Vote in the APWU Election of National Officers

Ballots for the American Postal Workers Union’s 2019 election of national officers will be mailed to all eligible APWU members Sept. 10-15. The ballots must be returned to and received in the designated post office box by 2 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, Oct. 7. To be eligible to vote, a member must be in “good standing” according to the official records of the national union on June 21 of the election year. Direct election of union officers has been a hallmark of the APWU’s democratic tradition.

Exercising the right to vote is a simple matter of marking the ballot – which will be mailed to your home – and returning the completed ballot in a postage-paid envelope. Please take part in the process by filling out and mailing in your ballot as soon as you receive it. And please encourage others at your worksite to exercise their rights as well.

No Ballot?

Members who have not received a ballot by Sept. 19 are asked to notify their local or contact the American Arbitration Association between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (EDT), Monday through Friday, at 800-529-5218, to request a duplicate. Duplicate ballots also may be requested by visiting www.aaaelections.org/apwu. To receive a duplicate, members must provide their name, address, employee ID number and the last four digits of their Social Security number, along with the name of their local and their craft.

The Election Committee will take custody of the ballots on Monday, Oct. 7, and transport them to the Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Convention Center, 900 10th St. NW, Washington DC 20001, where they will be counted.

As soon as they become available, unofficial election results will be posted at www.apwu.org.

To be eligible for the get out the vote drawing members must vote in accordance with election rules.

APWU National Election Endorsements

At the July 2019 General Membership Meeting, the following candidates for APWU National Office were endorsed by the Portland, Oregon Area Local :

Elizabeth “Liz” Powell – Secretary-Treasurer

Omar Gonzalez – Western Regional Coordinator

Anna Smith – Organization Director

Susan “Sue” Carney – Human Relations Director

Louis Kingsley Jr–National Business Agent,Maintenance Division,Western Region 

Sarah Rodriguez –Health Plan Director

In addition, it should be noted the Executive Board of the Portland, Oregon Area Local endorsed               Vance Zimmerman for Industrial Relations Director.

All members are reminded that ballots will be in the mail next week and must be received at the return PO Box by the posted due date.  The Postmark does not count!

In addition to the ballot, members eligible to vote in this election will receive an election booklet, that includes written statements from the candidates.  Members are encouraged to review the statements and familiarize themselves with the candidates.

Lastly, all members are reminded to VOTE.  To encourage members to vote in this election, the Local has requested that the National Election Committee conduct a drawing on our behalf.  One winner shall be chosen from all Portland, OR Area Local members who cast ballots in this election.

The prize – $1000.00.  

LOCAL AUXILIARY NEEDS YOUR HELP!! 

 

This is an open letter to the members of the Portland Oregon Area Local APWU and their immediate families.  We ask for your assistance in the Auxiliary to the Portland Oregon American Postal Workers Union.

As noted in the last issue of The Poker, currently we are still without a local Auxiliary Treasurer as our latest one has moved out of state along with her APWU husband.  Thus far, no one has stepped forward to volunteer to do the job.  We cannot go on without a Treasurer.  It is not a difficult position and sometimes many months go by with no duties whatsoever.  After more than 90 years, we would hate to see the local Auxiliary have to fold. Want to volunteer but not yet a member?  Local Auxiliary dues are only $15 per year, $5 of that goes to national dues and $5 goes to the state Auxiliary.  Contact me for information on how to become an Auxiliary member.

Local Auxiliary activities depend on what the members choose (such as our Backpack Food projects, assisting with the credit union annual toy drive, showing up for rallies, etc.). We also do fun things:  Picnics, annual Christmas and birthday lunches, bingo parties, etc. Approximately once a month, we assist the Local by address labeling The Poker. It usually takes only about one hour or a little more (depending on how many show up).  Sometimes there are snacks. 

Our meetings are every other month (except in the summer) at 1:00 P.M. on the second Thursday of the month. Our next regular meeting is September 12 at 1:00 P.M. at the Local Union Office meeting hall, 2360 SE Morrison St (Belmont side). Meetings usually take about an hour, but it depends on members’ input and questions.  The months of our meetings are January, March, May, September and November each year. We will have to make a decision at the September meeting on the future of the local Auxiliary if there is no volunteer for the position of local Treasurer coming forth. 

My name is Mike Parker and I am the current Portland Area Local Auxiliary President and a retired local and state APWU officer.  For Mikes contact information contact the local office.

APWU National Election-Get Out the Vote

The Portland Oregon Area local is conducting a “Get Out the Vote” (GOTV) campaign.  This year one voting  member will be drawn for a $1000  prize.  To be eligible you must be a member in good standing and you must cast a ballot in accordance with the National APWU constitution.

In accordance with the National APWU constitution, ballots will be mailed to the members by September 15, 2019 and must be return to the designated PO Box by 2:00 pm on  October 5, 2019.

CHANGE TO CLERK CRAFT DIRECTOR ELECTION. ELECTION SHALL BE HELD SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

 An election to fill the vacant Clerk Craft Director position will be held at the September 15, 2019 General Membership Meeting. The General Membership Meeting begins at 6:30 pm.  This change was decided by a majority of the Local Executive Board to avoid any issues with notification of the membership.

This is in accordance with The Portland Oregon Area Local Constitution and Bylaws Article 10, Section 9. “Vacancies of Craft officers shall be filled by nomination and vote of Craft members present at a special election meeting.” Any member in good standing of the Clerk Craft is eligible to be nominated, run and vote for the position of Clerk Craft Director at the September 15, 2019 General Membership Meeting held at 2360 SE Morrison Portland OR 97214.   

Clerk Craft Director Resigns

Clerk Craft Director Kevin Fraser resigned effective June 21, 2019.  Kevin has transferred to the Redmond WA Post Office to be close to family.  We fully support Kevin’s decision. We will miss him greatly.  Kevin has been a friend and an active member of our local for several years.

Kevin’s letter of resignation:

To the Membership, Stewards and Executive Board at the Portland Oregon Area Local,

It is with mixed emotions that I am tendering my resignation as the Clerk craft Director for Portland Oregon Area Local, effective June 21, 2019. I have accepted a transfer to the Redmond WA Post Office in order to be close to family, particularly my grandchildren.

The emotions are mixed, because this involves leaving my Union family. From the time I transferred here from Florida in November 2006, I have felt welcome as a member, and appreciated as a Steward and Officer of the Local. I thank you all for putting your faith and trust in me to hold a leadership role in this Local. I has been an honor to fight for your rights, to be your friend, your confidant, and yes, your family.

I’d like to think that I’m leaving the Local in a little better shape than when I got here. Those that know me know that I’m a digital hoarder. I will be provide copies of my thumb drive to all of the Clerk stewards in the Portland Bid cluster and extra copies will be available at the Hall if any of the AO stewards would like a copy.

I will make on final request of you. This Local needs you. Someone needs to track the bids. The local is always in need of additional stewards, alternate stewards, and active members. Members that will go to meetings and ask the questions instead of listening to the rumors. Members that will stand for their rights-their own and their coworkers’.

It’s been an honor and a privilege. You will be missed, bu you won’t be forgotten. Thank You.

Kevin Fraser