWU members to elect as president of our union a man of vision, courage, principles and fidelity to the core principles that guided those whom we honor this Labor Day. That man is undoubtedly Mark Dimondstein. Please vote Mark Dimondstein for APWU President and the entire APWU Members First Team. Let us put the FIGHT back into the American Postal Workers Union!


Bill Lewis <Billlewistmal@aol.com>
Trenton Metro Area Local & NJ State Postal Workers Union
President
- Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 09:36:24 (PDT)

My fellow stewards, before you vote you should think about your Super-Seniority protection contained in our CBA. Recently the National Director of Industrial Relations signed off to weaken the language contained in the JCIM.

On pages 106 and 161 under the heading of Stewards-Superseniority it states in part. “Following excessing, stewards maintain this “superseniority” for the purpose of bidding on initial vacancies over excessed employees wishing to exercise their retreat rights.”

This language has been in the JCIM since 2004.

After a year long dispute between the local and the NLRB the APWU National Union caved in without even a fight and signed a settlement agreement with the NLRB. The Postal Service loves this agreement, believe me they will use it against us in every excessing event they can.

Below is the language that the national accepted and is posted in the Trenton P&DC [pdf]. I refused to sign and wanted to fight.

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We Will Not maintain and enforce any agreement with the United States Postal Service giving union stewards priority in in-section bidding or in any other manner approving superseniority that is not required to further the effective administration of the collective-bargaining agreement.

We Will Not cause or attempt to cause the United States Postal Service to discriminate against any employee by granting superseniority to union officials that is not necessary for the effective administration of the collective bargaining agreement.

We Will Not in any like or related manner restrain or coerce members or employees in the exercise of rights guaranteed in section 7 of the act.

We Will notify the United States Postal Service, Inc that in-section vacancies shall be bid pursuant to collective bargaining agreement, in accordance with employees’ seniority without exception.

We Will afford stewards retreat back to their former sections only on the basis of contractual seniority, not on the basis of superseniority.

We Will Jointly with the United States Postal Service, rescind policies granting stewards superseniority over employees exercising retreat rights for in-section bidding and notify our members of the change.

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As a local president I take my role seriously and protect my stewards. Shop Stewards are the foundation of our Union and take all the abuse of supervisors and disgruntled members. We must protect the members and stewards from the games that management will be playing and the violations in that section will be out of control without a strong Union present.

My fellow stewards and local representatives we cannot and must not tolerate any attack on our superseniority by our own APWU Leadership they will never be excessed or denied union time like us.

Join me and vote for change.


William LaSalle <williamlasalle@comcast.net>
Philadelphia BMC Local 7048
- Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 07:33:26 (PDT)

2007 - "I agree with Bill Burrus," Hooray!!!

2013 - "I agree with Bill Burrus," Boooo!!!

I never know whether to zig or zag.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 19:58:21 (PDT)

Mike Nodine I have questions for you and the MFT?

Do you plan to negotiate a contract in which the pay increases will be for future employees ONLY?
Do you plan to return to the old Part Time Regular Status?
Do you plan to return to the PTF status in all offices Level 21 and above?
Do you plan to exclude PSE’s (temporary employees) from the union?
Do you plan to return to the procedure that allowed employees to be excessed over 50 miles?
Do you plan to return the call center work to contract work?
Do you plan to return the custodians work taken from the contractors back to the contractors?


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alt Steward
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 19:37:03 (PDT)

Bobby,

One example (of many) comes to mind.
Have you or any of those on "your list" seen/read this 2011 testimony?
Is that what's best for the membership and our union?
Do you/they think we need MORE of this?

Question by Senator Daniel Akaka: "If Congress were to legislate changes to the existing contracts by altering your layoff positions in health and retirement benefits, my question is if any of these proposals were implemented could unions and the postal service go back to the collective bargaining table to renegotiate these contracts immediately?"

President Guffey's Answer: "I do not believe sooo and I believe Ahh the post office would say we’ve got what we got, your name is on this thing. Congress changed the rules for you, us over here. Unless Congress changes other rules, an example, one of the examples I would like to elaborate on, we gave them 20% non-career workforce which mean 20% of the people will not have a retirement. If you give them the right to pull out of the retirement and they say they‘ll have matching funds, will –that, does that include these non-career people? You know they are not going to come ah back and say we give these things to this other group of people uh ah uh that we agreed to give them ah, unless ‘YAW-ll’ tell them they have to uh and we uh don’t believe ‘uh’ the uh Congress should be in the middle of the uh negotiating process. When the post office has problems they’ve talked to us, we’ve worked through those problems as best we can."
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Bill Burrus and the many Locals, Retiree Chapters and Retirees (members and officers) who support Mark Dimondstein and the APWU Members First team are "right on the money."


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 18:28:01 (PDT)

This list of current and retired officers disagrees with former president Burrus. Why do so many current officers and former officers support President Cliff Guffey and his Leadership team? The reason is they are the best to lead our great union.

Current Officers: Cliff Guffey President, Greg Bell Executive Vice-President, Elizabeth "Liz" Powell Secretary-Treasurer, Mike Morris Industrial Relations Director, Gary Kloepfer Legislative & Political Director, Martha Shunn-King Organization Director, Joyce B. Robinson Research & Education Director, Sue Carney Human Relations Director, Bill Kaczor Health Plan Director, and Judy Beard Retiree Director,

Regional Coordinators: John H. Dirzius Northeast Region, Mike Gallagher Eastern Region, Sharyn Stone Central Region, Princella Vogel Southern Region, and Omar Gonzalez Western Region.

Clerk Division: Rob Strunk Director, Lyle Krueth Assistant Director [B], and Lamont Brooks Assistant Director [C]

Maintenance Division: Steve Raymer Director, Idowu Balogun Assistant Director [A], and Greg See Assistant Director [B].

Motor Vehicle Service Michael O. Foster Director, and Javier Pineres Assistant Director

RETIRED NATIONAL OFFICERS: David Johnson, Executive VP, Douglas Holbrook, Secretary Treasurer, Kenny Wilson, Clerk Craft Director, Andy Anderson, Assistant Clerk Craft Director, Jim Connors, Assistant Clerk Craft Director, Don Johnson, Assistant Clerk Craft Director, Pat Williams, Assistant Clerk Craft Director, Donald Ross, MVS Director, Teddie Days, Assistant MVS Director, Jim Lingberg, Maintenance Director, Edgar Williams, Assistant Maintenance Director, Bobby Donelson, Assistant Maintenance Director, Owen Barnett, Assistant Maintenance Director, Randy Sutton, Assistant Maintenance Director, Roy Braunstein, Legislative Director, Myke Reid, Director Legislative/Political, Steve Albanese, Assistant Director of Legislation/Political, and Bob Pritchard, MVS Director

REGIONAL COORDINATORS: Raydell Moore and Neal Vaccaro

CLERK CRAFT NBA’s: Bucky Walter, John Kelly, Jerry Fabian, Bill Wells, Tommy Harper, Jimmy Fouts, Wayne Bertram, Jerry Collins, Louise Yannuzzi, Margaret Leaf, Leon Tatum, Ken Pease, Bob Stutts, Carl Casillas, Ron Nesmith, Woodrow Williams, Ben Lyons, Eugene Polanski, Denise Hernandez Young (All Craft), Larry Gervais, Rus Bugary

MAINTENANCE NBA’s: Jim Wheeler, Charlie Robbins, Chuck Sundgaard, Richard Shepard, and Don Foley.

MVS NBA’s: Laverne Johnson, and Bruce Bailey.

Special Delivery: Tom Donohue - Asst Dir Special Delivery, Rick Parrish, and Dave Bernstein

Support Service: Virginia Johnston

RETIRED STATE PRESIDENTS: Harold Terry-Alabama, Sharon Smith-Oklahoma, Elaine Drain-Nebraska, Tom Mayse-Kansas, Bea Wilkerson-Kansas, Annie Baxley-South Carolina, Richard Vess-Tennessee, Charlie Bush – South Carolina, and Don Sevre – Minnesota.

ABA: Michael Ganino and Bill Sims.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 16:40:20 (PDT)

Burrus Journal - VOTE
September 10, 2013

The Election Committee will begin mailing ballots today so members should start receiving them later this week. Upon receipt of the ballot, complete it, take it to work and don’t forget to mail it. Do not put your ballot aside. If you need to talk to a union representative or coworker before completing it, do it today.



VOTE for the APWU Members’ First Team!
Mark Dimondstein ……………………………President
Debby Szeredy ………………………………….Vice President
Violetta “Vi” Ward……………………………..Secretary-Treasurer
Tony D. McKinnon…………………………….Industrial Relations Director
Clint Burelson……………………………………Clerk Craft Director
John LMarcotte…………………………………Legislative/Political Director
Anna Smith……………………………………….Organization Director
Robert Furbush…………………………………Health Plan Director
Kennith Beasley…………………………………Southern Region Coordinator

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!


Jim Bertolone <bertroch@hotmail.com>
Rochester,NY Area Local 215
President
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 14:22:45 (PDT)

Why I Support the Leadership Team

I believe Mark Dimondstein and his team are dedicated unionists and Mark is a friend. That does not mean that they have the experience at any level in our National Union to come close to the decades long experience and list of accomplishments of Cliff and the Leadership Team. These are transformative and dangerous times for our union, all unions, and all government employees. Cliff Guffey, Greg Bell, and Mike Morris have proven their dedication and competence for decades. Liz Powell has done the same as NBA,Regional Coordinator, and now Secretary/Treasurer, also for decades. I also believe past Legislative Director Myke Reid was never given the credit he deserved and underappreciated, but Gary Kloepfer has already hit the ground running and is doing a great job. Greg See has fought for the Maintenance craft and APWU members as hard as anyone for years. Rob Strunk, last but never least, has been perfecting clerk craft rights and protecting clerk work since long before he was at National, writing clerk craft contract language and crafting improvements at headquarters when he was a Local officer working with Cliff, the late Bob Tunstall and others.

I have listened to the Congressional testimony and read written statements from Cliff and his administration on Federal Health Benefits and it was the Leadership Team that took over in the middle of our most difficult negotiations and stopped an outgoing President from putting FEHB on the table. It is the Leadership Team through a public campaign in media, in front of congressional offices, and at press conferences, local, state and National that has educated the public and got them on our side, the only way we will win this long struggle in Congress and against privatization.

As for those still attacking a contract overwhelmingly approved, yes we didn't get everything we wanted, but we never do. Yes our PSE percentage is higher than we would like, but thousands of poverty level postal jobs outside the bargaining unit are now living wage jobs with paid vacation, seniority, due process and health benefits, all part of APWU. Not even an organizer like Mark Dimonstein could come close to that under the existing application of Labor law. In my local there are over 20 offices, stations and large associate offices where PTR's and PTF's had 2 or 4 guarantees a pay period, now its a minimum of 60 hours a pay period. Eight hour day? If their schedule is 6 hours on a day they get OT for the seventh hour and any hours beyond their schedule. Four days/10 hours a day bids filled by the most senior people that want 3 days off. Work that 41st hour on a scheduled day and its double time. Maintenance in small offices and HCR runs brought in house. Until this contract as long as the Postal Service could show they "considered" the Article 32 factors, the work was going out the door even if we could match or better the cost. No more! After the attack on MVS in California is there any doubt MVS would be on its way out under the old language? The win for small offices on the Article 1 Global Settlement is just the beginning. If we prevail on what was negotiated, small AO's will be substations of large offices with Lead Clerks replacing Postmasters and ALL work in small offices to our clerks, once unachiveable and now very possible.

The lower starting salary is hundreds of dollars a year better than Clark Kerr's horrible decision in 1984, adjusted for inflation. No excessing beyond 50 miles. Over 75% of the plants closed before Cliff took office. Claims by the Membership team that Cliff is selling out the carriers on 6 Day delivery are false. All the Leadership team has done is elevate degrading service standards and plant closings to the same or higher level. Key House and Senate leaders have introduced such a bill and they now undrestand our position that what good is Saturday delivery if the mail Americans are getting should have been delivered on Thursday or Friday? We continue to stand up for the other unions even though they weakened bargaining power by pulling out of the Joint Bargaining Committee, refused to discuss one Postal Union, and had our members pay for all contract negotiations and interest arbitration by then saying "Me Too" to what we achieved. Two unions pushed the $55 billion health care pre-funding and Postal Reform in return for the last mile. Of course the PMG and BOG didn't tell them the last mile might be one cluster box on the street, 5 days a week, and maybe only 3 days a week.

At the time of the Postal Strike my family was under the poverty level as were many Postal employees in NY. My father was not at top step (about $8400 per year) had a second job and my mother worked part time. A family of four needed $11,000.00 plus to be above poverty and we were a family of six. Many strikers came from a post war culture where there were about 1,000 strikes a year, now less than 10. There were thousands of factory jobs paying more if they lost there jobs. Those jobs are gone now, Kodak, Xerox, General Motors to name a few in my city. The militants coming in the USPS in the 1960's and '70's are retired. Those who came twenty to thirty years ago came to decent jobs and now have too much to lose. Pay comparability? UPS was our favorite, unionized and doing similar work and misrepresented on these pages. NY Assemblyman Scarborough just had a job fair with UPS in Queens--mailprocessing jobs, 20 hour guarantee, unskilled $8.50 per hour to start, $9.50 an hour for skilled, health benefits after one year. According to the Wall Street Journal we have hundreds of thousands of people working for minimum wage with Bachelor's Degrees. Clark Kerr's horrible decision, until changed, leaves interest arbitration a last resort to be avoided. No one likes change but does General Motors or Chrysler exist today without the changes bargained by UAW? Mr. Richards made one of the greatest convention speeches I ever heard in my 32 years of conventions and 40 years as APWU advocate. The offer by the Service was new Special Delivery messengers at one lower pay level in return for a share of Express Mail and some Priority. The way the PRC prices products, if Special Delivery kept a significant portion of Express they would price the service out of existence as opposed to a letter carrier delivering Express on their route. His passion against this concession won the day. Within a few years there was no more Special Delivery Craft.

Members who are against the Leadership Team because they believe we should have had a better contract need to tell me how, without invoking "interest arbitration". Tom Geoghegan wrote a book over twenty years ago that won the Chicago Book Award called "Which Side Are You On?" He was the labor attorney for the mineworkers when Trumka was their President. Though an attorney, one of his basic themes was that going to the NLRB, the Courts, or Interest Arbitration was playing the bosses game, on the bosses homefield, with the bosses rules, and the bosses referees. This is, in my view, especially the case after Clark Kerr's horrible misreading of the law on pay comparability and a completely wrong precedent. I can always buy an argument for achieving more and a more militant achievable strategy. I will never buy Interest Arbitration before millionaire arbitrators as militant unionism.

I support the Leadership Team.
Jim Bertolone


Brian Dunsmore <brian_d4@yahoo.com>
Portland Oregon Area Local
President
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 12:18:14 (PDT)

Greetings fellow activists!

My name is Brian Dunsmore, and I am privileged to serve as the Portland Oregon Area Local President - a position I have held for almost 6 years. I am lucky to be surrounded by a diverse and dynamic group of officers and stewards. Today I want to discuss one unionist who has distinguished herself from this group. Anna Smith is this individual.

Anna Smith has always impressed those who work with her, both as the Oregon State President and as the Director of Associate Offices for the Portland Local. She invests her heart and soul into each task, always for the benefit of the membership. Anna meets each challenge with a smile and quickly begins the work necessary to achieve her goal. Adjectives such as engaging, hard-working, fearless, and dedicated are simply a few of the many superlatives that describe Anna.

If Anna says that she will signup every non-member to the APWU, you cannot doubt that she will be working tirelessly toward that goal. Some may believe that goal is unattainable, but Anna Smith will fight every day to meet that challenge. I can personally attest that if anyone can achieve the impossible, it is Anna.

These are the reasons I support Anna Smith for Organization Director. It is high time that our union demands an effective and dynamic leader to this important position - Anna Smith will never let us down.

I am offering a friendly challenge to each local president throughout the country. If any local can exceed the Portland Local's vote count for Anna Smith, I will personally send you a union-produced box of See's Candy! It is a challenge that I hope to be paying to dozens of my fellow presidents throughout our great nation. Please support and vote for Anna Smith for Organization Director.


Bill Lewis <Billlewistmal@aol.com>
Trenton Metro Area Local & NJ State Postal Workers Union
President
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 10:00:04 (PDT)

Trenton, NJ APWU members at the Trenton P&DC were greeted by Mark Dimondstein, candidate for President of the APWU. Mark received a favorable response from the members he met. He discussed the future of our union, shared ideas and listened to members’ concerns. Members on all three tours were very eager to share their views and ideas. Mark is leading the APWU Members First Team.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 09:23:09 (PDT)

RE: "Comparison to UPS or the Teamster is not relevant or on the same playing field."

Bobby, Surely you know the USPS has, for years, used the Hay Group to do wage comparisons of the private sector in APWU-USPS Interest Arbitration.


Louis M. Kingsley Jr. <Louiskingsleyapwu@gmail.com>
California Area Local / State Org.
Maintenance State Craft Director
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 08:55:37 (PDT)

I want to thank the San Fernando Valley Area Local President Tim Maynard and the Maintenance Craft Director John Swaim for their personal endorsements and confidence in me to continue the fight for the Maintenance Craft in the Western Region. President Maynard the California State Vice-President was one of the California State Executive Board Members who voted unanimously to endorse me at the California State convention in the upcoming national election.

To see the actual endorsements please visit my website at www.Vote4LouisKingsley.com


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 08:39:28 (PDT)

Mike, there is no doubt you have not read previous contract or interest arbitration awards. The issue of medical has been addressed by many. We were fortunate to work with a lower medical costs than other federal workers or retirees for many years.

Comparison to UPS or the Teamster is not relevant or on the same playing field.

One company is a private sector company and the other a government service.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alt Steward
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 07:31:54 (PDT)

I inadvertently left Article 21.1.B out.

Article 21.1.B is the 2010 “Watershed” CBA article that takes us from the USPS paying 81% of our monthly healthcare premiums to 76%. The USPS pays LESS and we the Members pay MORE!

"For career employees on the rolls prior to the effective date of this Agreement, the bi-weekly Employer contribution for self only and self and family plans in Plan Year 2012 is adjusted to an amount equal to 81% of the weighted average bi-weekly premiums under the FEHB as determined by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in January 2012. Thereafter the Employer contribution will be adjusted to 79% effective in January 2013, 78% effective in January 2014, 77% effective in January 2015, and 76% effective in January 2016. For career employees hired on or subsequent to the effective date of this Agreement, the bi-weekly Employer contribution for self only and self and family plans in Plan Years 2012 through 2015 is adjusted to an amount equal to 77% of the weighted average bi-weekly premiums under the FEHBP as determined by OPM. The employer contribution will be adjusted to 76% in January 2016."
(found on page 125 of our contract [pdf])

Now let us look at the Teamsters UPS contract to see what percentage of the employee’s health care premiums their employer pays:

NATIONAL MASTER UNITED PARCEL SERVICE AGREEMENT
For the Period Beginning August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2018
ARTICLE 34. HEALTH & WELFARE AND PENSION
Section 2
(b) …UPS will be responsible for making the weekly payments to the CSH&W Plan to provide the medical coverage.
(found on page 16 of their contract [pdf])

Yes, the Teamsters just negotiated FREE HEALTHCARE for their UPS workers who sort and deliver just like we do. Where is the parity in that?

APWU – What Leadership?


John Spezia <299john@gmail.com>
Austin TX Area Local 299
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 06:55:38 (PDT)

Is the vote a joke? Is this organization reflecting best practices in leadership for the members?

Let us not forget the National Convention in Los Angeles. Take the final version of the resolution NEB 216. Many thoughtful resolutions from Washington State, Indiana to the East Coast are suggested on how to reform this organization. These resolutions involved consolidating or eliminating certain offices. All are disposed or withdrawn at the convention because the Delegates were weary of this multiyear negotiation. We passed it. Now, positions may be eliminated only if people leave. This is saving money based on happenstance. A long ignored recognition of retirees resulted in job creation.

Additionally, the rhetoric reduced to baseless name calling from the Chair, a breach of decorum.

At the National website, I count 71% of the slots as unopposed, 60 of the 84 positions. Only 30% of the offices are contested. Don't make this vote a joke. Make your vote count.


William "Bill" Kaczor <BKaczor@comcast.net>
Buffalo, NY
National Health Plan Director
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 04:14:25 (PDT)

I inadvertently left PRINCELLA VOGEL candidate for Southern Regional Coordinator off my earlier posting as a member of the Leadership Team 2013.

PRINCELLA is and has been a strong supporter of the APWU Health Plan and I urge you to vote for and support to PRMCELLA VOGEL for Southern Regional Coordinator.

The National Executive Board and the Health Plan Board of Directors needs continuity and needs PRINCELLA VOGEL.

Vote for the Leadership Team 2013


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alt Steward
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 01:15:23 (PDT)

My support of the Members First Team of APWU national officer candidates goes beyond trying to undo what I consider the worst negotiated setbacks of any Union contract in the history of the Labor Movement, our 2010 “Watershed” contract. The many wholesale contractual changes negotiated by APWU President Guffey and his Leadership Team of incumbents in the 2010 “Watershed” contract appear to be little more than a collection of bad horse trades on the surface, and something far more sinister when taken as a whole. Among these:

- The loss of the well-established long-standing pay scale that was replaced with the lower tier capped pay scale for future APWU new hire career workers.

- The loss of the 40 hour work week and two consecutive days off with the APWU Non-Traditional Full Time (NTFT) positions.

- The loss of a large percentage of career positions when 6% casual workers were replaced with 20% non-career lower cost fewer benefits Postal Support Employees (PSE’s).

- The loss of the ability to negotiate the remaining Part Time Flexibles (PTF’s) to ever be converted to Full Time Regulars (FTR). This is because the remedy for grievances filed for new positions based on exceeding work hour thresholds is the creation of additional NTFT positions and not PTF conversion to FTR. Neither PTF’s nor PSE’s can bid on NTFT positions and both will see their work hours cut by such grievance awards that create new NTFT positions that benefit existing FTR’s. This places the Shop Steward in the precarious position of enforcing the contract at the financial expense of the PSE and PTF APWU Members she or he represents. I don’t know what you call that, but I call it a betrayal of dues paying Members by their own Union.

These and the other permanent solution “setbacks” for APWU represented workers negotiated by President Guffey and his Leadership Team of incumbents in the 2010 “Watershed” contract, according to the USPS, will save over $3.8 Billion dollars over the course of the four and a half year contract.

APWU Members were told these permanent solutions were needed because the economy was so bad in 2010 and 2011 and the $5 Billion per year PAEA payment from 2006 to 2016 was crushing the USPS financially. While partially true, (this leaves out the excessive $14 to $18 billion in commercial mailing discounts) those are temporary problems. The economy runs in cycles from booming good times to hard times busts and back again. At some point our economy will recover. The PAEA was scheduled to end in 2016, if it is not forgiven sooner.

Now President Guffey and his Leadership Team of incumbents are saying the USPS’s financial crisis is manufactured. Really? They are admitting to have negotiated permanent concessions for a temporary financial crisis that is also a false manufactured crisis? That’s rich.

In any case, when these financial issues are finally behind us, the USPS will be set to make record profits. Unfortunately, the APWU represented workers on the workroom floor will be unable to participate in that recovery because the permanent “Watershed” contract solutions will still be binding as there are no sunset clauses or contingency agreements to recover any of those give backs after the USPS turns the corner to profitability. Just whose side are they on?

Yet all of those tactical negotiated losses are only pieces to a larger puzzle.

One must ask what President Guffey and his Leadership Team of incumbents has done to save even one facility consolidation or closure? APWU TV commercials? Encouraging Members to write and call congress? How many consolidations or closures did that save? Not one.

So why isn’t President Guffey and his Leadership Team of incumbents doing more to fight to preserve the Post Office as our Founding Fathers established it and intended for it to be a SEVICE for the American People?

Look at the 2010 “Watershed” contract again. Notice how each new provision gives USPS management’s greater ability and “flexibility” to downsize by consolidation and facility closures? Rather than fighting to preserve the USPS, President Guffey and his Leadership Team negotiated a contract to make the downsizing easier on USPS management and easier on the existing APWU FTR’s who already have a career job. All other APWU Members and future Members were thrown under the bus.

I simply cannot in good conscious vote to elect any Union officers who would willingly collaborate with those who are deliberately working to dismantle and destroy the very business we work for, that our Founding Fathers intended to serve the American People.

We must vote out these incumbent collaborators and elect a new set of officers to begin fighting the fight that we should have been fighting in 2010. Otherwise, we must expect our next contract in 2015 to be even worse.

