Web News Article #: 015-2015
01/27/2015 – With contract negotiations set to begin on Feb. 19, the APWU has been busy preparing for bargaining and for winning support from the American people.
“Contract negotiations are always contentious, and this year will be no exception,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.
“The Postal Service’s manufactured financial crisis is being used to justify an all-out assault on postal workers, on service to the people, and on the USPS as a great public institution,” he said.
“Our goal is to win a contract that protects good, stable jobs and guarantees the American people their constitutional right to have good postal services, regardless of who they are, where they live, or how much money they have.
“To be victorious, we will have to conduct our fight very differently than we have in the past,” he said. “Negotiations will go on at the bargaining table, but to be successful we must win support from the people of the country for our goals – good, stable postal jobs and a strong Postal Service that belongs to them.
“To summarize our message as we reach out to the public, we have adopted a theme: “Our Postal Service – Yesterday, Today, Forever. A Public Trust · A National Treasure.” (See the logo, above.)
“It captures the message we must convey to the people: The Postal Service belongs to them. It has a strong, proud history and the potential for a great, vibrant future,” Dimondstein said.
“We will have many different slogans throughout the bargaining period. The theme summarized our message.”