07/10/2014 - The APWU and USPS signed a major settlement July 9 that resolves a long-standing dispute over custodial staffing and results in the conversion to career of all current Maintenance Craft Postal Support Employees, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced.
‘Don’t Buy Staples’ Campaign Marches On!
07/09/2014 - “A Postal Service letter to the APWU dated July 7 indicating that it is terminating the no-bid deal with Staples and replacing it with an ‘approved shipper’ program is a ruse,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “The USPS is changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.
“The USPS letter to the APWU makes it clear: The Postmaster General intends to continue to privatize postal retail operations, replace living-wage Postal Service jobs with low-wage Staples jobs, and compromise the safety and security of the mail,” he said.
You Can Do It Online - We'll Mail It In
07/09/2014 - With momentum building for the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, the APWU wants to make sure Staples CEO Ronald Sargent gets the message.
The union is asking supporters to sign a postcard addressed to Staples CEO Ronald L. Sargent, telling him that until his stores staff their postal counters with USPS employees, they will take their business elsewhere.
07/09/2014 - Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, can’t seem to give up his quest to eliminate Saturday mail delivery.
07/08/2014 - The APWU and USPS have reached a tentative agreement on a contract for employees in the IT and Accounting Services (AS) units. Union members will have the opportunity to vote to ratify or reject the agreement. Details of the ratification process are expected to be announced July 9.
07/08/2014 - In a featured article on their website, the AFL-CIO declared the USPS and Staples are “Low-Wage Villains of the Week.” Posted at www.aflcio.org, the article is the latest in a series that takes a look at “the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages for all or some Americans.”
07/07/2014 - The ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign got another big boost on July 2, when the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) endorsed the boycott.
AFT Massachusetts Votes to Boycott Framingham-Based Staples Over Deal Between Retailer and USPS That Privatizes Work of Local Post Offices
Teachers Union in Support of Postal Workers Urges Educators and School Staff Not to Purchase School Supplies From Staples – State Teachers Unions Urging a National Boycott Vote at the Biennial AFT Convention in Los Angeles This Week
07/07/2014 - BOSTON – AFT Massachusetts, which represents teachers, school workers, public librarians and college faculty across Massachusetts, announced today that it was joining a growing boy
Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert
July 4, 2014 - On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision that makes it harder for home care workers to deliver quality care for their clients. The case, Harris v. Quinn, involves home health care workers in Illinois who are paid through Medicaid but primarily supervised by home care recipients. In a majority ruling authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the court held that although these workers are paid by the state, they fall into a category of workers termed “partial government employees” and are not subject to the same labor rules as other public workers including firefighters, school teachers, and police officers.