Union Outlines Harm to Consumers and Small Business From Planned Office-Supply Monopoly
05/29/2015 - CARY, NC – Members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) will attend the annual shareholders meeting of Staples, Inc., Monday, June 1, at 4 p.m. at the Umstead Hotel in Cary, North Carolina, just outside of Raleigh.
Union members have challenged Staples’ proposed merger with Office Depot, which would create an effective monopoly in the office-supply superstore industry.
A new report from APWU, “No Sale,” has been submitted to federal regulators and shared with key stakeholders. The union’s efforts to block the proposed merger have been highlighted by news organizations in Boston (where Staples is headquartered) and in South Florida (where Office Depot is headquartered).
Union Fights for ‘Strong, Vibrant, Public’ Postal Service and Protection of Living-Wage Jobs
05/27/2015 - Washington DC - Contract negotiations between the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the U.S. Postal Service ended without an agreement on May 27. The union and management had agreed to extend the current labor contract, which expired on May 20, for a one-week period that ended at midnight.
05/27/2015 - WASHINGTON DC – A report released today by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) outlines the harm that would come to consumers, small businesses and government entities if regulators approve the proposed merger of Staples and Office Depot.
The APWU has submitted the report, “No Sale: Why the Staples/Office Depot Merger Should Be Blocked,” to the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice and is sharing its legal and economic conclusions with state officials, investors, key shareholders and other stakeholders.
New Reports Reveal Long Delays in Mail Delivery; Reduction in Service Standards Are Hurting Consumers, Seniors, Small Businesses and Workers; Union Renews Call for Expanded Hours, Postal Banking and Other New Services
05/14/2015 - WASHINGTON – Members of the American Postal Workers Union will gather at the U.S Post Office located at 14th and L Streets N.W. on May 14. The event is part of a National Day of Action by APWU members and supporters across the country to demand improved postal services and to protect good, living-wage jobs. Protests are planned in 85 cities across 42 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Thursday.
Actor Danny Glover, the son of postal workers, will join American Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein at the Washington event, make brief remarks, and, along with other supporters, hand out material to postal customers.
Who: Actor Danny Glover, APWU President Mark Dimondstein,
APWU members and community supporters
What: Protest USPS cutbacks and delays in mail service
Where: 14th and L Streets N.W., Washington, DC 20005
New Reports Reveal Long Delays in Mail Delivery; Reduction in Service Standards and Closure of Mail Sorting Centers Are Hurting Consumers, Seniors, Small Businesses and Workers; Union Call for Expanded Hours, Postal Banking and New Services
05/12/2015 - WASHINGTON– Members of the American Postal Workers Union will rally in more than 85 cities in 36 states across the country during a National Day of Action on May
'We need to protect the USPS from corporate pirates'
04/29/2015 - Washington - The Inspector General’s report on the Postal Service’s real estate transactions with CBRE is a stinging indictment of the way the USPS has sold off post offices and other facilities. It is also a condemnation of the cozy relationship between postal management and the world’s biggest real estate company. The USPS arrangement with CBRE allows the company to represent both the buyer and seller.
The U.S. Postal Service belongs to the people of this country. We must not permit postal executives and the Board of Governors to sell our beautiful historic buildings at a discount; nor should we permit CBRE to drain the Postal Service treasury with lease deals that benefit the real estate firm at the expense of postal customers and the American people.
04/02/2015 - BOSTON – The American Postal Workers Union is running a full-page ad in today’s Harvard Crimson, arguing that university president Drew Faust “sullies” her own reputation and “smears Harvard’s good name” by serving on the board of directors of Staples, Inc.
The ad calls on Dr. Faust to “Stop the Dirty Deals” that Staples has negotiated behind closed doors with the U.S. Postal Service.
03/05/2015 - Washington – The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) announced today that the 200,000–member union, with the assistance of the AFL-CIO, has engaged a team of financial advisors, lawyers and economists to challenge the merger between Staples and Office Depot.
The union is urging the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to block a merger that it sees as monopolistic and unlawful. The union also will reach out to members of Congress and state and local officials to raise objections.
Actor-Activist Danny Glover and APWU Pres. Mark Dimondstein to speak at Kickoff News Conference
02/17/2015 - WASHINGTON – Contract talks between the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the U.S. Postal Service for a new contract start Thursday, Feb 19. This will be the first time in four-and-a-half years that APWU and postal management have bargained for a newcollective bargaining agreement. It also will mark the first labor negotiations for new Postmaster General Megan Brennan.
News Conference Thurs., Feb. 12, 2 p.m. At the National Press Club
WASHINGTON—Sixty-three national organizations have formed “A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service.” A Feb. 12 news conference will present advocates for improved, public postal services and the premiere of a 2-minute video, featuring actor Danny Glover.
This unprecedented alliance is comprised of national religious coalitions, retiree organizations, educational and postal and other unions, lawmakers, and progressive advocacy groups. These prestigious organizations have come together because the U.S. Postal Service, an institution older than the nation itself, is in danger.
WHO: Richard J. Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance of Retired Americans; Melanie L. Campbell, Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable and President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union.
WHAT: News Conference to launch A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m.
WHERE: National Press Club, Bloomberg Room, 13th Floor, National Press Building (14th and F Streets NW)