08/25/2014 - APWU members will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of $686 per year in September 2014, in accordance with the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The raise is the result of an increase in the consumer price index (CPI-W). It is the sixth COLA under the contract. The effective date is Sept. 6, 2014 (Pay Period 20-2014, Pay Date Sept. 26, 2014).
Hundreds of Postal Workers, Supporters to Protest on Steps of City Hall and at Adjacent Staples in Downtown Boston Wednesday
‘Don’t Buy Staples’ Campaign Picks up Steam in Home Market of Troubled Retailer
08/25/2014 - Postal Workers and supporters will protest a sweetheart deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Framingham-based retailer Staples at a rally in downtown Boston on Wednesday, August 27.
08/21/2014 - With the back-to-school season in full swing, the APWU is asking union members and supporters to make sure parents and teachers get the message: Don’t buy your school supplies at Staples.
To spread the word, union members are being asked to pass out rulers with exactly that message in front of Staples stores. The back-to-school message is important because school supplies account for approximately 30 percent of Staples’ revenue. To order rulers for distribution, locals should visit www.StopStaplesStore.com.
08/21/2014 - By APWU General Officers Mark Dimondstein, President; Debby Szeredy, Executive Vice-President; Elizabeth Powell, Secretary-Treasurer
Fair-minded people from all walks of life are deeply concerned and outraged by the killing of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson. There is no justification for this young man’s death.
ALJ Rips the Lid Off Secret Staples Deal
NLRB Orders Postal Service to Give APWU Info
08/20/2014 - The Postal Service engaged in delaying tactics that constituted an unlawful refusal to provide the APWU with information about the agency’s deal with Staples, an NLRB judge wrote in an Aug. 13 decision.
The USPS “did not want to provide the requested materials and was throwing straw arguments and roadblocks in the way,” Administrative Law Judge Eric M. Fine said.
Stop Service Cuts and Plant Consolidations
08/20/2014 - A bipartisan group in the House of Representatives – five Republicans and five Democrats – has drafted a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee calling for a one-year moratorium on Postal Service plans to close mail processing plants and slow down mail delivery. APWU President Mark Dimondstein is asking union members and supporters to urge their U.S. representatives to sign the letter.
08/20/2014 - On August 14th, 50 U.S. senators sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee urging congressional action to preserve service standards and prevent the closure or consolidation of mail processing facilities.
Over the past few weeks, APWU members and allies sent thousands of messages and phone calls to their senators’ offices asking them to sign on to the letter. Together, our collective calls to action were crucial in getting so many of our senators to sign on!
'Stop Staples' Boycott Comes to Hub as Troubled Retailer Releases 2nd Quarter Results
Postal Workers to Pass Out Rulers Stamped ‘Don’t Buy School Supplies at Staples in Boston at 10 a.m.; Teachers to Join Protest at Saugus Staples at 5:30 p.m.
08/18/2014 - The ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, organized by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), will come to the Boston area – home of the troubled retailer – with two events on Wednesday, Aug. 20, the same day the company will release its second quarter results.
Staples Can Run – But They Can’t Hide Online
Internet Ads: ‘It’s Easy’ to Buy Elsewhere
08/15/2014 - The American Postal Workers Union has opened a new front in its campaign against a secretive, no-bid deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples that established knock-off post offices in 82 of the office- and school-supply stores. These “postal” counters are staffed by low-paid, poorly-trained Staples employees rather than uniformed, highly-trained USPS employees who have taken an oath to protect the sanctity and security of the U.S. Mail.
The APWU has purchased web-based advertisements directed at parents, teachers and other online shoppers seeking school supplies. The advertisements encourage shoppers to take their business to retailers other than Staples. One-third of Staples’ revenue is derived from the sale of school supplies and half of its sales now originate online.
50 Senators Tell Appropriations Committee:
08/14/2014 - Half of the U.S. Senate has called for a one-year moratorium on Postal Service plans to close mail processing plants and slow down mail delivery.
An Aug. 14 letter signed by 50 senators said Congress should block a proposal by Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe to close as many as 82 mail processing plants; slow mail service, and eliminate up to 15,000 jobs. The letter urged leaders of a key committee to include a one-year ban on the cuts as part of must-pass legislation to keep the government running into the new fiscal year that begins October 1.
APWU President Mark Dimondstein praised the senators’ action. “Few people seem to be aware of the devastating effect the plant closures would have on the nation’s mail system,” he said. “If the plants are closed or consolidated, it will mean the end of overnight mail delivery in this country.”