09/02/2014 - Earlier this summer the Postal Service announced plans to close or consolidate 82 mail processing plants. On August 1st, the Postal Service published in the Federal Register a reduction in Service Standards, which makes their closure and consolidation plan possible. Unless we build a movement to protect current Service Standards and stop these plant consolidations and closings, these cuts will create a massive mail slowdown nationwide, including the elimination of overnight delivery of first-class mail.
09/02/2014 - At a training session sponsored by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the union’s president – a fierce supporter of the APWU’s campaign to Stop Staples! – collected 423 signatures on postcards to Staples CEO Ron Sargent and took them right over to the nearest post office. Solidarity in action!
Have You Voted Yet?
08/29/2014 - The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is conducting a poll on its ‘Pushing the Envelope’ blog to determine whether it should advocate for or against the Postal Service’s plan to resume consolidation and closure of up to 82 mail processing plants.
08/29/2014 - Labor Day is a good time to reflect on the achievements of workers and the contributions unions have made to our lives – from abolishing child labor to establishing a minimum wage, healthcare, retirement benefits, workplace safety and more. It’s also a good time to renew our determination to Stand Up and Fight Back! It’s a time to rekindle our commitment to the fight for justice – in the workplace and throughout the country and the world.
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 - 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.
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.
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.