Postal Workers’ Proud Role in Our Democracy

Message from APWU National President Mark Dimondstein

November 3, 2020

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To All APWU Members:

As we enter the final stage of the 2020 election, every postal worker should be proud of our role in securing the public’s most precious democratic right – the right to vote. This year, an unprecedented number of voters chose to “vote-by-mail.” Whatever craft we work in, we were an important part of the process, a process that will continue to receive priority treatment over the next few days.

Despite the fact that the integrity of postal workers was constantly attacked by the highest office of the land, the honesty and dedication of postal workers to the people of this country was once again in full display.

The people were counting on us and we did not fail. Almost one-half of all voters have voted by mail, a tried and tested system. Ever more popular with voters, tens of millions more in a COVID world chose vote-by-mail as the safest way to access the ballot box and exercise our cherished right to vote.

Earlier this year, when management policies delayed the mail, we rallied with a supportive public and helped force management to commit to robust procedures for handling election mail.

With extra hours, extra attention, extra effort and extra priority postal workers moved “heaven and earth” to make sure ballots are processed, arrive on time and will be counted. Every local stepped up to ensure the timely delivery and processing of ballots with hundreds of our locals involved in local task forces to ensure the job was done well and any problems were addressed.

Over the next few days, we stand with all fair-minded people throughout our country who expect and insist that all ballots, including all mail ballots, will be counted and the results respected.

You are heroes for serving on the front lines of this pandemic and making sure the democratic process is carried out. You are why 90% of the people trust, and have a favorable view of, the public Postal Service.

On behalf of the national leadership of the APWU, we commend every postal worker for this tremendous effort!

Mark Dimondstein
APWU National President

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