The National Convention is the union’s highest decision-making body and helps the union chart its course for the future. 

Twenty-one hundred APWU members traveled to Pittsburgh, PA for the 24th Biennial APWU National Convention in August 2018. Delegates debated and voted on resolutions on a wide variety of subjects. 

Four days of rousing speeches, an enthusiastic rally against the privatization of the public Postal Service, as well as vigorous debate over resolutions on work floor topics and social issues reflected the APWU’s spirit of activism and a commitment to strengthen the union.

When all was said and done, the union had publicly opposed rising fascism in the U.S., garnered extensive media coverage of the united fight against the sale of the Post Office to private corporations, displayed solidarity with workers and other allies, and identified additional goals for the next round of contract negotiations.

Resolutions

June 6 is the deadline for the submission of resolutions for publication in the Convention Book.  Resolutions are accepted from local or state affiliates, or from Members-at-Large (who are the only members permitted to submit resolutions under their own signature).  Resolutions adopted at craft division meetings, either during an off-year or immediately prior to the National Convention, are also accepted.

Resolutions from local or state affiliates must be submitted electronically through a special link on the union’s website that will be accessible only to local/state presidents and to local/state secretaries, treasurers, and secretary-treasurers.  There will be a box to check certifying that the submitter is the authorized officer, which will serve as an electronic signature.
    
Members-at-Large must sign and submit their resolutions directly to the National Secretary-Treasurer prior to the June 6 deadline.  Resolutions must be typed, double-spaced and submitted individually (one per page).  Resolutions not properly certified electronically or signed will be returned.
    
Per Article 5, Section 3, of the APWU Constitution, the Secretary-Treasurer will submit the resolutions to the Screening Committee, which works to eliminate repetition and consolidate issues. Once the committee has completed its review, locals and pre-registered delegates will have an opportunity to view the resolutions on the APWU website.
    
Resolutions received after June 6 will be referred to the appropriate committees and will be presented at the National Convention as addendums, provided they have been properly authorized and signed, and provided they do not deal with subjects otherwise covered by the Screening Committee.

To achieve uniformity, it is requested that resolutions be structured as follows:

•    The name of the appropriate committee to review the resolution, e.g., Labor-Management Committee;
•    The article number and section of the Collective Bargaining Agreement or APWU Constitution and Bylaws the resolution addresses, if applicable;
•    The resolution title;
•    The names of the sponsoring locals, state organizations and/or Member-at-Large;
•    The body or text of the resolution itself.

A sample resolution format can be viewed online in the Member’s Only section.

 

Resolution Archive

“We post the resolutions online to give union members and delegates the opportunity to discuss them in advance of the convention,” said APWU Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell.

In addition, each delegate will receive a copy of the resolutions in book form, so they will be able to review each proposal as it is debated. The current 24th Biennial National Convention Resolutions book may be viewed online here.

In accordance with convention rules, additional resolutions may be presented at the National Convention, provided they have been properly authorized by locals, state organizations, or members-at-large.

A List of Labor-Management Resolutions adopted by convention delegates from 2012 through 2018 is available here. These resolutions will not be considered again (except via a motion for reconsideration).

Click here for more information on resolutions. 

Convention Credentials

APWU locals and state organizations are required to register delegates to the National Convention online through the link below.

Registration begins April 1.

Officers will be prompted to log-in to the Members Only section of the APWU web site and enter a password.  Only authorized officers (the president and one of the following: secretary-treasurer, secretary, or treasurer) are permitted to register delegates.

Delegate Registration

Once they have logged in, officers should click on Convention Credentials in the blue left-hand column.  They will then be provided with instructions for selecting and registering delegates.

If submitted by the president, delegate names must be verified by an authorized officer; conversely, names submitted by the secretary-treasurer, secretary, or treasurer must be approved by the president.

If the president makes the initial request, an e-mail message will be sent to the secretary, treasurer, or secretary-treasurer.  If the secretary-treasurer, secretary, or treasurer makes the initial request, the request for confirmation will be sent to the president.  The officer who receives the notice requesting confirmation of the registration must visit the Convention Credentials registration page to confirm the request.  Once the registration request has been confirmed, officers may print out delegates’ credentials.

