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APWU Web News Article 155-14

ALJ Rips the Lid Off Secret Staples Deal

USPS Guilty of Bad Faith, Unlawful Tactics

NLRB Orders Postal Service to Give APWU Info

08/20/2014 - The Postal Service engaged in delaying tactics that constituted an unlawful refusal to provide the APWU with information about the agency’s deal with Staples, an NLRB judge wrote in an Aug. 13 decision.

The USPS “did not want to provide the requested materials and was throwing straw arguments and roadblocks in the way,” Administrative Law Judge Eric M. Fine said.


APWU Web News Article 154-14

Stop Service Cuts and Plant Consolidations

Tell Your Congressman: Sign the Letter!

08/20/2014 - A bipartisan group in the House of Representatives – five Republicans and five Democrats – has drafted a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee calling for a one-year moratorium on Postal Service plans to close mail processing plants and slow down mail delivery.

The letter’s authors are attempting to gather as many co-signers as possible before sending it to committee leaders.

Press Release

'Stop Staples' Boycott Comes to Hub as Troubled Retailer Releases 2nd Quarter Results

Postal Workers, Teachers Turn Up the Heat on Staples

Postal Workers to Pass Out Rulers Stamped ‘Don’t Buy School Supplies at Staples in Boston at 10 a.m.; Teachers to Join Protest at Saugus Staples at 5:30 p.m.

08/18/2014 - The ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, organized by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), will come to the Boston area – home of the troubled retailer – with two events on Wednesday, Aug. 20, the same day the company will release its second quarter results.

Press Release

Staples Can Run – But They Can’t Hide Online

Postal Workers Launch Online Boycott Targeting Staples’ Back-to-School Sales

Internet Ads: ‘It’s Easy’ to Buy Elsewhere

08/15/2014 - The American Postal Workers Union has opened a new front in its campaign against a secretive, no-bid deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples that established knock-off post offices in 82 of the office- and school-supply stores. These “postal” counters are staffed by low-paid, poorly-trained Staples employees rather than uniformed, highly-trained USPS employees who have taken an oath to protect the sanctity and security of the U.S. Mail.

The APWU has purchased web-based advertisements directed at parents, teachers and other online shoppers seeking school supplies. The advertisements encourage shoppers to take their business to retailers other than Staples. One-third of Staples’ revenue is derived from the sale of school supplies and half of its sales now originate online.

APWU Web News Article 153-14

50 Senators Tell Appropriations Committee:

‘Stop Postal Service Cuts and Plant Closures’

08/14/2014 - Half of the U.S. Senate has called for a one-year moratorium on Postal Service plans to close mail processing plants and slow down mail delivery.

An Aug. 14 letter signed by 50 senators said Congress should block a proposal by Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe to close as many as 82 mail processing plants; slow mail service, and eliminate up to 15,000 jobs. The letter urged leaders of a key committee to include a one-year ban on the cuts as part of must-pass legislation to keep the government running into the new fiscal year that begins October 1.

APWU President Mark Dimondstein praised the senators’ action. “Few people seem to be aware of the devastating effect the plant closures would have on the nation’s mail system,” he said. “If the plants are closed or consolidated, it will mean the end of overnight mail delivery in this country.”

APWU Web News Article 152-14

The Wanted Poster:

It’s Okay to Post

08/14/2014 - Postal management may not prohibit or otherwise interfere with the display of the APWU’s Wanted poster on union bulletin boards, APWU attorneys report. The poster features a picture of Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe and accuses him of “crimes against the public Postal Service.” Displaying the poster is considered “protected union activity” under federal law.

Convention Photos Posted Online

08/13/2014 - Photos from the APWU 22nd Bienniel Convention in Chicago have been uploaded to the union's Flickr account where members can view and download high-resolution photos from all convention events.

To download a photo, click on it. The image you selected will appear. Click the download button (arrow pointing down) to select the size you want.  (Small sizes are suitable for posting on websites; larger sizes are good for printing.)

APWU Web News Article 150-14

APWU to Teachers, Parents:

Don’t Buy School Supplies at Staples

08/12/2014 - As the back-to-school season moves into high gear, the APWU is ramping up its ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, with online ads directed at educators and parents.

The ads ask them to buy school supplies elsewhere. The APWU has also developed a flyer for distribution to teachers that asks them to honor the boycott.

APWU Web News Article 151-14

IT-AS Members Ratify New Contract

Agreement Breaks ‘Pattern’ Set in 2010 Negotiations

08/12/2014 - APWU members in the IT-Accounting Services Centers (AS) ratified a new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a vote of 592 to 38 in voting that ended Aug. 7, Support Services Director Steve Brooks has announced.

The new agreement, which covers approximately 1,100 employees, was signed on Aug. 8 and took effect the following day; it expires Jan. 20, 2016.

APWU Web News Article 149-14

The Postal Service’s Best-Kept Secret:

It’s Making Money from Operations

08/11/2014 - USPS management is doing its best to keep the good news quiet, but facts are facts.

According to reports released by the USPS on Aug. 11, as of June 30, three-quarters of the way through Fiscal Year 2014:

  • Operating income was up by about $1 billion over the previous year;

  • Revenue increased 2.1 percent due to a postage rate hike;

  • Package volume continued to grow, and

  • The decline in first-class mail volume was less than management predicted and first-class revenue was unchanged.