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APWU Web News Article 035-2016

NLRB Hearing on Staples Deal Finally Gets to the Heart of the Matter

Hearing Room is Cleared When Secret Documents Are Discussed

02/25/2016 -

Before the NLRB hearing got underway.

A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hearing on charges that the Postal Service illegally subcontracted work to Staples resumed on Feb. 24 – after months of procedural wrangling – and finally got to the substance of the dispute.

APWU Web News Article 210-2015

'A Big Advance,' Dimondstein Says

NLRB Calls Interference on Staples

Company Cannot Intervene in APWU Complaint

11/04/2015 - The APWU won an important legal victory on Nov. 4 when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled unanimously that Staples cannot intervene in hearings on charges that the USPS illegally subcontracted work to the office-supply chain. “The ruling is very significant,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

If Staples had been allowed to intervene, it could appeal rulings – independent of the Postal Service – and exponentially complicate the litigation. “With Staples’ deep pockets, they could have appealed the case all the way to the Supreme Court, even if the Postal Service chose not to,” Dimondstein said. 


APWU Web News Article 207-2015

USPS, Staples Produce a Mound of Documents

11/02/2015 -

The mound of documents produced by USPS and Staples

After months of refusing to provide documents subpoenaed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the APWU, the USPS and Staples produced a mound of paperwork on Oct. 20, less than two weeks before a hearing scheduled for Nov. 2.

Rather than address the core of the complaint – that the Postal Service illegally subcontracted work to Staples – the Nov. 2 proceedings are now expected to be dominated by more wrangling over the subpoenaed evidence. The first days of hearings, Aug. 17 and 18, also were dominated by legal maneuvering.

Stop Staples Campaign Forges Ahead

11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Philadelphia City Commissioner Stephanie Singer joined 
Stop Staples protesters in front of the 1500 Chestnut St. 
location on Aug. 31.Here she is with
Oliver Drummond, June Cohen and Joe Barr.

Thanks to lower foot traffic at stores and shrinking sales of office basics, Staples’ second quarter profits dropped 56 percent compared to the same period last year. In North America, sales at stores that were open more than a year fell 3 percent.

NLRB Strikes Major Blow to USPS-Staples Deal

Proposed Remedy Would Restore Work to APWU Bargaining Unit

09/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

In a major blow to the Postal Service’s deal with Staples, Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint on June 26 charging that the USPS illegally subcontracted work to the office-supply chain and ordering the agency to return the work that existed on July 31, 2014, to the APWU bargaining unit. As this issue went to press, an Aug. 17 hearing was scheduled before an NLRB Administrative Law Judge.

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Philly Vet, 89, Joins Stop Staples Campaign

08/17/2015 -

June Cohen with the latest Stop Staples supporter

An 89-year-old Philadelphia veteran is the latest supporter of the Stop Staples campaign.

A group of activists from the Philadelphia PA Area Local were handing out flyers in front of a Staples store in Springfield, PA, on Aug. 13, when they met the elderly gent on his way out of the store, said June Cohen.