About the Legislative and Political Department

The Legislative and Political Department helps advance the union's cause on Capitol Hill and keeps the APWU members informed about important issues and legislative developments. Working with the union's president, we are the APWU's eyes, ears, and voice in Washington, DC.

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September 19, 2022

Postal Retirees Deserve Better: Urge Congress to Pass H.R. 82, the Social Security Fairness Act

For years, APWU has been fighting to end the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO),...

September 10, 2022

Our Work Continues: APWU Biennial National Convention, Congress’ End-of-Year Actions and the 2022 Elections

During our National Convention, the APWU Legislative and Political Department hosted a midterm election briefing that...

July 13, 2022

Legislative Priorities and the Fight Ahead!

(This article first appeared in the July/August 2022 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) Service Standards/...

April 6, 2022

PRESIDENT BIDEN SIGNS POSTAL REFORM INTO LAW

On Wednesday, April 6, President Joe Biden signed the Postal Service Reform Act into law at a White House ceremony....

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It’s Time to Get Rid Of Gerrymandering

(This article first appeared in the September/October 2022 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

During our National Convention, the APWU Legislative and Political Department hosted a midterm election briefing that focused on our election efforts this upcoming November.

Eddie Acosta, a national campaign coordinator with the AFL-CIO, spoke about what is at stake in this election and laid out the AFL-CIO Labor 2022 program. APWU union counsel, Mindy Holmes, made a presentation on the Hatch Act, an election-related federal law that postal workers must abide by. Finally, we gave attendees information about how to participate in APWU’s midterm election program. The large turnout at the meeting showed that APWU members are fired up and ready to register and turn out a record number of voters this cycle! 

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Saving our public Postal Service - a livestream with Sen. Bernie Sanders

In an event viewed live by hundreds of thousands of people, Sen. Bernie Sanders and the leaders of major postal unions discussed how we must work together to save our public Postal Service. 

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Pres. Mark Dimondstein, APWU
  • Pres. Fredric Rolando, NALC
  • Pres. Paul Hogrogian, NPMHU
  • Judy Beard, Legislative & Political Director, APWU

Why We Need the Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service has long been an important source of decent jobs, particularly for people of color, who make up 40 percent of their workforce. In the current crisis, postal workers are playing a particularly vital role in our nation’s economic and public health as they strain to meet the surge in demand for package deliveries. At the same time, mail volume has plummeted as a result of the crisis. Without emergency relief, the Postal Service is facing a real threat of insolvency.

Rep. Brenda Lawrence Stands Up for Postal Workers!

"So how did you come up with this recommendation or plan on privatizing the Postal Service - Keeping in mind that the Postal Service does not fund itself with taxpayers dollars. It funds itself based on the sale of their products, in addition to that it, operates under a directive of the Constitution? So how did you come up with a plan to privatize it when you have not engaged the organization...this is a very severe recommendation. It's very high level to say 'I'ma privatize' and then actually put it on the selling block for the highest bidder...This body who has the legislative responsibility based on the people who voted us here, I would hope every single one of us will stand up and have the political courage to say...this is not professional and it looks political and unacceptable."

We Deliver Almost Anything

The public Postal Service will take almost anything, but doesn't take any taxpayer dollars! Spread the word!

The USPS operates with ZERO tax dollars! Learn more at usmailnotforsale.org.

The United States Postal Service - Keep It. It's yours!

If the U.S. Postal Service is sold to private corporations, you won’t get your mail every day – maybe only every third day – and you will pay more for mail services. Learn more about the White House's proposal to sell the postal service at: usmailnotforsale.org.