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Failed Sysco/US Foods Merger Puts Staples/Office Depot Deal In ‘Serious Jeopardy,’ Says American Postal Workers Union

07/07/2015 - WASHINGTON - The collapse of a planned merger between Sysco and US Foods puts a similar merger of office-supply giants Staples and Office Depot in serious jeopardy, says the American Postal Workers Union (APWU).

“The Federal Trade Commission made a very strong case against the Sysco/US Foods merger,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Swap out the words ‘food service distribution’ and replace them with ‘office-supply distribution’ and you have a description of the Staples/Office Depot deal. The same arguments prevail.”

Sysco abandoned its merger plans after a federal judge granted an injunction requested by the FTC, and will now pay more than $300 million to exit the deal.

e-Team Report, July 3, 2015

07/03/2015 - Fast Track Signed into Law

Following passage in the Senate last week, President Obama on Monday signed the APWU-opposed Fast Track legislation into law. Monday’s bill signing marked a disappointing end to a fierce effort by unions, environmentalists, and public interest groups to block Congress from Fast Tracking secretive international trade deals negotiated by the President. 

Fast Track, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, will effectively bind the hands of Congress by preventing amendments, limiting debate, and lowering the votes required for passage on bad trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

APWU Web News Article 140-2015

Dimondstein to Appear on Podcast, TV

07/02/2015 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein has a pair of media appearances scheduled for Thursday, July 2.

First, he will call-in to “The Ed Schultz Show,” podcast at 12:10 p.m., which is syndicated across the country. You can listen to the show below. Coverage of Postal Service issues begins at the 18:48 mark and Dimondstein appears at 20:48.

Dimondstein will also appear on Thom Hartmann’s The Big Picture, at approximately 7:30 p.m. The live show airs nationwide on the RT America network, and on the FSTV Network.

We Are Fighting for a Just Future

07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The APWU is fighting for a just future – for a strong Postal Service for generations to come and for “economic justice” for the workers and retirees of today and tomorrow.

Across the country, today’s young workers are being consigned to second- and third-class jobs. The Postal Service’s contract proposals would perpetuate the downward spiral, with lower wages and fewer benefits for future career employees, including today’s PSEs.

No Notice Given

British Postal Company Axes Door-to-Door Delivery

07/01/2015 -

Whistl workers, like the ones seen here, are now out
of a job since the company stopped delivering mail.

(This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Employees of a privately-owned British postal service were hit with an unpleasant surprise the morning of May 11.

Whistl suspended door-to-door deliveries without any advance warning, leaving 1,800 workers out in the cold.

Royal Mail was forced to step in to take over the deliveries in London, Manchester and Liverpool – also without notice.

APWU: We Need to Protect the USPS from Corporate Pirates

Inspector General Slams USPS on Property Sales, Leases

07/01/2015 -

Berkeley residents have stopped the sale of the
historical post office - for now. 

(This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

In April, the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a scathing report on the Postal Service’s transactions with CBRE, which serves as its exclusive agent for real estate transactions.

The report recommends that the USPS terminate its contract with CBRE, the world’s largest real estate company. The OIG also referred numerous USPS-CBRE transactions to its Office of Investigations for possible criminal charges.

The report points out that USPS management permits CBRE to represent both the Postal Service and the businesses and individuals that are buying and leasing property from the USPS.

Grand Alliance Answers the Call

‘Stand with Postal Workers’

07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Alliance members Melanie Campbell speaks at the Washington, DC, 
​press conference.

Representatives from 17 member organizations of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service answered the APWU’s call for support on the union’s National Day of Action on May 14.

The leaders joined actor-activist Danny Glover at the APWU’s press conference in Washington, DC, which advocated Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract! Speakers from Alliance organizations included Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America; Clayola Brown, president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute; Steven D. Martin of the National Council of Churches, and Richard Fiesta, executive director of Alliance of Retired Americans.

What’s Next for Our Contract, Grievance Procedure?

07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

As many may be aware, we were unsuccessful in reaching agreement with the Postal Service over a new collective bargaining agreement for our members.

My motto has always been, “Pray for peace, but prepare for war.” We are preparing for the next step of contract negotiations, and that would be mediation.

Mediation is when a neutral third-party assists two sides in reaching an agreement. Mediators make suggestions and offer procedural or substantive recommendations. Their tool is the power of persuasion, as they have no authority to impose settlements on the parties.