(This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
APWU members from coast-to-coast continue to fight against postal management’s cuts to jobs and resulting diminished service. Following the previously reported demonstrations by the Baltimore Francis “Stu” Filbey Area Local, the Charlotte Area Local (NC), and the Greater Seattle Area Local, in Massachusetts and Iowa APWU members hit the streets and spoke out to inform postal customers about how these cuts lead to slow mail processing, delayed delivery and poor customer service.
07/27/2017 - Following strong resistance from the APWU – and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) – USPS management agreed to a five-month delay in implementing forced reassignments and excessing of employees out of their installations.
05/25/2016 - After nearly a year of procedural wrangling, 10 days of testimony and more than 140 exhibits, the National Labor Relations Board hearing on charges that the Postal Service illegally subcontracted work to Staples ended on May 24.
“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.
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.
07/09/2014 - “APostal 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.
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.
07/07/2014 - 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.
“We are asking our members, friends, family members and colleagues to take their business elsewhere,” AFSCME President Lee Saunders and Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes wrote to Staples CEO Ronald L. Sargent. AFSCME represents 1.6 million active and retired public-sector workers.
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