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The Trial and the Verdict

‘Dump the Postmaster General!’

07/22/2014 - After noting that some have called Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s actions criminal, and a clear violation of the law that created and maintains the Postal Service as a fundamental right of the people, APWU President Mark Dimondstein called the PMG “Wall Street’s Trojan Horse, the privatizer from within.”

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Postal Workers Turn up the Heat on Staples

Thousands to Protest in Chicago Loop Against Shift by USPS of Postal Services to Retailer

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Chicago Teachers Union Leaders and Other Supporters Will Join Postal Workers to Send Message: The U.S Mail is Not for Sale

07/21/2014 - Thousands of members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), joined by supporters, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union, will protest the privatization of the U.S. Postal Service at a Staples store in the Chicago loop on Tuesday, July 22, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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APWU National Convention Gets Underway

07/21/2014 - Delegates to the APWU National Convention are ready for action after several days of pre-convention workshops and conferences.

Monday, July 21, will feature a State of Our Union address by President Mark Dimondstein, speeches by several  members of Congress, and messages of solidarity by postal union presidents from the U.S. and abroad.

Plans are in full swing for a Stop Staples protest on Tuesday, July 22, in the Chicago Loop at 111 N. Wabash.

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AFT Strikes Fear in the Heart of Staples CEO

Staples, USPS Use Trickery to Try to Derail Boycott

07/17/2014 - When the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) voted to join the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement on July 12, it struck fear into the hearts of Staples bosses and USPS management. 

So much so that just two days later Staples and the USPS resorted to trickery to try to derail the boycott. They announced they are terminating the no-bid deal and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program. 

The problem? “It’s a ruse,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Staples and the USPS are changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers.

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Statement by Mark Dimondstein President, American Postal Workers Union on Staples Announcement on ‘Pilot Program’ Performing USPS Work

“This attempt at trickery shows that the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement is having an effect.”

07/14/2014 - A Staples announcement on July 14 indicating that the company is terminating its no-bid deal with the U.S. Postal Service and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program is a ruse. Staples and the USPS are changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers.

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International Association of Firefighters Votes to Endorse ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ Movement

07/14/2014 - The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), representing more than 300,000 full-time professional firefighters and paramedics in every state of the U.S. and Canada with more than 3,100 affiliates, has joined the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement.

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AFT Delegates Adopt 'Don't Buy Staples' Resolution, Rally in Support of U.S. Postal Workers

07/13/2014 - American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and thousands of AFT convention delegates joined members of the American Postal Workers Union and other community members in a rally July 12, telling the United States Postal Service and the Staples corporation that the “U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale.” They demanded an end to the United States Postal Service’s plan to let Staples employees operate postal counters inside Staples stores, ultimately putting thousands of Postal Service jobs in jeopardy. The AFT has also passed a resolution in support of APWU’s boycott against Staples Inc. It resolves “that members of the AFT, along with friends, colleagues and family members, are urged to no longer shop at Staples stores until further notice.”

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Media Advisory for Saturday, July 12, 6 pm, Los Angeles

Thousands of Teachers, Postal Workers and Public Employees to Protest Post Office Outsourcing to Staples Stores Today

American Federation of Teachers Convention Delegates to Vote on Boycott of Office and School Supply Chain Store Staples and then Stage Protest, Joined by Postal Workers and Other Supporters, Outside L.A. Convention Center

07/12/2014 - Thousands of delegates to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Convention meeting in Los Angeles this week will vote to boycott the bulk goods retailer Staples today. Outside the Los Angeles Convention Center, at 6 pm, they will join postal workers and other supporters in protesting the outsourcing of U.S. Post Office jobs and services.

 

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