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Labor Solidarity

Workers are struggling all across the world to fight for safe working conditions, fair wages, and decent benefits, and supporting each other is crucial to building a strong labor movement. APWU stands in solidarity with working people everywhere. We are all in this together! Read below to learn more about some of the struggles our brothers and sisters are engaged in, and find out how you can help:

Stand up for the Nabisco 600

Check the label and BOYCOTT Nabisco products made in Mexico!

Mondelēz International, which makes Nabisco snacks, outsourced 600 good union jobs to Mexico, closing the largest commercial bakery in the United States. The company isn’t losing money; this move was simply to line the pockets of the CEO, Irene Rosenfeld, and other stakeholders and executives. As a result, BCTGM union workers in Chicago lost their jobs.

Stand together with our BCTGM brothers and sisters. Click here to learn more.

News: Labor Solidarity

APWU News Bulletin

The Trial and the Verdict

‘Dump the Postmaster General!’

07/22/2014 - After noting that some have called Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s actions criminal -- a clear violation of the law that created and maintains the Postal Service as a fundamental right of the people -- APWU President Mark Dimondstein called the PMG “Wall Street’s Trojan Horse, the privatizer from within.”

APWU Web News Article 143-2014

President Mark Dimondstein:

It’s Time to Stand Up and Fight Back

07/22/2014 - “Attacks are being waged from all quarters – Congress, Wall Street and the Postmaster General himself,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in the opening of his “State of Our Union” message to the delegates at the union’s 22nd national convention. “Privatization is not a distant danger but a direct and immediate threat.  A congressionally manufactured financial crisis is being used to justify new assaults on postal jobs and on the 239-year old public Post Office.”

“To survive the onslaught, we must transform our union into a fighting; activist organization and we must build a Grand Alliance with the people of the country to defend our national treasure, the United States Postal Service,” Dimondstein said.

APWU News Bulletin

AFT Strikes Fear in the Heart of Staples CEO

Staples, USPS Use Trickery to Try to Derail Boycott

07/17/2014 - When the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) voted to join the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement on July 12, it struck fear into the hearts of Staples bosses and USPS management. 

So much so that just two days later Staples and the USPS resorted to trickery to try to derail the boycott. They announced they are terminating the no-bid deal and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program. 

The problem? “It’s a ruse,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Staples and the USPS are changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers.

APWU Web News Article 138-2014

AFT Delegates Adopt 'Don't Buy Staples' Resolution, Rally in Support of U.S. Postal Workers

07/13/2014 - American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and thousands of AFT convention delegates joined members of the American Postal Workers Union and other community members in a rally July 12, telling the United States Postal Service and the Staples corporation that the “U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale.” They demanded an end to the United States Postal Service’s plan to let Staples employees operate postal counters inside Staples stores, ultimately putting thousands of Postal Service jobs in jeopardy. The AFT has also passed a resolution in support of APWU’s boycott against Staples Inc. It resolves “that members of the AFT, along with friends, colleagues and family members, are urged to no longer shop at Staples stores until further notice.”

The Fight for 15

07/01/2014 - The “Fight for 15” movement took to the streets in more than 150 cities on May 15, as workers walked off the job to demand an increase in the minimum wage and the right to form a union.

Fast food jobs are no longer temporary or part-time positions held by teenagers; for many families it is the source of their entire livelihood, protesters pointed out.

APWU Web News Article 118-2014

SEIU 32BJ, San Francisco Labor Council Join ‘Stop Staples’ Movement

06/13/2014 - SEIU 32BJ, representing 145,000 union members in 11 states and the District of Columbia, is boycotting all Staples retail stores in the U.S., Staples.com and Staples Advantage, as well as all Staples branded proprietary products.

ALSO: San Francisco Labor Council has also joined the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign and voted unanimously on June 9 to boycott the retail giant. The Council represents more than 100,000 union members and their families in the San Francisco area.

APWU News Bulletin

APWU Members, Supporters Ramp Up Stop Staples Campaign

05/01/2014 - APWU members were exuberant after staging 56 Stop Staples protests in 27 states on April 24 – and momentum is building.

Carrying signs and chanting, “The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale,” participants got the message across. The protests received extensive media coverage, including 1,196 television reports between April 22 and April 30, and widespread radio, online and print reports.

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