Members in Action

September 1, 2017

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From L-R: President Joe Cogan, Vice-President Bill Martin,
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Legislative & Political Director Daniel
Cortez and Director of Associate Offices Verna Mathews.

(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Protesting Health Care Bill 

Members of the Portland Oregon Area Local attended a rally protesting Republican health care legislation on July 6. At rallies all over the country, people protested against the drastic bill that would leave millions uninsured with the slogan, “Kill the bill, don’t kill us.” 

Younger Members Represent at Steward Contract Training

Pictured are members under 35 who attended the training.
Front row L-R: Janette Rompot, Hilary Jones,
Stephanie Moore, Emily Weber, Angel Clayborn,
Lisa Dunbar and Olivia Zarazua.
In-between rows: Ashley Cargill and Gina Wells.
Back row L-R: Teresa Peterson, Rodrigo Olivares-Yanez,
Brian Brommel, Marnel Desir, Sam Nyland,
Michelle Sewel and Richard Rosenthal

The Great Plains Contract Training Steward Camp was held in mid-July at the University of Nebraska Omaha. 


APWU Editors Receive PPA Awards   

Winners proudly display awards at the 2017 APWU National Postal Press Association (PPA) Biennial Conference in Altoona, IA. Awards in 14 categories were presented at this year’s conference. The PPA Awards Program was established for the purpose of recognizing editors and newsletter contributors for outstanding work in writing, editing and publishing. 

Seated L-R: Nora Taggart, The Union Mail, New York, NY; Diane North, Florida Postal Worker, Davie, FL (representing Martha Shunn-King); Florence Summergrad, The Union Mail; Phillip Breunig, Tour’s End, Gainesville, FL; Cindy Housh, DMI News & Views, Des Moines, Iowa (representing Brian Brommel & Sara Cart); Bonnie Sevre, News & Views, St. Anthony, MN and Louise Balog, The Newsroom, Mentor, OH. Standing L-R: John Miceli, The Hi-Lites, Milwaukee, WI; John Greathouse, The Pacer, Lansing, MI; PPA President Tony Carobine; National President Mark Dimondstein; Mike Bates, DMI News & Views; Bruce Clark, president, Iowa Postal Workers Union; Robert Dyer Jr., Evergreen State Postal Worker, Mountlake Terrace, WA; Sarab Singh, Greater Seattle APWU News, Seattle, WA and Jim Balog, contributing photographer, The Newsroom, Mentor, OH. 

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