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August 02, 2015
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It is not just STAPLES
Good Evening All:
 
I’m sure most of you would recall our exchanges in early October relative to Walmart and Goin’ Postal, as reflected in the email thread below.
 
With the revelation that the Postal Service has amped up its efforts to steer business away from USPS locations and towards Staples by offering 20% discounts, we now more than ever need to keep our eyes on a potentially much bigger threat looming. That being anti-union Walmart. Walmart is certainly more powerful than Staples, listed by Forbes Global 500 as being the “worlds’ largest company by revenue”.  Walmart has nearly 5000 locations in the United States (Walmart Discount Stores; Walmart Super Centers; Walmart Neighborhood Markets; Walmart Express, and Sam’s Club).
 
In addition to a wealth of information being readily accessible regarding “Goin’ Postal” efforts as indicated in the thread below, Walmart’s website reveals information regarding a wide array of US postage that may be purchased. The Sam’s Club website reveals even more. Many people I converse with didn’t realize that Sam’s Club is a division of Walmart. It was not all that long ago, that I, myself became aware. There are 630 Sam’s Club locations nationwide.
 
Viewing Sam’s Club website you will discover they also offer a wide array of postage for purchase. But there’s more…They also sell DYMO Postage Printers. Sam’s Club website indicates, “DYMO Stamps is serviced by Endicia, a licensed United States Postal Service PC postage provider”.  
 
Connecting the dots further, Endicia’s website is even more revealing. Endicia calls itself, a “proud partner of the United States Postal Service”. And yup, you know what’s coming…, Endicia’s website offers its customers first-class postage discounts! There is a section on FAQs regarding postage discounts.
 
Please scroll down the email thread below to the message from the CEO of Goin’ Postal. In referring to the partnership of GP Postal Stores into Walmart locations the CEO makes the goal clear, “enable us to become the largest shipping company in the country within the next two years”.
 
So despite claims from postal management there is no connection to Goin’ Postal, let’s connect the dots Sisters and Brothers, Goin’ Postal..Walmart…Sam’s Club…Endicia…USPS!
 
In solidarity,
 
Pete
Subject: Walmart GP Postal Kiosks
We are pleased to announce that we have been approved to put small footprint GP Postal stores into Walmart locations.  This is a fantastic advancement for Goin’ Postal and will enable us to become the largest retail shipping company in the country within the next two years.  We have been keeping this opportunity quiet up to this point but having signed the deal today, we can now start offering these franchises to new owners outside of the chain.
 
These trimmed down GP Postal locations will be between 350 – 400 sq. ft., fully furnished with fixtures, equipment, and technology, and will be available for an Initial Franchise Fee of $9,950.  On top of the initial Franchise Fee you will be required to pay the initial rent for the location and for a small package of startup inventory, such as cardboard boxes, packing peanuts, stamps, and shipping forms, making your total investment for this opportunity around $13,000 all in.
 
As the franchisor, we have signed a Master Lease agreement and we will pay the rent, electric, internet, and insurance directly.  You will then pay Goin’ Postal Franchise Corporation a fixed monthly fee which will include all of those expenses plus support costs.  Most locations will be between $1,600 and $2,200 per month depending on the market.  The rent, including all expenses, is less than just rent for a standalone store in the same market.  All you will need to pay outside of the location fee is for your staff, uniforms, and cost of goods (the cost to replace anything that your sell).
 
We are currently signing leases on the initial ten stores and are lining up franchisees for the rest of the 2,000 available Walmart locations in the country.  If you would like to be one of these franchisees, we are selling options on these territories for $9,950 which will be applied to the $9,950 Initial Franchise Fee as soon as your location is available.  You will be provided with a standard Goin’ Postal Franchise Disclosure Document, plus the appropriate Addendums for the Walmart location prior to committing to the location.  If we are unable to provide you with your desired location your Option Fee will be refunded.  If we provide you with a local Walmart location but you choose not to exercise your option you will receive a 90% refund. 
 
As the 2,000 currently available locations will sell out quickly, we will be selling a primary option, and a secondary option on each space.  If the primary option holder exercises their option the secondary option holder will be awarded the location.  Our current Goin’ Postal franchisees have already committed to 500 of the 2,000 locations so there are approximately 1,500 primary options left.
 
The only restriction on how many options you can purchase and locations you can ultimately own is limited by our current franchisee territories as only a franchisee that currently owns a territory can purchase a Walmart location within their territory.
 