The Convention Credentials registration page will indicate the number of delegates local officers are able to register; the number of delegates that have already been registered, and the number pending verification.

Officers may submit delegates’ names individually or in groups.  After delegates have been registered and verified, local officers will be instructed to print the credentials and bring them to the convention.

Officers who need assistance should e-mail hdecker@apwu.org.

2022 NATIONAL CONVENTION HOTEL

The APWU has negotiated a special room rate with the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.  The reservation cutoff date is listed below. Rooms and rates will be based on availability.  You must use a credit card when booking online. 

You will receive a confirmation of your reservation via e-mail.  Questions regarding hotel reservations should be directed to the hotel. For each room, a one-night’s-stay deposit, plus tax is requested with payment by credit card.  Failure to notify the hotel of a change in arrival date will result in cancellation of the reservation and the deposit will be forfeited.  Information regarding cancellation and incidental deposits is listed below. 

Early departure is subject to a penalty, set by the hotel.  If you do not cancel by the date listed below or do not arrive on your confirmed arrival date, your full reservation will be cancelled.   

Please note that APWU locals and state organizations may pay by check or money order. All reservations being done via check or money order must be guaranteed with full pre-payment in the amount equal to the number of nights reserved multiplied by the room rate, resort fee and applicable taxes.  Payment will be accepted via check or money order mailed to the hotel on or before Monday, July 11, 2022. Please ensure that only one payment in the total amount due is sent per reservation. Multiple payments for the same reservation will not be accepted.  

All check/money order advanced payments should be mailed to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at the address below. Please include the name of the group/guest name, confirmation number and number of nights the individual(s) will be staying. 

Hotel Name: 

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center 

Address: 

201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745 

Rate: 

$179/night (which includes the $22 resort fee) + tax.
Parking: 

On-Site Parking (Daily: $33 Hourly: $16) Valet: (Daily: $54)

Registration Cutoff Date: 

Monday, July 11, 2022  

Cancellation Policy: 

Three (3) business days prior to arrival/must obtain a cancellation number 

Incidental Deposit Policy*: 

$50/day 

Link for Online Reservations: 

https://book.passkey.com/go/APWUConventionAug2022 

Phone Number for Reservations: 

(877) 382-7299 – mention APWU Biennial National Convention Aug 2022 when booking  

 

 

Transportation

Car Rental

APWU has made arrangements with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental for discounted automobile rental rates for convention delegates. When renting, please use the following link: https://partners.rentalcar.com/aflcio-leisure-use/.

From/To Airport

There are three (3) main airports that service Washington, DC.  They are Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) – 6.9 miles; Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) – 32.3 miles; and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) – 42 miles. 

Taxis are plentiful and easy-to-hail at the airports.  Sample taxi fare between the airports and the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center is as follows: DCA - $33 one way; IAD - $85 one way; and BWI - $90 one way.

For additional information regarding transportation to and from the airport, please visit https://washington.org/DC-guide-to/washington-dc-airports.

Maps & More

For maps of the city and well as information on dining, visit www.nationalharbor.com and www.washington.org.  
 

Children’s Program

Kiddie Corp, a professional childcare company, will provide activities for delegates’ children ages 6 months to 12 years Monday, August 15 through Thursday, August 18, 2022 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Reservations will be necessary.  Click here for the registration form. 

Registration must be completed by Monday, July 18, 2022.

Please note that APWU will follow all local and state COVID-19 mandates and appropriate protocols will be in place, as needed

Retirees Department Conference

APWU retirees will meet Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, August 13, we will have an early evening event from 4-7 p.m.

Registration and Agenda Items

Conference participants are asked to register by Thurs., June 19 in order to ensure you will receive all conference materials. Registration forms can be downloaded from the APWU website on the Retirees Department page, or you can call the Retirees Department toll free at 877-279-8669. You can also register online by logging into the members only section of the APWU website and following this link.

For the latest information, check this page as the convention approaches or contact the Retirees Department toll-free at 877-279-8669.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

APWU has made arrangements for convention delegates to purchase discounted tickets to the Washington Nations vs Chicago Cubs baseball game on Monday, August 15, 2022. Tickets are $36 each, plus the ticket fee, and can be purchased online using the link below. Click here to purchase tickets.

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