Postal News Roundup

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.

Postal News Roundup

House Panel Requires USPS to Keep Saturday Mail Delivery - Government Executive
A key House committee has once again voted to block the U.S. Postal Service from eliminating Saturday delivery, attaching an amendment to a spending bill that would require the agency to deliver mail six days per week. 

Postal Reform Would Save USPS $236 Billion Direct Marketing News
Providing the bulk of those savings would be two of the most controversial measures in the bill introduced by California Republican Darrell Issa: eliminating Saturday delivery and wholesale reduction of direct-door delivery.

Postal News Roundup

Why Your Local Postal Workers Hate Staples - The Motley Fool
When Staples signed up for the Retail Partner Expansion Program last fall, it probably saw the move as a nice way to shore up customer traffic while making better use of store resources. Instead, it has provoked the wrath of the American Postal Workers' Union, prompting protests and a growing boycott that is also supported by several teachers' unions. 

Defensive House Republican Leaders Keep Pushing Postal Highway Plan

Defensive House Republican Leaders Keep Pushing Postal Highway Plan - National Journal
House GOP leaders continue to defend their controversial proposal to cut Saturday mail delivery – allegedly  to keep the Highway Trust Fund from going broke. But opponents have denounced the plan as a budget accounting trick because it depends on averting a hypothetical future USPS bailout – and counts that as real money now that can be used to replenish the highway fund for one year.