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APWU Web News Article 219-2015

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Peak Season Exception Period

11/24/2015 - The reporting period for the 2015 Peak Season Exception Period began on Nov. 14, 2015, and ends Jan. 8, 2016.  The three consecutive pay periods will be the weeks of Nov. 14, 2015, to Dec. 25, 2015, or Nov. 28, 2015, to Jan. 8, 2016, to be decided by local management.

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In Meeting with FTC Staff, Union Voices Skepticism about Essendant as a Substitute for True Competition in the Office-Supply Market

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.”

APWU Web News Article 218-2015

Tell the Postmaster General: Make Postal Banking a Reality Now

11/19/2015 - Did you know that nearly 28% of U.S. households are underserved by traditional banks?  They turn instead to payday lenders, check cashers and other financial predators, spending on average nearly 10 percent of their income on fees.

There is a simple solution: Postal Banking.

The Campaign for Postal Banking has launched a petition calling on Postmaster General Megan Brennan to implement postal banking NOW! Please sign the petition and share it with your friends.

APWU Web News Article 217-2015

Gear Day is Still Red Hot!

11/18/2015 -

Members of the Greater Seattle Area Local 
in union gear on Nov.12

Days are getting shorter and temps may be dropping, but our fight for a good contract is still red hot! 

Show management that you are part of the fight for Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract! by wearing union gear tomorrow – and every Thursday!

APWU Web News Article 215-2015

Postal Service’s Financial Report Brings Good News

Reports of Losses Are ‘Essentially a Fraud’

11/16/2015 - The Postal Service’s latest financial report, which showed an operating profit of $1.2 billion, is good news, said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

“The report shows there is absolutely no justification for cuts in service to the American people or to the wages and benefits of postal employees,” he said. The Postal Service released the report for fiscal year 2015, which ran from Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015, on Nov. 13.

APWU Web News Article 213-2015

Sanders Endorsement Garners Many Headlines

11/13/2015 - The APWU Executive Board’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders for President generated extensive media coverage on Nov. 12.

Virtually every major news outlet reported the endorsement, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, the Associated Press, Al Jazeera America, New York Times, Washington Post, The NationHuffington Post, and The Hill, along with hundreds of local radio, television and newspapers.

Click here to check out some of the headlines. 

Donald Trump’s “Wages are Too High” Mentality is an Attack on Social Security

11/13/2015 -

During Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump answered a question about raising the minimum wage by saying that wages are too high. Rather than taking on Trump, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson helped reinforce that message by stating their own opposition to a minimum wage hike.