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Excitement Builds as National Convention Nears

07/11/2014 - As the start of the APWU 22nd Biennial Convention nears, anticipation for the big event is building. As of the second week in July, more than 2,000 delegates representing more than 300 locals and state organizations had registered. This year’s theme, Standing Up – Fighting Back! reflects the union’s new activism and the convention will as well. In addition to the traditional convention events, featured guest speakers scheduled to address delegates include Danny Glover, Ed Schultz, Rev. William Barber, Jim Hightower and Rich Trumka.

APWU Web News Article 136-14


Maintenance Craft Settles Dispute on Custodial Staffing; Will Convert More Than 3,150 PSEs

07/11/2014 - The APWU and USPS signed a major settlement July 9 that resolves a long-standing dispute over custodial staffing and results in the conversion to career of all Maintenance Craft Postal Support Employees, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced.

APWU Web News Article 135-14

‘Don’t Buy Staples’ Campaign Marches On!

USPS Uses Trickery, Tries to Derail Staples Boycott

07/09/2014 - “A Postal Service letter to the APWU dated July 7 indicating that it is terminating the no-bid deal with Staples and replacing it with an ‘approved shipper’ program is a ruse,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “The USPS is changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.

“The USPS letter to the APWU makes it clear: The Postmaster General intends to continue to privatize postal retail operations, replace living-wage Postal Service jobs with low-wage Staples jobs, and compromise the safety and security of the mail,” he said.

APWU Web News Article 134-14

You Can Do It Online - We'll Mail It In

Send a Postcard to Staples CEO

07/09/2014 - With momentum building for the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, the APWU wants to make sure Staples CEO Ronald Sargent gets the message.

The union is asking supporters to sign a postcard addressed to Staples CEO Ronald L. Sargent, telling him that until his stores staff their postal counters with USPS employees, they will take their business elsewhere.

APWU Web News Article 130-14

AFSCME, UNITE HERE Join ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ Movement ’

07/07/2014 - The ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign got another big boost on July 2, when the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) endorsed the boycott.

“We are asking our members, friends, family members and colleagues to take their business elsewhere,” AFSCME President Lee Saunders and Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes wrote to Staples CEO Ronald L. Sargent. AFSCME represents 1.6 million active and retired public-sector workers.

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AFT Massachusetts Votes to Boycott Framingham-Based Staples Over Deal Between Retailer and USPS That Privatizes Work of Local Post Offices

Teachers Union in Support of Postal Workers Urges Educators and School Staff Not to Purchase School Supplies From Staples – State Teachers Unions Urging a National Boycott Vote at the Biennial AFT Convention in Los Angeles This Week

07/07/2014 - BOSTON – AFT Massachusetts, which represents teachers, school workers, public librarians and college faculty across Massachusetts, announced today that it was joining a growing boy

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Supreme Court Sides with One Percent in Home Health Care Case

July 4, 2014 - On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision that makes it harder for home care workers to deliver quality care for their clients. The case, Harris v. Quinn, involves home health care workers in Illinois who are paid through Medicaid but primarily supervised by home care recipients. In a majority ruling authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the court held that although these workers are paid by the state, they fall into a category of workers termed “partial government employees” and are not subject to the same labor rules as other public workers including firefighters, school teachers, and police officers.