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USPS’s Controversial Deal with Staples Headed to Showdown Over Legality
Now, one of the biggest labor battles in recent years is headed to Washington, where the National Labor Relations Board will rule in August on whether the Staples deal violates the Postal Service’s collective bargaining agreement with the American Postal Workers Union.

Shrewsbury Postal Center to Remain Open After All
John H. Flattery, president of the American Postal Workers Union AFL-CIO Local 4553, which represents workers at the plant, said he was notified of the change last month. The Blunders of USPS Agreement with Staples and Its Repercussions
The case against the Postal Service seems to be strong, owing to which NLRB is making another move.

Government Executive: USPS Contracted Services to Staples Illegally, Board Says
The regional director called the subcontracting issue a “mandatory subject for purposes of collective bargaining.”



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24/7 Wall Street: Staples Deal with USPS is Illegal: NLRB
"The Postal Service should settle this case and dump its failed privatization scheme," said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. 

MLive: Congressman Dan Kildee ‘Very Concerned’ About Potential Downtown Post Office Closure
"The downtown post office provides an essential service to businesses and residents and I am very concerned about its potential closure," said U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee. 

Erie TV News: U.S. Postal Service Contract Talks with Union Continue
APWU President Joe Szocki told the TV station that the union "could not accept" management's contract proposal to "create another entry-level position at lower wages." 

ECommerce Bytes: Postal Union Scores a Win in War Against Staples Counters
Whether you find postal counters at retail chain stores to be convenient or ill-conceived, it's not a sure thing they will continue.


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Boston Globe: National Labor Relations Board to Rule on Staples, U.S. Postal Service Deal
The National Labor Relations Board will hold a hearing next month to determine whether a deal between the United States Postal Service and Staples Inc. violates a collective bargaining agreement with the American Postal Workers Union.

The Big Picture [July 2]
Thom Hartmann discusses the continued attacks on the US Post Office with American Postal Workers Union president Mark Dimondstein.

WDBJ7: Update on Future of Mail Sorting Center in Roanoke [Video]
Union leader says he is optimistic there is some momentum in Washington to reverse the consolidation of outgoing mail.

WJLA7: Federal-Postal Coalition Pushes Government in Wake of OPM Breach [Video]
In a letter to President Obama, the Federal-Postal Coalition called for more communication and long-term credit protection measures for federal workers and retirees in the wake of OPM's massive data breach.

OPM: Frequently Asked Questions on Cybersecurity
Were postal worker records affected?

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Waynesville Daily Guide: McCaskill Seeks Review of Postal Service’s Ability to Meet Delivery Standards
In an effort to better understand the ability of the Postal Service to meet stated delivery times, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is requesting that the federal government’s top watchdog review the Postal Service’s calculation of delivery times and standards.

Napa Valley Register: USPS Proposes Demolition of Historic Napa Post Office
"I know they have been selling off high-value properties to private developers to balance their budget, but these are public buildings, built with public dollars and we deserve to know what is going on.”

Bangor Daily News: Cutting Back Postal Service Hits Bangor, Everywhere Else
When mail-processing facilities close, people face delays in mail they’ve sent or are expecting.

RT: The Big Picture [July 2]
Thom discusses the continued attacks on the US Post Office with American Postal Workers Union president Mark Dimondstein.

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Save the Post Office: APWU Takes PRC to Court Over Service Standards
The American Postal Workers Union has taken the Postal Regulatory Commission to court over its decision to dismiss the union’s complaint that the Postal Service is failing to meet its service standards.

Government Executive: Size of OPM Hack Quadruples to 18 Million
Hackers may have pilfered the personal data of as many as 18 million individuals from Office of Personnel Management records—four times as many as OPM originally estimated, according to a CNN report late Monday.

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South Florida Business Journal: American Postal Workers Union Hopes to Nix Office Depot Acquisition
The APWU is taking a strong stance against the Office Depot and Staples acquisition because it would be detrimental to consumers, said Richard Shelley, at a briefing following the meeting of Office Depot’s shareholders.

North Platte Bulletin: Regulators: ‘No Jurisdiction’ to Overturn Post Office Move
One commissioner strongly disagreed with the majority decision, saying dismissal of the appeal without more information from the postal service is unfair and contributes to public mistrust.

Los Angeles Daily News: Editorial: California Should Endorse Vote by Mail Plan
No long lines, or scarily nonexistent lines, at the polling place. But a proposal last week to go to postal voting here made by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is not based primarily on either time or money. Instead, Padilla’s plan is to get more of us voting in the first place.