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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2023 Legislative & Political Conference

October 1, 2023

3645 S Las Vegas Blvd,
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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APWU 2023 All-Craft Conference

October 2, 2023 to October 4, 2023

3645 S Las Vegas Blvd,

Las Vegas, NV 89109

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Latest News

September 18, 2023

Fighting for the Issues that Matter: Social Security Fairness, Citizen Power, and More!

Your Legislative Department continues to press forward on the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 82/S. 597). The Social...

August 10, 2023

Ohio Ballot Measure, State Issue 1, is Rejected!

On August 9, the people of Ohio soundly rejected an amendment to the state constitution that would have upended 110...

July 21, 2023

The Social Security Fairness Act

APWU members are continuing to advocate for the passage of the Social Security Fairness Act, H.R. 82 and S. 597.

July 18, 2023

Our Current Fights and Ways to Stay Engaged

As we head into the August recess on Capitol Hill, we should reflect on the progress we have made on advancing our...

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Our Current Fights and Ways to Stay Engaged

(This article first appeared in the July/August 2023 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

As we head into the August recess on Capitol Hill, we should reflect on the progress we have made on advancing our legislative priorities this Congress. We are currently working to gain congressional support to bring fairness and expansion to Social Security, to allow PSEs to buy back time toward their retirement, to create parity between Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) retiree Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs), to strengthen the right to organize, to extend vote-by-mail, to improve USPS Service Standards, and to protect the USPS from privatization.

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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.