CANDIDATES

Judy Beard

Judy Beard

Legislative/Political Director

Dear APWU Brothers and Sisters,

I am asking for your support and vote in the upcoming APWU election to re-elect me, Judy Beard, for a second term as your Legislative and Political Director. I bring to the table my experience, knowledge, dedication and a proven track record of serving the membership over the years.

As your Legislative and Political Director for the past 3 years, the APWU has seen its legislative priorities achieve bi-partisan support. During the 116th Congress (which began on January 3rd 2019) I have met with both rank and file Members of Congress and leadership on both sides of the aisle to educate them on our fight against postal privatization.

The relationships in Congress I have fostered over the years and the relationships formed with new Members have been critical in achieving our goals. The legislative highlights achieved to date in the 116th Congress are:

  • The re-introduction of the House and Senate Resolutions on privatization.  H. Res 33 and S. Res 99 Express the sense that Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization.  I am happy to say we have achieved the majority in the house and have the support of half of the Senate.
  • The USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) introduced in the House on April 29th 2019. This Bill would repeal the requirement that the United States Postal Service prepay future retiree health benefits, reverting back to a pay-as-you-go system that the Postal Service used prior to the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act.  This bill is a significant step in our fight against privatization.  Since 2013, the pre-funding mandate accounts for 100% of the financial losses for the Postal Service.  Repealing the mandate would allow the USPS to invest in new services while continuing to provide healthcare benefits to its’ retirees.  We are executing a plan of action to obtain co-sponsors to reach a majority. 

In Line with our legislative goals, I have been active in leading the anti-privatization campaign. This campaign was initiated with the unanimous support of the National Executive Board. This year, we have achieved a number of critical milestones including increased engagement and education of the APWU membership as well as outside support from the AFL-CIO, other unions, and community organizations.

The legislative work being done has been built off of the foundation we laid in the 115th Congress.  During that session, we achieved:

  • A majority in the House and Senate on the anti-privatization resolutions.
  • A majority in the House on our Service Standards Resolution.
  • Victory in defeating the McHenry Amendment which would have barred us from exploring the option of financial services, such as postal banking.

Prior to this position, I served in other national and local positions. I was elected as your APWU Retiree Director in 2007 and served until 2016.  It was an honor to serve the APWU retirees in this capacity.  During my time as the Retiree Director, I helped to advance the role of retirees within the union by expanding the network of retiree chapters. I helped to craft educational materials on retirement and retirement benefits. My department held educational trainings and supported the retirees and their chapters as they got active in the legislative process to protect their hard-earned benefits. I worked with national coalitions to build broad support for earned benefits. I served as a spokesperson at the main table of contract negotiations and advocated for expanded retiree rights in the National Collective Bargaining Agreement to protect retirees from having their annuities deducted when the USPS would allege a debt owed to them. The language achieved in the Collective Bargaining Agreement gave retirees the right to file grievances against the USPS, preventing them from taking payment until the grievance has been adjudicated. This has saved a lot of retirees from unforeseen and unjustified out of pocket expenses.

Prior to being an elected officer, I served as a staff person in the Secretary-Treasurers Department where I developed a curriculum to train state and local officers on their fiduciary responsibilities.  This program has helped many locals and is still used today. 

Before coming to D.C., I was as an APWU arbitration advocate for 13 states in the central region.  I served in many positions in the Detroit District Area Local, including Executive Vice President. While in this position, I simultaneously taught at the university of Michigan for the School of Industrial Relations where I taught labor courses.

I pride myself as a community lobbyist who has always fought for the membership regardless of my position in the APWU.  My experience over the years has allowed me to create lasting relationships with key stakeholders in our fight to protect our members livelihoods.  I am asking for your support so we can take advantage of the momentum we have built together and use it to continue advancing our fight.  I have been blessed to serve and believe the union work I do is done with love and respect for others.

Vote for the “Together We Win” Team.

 

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