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Washington Post: Postal Unions, Advocacy Groups Join Forces to ‘Save USPS’
The American Postal Workers Union will join other labor and advocacy groups Thursday to announce a new coalition designed to “save” the U.S. Postal Service from service cuts and efforts to privatize the mail system.The coalition of 63 religious coalitions, retiree organizations, educational and postal unions, lawmakers and progressive advocacy groups is calling itself  “A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service.”

​Daily Kos: The Push for Postal Banking is Headed to the Bargaining Table
The campaign for postal banking could get its next boost next week when the American Postal Workers Union goes into contract negotiations planning to push the idea.

Antioch Herald: Postal Workers Stage On-Going Protest at Staples at Antioch Stores, Want Postal Workers Handling Mail
Holding signs that read “Don’t Buy Staples” and “The U.S. Mail is NOT for Sale” members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) were protesting in front of the Antioch Staples store, on Friday, January 30, as part of an ongoing effort to stop the office products chain from handling mail.

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Huffington Post: How The Post Office Could Take On The Payday Loan Industry
With the idea of postal banking becoming more mainstream in the U.S., the head of the largest union of postal workers says he plans to make a revived banking service part of his union's upcoming contract talks with the U.S. Postal Service.

Reuters: Obama Slams Staples, Big Companies on Healthcare: ‘Shame on Them’
U.S. President Barack Obama singled out office supply giant Staples Inc as undercutting his healthcare reform law and said large corporations should not use the health insurance issue as an excuse for cutting wages, the news website BuzzFeed reported. 

Fox News: Customers Upset with Area Post Office for Unpredictable Midday Closures
Customer complaints and FOX 4 inquiries have prompted policy change at a northland post office.

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Buzzfeed: Staples Threatens to Fire Staff for Working More than 25 Hours a Week
In 2015, an Affordable Care Act provision requiring large employers to offer health insurance to staff working more than 30 hours a week kicked into effect. Now, some part-time staff at Staples say management has become extra vigilant about limiting their hours.

Washington Post: Can the Postal Service Cling to the Hope that People Still Want Paper Bills?
Many Americans still opt for paper billing despite a preference for online payments, according to a study commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service’s inspector general’s office.

The Hill: Federal Union Workers Rally for Good Government
Federal union workers gathered in Washington on Tuesday to rally for higher wages and fewer federal spending cuts.

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CNN Money: Staples and RadioShack Deliver Big Hit to Jobs
RadioShack's bankruptcy will put thousands of workers out of work, but Staples' plan to buy rival Office Depot could cost even more jobs. The two office supply companies have about 4,000 stores and nearly 150,000 employees between them. 

Local News 8: Pocatello Postal Workers Face Involuntary Reassignment
Several postal workers at Pocatello's Flandro Drive processing center tell Local News 8 they received letters Thursday warning of possible “involuntary reassignment” to other positions within the postal service. Local News 8 has been unable to confirm how many workers this will affect, but the Idaho State Association of Letter Carriers said it's part of a plan to close the processing center and redirect mail to Salt Lake City

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The Journal Gazette: Staples Set to Buy Office Depot – Opposition Starts EarlyStaples Set to Buy Office Depot – Opposition Starts Early
“A Staples takeover of Office Depot would lead to higher prices for consumers and store closings that would affect employees and customers alike,” Dimondstein said in a statement.  Another concern cited in the news release is the mail services that Staples offers, using employees who are paid less than postal workers whose hours have been reduced.

Arizona Daily Star: Mail Delays Detrimental, Tucson Business Leaders Say
In a press conference with a Tucson councilman, union members and area chambers of commerce, Tucson business leaders said they are experiencing significant delays in mail delivery since the U.S. Postal Service changed its service standards Jan. 5.

Union Opposes Staples Takeover of Office Depot

“The [merger of Staples and Office Depot] is strongly opposed by members of the American Postal Workers Union, who say it would lead to higher prices for consumers and layoffs for employees,” CNN Money reported. “The union called on the FTC and the Justice Department to block the merger,” it said.

​“The American Postal Workers Union says it ‘will vigorously oppose’ the ‘monopolistic and unlawful’ Staples-Office Depot merger before the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission,” wrote.

NH Labor News reported, “We call on Congress to weigh in with the FTC and the Department of Justice to stop it. “A Staples takeover of Office Depot would lead to higher prices for consumers and store closings that would affect employees and customers alike,” Dimondstein said. “There are new grounds to block this combination as well,” he added.

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North Coast News: Closure of Mail Processing Center Creates Concern
The possible closure of a Eureka mail processing center has officials worried about how it will impact local jobs and the community.

Linn's Stamp News: No Speedy Delivery for Letter to Brennan
Poor Express Mail service delayed delivery of a critical letter from three former members of the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee to Postmaster General Megan Brennan.

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WMBF News: Politics Delaying Consolidation of Florence Mail Processing Plant
The Florence mail processing and distribution facility is scheduled to be relocated to Columbia in three months – but that could change, thanks to protests by APWU members and pressure from elected officials. 

Fierce Government: IG: USPS Could Lose Nearly $300 Million This Year Due to Poor Customer Service
The Postal Service risks losing nearly $300 million this fiscal year due to unsatisfactory treatment of retail customers, says a Jan. 29 USPS inspector general report.

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DelMarVa Now: Privatization Won’t Improve Your Mail Service or Costs
In an Op-Ed column in his local newspaper, APWU Retiree Roland Scheck writes that outgoing Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe was "caught with his hand in the privatization jar.” Had his scheme been finalized, in a couple of years you have might read how he was hired by these same corporations as a multimillion dollar consultant. 

Journal Times: Mail Seem Slow? Postal Service Change is Likely the Cause
If you’ve recently suspected that letters and bills have been bit slower in arriving in your mailbox, you’re not imagining it. Last month, the United States Postal Service implemented changes to the way it processes all First-Class Mail that isn’t big enough to be considered a parcel.