The choice is yours, but only if you VOTE!!!


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, September 09, 2013 at 22:07:52 (PDT)

New poll up on 21CPW Poll page:

"In the APWU 2013 Election of National Officers, who will you vote for the position of President?"


William "Bill" Kaczor <BKaczor@comcast.net>
Buffalo, NY
National Health Plan Director
- Monday, September 09, 2013 at 15:52:52 (PDT)

William “Bill” Kaczor
Candidate for Health Plan Director

Ballots are on the way

VOTE THE LEADERSHIP TEAM 2013

Thank you for giving me this forum to “TOOT” my own horn.

During my leadership over 8 Million dollars have been directed to the union from the OPM in the last year and over 100 Million since I became the Health Plan Director. This does not include dues monies received from non postal retirees and associate members. I do not need to tell you the impact these revenues have on the overall financial condition of the Union.

Over 3 thousand new health plan enrollees in the last year even while union membership is declining.

Thousands of additional providers in our combined networks were added during the last year. CIGNA, United Health Care, Health plan staff and employees and I continue to work hard toward increasing these numbers. This was not done by one person going door to door.

I quote from the other candidates APWU web site candidate page “I would like to give a shout out to Rocky, Maurice, Pat, Audrey and the other employees of the health plan for their hard work and dedication to the plan”. I say to that candidate Thank You for recognizing the quality of the staff that I am somewhat responsible for putting together.

He claims to have been a health plan representative for many years and will work towards enrolling the non-enrolled yet working by his side he admits that a significant number are not enrolled in the plan because their doctors do not belong to the network and he will correct this problem.

Health Plan Representatives are routinely instructed to advise the plan of these situations and we would have made a concerted effort to enroll these providers.

He stated in his article that he and his nurse wife have reviewed OBAMA CARE and will work towards implementing the provisions.

Your APWU Health Plan has already implemented many of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) mandates before the required time frame. The following provisions have been rolled out as early as 2010
• Dependent coverage up to age 26
• No lifetime dollar limits
• We spend 85% of premium on care and plan improvements
• Preventative care including physicals paid at 100%
• Wellness programs: APWU was the first to offer health management programs, offering 100% coverage for diabetes, hypertension and weight management
• Pre-existing conditions cannot affect the cost of care

We also introduced a number of firsts in the Federal program during my time as Director.

A quote from the immediate APWU past president
“In the years that Bill Kaczor has served as Director of our APWU Health Plan, it has consistently been highly rated by both our members and outside experts for its excellent service and its innovative benefits. For our plan to continue receiving such well deserved praise for its progress we must re-elect Bill Kaczor the person who served you well, responsibly and effectively “.
Unless I am mistaken nothing has changed since this quote was originally printed and circulated.

Additional quotes by this same past president can be referenced wherein he shouts accolades on each of those that he now suggests should be voted out. When they were on his team he sang a different tune.

Health Plan premium increases have always been at or below the average increases in the federal program

We have finalized our discussions with the OPM for the contract year 2014 and I can assure you that every effort was made to minimize any premium increase and we hope to be introducing additional new benefits in 2014

I refer you to the Health Plan web site www.apwuhp.com, and the Union web site www.APWU.org as well as the news service bulletin later this month for information concerning 2014 premiums and benefits..

I am proud to say that the APWU Health Plan, during my leadership, has continued to be one of the top rated plans in the federal program and this is verified by the OPM when it applauds us by providing the Union with the monies previously mentioned.

I ask you to continue with experience, continue with progress, continue with leadership and continue with Kaczor and the entire leadership team 2013. …WHY?? Because you will be deciding the direction the Health Plan and the Union will be taking over the next three years when you cast your vote.

CONTINUE WITH EXPERIENCE: You have a choice: You can vote for me and my proven track record or someone with little experience.

CONTINUE WITH PROGRESS: Over the years during my leadership we found that the most cost effective way to add hospitals and providers to our networks is by having CIGNA and United Health Care negotiate agreements using their broad enrollment bases. This practice has led to a steady increase in the number of providers in our networks. As mentioned earlier thousands in the last year alone. It should be obvious that one person going “door to door” did not and could not cause this expansion in our networks. .

CONTINUE WITH LEADERSHIP: You have my word that your Health Plan will continue to provide excellent benefits and service at the lowest possible cost and that I make no promise that I know I cannot keep.

I ask you to continue with Progress, continue with Kaczor and vote for the:

Leadership Team 2013.

CLIFF GUFFEY…PRESIDENT
GREG BELL…EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
LIZ POWELL…SECRETARY TREASURER
MIKE MORRIS…INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS DIRECTOR
GARY KLOEPFER…LEGISLATIVE/POLITICAL DIRECTOR
MARTHA SHUNN-KING…ORGANIZATION DIRECTOR
WILLIAM ‘BILL’ KACZOR…HEALTH PLAN DIRECTOR
GREG SEE… MAINTENANCE CRAFT ASST. DIR.
ROB STRUNK… CLERK CRAFT DIRECTOR

Thank you!


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, September 09, 2013 at 15:12:59 (PDT)

Via Providence RI APWU Local President Ann Albro-Mathieu on Facebook (9/8/13):

"It was nice to get a surprise visit today from Mark Dimondstein and Debby Szeredy here in Providence. The members were truly honored that candidates for National Office took time from their busy schedules to talk to them and answer their questions for over seven hours! It really meant a lot to them, especially the PSEs. Thank you for the visit, and have a safe trip home!"


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Sunday, September 08, 2013 at 19:26:57 (PDT)

Via Mark for APWU President Facebook page:

Mark Dimonstein: "Great to hear of the endorsement for my candidacy (and a number of others on our team) from the San Antonio TX APWU! Big thanks to the members, stewards, officers and Local President Alex Aleman! The movement is growing day by day as we head into the home stretch."

Jane Duggan: "The Detroit District Area Local today endorsed the following Members First Candidates: Mark Dimondstein - President, Tony McKinnon - DIR, John Marcotte - Leg/Political Dir, Anna Smith - Organization Dir, Robert Furbush - Health Plan Dir and Clint Burelson - Clerk Division Dir."


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Sunday, September 08, 2013 at 15:12:25 (PDT)

Via Bill Burrus on Facebook:

"I respect Bobby Donelson and other defenders of the contract but knowing most of them personally I am convinced that they are as appalled as I of the 25% pay reduction for future employees, the increase of non career from 6% to 20%, the obligation that all future employees must serve indefinitely as PSEs and the reduction of the 40 hour work week to 30 hours. These changes are indefensible and while they may support the officers who negotiated them, as unionist they understand the impact as well as I. These changes were not forced on the negotiators as they willingly participated in the give and take of finalizing a contract. Arbitration was not the alternative. They wanted what they got and were willing to make the exchange. The public explanation was their intent to save the Postal Service but the savings generated were converted to rate discounts so the USPS financial position did not improve with the shifting of $4 billion dollars from employees. I respect the right for any person to make their own decisions and I am not the judge to determine this right but the supporters of the administration understand the damage done and in a vacuum they would strongly resist such changes. If the pmg had arbitrarily imposed the changes agreed to they would be calling for nationwide resistance but when associated with officers who they support they become acceptable. You can support the officer(s) of your choice and I respect that but I know that you do not support what has been done."


Carter M Smith <ctrsmith@gmail.com>
MAD Fort Dodge IA
- Sunday, September 08, 2013 at 12:54:00 (PDT)

Don Foley's endorsement
Please share my endorsement for Dean Hathaway for Maintenance NBA 'B', Central Region. Here is the letter I had previously sent out:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

For elected officers in the Union, re-election to a second term is generally thought to be the most perilous. That is, a newly elected officer is most prone – for a variety of reasons – to have a challenger at the end of his or her first term of office. As it happens, that is the case for Dean Hathaway, your Maintenance Craft National Business Agent. Dean is just completing his first three-year term and is faced with a challenge to his re-election to a second term.

I am writing to urge you to support the re-election of Dean Hathaway as your Maintenance Craft National Business Agent.

Over the course of the past three years I have stayed in frequent contact with Dean as he has navigated through the rough waters of a first term. And I know that it has not been an easy undertaking. Learning the NBA job and adjusting to its unique demands is difficult enough in the best of times. But the past three years has not been easy for any officer – National, State or Local – of this great Union; it has not been an easy period for postal workers. These three years have seen postal workers and the Union attacked on all fronts. We have seen unprecedented downsizing and excessing events as the Postal Service thrashes about under the burdens imposed by Congressional mandates designed to destroy it. The effects on workers and on the Union have been extreme, to say the least. Every NBA in the country has been tested to stand up to the onslaught of new and complicated issues – some of which we have never had to face before. Even your most senior NBA’s have been sorely tried in these circumstances, as has Dean in his first term.

Now is certainly not the time that you should be considering another change in the Maintenance NBA position. Dean has served you well over the past three years and can be expected to continue to do so. It certainly has not been easy. There have been times when one may have wondered whether some things could or should have been done differently or done better. Mostly we wonder in hindsight. And, as you know, hindsight is 20/20. From my frequent contact with Dean about the issues he has been dealing with, I know that he has faced each problem with the same dedication to fundamental union principles and with the strong desire to serve the members that convinced me three years ago that Dean was the right person to succeed me in the Maintenance Craft NBA position. I remain convinced that he is the right person for the job.

I urge you to resist and to encourage your members to resist the impulse to take out frustration with the Postal Service on an officer (or on any officer) who has served you well over the past three years. Dean Hathaway has shown the dedication and the skill that call for his re-election to Maintenance Craft NBA. Please support his re-election and explain to your members the need to vote to re-elect Dean Hathaway.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Donald L. Foley
Retired Maintenance NBA


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Sunday, September 08, 2013 at 10:12:18 (PDT)

Mike, like you I was an ET in the Postal Service. Unlike you I do not count a non vote as a no. In fact, if anything, I would say a no vote is easier to interpret as a yes vote.

Of those who chose to vote, more than 75% supported the contract. However, the contract is only part of the job of a union representative.

President Cliff Guffey stopped some of the bleeding that began long before he was president of our union.

In regards to both Jerry and John, we have all set patterns over the years. I generally support incumbent officers and both of you normally support non-incumbents at the national level of the union.

Within the next few weeks the membership will vote. I do believe they will support, Cliff Guffey for President, Greg Bell for Executive Vice President, Mike Morris for Director of Industrial Relations, Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Secretary Treasurer, Gary Kloepfer for Legislative & Political Director, Martha Shunn-King for Organization Director, Bill Kaczor for Health Plan Director, Rob Strunk for Clerk Division Director, Greg See for Assistant Maintenance Director “B”, Byron Denton for Retiree Delegate Western Region, Louis Kingsley for Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”, Shirley Taylor for San Francisco Region Clerk NBA “B”, and Ed Knipe for Western Region MVS NBA.

Due to the President Cliff Guffey’s action and the 2012 National Convention, as a retiree I will vote for Cliff Guffey for President, Greg Bell for Executive Vice President, Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Secretary Treasurer, Gary Kloepfer for Legislative & Political Director, Martha Shunn-King for Organization Director, Bill Kaczor for Health Plan Director, and Byron Denton for Retiree Delegate Western Region.

Because I am a full dues paying member I will vote for Greg See for Assistant Maintenance Director “B”, and Louis Kingsley for Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”.

I also recommend Clerk Members support and vote for Rob Strunk for Clerk Division Director and Shirley Taylor for San Francisco Region Clerk NBA “B”.

I also recommend MVS members support and vote for Ed Knipe for Western Region MVS NBA.


Jerry Monzillo <jmonz56@aol.com>
New Jersey State APWU
NJ State APWU President (retired)
- Saturday, September 07, 2013 at 19:46:25 (PDT)

Bobby Donelson posted on 9/6/2013:

"Why should President Cliff Guffey debate his opponent? I do not see the need for a debate."

Yes Bobby, the sky is green and the grass is blue. Now what has Guffey got to hide?
Could one answer be that he bombed on 9/6/2011 at a U.S. Senate hearing?

Following is a question and answer presented at the Senate Hearings on September 6, 2011 to the APWU witness: Cliff Guffey, President, APWU:

Question by Senator Daniel Akaka: "If Congress were to legislate changes to the existing contracts by altering your layoff positions in health and retirement benefits, my question is if any of these proposals were implemented could unions and the postal service go back to the collective bargaining table to renegotiate these contracts immediately?"

President Guffey's Answer: "I do not believe sooo and I believe Ahh the post office would say we’ve got what we got, your name is on this thing. Congress changed the rules for you, us over here. Unless Congress changes other rules, an example, one of the examples I would like to elaborate on, we gave them 20% non-career workforce which mean 20% of the people will not have a retirement. If you give them the right to pull out of the retirement and they say they‘ll have matching funds, will –that, does that include these non-career people? You know they are not going to come ah back and say we give these things to this other group of people uh ah uh that we agreed to give them ah, unless ‘YAW-ll’ tell them they have to uh and we uh don’t believe ‘uh’ the uh Congress should be in the middle of the uh negotiating process. When the post office has problems they’ve talked to us, we’ve worked through those problems as best we can."

Now you, the membership, be the judge.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alt Steward
- Saturday, September 07, 2013 at 19:00:27 (PDT)

Bobby Donelson posted below, on 9/6/2013:

"His opponent is constantly negative about the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the 79% membership approved the Collective Bargaining Agreement."

Uhhh, no they didn't. 91,802 voted out of 176,611 members who were mailed TA ratification ballots or 51.98% of our Membership actually voted. 69,451 For, 22,351 Opposed. That’s 69,451 out of 91,802 votes or 75.65% of those who voted. 75.65% of 51.98% is 39.32%.

39.32% of the Membership voted for this Watershed CBA Bobby, not 79%.

But I like your math Bobby. It inflates the truth by more than double. It is a typical example of our Leadership Team’s twisted propaganda and why the APWU is in so much trouble if they are reelected.

But you carry on Brother Donelson, don’t change a thing, we love you just the way you are. At this rate you may catch Baghdad Bob, Saddam’s Propaganda Minister back during the Iraqi invasion.

APWU: Official Local-by-Local Ratification Vote Totals


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Saturday, September 07, 2013 at 18:10:47 (PDT)

For Bobby: "Methinks {he} doth protest too much." - William Shakepeare in HAMLET


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alt Steward
- Saturday, September 07, 2013 at 10:39:01 (PDT)

Here is a link to an APWU Members First Team flyer I made for anyone who would like to distribute it:
- Front Page of Flyer [pdf]
- Back Page of Flyer [pdf]

It has an optional back page that can be printed on the reverse. It is designed to be cut on the verticle lines at the bottom to create pull tabs with the list of candidate names and the web address on the back of the tabs.

Here are my reasons for creating it:

I have always considered Unions to be corporations like any other who are competitively selling a product (Labor) in the marketplace to profit its employee-owner shareholders (the Union’s Members). The primary objective of a Unions is not about fostering personal friendships among it’s Members and Officers. Its about BUSINESS. And like any business that is under performing, those who must be held accountable to the shareholder-owners are the CEO/President and the Executive Board.

As we are fast approaching the election of my American Postal Worker’s Union national officers, I ask my some 180,000 fellow Sister and Brother Members these questions,

‘Are you better off now after three years of the Leadership Team and two Years of their “Watershed” 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) contract than you were four years ago?’

‘Can we trust President Guffey and our Leadership Team to negotiate our future Healthcare benefits when he tells Congressman Darrel Issa that “we could come up with a [single] health plan, I think, that we could tell our members that this is the health plan you will get your matching funds from the Post Office for”??? Did he lie to Issa then or is he lying to us now? Listen and judge for yourself:'
APWU July 17, 2013 Congressional Hearing: President Guffey's vision for future postal health plan [excerpt]
(Click Here for full video the above is excerpted from.
Please watch and listen to understand, especially Part 2)

‘Do you think we will get better results next time around by continuing to do the same things over and over that are clearly not working? Like giving management some $3.8 billion dollars of APWU represented worker’s pay and benefits so that management can continue to give corporate mailers (“junk mail”) excessive discounts more than the costs avoided? Should we Union Members continue to be complicit by electing Leaders who negotiated payment for this form of Corporate Welfare by picking the pockets of our PSE’s, PTF’s and new hires on the lower pay tier?’
USPS: New Labor Contract Saves $3.8 Billion

‘Was it fair that President Guffey and his so called Leadership Team gave us 20% PSE's and did not convert all PTF's to career first? Is it fair that now some of those PSE's with less than two years service are being converted to career positions instead of those who have been struggling as PTF's for many years? Is it fair to leave our PTF's behind and to abandon then like that?'

‘Can you honestly vote to reelect the so called “Leadership Team” of incumbents and APWU Union President Cliff Guffey who testified to a Congressional panel on Tuesday April 5, 2011 about the “Watershed” 2010 Contract he negotiated, "The contract will give the Postal Service the right to employ a substantially larger percentage of temporary workers [PSE’s] who will be paid relatively low wages." Since when does a Union President give management MORE RIGHTS than they already have?’
Dead Tree Edition: Some APWU Contract Savings Would Come at Expense of Other Postal Unions

‘Can you honestly vote to reelect the so called “Leadership Team” of incumbents and APWU Union President Cliff Guffey who gave back the basic 40 hour FTR work week with two consecutive days off for those NTFT positions?’

‘While I'm not a Communist, this article was on the money back in 2011 and accurately predicted our current situation:’
Postal workers fight wage cuts and 30-hour weeks!

And, while there are some notable gains with the 2010 “Watershed” Contract like the no Excessing beyond 50 miles, many of these gains are hollow, like for those Excessed to Mail Handler or Letter Carrier. One loses all of one’s seniority and one’s “No Layoff Clause” when that happens. And it is happening a lot. Or when one is excessed the 50 miles into a plant that is itself closing so that another 50 mile excessing can happen to those same excessed workers. That’s potentially 100 miles from being excessed just twice. But there is no limit on how many times one could be excessed into a closing facilities and then excessed again and again. Each 50 mile limit for each excessing event can easily add up to hundreds of miles of the course of the next few years.

The UPS Teamsters recently had a Tentative Agreement proposal with many appeasement concessions much like the ones President Guffey and his so-called Leadership Team negotiated into our 2010 “Watershed” Contract. Then the Leadership Team of incumbents campaigned and begged us to ratify it. Like little guppies we did.

But, the Teamsters are a REAL Union. Their Members who do the same mail sorting and delivery jobs we do at the USPS already get paid MORE than we are paid! Those Teamster Members voted NO! To ratifying that crappy Agreement and sent their officers back to the negotiating table to start over. What they got were $3.50 RAISES and FREE Healthcare! The employer, UPS pays 100% of their monthly premiums! Compare THAT to the "Watershed" we got.
Teamsters Approve National UPS Contract

Fool us once.

When our officers Fail to Perform, like any CEO and Executive Board in any corporation the size of our Union, it’s time we the shareholders vote them out of office and replace them with some new blood. And if the new blood fails to perform, we will vote them out too next term. That’s how you run a business. And the APWU is a business, not a Country Club.

I am glad to say that there is finally some hope for real and positive change in direction in our Union if we Vote OUT these “Leadership Team” incumbents!

And if we VOTE IN the MEMBERS FIRST TEAM, we will have a team that will FIGHT for ALL APWU Members.

Don’t vote for more of the same old thing that is not working and expect a different result or for things to ever get better.

Do your part to make a serious contribution to reversing the damage done by our own Leaders.

Vote for the Member’s First Team when you receive your ballot in the mail starting the second week of September!

APWUMembersFirst.org


Charles "Rufus" Hunt <ruruhunt@gmail.com>
Atlanta Metro Area Local Retiree Department
Candidate Southern Region Delegate
- Saturday, September 07, 2013 at 00:06:38 (PDT)

Brothers LaBrecque, Neurohr, and Sister Bobo, A MAN whom I highly respect, admire, and have followed over my postal career sent emails suggesting that WE (Southern Region Delegates, Candidates/Incumbent) not engage in this negative "Kat-Fight" during this crucial election, and I pledged to if at all possible.

Unfortunately I cannot exit this arena without one last statement: I have only been retired a little over 29 months, and actually decided to run for this office because of the VOID of visibility, organizing, and information dissemination, I personally was receiving as a retiree. It appeared that all needed from retirees was their dues, obedience and/or to put it another way, "Taxation Without Representation" and I was angry. Others boast of being retired for 10 plus years while holding these delegate positions, but one thing for certain, all jobs or positions within the APWU are first learning experiences where they too must have started. "I DO CARE ABOUT APWU AND THE RETIREE DEPARTMENT" and when elected will perform past expectations.

This will be my last post on this issue as promised; the ballots are being readied for the VOTE. Please retirees of the Southern Region, VOTE and VOTE TO ELECT: Charles "RUFUS" Hunt your NEW Southern Regional Delegate to the National Conventions. In Union Solidarity....


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Friday, September 06, 2013 at 14:04:24 (PDT)

Why should President Cliff Guffey debate his opponent? I do not see the need for a debate.

His opponent is constantly negative about the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the 79% membership approved the Collective Bargaining Agreement. This is a slap in the face of the voting members of our union.

What has President Cliff Guffey done?
1. Negotiate a Collective Bargaining Agreement that received 79% approval of those voting.
2. Provided TV ads stating our positions in regards to the USPS.
3. Chaired a National Convention in which all business was completed a day and a half early.
4. Supported and allowed all delegates the right to speak at the National Convention.
5. Supported retiree’s right to vote.
6. Appointed retirees to the National Constitution Committee
7. Supported all crafts.
8. All crafts/division directors’ support his re-election.
9. Clarified and corrected the Outside Organizing Fund and stopped the drain on the APWU, AFL-CIO Treasury.
10. His opponent has not provided any detailed plans for the future.

Do we want to put our future and the future of the union in the hands of unproven and untested national officers? I think the answer is no.

As a former National Maintenance Officer I cannot support his opponent position on outside organizing which I considered to be supporting privatization.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Friday, September 06, 2013 at 13:54:40 (PDT)

APWU Web News Article 100-2013, Sept. 6, 2013
Candidates’ Online Statements Updated

Several candidates for national union office have updated their online statements, in accordance with Article 11.3.c.2 of the APWU Constitution [PDF].

To view the statements on www.apwu.org, click here and follow the log-in instructions for the Members Only section.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Friday, September 06, 2013 at 12:46:17 (PDT)

Received today from Mark Dimondstein, Candidate for APWU President:

"The ballots are due to be mailed in one week in probably the most crucial APWU election of our lifetimes. As the incumbents and their hired staff seem more intent on throwing mud (outright lies included), rather than speaking to the issues, I refuse to take such a "low road". The "high road" is to continue to speak about the critical issues facing postal workers, our union and the postal public.

As part of taking the "high road" I continue to challenge the incumbent president to a debate that can be recorded and streamed to the interested members. There is still plenty of time and I have offered to go anywhere, anytime to get it done.

Why the refusal? It has been done in the past. Is it that the sitting president cannot defend the union contract of 2010 that have members reeling from its effects all over the country? Is it that he cannot defend his recent testimony before Congress where on the public record he offered up our current Health benefit plans, including sacrificing retiree health benefits? Is it that he cannot defend that "writing Congress" cannot be a sole strategy for success to save the public postal service?

Let's debate! The members deserve nothing less as they weigh their votes in the most crucial union election of our lifetimes!"


Al LaBrecque <allab@sisna.com>
"Cradle of Labor" Flint MI Area Local Retiree Chapter
President, Michigan State Retiree Chapter, MPWU
- Friday, September 06, 2013 at 09:40:03 (PDT)

My, my, Brother Hunt! Once again you demonstrate just how uninformed you are. Your post referencing me in the abstract as "supposedly" proposing the resolution for eligibility for retiree members to vote for national officers, and why I didn't speak on it in Convention, reveals how little you know.

I authored Res. #26. I didn't speak on it in Convention because I wasn't a credentialled retiree delegate. The late Sister Beverly Shealy was Central Region Retiree Delegate. Sister Beth Bobo and Western Region Retiree Delegate, Byron Denton, rose and spoke eloquently in support, among others.

F.Y.I.: Res. #26 was the culmination of 5 Conventions, 10 years, of my authoring and submitting that resolution. Where have you been?! I defend your right to run for Southern Region Delegate, but you need to get your facts straight before shooting from the lip.

I suggest that you consult with your own Atlanta GA Local Retiree Chapter past president and member, Walace Baldwin, with whom I had the pleasure of serving as one of the "Original Five" National Retiree Delegates to the '96 & '98 National Conventions. Wallace can fill you in on my background and engagement in Retiree Involvement in our Union since 1995, and as president of the Michigan Stqate Retiree Chapter since 2000.

