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Contract Talks Hit Impasse

USPS Demands Cuts in Pay, Benefits, Job Security

05/28/2015 - Contract negotiations between the American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service ended without an agreement on May 27.

The USPS scuttled any prospect of reaching a deal by insisting on severe cuts in pay and benefits, despite the fact that progress had been made on many non-economic issues, President Mark Dimondstein reported. “Management’s economic demands and proposed changes to the workforce structure were completely unacceptable,” he said.

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What Can Union Members Do?

05/28/2015 - “Our fight for a good contract now enters a new stage, but the role of rank-and-file union members remains critical,” President Dimondstein said.

The union is calling on APWU members to make sure management sees our union strength by wearing union gear every Thursday, beginning on June 4. “This is a simple way that we can continue to demonstrate solidarity and build our campaign for a good contract,” he said.

“The ‘I Stand with Postal Workers’ postcards are an excellent way to let Postmaster General Megan Brennan know that the people of the country want what we want: Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract! It’s important that we continue to collect signatures to keep the pressure on management,” Dimondstein sa

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Contract Talks Between American Postal Workers Union and U.S. Postal Service Hit Impasse

Union Fights for ‘Strong, Vibrant, Public’ Postal Service and Protection of Living-Wage Jobs

05/27/2015 - Washington DC - Contract negotiations between the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the U.S. Postal Service ended without an agreement on May 27. The union and management had agreed to extend the current labor contract, which expired on May 20, for a one-week period that ended at midnight.

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Report from APWU Outlines How Proposed Staples/Office Depot Merger Would Harm Consumers

05/27/2015 - WASHINGTON DC – A report released today by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) outlines the harm that would come to consumers, small businesses and government entities if regulators approve the proposed merger of Staples and Office Depot.

The APWU has submitted the report, “No Sale: Why the Staples/Office Depot Merger Should Be Blocked,” to the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice and is sharing its legal and economic conclusions with state officials, investors, key shareholders and other stakeholders.

APWU Web News Article 110-2015

Is Check-Cashing Coming to a Post Office Near You?

OIG Report Paints Bright Future for Postal Banking

05/21/2015 - report by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released May 21 outlines the next steps for implementing postal banking, in which post offices would offer basic financial services – providing affordable banking transactions to every zip code in the US, while strengthening the Postal Service.

The May 21 report titled, “The Road Ahead for Postal Financial Services,” states that expanding and enhancing existing financial services such as money orders, international money transfers, check cashing and bill payments could be accomplished without an act of Congress.

San Francisco Retirees Chapter Celebrates Older Americans Month

05/21/2015 - Congratulations to the San Francisco Retirees Chapter for celebrating Older Americans Month.  San Francisco Retirees Chapter President Maryann Medina hosted the event at Sinbad’s Restaurant. She was presented with an award by Edward Peralta, president of the San Jose Area Local, in recognition of her work in starting the retirees chapter.

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Contract Talks Extended One Week to Focus on Economic Package

Provisions of Old Agreement to Continue

05/21/2015 - The APWU and the U.S. Postal Service agreed to continue bargaining for an additional week after they were unable to reach agreement on economic issues by the May 20 expiration of the current contract. “We were unable to reach a negotiated settlement tonight,” Dimondstein said just before midnight. “We were too far apart on wages and benefits. But we are going to work hard over the course of the next week to see if we can narrow the differences." 

“The terms of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement will continue until a new contract is reached,” he said.  “In the meantime, all the old contractual protections remain in full force and effect.”