Web News Article #: 168-2015
08/26/2015 – As people across the country make plans for Labor Day, more than 200,000 postal workers are fighting for a good contract and good service for postal customers – more than three months after the APWU’s collective bargaining agreement with the U.S. Postal Service expired.
President Mark Dimondstein is encouraging union members to participate in Labor Day events and to take our message to the people:
“As we march in Labor Day parades this year, I urge APWU members to spread the word about our fight – by distributing flyers, brochures and balloons, and gathering signatures on postcards that declare, ‘I Stand with Postal Workers.”
“The Postal Service is in the grips of a manufactured financial crisis that 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. “We are fighting to keep good jobs in our communities, improve service for our customers, and keep the U.S. Postal Service in the hands of the people.
“As we celebrate Labor Day and everything that working people have achieved, we also recognize that throughout the nation employers are forcing workers – especially young workers – into second- and third-class jobs. Management’s contract proposals would perpetuate this destructive trend,” Dimondstein said. USPS proposals would lower pay for new employees; replace career workers with temporary employees; weaken job security, and increase workers’ healthcare costs.
USPS managers can afford to stop closing offices, reducing service, cutting jobs, and lowering pay; the Postal Service can afford to provide better service to customers and treat workers fairly,” he added. “Our goal is a fair agreement that helps build a strong, vital, public Postal Service for generations to come.
“The people support our fight for Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract!”
Click here to download a flyer that can be distributed at local Labor Day activities. Click here to find an event near you. Click here for more information from the AFL-CIO. For more information, contact NCCC@apwu.org.