You would be better served to run on your merits and credentials as a candidate rather than trying to denigrate Sister Bobo, who I have worked with on our retiree initiatives over the past 12 years. She is right on target when she states you are uninformed as to the limits of the duties of a National Retiree Delegate! I would dearly love to provide you a condensed course on the history of Retiree Involvement since the Retirees' Dept. was formed so the Union could collect retiree COPA money per Dept. of Labor, and my and Sister Bobo's efforts in that regard, along with Western Region Delegate, Byron Denton, and others. If you REALLY would like to know more so you don't appear so clueless, go to our Director, Sister Judy Beard, who could educate you on the facts in short order.

And, so you know; I'm a candidate for Central Region Retiree Delegate because it is an open seat due to the untimely passing of Sister Beverly Shealy. To the credit of the other candidate in my contest, he hasn't engaged in the scurrilous insinuations endured by incumbent Beth Bobo. Stand on your own merits and credentials by taking the high road, and the members will decide who will represent their best interests at the 2014 National Convention in Chicago.

Solidarity Forever!


Desi Neurohr <dneurohr@pgh-metro.net>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
- Friday, September 06, 2013 at 09:01:52 (PDT)

It appears that my 2 opponents for national convention retiree delegate, southern region, want to expend all their energy attacking each other. I, on the other hand, want to spend my energy representing the retirees in the southern region.

Upon retiring and moving to Florida, I immediately had my retiree dues moved to the Florida State Retiree Chapter as the APWU Local in my adopted town of Fort Myers has not been able to start a retiree chapter.

Had I received notification that there was a meeting of the Florida State Retiree Chapter I would have attended. Unfortunately, I have received no correspondence whatsoever from the Florida State Retiree Chapter. So much for the wonderful job that the incumbent does.


Elizabeth Bobo <bethluvsmiles@yahoo.com>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
Southern Region Retiree Delegate
- Friday, September 06, 2013 at 06:36:41 (PDT)

Rufus,
1. Once you retire you are either a member of a Chapter as your local has NOT a department and if you were active you would know this.
2. According to the Constitution you may leave your dues in the state you retired from or ask to have them moved to the state you live in.
3. Since at this time it is not possible for me to live in the state I served in for 20 years. I try to help smaller local people who are getting ready to retire on my own time and funds.
4. My other opponent has moved his dues from Pittsburgh to Florida but has yet to make any contact with the President of MY home local to even try to start a Retirees Chapter there. Also the State of Florida just had its fall seminar in my home local of SWFAL and I attended it. Yet he did not why is that?
5. The Central Region position is vacant because sadly Ms Beverly Sheely passed away. So the gentleman that you are referring to is just running for that position.
6. I am experienced, strong and intelligent.
7. I addressed Randy because I read the sections to the left of the website and found out that he had issues concerning his membership. You on the other hand are only concerned with this Election page.
8. It is clear that name calling and false statements are your specialty. Do not be sorry about a post where is your backbone man! If you cave that easily you are not the one to stand before a delegation of 3,000-4,000 predominately active members and fight for a retiree issue.
9. At the last convention you did not get up and speak for or against the amendment that is now in our constitution. That amendment gave MY retirees the right to VOTE for the National Officers that affect them in their retirement. Why is that? I am proud to stand up and fight for MY retirees.
10. You still have not researched the responsibilities that doing MY job entails. Post after post you FAIL in all aspects of your knowledge concerning what a retiree representative does.

Yours In True Solidarity,
Elizabeth (Beth) Bobo
Southern Region Retiree Delegate


Charles "Rufus" Hunt <ruruhunt@gmail.com>
Atlanta Metro Area Local Retiree Department
Candidate Southern Region Delegate
- Friday, September 06, 2013 at 03:48:27 (PDT)

Sister Bobo, I'm sorry you feel attacked, but you never cease to amaze me as you fired the first shot in your statement on APWU website.

I have not seen any statements/allegations of you made by Brother Randy, yet you direct all your responses to him, as you continue to suggest that I'm not active within my chapter. I question, where are you getting your information, and what do you consider active, holding office?

I never claimed you were aligned with an entire team, but that you had teamed with two national officers to unseat an incumbent part of the LT.

As you are well aware, I didn't ask why you don't/can't afford to drive to Atlanta and do the job requested by national, but you proffered that information in your post of 08/18/13 in this very forum. Also in your post of 08/15/13, you appear delusional as you in one paragraph heap praises on the Central Region Delegate, and in the next ask why he didn't speak in support of the resolution he supposedly proposed.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Brother Neurohr, although he chose to take a pop-shot at me, it does seem he relocated and adopted a retiree chapter as his home base just as you did or (do you reside in Georgia and your dues still reflect Florida?) just wondering.

I'm not in this race to engage you in a "KAT-FIGHT" but to succeed you as Southern Region Delegate. If the membership deem you to be worthy, then hopefully this challenge will SPUR you into some productive action, and I will fully support.
To the Retired Members of the APWU, please VOTE FOR CHANGE, and ELECT Charles "Rufus" Hunt your next delegate to the National Conventions.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 20:56:37 (PDT)

John, we happen to disagree in regards to who we support and our opinion on the contract.

The contract must be looked at as a whole. I think 79% of those voting supported the contract. I voted yes for the contract and I also support the membership ratification.

I know for sure I am voting for President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team, Louis Kingsley for Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”, and Byron Denton for Western Region Convention Delegate. I also value the opinion of former officers at all levels of the union and most by way of retired Clerk Craft Director Kenny Wilson also support Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team.

My role in the union has changed a lot. I spend most of the time on retiree issues. But I also consider the National APWU, AFL-CIO Election very important. My opinion, for what it is worth, is my opinion. I know every single person I have endorsed and have worked with all of them at one time or another.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 20:42:30 (PDT)

As the former Western Region Maintenance NBA, National Maintenance Representative at Large and National Assistant Maintenance Director “A” I have also endorsed Louis Kingsley. I will truly miss Chuck Sundgaard as our Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”. We all think Louis will be a welcome addition to the National APWU, AFL-CIO Maintenance Division. Please vote for Louis Kingsley - Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”.


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 20:40:55 (PDT)

Bobby, are you sure you haven't missed anyone? Most of these support the worst give back CBA in the history of the APWU if not the trade union movement. Let's not forget who they are!


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 20:30:07 (PDT)

Ref: Louis kingsley

"Western Region Maintenance NBA's Jimmie Waldon and Chuck Sundgaard have endorsed California State Maintenance Director Louis Kingsley for National Business Agent in the Western Region. Louis was also unanimously endorsed by the California State Executive Board at its EB Meeting last May in San Jose.

Mike Evans"


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 17:46:53 (PDT)

Southwest Coastal Area Local Endorsements and Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapter Endorsements

Cliff Guffey for President
Greg Bell for Executive Vice President
Elizabeth “Liz” Powell for Secretary Treasurer
Mike Morris for Industrial Relations Director
Gary Kloepfer for Legislative & Political Director
Martha Shunn-King for Organization Director
Bill Kaczor for Health Plan Director
Rob Strunk for Clerk Division Director
Greg See for Assistant Maintenance Director “B”
Byron Denton for Retiree Delegate Western Region
Louis Kingsley for Western Region Maintenance NBA “A”
Shirley Taylor for San Francisco Region Clerk NBA
Ed Knipe for Western Region MVS NBA


Al LaBrecque <allab@sisna.com>
"Cradle of Labor" Flint MI Area Local Retiree Chapter & Michigan State Retiree Chapter
President, Michigan State Retiree Chapter, MPWU
- Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 15:54:49 (PDT)

Southern Region opposition candidates; Desi & Rufus, in their candidate statements and posts on this site, reveal neither has a clue as to the duties or scope of represention of the position for National Retiree Delegate to the APWU National Convention, an UNPAID position!

Incumbent Sister Beth Bobo is well aware of the limits to this position, as do You "GO" Lady!

I've much more to add to Sister Bobo's outstanding service in Convention for Southern Region, and indeed, ALL retiree members, but this is a "test" post since I have been unable to get anything posted thus far. IF this one goes, hang on "boys", you have an education coming!


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 13:31:16 (PDT)

Looks like Retiree Chapters are excluded from the get out the vote incentive.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 12:41:12 (PDT)

Incentives Offered to Locals to Get Out Vote - APWU.org
Union Ballots to be Mailed by Sept. 13; Due Back by Oct. 7
September 4, 2013

The APWU is urging union members to vote in this year’s election of national union officers.
Voting is a right — and a privilege — afforded to every member.
To encourage participation, the union is sponsoring a voter-participation competition that will reward those locals whose members vote in the highest percentages.

“The union is strongest when union members are involved,” said President Cliff Guffey.
“No matter who you vote for, I encourage you to cast your ballot.”
Ballots will be mailed to all eligible APWU members Sept. 10-13, and must be returned to and received in the designated post office box by 2 p.m. on Oct. 7.

The incentive for participation in the election process will be payments to the locals to be used on behalf of the membership. The top three locals in each size category will receive cash awards based on the number of members:
1,000 and above: $4,000
500-999: $2,000
100-499: $1,000
1-99: $200

To be eligible, locals must reach a voter participation level of at least 50 percent. If more than three locals in any category generate 100 percent participation, all “100%” locals will receive awards.


Elizabeth Bobo <bethluvsmiles@yahoo.com>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
Southern Region Retiree Delegate
- Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 10:18:49 (PDT)

Randy,
I wanted the membership to know that had it not been for Liz Powell's diligence in recovering monies lost by whatever means, we would not now be recovering those said monies.

I have NOT aligned myself with any "TEAM" as "Rufus" claims. I am running on my merits only. I have proven that I can do my job. However it is interesting that "Rufus" is not active in the very chapter he belongs to and asks why I don't drive to Atlanta to do HIS job within his own chapter. My other opponent claimed to be from my very own home local and was called out on it by the President of my local.

OK boys, attack my successes to your heart's delight. Everyone has noticed you are not attacking each other. So Bring It!

Randy, you will get your ballot as will I and I will use it to vote for the candidates whom I feel has our best interests at heart.

Yours in Solidarity,
Elizabeth (Beth) Bobo


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 10:07:15 (PDT)

Received today from Bill Manley, Director, APWU Support Services Division:

Endorsement of the Leadership Team

I support and endorse Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team candidates because they have a record of proven leadership, accomplishments and success, and will continue to represent the best interests of the membership in our current and future challenges.

The dilemma that I have is with Mark Dimondstein. Dimondstein of the opposition team is a long term unionist who I have worked with in the past. I can attest that Dimondstein worked his butt off as an organizer for the APWU concentrating on the private sector. The reality is that his efforts were slowly sabotaged by Bill Burrus. Burrus continued to withhold funding for Mark’s private sector organizing team until our private sector efforts died a slow and agonizing death. Burrus eventually remove Mark as a staffer and private sector organizer. Mark subsequently went to work for a non-postal union (SEIU) as an organizer. The last I heard from Mark, Burrus was the next version of the incubus.

The irony is that Mark currently brags about how he now has the support of Burrus. Politics does create strange alliances and compromises. Mark’s ability to flip-flop his belief system to accommodate his current agenda is a classic example of downside of politics in our union and America in general. I no longer have the stomach for our politics, thus my decision not to run for re-election.

Dimondstein, by running for the top spot, is ambitious. To be successful, he would need a competent and well-rounded team to counteract his lack of experience at the National level. From what I can see, he filled his team with a group of people who have little or no experience to represent our great union and members we represent. In prior elections, I have supported Mark for Organization Director. But this time, Mark and his ticket is dearth of any experience for the desired roles and our members can ill afford to have inexperience individuals in position of leadership in what I see as our most troubling times.

As to my endorsement, Guffey’s team is leading the APWU through a period of transition during a rough political climate. As such, Guffey and his team get my support. Keep in mind that Guffey’s efforts in the last round of collective bargaining were hamstrung by Burrus’ attempt to thwart the negotiation process prior to Burrus’ retirement.

When Guffey, the NEB, and the delegates at the 2010 national convention shot down Bill Burrus’ attempt to get authority to negotiate with the PMG to take us out of the Federal Employees health Benefit Program (FEHBP), Burrus retired a bitter man. Since then, Burrus’ counterproductive attacks have continued relentlessly to this day even though the bulk of the membership voted to approve the Agreement. He been trying to get somebody or anybody to run against the Guffey and team ever since, and the end result is Mark and his group.

The fact is prior to the most recent contract, the Postal Service eliminated more than 100,000 jobs, there was a hiring freeze, management aggressively pursuing contracting out our work, anti-labor members of Congress demanding more job cuts and outsourcing. Guffey had the foresight to focus on jobs and job security, including limitation of excessing, while also maintaining protection against layoffs and cost-of-living allowances, providing wage increases. In addition, unorganized casuals were eliminated, replace with Postal Support Employees that were brought into the APWU bargaining unit, receiving raises, earning leave, and eligible for health benefits and the opportunity to become career employees by seniority.

Guffey and team responded to the demands of the members, including preserving our work, returning work previously contracted out or assigned to non-bargaining unit personnel, and providing our members the opportunity to perform new work. The contract was approved and ratified by more than 75% of the member s who voted.

Guffey and his team has a record of proven leadership, accomplishments and success fighting on behalf of our members and retirees, not only in the negotiations and arbitration, but also in the legislative arena.

I support and endorse the Leadership Team; Cliff Guffey, President; Greg Bell, Executive Vice President; Liz Powell, Secretary-Treasurer; Mike Morris, Industrial Relations Director; Rob Strunk, Clerk Division Director; Princella Vogel, Southern Region Coordinator; Gary Kloepfer, Legislative & Political Director; Martha Shunn-King, Organization Director; Bill Kaczor, Health Plan Director; and Greg See, Maintenance Division Assistant Director

Just one Manley’s opinion and endorsement.


Charles "Rufus" Hunt <ruruhunt@gmail.com>
Atlanta Metro Area Local Retiree Department
Candidate Southern Region Retiree Delegate
- Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 04:37:17 (PDT)

I was baffled and dismayed after reading the post from Sister Bobo. We are running for the position of Southern Region Delegate, and although I realize it is her prerogative to align herself with whomever she chooses, I feel it was totally out of character to join with other national officers in an attempt to defeat an incumbent. Sisters Bobo, Powell, and Beard are attempting to delegate the duties of the Office of Secretary/Treasurer to the Health Plan Director.

I contend that my sister need to attend to her responsibilities, as she stated in an earlier post that she cannot afford to make a 2 hour trip to Atlanta to assist a chapter as requested by the National. There are 11 states within the Southern Region, and only 4 with retiree chapters, she's not organizing or assisting chapters other than in her home state Florida, while residing in Georgia. I charge that sister Goes-Along-To-Get-Along, and that's not progressive or good for the retirees of the Southern Region.

I'm seeking your VOTE and support in this race because I CARE, am the best candidate for CHANGE, and will not be anyone's YES-MAN in any venture that will harm Retirees.

If you determine to not VOTE for Charles "RUFUS" Hunt, Southern Region Delegate, please exercise your right to VOTE and cast a ballot for whomever you desire.
VOTE...VOTE...VOTE...VOTE...VOTE...VOTE...VOTE


John G. Spezia <299john@gmail.com>
Local 299 Austin TX
Maintenance Craft Director
- Thursday, September 05, 2013 at 00:25:06 (PDT)

The NALC got better terms with an arbitrator imposed conditions than our negotiated settlement. The binding arbitration of the Mail Handler Union yielded the MA Mail Handler Assistant. It's like our PSE but without the 2-tier wage system. No, unlike the APWU, the arbitrator refused to go that far. Officers in my local supported the CBA. Let them negotiate to return these items on the next contract.

I sympathize with President enduring bad faith in bargaining. Evidence suggests that management obscured the return of office jobs to clerks, maintenance contract jobs to the craft, and eliminated some MOS jobs without following the Management-Labor agreement in good faith. It is clear what management is doing.

Do the candidates with "i" by their names admit their mistakes? How are the incumbents adjusting? It can be good for the assembly with splitting a ballot or wholesale change.


Elizabeth Ann Bobo <bethluvsmiles@yahoo.com>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
Southern Region Retiree Delegate
- Wednesday, September 04, 2013 at 09:33:07 (PDT)

Randy,
This website is quite interesting if you take the time to go to all the "sections" you have listed. I just read your email to National about your dues issue. At the last convention if you remember or have read the minutes, you will note that I spoke on just that issue.

I am sorry you have had this difficulty and I have faith that you will get your ballot.

Our Union has approximately 3,500 people who are not associate members, yet they were still able to maintain their APWU Health Plan Benefits.

As of this posting I know that Secretary/Treasurer Liz Powell and Retiree Director Judy Beard have sent out letters of demand...a term I use delicately. We all know what that is in the USPS.

What I want to know is why the Health Plan Director was not keeping up with its very own recipients.

As the Southern Region Delegate, I made it clear to the body that we were losing money because it was not being monitored correctly.

As a Retiree who pays their dues you should be just as outraged as I was when I found out that former federal employees where using our health plan without paying dues.
That is why as the Southern Region Retiree representative we brought that issue to the floor.

Now that all retirees have the right to vote I ask all of them to read up on all of the candidates and take note on what each of us has done to move us forward.

Liz Powell and Judy Beard brought the issue to us and have both acted on the problem. I would like to thank them for doing something that in my opinion the Health Plan Director is responsible for.

Last but not least lets prove to our Leaders that we can get the VOTE out!

ATTENTION ALL RETIREES PLEASE RESEARCH AND USE YOUR VOTE!

We fought hard for you at the last convention and I want to go over the 50 percent that is lagging behind in your poll.

As Your Sister in Solidarity I humbly ask for your vote as your Southern Region Retiree Delegate.
You will receive your ballot in about two to three weeks. VOTE and make it count!
Elizabeth (Beth) Bobo


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Wednesday, September 04, 2013 at 08:34:47 (PDT)

Joe,
It WAS historic. That win wasn't just a victory for APWU members, it was a tremendous victory for ALL unions and we should be celebrating it as such. The court ruling is a major precedent setting win that levels the playing field for ALL of labor's rank and filers...and Mark Dimondstein and his team made that happen. Hats off to them.


Joe Shevlin <JOE0986@comcast.net>
Red Bank Local
President
- Wednesday, September 04, 2013 at 04:55:26 (PDT)

Mark,
Congratulations on your win in Court. Would have been historic if we could have won another certain case, if you get my drift.

Tammy,
Great post and on point, I hope your Membership appreciates your knowledge and care for our future.

Bobby,
Good luck shilling for your team.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alt Steward
- Wednesday, September 04, 2013 at 02:36:31 (PDT)

Outside Organizing helps impoverished workers come up to our Middle Class standard of living and levels the playing field. It also attaches a discouraging poison pill for contractors bidding for USPS contracts as they would come to expect we would Organize them if we were committed to it. The result is the bidders would have to increase the price of their bids to take the Organizing of their workers into account. This would make it easier for us to compete to keep the work inhouse while paying good wages and benefits to ALL of our workers.

Instead of that logic, some support “contracting in” by impoverishing our own inside workers with low pay and benefits to compete with the outside sweatshop contractors. Instead of doing our duty to the Labor Movement at large and giving a helping hand to those in need of being raised up, we are pushing down our own inside our own house by making them second-class poorly compensated workers.

"The contract will give the Postal Service the right to employ a substantially larger percentage of temporary workers who will be paid relatively low wages," APWU President Cliff Guffey told a Congressional panel on Tuesday. [April 5, 2011]"

If our Union is not PROGRESSING, it is REGRESSING.

I consider it a crying shame that a Judge had to rule that Guffey and the Leadership Team were WRONG yet again and Mark and the Members First Team were RIGHT!!!

It is another example of poor decision making by the Leadership Team that could not pass muster. I also find it shameful that the Leadership Team supporters are howling about getting a couple of emails from ALL of the candidates. This is in addition to the same amount of mass mailings all candidates are doing. The email is just an additional means of all candidates giving our Members a little extra information about themselves, no different than this electronic forum. It’s time we get with the 21st Century already. What are they so afraid of?

Remember, the truth only hurts when you are wrong.

BTW, can anyone tell me what years APWU Candidate for President Mark Dimondstein was assigned the task of the outside Organizing by APWU Headquarters?

Was it more recent than the 2010 Watershed CBA?

I supported and voted for the Leadership Team in 2010 and I supported the Tentative Agreement until I read it.

Fool me once…
No more Watersheds!


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at 22:44:37 (PDT)

John, I think it is safe to say I am the primary one addressing the outside organizing issue. His action as an outside organizer hurt the Maintenance and MVS workers because the outside organizers were organizing non postal/government workers. These workers organized were non postal/government workers. Is this not supporting privatization? If, not how would you define privatization?

Mark should be ashamed suing the union. The e-mails were not being used for campaigning rather legitimate union work and duties. Looks like Mark thinks the union should come to a halt during an election year. I think Mark’s action will backfire on him. His actions did nothing but cost the union legal fees. I hope he is happy because most members probably are not happy with his action.

I know from personal experience many members get upset when we use e-mail to campaign for union positions.

Facebook is completely different, it is a voluntary action on our part.


Tammy Yorysh <morningbeam99@yahoo.com>
San Diego Area Local 197
Clerk Director
- Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at 20:32:14 (PDT)

The current contract, negotiated by the incumbents, has ruined us. We are the laughing stock of all postal unions. Those who aren't aware of that have not been on the workroom floor for years.

When the incumbents were on their contract ratification tour, management spoke frankly about the potential contract, and all were enthusiastically for its adoption. They couldn't wait for it to take effect. Why would they be so excited about the contract? Because we gave them everything.

Our members have suffered greatly from being sold down the river and deceived. The PSEs hate their status as non career employees with no hope of ever getting their postal career started. Regulars hate the PSEs because they are taking their work hours away, and I'm not just talking overtime, remember, full time has been degraded to 30 hours. We are losing members because of this. And the fractional dues we are getting from newhire PSEs can't make up for the losses. This will not end happily for any of us.

Anyone who would write an unfinished contract, then lie to their members and tell them this is a watershed agreement, simply cannot be trusted ever again to write another contract. What will they give away next time? I voted no on the contract, because they weren't able to fool me during the ratification tour. Anyone want to guess how I'm voting in the election?


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at 20:15:31 (PDT)

In my opinion, the post below re: outside organizing, is a total distortion. Outside organizing has been discussed within the Union for many years, primarily aimed at the Clerk Craft/mail preparation companies, but never seriously pursued in that direction.

The MVS outside organizing was directed by Convention action, in my memory, and was assigned to Mark. From personal experience I know that he was instrumental in organizing the Root Trucking Company, a star route contractor in this area. Without passing on the merits of that concept, in my opinion, the problem came with lukewarm to frigid support from the Union after Root was organized and inept administration by the Pittsburgh Metro Area Local. Moreover, I believe it was political pressure within the Union, which by then cooled on the concept, that abandoned the effort and those that were organized. Brings to mind the phrase, “Left twisting slowly in the wind.”

To crucify and pillory Mark now for his role in that effort ranks as one of the cheapest political smears seen on this board. The incumbents must be a little worried to sink to this level. (See below, they lost a big Federal Court case to Mark et al, about the use of e-mail.)


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at 17:36:55 (PDT)

Court Ruling Evens Playing Field in Union Elections, Granting Equal Access to Email Lists for Challenger Candidates - Citizen.org
August 30, 2013
Statement of Paul Alan Levy, Attorney, Public Citizen

Note: In this case, Public Citizen represented three members of the American Postal Workers Union who are running for union leadership positions.

In a win for the principles of union democracy, incumbent officers of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) must allow challengers running for union leadership positions to use the organization’s database of member email addresses to send out campaign literature, a judge ruled late yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

This case is the first in which a court has addressed the issue whether the right to distribute campaign literature by email is included in a union candidate’s right to distribute campaign literature at his or her own expense, and the judge got it right. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly’s decision sets an important precedent for union members because it enables a relatively inexpensive means of campaigning that helps new rank-and-file candidates to even the playing field, which is what section 401(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) is all about.

Section 401(c) says unions must “comply with all reasonable requests of any candidate to distribute by mail or otherwise at the candidate's expense campaign literature in aid of such person's candidacy to all members in good standing of such labor organization and to refrain from discrimination in favor of or against any candidate with respect to the use of lists of members.”

The website of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) confirms, “Generally, if the candidate’s request for an alternative method of distributing literature is a reasonable one, the union is required to make the distribution. Accordingly, OLMS advises unions to comply with a candidate’s reasonable request to distribute campaign literature to the membership through email if the union uses email to disseminate information to its members.”

The judge found that this request was reasonable.

