Postal distribution center in Shrewsbury slated to close in 2015

SHREWSBURY — The Central Massachusetts Mail Processing and Distribution Center on Main Street is among as many as 82 United States Postal Service facilities that the agency announced Monday would be consolidated, beginning in January. John H. Flattery, president of the American Postal Workers Union AFL-CIO Local 4553, which represents workers at the plant, said…

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PMG Declares War on Service, APWU to Launch Vigorous Campaign Against Plant Closures, Consolidations

Web News Article #: 127-14 June 30, 2014 – The APWU today denounced plans by the Postal Service to resume the closure and consolidation of up to 82 mail processing plants beginning in January 2015. “This is a direct assault on service to the people of the country, on postal workers and on the Postal…

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USPS: Consolidations resume for up to 82 facilities beginning early January 2015

Letter to our customers – Our Future Network June 30, 2014 Dear Valued Customer, The United States Postal Service is planning to resume the rationalization of our network of mail processing facilities which began in 2012. To provide adequate time for planning and preparation, the Postal Service is providing this six-month advance notice of consolidations,…

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OIG: Collaborative Consumption – Shipping Revenue Times Two

(Jun 30th, 2014) Maybe this is the first time you’ve heard the term “collaborative consumption,” but even if it’s not, chances are you’ll be hearing it a lot more. It refers to an economic model based on renting, lending, and sharing goods instead of buying them. In fact, not long ago, Time magazine listed it…

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APWU: SEIU Votes to Boycott Staples

Web News Article #: 126-14 June 30, 2014 – The ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement got a big boost this month when the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) voted to endorse the boycott. The union represents building service, healthcare and government employees. In a letter to Staples CEO Ronald L. Sargent and Postmaster General Patrick R….

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Protesters against USPS-Staples partnership demonstrate in Downtown Berkeley

Opponents of the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to allow Staples to operate postal counters at its stores have set up camp outside the Downtown Berkeley Staples. For more than a week, the protesters have been handing out fliers and encouraging passersby to boycott Staples in response to what they call the “privatization” of the postal…

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PMG: “this summer, able to tell customers when package is within 15 minutes of delivery”

Interview at the IPC Annual Conference 2014: e-Commerce, the new normal Published on Jun 23, 2014 “This Summer we are going to be able to tell customers when a package is within 15 minutes of delivery to their house.” – Patrick R Donahoe, Postmaster General & CEO, USPS

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APWU: Protect Your FMLA and USERRA Rights

(This article appears in the July/August 2014 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) Tony D. McKinnon Sr., Industrial Relations Director The APWU has received complaints from union members recently of instances where the Postal Service is violating their rights under federal law, most notably the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) and the…

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