Below is my August 1,000 word article that is now available on APWU.org in the Members Only section. I wanted to make it easily accessible for all to read:
“Support and elect Jeff Kehlert, APWU Vice President in 2016.
As the first announced candidate seeking election to the Vice Presidency of the APWU I began this journey nearly nine months ago, on November 23, 2015. I did so to restore to the APWU serious, hardworking and accomplished leadership in the critically important position of insurance the Vice President for you, the members of our union.
“After having traveled to many places throughout the country, and having spoken with and discussed the concerns of members, stewards and officers across the APWU, it is clear that everyone wants a Vice President who will represent all locals and states with the full array of advocacy, negotiations and communications strengths necessary to combat a USPS that shows disregard and disdain for the membership of our union.
“Those qualities and that experience of leadership do not exist in either the present placeholder Vice President or in the defeated, past Vice President. I said it in the debate held in Providence Rhode Island: what have you or your local or state gotten from the APWU Vice Presidency in the last six years from the two VPs running again? The answer has been a concerned and resounding: nothing!
Throughout the APWU I am relied upon as a strong, experienced and accomplished leader who has amassed an extensive and provable record of helping and representing members across the United States.
“Visit my website: www.jeffkehlertvp2016.com to view my platform, my accomplishments and the outstanding support from leaders who share your concerns about the future of our union a future that will be ensured with the election of a strong, committed and serious Vice President.
“Visit apwunpc.com to view the Providence Vice Presidential Debate. Evaluate the questions asked of each of the three VP candidates. Judge the lack of answers from my two VP opponents who bringing forth nothing from themselves were fixed on the serious, direct leadership responses and analysis from me.
“I approached that important debate with the same preparedness that I will approach the duties of the Vice Presidency. I conducted myself in that debate in the same way I will work with the APWU President to ensure the best results in strategic representation and to ensure that as a great Union the APWU’s Vice Presidential position is the serious, productive and achieving position it must once again be.
“The election is less than two months away. I am excited at this next chapter in my life-long cause of protecting the labor movement and leveraging my strengths of strategic negotiations and strong advocacy that have: secured 1000s of APWU postal workers’ jobs, successfully won millions of dollars for the membership through contractual issues’ enforcement and secured important and hard fought employee rights.
“And, I am excited and energized to take the APWU Vice Presidency to a level not even remotely approached since Vice President and later President of our union Bill Burrus set the gold standard as our representative, our leader and our greatest Vice President.
In closing and very importantly do not be fooled or conned by false and fabricated accusations or false claims of achievements being made by my opponents in this Vice Presidential election. Misrepresentations and personal attacks cannot make up for their lack of record and will not successfully distract you, the members, from the true contributions I have brought and continue to bring to you the membership.
“Ask some of the thousands of APWU members, stewards and officers from across the country and throughout the APWU who enthusiastically and passionately support my candidacy journey.
They have joined the journey out of their concern for our future. Share that concern. Join the journey. Join with me. You have my solemn promise that I will as your Vice President do all I can to represent and help each of you.”
Yours for the future of our APWU, Jeff Kehlert.
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First Name: Jeff
Last Name: Kehlert
Union/Local: Trenton Metro Area Local
Office held if any: National Business Agent, Clerk Division, Philadelphia Region