Participant name cards stand ready for the 2023 Biennial PPA Conference on Thursday, July 20 through Saturday, July 22 at the Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club in Madison Wisconsin. Preceding the conference will be an additional day of workshops on Wednesday, July 19. To make room reservations, click here or call 1-800-356-8293. The guestroom rate is $169.00 per night plus 15.5% tax. The hotel will provide free ground transportation from the airport and a reduced parking rate of $12 per night.
Registration open for PPA Conference
Plans are steadily progressing for the 2023 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 four-day program consists of ten 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, 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 Conference Workshop Descriptions, Registration Form and Schedule of Events.
Quote of the month - March
"If we don't have workers organized into labor unions, we're in great peril of losing our democracy."
– Dolores Huerta, American Labor Leader and Civil Rights Activist
Entries now being accepted for 2023 awards
PPA awards entry deadline April 24
The 2023 PPA Awards Program will include first place and honorable mention awards in 15 categories.
Serving on the 2023 PPA Awards Committee are: Jenny Gust, editor, Ohio Postal Worker, Black Swamp Outrider, Toledo Ohio; Cathy Hanson, editor, Minnesota Postal Worker, The Northern Light, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Patricia Sartain, editor, Newscaster, Panorama City, California; Loren Adams, editor, The Arkansas Postal Worker, Razorback Scheme, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Donald Packwood, editor, IPWU Dispatch, Indy Info, Indianapolis, Indiana.
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 mailed to editor members. A copy of this material is also available by clicking on the link below.