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May 18, 2013

Postal Workers Union holds annual convention in Enid

ENID, Okla. — Members of Oklahoma Postal Workers Union held their 89th annual convention this weekend at the Hampton Inn in Enid.

Also present were officials of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) from Washington, D.C., and representatives from Kansas and Nebraska.

Training was provided Thursday and was focused on how to best challenge the U.S. Postal Service on a variety of issues, especially the closing of processing centers and local post offices.

“Of concern also are the many ways in which the USPS has chosen to disregard the ground-breaking collective bargaining agreement with the APWU, signed less than one year ago,” said Jim Gabe, of OPWU in a news release. “This has led to multiple problems with its largest labor union (APWU), and will ultimately result in a severely diminished quality of service to the American people.”

A presentation was given on Friday by representatives from Oklahoma AFL-CIO on the activities of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that functions as a lobbying agency while claiming to be a non-profit organization, Gabe said. More than 600 firefighters, teachers and church leaders held a rally May 2 in Oklahoma City, many carrying signs that read “ALEC is not OK” because of its anti-worker, pro-business agenda, Gabe said.

Election of officers for 2013-14 also was held Friday, and a banquet honoring all those who serve the union was held that evening. Business was concluded Saturday.

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