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Blog: August 2014

Union Wins Documents in Row Over Staples-Post Office Deal

The Wall Street Journal - A postal workers union has won the latest round in its fight with the United States Postal Service over a program to offer postal products in Staples Inc. stores. Earlier this month, an administrative law judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that the postal service must provide the union with a copy of a confidential agreement with the retailer as well as hundreds of emails between the two groups. The union had filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the agreement violates a subcontracting provision and other terms of the union’s contract with the postal service.

How to Save the Postal Service and Boost the Savings Rate

Bloomberg Businessweek - It’s high time for the U.S. to emulate the century-plus experience of postal banking elsewhere in the developed world. America’s vast number of post offices offers an opportunity to make savings convenient and low-cost to the unbanked and underbanked, a far better alternative than the current ubiquity of payday lenders and other high-fee, high-rate creditors in lower-income markets. Better yet, the U.S. can take advantage of the long experience of other countries to design a state-of-the-art postal banking service.

Protesters Picket Appearance of Deputy Postmaster General in Vancouver

The Oregonian - A group of postal workers and supporters set up a picket line Thursday outside the Vancouver Hilton, where Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman was attending a mailer's expo. They chanted and circulated flyers to call attention to the U.S. Postal Service's plans to consolidate distribution centers in Oregon, potentially costing the jobs of several hundred workers.

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Postal Workers Staples Boycott Comes To Boston - The boycott campaign against Staples organized by the American Postal Workers Union was supported in Boston Wednesday by teachers who delivered a “don’t buy school supplies at Staples” message. Staples is being boycotted for taking postal jobs in a deal with the U.S. Postal Service to provide mail services at Staples stores.

Postal workers protest Staples - Protesters from the local American Postal Workers Union No. 32 gathered Aug. 12 at the corner of McGinnis Ferry Road and Peachtree Parkway in Johns Creek. They were out in opposition to a program started in conjunction with Staples to allow the retailer to handle some U.S. Postal Service functions.

American Postal Workers Union Pickets Closing of Processing Center - An informational picket took place outside of Congressman Bob Goodlatte's office Wednesday as a way to let the public know what's coming once Roanoke's mail processing center closes.

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USPS Moves Ahead on Plant Consolidations, Lawmakers and Unions Speak Out - The Postal Service will move ahead with its consolidation of processing facilities--after the second phase of the project was postponed earlier this year--despite postal unions and some lawmakers coming out against the plan.

A Short History of Postal Banking - As the debate over reinstituting postal banking heats up, we should know we had it. And it worked.

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Teachers and Postal Workers to Protest STAPLES in Boston - The ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, organized by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), will come to the Boston area – home of the troubled retailer – with two events on Wednesday, August 20, the same day the company will release its second quarter results.

Postal Workers to Picket New Delivery Standards - An informational picket is planned outside Congressman Bob Goodlatte's office this week as a way to let the public know about coming proposed USPS changes that will end the overnight delivery standard.

More Workers Report Delays in Mail OperationsMore employees of the Richard G. Wilson Processing and Distribution Facility in Cape Girardeau have come forward and said they have noticed a delay in local mail operations and delivery.

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Half of Senate Calls for End to Proposed Postal Cuts - Half of the Senate on Thursday called for a one-year hold on the U.S. Postal Service’s plans to close mail-processing plants, saying the move should come as part of any legislation to avoid another government shutdown. Fifty senators signed a bipartisan letter to top members of the House and Senate appropriations committees opposing USPS plans for closing up to 82 plants and eliminating up to 15,000 jobs starting next year.

Senators Seek to Block USPS Facility Closures - Exactly half of the Senate is calling on Congress to block the U.S. Postal Service from shuttering dozens of processing centers, saying such a move would hurt consumers that rely on the mail. In a letter to appropriators, a bipartisan group of 50 senators said that any deal struck to fund the government this September should place a one-year moratorium on the service’s plans for consolidating its processing network.

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Stop Postal Service cuts, Vermont senators say - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) organized an effort joined by 49 other U.S. senators who called today for a one-year moratorium on plans by the U.S. Postal Service to close mail processing plants and slow first-class mail delivery.

Postal Service pension requirement threatens to break the bank - The real threat to USPS comes from within, thanks to a 2006 law passed by Congress that includes a curiosity: It requires the Postal Service to pay about $5 billion into a retiree health care fund, which is a financial back-breaker.

Jim Hightower: Standing up to post office privatizers - "Boss," spelled backwards, is double-S-O-B, and that's how most of the employees of the US Postal Service feel about their top boss.

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More on the Postal Service as financial service provider - A majority of consumers support the argument that providing financial services at USPS branches would expand access to safe financial products for low- and middle-income Americans while providing a new sources of revenue for the Postal Service.

Senators worried about reduced post office hours - New Mexico’s U.S. senators are expressing concern about the Postal Service’s plans to reduce hours at thousands of postal facilities across the United States, including nearly 150 in New Mexico.

Congress needs to preserve and strengthen USPS while fixing pre-funding - Statement from National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric V. Rolando, on today’s U.S. Postal Service report for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2014