If you are interested in having your own Goin’ postal inside a Walmart near you, please contact me and I will send you an option agreement and then we will send you the Franchise Disclosure Document as soon as we sign the leases on the locations in your area.
 
 
 
If you have any questions about this opportunity please feel free to call me toll free in the office at 800-504-6040, or on my call in the evening or over the weekends at 813-486-3160.
 
 
Thank you
Marcus Price
 
CEO.  Goin' Postal Franchise Corporation
4941 4th Street, Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Ph: 813-782-1500    Toll Free: 800-504-6040  
Cell:  813-486-3160   Fax: 813-782-1599  

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Contract Update

The Postal Service and the APWU have agreed to stop the clock! Negotiations are winding down, and it appears that the parties are close to an agreement.
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Contract Hotline Number

Contract hotline number: 1-866-412-8061.

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NLRB Decision on Staples

NLRB Strikes Major Blow to USPS-Staples Deal

Proposed Remedy Would Restore Work to APWU Bargaining Unit
WEB NEWS ARTICLE #: 
139-2015

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!"

The Postal Service violated the law when management entered into the deal with Staples without first bargaining with the union, the complaint alleges. The Postal Service also engaged in “bad faith bargaining” by refusing to provide the APWU with information and violated the subcontracting provisions of Article 32 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the complaint says.

“This ruling represents an important step forward in the battle against the privatization of our nation’s public Postal Service,” Dimondstein said.

“But it is not simply the result of strong legal arguments,” he said. “Every APWU member and supporter who passed out flyers outside Staples stores can claim a piece of this achievement,” he said. “Every person who organized their friends and neighbors to boycott Staples and warned them about the dangers of allowing a private company to take over the mail helped us get to this point.”

The Saga Begins

The Staples saga began in the fall of 2013, when the Postal Service instituted a pilot program that placed mini-post offices in more than 80 Staples stores in four geographic areas of the country. The APWU demanded that the postal counters in Staples stores be staffed by postal employees.

When the Postal Service refused, the union launched a Stop Staples campaign, featuring rallies and protests outside Staples stores that were aimed at educating consumers about the secretive, no-bid deal. The APWU objects to the program because it “privatizes the retail operations of the public Postal Service; transfers living-wage, union jobs to low-wage jobs, and compromises the safety and security of the U.S. mail,” the union wrote.

After months of protests, in April 2014, the union called for a boycott, urging consumers: Don’t Buy Staples!

The AFL-CIO endorsed the boycott, and many labor organizations and other groups embraced it. The support of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association was critical, because school supplies account for approximately 30 percent of Staples’ revenue.

A Sneaky Maneuver

Just days after the AFT voted to endorse the boycott in July 2014, postal management and Staples announced an end to the pilot program, apparently expecting the APWU to end the Don’t Buy Staples movement.

But the union didn’t call off the protests.

Although the campaign was successful in killing the pilot, the Postal Service and Staples were attempting to pull off a sneaky maneuver:  They converted the Staples deal to the Approved Shipper program, effective Aug. 1, 2014. The principal difference was that the Approved Shipper program permitted Staples to sell the products of competitors, such as UPS, in addition to Postal Service products.

“This attempt at trickery shows that the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement is having an effect,” Dimondstein said at the time. “Staples and the USPS are changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers.” In response, the Postal Service upped the ante and began to expand the Approved Shipper program to all Staples stores – more than 1,000 of them – around the country.

The union has asked the NLRB to seek a preliminary injunction in court to force the Postal Service to cancel the Approved Shipper deal with Staples immediately. The request is pending before Region 5 of the NLRB.

Contract Update: Mediation Under Way

Union Fights for ‘Economic Justice’

Contract Mediation Gets Underway

 News Bulletin 10-2015 (52.88 KB)

06/11/2015 - Representatives of the APWU and USPS met with officials of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) on June 9 to begin mediation on a new collective bargaining agreement.

APWU President Mark Dimondstein, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon and staff met with FMCS Acting Director Allison Beck, Deputy Director Scot L. Beckenbaugh, and the USPS vice president of Labor Relations, where they discussed the progress of negotiations and outlined several of the topics that separate the parties. 

Contract negotiations ended without an agreement on May 27, following a one-week extension of talks. In accordance with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA), if bargaining reaches a stalemate, the union and management must participate in mediation unless they agree to an alternate method. Mediation is expected to last at least 60 days.

