I fully support and endorse Jeff Kehlert for the position of APWU Vice President. I believe he possesses the leadership qualities and experience necessary for the job. Jeff has made very important contributions to the American Postal Workers Union as an officer, arbitration advocate and educator. His deep commitment to educational activities and training opportunities strengthen our membership.
I met Jeff Kehlert a few years ago at a class he was teaching at the NJSPWU convention. I was very impressed by his technique and how he effectively communicated with everyone and made the learning environment interactive and fun. His knowledge and comprehension of our Contract and various MOUs is outstanding. Jeff has taught stewards and officers at conventions, seminars and conferences across the country. His teachings focus on winning strategies and outside-the-box approaches for doing battle with corrupt, criminal and incompetent postal management. Jeff has also been a regular instructor at the highly successful Postal Labor Unions’ Summer School in WV and the Stewards College in WA.
Jeff Kehlert is author of the very powerful and informative Strategy Book Series – a must have for all stewards and officers to ensure success in the grievance-arbitration process. The past few years, Jeff has allowed me to upload and make available selections from his invaluable Strategy Book Series on the 21st Century Postal Worker website. He is dedicated to the rank-and-file workers he serves and recognizes the value of the website.
There are two other candidates in the election for APWU Vice President: Greg Bell and Debby Szeredy. In my opinion, they are good unionists and passionate about the APWU, but they are not qualified for the job:
- Greg Bell has not held any office in 3 years and his union activities have diminished. Prior to that, it’s my opinion Greg was marginally effective in his capacity as a union officer, though in his earlier years he contributed more. He also supported ratification of the 2010-2015 concessionary CBA. I feel Greg Bell is not the man for the job as he is not experienced with the new challenges we face in the “new” postal service.
- Debby Szeredy has held the position of Vice President for the last three years and has no outstanding accomplishments to show for it. I believe Debby is clearly not fit or worthy to hold the office of Vice President, or any other office. An example of what I’m referring to is exemplified in her complete disregard and abandonment of a rank and file member who entrusted his welfare to her based on promises she made but did not keep. The member was witnessing management’s deliberate attempts to delay mail and rationalize consolidation of a postal facility. Debby had publicly asked the membership for this type information in her position as Vice President. I met Debby in person at a NJSPWU Convention in 2014 and we talked at length about the case and she seemed very interested and told me to email her everything I had. The member took pictures and was working with an OIG agent. I assisted in sending the evidence to Debby – hundreds of pictures and descriptions in many emails over a period of weeks. That was the last we ever heard from Debby – she would not take phone calls or answer emails. In the meantime, the member was being threatened with removal and the OIG disavowed any knowledge or involvement. Debby blew a major opportunity to expose massive corruption, illegal delay of mail, and falsification of records to favor consolidation. But more importantly, she failed the membership. Her incompetency may well have cost hundreds of APWU jobs when the consolidations proceeded and excessing began. It’s my opinion Debby Szeredy contributes nothing to the betterment of the rank-and-file.
Jeff Kehlert’s numerous contributions to the education and representation of the APWU membership along with his vast experience, knowledge and wisdom, make him the clear choice for Vice President of the APWU.
I strongly urge all APWU members to elect Jeff Kehlert APWU Vice President.
Campaign Website: JeffKehlertVP2016.com
First Name: Randy
Last Name: Zelznick
Union/Local: APWU – Philadelphia, PA Retiree Chapter
Office held if any: Retired Maintenance Craft Electronics Technician / 21CPW Site Administrator
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