(03/04/14) Seventy-five APWU members and supporters braved cold weather and high winds on March 4 to protest outside a Staples store in Atlanta and demand that the company staff "postal counters" in its stores with postal employees. Atlanta is one of four test sites of a USPS program that outsources postal retail operations.
(03/03/14) In a complaint issued Feb. 25, Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board found merit in APWU charges that the Postal Service has improperly refused to provide the union with information about its agreement with Staples.
(03/03/14) The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has dismissed an APWU complaint which charges that the Postal Service is failing to meet its own service standards regarding the delivery of first-class mail. The union brought the complaint in its capacity as a large mailer. The union's complaint alleges that the USPS regularly fails to meet its service, including the first-class mail of the APWU.
(02/28/14) Arbitrator Dennis R. Nolan has ruled that APWU members holding Non-Traditional Full-Time (NTFT) assignments may not be excessed into full-time positions in the Letter Carrier Craft if they don't meet the definition of full-time employees specified in the Postal Service's contract with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC).
(02/28/14) James W. (Bucky) Walter, a long-time National Business Agent for the Clerk Craft, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 26 He was 86. Walter was a member of the Birmingham Area Local and was an outspoken advocate for the APWU members he represented. He retired from union service in 1986.
(02/27/14) The 'Stop Staples' campaign got off to a strong start in January and February, and preparations are underway to keep the pressure on. In mid-January, hundreds of locals and retiree chapters sent delegations to Staples stores across the country to deliver letters of protest to store managers. The visits were intended to put Staples management on notice that postal workers are serious about the campaign to win the jobs for postal employees.
(02/27/14) Many APWU members have asked, "What makes the Staples program so important? How is it different from the other programs that outsource postal retail functions -- the grocery stores that sell stamps and the Village Post Offices in hardware stores and gas stations in small towns?"
(02/27/14) The USPS has declared war on custodial staffing -- again -- reports Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer. Management notified the APWU on Jan. 22 of an attempt to modify the MS-47 Handbook, which establishes guidelines for housekeeping and determines the number of custodians that will be assigned to facilities.
(02/26/14) APWU President Mark Dimondstein was elected to the Executive Committee and Executive Council of the AFL-CIO at its annual meeting in Houston TX on Feb. 18 and 19. "I am honored to represent our 200,000 members on the Executive Council and look forward to working with AFL-CIO leaders to help strengthen the labor movement," he said after the voting.