During negotiations, the USPS destroyed the possibility of reaching a deal by insisting on severe cuts in pay and benefits, Dimondstein said, despite the fact that progress had been made on non-economic issues. 

The Postal Service’s economic proposals include:

  • Eliminate cost-of-living adjustments as they currently exist;
  • Increase employees’ costs for healthcare coverage;
  • Create a new, permanent lower pay scale for future career employees and reduce benefits;
  • Increase the percentage of non-career employees, 
  • Weaken protection against layoffs.

A Just Future
The APWU is fighting for a just future – for a strong Postal Service for generations to come and ‘economic justice’ for the workers and retirees of today and tomorrow,” Dimondstein said.

“Across the country, today’s young workers are being consigned to second- and third-class jobs,” he said. “The Postal Service’s contract proposals would perpetuate the downward spiral, with lower wages and fewer benefits for future career employees, including today’s PSEs. 

“And under management’s plan, career workers would lose cost-of-living raises and be forced to worry about layoffs, plant closings and higher healthcare costs,” he added.

“The people of the country would be left to wonder whether there will be a public postal system or whether they will, once again, be ripped off by private companies that have no concern or accountability for the public good. 

“Our contract battle is a fight for the entire nation,” Dimondstein said. “That’s what a union is all about!”

The APWU’s proposals include:

  • Fair and reasonable wage increases; 
  • Limits on subcontracting;
  • More career jobs;
  • Improvements for Postal Support Employees (PSEs);
  • Limits on excessing, and
  • Better service for our customers.

The protections of the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement remain in full force and effect until a new contract is reached, Dimondstein said.

Wear Union Gear; Get Postcards Signed
“Our fight for a good contract has entered a new stage,” Dimondstein said, “but union members continue to play a critical role in the battle.”

The union is calling on APWU members to wear union gear every Thursday to show solidarity. The union is also asking members to continue gathering signatures on the “I Stand with Postal Workers” postcards 

“Our struggle continues,” he said. “Stay strong, stay united, and keep Standing Up and Fighting Back!”

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I Stand With Postal Workers!!

KEEP GETTING “I Stand with Postal Workers” POSTCARDS SIGNED

As we move to mediation and possibly to arbitration, the role of rank-and-file members’ remains critical, as well the need to let Postmaster Megan Brennan know that the people of this country share our goals: Good Postal Service! Good Jobs! Good Contract!
President Dimondstein has encouraged everyone to “Stay strong, stay united, and keep Standing up and Fighting Back!”  As we make progress towards our goals, the PMG needs to continue receiving a steady stream of postcards:
1)      Attend community events with a clipboard;
2)      Purchase tables at community festivals and events;
3)      Bring cards along with to any event that you attend;
4)      Look for any type of event in your city where large numbers of people are gathering and go there with clipboards;
5)      Go to conferences that other organizations are holding;
6)      Select organizations from you list of allies and call them requesting a commitment to get cards signed;
7)      Exhaust your list of family, friends, club members, barbers, hairdressers, cleaners, and any other businesses that you deal with during your normal routine;
You can still send cards to 1300 L Street N. W. Washington, D. C. 20005 and we will mail them, or
mail them directly to the PMG. If you decide to mail the postcards directly, send us a message at nccc@apwu.orgso that we can add them to our count.  
Notices for May and June
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National APWU article on Long Island Rally

The National APWU recognized our rally of April 12, 2015 on its website with a couple of good pictures and a nice article. Besides listening to the UCOMM radion interviews, check out the National's article!

Long Island Area Local Demands Dignity and Respect at Bargaining Table

Web News Article #: 
085-2015

04/20/2015 -

More than 300 attended the Long Island Area Local?s Day of protest on Sunday, April 12, when members demanded to be ?treated with the dignity and respect we deserve at the bargaining table and an end to the under-the-table Staples deal.

President Pete Furgiuele explained that past protests were held on weekdays, which prevented many members from participating. In response to requests from union members, this event was scheduled for a Sunday afternoon.

Our members kept their word and attended, Furgiuele said. ?We had between 300 and 350 show up. Everyone was home in time for Sunday dinner!? Members of nearby APWU locals, the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union participated as well.

The local chose the date to coincide with the union's protests on tax day. Sunday's action carried over to tax day, when Long Island Area Local members handed out flyers at the 176 different post offices and branches they represent.

April 12 2015 Rally Success!

