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Bidness Etc: American Postal Workers Union Stands in the Way of Office Depot-Staples Merger
The announcement sent a wave of concern amongst investors holding positions in both Office Depot and Staples stocks, with stocks of both the office equipment suppliers going down following the news.

New Haven Register: Forum: America Needs Congress to Act Now for Real Reform of Postal Service
The Postal Service’s current policy to dig the agency out of a hole by closing post offices and mail processing facilities is not a solution to its financial crisis, writes APWU Northeast Region Coordinator John Dirzius. Eleventh-Hour Effort to Save Postal Centers Merits Support
It’s crunch time for efforts of 82 hit-listed U.S. Postal Service processing centers to dodge the bullet of permanent closing.The APWU last week launched a one-stop website,, on which postal consumers can vent their opposition to the closures and can send letters and emails to federal lawmakers in support of legislation to stop the closings and improve mail delivery standards across the United States.

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In These Times: With Corporate Profits Soaring, AFL-CIO Unions Say, ‘It’s Our Turn’
Union leaders are approaching negotiations in a way designed to win maximum support from both other unions and the general public. American Postal Workers Union president Mark Dimondstein is pushing for improving postal service quality and expanding its mission to help average Americans, especially low-income people with few available banking services, by creating a postal bank or financial service center. Union Launches Late Hour Push to Save Akron Mail Center
A postal workers union is making a late-hour push to prevent the planned April shutdown of four mail-sorting operations in Ohio. This week, the American Postal Workers Union launched the My Mail, My Ohio website (, a Twitter feed and a Facebook page all aimed at encouraging people and organizations to speak out against the closings.

ECommerce Online Selling and the Future of Package Delivery
PostalVision 2020 conference organizer John Callan, says that  "what USPS does best suits both mail and parcels both and that's deliver to households," while at the same time praises the effectiveness of centralized "cluster-boxes." 

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Al Jazeera America: Contracts for 5 Million Workers to Expire in 2015
Millions of unionized workers in the U.S. will see their contracts expire over the next year, and labor leaders say that even non-union workers should hope those contract negotiations go well for the labor movement. American Postal Workers Union president Mark Dimondstein noted his union’s advocacy for a plan that would allow the post office to provide financial services in low-income communities. “We’re approaching our negotiations as bargaining for the public good,” Dimondstein said.

Let's Talk About It: USPS Counters at Staples  [Audio]
Public Service Program with guest Cynthia Heyward of the American Postal Workers Union.

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ABC News: Why Danny Glover is Trying to Save the Postal Service
An unlikely candidate has volunteered his services to help save what has been called the dying U.S. Postal Service.

Wall Street Journal: Union Pushes Post Office to Offer Financial Services
The American Postal Workers Union is making a big ask as part of contract talks it kicked off Thursday with the U.S. Postal Service: It wants the post office to expand customer offerings to include financial services.

Campaign for America's Future: Postal Workers and the Public Want a Postal Banking Public Option
Contract talks between the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the U.S. Postal Service for a new contract start Thursday. Along with asking for fair wages and benefits, the APWU wants improvements in customer services, including postal banking.

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Washington Post: Union Enters Talks with Star Power to Expand, Not Cut, Postal Services
Contract talks began Thursday between the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and a reenergized union that seeks to broaden the field of play well beyond the negotiating room.

Washington Post Blog: Danny Glover, the Postal Workers’ Lethal Weapon
Actor-activist Danny Glover’s mother and father were USPS workers, his brother was a letter carrier, his sister worked there to pay for college, and Glover himself spent three Christmases working at the post office to earn extra cash. “I’m concerned that the post office will not be available for my grandson,” says Glover in his signature gravelly baritone

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MSNBC's The Ed Show: Danny Glover Fights to Save US Postal Service
U.S. Postal Workers gained a star partner in their fight to save the national mail carrying institution. Ed Schultz, actor Danny Glover and Mark Dimonstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union, discuss upcoming contract negotiations and the Grand Alliance.

Target Marketing Magazine: Cash-Strapped USPS to Become a Bank?
Postal banking can help make the U.S. Postal Service more viable, say representatives of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) who plan to put the banking proposal on the bargaining table on Thursday during the opening day of union negotiations with the USPS.

Ecommerce Bytes: Union Says USPS Should Exploit Ecommerce Opportunity
One year ago, the USPS Inspector General said offering financial services could help generate $8.9 billion in new revenue per year for the Postal Service. Apparently postal workers agree, and their union said Wednesday the Postal Service should also capture a greater share of the growing ecommerce market. 

American Urban Radio Networks: Actor Danny Glover: Save the Post Office 
Actor/activist Danny Glover has joined a coalition of non-profits known as the Grand Alliance, in an effort to "Save the Post Office."  Kim Lampkins has the story.