The plaintiffs in the case, Mark Dimondstein, Tony McKinnon and Violetta Ward, running on an APWU Members First slate against incumbents for APWU president, national industrial relations director and secretary-treasurer respectively, had been illegally denied the use of the union’s 27,000-person email list, leaving the more expensive postal mail as their only mode of distribution with elections fast approaching in September. One postal mailing can cost candidates more than $100,000. Now the candidates will be able to communicate their platform at a greatly reduced cost. The court’s ruling thus enables union elections to be decided by fair, merit-based competition rather than allowing incumbent candidates to prevail just because they have greater resources.

This decision also brings a statute that was enacted in 1959 into the 21st century by holding that, even though Congress passed this law with postal mail in mind as the principal means of distribution, the clause “by mail or otherwise” allows the statute to have continued relevance in the Internet age.

The union’s main argument against having to comply with this legal requirement was that, as a union of postal workers, it was ideologically opposed to using email instead of postal mail. The judge ruled, however, that the union’s philosophical position was overruled by the law and that, in any event, the union’s claimed view was “disingenuous” because the union itself distributes two weekly newsletters by email to lists of members drawn from the database of emails.

The election ballots go out by postal mail on Sept. 12 and 13, and experience shows that most of the ballots in a mail ballot election are voted within a few days of being received. The candidates will be sending out emails as soon as they can.

The judge’s memorandum opinion and order granting preliminary injunction, as well as other documents in the case, are available here.

Related: APWU Election Committee - Distribution of Campaign Literature via E-mail - 9/3/13 [pdf]


Louis M. Kingsley Jr <Louiskingsleyapwu@gmail.com>
California Area Local / State Org.
Maintenance State Craft Director
- Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at 15:11:55 (PDT)

I am proud to announce,

I have received two prominent endorsements from our current Maintenance Western Region NBA's Chuck Sundgaard and Jimmie Waldon. I am very thankful for the endorsement and their confidence in me to be able to perform the job, if elected as the Western Region "A" Maintenance National Business Agent.

In addition, I also received from retired Maintenance NBA Don Foley, his personal endorsement. Brother Foley was a great Maintenance officer for our union. He still is a great asset to our brothers and sisters in the Union. Again, I am very grateful to be endorsed by all three Maintenance Officers.

www.vote4louiskingsley.com - Endorsements


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at 15:01:29 (PDT)

Mark was an outside organizer and supported outside organizing. Outside organizers sought non postal workers/government workers and these people performed work that MVS and Maintenance postal workers performed. He says ““We’re at a crossroads,” said Mark Dimondstein, the Members First Team’s candidate for president. “At the core of this whole struggle is whether the post office is going to be decisively privatized and turned over to profit-making entities and low-paid, non-union jobs—or remain a public entity that serves all the people and maintains good-paying union jobs.” How does he justify this statement? To me privatized means non postal workers/government workers doing our work.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at 14:34:14 (PDT)

From: APWU Election Committee
Date: September 3, 2013
Subject: Distribution of Campaign Literature via E-mail

Please be advised that a court ruling has ordered the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO to make available e-mail addresses of all members that are on file with the APWU for the 2013 Election of National Officers. Information regarding sending campaign literature by e-mail is listed below and in the attached Addendum to the Rules and Regulations Governing 2013 APWU National Elections.

Members will have the choice to opt-out and not receive any further communication from any candidate(s) regarding the election. If a member chooses to unsubscribe, no further e-mails will be sent to that e-mail address, regardless of the sender.

All e-mail campaign literature will be handled by Kelly Press. If you wish to send campaign literature via email, you must contact Stacie Rudy at (301) 386-8286, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST. Kelly Press is requiring a 24 hour advance notice for set-up, preparing, and formatting e-mail campaign literature.

Kelly Press charges a one-time set-up fee of $440.00 for preparing and formatting e-mail campaign literature and $0.02 per e-mail address per transmittance. An additional set-up fee will be charged for any changes to the original e-mail submission and/or to a different set of e-mail recipients. Please contact Kelly Press for additional pricing information.

The requirements for sending e-mail campaign literature are as follows:

1. All e-mails must contain a physical address for the sender.
2. The sender must provide a sending e-mail address and “from” name.
3. The subject line for all e-mail campaign literature will be “2013 APWU National Officer Elections.”
4. The body of the e-mail may contain images and text formatting. Additional charges may apply.
5. Kelly Press will review e-mails for spam compliance, but will not guarantee delivery. Please note that many factors can interrupt e-mail delivery, including spam filters and Kelly Press will not be held responsible for factors such as these that are outside of their control.
6. At no time will the e-mail addresses be released to any candidate.

Any questions should be addressed to the APWU Election Committee at apwuelectioncommittee@apwu.org

VI. DISTRIBUTION OF CAMPAIGN LITERATURE [pdf]
B. ELECTION COMMITTEE RULE:
1. All e-mail campaign literature will be handled by Kelly Press. Any candidate(s), at his/her own expense, wishing to send e-mail campaign literature must contact Stacie Rudy at Kelly Press, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm EST, at (301) 386-8286.
2. The subject line for all e-mail campaign literature will be “2013 APWU National Officer Elections.”
3. All e-mails must contain a sender e-mail address, a “from” name, and a physical address.
C. ELECTION COMMITTEE RULE
1. Kelly Press will determine the cost of e-mail campaign literature. Payments must be in the form of United States Postal Service Money Order or certified check prior to e-mail transmittance. Kelly Press is requiring a 24 hour advance notice for set-up, preparing, and formatting e-mail campaign literature.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at 11:05:40 (PDT)

Could a New Union Leadership Stop Sell-Off of Post Office? - LaborNotes.org
September 3, 2013

“We’re at a crossroads,” said Mark Dimondstein, the Members First Team’s candidate for president. “At the core of this whole struggle is whether the post office is going to be decisively privatized and turned over to profit-making entities and low-paid, non-union jobs—or remain a public entity that serves all the people and maintains good-paying union jobs.”

That’s no exaggeration. Postal workers are battling wave after wave of attacks—post offices and sorting plants closing, work privatizing, delivery standards eroding. The latest nasty bill pending in Congress would kill Saturday letter delivery, replace door-to-door with curbside and neighborhood “cluster box” service, and ban workers’ time-honored no-layoff clause from future contracts.

“We have not seen anybody at this point able to stop the postmaster general,” said Debby Szeredy, local president in Mid-Hudson Valley, New York, and running for vice president.

Plus, the union made dramatic concessions in 2010—including a three-tier system that funnels new hires into low-paid, perma-temp positions.

“It’s a regressive contract that takes us back 30 or 40 years,” said Tony McKinnon, a local president in Fayetteville, North Carolina, running for industrial relations director. “We have to try to stop the bleeding.”

Dimondstein was president of his Greensboro, North Carolina, local for 12 years and an APWU lead organizer for a decade. More recently he co-founded an area Jobs with Justice chapter and a community-postal worker coalition. ....


Donald L. Foley <dlfoleynba10@att.net>
St. Louis BMC Local
Maintenance NBA - retired
- Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at 07:47:38 (PDT)

While I have previously expressed my endorsement of the Leadership Team, there is one candidate in particular I must address.

Gary Kloepfer, incumbent Legislative and Political Director (having been appointed in the wake of Myke Reid's retirement) is seeking election to this office. I heartily urge every member to vote to elect Gary Kloepfer as Legislative and Political Director.

I have said for many years that Gary's move from Maintenance NBA to Maintenance Assistant Director was the best thing that ever happened to the Maintenance Craft. I said that because Gary is a fierce advocate for the members and for the Union and he is the hardest working officer I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I have every confidence that he has taken into and will continue to show that same intensity and hard work in the position of Legislative and Political Director.

Gary has, for years, represented members of every Craft in his capactiy as Article 14, Safety and Health, officer -- tackling many of our biggest safety and health issues. And, in this capacity, he has shown a remarkable ability to work through difficult federal regulations to advance our interests. Additionally, Gary has been the APWU representative to the AFL-CIO's Union Label department -- where he has demonstrated the breadth of his commitment to the labor movement.

The APWU could not have a better officer to advance our legislative and political objectives. Again, I urge every member to support and vote for Gary Kloepfer for the office of Legislative and Political Director.


John G Spezia <299john@gmail.com>
Austin TX Area Local 299
Maintenance Craft Director
- Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at 05:27:03 (PDT)

It is our responsibility to learn about the candidates. The vote should be based on governance first, not loyalty or status quo. Are candidate's priorities consistent with yours? A political pundit remarked that the best way to judge an incumbent is if they keep promises.


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Monday, September 02, 2013 at 19:17:29 (PDT)

What Brother Molanick neglected to report was his totally superb management of the logistics of the Local's participation in the parade and the after parade activites of a catered luncheon. The Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter is proud to participate with the Local in these activities that are so well administered by Brother Tom. On behalf of our Retiree Chapter, I extend my gratitude for another project 'well done'. Thanks Tom.


Tom Molanick <tom_molanick@prodigy.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Local APWU
- Monday, September 02, 2013 at 16:19:19 (PDT)

Would be interested to hear what the candidates did today to promote and honor the Labor movement. Please feel free to respond. Today the Pittsburgh Metro Local had over 225 members and their families march in the Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade. This is the second largest parade in the country.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, September 02, 2013 at 12:38:41 (PDT)

From Mark Dimondstein, as shared on Facebook:

Sisters and Brothers,

Happy Labor Day! A day to celebrate and honor the great contributions of workers to the good of society. Also a good day to contemplate the state of our union and the best way forward in the most crucial union election we have faced in our lifetimes.

I share with you Brother Rich Shelley's thought provoking Labor Day post:

"On this Labor Day when America honors the achievements of labor, the members of the American Postal Workers Union approach the election of National officers that will likely decide the fate of postal workers and the Postal Service. This election is the last chance the members of the American Postal Workers Union will have to take back their union from the leaders who have given away the gains of generations of postal workers in just one contract. This election will determine whether the American Postal Workers Union stays on the path to further concessions on wages, hours, working conditions and healthcare. This American Postal Workers Union national election will determine if the American Postal Workers Union continues the tactics of appeasement and collaboration with those who seek to destroy the People's Post Office for profit and with it hundreds of thousands of good, family supporting jobs, relegating current and future postal workers to Walmart status. The people we honor on Labor Day, those who fought to end child labor, for the 40 hour workweek, overtime, time off, safety on the job and countless other rights and benefits we take for granted deserve our respect in action, not just words of praise one day out of the year. We have a moral duty to honor them every day, to make every day Labor Day. We do not honor the sacrifices of blood, bruises, freedom and life of our ancestors by giving away what they fought for, we do not honor them by agreeing to create a sub-class of fellow workers who are paid far less for the performing the same work. We do not honor them by adopting a strategy of appeasement and begging in light of the Wall Street attack on the People’s Post Office. We do not honor them by being afraid even to use the word "protest" for fear of angering our enemies. We must honor those true heroes of the working class movement by fighting to keep what we have and to make improvements. We must honor them by calling out our enemies and taking the fight to them, no backing down in the face of fear tactics and threats, we must honor them by having the courage to do exactly what those whom we honor did, by FIGHTING BACK! I urge my fellow APWU members to elect as president of our union a man of vision, courage, principles and fidelity to the core principles that guided those whom we honor this Labor Day. That man is undoubtedly Mark Dimondstein. Please vote Mark Dimondstein for APWU President and the entire APWU Members First Team. Let us put the FIGHT back into the American Postal Workers Union!"


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Sunday, September 01, 2013 at 13:07:51 (PDT)

Received a copy of this endorsement email today from Retired APWU New Jersey State President Jerry Monzillo:

"Hi Mark,

Back in 2001 at the NJ State APWU convention in a speech I gave to the assembled delegates, I endorsed Leo Persails for APWU President and Cliff Guffey for Exec. V.P.. Leo lost and Guffey won.

I thought at the time that Cliff would move our Union forward in its battles with the USPS. In the ensuing years I saw that all he did was collect APWU pay checks.

Fast forward to 2010 when he negotiated his first (and hopefully his last) national contract. By far this contract is the worst anti-labor agreement for postal workers going back to 1971. I don't need to remind you Mark of all the hits that the membership took because of Guffey's contract. He allowed postal management to institute 30 hour work weeks, 20% casuals (PSE's), deferred COLA's and pay raises, etc., etc..

And now Mr. Guffey is looking to once again lead APWU into the sewer.

It is with high hopes Mark that I take this opportunity to endorse you for the office of APWU National President.

I will do all I can to help deliver New Jersey's votes to your ticket.
Best of luck.

Fraternally,

Jerry Monzillo
NJ State APWU
NJ State President (retired)"


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Sunday, September 01, 2013 at 05:25:39 (PDT)

Joe,

Bobby Donelson is entitled to his opinion and as he is a former National Officer, I especially appreciate his contributions to the site. His posts are further proof that censorship is not going on (despite what some of our national leaders falsely claim) and freedom of speech/expression is alive and well here for all APWU members who follow the very simple, easy and reasonable site rules and policies for posting a message.

It should be noted that current APWU President Cliff Guffey has shamefully, and against our APWU Constitutional Members' Bill of Rights, called me a "Union Busting Creep" in front of the entire assembled 2012 National Convention body for having this web site.


Joe Shevlin <JOE0986@comcast.net>
Red Bank Local
President
- Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 18:09:51 (PDT)

Randy, I love you and everything you have done on/with this site. I think it is time to shut it down. These people, including myself, are certifiable - as in crazy. I do not even know what people are talking about anymore. Is Bobby Donelson the exulted ruler of the Union? Enough.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 08:58:07 (PDT)

I would not jump to the conclusion the fact someone's union e-mail address was used to receive an e-mail is a violation. It was not in the two times the Department of Labor questioned me in regards to e-mail use.

I believe e-mail addresses are similar to regular mail addresses.

Many candidates mail campaign material to local union offices or email campaign material.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 08:17:56 (PDT)

Tom Maier, the appointed / highly paid APWU Executive Assistant to President Guffey
and Executive Assistant to Industrial Relations Director Morris,
clearly violated U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) - Electing Union Officers.

The violation (use of "union resources to support a favored candidate for office over any other candidates") is self explanatory below:


(click on image for PDF)


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 07:32:47 (PDT)

Postal Workers Union Election Grows Heated - The ChiefLeader.com
Guffey Taken on By Dimondstein
August 30, 2013

Longtime field organizer and former local President Mark Dimondstein is challenging incumbent Cliff Guffey for the American Postal Workers Union presidency this month, accusing his opponent of caving to management and facilitating a “race to the bottom.”

Mr. Guffey said he’s brought thousands of employees into career positions and portrayed the challenger as an ineffective leader with naïve ideas about how to save the Postal Service.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Friday, August 30, 2013 at 09:56:51 (PDT)

The Greater CT Area Local membership unanimously endorsed the following APWU candidates at our June 23, 2013 General Membership Meeting:

• President - Cliff Guffey
Oklahoma City Area Local (OK)
• Executive Vice President - Greg Bell
Philadelphia Area Local (PA)
• Secretary-Treasurer - Elizabeth “Liz” Powell
Western Nassau New York Area Local (NY)
• Industrial Relations Director - Mike Morris
Birmingham Area Local (AL)
• Legislative & Political Director - Gary Kloepfer
Tri-County Ohio Area Local (OH)
• Organization Director - Martha Shunn-King
Sarasota Local (FL)
• Health Plan Director - William “Bill” Kaczor
Buffalo Local (NY)
• Clerk Division Director - Rob Strunk
Phoenix Metro Area Local (AZ)
• Maintenance Division Assistant Director (B) - Gregory “Greg” See
Mansfield Area Local (OH)


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Friday, August 30, 2013 at 05:35:33 (PDT)

Here are a just a few of the
APWU Members First Team endorsements:


• Former President William Burrus
• Atlanta Metro Area Local
• Michigan Postal Workers Union Executive Board
• Des Moines IA Area Local
• Greater Seattle Area Local
• Fayetteville NC Area Local
• Cleveland OH Area Local
• Mid Hudson NY Area Local
• Greater Greensboro Area Local
• Central Michigan Area Local
• Central Missouri Area Local
• Pittsburgh PA Retiree Chapter
• John P. Richards, Former National DIR and current President, Pittsburgh PA Retiree Chapter
• Cleveland Ohio Retirees Chapter
• California Area Local – endorsed: Mark Dimondstein, Debby Szeredy, Tony D. McKinnon, Clint Burleson, Anna Smith and Robert Furbush
• Leo Persails, Former Central Region Coordinator – endorsed: Mark Dimondstein, Debby Szeredy, John L. Marcotte
• Springfield Area Local 888 – endorsed: Mark Dimondstein, Debby Szeredy, Tony McKinnon, Clint Burleson
• John R. Smith, Former Director of APWU Retiree's Department - endorsed: Mark Dimondstein, Debby Szeredy, Violetta “Vi” Ward, Tony D. McKinnon, Clint Burelson, John Marcotte, Anna Smith and Kennith Beasley


Bill Lewis <Billlewistmal@aol.com>
Trenton Metro Area Local & NJ State Postal Workers Union
President
- Friday, August 30, 2013 at 05:28:42 (PDT)

From NBA Jeff Kehlert

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The 2013 APWU National Election is fast approaching. As this important event - which will to a large degree determine the future direction of our Union and our ability to best Represent the Membership - gets closer, we must carefully examine those Candidates who have stepped up to seek the privilege of serving. We must also closely review the record of Contribution of those who hold important positions in this Union at the National Level. With that in mind I am writing to state my support for - and complete confidence in - the Candidacy of Steve Duckworth for National Assistant Director of the Maintenance Craft.

Steve and I are both members of the Trenton APWU and I have had the opportunity to work with him in Pre- Arbitration discussions as well as at State Conventions, membership meetings and in training seminars. Steve conducts himself - and approaches his duties - as Maintenance Craft Director with the serious, responsive and energetic commitment necessary to fully partner as a Contributing Maintenance National office in Washington, DC. I am confident he will bring a much needed vitality, responsiveness and enthusiasm to his position as part of the new generation of Leadership necessary for high energy, successful representation.

I urge each Maintenance Member throughout the USA to join with me and support Steve Duckworth as our next Assistant Director of the Maintenance Craft at the National Level.

Yours in Unionism,
Jeff Kehlert
National Business Agent
APWU


Michael P. Kaehler <winston@cloudnet.com>
Saint Clooud MN Area Local No. 647
President - 1/21 Crazy Postal Workers - Omega - Marginalized Anti-social Thought Crimonal
- Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 19:37:46 (PDT)

Tonight the Saint Cloud MN Area Local No. 647 had their August 3013 Membership Meeting and we had a great deal of discussion over the 2013 APWU National Election, the issues, and the candidates and made some endorsements and made no endorsements where we were unable to make a decision in several positions. I will list the position and whom or what we decided:

President – Cliff Guffey
Executive Vice-president – Greg Bell
Secretary-Treasurer – Elizabeth “Liz” Powell
Industrial Relations Director – Mike Morris
Legislative and Political Director – No Endorsement
APWU Health Plan Director – Bill Kaczor
Organization Director – No Endorsement
Clerk Craft Director – Rob Strunk
Assistant Maintenance Craft Director – Greg See
Central Region Maintenance Craft NBA (C) – Curtis Walker


Joe Shevlin <JOE0986@comcast.net>
Red Bank Local
President
- Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 18:11:40 (PDT)

Bobby,

I hate asking a question that I do not know the answer too, as any seasoned advocate knows, but this one I am somewhat confident that I do. Looking at all the former Officers you cited as backing the current National leadership team based on Kenny "Turtle" Wilson's unsubstantiated, hearsay testimony, which of those you cited do not receive a retirement salary from the National APWU? Peace Brother.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 15:18:35 (PDT)

I hate to disagree with what John R Smith wrote but the record clearly establishes that President Cliff Guffey clarified a major mistake in constitution resolution 26 and thus we were able to change the constitution.

Read convention minutes starting at pages 622 - 655
Page 641 President Cliff Guffey points out we only vote to go on the record supporting this issue.
Page 645 request for reconsideration.

CHAIRPERSON PUGAR: On page 212 in your book,
Resolution 26 dealing with Article 3, Section 4 D.

ARTICLE 3, SECTION 4 (D)
RETIREE'S DEPARTMENT MEMBERS ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE FOR
THE TOP THREE (3) APWU GENERAL OFFICERS/FOUR (4)
RESIDENT DEPARTMENT OFFICERS
Southwest Coastal Area Local
California Postal Workers Union
Michigan Postal Workers Union

Those speaking on the resolution:

Byron Denton, Western Region Retiree Delegate
Elizabeth Bobo, Southern Region Retiree
Delegate Curtis Walker, President, Flint Michigan Area Local
Ron Liszewski, Baltimore Francis Stu Filbey Area Local, a
member of the union since 1965
Bob Stutts, North Carolina, retiree full dues-paying member
Bill Kaczor, Health Plan Director
David Yao, Greater Seattle Area Local
John Richards, Eastern Region Retiree Delegate
Bob Johnson, President, Greater Connecticut Area Local
Bobby Donelson, Southwest Coastal Area local Retiree Chapter
Sam Woods, Southwest Florida Area Local
Chuck Sundgaard, National Business Agent, Western Region Maintenance
John Marcotte, Michigan Postal Workers Union

Without President Cliff Guffey's assistance the issue of all retirees voting would have been dead for this election.

Support President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 13:47:34 (PDT)

Received today from APWU Members First Team Candidate for President, Mark Dimondstein:

Sisters and Brothers, It was great to receive the following endorsement from one of the most highly respected APWU leaders and former Director of the APWU Retiree Department!

"Dear Brother Dimondstein

I, John R. Smith, endorse the candidacy of Mark Dimondstein for APWU President along with the following members of the APWU Members First Team:

Debby Szeredy for Executive Vice-President
Violetta “Vi” Ward for Secretary Treasurer
Tony D. McKinnon for Industrial Relations Director
Clint Burelson for Clerk Craft Director
John Marcotte for Legislative/Political Director
Anna Smith for Organizing Director
Kennith Beasley for Southern Region Coordinator

I've spent twelve (12) years as Director of the APWU Retirees Department and base my support of these candidates on NO SUPPORT from the present elective officers!

We are the parents of the APWU and support the APWU with our dues money and COPA donations. We must elect Officers who support the Retiree Department and recognize that the Retiree Director must be an Executive Board Member of the APWU. Mark Dimondstein supports this position.

We have the right to vote for the principal Officers of the APWU and must demonstrate that we are more than dues and COPA paying members!

This is my endorsement for the APWU National Elections!

John R. Smith, Past Director of the APWU Retiree's Department"


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 13:09:24 (PDT)

Updated 8/29/13

Kenny Wilson retired Clerk Craft Director and long time union active unionist supports President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team. He has talked to many retired officers and made a list of those supporting President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team as well. Kenny said he talked to everyone listed below.

RETIRED NATIONAL OFFICERS
David Johnson, Executive VP
Douglas Holbrook, Secretary Treasurer
Kenny Wilson, Clerk Craft Director
Andy Anderson, Assistant Clerk Craft Director
Jim Connors, Assistant Clerk Craft Director
Don Johnson, Assistant Clerk Craft Director
Donald Ross, MVS Director
Teddie Days, Assistant MVS Director
Jim Lingberg, Maintenance Director
Edgar Williams, Assistant Maintenance Director
Bobby Donelson, Assistant Maintenance Director
Owen Barnett, Assistant Maintenance Director
Randy Sutton, Assistant Maintenance Director
Roy Braunstein, Legislative Director
Myke Reid, Legislative Director

REGIONAL COORDINATORS
Raydell Moore
Neal Vaccaro

CLERK CRAFT NBA’s
Bucky Walter
John Kelly
Jerry Fabian
Bill Wells
Tommy Harper
Jimmy Fouts
Wayne Bertram
Jerry Collins
Louise Yannuzzi
Margaret Leaf
Leon Tatum
Ken Pease
Bob Stutts
Carl Casillas
Ron Nesmith
Woodrow Williams
Ben Lyons
Eugene Polanski
Denise Hernandez Young (All Craft)

MAINTENANCE NBA’s
Jim Wheeler
Charlie Robbins
Chuck Sundgaard
Richard Shepard

MVS NBA’s
Laverne Johnson
Bruce Bailey

Special Delivery
Tom Donahue

Support Service
Virginia Johnston

RETIRED STATE PRESIDENTS
Harold Terry-Alabama
Sharon Smith-Oklahoma
Elaine Drain-Nebraska
Tom Mayse-Kansas

ABA
Michael Ganino
Bill Sims


Bill Lewis <Billlewistmal@aol.com>
Trenton Metro Area Local & NJ State Postal Workers Union
President
- Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11:13:08 (PDT)

Brothers and Sisters,

With the mailing of National Election Ballots little more than only two weeks away the time is now for all leaders in this Union to speak their minds in recommending those deserving of support and important Votes.