The rally held by the Long Island NY Area Local, APWU was a successful demonstration, attended by over two hundred proud unionists and supporters. Chants for a decent contract, to stop the Staples deal, and to support our Postal Service was led by President Furgiuele, as our dedicated members walked alongside Route 111 carrying signs and placards.

There is no doubt that the Postal Service received our message, as well as the public. Covering the rally was the union radio station, UCOMM.com. This site will soon have a link to this internet radio station, featuring an interview held with President Furgiuele, and their coverage of this rally.

Together we can be successful. Thank you for all members and affiliates who attended this rally!

Middle-Class Betrayal? Why Working Hard Is No Longer Enough in America
An important and overlooked part of the pending collapse of the American middle class is the path our children have been forced to take. The American Dream of education leading to middle class and more is becoming a nightmare. The result, quite often, of higher education is becoming debt and a limited number of jobs, many of which pay less than middle class wages. Below is an article and video clip, featuring the Secretary/Treasurer of Greater Ct Area Local and his daughter. Take a couple of minutes to watch this telling video.
Middle-Class Betrayal? Why Working Hard Is No Longer Enough in America
Newberg, 26, is like millions of young Americans who are finding that the paths they assumed would lead them to middle-class lives -- the paths many of their parents took -- no longer promise economic stability. The long wake of the recession has exposed an American economy that has been restructured over the last three decades. As a result, many jobs that once made it possible to reach the middle class are less reliable. Newberg grew up in a home where her father's paycheck was modest but consistent. Steve Newberg, 60, a tall lanky man with long pulled back hair, has been a postal worker since two years before Hanna, the older of his two daughters, was born. Steve's wife, Robin Newberg, 54, had worked as an elementary school teacher and then left to raise their children in their well-kept home in a quiet semi-rural street in Granby, Connecticut. … Steve, a member of the postal workers union, has a clear sense that the situation his kids are in is a result of long-term economic shifts. But that does not mean he's any less rattled by the consequences.
NO PULSE

03/02/2015 - The APWU and USPS are facing off over management’s latest scheme: The Postal Pulse, a new employee opinion survey.

The APWU vehemently opposes Postal Pulse – and any other employee opinion survey – despite management notices that say otherwise,” said President Mark Dimondstein.  A Feb. 19 USPS announcement says the APWU, along with other unions and management associations, supports the goals of the program. A Feb. 26 News Break repeats the assertion.

The union filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Feb. 25, protesting management’s false claim.

The APWU has a long history of opposing employee opinion surveys because management uses workers’ responses against union members during contract negotiations.  The timing of management’s notice to employees, Feb. 19, was especially insidious, Dimondstein said, because it coincided with the opening day of contract talks.

Management first cited employee survey data during bargaining in 1998. The APWU National Executive Board adopted a resolution opposing “the use of surveys, focus groups, polls, audits, as a means of interviewing employees and union officials to evaluate job-related internal issues.” Similar resolutions have been adopted by the delegates to APWU National Conventions since then.

“Don’t let management take your pulse!” Dimondstein said. "Our voices are more powerful when we raise them together, through our union, than when we speak individually with management," he said.

Employees who feel they are being pressured to take the survey or who have questions should contact their local union representative.

Just take a look at Staples now- they are posting huge posters advertising how they perform YOUR job. You trust management?

Your value, your contract
What do you value in your life? What is easy to put a value on? Your house, your car, phone, or television?  They all have value, they all have worth. How about yourself? Do you value yourself, your family, your health? Of course you have value. So what are you willing to do to prove that value, your worth? This is a contract year for you, as a postal worker.
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Danny Glover on the USPS
Watch this video by actor Danny Glover, a son of a postal worker, explaining why he believes the Postal Service is a vital part of America. Share this video with friends and relatives on Facebook or any other social media you use. Get the message out!
STAPLES wants YOUR Job!!!! ACT NOW!!
USPS Tells Customers:
Abandon Neighborhood Post Offices; Go to Staples
Dear Pete,
Postal management has launched a new offensive – one that clearly reveals the sinister goals of its no-bid deal with Staples.
The USPS is now using postal funds to mail ads for 20% discounts on USPS shipping services at Staples stores. The intent is clear: to incentivize customers to abandon their neighborhood post offices in favor of the private office-supply retailer.
Next, management will almost certainly conduct a study and discover that traffic is down in post offices. And they will say that justifies reducing service hours and work hours or closing the offices completely. 
This ad underscores why we must continue to fight the Postal Service’s dirty deal with Staples.Postal workers and customers are responding by returning the ad to sender. 
Here’s what you can do:
  • Post a picture of yourself with the ad or with a note card where you’ve written, #ReturnToSender on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Ask your family and friends to do the same. And ask them to take their business elsewhere until Staples gets out of the postal business.
  • If you receive a coupon in the mail, cross out the address and barcode, write “Return to Sender,” and drop it in the mail. 
Here are some sample tweets:
 
