NLRB slams Postal Service for Staples privatization deal

WASHINGTON – Providing yet more evidence that U.S. Postal Service management is headed in the wrong direction – at least where its workers are concerned – a National Labor Relatios Board official slammed its scheme to subcontract services to Staples stores. And half the U.S. Senate now opposes management’s plan to close 82 more distribution…

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Picketers protest against post office consolidation in Roanoke (video)

(August 20, 2014) ROANOKE, Va. – Picketers in downtown Roanoke are protesting against the post office consolidation on Wednesday. The Roanoke Mail Distribution Facility is set to consolidate into Greensboro next spring. That announcement earlier this month is still unsettling for many postal workers. As of now, the consolidation begins next year on April 18….

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USPS: Are you on the bucket list?

The Postal Service’s ethics office is hearing from a lot of employees who have questions about the ALS ice bucket challenge. The challenge involves people dumping a bucket of ice water on themselves to raise awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and then encouraging others to do the same or make a…

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USPS Blog: Staples Joins USPS’s Approved Shipper Program

By Darleen Reid-Demeo In an earlier post, I discussed a pilot program that was taking place in 82 Staples locations testing the feasibility of offering postal products and services inside the office supply retailer. Based on the information learned from the test, both the Postal Service and Staples have agreed to end the pilot. Taking…

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APWU: USPS Guilty of Bad Faith, Unlawful Tactics – ALJ Rips the Lid Off Secret Staples Deal

NLRB Orders Postal Service to Give APWU Info Web News Article #: 155-14 08/20/2014 – The Postal Service engaged in delaying tactics that constituted an unlawful refusal to provide the APWU with information about the agency’s deal with Staples, an NLRB judge wrote in an Aug. 13 decision. The USPS “did not want to provide…

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Staples Is Closing A Ton Of Stores, warns that its sales could fall

Aug 20 (Reuters) – Staples Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales, driven by strong demand for non-core office supplies, such as furniture and breakroom items, from companies in North America. Shares of the largest U.S. office supply retailer rose 3 percent before the bell. Staples has been spending heavily on advertising to promote itself…

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NALC fights back against plant closures / consolidations

Aug. 19, 2014—Last week, half of the Senate sent a letter urging Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL), Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Chairman Tom Udall (D-NM) and FSGG Ranking Member Mike Johanns (R-NE) to embrace a one-year moratorium on the closure and consolidation of any…

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Postal union wants to stamp out Staples’ mail services, Staples 2Q earnings up $5.2 billion

The American Postal Workers Union and its supporters plan to protest at Staples stores in Boston and Saugus today against what they call the outsourcing of postal work to a troubled retailer. The U.S. Postal Service and Staples launched a pilot program last October to allow 82 stores in Worcester, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, San Diego and…

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