Liz Powell, our National Secretary-Treasurer - perhaps more than any incumbent Officer in DC - has provided the necessary assistance and professional contribution to Locals, State Unions and the Membership during her service in Washington. Liz has - without fail - always been ready and willing to educate concerning the seriously important finances of the Union - at all levels. Liz has never shied away from providing honest and forthright guidance and direction to all within the APWU as our top Financial Representative.

For all these reasons I am stating - without any hesitation - that Liz Powell is best for the Union and best as our Secretary-Treasurer, for Now and in the Future. Join with me and Support, Vote and Elect Liz Powell as our National Secretary-Treasurer when you fill in Your Ballot beginning September 14th!!!

Yours For The Future Of Our Union,

Bill Lewis


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alternate Steward
- Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 09:03:14 (PDT)

I totally understand that many former APWU Officers support President Guffey and the current APWU Officers no matter what. The Police defend their own as well, it's called the Thin Blue Line.

But this election is about "them" (those officers) versus "us" the Members on the Workroom Floor. Who is supporting us?

This election is about whether we, the Working APWU Members (PSE's included), are better off now with President Guffey and his appeasement of, and collaboration with, management approach to bargaining.

Are we, the Membership, better off today with the Leadership Team's Watershed Contract than we were before the Leadership Team begged us to ratify it? It was their greatest achievement that would solve our problems and was supposed to move us away from being a "grievance machine." Now we are told all the problems are the fault of our Locals.

There are nearly 30,000 PSE's and some 17,000 are APWU Members. What does Guffey and his Leadership Team really think about them?

"The contract will give the Postal Service the right to employ a substantially larger percentage of temporary workers who will be paid relatively low wages," APWU President Cliff Guffey told a Congressional panel on Tuesday. [April 5, 2011]
http://deadtreeedition.blogspot.com/2011/04/some-apwu-contract-savings-would-come.html

Guffey and his Leadership Team made $3.8 Billion dollars of concessions to management on the back of our Members. Did we get $3.8 Billion dollars of value in exchange? Did they stop even one facility of any size from closing? If not, why would we, the Membership, even consider sending him back to the table to negotiate more of the same and expect a better result?

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) AFL-CIO ratified March 14 tentative labor contract agreement with the U.S. Postal Service that will save the nation’s mail system $3.8 billion over the four and a half year life of the contract that becomes effective today.
http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2011/pr11_058.htm

While I'm not a Communist, this article was on the money back in 2011 and accurately predicted our current situation:
http://www.communistvoice.org/DWV99.html

Yes, of course, former retired APWU Officers support Guffey and the Leadership Team. It isn't their future that is being given away. Former retired Officers support the current Leadership Officers.

But who is supporting us Working Members?
Our Membership isn't stupid.
Fool us once...


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 08:02:22 (PDT)

Joe, it would be hearsay for the most part. However, as the message said, Kenny Wilson is the person that comprised the list and regularly talked to these people. Kenny keeps in touch with a lot of union people.


Joe Shevlin <JOE0986@comcast.net>
Red Bank Local
President
- Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 19:51:24 (PDT)

Bobby,

That is a great list of former Union activists, especially Kenny "Turtle" Wilson. But you being a seasoned Arbitration and Grievance advocate as you are, or have been, would it not be fair to call your postings hearsay? Just a question my Brother. Peace.


Larry R. Sorrells <avlapwu@charter.net>
North Carolina Council AFL-CIO
State President
- Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 13:07:22 (PDT)

I had been asked by a couple of the candidates running for national office not to "beat up on them", because they knew that I supported their opponents. This was kind of a surprise, because I do not consider myself as some kind of "power broker" in APWU elections and do not have a large following. I have not "beat up on them". Having said that, I state that I unequivocally support the LEADERSHIP TEAM in this APWU National Election.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 12:01:25 (PDT)

Randy, thanks for updating the list I posted yesterday (scroll down). Once the first list posted, others wanted to be included.

Many of you that are new may not recognize the names on Kenny Wilson’s list or even Kenny Wilson.

Kenny Wilson was the National APWU, AFL-CIO Clerk Director when he retired. He was one of the most dedicated officers you will ever meet. He would arrive early in the morning and was source of information to all stewards. He had numerous grievance settlements on file and would share the information with all union members. He was the source of information prior to the “APWU Search Program”.

Since Kenny retired he has stayed in touch with many former officers and stewards.

I have talked to Kenny on a regular basis when I was a national officer as well as a local and state officer and as a retiree.
Kenny Wilson is APWU, AFL-CIO through and through.

Many former officers care about the APWU, AFL-CIO and want to see our union be successful. We believe in President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team.

Please vote for President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 11:48:22 (PDT)

Denise Hernandez Young: "Bobby! You can add me to the list of former national officers and current state and local presidents who support Cliff! I have always had faith in him and Mike Morris! There are no 2 people I trust more!"


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 11:32:44 (PDT)

We have had five more requests to be on Kenny’s list. We all feel it an honor.

The additional names are Edgar Williams, Assistant Maintenance Director, Chuck Sundgaard, Maintenance NBA, Eugene Polanski, Clerk NBA, Virginia Johnson, Support Service, and ABA, Michael Ganino.

Kenny Wilson retired Clerk Craft Director and long time union active unionist supports President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team. He has talked to many retired officers and made a list of those supporting President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team as well. Kenny said he talked to everyone listed (scroll down to my post from yesterday where I've added the 4 names).


Charlie Bothwell <PittsburghFly@aol.com>
GSO BMC Local 7035, Former member Pittsburgh Metro Area Local (1973-1978)
Former MVS Craft Director (GSO BMC/NDC/Former North Carolina State Director MVS
- Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 21:22:44 (PDT)

In response to Bobby Donelson's post of Former National Clerk Craft Director, Kenny Wilson:
First and foremost, Kenny is one of the most well respected former national officers I know of.
He was directly responsible for starting the "Turle Club which raised a lot of money for COPA and he was the first in starting putting Step-4 books together.
Therefore, I respectfully respect his endorsment(s).
In addition, as posted on FB, if the AFL-CIO had a Hall of Fame for Union officers, the list Kenny put out, there would surely be a lot of "Hall of Famers" on this list.
Furthermore, yes, you bet your sweet ass, I am a Turtle.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 19:09:44 (PDT)

Kenny Wilson, retired Clerk Craft Director and long time union active unionist, supports President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team. He has talked to many retired officers and made a list of those supporting President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team as well. Kenny said he talked to everyone listed below.

RETIRED NATIONAL OFFICERS
David Johnson, Executive VP
Douglas Holbrook, Secretary Treasurer
Kenny Wilson, Clerk Craft Director
Andy Anderson, Assistant Clerk Craft Director
Jim Connors, Assistant Clerk Craft Director
Don Johnson, Assistant Clerk Craft Director
Donald Ross, MVS Director
Teddie Days, Assistant MVS Director
Jim Lingberg, Maintenance Director
Edgar Williams, Assistant Maintenance Director
Bobby Donelson, Assistant Maintenance Director
Owen Barnett, Assistant Maintenance Director
Randy Sutton, Assistant Maintenance Director
Roy Braunstein, Legislative Director
Myke Reid, Legislative Director

REGIONAL COORDINATORS
Raydell Moore
Neal Vaccaro

CLERK CRAFT NBA’s
Bucky Walter
John Kelly
Jerry Fabian
Bill Wells
Tommy Harper
Jimmy Fouts
Wayne Bertram
Jerry Collins
Louise Yannuzzi
Margaret Leaf
Leon Tatum
Ken Pease
Bob Stutts
Carl Casillas
Ron Nesmith
Woodrow Williams
Ben Lyons

MAINTENANCE NBA’s
Jim Wheeler
Charlie Robbins
Chuck Sundgaard

MVS NBA’s
Laverne Johnson
Bruce Bailey

Special Delivery
Tom Donahue

Support Service
Virginia Johnson

RETIRED STATE PRESIDENTS
Harold Terry-Alabama
Sharon Smith-Oklahoma
Elaine Drain-Nebraska
Tom Mayse-Kansas
Denise Hernandez Young -Alaska

ABA
Michael Ganino


Tom Dylewski <tomdylewskiserv@verizon.net>
Erie Area Local
Former Treasurer
- Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 09:39:20 (PDT)

I have been reading a lot of endorsements, either for a specific candidate or for a specific team. To the best of my memory, every endorsement has been published except one. Leo Persails has endorsed Mark Dimondstein, Debby Szeredy, and John Marcotte. Why is there no mention of this? In my own mind, Leo's endorsement is significant. Two past, bitter rivals, Leo & Bill Burrus, have endorsed the same candidate. Shouldn't that tell us something about our current leadership?
-----------------------------
(Tom: Please scroll down the page. Leo's endorsement was posted on August 16 and Bill's endorsement was posted on July 12. - RZ)


Richard C. Shelley <rorganizer@comcast.net>
Baltimore Area Local 181
Director of Organization
- Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 08:31:12 (PDT)

Brother Kaehler, I want to clear up some of your misrepresentations of fact. First, Mark Dimondstein was not in Reno at the Power conference and you know that, yet you post that he was. Second, the reason there was no debate at the PPA was due to fact that a debate was contrary to the PPA's rules, as evidenced by the below response to Brother Mark Dimondstein's request to debate Cliff Guffey at the PPA:

"Brother Dimondstein:

When the Postal Press Association (PPA) was established 49 years ago, it was designed strictly as a non-political educational organization dedicated to assisting its members in their efforts to communicate with the membership. Therefore, in keeping with this principal, the PPA does not get involved in the union’s internal political process.

In solidarity,

Tony Carobine, President
APWU-NPPA"

Your insinuation that brother Dimondstein dodged a chance to debate at the PPA is another misrepresentation of fact. The above information has been widely posted on the internet and you were well aware of it prior to your dishonest post.

After Brother Carobine declined to host a debate, as he rightly should have in light of the PPA's principles, Brother Mark Dimondstein sent two emails and issued a public call to debate president Guffey anywhere, anytime, on live feed to anyone who wished to watch live. The video of the debate could then be available on YouTube for all members to watch at their leisure, as is the video of president Guffey’s 2010 presidential debate. The fact is President Guffey agreed to debate his challenger in 2010. President Guffey refuses to debate Brother Mark Dimondstein in 2013. President Cliff Guffey is obviously afraid to debate Brother Mark Dimondstein. Guffey’s refusal to debate is very disrespectful of the members of the American Postal Workers Union. They deserve better from their President.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 08:02:16 (PDT)

Maintenance Craft NBA Bill LaSalle's Endorsement of Steve Duckworth
Via Facebook:
STEVE DUCKWORTH FOR ASSISTANT MAINTENANCE DIVISION DIRECTOR

With the very future of our union now in doubt, APWU members can continue our current course of orderly retreats, with duty assignments withholding for excessed members and retirement incentives to hopefully soften the effects. We can hope that our retreat remains orderly, but, I fear we’re not far from chaos, with future excessed Maintenance Craft members relegated to unnecessary jobs as junior Carriers, or, with a single stroke of the legislative pen, layoffs.

This APWU election is for the future direction of our union. As Einstein once said, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Now, I recommend doing a different thing: voting for Steve Duckworth for Assistant Maintenance Division Director. Steve is a member of the militant Trenton Metro Area Local, a local that survived the anthrax terrorist attacks, and like iron exposed to fire, came out as strong as steel. Steve came to this Local through his own excessing experience. As a former member of the South Jersey Area Local, he was excessed from the Philadelphia L&DC, and experienced firsthand the uncertainty and anxiety known to the many members that have faced, or, will face the loss of their assignments. And perhaps most importantly, Steve is a young family man, with decades of his work life still ahead. If we’re to survive as a union, it is my true belief that the reins of power must be wrenched from the hands of the hidebound and entrusted to the next generation of APWU leadership. Steve is that next generation.

I’m supporting change, and I’ll vote for Steve Duckworth for Assistant Maintenance Division Director. I hope you will, too.

In Solidarity,

William LaSalle


Michael P. Kaehler <winston@cloudnet.com>
Saint Cloud MN Area Local No. 647
President - 1/21 Crazy Postal Workers - Omega - Marginalized Anti-social Thought Criminal
- Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:38:43 (PDT)

Today is the last day of the Akey Seminar in Madison, WI and the site of the Postal Press Association Conference.

Waldo was not sighted, but President Cliff Guffey was here and gave a very good speech that reiterated our determination to remain within the FEHB and the plans, pending OPM Approval, an expansion of the APWU Health Plan to provide health benefits for retirees to supplement Medicare to provide another option to make affordable health care available to our members and associate members who are retired. To me, this flushed the rumors and innuendos floating about the bowl to the contrary about the FEHB - but you can decide for yourselves.

Gary Kloepfer gave an extremely knowledgeable presentation on the legislative issues that we are confronted with. Just as he was competent as an Assistant Maintenance Craft Director – he is demonstrating his knowledge and competence as Legislative Director. Gary is well acclimated to “the system” in D.C. and will be very effective of elected to National Legislative Director.

John Marcotte, Michigan State President, was the only “Members First Team” candidate in attendance and was actively campaigning for National Legislative Director and is very persuasive. Out of all of the candidates running from that “Team,” John is one of the two whom I feel would be good in the position that they are running for. However, I support Gary Kloepfer for Legislative Director as, to me, he is the most experienced and would be more effective Legislative Director.

I did not see any of the other “Members First Team” here and the Akey Conference draws in influential Local Leaders from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota and the PPA draws them from all over the United States.

This would have been another missed opportunity for a debate had Mark Dimondstein been here – but I do understand he was at the P.O.W.E.R. Conference in Reno and perhaps they were able to persuade him to debate Cliff Guffey there where Dimondstein refused push for a debate during the NPC in Pittsburgh in June. Time is running out and I do know that Cliff Guffey is not running from a debate.
MPK


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 19:13:09 (PDT)

Without reservation or equivocation, I heartily endorse Mark Dimondstein and the entire APWU Members First Team to be elected in the APWU election of officers. We must change the direction of the Union away from the give-back give-away destructive course of the current leadership. I urge that we all get behind the APWU Members First Team and cast our votes for them.

The incumbent leadership team was given an opportunity to negotiate the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The deal they made turns the Trade Union Movement in the Postal Service back beyond the 1970 Strike. Examples: Turned our work over to bosses; created 30 hour work week; eliminated overtime pay for over 8 hours a day, created non career low wage positions; deferred compensation; committed to bargaining away our health benefits; etc.

To give them the opportunity to negotiate the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, expecting a different outcome, is the classic definition of insanity!

Beware the hype of that team and its sycophantic supporters. They tout recent arbitration awards, yet feared arbitration at contract time. They barrage a flood of ‘releases‘ from headquarters and other material, intended to impress how ‘effective‘ they are. Absolute baloney and a very questionable use of union resources to campaign. (Before any technocrats jump on this, I am well aware of the difference between ‘rights’ and ‘interest’ arbitration. I have advocated in both forums, including at the national level, with @ 98% “win” rate.)

The few crumbs that are seen as positive by some groups cannot overcome the unprecedented losses that were given back or just plain given away. What kind of union leadership plays one group off against another? Sadly, that is the record of the leadership team, and by extension, all who support them. The first step toward turning this around must be this election where they are defeated and replaced. The next chapter should be wholesale replacement of those officers and leaders that signed on and supported them and their shameful contract. But first things first!
VOTE THE APWU MEMBERS FIRST TEAM!
LATER REGRETS COUNT FOR NOTHING!
VOTE~~~VOTE~~~VOTE~~~VOTE~~~VOTE~~~VOTE~~~VOTE~~~VOTE


Joe Shevlin <JOE0986@comcast.net>
Red Bank Local
President
- Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 08:52:41 (PDT)

I believe MFT stands for Membership First Team. I've been involved in numerous elections over the years and I have never resorted to pandering or asking shills, better known as pitchmen, to stick up for what I believe in or represent. Everyone has an opinion. I know most of you have an opinion of me, and that is fine, because I do not care. This election before us is about doing the RIGHT thing. I personally do not care who you vote for but do it with a good conscience. Don't let loyalty or friendship get in the way of your thinking. If I have offended anyone I apologize, but in the words of Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman, "F''k you too." Peace.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 08:31:25 (PDT)

Many would consider the use of their e mail address without their permission is an “unreasonable request”.

Union members provided their e mail for specific reasons and “union election campaigns” was not one of the reasons.

Yes Mark may have gotten an injunction, but has done more harm than good.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 16:00:04 (PDT)

Randy, it appears parties have complied with the DOL regulations in past elections.

The Law Suit filed was uncalled for by Mark and his MFT, and in my opinion will hurt the MFT and benefit the Leadership Team.
Only time will tell.

The Facebook conversations are interesting and clearly show some fail to research prior to posting.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 15:24:32 (PDT)

DOL: Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)
Electing Union Officers

4. Campaign rules - Summary
• A union must honor all reasonable requests to distribute campaign literature at a candidate's expense.
• A union may not use any funds received from dues, assessments, or similar levies to promote any person's candidacy.
• No employer may contribute cash or anything of value to the campaign of any candidate.
• If there is a collective bargaining agreement requiring union membership as a condition of employment, such as a union-shop or maintenance-of-membership agreement, a candidate has the right, once within 30 days before the election, to inspect a list of members subject to the agreement, but not to copy it.
• Privileges extended to one candidate must be extended to all. For example, if literature is distributed at a reduced rate on behalf of one candidate, then all candidates must be granted equal service by the union on the same terms, and if any candidate is allowed to copy membership lists, all candidates must be given the opportunity to do so.


Michael P. Kaehler <winston@cloudnet.com>
Saint Cloud MN Area Local No. 647
President - 1/21 Crazy Postal Workers - Omega - Marginalized Anti-social Thought Criminal
- Friday, August 23, 2013 at 03:29:32 (PDT)

I was in error - besides Debbie Szeredy, Anna Smith was with us at the picket in D.C..
I do support Anna for Organization Director.
MPK


Michael P. Kaehler <winston@cloudnet.com>
Saint Cloud MN Area Local No. 647
President - 1/21 Crazy Postal Workers - Omega - Marginalized Anti-social Thought Criminal
- Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 12:51:28 (PDT)

More reasons for my support of Cliff Guffey for APWU National President and the Leadership Team in this election:

I was against the "give backs" that would have been "take backs" either in arbitration or by legislation. Guffey wanted the NTFT, at least, two years in advance of his becoming heir to the throne and we scratched our heads then but, then, came the PSEs. Despite our opposition the membership voted this contract in. They cannot say that they were ignorant, what was presented was all out there. I am, still, proud that we were 78% against it but it, now, is what it is.

Guffey has, yet, to respond to any of my communications in any form, do I feel slighted? Morris is the same. Bell always responds. However, I will tell you that there always is a response from them as they delegate responsibility to the correct National Officer and I hear from that National Officer with a reference to my communication to Guffey or Morris.

I have seen Dimondstein over the years and am not impressed. He will not stand up but he can slink around in the hallways and whisper and pose and posture. He blew it with me and quite a few others in Pittsburgh - is that what one wants for a leader? No thank you. No Confidence or the Leadership Team.

In a sick sort of way, I can understand why they did what they did with this contract as things would have come to head all that much sooner and the USPS would be privatized. Comparability? This contract gave the USPS comparability for the future and it prolonged the potential life of the APWU and the USPS because one could not exist without the other. You have to admit that the modern American worker is not the worker of generations past and all of the fight has been conditioned out of them from very early on. Anyone believes that the bargaining unit (members and non-members) are up for a fight is sadly delusional - we found that out in D.C. when we did the picket and time and time again we have found that out. More so, most of the candidates that are running under the misnomer of the "Members First" supported this contract and their Locals by majority voted to ratify it. Only one of them was on the picket line in D.C. and that was Debbie Szeredy.

As things known as "postal reform" have been and are being played in Congress and elsewhere, I see that Guffey threw them a curve as they would have killed us off long before had not they done what they did. It is interesting that many of the original "Membership Team" are the ones who were instrumental in negotiating this contract. Guffey did come to Saint Cloud to do some training and debate the, then, "Leadership Team" as did Tom Maier, but Burrus would send no one to debate them.

Burrus is behind a lot of this election, and if you think Guffey is a pathetic character, I can tell you that Dimondstein isn't even a half of what Guffey is as a LEADER. Dimondstein does not have the courage to stand up for what he believes in and I have seen it more than in just Pittsburgh over the years. If he had a time to ever be National President that time has long since passed.

At this point we are still standing, Guffey instituted the cuts at HQ that Burrus was afraid to do to keep the union viable. He cut the positions of the assistant craft directors and he transferred more to the field and expects the Coordinators and NBAs to take more responsibility, and the Locals, too.

We took no raises for several years, deferred Colas, and the new career will make less (unless, of course, they get hip to reality and stand up on their own hind legs when most of us did not and will not) and there are more glorified casuals that are essentially Transitional quasi-career employees who are represented and can be members of the union. We gave up some things, but we are, still, very much in the fight. Had this not happened (based upon what is transpiring in the country now) we would have gotten the ax about a year or two ago. This contract kept us in the fight, whether the membership is up for a fight or not.

Also, understand that Guffey took out Burrus's V.P. Candidate and paid a price for it, and is now, as well. In every one of his union positions he has been dedicated, competent, and successful in most of his activities on behalf of the membership and I would rather have him with me in a fight than Dimondstein.

If you think Guffey is bad, Dimondstein would be worse and I do not think that he really has a clue as to what the position he is running for entails. What happened to all the people he organized? Where are they now? It would be a sad and pathetic joke if only the tragedy were not real. I am sorry, but the majority of the "Members First Team" may be good in a certain locale in the Local or State positions they are in (or have not been in any for quite some period of time such as their candidate for National President), but in these times anything larger than that is beyond the majority of them (with the exception of Anna Smith the candidate for the position of Organization Director) and their election have a negative impact on the APWU at this in these most dangerous of times.

"You can lose your way groping among the shadows of the past. It's frightening how many people and things there are in a man's past that have stopped moving. The living people we've lost in the crypts of time sleep so soundly side by side with the dead that the same darkness envelops them all.

As we grow older, we no longer know whom to awaken, the living or the dead."

D Louis-Ferdinand, line, Journey to the End of the Night

MPK


Michael Ganino <mikepat@optonline.net>
Greater CT/Retiree
National Director, Emeritus - APW-ABA
- Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11:20:05 (PDT)

Looking forward to the upcoming election hoping the turnout is large. Since I began my postal career in 1951 I strived to provide information which I hoped would stimulate voting.

Excluding just a very few posters this site continues to provide a great opportunity for rational information dissemination as well as earnest debate.

Only wish this site had been available near 20 years ago when I ran and lost in my run for nationwide APWU office.

Tip of the hat to Randy!


Bill Lewis <Billlewistmal@aol.com>
Trenton Metro Area Local/NJ State Postal Workers Union
President
- Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 07:53:42 (PDT)

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The National APWU Election is here and your vote will count.

As one of the senior Maintenance employees and long term APWU representative, I am particularly concerned and committed to electing the best possible candidates to not only capably represent but energize and lead the Maintenance Craft at the National Level.

For this reason I am enthusiastically promoting and endorsing Steve Duckworth as our next National Maintenance Assistant Director in Washington. Steve has distinguished himself at the forefront of critically important protection and preservation of our jobs in the Maintenance Craft through his work in preventing subcontracting of maintenance work and in ensuring full maintenance staffing is secured.

With his extensive knowledge of changes in the Maintenance CBA, Steve has been a valuable resource of information, strategies and expert advice to many throughout the country. He has also provided much needed Maintenance CBA enforcement training at both the local and state levels. Let me say that this Election must be about more than just returning the same individuals to DC, some of whom have contributed so little as National Officers that their role has been invisible.

Join with me as we usher in a new beginning of imaginative, animated and serious representation contribution in the Maintenance Craft.

Vote for and Elect Steve Duckworth as Our National Maintenance Craft Assistant Director. Vote and put a Worker who will Work For You in the Maintenance Craft in Washington. Steve Duckworth Will Do The Job!!!

Thank you,

Bill Lewis


Bill Lewis <Billlewistmal@aol.com>
Trenton Metro Area Local / NJ State Postal Workers
President
- Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 07:31:51 (PDT)

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The National APWU Election is here and your vote will count.

This year a new generation of leadership has emerged to meet the challenges of our union's future. Amongst that group one candidate has stood out for her level of serious hard work and commitment in this election process. That leader is Anna Smith, President of the Oregon Postal Workers Union.

Anna is seeking the important position as our next National Organization Director. Anna has distinguished herself as a tireless state and local officer (The Portland Area Local) who has always kept the membership as her number one priority and organizing the strength of our Union as her number one goal. She brings to this campaign a first in APWU History - her strategic organizing plan to aggressively capture the 40,000+ Non APWU Members who don't pay union dues!

