11/24/2015 - WASHINGTON – On November 18, representatives of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) met with Federal Trade Commission investigators to present the union’s report “Bad for Business.” The report is an analysis of how the proposed merger of Staples and Office Depot would hurt American businesses if it were approved by federal regulators.
The report examines the impact of the proposed merger of America’s largest and second largest office-supply superstore chains on business-to-business transactions.
The APWU study reveals that a combined Staples and Office Depot would have over $14 billion in annual sales to business customers in North America – nearly 14 times greater than its nearest competitor. Competitors to a combined Staples/Office Depot would be so small and weak that APWU President Mark Dimondstein has described it as “Bambi vs. Godzilla.”
Calls on Union Members to Join ‘Political Revolution’
11/12/2015 - WASHINGTON -- The American Postal Workers Union announced today that its National Executive Board has voted to endorse Bernie Sanders for president. The vote follows Sanders’ rousing speech to more than 2,000 activists at the union’s All-Craft Conference, held in Las Vegas, in late October, where he displayed a deep understanding of postal issues and workers’ concerns.
“Politics as usual has not worked. It’s time for a political revolution,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “We should judge candidates not by their political party, not by what they say, not by what we think they stand for, but by what they do. Applying that criterion, Sen. Bernie Sanders stands above all others as a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country.
“He doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk,” he said. “He is a leader in the fight to protect the public Postal Service.”
Divesting Assets Can’t Cure Damage Caused by Combining #1 and #2 Office-Supply Superstore Chains
11/03/2015 - WASHINGTON, DC – The American Postal Worker Union released “Bad for Business” today, an analysis of how the proposed Staples/Office Depot merger would hurt American businesses if approved by federal regulators. The report studies the impact of a proposed merger of Staples and Office Depot, America’s largest and second largest office-supply superstore chains, on business-to-business transactions.
American Postal Workers Union Calls for Public Hearing On Subcontractors’ Request for Exemption from Safety Rule
10/01/2015 - WASHINGTON – Private contractors that transport mail for the U.S. Postal Service are seeking an exemption from a federal safety rule – an exemption that would increase driving time, reduce rest, and jeopardize motorists and pedestrians, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) said today. The APWU is calling for a public hearing on the proposed waiver, which the union says will jeopardize public safety.
Postal Workers' Contract with USPS Expired Three Months Ago
08/31/2015 - WASHINGTON – As the nation observes Labor Day, more than 200,000 members of the American Postal Workers Union are fighting for a good contract and improved service for postal customers – more than three months after their collective bargaining agreement with the U.S. Postal Service expired.
“The Postal Service is in the grips of a manufactured financial crisis that is being used to justify an all-out assault on postal workers, on service to the people, and on the USPS as a great public institution,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “We are fighting to keep good jobs in our communities, improve service for our customers, and keep the U.S. Postal Service in the hands of the people.”
Online Petition to FTC Goes Viral, More Than 5,000 Signers in 36 Hours, Union Begins to Leaflet Shoppers at Staples Stores in Call to Block Merger
08/27/2015 - WASHINGTON – An online petition calling on the Federal Trade Commission to enforce America’s anti-trust laws has gone viral, gathering more than 5,000 signatures in less than 36 hours and exceeding the union’s stated goal. “We expected it would take a week or two to get more than 5,000 supporters, but we reached our goal in a little more than a day,” said Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union. “Thousands of consumers share our concern about Staples using its monopoly power to raise prices.”
07/13/2015 - WASHINGTON –A “meet and greet” was held at the office of the American Postal Workers Union this evening between more than 40 U.S. labor leaders and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is running for president.
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.