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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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January 8, 2024

New Year, New Elections: Ways to Prepare for the 2024 Elections

The work must start now to ensure that everyone who can vote does, and understands how voting impacts their lives. I’m...

November 15, 2023

Building Grassroots Strength: Fourth Biennial Legislative Conference Convenes

Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard summarizes the Building Grassroots Strength Legisaltive Conference...

October 3, 2023

APWU Legislative and Political Conference Makes Plans for Building Grassroots Strength

The Legislative and Political Conference took place on Sunday, October 1. It was a day full of educational workshops,...

September 20, 2023

APWU officers, retirees rally for the Social Security Fairness Act in the Nation’s Capital

On Sept.13, 2023, APWU national officers, members, and retirees attended a rally during the National WEP/GPO Repeal...

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New Year, New Elections: Ways to Prepare for the 2024 Elections

(This article first appeared in the Jan/Feb 2024 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

“The key to getting out the vote is to help others register to vote, and know when, how, and where to vote.” Legislative Director Judy Beard provides tips on preparing for the 2024 elections.

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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.