07/01/2014 - The APWU won an important arbitration award on June 24, when Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service must determine – prior to excessing employees across craft lines – that the employees meet the minimum qualifications for the new position.
Postmaster General Declares War on Service
06/30/2014 - The APWU today denounced plans by the Postal Service to resume the closure and consolidation of up to 82 mail processing plants beginning in January 2015.
“This is a direct assault on service to the people of the country, on postal workers and on the Postal Service’s own network,” said union President Mark Dimondstein. The closure of the plants will require the USPS to degrade service standards and delay mail.
“We need a Postmaster General who will champion the Postal Service. Instead, PMG Donahoe is on a rampage to destroy it,” he said
06/02/2014 - Staples’ board of directors got an earful on June 2, when they attended the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in upscale Palo Alto, CA.
Fifty APWU members and supporters – including students from nearby Stanford University – chanted loud enough to be heard throughout the executives’ brief deliberations in the swanky Garden Court Hotel.
“The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale,” protesters shouted, and “Whose Post Office? The people’s post office!”
Post Offices Close Early, Send Customers to Staples
05/15/2014 - Hours have been cut at 16 post offices within a five-mile radius of the San Francisco Staples store that has a postal counter, according to information obtained by the APWU.
A sign on the post office door directs customers who arrive after the new 5 p.m. closing time to other post offices – and to the Staples store.
02/05/2014 - A new video takes a closer look at the union’s recent protests in San Francisco and San Jose to stop the privatization of postal retail operations at Staples stores.
01/26/2014 - APWU members and supporters in California are preparing for the first round of protests at Staples stores on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
01/24/2014 - The Postal Service announced in the Federal Register on Jan. 24 that it is postponing Phase 2 of its latest mail processing consolidation plan, which was slated to begin on Feb. 1.
01/23/2014 - APWU leaders in California recently finished visiting dozens of Staples Outlets near San Francisco to deliver the union’s message: Opening postal retail units staffed by non-USPS employees is a disservice to postal workers and the nation’s mail service.
01/17/2014 - APWU leaders in California recently delivered the union’s message to 13 Staples stores in the San Francisco Bay area: Opening postal retail units staffed by non-USPS employees is a disservice to postal workers and the nation’s mail service.
Help For Colorado Flood Victims
09/23/2013 - Postal workers who suffered property losses due to the recent flooding in Colorado may be eligible for financial assistance through the Postal Relief Fund (PERF).
Sixty-five USPS workers suffered damage to their homes as a result of the flooding, which inundated parts of nine counties, reports APWU Human Relations Department Director Sue Carney.
Postal employees and retirees whose homes were completely destroyed or who anticipate being displaced from their primary residence for an extended period of time due to significant flooding damage are eligible to receive disaster assistance grants from PERF.
Thanks to changes recently implemented by the PERF Executive Committee, disaster assistance grants are available immediately, when aid is needed the most. Applicants no longer have to wait for federal relief agencies and insurance companies to adjudicate claims before they are able to receive a PERF grant to help them procure a new residence, purchase new clothes and other necessities.
The committee also streamlined the application process by creating a new application, requiring less documentation and allowing employees up to 120 days to apply.
PERF Needs Your Support
“In the past year Hurricane Sandy, the Moore, OK tornados, the Canyon wildfires, and the Colorado floods have placed enormous burdens on PERF,” Carney noted. “Our brothers and sisters have suffered unimaginable losses from these tragic events,” she said, “and I encourage APWU members, along with our local and state organizations to give to PERF.”