“This review is from: My Journey: A Postal and Unique American Experience (Hardcover)”
“First is forever and that’s the way it goes down in the history books. Who cares who does it better, faster, or longer? Bill Burrus is the first African American to reach the top of the APWU presidency and talk about it (automatic 5-stars.) “My Journey” is packed with tons of valuable and informative information about personal and postal Union challenges over the past half century (Fifty Cent).
Mr. Burrus is a proven labor leader who has fought long and hard for better working conditions in the American workplace. Membership is a critical component of the group dynamics and although there are many free-riders who refuse to pay their fair share of representational services, its leaders like Bill Burrus who prove that a rising tide does lift all boats. The free-riders would be greatly informed about the Union struggle if they would take the time to seclude themselves and read this hardcover book and learn what the past has done for the present, and what postal employees need to do collectively to carry the torch into the future.
Buy & Read this book to:
- Find out some in-depth history of the postal strike from a real activist on site.
- Find out his contributions to collective bargaining, joint bargaining, and various contract negotiations.
- Understand why he rejected the notion of going into postal management.
- Relate to his experiences as Local President and Executive Vice President on the way up.
- Understand what he has done for safety, ergonomics, and FMLA in the workplace.
- Acknowledge him for employees on the plant workroom floor not having to wear dressy clothes and able to wear headphones to keep down the atmosphere of “Boring.”
- Find out about a group called P.O.P.
- Check out some “old School” photos.
- To understand “if there is no struggle there is not progress,” and “power concedes nothing without a demand.”
His memoir is loaded with his love for family and friends that kept him grounded in his life and Union affairs. Get a good laugh when he talks about taking a bullet for President Bill Clinton.
This book is a must-read for all craft Union representatives to compare the cross craft issues and opportunities to work together as it benefits the membership. I did detect a little “hater-raid” towards Mail Handlers (smallest but best craft on the planet – I know the truth hurts, just relax).
Mr. Burrus is an outstanding communicator as seen in videos and from reading his opinion through various formats. He is indeed a postal icon who will take you on a journey through the civil rights era into this new millennium! He and the many others mentioned in his book practically built the house of labor, and he damn sure knows his way around it.
You need this book in your professional development library regardless of your Union or Management affiliation. This hardcover writing will give you a lot of ideas to prepare for battle by circling the wagon and defending your position.
Like my title to this review “first is forever..,” and I’m the first kid to review this book on Amazon.com. I don’t personally know him, I just know about him. He autographed my copy of the book. YEAH BOY! I easily ordered it from burrusjournal.org, and as one of first customers I also received a complimentary copy of the 2010 Burrus Journal packed with great photos.
GET IT NOW!”