Virtual Union Conferences a Success

November 12, 2021

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(This article first appeared in the November/December issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

From September 26 to October 1, APWU members met online via Zoom for a week of trainings, workshops, and conferences for all four crafts, as well as the Legislative & Political Conference on Sunday, September 26, and the Retiree Conference and Planning Workshops on September 27. The conferences were a huge success, with over one thousand members participating.

“Thank you to the National Officers for meeting the challenge of bringing members together. The successful conference is yet another example of how our union has continued the critical work for our members throughout this dangerous pandemic,” said President Dimondstein. “Our General Session and workshops were excellent, with great participation from the membership,” said Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks. “I look forward to bringing the momentum from the conference into the rest of the year and 2022.”

“I am very pleased with how our conference went,” said Maintenance Craft Director Idowu Balogun. “Members were engaged and our sessions were very informative and well received, even in the virtual environment.”

“The MVS Division had a successful 42nd Director’s Conference,” said Motor Vehicle Service Craft Director Michael Foster. “Members from across the country came together for updates on contract negotiations, and recent Step 4 settlements. Among the Step 4s discussed was the recent clarification on the DOT CDL physicals. While we look forward to when we can all meet in-person again, the virtual setting did not hinder the pertinent questions and spirited debate that our craft is known for.”

“Our virtual conference was a success, with strong participation from members,” said Support Services Division Director Steve Brooks. “We talked about the status of multiple craft issues, and had valuable open discussions with participants. Afterward, the participants commented that the grievance training and TSP/ retirement benefits class were much needed.”

“Thank you to all the members who attended the Legislative Conference, and thank you to all the speakers and workshop leaders for sharing your skills and inspiring members as we prepare for our upcoming challenges,” said Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard. “The APWU is ready to keep up the pressure in the halls of Congress and fight for justice for postal workers, our communities, and the American people.” 

“The COVID-19 virus did not stop our APWU Retirees from learning and being active participants of our 2021 Retirees Conference,” said Retirees Department Director Nancy Olumekor. “Workshops were well attended and animated conversations were had during our General Session. I hope we can all be together soon, when it is safe to do so.”

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