In solidarity,
Mark Dimondstein
President, American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
Union Wins $56 Million Remedy for Postmasters Performing Craft Work
The APWU reached a $56 million settlement with the USPS on Dec. 5 to resolve a long-standing dispute over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing bargaining unit work.  - See more by clicking here.  You can see the settlement agreement here.
Why Should I Register on the Website?

Why should I register for the website? I can see the articles and other information.

It is true that any visitor to this website can see the articles, the breaking news, announcements, and calls for action, but the website can offer much more.

Registering on the website gives you, the member, access to resources, such as access to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (the contract); information regarding supervisors performing craft work, lobby director, how to try to get a more desirable duty assignment; beyond those contractual issues, on the Members portion of the website (again, only accessible to members registered on the website), you can see requests from other members seeking transfers and/or mutual swaps, or YOU can post requests for the same; you have access to our members message board, where information can be shared and exchanged, questions can be asked about similar situations in other offices, and simply saying hello.

The website is as valuable as YOU, the member makes it. We can add sections, provide whatever information you, the member, asks us to. It is continually updated to provide an enjoyable, informational experience. Let us know what you would like. 

For suggestions or comments, email Mike Puterio, clerk craft director/webmaster at clkdirlinyal@gmail.com, or info@longislandarealocal.org

Remember, this is YOUR website. Use it and continue to advance your interests, and your career.

In today's anti-labor world by Mike Puterio

In a typical example of corporate disdain and disregard for unions, their employees, and the compesation they deserve, Cablevision has gone to new lengths to get rid of a union, and pay their employees less than they deserve.

Brooklyn technical workers voted to unionize through the CWA three years ago. In that time, Cablevision has refused to negotiate a fair contract with the CWA, arguing that by paying those workers compensation comparable to technicians in other locales, it would be unfair to non-union workers. They have also allegedly threatened to withhold raises unless the group votes to decertify the CWA, without ever negotiating a fair contract. A typical representation of the attitude of big business in today's climate.

For the whole article, click here.

VIDEO: The Ed Show: 15000 jobs could disappear
APWU President Dimondstein appears on MSNBC's The Ed Show as it discusses the Postal Service's actions that could cost 15000 postal jobs. View it here: The Ed Show
Someone Else Died
Top Ten Reasons

Similar to Dave Letterman's top ten monologue, the American Postal Workers Union has put together their version. It is called the Top Ten Reasons Members Postal Workers do not attend protests of Staples. Unfortunately, unlike the satirical comedy of Letterman, this parody reflects our members lack of understanding how directly the Staples deal could affect their livelyhood. Look through this list, and see if any have been used by yourself or your co-workers. Then, think about answers to these reasons. Is there really a reason to not fight for your jobs?

See the list here.

Staples
Were you fooled? Staples and the Postal Service may have "terminated" the name of their privatization program, but they have not ended their nefarious plans. As Northease Regional Co-ordinator John Dirzius relates, "As you remember back on July 14 Staples announced that the company terminated its no-bid deal with the U.S.
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Do not let the Postal Service fool you

Postmaster General and Staples seek to fool postal workers and the American people.

Beware of the wolf in sheeps clothing. The announcement released by the Postal Service that they are terminating their partnership is a ruse, an attempt to stop the tidal wave of opposition that has been building against this attack on postal workers and the middle class. These two corporate giants are renaming their attack, seeking a backdoor to take good paying postal jobs away. Keep on boycotting Staples and let them know, we will not be fooled.

For APWU President Dimondsteins press release, click here.

Video exposing PMG's lies

The PMG wants YOUR job

Postmaster General Donohoe is seeking to take your job, send it to Staples and other retailers, while looking you in the eye and lying. Watch this short video of APWU President Dimondstein expose the PMG's lies, share it with co-workers, family, and friends. Urge them to let these retailers, as well as the Postal Service, know that the US Mail is not for sale, and that the integral services provided by the Postal Service should remain with those entrusted with those duties and responsibilities. The sanctity of the mail, decent paying jobs, and the welfare of the American middle class must remain and be respected. View the video by clicking here.

