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The Sun Sentinel: Antitrust Institute Challenges Staples’ Merger with Office Depot
Antitrust Institute has asked the Federal Trade Commission to take a deep and critical look at the proposed $6.3 billion merger between Office Depot and Staples. 

Fierce Government: IG: Lack of Cybersecurity Staff, Technology Left USPS Vulnerable to 2014 Attack
Without a comprehensive, risk-based strategy, USPS was unprepared to manage the quickly changing cyber environment, the IG said.

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Dodge City Daily Globe: U.S. Postal Service Negotiating New Union Contract
Do, along with other union members and chapter presidents is trying to get the word out on what is going on with the post office on a national scale as well as in the local areas. The APWU states that contrary to what the public has heard, the US Postal Service is not losing money.

NYS Public Employees Federation: Roots of Struggle: Postal Workers Prove the Value of Collective Bargaining
As with other labor unions across the nation who face and fight against all facets of privatization, the APWU is demanding an end to the closing of all mail-processing centers in its new pact. The ability to address these issues is mainly due to the vision, determination and unity of the APWU forefathers. They realized the most important achievement of their 1970 strike was winning the right to bargain collectively.

Save the Post Office: $1 Billion to Restore USPS Service Standards? Did the CBO Get it Wrong?
If you look at what’s happened over the past few months, the $1 billion doesn’t seem credible, and one wonders if the CBO has misunderstood what the amendment is all about.

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Fierce Government: USPS Must Make Transformational Changes Take Advantage of e-Commerce Package Growth, IG Says
The growth of e-commerce has led to a dramatic increase in the number of packages shipped, and the Postal Service has an opportunity to both satisfy the new needs of customers and garner significant revenue, says a July 8 Postal Service inspector general report.

WWDB-AM: Today in Philly Labor [Podcast Audio]
Philly BMC Local President Vince Tarducci discusses the Postal Service’s dirty deal with Staples and reminds listeners not to buy school supplies at Staples. [At 35:55.]

Time: Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor 
Unhappy with the status quo and uncertain about the future of labor as union membership shrinks, union members across the country are restive over the possibility of their affiliates endorsing Clinton.

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Duluth News Tribune: Postal Delivery Issues Linger in Northland
Waite cited hope for the Duluth mail processing center in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations, which in June voted in favor of restoring first-class delivery standards to previous levels.

Eureka Times Standard: Eureka’s Mail Sorting Facility Gets a Temporary Reprieve
Mike Hetticher, the president of Eureka’s branch of the American Postal Workers Union, said the delays are just a first step and that people cannot turn complacent.

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Crooks and Liars: Help Save Our Public Postal Service
The Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service is calling for support of two House resolutions that urge restoration of overnight mail service standards and a continuation of six-day delivery.

Fierce Government: USPS-Staples Deal Draws Ire of Labor Group
APWU charges that allowing Staples retail stores to handle Postal Service products will degrade the integrity of USPS customer service and move the agency toward privatization.

Los Alamos Daily Post: NLRB: Postal Service Deal with Staples Violates U.S. Labor Law
The U.S. Postal Service illegally subcontracted work to Staples, according to a complaint issued June 26 by Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Lost Coast Outpost: Did You Notice Our Mail Isn’t Being Diverted to Medford as Planned?
The American Postal Workers Union was also vocal in its objections, and Mike Hetticher, president of the Local 1056 in Eureka, told the Outpost today that the decision to delay closure was good news.