In this APWU National Election year nowhere is the disparity amongst candidates more apparent than in this critically important race. Anna Smith, through her commitment to the serious hard work necessary TO ORGANIZE OUR UNION, represents what is best about the future of our union. This election is crucial to our union's survival.

I am 100% with Anna Smith for Organization Director, and our union's future. Join with me and let us, together; elect the future of our APWU. Vote Anna Smith, the next Organization Director of American Postal Workers Union.

Thank you.

Bill Lewis


Michael Ganino <mikepat@optonline.net>
Greater CT/Retiree
- Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 05:53:11 (PDT)

Bobby,

Make no mistake, I am an unabashed supporter of Cliff Guffey & most team members. Having said that, I must say that Mark Dimondstein's organizing outside workers was stellar. The membership mandated program had success & failures but was doomed from the beginning by "internal" restrictions as well as a myopic targeting plan.

Peace & keep posting!!


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 19:31:09 (PDT)

Received today from APWU Members First Team Candidate for President, Mark Dimondstein:

"An update on my direct challenge to incumbent APWU President Guffey to a candidates debate -- something the members certainly deserve. I have received no response. Again, I stand ready to debate any where, any time, and it can be streamed to all interested members. So much for those incumbent supporters who are falsely claiming that I won't address the issues. Who is really hiding?"


William Whalen <APWU145@yahoo.com>
Wilmington NC Local 0145
General President
- Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 15:01:31 (PDT)

At the August union meeting (Tuesday evening 8/20/13) the Wilmington NC Local members voted to endorse the following candidates for national office:

President – Cliff Guffy (unanimous)
Executive Vice President – Debby Szeredy
Secretary-Treasurer – Elizabeth “Liz” Powell (unanimous)
Industrial Relations Director - Mike Morris (unanimous)
Legislative/Political Director – Gary Kloepfer (unanimous)
Organization Director – Martha Shunn-King (unanimous)
Health Plan Director – William “Bill” Kaczor (unanimous)
Regional Southern Coordinator – Kenneth Beasley (unanimous)
Clerk Division Director – Clint Burelson


Elizabeth Bobo <bethluvsmiles@yahoo.com>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
Southern Region Retiree Delegate
- Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 14:04:16 (PDT)

This just in: Both Florida State Retiree Chapter and Florida State Presidents' Conference voted UNANIMOUSLY to endorse Elizabeth Bobo for Southern Region Retiree Delegate.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 23:57:30 (PDT)

From APWU Members First Team:

APWU President Guffey to Congress: Cut Retiree Health Contributions
and Change Actives’ Coverage to Make Up the Difference

August 21, 2013

APWU President Cliff Guffey recently testified before Congress that our union should be working with the Postal Service to save money by cutting the government’s contributions for retiree health coverage and changing coverage for actives to make up the loss of funding for the health plan as a whole. Just how that can be done without hurting both actives and retirees he doesn’t say, because it can’t!

Here’s the clip of Guffey surrendering our health coverage and putting management’s interests before the members’ — see for yourself:


Michael Ganino <mikepat@optonline.net>
Greater CT/Retiree
Member / APW-ABA National Director/Emeritus
- Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 17:08:11 (PDT)

The very existence of the APW ABA can be credited to a great degree to the actions taken by President Guffey, Treasurer Powell who at my request interced with the USPS to insure the USPS ban was removed allowing the APWABA to commence nationwide organiZing which allowed us, working with Director King to organize thousands of new members insuring decades of future success for the members of the APWU & APWABA.

Through the actions and foresight of President Guffey, APWU organizing and financial solvency were advanced by leaps & bounds. The APWABA has been able to afford members additional benefits totalling millions!

My six years of APW ABA leadership allowed me the opportunity to work with Cliff, Liz, Greg, Martha and members of their team under varying conditions which in my opinion they handled with great dedication and union spirit ALWAYS with the MEMBERS INTERESTS FIRST.

Voting for each member of this solid UNION group of brothers & sisters is a no brainer as they have the knowledge, leadership, solidarity to lead OUR union into the future.

Its not coincidence or mistake that over 69,000 APWU members ratified the contract negotiated by OUR team led by Brother Cliff Guffey. Nor is it a coincidence that our last national convention was one gone of if not the best I have attended which Vegas 76 was my first.

My ballot will reflect my unqualified support for CLIFF, GREG, LIZ and the entire team.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 08:54:26 (PDT)

Mike Nodine you said “Lately I have heard supporters of the Leadership Team denounce APWU Candidate for President Mark Dimondstein for his history of successful “Outside Organizing.” The outside organizing was not a success, thank goodness. The union spent millions to sign up non government workers.

Outside organizing encouraged privatization. If our work is being done by non postal/government workers don’t you consider this privatization? I do.

Mike Nodine all of my postings were my opinions.

Mike Gallagher very well said. Your message goes to the heart of what I have always said and thought. The Leadership Team is comprised of experience and dedicated union officers.

I am voting for the Leadership Team.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 03:35:58 (PDT)

Central Missouri Area Local Endorses the APWU Members First Team
August 19, 2013

Mark,

I wanted to let you know that Central Missouri Area Local 7065 has voted to endorse you and your team at our local meeting this morning. If we can help in any way please let me know. Our brothers and sisters are ready for a change.

Don Sobba Jr,
Vice President
CMAL Local 7065


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alternate Steward
- Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 00:24:07 (PDT)


Lately I have heard supporters of the Leadership Team denounce APWU Candidate for President Mark Dimondstein for his history of successful “Outside Organizing.”

I give you the following example of the power "Outside Organizing" has on a global scale:

What is the United States of America doing in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The theory is that it is better to fight our enemies on their turf than on our own.

While I oppose imperialistic wars and occupation of foreign countries, my stepson is over there right now loyally serving his Commander in Chief, President Obama who obviously agrees in this strategic doctrine or he would have pulled out by now.

Rather than export our APWU quality of worklife to private contractors, President Guffey has imported the poorly compensated sweatshop worklife into the APWU with 20% PSE’s and embraced it as if it is a victory of some kind.

Victory in War, like victory in Organizing, is not about killing, it is about winning the hearts and minds of people. I don't see President Obama following our lead of trying to win the hearts and minds of the Taliban by issuing them citizenship before they are “converted” to our way of thinking.

Please tell me how not organizing outside the APWU has saved any of our facilities from consolidation or closure and how that is saving our jobs? That’s right, it hasn’t. Time to turn this sinking ship around before it is too late. This may well be our last chance.

Vote APWU Members First!

(the opinion expressed is purely my own and I am solely responsible for it)


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, August 19, 2013 at 21:46:55 (PDT)

Received today from Mike Gallagher, APWU Eastern Region Coordinator, Leadership Team 2013 Member:

In case it was not already obvious or there was any doubt, I ask and encourage you to support, as I am, the following
LEADERSHIP TEAM 2013 members:

CLIFF GUFFEY has been a progressive and insightful leader in the APWU for decades. I have known and worked with Cliff since he was elected to national office in 1986.

CLIFF has taken on and championed the issues affecting the Clerk Craft when he was originally elected as an Assistant Director of the Clerk Craft and he continued the fight for workers in the Clerk Craft as the Director of the Craft. Over a 9 year period, prior to becoming our President, he was the effective Executive Vice President who had taken on the responsibility of streamlining the operations of the APWU saving our members millions of dollars.

In these tenuous, difficult times for Postal Workers we need Cliff to continue as our seasoned and experienced President and as the leader of our Union. His experience and performance in top leadership roles and his dedication to the APWU are unmatched.

We need and I personally endorse without hesitation or equivocation, CLIFF GUFFEY as PRESIDENT of the AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION.

GREG BELL and I were local presidents together and he did a great job as President of the Philadelphia Area Local, so much so, that we elected him without opposition to the top contract enforcement job in the Union, the national Director of Industrial Relations in 1995. He has been criticized by high ranking managers for being stubborn and unyielding on contract issues affecting our membership. Brothers and Sisters, that is exactly the quality that we needed in the position as DIR and that is what we need in our Executive Vice President as well.

If you know Greg as I do, there is not another person in this Union who is more dedicated to advancing workers’ rights. There is no doubt that Greg is truly a Union Man.

That is why I ask you to join me in voting for GREG BELL as EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT of the AMERICAN POSTAL WORKER UNION.

LIZ POWELL has been a Local President, a National Business Agent, a Regional Coordinator and of course, our Secretary-Treasurer. A person with this pedigree has my respect. Liz has worked her way through the ranks and broken the glass ceiling and is the first women to serve in one of the top 3 positions in our Union.

Liz controls the finances of the APWU in these challenging times with a firm hand, yet does it all with grace and a soft touch. I truly admire Liz and ask you to join me in voting for LIZ POWELL as SECRETARY TREASURER of the AMERICAN POSTAL WORKER UNION.

MIKE MORRIS has been a Local President, a National Business Agent, an Assistant Clerk Craft Director and our Industrial Relations Director. Mike is another person on the Leadership Team with a lot of experience as a National Officer. Mike is also a man of deep integrity and is one of the most sincere and honorable man I have met in this business.

Mike has accelerated the number of cases that are put before a national arbitrator, so much so, that we are putting forward cases that have just been appealed to arbitration. Please join me in voting for MIKE MORRIS as DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS of the AMERICAN POSTAL WORKER UNION.

I am also endorsing all the members of the Leadership Team 2013. Please join me in voting for and supporting:



Each of these individuals is deserving of your support and your vote.

Thank you, Mike Gallagher


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, August 19, 2013 at 11:03:03 (PDT)

Received today from APWU Members First Team Candidate for President, Mark Dimondstein:

"Sent to Brother Guffey today:

Dear Brother Guffey,

I challenge you to engage with me in a presidential debate. The APWU members deserve to hear our different views and vision for the future of postal workers, our union and the United States Postal Service.

In the day of advanced social media such a debate can be easily projected to members throughout the country.

At various times I have promoted the idea of a presidential debate, so far to no avail.

My last attempt was to advocate a debate at the upcoming PPA Conference. Brother Tony Carobine of the PPA has informed me that the PPA has a policy that bars such political activity. I must respect his views on this matter.

There are thirty days until members start voting. I am ready to debate anywhere, at anytime. Are you?

In Unionism,

Mark Dimondstein, Candidate for President"


Desi Neurohr <dneurohr@pgh-metro.net>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
- Monday, August 19, 2013 at 08:38:59 (PDT)

It seems that the race for National Convention Retiree Delegate, Southern Region, is drawing quite a bit of attention. From some outside the Southern Region, to some who have been unsuccessful in forming a retiree chapter.The fact of the matter is I plan on working for the retirees of the Southern Region, no one else.

Our benefits as retirees are under attack. The current administration has gone on record as foreseeing increased costs for retirees health benefits. Retirees need a strong voice at the National Convention to protect our rights. I have been fighting for retirees since before I retired, as I was a member of the Pittsburgh Retiree Chapter before retirement.
Vote Desi Neurohr National Convention Retiree Delegate, Southern Region.
Later regrets count for nothing.


Charles "Rufus" Hunt <ruruhunt@gmail.com>
Atlanta Metro Area Local Retiree Department
Member
- Monday, August 19, 2013 at 03:59:25 (PDT)

Sister Bobo, I apologize for assuming that your entire four terms were appointed, but since I've been unable to find a job description for the position, nor election results, that was an assumption.

What I do not apologize for is your financial inability to visit a local within your state of residence. You claim to mail convention materials home, but where do you disseminate this information upon your return, for at last check, your area included Georgia as part of your eleven state RESPONSIBILITY, where only one chapter has ever been formed, compared to Flordia where there are seven, I must assume that you expend all of your finances and time bypassing Atlanta on your way HOME to Flordia.

I didn't make any accusations other than noticing the gigantic VOID in representation since my retirement that caused me to seek the position of SRDNC and effect a CHANGE in the retiree attitudes. It was your very own statement: "One of my opponents is from Atlanta, which has a Retiree Chapter. I was contacted by National to see if I could help with the work being done in that Chapter. My opponent Mr. Hunt has not mentioned helping at all within his own Chapter. I do not have the financial ability to drive a 2 hour trip into Atlanta. So if Mr. Hunt is unable to help within his own Chapter how can he be a viable candidate for the Southern Region." Since my retirement, I have been very active, working with my local and state presidents, attempting with establishing chapters in the state of Georgia, and when elected will be financially stable enough personally to work with and assist the other ten states with organizing.

As far as brother Neurohr is concerned, you don't understand debate verses argument, so I'll leave you at that.

In closing, I only want what's best for the retirees of the Southern Region, so will the both of you (my opponents), and tell everyone you know, PLEASE "VOTE" AND "VOTE" TO ELECT, CHARLES "RUFUS" HUNT YOUR NEW SOUTHERN REGIONAL DELEGATE....


Sam Wood <SWoodFla@aol.com>
Southwest Florida Area Local
President
- Monday, August 19, 2013 at 02:02:45 (PDT)

I need to clarify some issues regarding comments that have been made from the candidates for Southern Region Delegate (Retiree Division).

I represent the Southwest Florida Area Local and Fort Myers is included in our Local. As local Union President for the last 13 years I have tried to organize a retiree chapter. I have written articles in our newspaper, called on and written retirees to become E-Board members for a local retiree chapter and have had little or no interest.

I have never heard from the candidate Desmond "Desi" Neurohr before as he has never contacted me, nor has he called to talk to me. Nor has he contacted me to say he has never received a Florida Retiree Chapter Newsletter as we have a great and well organized Florida Retiree Chapter. Since I am local President in his "adopted" city, I would assume I would get a phone call. That has not happened.

Also, the Candidate Charles "Rufus" Hunt falsely claims that Sister Bobo was appointed as Southern Region Delegate. The fact is, Sister Bobo has run and has been elected to this position in the past.

If you are going to run for something, please be truthful and state the facts.

I have known Elizabeth Bobo for years now as she was a past member of my local. I can say that while I have not always agreed with Elizabeth on every issue, I do know that she has and will continue to fight for retirees and the issues that affect them 100%. I will go on record in support Elizabeth Bobo as the Southern Region Delegate (Retiree Department) as I know that she will continue to fight for Retiree Issues.


Michael Ganino <mikepat@optonline.net>
Greater CT/Retiree
- Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 19:54:01 (PDT)

Fairness would seem to dictate Brother Carobine's response be posted?!


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 17:26:37 (PDT)

Received today from APWU Members First Team Candidate for President, Mark Dimondstein:

"Once again I am being denied the opportunity to debate the incumbent President. In this high tech age such a debate could be streamed to anyone interested. It appears the administration and their supporters don't want this debate to happen, but would rather falsely claim that I am avoiding the issues. Once again I am willing to go anywhere to conduct such a debate -- the members deserve it! What follows is my answer to Brother Carobine, the head of the PPA after he nixed my request for a debate in and around the upcoming Editors Conference.

Dear Brother Carobine,

Thanks for getting back to me but am very disappointed in your answer. Sponsoring of a presidential debate enhances the education of the membership and the democracy of the union, both which should be core principles of the PPA. One of the most important issues to communicate with the membership are the differing visions for the future of the postal service, our union and the well being of postal workers and their families.

I hope you and the Board will reconsider your initial position.

In Solidarity,
Mark Dimondstein, Candidate for APWU President"


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 12:34:19 (PDT)

When Desi Neurohr retired and abandoned the Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter, he stated that he wanted to be active in a chapter in his adopted city of Fort Meyers Florida. Now he whines that he has waited for two years for the chapter to come to him! C'mon Desi, just as you sat by and approved those illegal expenditures by Chris Schewemm, which the US Dept of Labor uncovered and forced a huge pay back to the Local, you continue to avoid responsibility. It would be a travesty if an effective retiree activist like Elizabeth Bobo is not returned to that position in favor of a see no evil neophyte with zero retiree experience.


Desmond Neurohr <dneurohr@pgh-metro.net>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
- Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 10:53:46 (PDT)

It appears that my opponents for retiree national convention delegate, southern region, want to spend all their energy arguing with each other. I, on the other hand, intend to devote my energy to working for the retirees in the southern region. I have been a member of the retirees division for 2 years and have not received one piece of correspondence from the Florida State Retirees Chapter. So much for all the hard work done by my opponents.

Vote Desi Neurohr, Retiree National
Convention Delegate, Southern Region


Elizabeth Bobo <bethluvsmiles@yahoo.com>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
Southern Region Retiree Delegate
- Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 06:08:14 (PDT)

Mr. Hunt,
You also need to get your facts straight. I WAS NOT APPOINTED TO MY POSTITION! I WAS ELECTED ALL 4 TIMES!
You tried to make it sound like I was a child given a piece of candy. Wrong, I earned the respect I have been given. THAT IS WHY I WAS ELECTED!
It is easy enough to check and it is easy enough to get the minutes of each convention and read for yourself how many times I stood at that microphone and spoke for what my retirees wanted!


Elizabeth Bobo <bethluvsmiles@yahoo.com>
Florida State Retiree Chapter
Southern Region Retiree Delegate
- Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 05:45:09 (PDT)

Brother Larry Sorrels,

We have been friends for many years. I apologize for the omission of mentioning Bobby Donelson's eloquent speech on behalf of all us retirees. The whole purpose of my posting was to bring to the forefront the candidates who are running and have opposition, including myself.

One of my opponents is from Atlanta, which has a Retiree Chapter. I was contacted by National to see if I could help with the work being done in that Chapter. My opponent Mr. Hunt has not mentioned helping at all within his own Chapter. I do not have the financial ability to drive a 2 hour trip into Atlanta. So if Mr. Hunt is unable to help within his own Chapter how can he be a viable candidate for the Southern Region Retiree Delegate.

As you know I have worked hard at each convention as the Southern Region Delegate. I attended State Caucuses prior to the convening of the convention each day, I got up early and attended State caucus meetings to explain to the delegation why we were fighting so hard for the few amendments that were coming to the floor on behalf of retirees.

I may have had to move to GA for personal reasons. But as I have stated I send home boxes of info for the retirees in my area.

I question why Mr. Hunt from the Atlanta Chapter has not done anything within his own local Chapter.

In closing Mr. Hunt please find your own words to request people to vote. You read my post and used my words verbatim.

Thank you to all who continue to support me and again use your vote wisely. I am grateful for all who seen in me the passion I have for the APWU in all my years as a member.
I once again humbly ask for your support and vote. You now as a retiree have the right to vote for the offices that affect you as a retiree. SO PLEASE USE THAT RIGHT AND VOTE!
Thank you all!


Charles "Rufus" Hunt <ruruhunt@gmail.com>
Atlanta Metro Area Local Retiree Department
Member
- Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 04:01:59 (PDT)

Brother and sister retirees,

I greet and humbly solicit your support for election as your Southern Regional Delegate (Retiree Department) to the National Conventions of the American Postal Workers Union.

I entered this race after 20 plus years of serving the APWU in different capacities, from member to local officer. During my two and a half years as a retiree, I found it inconceivable that there was such a void of action from the department, and more-so from the appointed four term delegate of the Southern Region, and I speak of organizing, mobilizing, and communicating with the still viable members of the APWU.

A VOTE for me, Charles "Rufus" Hunt, will help effect CHANGE within the Retiree Department, and place Responsibility, Transparency, Respectability, and Accountability into a twenty two year old organization that so desperately needs CHANGE and new direction.
"WHOMEVER YOU CHOOSE TO ELECT, PLEASE VOTE, VOTE, VOTE"

C. Rufus Hunt
ruruhunt@gmail.com
404-964-0166


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 16:18:47 (PDT)

First, I am not a supporter of outside organizing. However, this was Mark Dimondstein’s union work at the national union for many years.

Why does he remain silent in this area?

Why did the outside organizers target MVS and Maintenance work?


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Friday, August 16, 2013 at 12:10:24 (PDT)

Received today from Mark Dimondstein, APWU Members First Team Candidate for President:

"Thrilled to have just received the endorsement of Brother Leo Persails, former and well respected Central Region Coordinator! His statement follows:

HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH?

Have you had enough of fighting with management alone? You may have some strong union minded Local Officers, but the new National Agreement doesn’t provide them with the tools to deal with this new breed of management. The fact is the new contract has even removed areas of defense for your battles that once protected you. The worst part is your union leadership permitted unreasonable gains by management that are now making it easier for them to ship you and your mail elsewhere. You were misled when your union leaders told you to support and vote for this contract, and that can’t happen again. If you are to help save the Postal Service and your job, you need to support and vote for new leadership that will fight with and for you.

The American Postal Workers Union will elect new officers in September to lead the union. You will receive ballots in the mail for all opposed offices. You need to vote and become involved in this most important election for you and your family’s future. I am a retired former APWU Local President, State President, National Business Agent, Central Region Coordinator, and one of 12 members of the National Executive Board. While I will not endorse either team, I have given serious consideration to the three positions that I believe are the most important to you. I make this endorsement of the three positions based on my 35 years of working for the members of this union, and nothing is more important to me than your well being.

The three positions are;

1. Mark Dimondstein------President

2. Debby Szeredy----Vice President

3. John L. Marcotte----Legislative Political Director

This election will be the most important union election you will ever vote in. Don’t let it pass you by.

Leo F. Persails
Retired Central Region
Coordinator APWU"


Joanne Guess <apwu277@yahoo.com>
Asheville Area Local 277
President
- Friday, August 16, 2013 at 06:26:52 (PDT)

At the August meeting of the Asheville Area Local #277 the membership voted to endorse the Leadership Team for this year's election.


Larry R. Sorrells <avlapwu@charter.net>
NC Council APWU
State Pres.
- Friday, August 16, 2013 at 04:31:19 (PDT)

Elizabeth (BETH),

Credit should also be given to Bobby Donelson for the passage of the Retiree Amendment. He argued very vigorously for this on the Constitution Committee. While others spoke very well for the Amendment when it hit the floor, Bobby's supportive arguments swung the vote in my opinion


Elizabeth Bobo <bethluvsmiles@yahoo.com>
Florida State Retiree
Southern Region Retiree Delegate
- Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 09:08:29 (PDT)

To all my fellow retirees. I have been your Southern Region Retiree Delegate for 4 terms and each convention the retirees have moved forward in one way or another. At the last convention we were finally able to secure you the right to vote for your top National Officers and the Officers who directly have anything to do with you as a retiree and your benefits.

Of the five delegates you elected only three got up to speak in favor of the Amendment to the APWU Constitution. The three were myself-Southern Region, Byron Denton-Western Region and John Richards-Eastern Region. One of the retirees who is running for the Central Region is Al LaBreaque, also is in a contested race. Al has been there from the conception of the Retiree Department. He is the one that put the original proposed amendment for you as a retiree to have that right to vote. I thank him and urge you to vote for a man that has remained active and loyal as a retiree.

In the Pre-Convention Conference our retiree members spoke loud and clear of the issues they wanted us to fight for. I question why the Central or Northern Regions Delegates failed to go to a mic and speak on those issues.

I ask you to get the minutes of each Convention to verify that I have stood and spoke on our issues when they have come to the floor. Always standing behind what our retirees have voted for. We go before a delegation of 3,000 members and fight diligently for you, our retirees.

I can now say proudly that we were finally accepted by the delegation of the convention and they voted to allow us the right to vote for Officers that affect you as a retiree.

I humbly come before all retirees in the Southern Region to vote! Vote for Elizabeth (Cramer) Bobo and all the officers you now have the right to vote for!!!

You as a retiree are now the second largest entity within the APWU. We need you to stay active not only within your Retiree Chapters, but foremost POLITICALLY if we want to keep our benefits.
VOTE VOTE VOTE!
Yours in Solidarity,
Elizabeth Bobo


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 21:59:28 (PDT)

Received this message today from
John L Marcotte, candidate for APWU Legislative Political Director:


"Central Michigan Area Local endorses the whole APWU Members First Team."


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 15:15:15 (PDT)

Brother William LaSalle it would not surprise me.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 13:30:57 (PDT)

Received this message today from
Mark Dimondstein, candidate for APWU President:

"Always great to be with my home local in Greensboro N.C. and had the opportunity to address our union meeting along with Brother Tony McKinnon. Incumbent candidates addressed the same meeting by phone. Big thanks to President Delannie McElrath and the membership for their overwhelming endorsement of my candidacy and that of the entire APWU Members First Team!"


William LaSalle <williamlasalle@comcast.net>
Philadelphia BMC Local 7048
- Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 05:34:25 (PDT)

It can get much stranger than Postal Workers using emails, Brother Stinson. Will candidates use pre-sort services to get reduced rates on their campaign mailings? Will they get Pitney-Bowes to sort their APWU campaign material? Stay tuned...


