APWU: Opening Day Testimony

We expect an Arbitration Award by the end of the year. What follows are some excerpts from my testimony, with the entire testimony available on the APWU website.

The general ‘interests’ of the approximate 194,000 postal workers represented by the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, are contained in the preamble of the APWU National Constitution: “We believe all members of labor have the right to economic, political and social justice.” That is what we are continually seeking, including in this round of collective bargaining, now culminating in this interest arbitration process…

Postal workers are passionate in our support for the essential mission of the public Postal Service, outlined in the 1970 Postal Reorganization Act: “To provide postal services to bind the Nation together,” to “provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas,” and to “render postal services to all communities…”

Postal workers earn the right to be justly compensated for our service and hard work. The economic lot of workers should be constantly improving and those improvements should be passed on from generation to generation. We earn the right to a safe workplace, free of harassment and discrimination, and, after concluding our careers, to enjoy a secure and dignified retirement…

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