On June 13, APWU members received the 2017 Jobs With Justice Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award for the victorious Stop Staples campaign. The award honored the memberships’ successful efforts to save good union jobs and fight back against efforts to privatize retail postal services.
“Thanks to the dynamic efforts of the women and men of the APWU and their allies standing up for the right to earn a fair return on our work and invest in our communities, stopping Staples marked a watershed moment in the fight against a low-wage America,” said Jobs With Justice Executive Director Sarita Gupta. “Getting Staples out of the postal business required strategy, unity and relentless pressure, which the APWU achieved.”
“It is most appropriate that this award is being presented to the members of the APWU for they answered the leadership’s call to arms in fine fighting fashion,” said President Dimondstein while accepting the award on behalf of the APWU membership. “The Stop Staples campaign is proof that workers, with the support of friends and allies, can ‘take it to the streets’ and win! I salute and commend every APWU member – active and retired – and the many, many supporters who made this victory possible.”
The Jobs With Justice Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award celebrates individuals and groups who “follow Eleanor Roosevelt’s powerful example of championing workers’ rights as human rights.”
Jobs With Justice is celebrating its 30-year history of standing with workers and communities to protect workers’ rights and promote economic justice. Currently, their network includes 38 local Jobs With Justice coalitions across the country. Click here to find one near you!