Richard C. Shelley <rorganizer@comcast.net>
Local 181
Director of Organization
- Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 19:28:50 (PDT)

Not sure what you mean brother Chris.


Chris Chaney <chris.chaney1@hotmail.com>
Oklahoma City Area Local
- Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 18:48:28 (PDT)

Perhaps the use of the email list is "legal", however the exclusive use by one group, for whatever reason, doesn't quite feel right to me.


Richard C. Shelley <rorganizer@comcast.net>
Baltimore Local 181
Dir. of Org
- Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 13:49:17 (PDT)

The case will be argued in court. It's funny how you make those long spaced quotes to try to bury the truth. It's also very obvious to everyone; members are smart. It's too late. The truth is out.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 09:55:41 (PDT)

The Leadership Team is a full team of officers from top to bottom. They work hard for us and have the experience to lead the APWU, AFL-CIO. I am proud to say I know everyone of them.

Resident Officers
Cliff Guffey - President
Greg Bell - Executive Vice-President
Elizabeth "Liz" Powell - Secretary-Treasurer
Mike Morris - Industrial Relations Director
Gary Kloepfer - Legislative & Political Director
Martha Shunn-King - Organization Director
Joyce B. Robinson - Research & Education Director
Sue Carney - Human Relations Director
Bill Kaczor - Health Plan Director
Judy Beard - Retiree Director

Regional Coordinators
John H. Dirzius - Northeast Region
Mike Gallagher - Eastern Region
Sharyn Stone - Central Region
Princella Vogel - Southen Region
Omar Gonzalez - Western Region

Clerk Division
Rob Strunk - Director
Lyle Krueth - Assistant Director [B]
Lamont Brooks - Assistant Director [C]

Maintenance Division
Steve Raymer - Director
Idowu Balogun - Assistant Director [A]
Greg See - Assistant Director [B]

Motor Vehicle Service
Michael O. Foster - Director
Javier Pineres - Assistant Director


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 09:13:27 (PDT)

Richard you say:

The APWU leadership has created the official email lists and regularly uses the lists to communicate with the members yet are denying access to the lists by the challengers.
Answer: These lists are not being used to campaign. Your statement is made but does not provide any evidence or proof of a violation of the DOL rules and regulations.

Brother Stinson knows the costs of running against incumbents and the advantages that they have.
Answer: Brother Mike Stinson was an excellent local officer and his point about the mail was an excellent point. I used the mail and e mail both to campaign.

Should the APWU leadership be allowed to break the law and keep the challengers from communicating with the members?
Answer: Your statement is made but does not provide any evidence or proof of a violation of the DOL rules and regulations.

Perhaps Brother Stinson should communicate with 21CPW via letter mail.
Answer: Mike voiced his opinion and it is important.

Would it not be better to focus on the serious issues facing members?
Answer: Yes and that is what the Leadership Team is doing and has done.

Comment: What has always irritated me during elections is challenger’s statements that imply something is wrong or not legal yet failed to provide any proof or evidence of a violation.

I have tried to stay positive and have not written negative comments. It would be easy to write negative comments. Unfortunately they do work. However, I am not directly involved in the national campaign.

As a Retiree Chapter President my goal and purpose is to support union officers that I think are good and doing their jobs. It is easy to campaign for the Leadership team. I know them and think they are doing their best during very trying times.

With the magazine statements and access to the statements on the APWU, AFL-CIO web site challengers have more access that ever before.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, August 12, 2013 at 21:54:00 (PDT)

The following email was sent to Tony Carobine of the APWU Postal Press Association and Lance Coles:

Brothers Tony and Lance,

I challenge incumbent APWU President Cliff Guffey to a presidential candidate debate at the upcoming PPA Editors Conference.

This is a critical union election and the Conference would be a great arena for the candidates to share their differing views and vision.

Please let me know if this is agreeable as soon as possible in that I will have to change existing travel plans and make new ones to be in attendance.

In Union Solidarity,

Mark Dimondstein, Candidate for APWU President


Richard C. Shelley <rorganizer@comcast.net>
APWU Local 181
Director of Organization
- Monday, August 12, 2013 at 17:55:43 (PDT)

The APWU leadership has created the official email lists and regularly uses the lists to communicate with the members yet are denying access to the lists by the challengers. Brother Stinson knows the costs of running against incumbents and the advantages that they have. Should the APWU leadership be allowed to break the law and keep the challengers from communicating with the members? Perhaps Brother Stinson should communicate with 21CPW via letter mail. Would it not be better to focus on the serious issues facing members?


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, August 12, 2013 at 17:17:54 (PDT)

Here's a copy of the Pittsburgh Retiree Record - August 8th 2013 Edition
- announcing endorsement of APWU Members First Team on July 31st 2013.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, August 12, 2013 at 16:40:31 (PDT)

APWU Web News Article 096-2013, Aug. 12, 2013
Candidates’ Online Statements Updated

(08/12/13) Several candidates for national union office have updated their online statements, in accordance with Article 11.3.c.2 of the APWU Constitution [PDF].

To view the statements on www.apwu.org, click here and follow the log-in instructions for the Members Only section.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:47:39 (PDT)

I have attended many union functions and meetings. What is written by some is not what I have observed.

Most union members are not dissatisfied. Most have seen increase in pay and are happy with their bid position. The current contract did not affect any of them in a negative manner.

Union negotiators have a responsibility to get the best contract they can. They must also must negotiate a contract the members will ratified if mailed out for vote.

Contract violations and grievances have always affected members and this contract is no different than others.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Monday, August 12, 2013 at 10:18:41 (PDT)

The law is clear in the area of using union funds to campaign. Use of personal lists are another matter. It is easy to expand a list with twitter, facebook, and e mails from others. Candidates have and still have access to mail to the membership. The mailing is controlled and ensure the APWU, AFL-CIO is protected. There are people who sell mailing lists.

Good observation Mike.


Mike Stinson <cad4mik2003@yahoo.com>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
- Monday, August 12, 2013 at 09:45:29 (PDT)

I find it truly amazing, and ironic, that the man who is looking to become President of this Union has filed suit against this Union so that he may campaign through email and therefore help us lose more jobs!!! What happened to doing a mailing through the US Mail??


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, August 12, 2013 at 08:00:04 (PDT)

Received today from APWU Members First Team Candidate for President - Mark Dimondstein:

"We have asked the APWU for the ability to campaign through the official email lists of the union. At the behest of the incumbents, APWU lawyers denied this reasonable request that will clearly help level the playing field. It is no different than the right to communicate through home mailing addresses. Friday we filed a lawsuit to enforce this right, through a preliminary injunction, and to defend democratic principles of good unionism. We will keep you posted."


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, August 12, 2013 at 07:42:41 (PDT)

Voting - BurrusJournal.org
August 12, 2013

Voting is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. In the allocation of things that we are committed to do it should be a priority; a commitment that we as individuals will do our part. Leaders’ lead after voters’ vote.

In the rush of daily existence, we divide our days into those things that have to be done, like working, family matters, health care and financial obligations, but often we relegate voting to a periodic activity that is not prioritized. More often than not we find excuses for non- participation, such as I forgot, I don’t know or don’t like the candidates. These are cop-outs of our responsibility as members and citizens. We owe it to the community and to ourselves to vote.

The ballots will be mailed on September 10 to all eligible members. Many union members are not prepared mentally for receipt of the ballots and when received will set it aside for completion. And when the deadline for the return has passed – they will realize they’ve missed an opportunity to help make a difference. It is time to start thinking about the election now and make a commitment to take the time to vote. It’s your right and your responsibility. Make a commitment to vote.

Vote – Vote – Vote!


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, August 12, 2013 at 06:38:21 (PDT)

Received this today, created by a member, in support of APWU Members First Team:


Michael P. Kaehler <winston@cloudnet.com>
Saint Cloud MN Area Local No. 647
President - 1/21 Crazy Postal Workers - Omega - Marginalized Anti-social Thought Criminal
- Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 16:38:23 (PDT)

Another good reason to vote for the current Leadership Team:

Year after year, we would hear the same refrain and one cannot say that the Burrus Administration did not attempt to address this issue – but the success came with election of the Guffey Administration and the contractual settlement and the DAS Award that is finally, after a long battle being implemented. I suppose this would mean little to nothing to many of the members of the other APWU Crafts who would not, normally, be exposed to life in the small associate post office – but for the PTFs in these offices this is a big thing and just may provide more career clerk craft members of the union as, now, they might be able to afford to join and they might be more cooperative with the union when the Postmaster tries to do them a favor so they can “get more hours.” It might, also, give the USPS more pause for thought about taking an action with a career clerk in there as the offices “hit’ with PostPlan in the area that I represent had no career employees in them.

I, still, have my negative feelings about NTFT positions and PSE’s – but I can tell you that the 1.6.B and DAS were and are a HUGE VICTORY for this union and the Clerk Craft bargaining unit, at the very least.

I do not think that any sane APWU Member would dispute this accomplishment of the current “Leadership Team.”
MPK


Richard C. Shelley <rorganizer@comcast.net>
Local 181 Baltimore, Md
Director of Organiztion
- Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 15:23:36 (PDT)

Thank you Brother Mike Nodine for the exposure of a labor opportunist. Pitiful.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alternate Steward
- Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 12:45:41 (PDT)

Michael Kaehler's Greatest Hits Volume 1:
(From the 21cpw archives found on the Links To Locals and More page. Please don't take my word for it, look these posts up yourself and verify they are here, word for word, as I have cut and pasted them.)

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• Michael P. Kaehler
Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 13:41:02 (PDT)
- There are those who wonder "IF" or "perhaps?" However, I can assure you that I have not and never will . . . and . . .

Just in case you needed to know, I wrote this to someone I have come to hold in high esteem and it was something that they earned. This can, also, be said of some of the others with whom I found as comrades yesterday, today, and in the future.

"Bill:

Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the membership past, present, and future in the attempt to enlighten them at what had been gained through hard work and in hard fought battles, both at the front and behind the scenes and of what we stood to lose through the ineptitude and self-serving desire to leave their mark upon this union by undoing the progress of 40 years of Cliff Guffey and his "team" so that they could have their "legacy."

And, of course, you, as well as I and many others, knew that this was an uphill battle against years of complacency based upon a trust that to up to this time had never been betrayed by the APWU leadership as they knew there were and are lines and boundaries that must not be crossed, points of honor that are sacred, and things that must never be surrendered without a fight. It is unfortunate that much of what others before you, you, and so many others achieved has, now, been rendered nearly meaningless by these people and a membership that should have known and deserves better than to accept this gross betrayal by their elected leaders.

Throughout this struggle you stood with a dignity and an integrity that is beyond criticism. When you saw all that you and those who built this union stood for being defiled and denigrated and the members being misled - you attempted to speak wisdom to fools.

I will be forever grateful for all that you and the other old fighters have done for the rank and file members of the American Postal Workers Union and it is tragic that it had to end this way - but, possibly, there might be a new and better American Postal Workers Union arise from the ashes once these people are gone - one that will honor those who came before those come after us with the social, political, and economic justice the working class deserves and strives for.

Thank you for your inspiration, your leadership, and dedication to the rank and file members with vote, but no voice over the years and into the future.

In solidarity for a better tomorrow,
MPK"
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• Michael P. Kaehler
Friday, May 06, 2011 at 06:07:29 (PDT)
- "At the last National Presidents Conference it was made quite clear that the efforts of the NPU from their White House vigil through to the Great Strike and after were and are for naught by President Guffey and his supporters. It was made particularly clear that the AFL unions with their class collaboration and capitalistic exploitation of their rank and file members via business unionism had triumphed over the NPU and this was even before the perfidy of this regressive contract was revealed by these cheap labor conservatives who control what has come to be regarded as a Vichy Union

I and others continue to have faith that the rank and file will see though these people just as former President Burrus does. I am under no illusions as to the harm that this contract will do to the people that I represent both in and out of the workplace and those postal workers who follow as there will be no return of what has been delivered up to the bosses by these agents of the company. The collective efforts and sacrifice of lives, blood, and hard labor of generations of millions the American workers to achieve such small gains as the 8 hour work day, the 40 hour/ 5 day work week, and much, much more have been surrendered without a fight."
______________________________________________

• Michael P. Kaehler
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 16:25:21 (PDT)
- The tragedy is that these people gave away anything worthwhile and, then, prey upon the rank and file members' ignorance and fear by thinking that we really have more to lose that what they have already surrendered without a fight to their beleoved bosses and, then, their beloved bosses brag all over how they took us to the cleaners and go to Congress and ask them to intervene so that we have no recourse even think about getting back what was surrendered.

And, then, they have the audacity to expect us to approve of this and take responsibility for this gross betrayal and sellout and let them off the hook????

I say NO!

Solidarity for never!
______________________________________________

• Michael P. Kaehler
Saturday, April 09, 2011 at 07:52:54 (PDT)
- "I can understand why Donohue and the BOG were crowing over their ability to sell Cliff Guffey and his puppets the bridge to nowhere and are seeking further restrictions on the union’s ability or leverage to bargain by eliminating arbitration via Congress in combination with our No Strike and No Direct Action on the part of the workers or their union (if they have one much longer after this)."
______________________________________________


Yes, PLEASE, "Think about it!"


Michael P. Kaehler <winston@cloudnet.com>
Saint Cloud MN Area Local No. 647
President - 1/21 Crazy Postal Workers - Omega - Marginalized Anti-social Thought Criminal
- Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:17:37 (PDT)

I suppose that if you can’t take it with you when you retire that you can always take it down.

I do understand all the evil that this contract has brought upon those who are left behind and those who are to come. I do understand that the PAEA was just one nail in the coffin of what remains of the public aspect of the United States Postal Service along with the other privatization measures that are being implemented aggressively through the actions and inactions of the Legislative and Executive Branches of the Corporate State that, if challenged, will be supported wholeheartedly by the Judiciary when necessary. With the addition of the sequester to assist them – well, it is all going according to plan or do you doubt this?

Most certainly being on the USPS and APWU feed bag is or, rather, was quite nice. I mean we were a protected species and had even more than the average U.S. Government employee that we would like to believe we be.

If anything, the people who negotiated this contract no doubt believe in invisible friends and good faith. Okay, Mom’s apple pie, the girl next door, and hot doggies and all that, too. Those that are military veterans should know better – particularly if they served in or during Vietnam – but, that is okay as Ronald Reagan built us a memorial and all too many of us forgot what it was all about. Closure.

Closure so that they can fool us all again. And they did fool us and the majority of the population – and “The Beat Goes On.”

I suppose that you think that “The Members First” group have new and improved ideas and that they will part the waters and lead you to “The Promised Land” and by some miracle that things will change? Well, they have changed and they changed more during the Burrus Administration – especially under the Postmaster Generalship of his “friend” that he, fondly, called “John.”

Of course, there was “resistance” and the buying of time through “extensions” – but “lest we forget” the PAEA was passed during the Burrus Administration and, if anything, it underscores the lack of power and influence of the APWU on all fronts it is this. But when Burrus and “John” parted – they parted as friends with face and legacy protected – but what about the Postal Service and the American Postal Workers they left behind?

Of course, there is plenty of blame to go around and this contract, though many of us thought it was incorrect, was to a great degree an attempt to adjust to the world after Bill and John’s Great Adventure and if one were to view the succession of events with a critical eye and think this mess through.

Most certainly there were other players – the other postal unions and associations, Fed-Ex, UPS, Pitney-Bowes, the AFL-CIO with its federated unions, the Mailers, and a Government that represents “people” who are not really people and/the interests of “THE PEOPLE” who founded and who have controlled this country from the very beginning. But both Bill Burrus and John Potter share some responsibility for where we are today as union facing extinction and as public service on the precipice of privatization.

Objectively, one can seriously question the introduction of the NTFT and PSE categories of employees, the reduced pay scales for new hires, the waived pay increases, and the deferred COLA’s of this negotiated contract that was overwhelmingly ratified by the majority of the voting membership as they perceived that this was in their own best interest. Now we are to believe that the majority of the membership has “buyers’ remorse?”

Having been against much of this contract I have had or am having to work with and through it on a daily basis and to implement it at its most basic level. Looking out beyond the local level at the real world outside and the events since 2001 – and even before, I may not agree with the action taken by the membership of this union in ratifying this contract, but I do believe now that this contract gave us the breathing space we needed to, at the very least, put up a credible fight to preserve both our livelihoods and our union in the face of seemingly impossible odds. I do not care to contemplate where both our livelihoods and our union would be had not this contract, whether I or anyone disagreed with some or all of it or not, been ratified in light of what we have experienced from 2001 on forwards.

Thanks to the efforts of President Guffey, Vice-president Greg Bell, Industrial Relations Director Mike Morris, and the other incumbent officers in Washington, D.C. we are still very much in the fight and whether we ultimately win or lose – we owe them that much for had we continued on the course that we were on prior to 2010 I firmly believe that we would be that much more closer to legislative extinction than we already are as a public service and as a unionized work force.

This is another major reason why, whether I like them or this contract, I support one more term for the Leadership Team.

Think about it!
MPK


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Thursday, August 08, 2013 at 14:11:50 (PDT)

This just in:
The Greater Seattle Area Local Endorsed the Entire APWU Members First Team at their Membership meeting.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Thursday, August 08, 2013 at 06:25:04 (PDT)

Please add to this message exchange any official endorsements you become aware of for Teams or individual candidates. Links are appreciated. I, and a few others, have posted updates on the APWU Members First Team endorsements from information gathered through the Teams' use of social media. When I see or am made aware of endorsements for the Leadership Team 2013, I will also post those in addition to what others post here.

Both Team's web sites are linked at the top of this page. Please review them regularly for updates on endorsements and information on the candidates.

All candidates/Teams have equal access to this page and to me via email. If you need any assistance, PLEASE email me. - RZ


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Thursday, August 08, 2013 at 06:15:55 (PDT)

President Michael Bates and the membership of the Des Moines Iowa Local endorsed Mark Dimondstein for President as well as the entire APWU Members First Team.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alternate Steward
- Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at 06:59:44 (PDT)

On July 1st, 2013 the Fayetteville NC Executive Board unanimously endorsed the APWU Members First Team.
At the July 29th monthly meeting the membership unanimously endorsed the APWU Members First Team.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, August 05, 2013 at 09:47:28 (PDT)

Reminders:
From official 2013 Rules & Regulations [pdf]:
Tuesday, September 10 through Friday, September 13, 2013
- ballots mailed out
Monday, October 7, 2013, 2 PM
- ballots must be in designated ballot box

Also, APWU Retirees Department members will be able
to vote for the following APWU, AFL-CIO Officers:
President
Vice President
Secretary-Treasurer
Legislative & Political Director
Health Plan Director
Regional Retiree Representatives


Frederick Peterson <fandjpeterson@frontiernet.net>
CNYAL
- Monday, August 05, 2013 at 08:34:01 (PDT)

Michael,

You mean the 50 miles that's arbitrarily breached for some locals leaving other locals with senior members at the bottom of the seniority list when they can't get the same agreement made for their members? I'm junior to relatively new hires thanks to quisling Guffey's "Leadership".

With leaders like this who needs management?
[For anyone interested, this discussion was transferred to the Maintenance Business page at this site - RZ]


Michael P. Kaehler <winston@cloudnet.com>
Saint Cloud MN Area Local No. 647
President - 1/21 Crazy Postal Workers - Omega - Marginalized Anti-social Thought Criminal
- Saturday, August 03, 2013 at 12:14:55 (PDT)

One good reason to re-elect Cliff Guffey, Mike Morris, Greg Bell, and the majority of the APWU Leadership Team:

50 Miles – 50 miles is Leadership. We fail in leadership by, for, and of the Members First . . . last and always!

If we as union members hold the line and do not allow ourselves to be manipulated by fear, uncertainly, co-workers, and management - If we demonstrate class and self- discipline and do not take the ride in the fast car at our own expense – If we as individuals as a Local and a UNION hold the line and force the issue they will have to keep us within the 50 mile commuting distance for placement and this will be at their expense not ours as individuals and as a union.

The limitation of 50 miles for involuntary excessing is a prime example of Leadership in difficult and changing times for all of us. We fail in leadership with Members First . . . last and always!

Our Leadership is in the Leadership Team as they represent the members first, last, and always.

Vote “No Confidence” or Vote the Leadership Team!
MPK


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Saturday, August 03, 2013 at 04:35:10 (PDT)

At it’s July 31 Membership Meeting/Mid Summer Blast, the largest gathering of members and guests in Chapter history, @ 112 registered, The Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, unanimously endorsed the candidacy of the APWU Members First Team for the 2013 APWU Election Of Officers.

The members were most concerned with the unprecedented give back Collective Bargaining Agreement and recent on the record testimony by APWU President Cliff Guffey, whereby he indicated a willingness to bargain our health benefits coverage with the USPS. Retirees are now covered under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act, or FEHBA. The sentiment of the members was “hands off our health benefits coverage.”


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alternate Steward
- Friday, August 02, 2013 at 23:19:26 (PDT)

APWUMembersFirst.com - Atlanta Metro Endorsement
Hot News From Hotlanta!

The Atlanta Metro Area Local's Executive Board And General Membership
Enthusiastically Endorses The Entire APWU Members First Team!


Rick Ruiz <Rickruizapwu@hotmail.com>
California Area Local
Member
- Friday, August 02, 2013 at 08:09:00 (PDT)

The California Area Local General Membership Meeting was held on July 28, 2013.
The Membership voted to endorse: Louis M. Kingsley Jr. for Maintenance Division Western Region NBA "A"


Terry Stoller <tsto@netzero.net>
California Area Local
President
- Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 16:17:29 (PDT)

The members present at the California Area Local general membership meeting on 7/28/13 endorsed candidates for the following headquarters positions:

President: Mark Dimondstein (unanimous)
Executive V.P.: Debby Szeredy(unanimous)
Secretary-Treasurer: Elizabeth Powell (unanimous)
Industrial Relations Director: Tony McKinnon (unanimous)
Clerk Craft Director: Clint Burelson
Health Plan Director: Robert Furbush (unanimous)
Organization Director: Anna Smith
Legislative Director: Gary Kloepfer
Assistant Maintenance Director: Greg See (unanimous)


Omar M. Gonzalez <omarwrk@aol.com>
Greater Los Angeles Area Local
Western Regional Coordinator
- Monday, July 29, 2013 at 17:17:17 (PDT)

MY POINT EXACTLY

Brother Burrus actually makes one of the points of my previous post. While he caught the typo [ sorry Randy I didn't catch this one before the posting ] that Bill's 2002 Contract was extended "with", as opposed to without ratification, the key is that both contracts mentioned were ratified by members. The members spoke! ! !

For the record, I never asserted that Bill ever said that membership ratification determines if the contract is good or bad. What I quoted was Bill's previously posted position:
"The first priority of a negotiator is to get an agreement that will be ratified...
we can not separate the negotiators from those who ratified..."


The CBAs are what they are! Both were ratified. We have emergent issues with the likes of Issa et al, who are on a quest to destroy all of our livelihood; current, future, retired postal workers and America's postal service. Their attack is what now requires a united voice and concerted effort. Otherwise, we may never get a chance to ratify anything again.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Monday, July 29, 2013 at 14:53:46 (PDT)

Former APWU National President Bill Burrus responded in an email directly to APWU Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez concerning his post of July 20, 2013 on this page. Bill gave me permission to post the contents of that email here:

"Hello Omar

I would welcome the opportunity to debate the pros and cons of the 2011 contract but am sure that we both have more important things to do. While you express your disagreement with my point of view I am extremely disappointed in the negotiators and supporters who are aware that the wages of the next generation of APWU represented employees will be reduced by over $500,000. Contrary to your assertion I have never said that membership ratification determines if the contract is good or bad and if you give human beings the choice of them or others, it is expected that they will side with their personal interest. It is the officers who have the responsibility to look beyond the present and lay a foundation for years to come. It is the millions of future employees and their families who will suffer unspeakable wage reductions and I reject the excuse that the members have spoken. How far does that go? Do you think it would have been any different if the wages had been reduced to $10.00 per hour with 20 hours being full time? Leaders have the right to defer to the members if they make a conscious decision that affects them but when leaders give them a choice of their well being or unnamed strangers who they have never meet you can expect that they will look out for their personal interest. I could respect a leader who accepted wage reductions for future employees if he/she applied the same conditions to themselves but for officers making over $100,000 for themselves it is the height of indecency for them to declare victory when it is someone else who suffers. And for the record, I have never extended a contract that was not ratified by the members.

Bill"


John P. Richards <Jprichards1@verizon.net>
Pittsburgh Metro Area Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO,
Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter Of The APWU, AFL-CIO
Local President 1974-1994, APWU DIR 1980-1983, President Retiree Chapter
- Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 18:53:06 (PDT)

A number of inquiries have been made to me about the candidacy of Desi Neurohr for APWU Convention Delegate, Southern Region. The gist of those inquiries was my opinion about his candidacy, since he listed his experience as an officer of the Pittsburgh Metro Area Local. I was President of that local from 1974-1994.

