Staples-Office Depot Merger In Jeopardy As FTC, APWU Suggest Blocking Deal

By John Houck – December 1, 2015 The proposed merger of business retail giants Staples and Office Depot is in trouble. Federal antitrust regulators may block the deal, fearing an office supply monopoly. Staples and Office Depot first proposed the merger back in February. In a previous Inquisitr report, the deal worth $6.3 billion at…

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USPS OIG: Fall 2015 Semiannual Report to Congress

November 30, 2015 The Office of Inspector General is tasked with ensuring efficiency, accountability, and integrity in the U.S. Postal Service. We also have the distinct mission of helping to maintain confidence in the mail and postal system, as well as to improve the Postal Service’s bottom line. We use audits and investigations to help…

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APWU: ‘Stand Up for Safe Jobs’ Campaign Gains Momentum

Web News Article #: 223-2015 11/30/2015 – The APWU’s Stand Up for Safe Jobs campaign is gaining momentum! Across the country locals have been placing a renewed emphasis on workers’ right to a safe workplace and have been distributing fact sheets outlining those rights. The latest is Fact Sheet #3, Can It Hurt Me? Can…

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APWU: Western PA Staples Campaign Takes it to the Top

Web News Article #: 221-2015 11/30/2015 – Members of the Western PA Postal Workers Solidarity Committee met with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on Nov. 20 to discuss the dirty deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples. “Fitzgerald listened to our concerns and offered his support,” reports Joe Radovich of the Pittsburgh Metro Area…

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APWU: 2015 Penalty Overtime Exclusion, New Leave Year

Web News Article #: 222-2015 11/30/2015 – In accordance with Article 8 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, penalty overtime rules are not applicable for a four-week period each year during December. This year, the period starts with Week 2 of Pay Period 26-15 (Dec. 5, 2015) and stops at the end of Week 1 of…

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OSHA Penalties to Increase by almost 80% in 2016

November 24, 2015 A little-noticed provision in the federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 calls for OSHA to increase its penalties to adjust for inflation for the first time since 1990. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act requires OSHA to implement regulations by August 2016 increasing the maximum penalties for OSHA violations first by…

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The USPS “Retail Channel Strategy” – A Blueprint for Privatization of the Postal Service

The following is from a November 24, 2015 update of Docket activity from the National Labor Relations Board relative to USPS Case Number: 05-CA-140963. APWU is barred from sharing this information by an earlier NLRB Motion but, because it is freely available in the public domain at NLRB.gov, the 21st Century Postal Worker will reshare…

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USPS bumps up collection times at hundreds of points across Kansas

By Justin Wingerter – November 28, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service has changed its collection times at hundreds of points across Kansas since August, an adjustment critics say is causing a slow degradation of postal quality in the state. Brian Sperry, a regional spokesman for the Postal Service, said 340 collection points west of Topeka…

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