Postal Unions, Teachers Turn Up the Heat on Staples

Postal workers rallied in 56 locations around the country yesterday, protesting the piecemeal outsourcing of postal work to the low-wage retailer Staples. In Manhattan, the crowd rallied at a midtown post office, then marched to a Staples store near the Empire State Building, where they leaned across the low protest fence to hand leaflets to…

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Correcting Dues for Newly Converted PSEs

APWU Web News Article #079-14, April 25, 2014 A number of Postal Support Employees (PSEs) were converted to career positions recently, necessitating an adjustment in their union dues, reports Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell. “The Postal Service will change the employees’ status to career,” she said, “however, union dues will not be automatically adjusted.” To adjust dues…

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Paper industry, advocates win back some Social Security earnings statements

Score one for Consumers for Paper Options  and other groups advocating to slow the federal government’s move to digital communications with Americans. The Social Security Administration disclosed this week that it is finalizing a plan to resume mailing personalized statements that estimate Americans’ future Social Security earnings. Not everyone will receive the statements, which will…

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“Rick Smith Show” interview with Omar Gonzalez on Staples protests

…out to San Francisco to talk with APWU Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez as postal workers take to the street to raise awareness to the privatization scheme being pedaled and the destruction of good family sustaining jobs that are being lost. Listen to audio [mp3] of full interview:

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USPS: Team improves EEO and generates revenue

Celebrating 10 years of success Team improves EEO and generates revenue for USPS The team at the Postal Service’s National Equal Employment Opportunity Investigative Services Office (NEEOISO) is observing a decade of success. NEEOISO was established in 2004 to centralize and standardize the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) investigation process for USPS. The team handles all…

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USPS: Changes to age verification for mailing tobacco products

Several cities and states have new minimum age restrictions — some pending and some recently enacted — for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products. This may require postal employees to verify the age of the sender and/or recipient of mail containing tobacco products. Effective May 18, 2014, the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other…

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