The Meadows Events & Conference Center at Prairie Meadows Hotel, Racetrack & Casino Altoona, Iowa site of the Biennial PPA Conference on August 1-3. Preceding the conference will be a full day of workshops on Wednesday, July 31. The room rate is $129.00 per day king or double queen occupancy. Current tax rate is 12%. For room reservations click on the link below or call 1-800-325-9015 using group code 07292019APW. Prairie Meadows will provide free shuttle service from Des Moines International Airport, complimentary Internet access and no charge for parking a vehicle.
Registration open for PPA Conference
Plans are set for the 2019 biennial conference of the American Postal Workers Union National Postal Press Association. This event is not only carefully planned for the training of editors but also for addressing both the internal and external communication needs of local and state organizations.
The intensive four-day program consists of twelve information-packed workshops that will be of value to all who attend; from novice to experienced, to local or state organizations desiring to establish or enhance a communications program for its membership. Additionally, recognizing the importance of external communication and outreach; the conference will include sessions on public speaking, working with the mainstream media, fighting privatization, influencing public support and social justice unionism.
Held every two years, the PPA Conference should be a must-attend meeting for every union activist. Possessing the skills to communicate both internally and externally is an important and necessary asset. Regardless of the office held in our union, learning about communication as a means to better represent the membership should be a part of every union representative’s educational development.
With postal workers facing constant challenges, it is especially important to have an active, supportive and united membership. In this regard, we should consider the value of maintaining a presence with our members and in our communities by the regular use of effective communication mediums; such as newsletters, social media and by communicating through other public forums as well.
The PPA Conference is an opportunity to learn more about communication – a valuable activity that can influence not only the membership but also everyone the union needs to reach in order to promote and protect the interests of APWU members and their families.
Click on the links below for additional conference information, workshop descriptions, registration form and schedule of events.
Download: 2019 PPA Conference Information Booklet.pdf , 2019 Schedule of Events.pdf
PPA Awards entry deadline Wednesday, May 1
First place and honorable mention awards in 15 categories will be presented at an awards banquet on Saturday, August 5 in Altoona, Iowa at the conclusion of the 2019 PPA Conference.
Serving on the2019 PPA Awards Committee are: Chairperson Jenny Gust, editor, Ohio Postal Worker and Black Swamp Outrider, Toledo, Ohio; James Krivonak, editor, The Virginia Postal Worker, Chesapeake, Virginia; Cathy Hanson, editor, The Northern Light and Minnesota Postal Worker, Delano, Minnesota; Loren Adams, editor, The Arkansas Postal Worker and The Razorback Scheme, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Valerie Schropp, editor, Redwood Empire Area Local News, Petaluma, California.
With the exception of the website category, the awards committee has the responsibility of independently reviewing and rating each entry using a point system. The results will be tabulated to determine the top eight finalists in each category. A judge from outside the Postal Press Association and APWU will then review the finalist entries and select the award recipients. All website entries will be sent directly to the outside judge for review and final selections.
Originally called the Biennial Award of Merit Program, it was established at the August 1967 conference in Cleveland, Ohio.
The purpose of instituting an awards program was to recognize Association editors for outstanding work in editing, publishing and writing. The first awards were presented at the 1968 conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over the years, the awards program has been modified several times to reflect changes in technology and production methods.
Awards Program rules and entry form were previously mailed to editor members. A duplicate copy of this material is available by clicking on the link below.
Deadline for receipt of entries is Wednesday, May 1.Download: 2019 Awards Program rules-entry forms.pdf
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