Vance Zimmerman

Meet Vance:

Working for the Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union has allowed me to provide for my family, an opportunity I want to ensure is available for many more generations of postal workers. I am a proud father of four, and “Papa” to four grandsons. I have been married for 28 years to the love of my life, Tammy, who I met on the workroom floor. As a former postal worker, member of a union family of autoworkers, and current secretary of her local chapter of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, she has supported my work with the APWU each step of the way.

I have had the privilege of serving this great union as a Maintenance National Business Agent in the Central Region for 15 years. Before being an NBA, I served as Vice President, the Maintenance Craft Director and the assistant Clerk Craft Director for the Greater Cincinnati Area Local. Through these roles I have gained experience preparing, presenting, and testifying in National Arbitrations, worked on the last two contract negotiations and handled over 30,000 cases as a NBA. During my tenure as an NBA I have put millions of dollars back in the hands of our membership. I look forward in using this experience to strengthen the position of Director of Industrial Relations and with your support and vote I will be successful.

Experience:

Over my 30 years with the postal service, I have worked tirelessly to make sure the voice of our members is heard. My 30 years of experience have equipped me with the needed knowledge and skills to be successful as Director of Industrial Relations.

Positions:

  • Central Region Maintenance National Business Agent, 15 years
  • Vice President, Greater Cincinnati Area Local
  • Maintenance Craft Director
  • MPE Mechanic and Tour Three Maintenance Steward
  • Assistant Clerk Craft Director
  • LSM Clerk, FSM Clerk,Automation Clerk and Tour Three Clerk Steward

Training provided to the members:

  • As an NBA, trained thousands of local officers and stewards on how to protect our members from regressive actions of management.
  • For 15 years, provided training to the clerk, maintenance, support services and motor vehicle services stewards at the Illinois’ Steward Conference. Covering topics such as basic steward training, advanced steward training, discipline, veterans rights, safety and health, LMOU training, and maintenance issues.
  • Over the course of 12 years, taught in excess of 1000 stewards at the Tristate School held at Miami University. Focusing on beginner, intermediate and advanced steward training, discipline and arbitration skills.
  • Since 2001, trained officers and stewards from all 50 states and Puerto Rico at the Bi-annual Multicraft Conference and the National Convention. Preparing participants to protect our members through contract enforcement.

Additional Experience

  • Handled over 30,000 cases as a National Business Agent.
  • Through arbitrations and settlements I have put millions of dollars back in the hands of our members
  • Played an integral role in two national contract negotiations
  • Assisted in preparing and presenting national arbitration cases
  • Testified in a national arbitration
  • Attended congressional meetings to fight to prevent the closing of post offices