Quote of the month - August
"It's not the critic that counts, nor the person who points out how the strong person stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the one who is actually in the arena whose face is marred with dust and sweat; who errs and may fall again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming"
A matter of cents (sense)...
Resolution seeks two cent PPA funding adjustment
For the first time in 11 years the APWU National Postal Press Association (PPA) is asking national convention delegates to support an adjustment in its funding. Currently, Article 16, Section 2(e) of the APWU Constitution provides that “The APWU shall remit eight (8¢) cents of the national per capita tax, per month, per member to the Postal Press Association.”
The resolution (printed below) calls for increasing the national per capita tax remittance to the PPA by 2 cents, from the current eight cents per member per month to ten cents per member per month.
This resolution will not increase union dues. It will simply change the amount of the national per capita tax remitted to the PPA from the national union. Adjustment of union dues is addressed in the APWU Constitution which provides increases for the national union, locals and members-at large of state organizations whenever there is a negotiated salary increase (nine since 2010). Such dues increases do not affect PPA funding.
Funding for the PPA remains at the same level (eight cents per member per month) as established at the 2010 convention. Due to changes in APWU membership, PPA funding is over $29,000 a year less than when the last funding adjustment was adopted in 2010.
Adoption of this resolution would restore funding to the 2010 level and provide a modest increase enabling the PPA to continue its important services to the membership.
Your help is needed
Please introduce this resolution at your local union meeting and move that it be adopted. Also, if you reside in a state that will be holding its state convention this year, please submit the resolution for consideration by the delegates at your state convention. If adopted on the local and/or state level, please ask the appropriate officer to forward it to the APWU Secretary-Treasurer’s office (via the procedure outlined on the APWU website) https://www.apwu.org/apwu-national-convention for inclusion in the convention resolution book.
RESOLUTION OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT
APWU NATIONAL POSTAL PRESS ASSOCIATION
Whereas: The APWU National Postal Press Association has effectively served the membership of our great union for fifty-seven years, and
Whereas: The APWU National Postal Press Association has evolved into one of the largest and most respected labor media organizations in the country, and
Whereas: The APWU National Postal Press Association provides important and necessary services to our union with its ongoing program of education, assistance and information in the field of communication; including newsletter production, social media, libel, copyright, internal and federal election guidance and many other important subjects which are vital to the interests of our union, along with continually working to advance the goals and objectives of the APWU, and
Whereas: The APWU National Postal Press Association has demonstrated integrity in encouraging its members to be objective, honest and accurate in reporting information to the membership, and has established a record of nonpartisan achievement setting a standard that is without equal, and
Whereas: The APWU National Postal Press Association has continually provided these many services to our membership and our union at a cost that is far below the level of service it provides, and
Whereas: The APWU National Postal Press Association has been honored to receive the recognition and support of the APWU national organization and local and state organizations throughout the APWU both in membership affiliation and via resolutions at past state and national conventions of this union, and
Whereas: The APWU National Postal Press Association has operated for eleven years without an increase in the APWU National Constitution per capita structure of 8 cents of the national per capita tax per month, per member that was established at the 2010 APWU National Convention, and
Whereas: The APWU National Postal Press Association has worked diligently over the past fifty-seven years to operate within its means and to keep operating costs as low as possible but no organization can continue to properly function and render necessary services without adjustments in financial support from time
Therefore Be It Resolved: That the delegates in attendance at the October 2021 APWU National Convention amend Article 16, Section 2(e) of the APWU Constitution to read: “The APWU shall remit ten cents (10¢) of the national per capita tax per month, per member to the Postal Press Association.”