About the Human Relations Department

There’s more to being a progressive union than achieving and enforcing a contract — and that’s where the Human Relations Department comes in.  Our programs and benefits inspire members to participate in the union and give them a sense of inclusion, contribution, and ownership. 

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Daleo Freeman Appointed as Human Relations Director

President Dimondstein has appointed Daleo Freeman to the vacant position of Human Relations Director.  In accordance...

New Beginning, New Goals for Human Relations

(This article first appeared in the May/June 2022 issue of the American Postal Workers magazine)

I would like to begin by thanking President Dimondstein and the National Executive Board for appointing me to the position of Director of Human Relations. I extend a very special thank you as well to all the members of the APWU for supporting your union and the collective spirit that motivates all of us representing you.

There is much work to be done in this department. Before we get to the goals that we intend to accomplish, it’s helpful to revisit the constitutional duties of the Human Relations Department. The APWU Constitution states the Director “shall prepare and direct programs in the area of Equal Opportunity, Civic, Community Service and all other related programs.” The Director shall also make recommendations to the President for Representatives to handle OWCP and EEO cases on an as-needed basis.

It is my goal as Human Relations Director to build a National Network System across the country to meet members where they are. There is so much more to representing the membership and the Union than simply utilizing the grievance procedure. So, in accordance with the constitution our department will strive to continue to protect of our members’ rights and benefits, keep members aware of the available resources to assist them in various needs, and continue to build on the great accomplishments of those directors who came before me.

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