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APWU Web News Article 148-2015

Celebrating an Important 50th Anniversary

07/27/2015 - On July 30 – the 50th anniversary of Medicare – APWU members will join with others across the country to celebrate the program that has helped more than 53 million seniors and disabled Americans obtain healthcare. To find an event in your area, visit www.medicare50th.org/#!/events or www.medicareturns50.org/events.html. To download a flyer to distribute on the work floor and take to events, click here. Sample op-ed columns and background information can be downloaded here.

APWU Web News Article 146-2015

APWU, USPS Reach Settlement On PSE Fingerprint Compensation, Costs

07/21/2015 - The APWU and the Postal Service signed an agreement on July 15, 2015, that will compensate Postal Support Employees (PSEs) for the time they spent and costs they incurred to obtain fingerprints for background investigations that were required for their conversion to career status, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon has announced. 

In accordance with the settlement, the Postal Service is responsible for any “direct costs” of fingerprinting, including mileage.

Photos, Action Session Materials Now Available for 2015 National Legislative Conference

07/17/2015 - If you missed last week’s National Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, or if you want to see more about it, visit the Alliance online! You can access photos from the event as well as the action session presentations on our conference web page.

In addition to hearing from dynamic speakers from Capitol Hill, the labor movement, and other allies, activists sharpened their skills in action sessions and met with more than 150 members of Congress.

APWU Web News Article 143-2015

The Cat’s Out of the Bag

PRC Documents Shed Light on Shady Staples Privatization Deal

07/09/2015 - In response to a lawsuit filed by the APWU, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has coughed up 231 documents that shed new light on the secretive deal between Staples and the Postal Service.

Perhaps most jarring is the acknowledgement that the Staples’ deal was intended to serve as a model for transferring postal retail operations from the U.S. Postal Service to private retailers.

The PRC released the documents only after extended legal wrangling.

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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.

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