APWU President Dimondstein Reports on Negotiations

Web News Article #: 039-2015 02/26/2015 – APWU President Mark Dimondstein has presented his first update for union members on the status of contract negotiations. The bargaining report is available to APWU members only. To read the summary, click here. For those who are new to the APWU website — or to the Members Only…

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Roanoke mail processing center will consolidate to Greensboro in April

By Tiffany Holland – February 26, 2015 Roanoke postal employees on Wednesday learned that the U.S. Postal Service is going through with a plan to consolidate the Rutherford Avenue processing center to Greensboro, North Carolina, according to Roanoke Postal Workers Union president Carlton Cooper. The consolidation will begin April 18, and affected employees will be…

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USPS: ‘Stagecoach Mary’ – Pioneering mail carrier Mary Fields

Few Wild West characters can match Mary Fields, the first known African-American woman mail carrier. Fields, who was profiled last week by the Root news site, was born a slave in 1832 in Tennessee and freed after the Civil War. She eventually settled in Cascade, MT, where she got a job driving a mail wagon…

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Letter to the Editor: Postal Service more than just mail

Since our country was founded, the U.S. Postal Service has connected friends, families, neighbors and businesses by mail. Our original mandate called for an institution that would provide universal service to all Americans. That mandate is just as important to this nation today as it was over 240 years ago. Today, the Postal Service delivers…

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Regarding ongoing APWU contract negotiations…

APWU Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez released the above information from the first collective bargaining session with the USPS. The session was attended by negotiators and officers for USPS and APWU. Photographers, hotel workers, guests and others were also present.  As always, Omar does a great job in keeping the membership informed and engaged. President Mark…

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The dead letter office endures in the digital age

By James Eli Shiffer – February 23, 2015 My Sunday column described the contrast between the government’s lawful ability to snoop in our email, and how hard the government makes it for us to read its email. It also provided me an opportunity to write about the dead letter office, old and new. Read more: …

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Waffle House becomes an unlikely competitor to FedEx and UPS

Restaurant chain partners with Roadie, a startup described as the ‘Uber for package delivery’ Waffle House wants in on the sharing economy. The US diner chain today announced a partnership with Roadie, a startup that aims to become the “Uber of package delivery.” The app, which launched last month, lets travelers earn money by delivering…

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