07/01/2015 - In a major blow to the Postal Service’s deal with Staples, Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint charging that the USPS illegally subcontracted work to the office-supply chain and ordering the agency to return the work that existed on July 31, 2014, to the APWU bargaining unit. A hearing is scheduled before an NLRB Administrative Law Judge on Aug. 17.
If the NLRB sustains the allegations in the complaint, it could effectively end Staples’ foray into the mail business.
“In the meantime, the boycott of Staples and its online subsidiary, Quill.com, is still on,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein declared. "Let's turn up the heat!"
07/03/2015 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein was interviewed on The Big Show on July 2.
06/30/2015 - The vote by a House Committee on June 17 approving an amendment that would restore postal service standards “is a big step forward for postal workers and our customers,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.
“If enacted, it will mean that management must restore overnight mail delivery within cities and towns, and that the 2- and 3-day delivery standards that were wiped out in January must be restored. It also would make additional plant consolidations less feasible.”
The legislation would rescind the lower service standards the USPS implemented on Jan. 5 – which have wreaked havoc on mail delivery – and restore the standards that were in place on July 1, 2012.
06/29/2015 - The APWU has taken the Postal Regulatory Commission to court, challenging the commission’s decision to dismiss its complaint that the Postal Service is failing to meet service standards. The union filed the Petition for Review on May 29 in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals and submitted a Statement of Issues to be Raised on June 18.
In dismissing the APWU’s allegations of system-wide service failures, the PRC concluded that service standards are simply “expectations,” and, as a result, the commission could not compel the Postal Service to adhere to them. The appeal challenges those assertions.
Two young union activists, Courtney Jenkins and Arrion Brown, represented the national APWU at a voting rights rally in Roanoke, VA, on June 25, the second anniversary of a Supreme Court decision that struck down key sections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“The call to action was simple,” said Jenkins, of the Baltimore Francis ‘Stu’ Filbey Area Local: get Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, to hold hearings on a bill to restore the Voting Rights Act. So far he has refused.
The APWU is gearing up for a major battle: The fight to win a good contract for our members, while we fight for a vibrant, public Postal Service for the people of the country. Negotiations are set to begin on Feb. 19, three months before the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on May 20.
More than 70 national organizations have joined forces with APWU to launch A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service.
Visit www.StopMailDelays.org for more.
USPS efforts to cut the nation’s mail processing network persists, but the union is fighting back.
Many on Wall Street and in Congress are eager to dismantle the Postal Service so they can turn over the profitable pieces to their cronies in private industry. And they are willing to undermine universal service to the American people to make it happen.
The closure of post offices and shorter hours weaken service and threaten the future of our beloved national treasure. Across the country, the people are fighting back!
The USPS is well positioned to provide basic financial services to those whose needs are unmet by the traditional financial sector.
Legislation that preserves the USPS as a public service for the American people is an over-arching goal of the APWU.
Postal workers and customers across the country have a message for the Postmaster General and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America's Mail!
The APWU is fighting to stop a shady deal between the USPS and Staples, which jeopardizes mail service and local post offices – along with thousands of living-wage jobs.