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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.

Ohio.com: Union Launches Late Hour Push to Save Akron Mail Center
http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/feb/27/website-launched-in-effort-to-save-facil/
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 (http://mymailohio.com), a Twitter feed and a Facebook page all aimed at encouraging people and organizations to speak out against the closings.

ECommerce Bytes.com: 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.
 

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Times Herald Record: USPS May Finally Close Stewart Plant in July
The U.S. Postal Service’s processing plant at Stewart Airport could finally close for good later this year. The APWU is hoping for Congress to stop the closing of this and other plants, and is asking area municipalities to back them.

Save the Post Office: Beware of False Assumptions: OIG Looks at Postal Service’s Unfunded Liabilities
The OIG’s report provides a refreshing reminder that the Postal Service is actually in very good long-term financial condition and certainly not in the dismal shape that critics claim — or, for that matter, as maintained by the new Postmaster General, Megan Brennan, who said recently, “Our current financial situation is untenable when you consider that we have 35 cents in assets for every dollar of liability."

Watchdog.org: USPS Expands its Reach at Private Sector Expense
The debt-ridden U.S. Postal Service is looking to expand its service footprint from well beyond its core mail-delivery operations — everything from grocery delivery to payday loans. But the quasi-governmental agency’s hunt for badly needed revenue streams is coming at the expense of private-sector competitors, undercutting the basic principles of the American free-market system, critics contend.

LaborRadio.org: Actor-Activist Danny Glover in Solidarity with Postal Workers as Labor Talks Begin
The American Postal Workers Union starts talks on a new contract with the U.S. Postal Service today with actor/activist Danny Glover in their corner. These postal labor talks come
​as management is carrying out a policy of slashing jobs, closing mail facilities and dismantling the vast postal network with piecemeal privatization.

 

Editorial Response: Real Postal Reform Will Save Jobs and the Service

The Bulletin: Real Postal Reform Will Save Jobs and the Service
“The U.S. Postal Service’s current policy to dig the agency out of a financial hole by closing post offices and mail processing facilities is not a solution,” APWU Northeast Region Coordinator John Dirzius wrote in response to an editorial. “The postal service is an essential part of the American economy and its vast network is an integral part of our national infrastructure.” 

Processing Plant Closures Loom

Duluth News Tribune: Duluth Postal Center Moves Toward Closure
Todd Fawcett, representing the American Postal Workers Union encouraged residents to contact their congressional representatives about the processing center in Duluth.

Go Erie.com: Postal Service Moves to Close Erie Mail Sorting Facility
Joe Szocki, president of the American Postal Workers Union in Erie, has said that there's a price to be paid for closing plants. He said in a previous interview that closing the local facility would effectively end next-day delivery in Erie.

USPS OIG Blog: Be Careful What You Assume
What if your credit card company told you: “You will charge a million dollars on your credit card during your life; please enclose the million dollars in your next bill payment. It’s the responsible thing to do.” Doesn’t seem quite right, does it? Well, that’s what the U.S. Postal Service’s requirement to prefund its long-term pension and healthcare liabilities is like. 

Grand Alliance Garners Headlines

Huffington Post: A “Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service”
The Conservative/Wall Street/1 Percent/Republican anti-government strategy is to set government up to fail (usually by starving it of funding). Then they point to the resulting "crisis" they created and say it proves that government doesn't work so we should "privatize" it - in other words, rig the system against We the People by handing our common wealth over to a few wealthy people to harvest for personal profit. Now they're coming for the U.S. Postal Service. …

In These Times: Banking Goes Postal - Sixty-Four Unions and Community Groups Are Demanding a Banking Public Option – At the Post Office
American Postal Workers Union (APWU) president Mark Dimondstein has an offer that should be hard to refuse, especially for the 10 million American households, mostly low-income, that do not have a checking account or other basic banking services. … Postal workers would also win: Expanding postal services would create more jobs. 

Corporate Crime Reporter: Alliance Fights Back Against Corporate Attack on Postal Service
An alliance of unions and public interest groups has come together to fight back against the corporate attack on the United States Postal Service. At the press conference, Alliance organizers played a video featuring actor Danny Glover, who says that his parents were postal workers.

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