Agreement on Filling Residual Vacancies
The APWU has negotiated an agreement on filling residual vacancies; PTF conversions and PSE path to career is now about to be implemented!! APWU President Dimondstein has signed off on a historic memorandum that creates paths to PTFs converting to full time duty assignments, and PSEs converted to career status.
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APWU vows fight against Staples deal

APWU Vows to Stop the Great Postal Giveaway to Staples

USPS Sends Jobs, Work to Staples

When Staples agreed to put USPS retail units in its stores, the office-supply chain may have gotten more than it bargained for.

 (01/01/14) In a deal that has been in the works at least since March 2012, the USPS announced in November that it was launching a pilot program to place postal retail units in more than 80 Staples stores in four states: California, Georgia, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Some of the sites opened quietly in October and others opened in November, including some where ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held. If postal management and Staples consider the pilot successful, the program may be expanded to the chain’s 1,600 other locations. Agreements between the USPS and other big retailers may follow.

“This is a direct assault on our jobs and on public postal services,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein declared when he heard the news. “The APWU supports the expansion of postal services. But we are adamantly opposed to USPS plans to replace good-paying union jobs with non-union low-wage jobs held by workers who have no accountability for the safety and security of the mail,” he said. “Postal workers deserve better, and our customers deserve better.” [read more]

‘Postal units at Staples must be staffed by career postal employees.’

– President Mark Dimondstein

The APWU also has requested a meeting with Ron Sargent, the Chairman and CEO of Staples, to discuss our concerns, Dimondstein said. He also expects to have additional discussions with postal management.

“While these efforts proceed, we will begin preparations for protests at Staple stores across the country,” he said. The APWU Executive Board discussed the issue via telephone on Nov. 22 and endorsed the plan to fight back.

“Postal management will undoubtedly try to convince our members that this arrangement is beneficial because it creates revenue for the USPS,” Dimondstein said. “But revenue without good union jobs is not in the interest of our members. Postal services that are performed by anyone other than well-trained postal workers will not serve the American people well,” he said.

“This is a huge step toward privatizing retail services,” Dimondstein said. “If we don’t draw a line in the sand, mail processing and other operations will soon follow.”

The Staples units will offer most postal products and services: They will sell stamps; accept first-class letters, Priority, Priority Express, standard mail, and first-class packages, and accept certified mail. The units will be operational during Staples’ business hours — as late as 9 p.m. on weekdays, on Sundays and many holidays. And, in a unique arrangement, the office supply giant will offer 5% Staples Rewards for the postage on packages paid for and shipped at its locations.

“We can only stop these privatization plans if we work and fight together,” Dimondstein said. “We will keep APWU members informed of any progress at the national level. In the meantime, prepare for action!”

President Dimondstein recognized the prompt action by our President, Pete Furgiuele, upon hearing of the Staples agreement. Read the letter President Furgiuele sent here. See President Furgiuele's action request by clicking the link below.


Download: boycott staples.pdf
Do not let them take your Pulse

03/02/2015 - The APWU and USPS are facing off over management’s latest scheme: The Postal Pulse, a new employee opinion survey.

The APWU vehemently opposes Postal Pulse – and any other employee opinion survey – despite management notices that say otherwise,” said President Mark Dimondstein.  A Feb. 19 USPS announcement says the APWU, along with other unions and management associations, supports the goals of the program. A Feb. 26 News Break repeats the assertion.

The union filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Feb. 25, protesting management’s false claim.

The APWU has a long history of opposing employee opinion surveys because management uses workers’ responses against union members during contract negotiations.  The timing of management’s notice to employees, Feb. 19, was especially insidious, Dimondstein said, because it coincided with the opening day of contract talks.

Management first cited employee survey data during bargaining in 1998. The APWU National Executive Board adopted a resolution opposing “the use of surveys, focus groups, polls, audits, as a means of interviewing employees and union officials to evaluate job-related internal issues.” Similar resolutions have been adopted by the delegates to APWU National Conventions since then.

“Don’t let management take your pulse!” Dimondstein said. "Our voices are more powerful when we raise them together, through our union, than when we speak individually with management," he said.

Employees who feel they are being pressured to take the survey or who have questions should contact their local union representative.

Just take a look at Staples now- they are posting huge posters advertising how they perform YOUR job. You trust management?


 
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