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Staples Announcement: APWU Not Satisfied - Wall Street Journal
The announcement from Staples appeared to mark a retreat from a plan to expand the program into the chain's 1,500 outlets if the pilot was successful. But the postal workers union said it wasn't satisfied and called the announcement a ruse.

Staples Boycott Making Progress Wall Street Journal
The labor movement hasn’t had the best 2014 so far, with a bruising defeat for the UAW in its attempts to organize auto workers in the South, and an ominous Supreme Court ruling for public sector unions. But today, the American Postal Workers Union and its allies seem to be making progress in an important battle.

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FedEx Investing $41 Million to Move SmartPost Facility to Concord - Independent Tribune
PMG Donahoe claims the USPS mail processing network is too big. So why is FedEx expanding its North Carolina distribution center?

Open Letter to U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe: Newspapers’ Confidence in U.S. Postal Service Wavering - Rapid City Journal
USPS plans to close mail processing centers is undermining confidence in the Postal Service.

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US Postal Service to Downsize College Point Mail Sorting Facility - NY Daily News
Queens' only mail sorting facility plans to ship some of its jobs to Brooklyn. The beleaguered College Point plant will downsize and transfer some of its 1,015 workers in January, outraging union bosses and employees who have fought to keep the facility status quo for years. 

Opinion: Postal Service Shoots Itself in the Foot - The Times Leader
Consolidation has become par for the course in many businesses, but the U.S. Postal Service’s recent announcement of closing three mail processing facilities in Kentucky and 80 nationwide reeks of bad business. Truth is that postal consolidations have been detrimental to delivery of all kinds of mail, including newspapers. 

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Teachers Union Urges Boycott of Framingham-Based Staples - Framingham (home of the headquarters of Staples) Newspaper
A Massachusetts union is joining groups protesting a pilot program in which some Staples stores are offering post office services and not using postal workers.

Tulsa’s U.S. Mail Sorting Center Targeted for Closure - Tulsa World
“What we’ve been told is very little,” said Charley Mose, president of Tulsa’s American Postal Workers Union. …Mail delivery in northeastern Oklahoma could be delayed one to three days, Mose said. “We’re proud of the fact that, at least here in Tulsa, we get over 1 million pieces of mail through here every day, and 98 percent of that mail is delivered overnight,” he said. “We process more mail than Oklahoma City, and we do it more efficiently.” If Tulsa’s plant closes, then 20 percent of mail would be delivered overnight, Mose said. 

Postlandia - The Pennsylanvia Gazette
What do a former leper colony in Hawaii, the community of Supai on the floor of the Grand Canyon, and 580 Fifth Avenue—a building packed with jewelers in the heart of Manhattan’s Diamond District—have in common? Each possesses a United States Post Office.

NALC President’s Magazine Article: How Low Will He Go?
Pat Donahoe owes every postal employee and postal ratepayer an apology. Better yet, he could redeem himself by working with us to achieve real reform and end his alliance with politicians who want to dismantle the Postal Service. Otherwise, it might be best for him to join Congressman Cantor in “retirement” from public life.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): The Big Benefits of Postal Service Banking U.S. News & World Report
Many have been shut out of traditional banking. Luckily, there is an organization with the public mission, the infrastructure, the experience and the well-trained employees needed to help address this problem: the U.S. Postal Service.

Editorial: Why Postal Banking is a Bad Idea U.S. News & World Report
It's no surprise that Richard Hunt, president and CEO of the Consumer Bankers Association, a trade organization that represents big banks, opposes postal banking. 

Local Teachers Union Joins Staples Boycott, Support Postal Workers - Boston Globe
AFT Massachusetts, a teachers union with more than 25,000 members, said Monday that it is joining a boycott of Staples Inc. in support of the American Postal Workers Union. 

Postal Service: Abilene Mail Processing Center Slated for Consolidation - Abilene Reporter-News
Abilene’s U.S. Post Office Mail Processing Center is on a list of 82 facilities planned for consolidation in 2015, according to the U.S. Postal Service. 

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Teachers, Postal Workers Weigh Staples Boycott
Public school teachers across the USA are threatening to boycott office-supply retailer Staples during back-to-school shopping season, saying the Massachusetts-based chain's plan to staff in-store U.S. Postal Service counters with its own store employees will replace "living-wage jobs" with lower-paying positions.

USPS to Shutter 82 More Processing Plants in 2015
APWU vowed to fight the closures, noting the Postal Service turned an operating profit last quarter. “We will make this fight a nationwide campaign and ask all Americans to stand up and fight back,” said Debby Szeredy, the unions executive vice president. “Get ready for the crusade. We cannot sit back and let the [postmaster general] destroy our Postal Service.”

Sen. Franken to Postal Service: Closing Mail Processing Centers Will Hurt Minnesota Communities
Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) pressed the U.S Postal Service to reconsider its plan to close four mail processing centers throughout Minnesota. 

Supreme Court Decision an Assault on Wages, Working Class

The Supreme Court Just Dealt a Devastating Blow to Public Unions - National Journal
Today's Supreme Court decision is more than just another instance of union setbacks. It's also yet another win for conservatives who have been trying to use the First Amendment to push their causes.

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
The extreme views of today’s Supreme Court aimed at home care workers aren’t just bad for unions – they’re bad for all workers.

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