May 1, 2014 – (This article appears in the May-June 2014 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Liz Powell, Secretary-Treasurer
The APWU has a message for its youngest members: We need you!
“We need the enthusiasm and creativity that young workers can bring to the APWU,” said President Mark Dimondstein. “We want young union members to get involved and to put their stamp on the APWU.”
“Every generation of workers brings new ideas, new experiences, and new talent,” Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell added. “But for more than a decade the USPS did virtually no hiring. In the last few years the Postal Service has hired tens of thousands of Postal Support Employees, including many who are 35 or younger. We want to get them involved in the APWU.”
To encourage young union members to participate, the national APWU will reimburse one-half of the expenses paid by locals or state organizations for at least one delegate who is 35 or younger. “The APWU National Convention is a great place to learn about the union, to get motivated and inspired, and to make your voice heard,” Powell said.
To qualify, locals must submit the name of the union member, along with certification that he or she will be 35 or younger at the time of 2014 National Convention, no later than June 2. Information should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program is based on a resolution adopted by the AFL-CIO to encourage young workers to get active in the labor movement.
“I encourage every young worker to think about the important role he or she can play in making postal jobs better – for themselves, for their co-workers, and for those who come after them – and to strengthen the union in the process,” Dimondstein said.