If I were a worker in a factory, the first thing I would do would be to join a union. - President Franklin D. Roosevelt
There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that is waging war, and we're winning. - Warren Buffett, Billionaire
John P. Smeekens
Hello Everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!
I want to thank all those who came out to the rally in Royal Oak on 11-14-14. We had well over 100 people from too many unions to count. APWU NBA James Stevenson came to town to support us and I want to thank him personally for that. Rick Blocker President of the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO was there and I thank him as well – NALC Branch Pres. Paul Roznowski was there and again – if I try to thank everyone individually I will forget someone so I want to thank all those who braved the chilly weather and helped us raise public awareness of the attack on America’s Postal Service.
I am happy to report that as of Friday November 14th, 2014 – all the Democrats in the Michigan congressional delegation stand with us in supporting a moratorium on these destructive delivery standard changes as well as the remaining plant closures, no word on if and or when the GOP may get on the right side of this issue. In keeping with the idea that an injury to one is an injury to all I am asking that we all make it to the Wal-Mart store located at 44575 Mound Road in Sterling Hts. MI. on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This rally will be just one of hundreds taking place all across the United States. I am asking that we show up and support these workers like they showed up Friday and supported us.
Read the entire story on the ThinkProgress site.
I hope we can count on your attendance to this very important Black Friday event.
It is with deep sadness that we must report the passing of former 480 481 Area Local President Donna Ratkos-Mercier.
Donna was a mainstay of this union and this local, her hard work still impacts the employees of this local and will for years to come.
Not a second was spent in her time as a member, steward and officer where she was not trying to help her fellow union brothers and sisters or this union.
Donna truly believed an injury to one was an injury to all.
Our thoughts our prayers and our deepest sympathies go out to her family and her friends.
In addition cards and condolences can be sent to the 480-481 Area Local at: 810 Livernois St. Ferndale, MI 48220, we will make sure her husband Mike and her family get them.
E-Mail links are intended for questions of a general nature and are not for formal administration of the grievance procedure. Individuals with specific questions and or problems must contact their steward within 14 days in order to protect grievance time limits.
The 480-481 Area Local maintains offices at 810 Livernois in Ferndale, Michigan 48220 and represents all APWU members in the following USPS installations: Almont, Allen Park, Anchorville, Belleville, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Brighton, Carleton, Chelsea, Clarkston, Clawson, Davisburg, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Fair Haven, Flat Rock, Garden City, Grosse Ile, Hartland, Hazel Park, Highland, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Marine City, Marysville, Michigan Call Center, Michigan Metroplex, Milan, Milford, Mt. Clemens, New Baltimore, New Boston, New Haven, New Hudson, Novi, Oxford, Pickney, Plymouth, Pontiac, Port Huron, Richmond, Rochester, Rockwood, Romeo, Romulus, Royal Oak, South Lyon, South Rockwood, St. Clair, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Union Lake, Utica, Walled Lake, Warren, Washington, Waterford, Wayne, Westland, Willis, Wixom, Wyandotte and Yale.
The Union office is normally open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday and the telephone numbers are (248) 543-3262/3263/3264. The 24 hour number is (248) 543-3262. FAX: (248) 543-2750.