APWU National Convention and Special Events

Elizabeth Powell

May 7, 2021

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(This article first appeared in the May/June 2021 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

The importance of protecting the health and welfare of our members and officers resulted in the unanimous decision of the National Executive Board to cancel the 2020 APWU Biennial National Convention. Other international unions, as well as the AFL-CIO, have also cancelled their conventions scheduled for this year. The 2022 APWU Biennial National Convention is scheduled for August of next year when hopefully, we can meet in person. The 2021 APWU All-Craft Conference will be held virtually in September and several additional virtual events for local/state officers and members to participate are planned for the year.

The pandemic has caused every entity to alter the way business is normally done, and such is the case with our union. In order to continue our vital efforts to communicate and build the union in these trying and challenging times, we will continue to utilize virtual technology to reach out to you until we are able to meet in person with no restrictions.

Normally, two Secretary-Treasurer Conferences would have taken place this year, one in the spring and the other in the fall, but the pandemic has prevented in-person conferences. Therefore, the Secretary-Treasurer’s department has scheduled virtual trainings each month through the end of the year. The virtual trainings will cover various matters relative to fiduciary responsibilities in compliance with OLMS regulations.

Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary

July 1, 2021 will commemorate the 50th birthday of five postal unions merging to form the American Postal workers Union. On July 1, 1971 The United Federation of Postal Clerks (UFPC), National Postal Union (NPC), National Association of Post Office and General Service Maintenance Employees (NAPO&GSME), National Federation of Motor
Vehicle Employees (NFPOMVE) and National Association of Special Delivery Messengers (NASDM) signed a merger agreement covering all of the workers under a single contract negotiated by representatives of all five crafts within the single labor organization, The American Postal Workers Union.

As we celebrate the 50th Birthday of APWU, we currently represent more than 200,000 USPS employees and retirees, and nearly 2,000 private sector mail workers. Make plans to join the virtual 50th Birthday celebration commemorating our history and accomplishments.

Save The Dates for the following virtual events!

June 9: Zoom Training & DCO Training
June 15: Members Virtual Town Hall Meeting (AM and PM Sessions)
June 21-22: Beginners QuickBooks Webinar Training Class (2-day class)
June 21: Contract Opening Day Rally
June 22: Contract Opening Day
June 29: Advance QuickBooks Webinar Training Class (1-day class)

July 1: APWU 50th Birthday Virtual Celebration
July 7: Trustee Training & LMRDA Compliance

August 11: DCO Training & Officer Training and Responsibilities/LMRDA Compliance
August 24: Virtual Town Hall Meeting (AM & PM Sessions)

Sept 8: Election of Local Union OfficialsOctober 2021
Sept 30-Oct 2: All Craft Conference

Oct 14: Fiduciary Responsibilities/Policies and Procedures

Nov 10: DCO Training & Budgeting /LMRDA Compliance/Compensation & Reimbursement for Union Officers and Members 

Dec 8: LM Report Training

We will keep you informed as more events are confirmed and any changes to any of the current scheduled events, will be posted on apwu.org and/or emailed to local and
state presidents.

With best wishes and kind regards, I remain yours in union solidarity and if there is anything the Secretary- Treasurer’s Department can do to assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us. Continue to stay safe and be well!



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