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Despite Huge Earnings, Walmart is Notorious for Low Pay

12/22/2014 - According to the fortune global 500 list, based on revenue, Walmart is the world’s biggest company. With more than 2 million workers, it is also the largest employer.                                                 

But despite its huge earnings, Walmart is notorious for the low wages it pays its workers. In fact, wages are so low, the company counsels its workers on how to apply for government assistance!

Walmart is also infamous for its staunch opposition to unions. The giant retailer closed a brand new store in Canada because the workers there organized a union, and it closed all in-store meat processing soon after meat cutters at a Texas Walmart voted to form a union.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Walmart managers are instructed to call a hotline at the first sign of union activity. A phone call to the hotline prompts a visit by a team from the company’s headquarters to disrupt union organizing.

Walmart’s opposition to unions originated with its founder, Sam Walton, who wrote in his 1992 autobiography, “I have always felt strongly that we don’t need unions at Walmart…. The partnership we have at Walmart – which includes profit sharing, incentive bonuses, discount stock purchase plans, and a genuine effort to involve the associates in the business so we can pull together – works better for both sides than any situation I know of involving unions.”

The Impact of Plant Closures: Beyond the Postal Sphere

12/22/2014 - How can we stop the usps from lowering service standards and closing or consolidating mail processing plants? How can we reach our communities? How can we motivate our legislators and neighborhood organizations? How can we reach the businesses in our cities and town?

We must let residents know the effect the reduction in service standards and the closure or consolidation of postal facilities in their communities will have on their town and on them.

Most of these groups don’t realize that they will also take a big hit if service standards are lowered and 82 mail processing plants are shuttered. They may feel sorry that postal workers will be forced to work outside the community. However, they have been told over and over that the USPS is broke and must make cuts. The Postal Service doesn’t dare tell members of the communities how they will be adversely affected.

Much is at Stake, Much is Possible

12/22/2014 - New Year's Greeting to One and All!

Your membership in the American Postal Workers Union is the foundation of our strength as we fight for workplace and social justice. I salute you, the thousands of union members and activists, for your contributions to the well-being of all postal workers – active and retired, career and non-career.

I encourage those who are not yet “union active” to commit some of your time in the coming year. There is something for everyone to do: Attend union meetings, volunteer to serve on a committee, act as a shop steward, write an article for your local union paper or website, join a protest at Staples, urge your members of Congress to defend postal workers and the public Postal Service, support fast food and Walmart workers in their demands for $15 per hour and a union, and get involved in our fight for a new APWU union contract in 2015.

The survival of the public Postal Service and our jobs is at stake and you can help make a difference. Yes, each and every one of us has an important role to play. Think about how much stronger we would be if every member volunteered just an hour or two each month for union activism.

The Nov. 14 National Day of Action calling on the Postmaster General and the USPS Board of Governors to Stop Delaying America’s Mail was an example of the kind of activism we need. Hats off to all those who participated in the events, which were held in all 50 states! At postal headquarters in Washington, DC, we packed the public meeting of the Board of Governors, and when they refused to allow all of us in the meeting, hundreds of postal employees took over the lobby and sent our message loud and clear.

APWU Web News Article 239-2014

USPS Tells Customers: Get Postal Discounts at Staples

Union Says ‘Return-to-Sender’

12/21/2014 - Postal management has launched a new offensive – one that clearly reveals the sinister goals of its no-bid deal with Staples. The Postal Service has sent a mass mailing to “postal customers” advertising 20 percent discounts on USPS shipping services. But the coupon glued inside isn’t for use at your neighborhood Post Office. It’s for USPS shipping services at Staples.

The union's response? Return to sender!

APWU Web News Article 240-2014

Dimondstein Appears on Washington Journal

APWU President Mark Dimondstein appeared on Washington Journal on Dec. 20, where he discussed the future of the USPS and the union's opposition to changes in service standards that will affect postal customers across the country. The public affairs program airs daily on C-SPAN,

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Federal Budget Agreement, Obama Signs it into Law

12/19/2014 -  

After a day of drama and partisan wrangling, the Senate voted 56-40 on Saturday to send a government funding bill to President Barack Obama for his signature. Obama then signed the bill into law on Tuesday. The $1.1 trillion legislation funds most of the government through September, but sets up a February showdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. More at http://tinyurl.com/n2jjfxo. Twenty-one Senate Democrats voted against the bill, while 24 Republicans voted for it, including every member of the Senate GOP leadership. Democratic opponents included several senators rumored to have presidential ambitions such as Elizabeth Warren (MA), Cory Booker (NJ), Amy Klobuchar (MN) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). A tally of the Senate vote is at http://tinyurl.com/kn2okjq.

APWU Web News Article 236-2014

Congress Fails to Act – Again

12/17/2014 - Before Congress adjourned on Dec. 16, senators and representatives approved a government spending bill that also weakens restrictions on the big banks that crashed the economy in 2008, allows mega-donors to make substantially bigger contributions to political candidates, and reduces pensions for some current retirees. 

But Congress fled the capital without addressing urgent postal issues, despite unrelenting efforts by the four postal unions.  The unions’ strategy ran on two tracks:

  • We sought to include a one-year moratorium on a reduction in service standards and plant closings in a spending bill that Congress had to pass to avoid a government shut-down;
  • We also worked to hammer out agreement on a stand-alone postal bill.

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