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APWU Web News Article 044-2013

Union ‘Eagerly Awaiting’ Results Of Follow-Up Tests on Tainted Letters

04/17/2013 - The union is eagerly awaiting the results of follow-up tests on letters that indicated the presence of ricin, APWU Eastern Region Coordinator Mike Gallagher said on April 17 after a teleconference with postal officials from the Capitol Metro Operations Area and the Capitol District. Two letters tested positive for the deadly toxin in preliminary tests on April 16. One letter was addressed to President Obama; the other was addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS).

APWU Web News Article 043-2013

Ricin Update

04/17/2013 - Postal officials have assured APWU President Cliff Guffey that they will update union officials today, April 17, about incidents involving mail that tested positive for ricin, a deadly poison, in preliminary tests on April 16.

APWU Web News Article 121-2008

APWU Members in Florida Enlist Public's Support in Consolidation Fight

12/12/2008 - When the Postal Service announced a consolidation study in Manasota, FL, APWU’s Local 7136 swung into action without waiting for the first in “a series of community meetings” that the USPS said it would schedule.

Instead, the local launched its own effort to inform the public about the plan, and prompted the area’s largest city government to hold a special meeting. The local has also launched a special Web site (, at which local citizens can sign a petition to encourage the Postal Service to keep the 375-worker facility in full operation.

APWU Web News Article 105-2008

USPS Scraps Western Iowa Consolidation Plan

11/07/2008 - Almost three years after the Postal Service announced plans to consolidate a western Iowa postal facility’s mail across state lines, the USPS has decided to allow the Sioux City Processing & Distribution Facility to continue with its normal operations.

The Area Mail Processing survey [completed AMP - added 12/18/08] in Sioux City was among the first batch of consolidation studies begun in late 2005. There was almost immediate public backlash, with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) assailing the Postal Service for ignoring “major issues such as the costs the USPS plan will impose on local businesses and possible delays in mail service ... Siouxland residents have a right to know how the proposed consolidation plans will impact their community.”