Brothers and Sisters,
This letter is directed to our APWU members here in Iowa who are Registered Democrats or Independents and those not registered. As you know from all the press hoopla, the Iowa, First in the Nation Caucuses will be held Monday, Feb. 1. You should also have seen by now on our national and state web sites and in the state paper that APWU has endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Nomination.
Our national union took this step because Bernie has been a major champion of postal workers’ issues. He has fought to preserve delivery standards, fought to keep processing plants open and has been a major warrior in the cause of promoting postal banking. Postal banking is such an important part of our plan to secure the future of a public Postal Service. Bernie has stood by Postal Workers for years to halt privatization and postal facility closures.
If you have questions about Bernie’s positions, we urge you to go to apwu.org and to check out links to his speech to the APWU. You should also go online to look for the many incredibly pro working class speeches that are available to view.
We are urging you to go to your Democratic Caucus Monday, Feb. 1st and caucus for Senator Bernie Sanders. Doors lock at 7:00pm, so you must be in line prior (if there is a line), to participate. We think you will find the caucus process interesting and would ask that you also advocate there for the strong platform planks supporting a public Postal Service. You can find this information at www.apwuiowa.com.
Below are the websites you can go to in order to find out where your caucus is on February 1st. You can enter your address and find where your precinct is meeting. This is not really a partisan effort this is just a primary process to determine the Democratic Candidate. We would also urge our Republican members to attend their caucuses to advance pro postal and labor platform planks, and to support any candidate they think will support Postal issues. Enclosed is a page of resolutions we would like you to consider offering to your caucus.
To find Democratic precincts go to: iowademocrats.org
To find Republican precincts go to: iowagop.org
With APWU members scattered across the state in every county, we can have an impact on the caucuses. We urge you to support your union’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders and attend your caucus, support our platforms and help create a historic win for postal workers.
As Postal Workers you are encouraged to participate in the political process. The ELM authorizes the USPS to approve administrative leave to vote. You are encouraged to request this leave if your work hours coincide with the Iowa Caucus time. If you are denied please contact your union representative immediately.
Iowa State President APWU
We oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the disastrous trade deal written by and for multi-national corporations. We support fair trade that respects workers, consumers, the environment, and human dignity.
We support full funding of our schools, because every child should have the opportunity to succeed.
We support the United States Postal Service, and call on it to expand, not reduce its services. Postal banking is a concept that would take power away from predatory lenders who take advantage of low income Iowans.
Universal Registration and Vote by Mail
We support allowing every Iowan to vote by mail. This would allow everyone who wishes to be able to vote without fear of intimidation, poor weather, or time inconvenience.
We support efforts to raise wages in Iowa and the United States. The minimum wage both federally and in Iowa is $7.25 an hour, a poverty and starvation wage no one can live or support a family on.
We support maintaining and expanding Social Security, one of the most successful social programs in history. By “lifting the cap” for the wealthy to contribute to Social Security, benefits can be expanded, and social security will be available for generations to come.
We support maintaining and protecting Medicare, now in its 50th year. We oppose any attempts to privatize Medicare or reduce benefits for seniors relying on the program.
We support giving young people more opportunities for higher education which includes apprenticeship programs. Apprentices can “earn while they learn” and graduate from a program debt-free, while learning skills that provide for great careers.
We oppose attempts to privatize government services. Most government services are provided for the common good of society, and should not be privatized for the enrichment of a few.