During my tenure, he was an appointed assistant whose duties were primarily to oversee our computerized grievance operation, and also to assist with OWCP claims. During that period he was NOT an elected financial officer. He ran and was elected as Secretary/Treasurer in the election that followed my retirement. At the conclusion of that election, certain financial irregularities that he was a party to surfaced.

Later, continuing in that office during the Christian Schwemm administration, gross financial irregularities were later discovered by the succeeding Rose Penascino administration, resulting in repayment of thousands of dollars back to the Local’s treasury ordered by the US Department Of Labor. It is our understanding that Neurohr approved those improper expenditures which were initiated by Schwemm.

If he is elected as the Southern Region Delegate to the APWU Convention, which I believe would be a travesty, it would be wise to closely observe any and all financial matters in which he may be involved. On the other hand, Elizabeth Bobo has performed admirably and honestly in that position, and in my view, should be re-elected.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Friday, July 26, 2013 at 17:44:37 (PDT)

Making a Difference - BurrusJournal.org
July 26, 2013

As members of the American Postal Workers Union consider their options in the upcoming elections they should appreciate what is at stake, their future as postal employees. The ground has shifted and employees can no longer take for granted the uninterrupted continuation of postal services and a satisfying career. Financial deficits and bad decisions have lead to consolidations, reassignments and subcontracting that have shaken the normalcy of postal employment.

Union leadership is critical in the decisions that will be made during this critical time. Times change and the decisions of yesterday are not applicable to new challenges and obstacles so it is of paramount importance that you select leaders who are capable of real leadership and vision. Going forward, decisions must be made, alliances formed and policies implemented.

It is my informed opinion that the current officers, although well intentioned are not capable of deciding in your best interest. They believe that in bargaining you have to give something to get something. Because you do not know the incumbents personally, those in support will ask you to follow the decision made by others to vote for the candidates of their choice, but you must ask yourself is that in your best interest? It is your future that is at stake. Do you want officers deciding your future who sincerely believe that reducing wages, converting career jobs to non-career, transferring bargaining unit work to supervisors and changing full time to 30 hours is progress?

The very foundation of your continued employment and retirement security will be decided by decisions made in the near future and you need leaders who will not shift their responsibility to simple appeals that you write a letter to your congressional representative. Your choice is a continuing slide to transient employment or a fresh start with officers who understand the struggle and have the will to represent your interest. It is your decision and I respect your choice, but please do not convince yourself that it does not make a difference. Vote!


R.L. Jack Wille-Milster <Jack@stlouisapwu.org>
St. Louis Gateway Area District Local #8
MCD
- Friday, July 26, 2013 at 17:17:33 (PDT)

The Saint Louis Maintenance Craft Director, officers and stewards endorse J. "Dean" Hathaway for NBA. Mr. Hathaway's knowledge base is phenomenal, combined with years and years experience representing all occupations of the Maintenance Craft. Since the retirement of Brother Don Foley, there has been no other rep as qualified within the midwest area. Good luck Dean!


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alternate Steward
- Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 10:59:25 (PDT)

It used to be a disabled veteran, some with combat wounds, could come back home and reenter civilian life as a USPS Custodian and support her or his family on the pay and benefits of that career position.

Now, because of the 2010 Watershed CBA, our veterans must become a PSE for God knows how long and suffer the lower pay and almost no benefits if they are ever to hope for a FTR position.

We are the first generation of APWU Members to sell out our next generation for our own selfish gains and deny them the opportunities we inherited from those that came before us.

That's what's fundamentally wrong with the Watershed Agreement and those who negotiated it.

Let's put our Members First for a change!


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 08:56:31 (PDT)

Richard C. Shelley: Do you really listen to your members?

Have you read previous interest arbitration awards? If not, you should read them.


Richard C. Shelley <rorganizer@comcast.net>
Local 181 Baltimore, Md
Director of Organization
- Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 20:37:05 (PDT)

The members voted yes for the contract, Donelson, because they were lied to.

Find one officer in the video below that tells the members that if they vote the contract up they won't get a raise or COLA's for 2 years, that casuals will go from 6 to 20% of the workforce, that the definition of full-time will be changed to mean as little as 30 hours, that their share of health benefits will go up 1% for the next 5 years, that new career employees will never reach the same pay as current workers. They lied to the members and cannot be trusted again. In every local where the president and e-board had the balls to tell the truth it was voted down.

Answer this question Donelson, and I am calling you out right now. Answer the question! Why, when the APWU's official position was, and still is, that the financial crisis is phony, did they give concessions that directly, negatively impacted their members, costing them potentially tens of thousand of dollars and destroyed the future of postal employment? Watch the video.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 16:31:45 (PDT)

Mike you said -
Brother Donelson, you can’t have it both ways.
Which is it?
Bobby Donelson wrote, "Our members trust our union officers and trust they will make the best decisions possible for them."


Answer 1. YES this is the case with most of our members.

-or-
Bobby Donelson wrote, “Current members determine the outcome of the contract. They are the ones that must vote and they did. The reason is they voted for the contract because their rights and benefits were protected, if not they would have voted ‘no” like they did in 1978.”

Answer 2. YES this is a correct statement.

Like you said Brother Donelson, most of our voting Members put their TRUST in them. So now the questions are:
Did our Membership receive everything they were promised?


Answer 3. YES – What did they not get?

Were there significant unpleasant surprises?

Answer 4. YES improved pay and benefits for non careers.
Answer 5. YES non careers can join and be protected by the union.
Answer 6. YES elimination of PTF’s and Part Time Regulars in the Clerk Craft in Level 21 offices and above.
Answer 7. YES significant gains for Level 21 offices and above offices for PTF’s and Part Time Regulars in the Clerk Craft in regards to work hour guarantees.
Answer 8. Work returned to the bargaining unit.

Mike the USPS has violated the collective bargaining agreement since our first agreement. That is not new. Union Representatives police the contract as always.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alternate Steward
- Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 14:52:00 (PDT)


Brother Donelson, you can’t have it both ways.
Which is it?
Bobby Donelson wrote, "Our members trust our union officers and trust they will make the best decisions possible for them."
-or-
Bobby Donelson wrote, “Current members determine the outcome of the contract. They are the ones that must vote and they did. The reason is they voted for the contract because their rights and benefits were protected, if not they would have voted ‘no” like they did in 1978.”

I say your first quote is the correct one where our Membership voted for this Watershed CBA because they placed their TRUST in President Guffey, the Executive Board, the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee and most NBA’s who pushed the Membership hard to vote “Yes.” There were many national round robins and many local leaders pushing it as well, all on marching orders from our national officers.

Like you said Brother Donelson, most of our voting Members put their TRUST in them. So now the questions are:

Did our Membership receive everything they were promised?

Were there significant unpleasant surprises?

THAT is what this election is about. The real ratification vote on the 2010 Watershed Agreement.


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 11:24:42 (PDT)

Charlotte Area Local Executive Board Endorsements
July 24, 2013

The Charlotte Area Local Executive Board has endorsed the candidates listed here. At the May 2013 the membership gave the EB the authority and responsibility to review all the candidates and endorse those candidates that would best serve the interest of the membership. The EB fully discussed and debated each candidate prior to voting to endorse.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 10:21:57 (PDT)

Mike history will show that we have never had a large voter turnout. The reasons are many of which one is most of our members do not know the people running for national union office.

It is very hard for many to vote for people they do not know. I have been lucky to be an active union official and therefore have had the opportunity to meet or know most running for union office. Of course the list of known grew over the years.

When I was a new officer I relied upon the opinions of other union officers opinions. People like Bonnie Nelson, Mike Stinson, Frank Townsend, Helen Lebowitz, Bill Sims, Bruce Bailey, Isabelle Bailey, Roosevelt Smith, and Richard Shepard provided great insight and information.

We have read a lot on 21cpw about the 2010-2015 National Agreement. Negotiators have a responsibility to the current membership. Current members determine the outcome of the contract. They are the ones that must vote and they did. The reason is they voted for the contract because their rights and benefits were protected, if not they would have voted ‘no” like they did in 1978.

Experienced union officials also understand the Postal Reorganization Act provides a means to settle a contract without input from the members. Arbitrators have affected our union members negatively.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alternate Steward
- Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 09:21:46 (PDT)

President Guffey was elected when one hundred ninety thousand seven hundred and seventeen (190,717) ballots were mailed to eligible voters on Monday, September 13, 2010 and 16.9% of those receiving ballots voted for Cliff “C.J.” Guffey who received 32,242 votes.

The fact is that’s 32,242 votes out of 190,717 ballots or 16.9% in support of President Guffey.

And that was before he negotiated our 2010 Watershed Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The question is, will President Guffey retain all 16.9% of those like myself who voted for him in 2010?

And will those 83.1% of the Membership who did not vote for President Guffey in 2010 cast votes their ballots this time around in September of 2013, and if so, will they appreciate the Watershed Agreement and support him or will they come to regret it as I have and vote against him and his whole team?

Both Teams know this year is anybody's race. It doesn't take a fortune teller to predict that a radical contract that forever abolished the old status quo will motivate some Members, who may never have voted before, to cast their ballot.


Michael Ganino <magicmike118@gmail.com>
Greater CT/Retiree
National Director, Emeritus - APW-ABA
- Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 15:36:55 (PDT)

Can anyone direct me 2 position papers for each team? What is the position of the erstwhile challengers regarding the APW-ABA, whom over the last year and one half has increased membership benefits as well as organized 100'$ of postal workers into APWU Membership?

The Guffey/Powell/Bell/Maier group was directly responsible for the APW-ABA entry into postal facilities nationwide.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Atlternate Steward
- Monday, July 22, 2013 at 18:09:01 (PDT)

Bobby Donelson wrote: "Our members trust our union officers and trust they will make the best decisions possible for them."

Then why are we wasting union time and money on elections?

I will give you the 30 hour minimum, but PSE's are our future now, and the 30 hour minimum doesn't apply to them does it? Is that like shifting the problem from one group of APWU Members to another group of APWU Members? Help me out with this one...


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Monday, July 22, 2013 at 13:03:27 (PDT)

The Southwest Coastal Area Local General Membership Meeting was held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the local union office – 1251 N Tustin Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92807. The local unanimously endorsed President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team. Listed below are members of the team not elected. Many members of the team were elected by being unopposed.

Cliff Guffey, President
Greg Bell, Executive Vice-President
Elizabeth "Liz" Powell, Secretary-Treasurer
Mike Morris, Industrial Relations Director
Gary Kloepfer, Legislative & Political Director
Martha Shunn-King, Organization Director
Bill Kaczor, Health Plan Director

APWU, AFL-CIO Clerk Division
Rob Strunk, Director

APWU, AFL-CIO Maintenance Division
Greg See, Assistant Director [B]

The local previously endorsed Louis Kingley for Maintenance Division Western Region NBA “A”.

APWU, AFL-CIO Maintenance Division Western Region NBA’s
Louis Kingley, NBA [A]

Retiree delegate Recommendation from SWCAL Retiree Chapter.

APWU, AFL-CIO Western Region Retiree Delegate
Byron Denton


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Monday, July 22, 2013 at 12:14:17 (PDT)

I have been a steward, officer, or union representative for more than 40 years. During that time the vast majority of our members have not filed a grievance or needed to file a grievance.

Most of our members are concerned about the pay package of the contract and the employee benefits. If they perceive it to be good then they vote in favor of the contract.

The one contract I am aware of that was voted down was in 1978 when the contract proposed to cap the cost of living increase and this would have had negative impact on current employees.

Most of our members were happy or satisfied with the pay package and benefit package for the 2010-2015 National Agreement. Most of our members are still happy with the contract.

The 2010 contract improved the minimum work hours for Clerk Part Time Regulars and PTF’s in Level 21 and above offices from a 4 hour or 2 hour minimum per pay period to a 30 hour minimum a week. The change benefited a lot of workers who were forced to take part time regular or PTF positions rather than be excessed. This provision in my opinion was one of the most important provisions of the 2010-2015 agreement.

Returning work from EAS or contractors to the bargaining unit was another significant gain.

I was at the 2012 National Convention and the 2012 California State Convention. There was not a lot said in regards to our members being upset with the 2010-2015 National Agreement.

Our union negotiators had a lot of information made available to them than we did. Our members trust our union officers and trust they will make the best decisions possible for them.

The National Agreement is important but it is not and has never been the only function of a union officer.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail.com>
Atlanta MAL 32
Alternate Steward
- Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:59:19 (PDT)

The benefits of contracting out work is generally to pay workers less wages and benefits and pocket that savings as corporate profits.

But if we successfully ORGANIZE all contract workers and get them pay and benefits comparable to what USPS workers make, there is no savings or corporate profits to be had.

By refusing to ORGANIZE contract workers, it is YOU Brother Donelson, who is SUPPORTING PIRIVATIZATION by encouraging the disparity in the compensation of contracted workers and giving management an incentive to exploit that disparity.

By doing so, you sir are agreeing to the notion that Clerks are overpaid and over compensated with the benefits they earn.

I would add that President Guffey agreed with you that APWU represented Clerks and other employees are over-compensated when he created the PSE positions. You will see in the 2015 negotiations where management will correctly argue that we have redefined the value of Clerk work. We have established that we agree that Clerk work is worth exactly what PSE’s are paid. PSE’s are NOT casuals, they are non-career Clerks and can do anything a Clerk can do.

This election is really simple:

Vote for the Leadership Team if you want more of the same Watershed Contract they gave us.

Vote for the Member’s First Team if you don’t.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Monday, July 22, 2013 at 09:50:02 (PDT)

Virginia yes I understand and know Greg did an excellent job as an officer of the APWU, AFL-CIO.

My concern with Mark is he pushed for outside organizing. The ones he help organized did work we did as postal workers. I considered this as supporting privatization because they organized workers and negotiated with companies that had contracts with the Postal Service.


C. Rufus Hunt <ruruhunt@gmail.com>
Atlanta Metro Area Local Retiree Department
- Monday, July 22, 2013 at 05:02:42 (PDT)

Instead of the constant bickering between regular posters on this site, why can't we have debates between candidates and incumbents for the top officer positions???


John Bender <i_luv_hunten@yahoo.com>
Milw. Area Local
Local Maint. Craft Director (Retired)
- Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 20:30:30 (PDT)

I would just like to comment on Brother Gonzalaz previous post. Great Job Brother! You hit the nail on the head. As far as ANY Executive is concerned, NOT A ONE deserve a "Golden Parachute"!! Keep up the great work!


Virginia Johnston <vajoh@blomand.net>
San Mateo Postal Data Center
Retired
- Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 18:21:31 (PDT)

Bobby Donelson: You indicated that it may not be wise to vote for someone who has not held a national position. And claim organizing from outside the postal service would be opening the door to contracting out the postal service. Bobby, not so. You should look at what the Support Service craft NBA Greg Poferl did. He organized and even negoiated contracts for non postal workers. All this was done with the blessings of Biller and Burrus. If all you are doing is politicing, your statement will not hold water.


Virginia Johnston <vajoh@blomand.net>
San Mateo Postal Data Center
Retired
- Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 17:55:39 (PDT)

Thanks Omar. I needed that enlightment. Reading Burrus' negative statements on face book has been getting tiresome. You'd think APWU was going down in a hand basket.


Bobby Donelson <bobbydonelsonvp@sbcglobal.net>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
Retiree Chapter President
- Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 12:52:49 (PDT)

Very good posting Omar.

I fully support President Cliff Guffey and the Leadership Team.


Mike Nodine <apwunodine@gmail,com >
Atlanta MAL 32
Alternate Steward
- Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 01:49:14 (PDT)

I don't care about the officers themselves, their egos or personalities.

I would say to voting APWU Members that this election is *not* about the officers, their egos or personalities.

Rather to borrow a bit of phraseology from Bill Clinton in 92,
“It’s the contract stupid.”


Frank Townsend <ftowns1234@aol.com>
Southwest Coastal Area Local
- Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 20:49:31 (PDT)

Bravo, brother Gonzalez.

People definitely have short memories!


Omar M. Gonzalez <omarwrk@aol.com>
Greater Los Angeles Area Local
Western Regional Coordinator
- Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 14:01:25 (PDT)

RESPECT? With All Due Respect- Does A Winner Ever Quit?
July 20, 2013

“The first priority of a negotiator is to get an agreement that will be ratified…
we can not separate the negotiators from those who ratified.”

Those are not my words; they are from a previous Burrus Journal post. I'm on the Leadership Team but do not purport to speak for the leaders of that team. However, I feel compelled to respond and I apologize for the length of this post.

THE CBA

I was not an ardent proponent of the 2010 Tentative CBA. I posted on this site and stressed, as I did at the Western round robin, the need for members to “read” the proposed contract and vote their conscience. So I am not “singing off the same page” as Brother Burrus accuses.

In fact it was Brother Burrus who declared the NEB plays no role in CBA negotiations except to simply appoint one member each to the Rank & File Bargaining Advisory Committee. I served several times on the R&FBAC and voted against accepting and against sending previous CBAs negotiated by Biller/Burrus to ratification. When the CBA was ratified Biller asked me. “So what do you have to say now?” I replied.. “What can I say? The Membership Has Spoken.”

On the NEB I also was not an ardent proponent of the 2002 “Extended” CBA negotiated by Burrus months after he assumed the presidency and signed off on in early 2003 without membership ratification.

What’s The Point?

Former President Burrus has been critical of the 2010 CBA from the gate even mocking the English used in the verbiage. When he was attacked on his own blog I posted in support of his right to voice his criticism (which was promptly deleted from the Journal’s comment section).

Burrus posted recently that supporters have tired of his constant negativity and explained that his point is for the union to move to reject the concept of trading tomorrow for today. His claimed goal is to have APWU flatly reject the process of exchanging tomorrow for today.

Yet, Burrus dumps on Guffey every day like a donkey dumps in a field. Burrus claims the members were played as fools by manipulators who failed miserably as negotiators. Burrus needs to read the April-June 2011 American Postal Worker where Guffey explains his position as negotiator and what he got in the 2010 CBA. Guffey too, urged members to review the tentative CBA.

Then Burrus needs to go back and re-read his own Journal’s post and what he declared the number one priority of a negotiator is! The point is- The membership has spoken and ratified the CBA. According to Burrus’ own math by 70%!

CONSOLIDATIONS/EXCESSING

Brother Burrus also recently posted the negotiators did not forestall consolidations, (excessing) or the emasculation of the MVS. He has criticized key provisions in the CBA used to fight subcontracting. Burrus even claims the well being of “millions” of future employees was sacrificed.

But Burrus’ CBAs did not forestall consolidations or excessing either. His 2002 Extended CBA contained two MOUs on Workforce Repositioning and Excessing in which he agreed to the NEED to reposition the workforce, seek VERA, nation wide withholding , no grievances over disputes in exchange for a limited moratorium and temporary limits to a 50 mile radius. A trade of today for tomorrow sort to speak.

Each negotiator has tried no doubt and no one should fault them for trying- No one! The fact is, the current DRIVE to consolidate USPS and the manufactured postal crisis is part of former PMG Potter’s Transformation Plan of April 2002, as well as, Bush’s 2003 Postal Commission, the 2006 PAEA and current privateers.

The point is- can more be done to better coordinate a comprehensive uniform assertive strategy for us to fight this crap? Hell yes! But, it should have been fully done under the 2002 extended CBA, which actually provided for such action. We fumbled the ball way back then and must recover before the final quarter ends. Otherwise, the game is over!

And yes, to his credit Burrus wrote a splendid booklet on excessing in 2003 updated in 2009 (which every Coordinator posts to this day on their regional pages). But those books have never forestalled consolidations either.

PLAYING POLITICS

Brother Burrus, to no one’s surprise, has endorsed the opposition team. To be sure, there are some truly decent human beings on that team (two of which are from my region). And Bill has the same right every member has under our constitution.. “To support the candidate of his/her choice and to participate in that right with others.”

He posts he made that endorsement not out of animosity towards the incumbents but points to the 2010 CBA. The fact is, Burrus could have easily won re-election in 2010 and saved us. But he chose to retire a month after PMG Potter retired. He claims he did not quit but wanted to move on to other things in his life. But he did quit, because it sure doesn't look like he moved on to other things.

Burrus and Potter opened up negotiations for the 2010 CBA (both knew they were leaving). When Potter came under fire for this golden parachute it was none other than Burrus who came to his rescue proclaiming the PMG earned every penny. The same PMG who instituted the Transformation Plans we suffer under now.

Burrus told us all, he was the sole negotiator until midnight November 20, 2010. (up to the very second the old CBA expired). Sure he announced his retirement earlier in 2010 but he could have run, got re-elected, saved us all with a great-negotiated CBA, then retire and pass on the baton. But he quit after he and the other quitter Potter began negotiating the CBA. Trading tomorrow for the day sort of speak.

And now Burrus manipulates the political process not allowing the opposition to elaborate on “their” plans for the 2015 negotiations, and how to deal with our current manufactured postal crisis. Instead Burrus usurps and makes himself chief spokesman once again. Seemingly focusing on today in exchange for tomorrow.

BEARING NO ANIMOSITY

Burrus is trying hard to make himself the “opposition”! He works at making this election about himself. He quit being the President and even quit being our President Emeritus claiming he did not want to be the focal point of the 2012 Convention.

Ironically the overt animosity evolved from the 2010 National Convention over of all things the current Administration’s efforts to ensure Burrus did not negotiate on FEHB coverage. It was bitter and it was personal. Pitting the out going President against the projected incoming President.

It went from a “Thank You and Farewell Send Off” to a “F You and Eat S---- Stand Off” and there has been animosity ever since.

And to throw back the Emeritus honor bestowed by the highest ruling body of our beloved Union shows just how deep the animosity truly is.

WHAT NOW?

Burrus will continue to post no doubt. He can’t help it. But he should be reminded what he testified to after the PAEA was signed into law. Burrus declared that .. “Management manages, Congress legislates and the Union represents.”

Like it or not, it is our obligation to police and enforce the 2010 CBA that 70% of our voting members ratified while respecting the right of our brothers and sisters in the “Rogue Nation” and elsewhere to voice their opinions on what was a concessionary contract.

One only hopes that our former President will also lend his opinions, wisdom, foresight and venomous condemnations against the real enemies of postal workers- our indifferent, callous, crazed and conniving management; devious congressional representatives and greedy privateers.

But, maybe that’s asking too much today for tomorrow!!

With All Due Respect,

Omar M. Gonzalez


Randy Zelznick <RZelznick@21cpw.com>
Philadelphia, PA Area Local #89
Member / 21CPW Site Administrator
- Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 14:48:35 (PDT)

Respect - BurrusJournal.org
July 17, 2013

The next APWU union election will say a lot about who we are and what we stand for. Our individual decisions about our vote will reveal our solidarity and compassion for our fellow postal employees, exposing the heart of our character and we will answer the question: Is it all about me?

The incumbent officers sacrificed the wellbeing of millions of future employees in exchange for selective bragging rights and ask that you endorse those decisions with your vote. They set as their objectives saving the Postal Service and creating jobs. Did they succeed? Contrary to the belated excuse that they had no options, the APWU bargaining team engaged in extended bargaining and voluntarily agreed to significant changes that will adversely affect millions of future employees. To fully appreciate what has been done, I ask that you apply the drastic negative changes to yourself and determine if they would be acceptable. In an effort to minimize the damage done they ignore the drastic changes. If you carefully read their campaign literature you will note that they do not even acknowledge the negative changes as though they never even happened. But the record is clear, they voluntarily transferred nearly four billion dollars from employees to illegal rate discounts and do not explain their justification.

What would be your reaction if your wages were reduced by 25%, your step progression was limited to Step J, and you had been required to serve in a non-career position indefinitely, regardless of test score? And, what if after conversion, management could assign you to a NFTY position at will, including a 30 hour work week as full time? You were exempted from these regressive changes but does that make them right?

Because of these drastic reductions in earnings, children will not attend college, homes will not be bought and medical conditions will not be attended to preemptively, but because it does not affect you personally are you willing to reward those responsible? They unashamedly ask for your vote, convinced that you are sufficiently selfish that you do not care about the effect on others; that it is all about you. I was not raised that way. I was taught to believe that the purpose of a union was to “improve” conditions for all employees, including those currently employed and those who will follow.

When we jeopardized our careers in 1970 and illegally struck, the objective was not to improve conditions for the current generation but also for those who would follow. The rejection of the cap on COLA in 1978 was not intended to apply only to a select few and the upgrades were not selective by generations of employees. Each positive act that prior generatio