Staples to buy Office Depot – There’s about to be one game in town when it comes to office supplies.

Staples (SPLS) announced Wednesday it intends to buy rival Office Depot (ODP) in a $6.3 billion deal, betting that the key to higher profits is operating on an even larger scale. That’s the same calculation Office Depot made not long ago, when it bought OfficeMax. “Office Depot will make Staples bigger, and most importantly, we…

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USPS: Federal Reporting Requirements on Hazardous and Toxic Chemicals

Postal Service™ policy requires all USPS® facilities to comply with reporting requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), if applicable. Postal sites that store certain quantities of haz­ardous and toxic chemicals must complete and submit the EPCRA Tier II Form by March 1, every year. Reporting requirements apply to any location that…

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Handbook EL-312 Revision: Vacancy Announcements and Veterans’ Preference Claims

Effective February 5, 2015, the Postal Service™ is revising Handbook EL-312, Employment and Placement, section 421, with updates to external vacancy announcement policy: 421 is revised with minor editorial changes. 421.1 is revised with minor editorial changes. 421.2 is revised to state that external announcements must be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days…

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USPS: Black History Month – Celebrating African-American heritage, contributions

February is Black History Month — a time to celebrate the heritage of African-Americans and their contributions to the nation. African-Americans comprise almost 22 percent of the Postal Service’s workforce. The observance began in 1926 when Carter G. Woodson, founder of the organization now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life…

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Top Republican: Federal employees deserve pay raise

The Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee thinks most federal employees are good workers – and they deserve a pay raise. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, wouldn’t say whether he agrees with President Obama’s proposed 1.3 percent pay raise for 2016, but he did say federal employees should not lose ground as…

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American Postal Workers Union to “Vigorously Oppose” Staples/Office Depot Merger

For Immediate Release – 02/04/2015 Washington – The American Postal Workers Union announced today that the 200,000–member organization will “vigorously oppose” the merger between Staples and Office Depot. “We will urge the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to block this monopolistic and unlawful merger now, just as they did 17 years ago,”…

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Staples Agrees to Buy Office Depot for About $6.3 Billion

(Bloomberg) — Staples Inc. plans to buy Office Depot Inc. for about $6.3 billion, forging a deal that will reduce the U.S. office-supply industry to a single major chain and test the limits of antitrust regulators. Office Depot shareholders will get $7.25 in cash and 0.2188 of a share in Staples stock at closing, the…

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Communities and Postal Workers United: February-March 2015 newsletter

Attached find the February-March newsletter [PDF] of Communities and Postal Workers United. Please print (2-sided) and distribute at postal work sites and at community gatherings. Please forward to your contacts. Solidarity! Jamie Partridge 503-752-5112 via Communities and Postal Workers United – Home.

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