APWU National HR Director Sue Carney announces retirement

From: Sue Carney <scarney@apwu.org>
Sent: February 26, 2020 6:43 PM
Subject: I’ve Been Blessed

Local and State Presidents,

Please find the attached announcement regarding my retirement. Feel free to share with your Executive Board, stewards and membership. With much love and appreciation. In solidarity. Sue

Susan M. “Sue” Carney
National Human Relations Director
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
1300 L Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 368-1845 mobile

7 thoughts on “APWU National HR Director Sue Carney announces retirement

  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Utica NY
    Office held, if any
    President
    Email Address
    frederick.ashleyjr@gmail.com

    John, your points are well taken. There is a time and place for some appointed positions. Specifically I have always felt that the APWU would be well served to copy the concept used by the USPS in Oklahoma where former teachers perform that task to train Bulk Mail Clerks etc. All too often training classes turn into story telling by the person at the podium or the class gets bogged down with questions not pertaining to the subject matter.

    My real concern is that we end up appointing someone to a vacancy who goes on to appoint their staff. Leaves the door wide open for cronyism.

    Thank you to the retirees who sacrificed so that we can all have a better standard of living. Best of health to you John. Solidarity Brother.

  2. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter
    Office held, if any
    President
    Email Address
    Jprichards1@verizon.net

    Frederick, you tread very heavily relying on “democracy” as the basis for your argument. Yet the APWU uses hundreds of appointees every day to represent in arbitration, (would you like to have them elected?) and rank and file never get a vote in state unions and state retiree chapters for their leadership.

    I favor a strong president concept who has the power to select and remove leadership in areas like the department directors excluding the Director of Industrial Relations. Professionals in those area would better serve the Union in my opinion, reporting directly to the President. When there was an opportunity in 1970 to form one postal Union, the desire to take care of office holders in all the associations overrode the opportunity to form a single union. All kinds of “democracy” there. The APWU later whittled a few offices away, but much more should be done.

  3. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Utica NY
    Office held, if any
    President
    Email Address
    frederick.ashleyjr@gmail.com

    John, the last time I checked our Union was a Democracy. If we can fill positions by appointing political cronies regardless of ability why don’t we take down the APWU on our building in Washington and replace those letters with USPS. And accept the results.

  4. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Youngstown Ohio Area Local 443
    Office held, if any
    President
    Email Address
    jamesevarner@aol.com

    Sue Carney is everything a union official should be – knowledgeable, idealistic, hardworking, compassionate, dedicated to the cause and of course, a bit of a hell raiser.

    I’ve always admired the “I will not go quietly!” sort, and Sister Carney definitely qualifies for that designation.

    Best wishes in your retirement.

  5. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter
    Office held, if any
    President
    Email Address
    Jprichards1@verizon.net

    Virtually every time there is an opportunity to pare down the bloated staff of the APWU when an office becomes vacant, the Union politicos rationalize bogus reasons to continue the status quo. Do you really believe that only elected individuals can step in to fill the void that has been created? So sad.

  6. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Utica, NY Local
    Office held, if any
    President
    Email Address
    frederick.ashleyjr@gmail.com

    I respectfully disagree with the notion this office can be eliminated. A number of years ago I was fortunate to attend a three day intensive OWCP training in Albany NY that was put together by Sue Carney with Richard Boutwell sharing his expertise on this subject.

    As we continue to fight to preserve jobs the last thing we should do is adopt the Postal Service motto of consolidating ourselves out of existence.

    This position has been filled by a dedicated Union Sister for 19 years. To eliminate it now would be to say her efforts were meaningless. Quite the contrary. Thank You Sue for your service. God Bless you and your family. Best of Health in Retirement.

  7. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter
    Office held, if any
    President
    Email Address
    Jprichards1@verizon.net

    That office should be eliminated, the duties assigned to the Organizing Director.

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