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Caucus For Bernie

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 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

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:

To find Republican precincts go to:

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.

In Solidarity,

Bruce Clark                                        

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.

School Funding

We support full funding of our schools, because every child should have the opportunity to succeed.

Postal Banking

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.

Social Security

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.

Caucus for Bernie
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APWU Endorses Sanders

Executive Board Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

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Bernie Sanders addresses APWU All-Craft Conference.

The APWU National Executive Board voted on Nov. 5 to endorse Bernie Sanders for president. “Politics as usual has not worked,” said President Mark Dimondstein. “Enough is enough!” The endorsement follows Sanders’ rousing speech before 2,000 activists at the union’s All-Craft Conference in late October.

“We should judge candidates not by their political party, not by what they say, not by what we think they stand for, but by what they do,” Dimondstein said.

“Applying that criteria, Sen. Bernie Sanders stands above all others as a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country,” he said. 

“Sen. Sanders opposes the consolidation of mail processing facilities and fought successfully to keep the Vermont White River Junction center open,” Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy pointed out.

“He is a fierce advocate of postal reform to address the cause of the USPS financial crisis and an outspoken opponent of USPS policy that degrades mail service. He fought the closure of post offices and spearheaded the effort to pass a ‘sense of the Senate’ resolution to restore service standards, which was approved by a vote of 85-11,” Dimondstein said.

"Bernie Sanders doesn't just talk the talk. He walks the walk. He is a leader in the fight to protect our public Postal Service," he added.

“Bernie Sanders has blocked the slate of nominees to the postal Board of Governors that includes the ‘king of postal privatizers’ James Miller and payday lending industry lobbyist Mickey Barnett,” Dimondstein said. “He staunchly opposes postal privatization, and supports enhanced postal services, including postal banking.”

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Flexible Workforce hurts
Flexible Workforce Lowers USPS Wages -- and Hurts Productivity The U.S. Postal Service’s shift to a more flexible workforce has reduced average hourly pay, but adding so many new employees has also hindered productivity gains. At last report, the “straight-time” pay of postal employees was averaging $25.63 per hour in FY2013, down 1.4% from $25.98 a year earlier. Read More...
Issa on Attack
NALC opposes Issa bill H.R. 3801— yet another attack on the Postal Service [NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS LOGO] Jan. 8, 2014—Rep. Read More...
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President Barack Obama’s call for the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery and raise rates will drive away customers while not addressing needed cost reductions, some business users and U.S. lawmakers said. Read More...
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President Obama unveiled his federal budget proposal for the 2013 fiscal year on Monday. Here is an agency-by-agency breakdown of the plan. This post will be updated as information becomes available. Read More...
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White House FY 2013 Budget Proposes Temporary Relief and Cuts   Earlier today, President Barack Obama released his fiscal year 2013 budget proposal. The voluminous document, which is prepared by the White House Office of Management and Budget, lays out a framework for the Administration’s legislative and fiscal priorities. Read More...
Pre Funding and Congress
Washington, DC (Feb. 13, 2010)—In light of first quarter financial reports that the U.S. Postal Service would have generated $200 million in profits had it not been required to pre-fund its future retiree health benefits, Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Elijah E. Read More...
Presidents Budget
Obama’s budget proposes $25bn rescue package for USPS Monday, February 13th, 2012 For the second year running, US President Barrack Obama has sent a federal budget to Congress offering a multi-billion dollar assistance package for the US Postal Service. Read More...
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NALC on Obama's plan
Obama's FY2013 budget calls for eliminating a day of delivery starting in January Feb. 13, 2012 -- President Barack Obama today released his budget for Fiscal Year 2013. Of specific concern is the call for giving the USPS the authority to reduce mail delivery service from six days a week to five as early as January 2013. Read More...
End saturday delivery
  Obama Proposes Postage Increase, End to Saturday Delivery   President Obama proposed today a special increase in postage rates and an end to Saturday delivery as part of a plan to right the U.S. Postal Service’s finances. Read More...
Great Deals for Federal Retirees
Government employees – whether federal, state, local or military – have dedicated their lives to making our country better through their loyal service. One of the ways that businesses reward retired government employees for their service is through special discounts. Read More...
Legislation to change mandates
Yesterday, Rep. Waters introduced H.R. 3916, the Protecting Post Offices Act, which would reduce the operating costs of the US Postal Service to provide continued service in urban and rural communities and save 28,000 American jobs. She is joined by American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO in support of this much needed legislation to stabilize the US Postal Service. Read More...
Postal Profits
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2012 – Despite the headline on its press release, the U.S. Postal Service announced today a net operating profit of $200 million delivering the mail in the first quarter of FY 2012 – an impressive achievement given the current economy. (Postal Service Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett announced this profit on a conference call with reporters today. Read More...
Closing reduced?
Remember that U.S. Postal Service list of about 3,650 post offices under study for closure? The number is now closer to 3,270. The reason: Since the original roster was released last July, 380 facilities have quietly been given a reprieve. In many cases, USPS officials decided that closing wasn’t feasible because there was no other post office within an acceptable distance. Read More...
1st quarter Revenues
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Postmark Bill
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Cut Pension
House Panel Approves Bill To Cut Postal, Federal Pensions APWU News Bulletin 05-2012, Feb. 9, 2012 | PDF   “This bill is an outrageous attack on postal and federal employees. Read More...
GOP - Please Explain
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Plant for USPS
The plan for the post office Republicans want to privatize the Post Office, can they be stopped? Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has come up with a plan to put the Post Office on the road to recovery. He joins Ed Schultz to discuss the details. http://www.msnbc.msn. Read More...
PRC Trip Details
As expected, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., has formally asked Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Ruth Goldway to explain all official travel since she assumed the position 2-1/2 years ago. Read More...
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The Iowa Postal Workers Union is a part of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) AFL-CIO. 

     The Iowa Postal Workers Union (IPWU) affirms its belief in a single union of all Postal Workers in non-supervisory levels and will work to achieve this goal.

     The IPWU educates our membership through use of seminars and specials class as well as through media outlets such as the Postal Solidarity (The Iowa Postal Worker paper is a part of this joint effort.)

     The IPWU  works towards educating the general public on the history of the Labor Movement.

     The IPWU will work for the election of candidates - regardless of party - who favor pasage of improved legislation in the interest of all labor. To work for the repeal of laws which are unjust to labor and Postal workers, such as the denial of the right to strike and denial of the right to support political cadidates of their choice.

     The IPWU will represent all members in every way possible with issues dealing with, but not limited to grievances.

The IPWU will continue to organize the unorganized.

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