Potential Participants in Class-Action Settlement Should Exercise Caution, APWU Warns

Decision Due by June 19 Web News Article #: 117-14 June 13, 2014 – APWU members who are potential participants in the settlement of a class-action discrimination case against the Postal Service must make a decision by June 19, but they should exercise caution in doing so, warns Human Relations Director Sue Carney. The Equal…

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APWU: SEIU 32BJ, San Francisco Labor Council Join ‘Stop Staples’ Movement

Web News Article #: 118-14 June 13, 2014 – SEIU 32BJ, representing 145,000 union members in 11 states and the District of Columbia, is boycotting all Staples retail stores in the U.S., Staples.com and Staples Advantage, as well as all Staples branded proprietary products. “We will no longer be using Staples as our union’s office…

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Woman in wheelchair fights to move mailbox off highway (video)

CHILTON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The speed limit on Alabama Hwy. 155 is 55 miles per hour in front of Penny Franklin’s home. Franklin relies on an electric power wheelchair that tops out at 9 miles an hour. Right now she says she feels like she’s taking her life and her hands when she goes…

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Historic Miami post office building sells for $11 million

A developer has bought the Old U.S. Post Office in downtown Miami for $11 million. Daniel Pena-Giraldi of Stambul Ventures plans to renovate the former post office at 100 NE First Ave. He bought the property from a joint venture formed by Scott Robins and Tom Morgan in a deal that closed Wednesday. Details about…

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Staples donates $1 M to school projects

Staples Inc. said Thursday it will donate $1 million to DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that provides funds requested by teachers for classroom projects. In a press release, the Framingham company cited a recent survey that found 75 percent of parents of teens believe a shortage of school supplies is a “significant challenge for schools.” Staples…

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Supervisor’s removal upheld for failure to report an accident, multiple failures to perform assigned duties

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Montgomery v. USPS JEAN A. MONTGOMERY, Petitioner, v. UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, Respondent. 14-3049 (Fed. Cir. Jun. 12, 2014) Decided June 12, 2014 Before PROST, Chief Judge, DYK and WALLACH, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM The United States Postal Service (“agency”) removed Petitioner Jean A. Montgomery for failure to…

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APWU: ‘I Am Union’ Organizing Drive Wins New Members

Web News Article #: 116-14 June 13, 2014 – Almost 2,000 new APWU members joined the union’s ranks as a result of the first organizing drive of 2014, reports Organization Director Anna Smith. More than 125 locals participated in the event, which ran from March 22 to May 22, and resulted in 1,989 new APWU…

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USPS OIG: Grievance Payout Costs in the South Florida District

Audit Report – SM-AR-14-006 – 06/11/2014 BACKGROUND: The U.S. Postal Service has about 490,000 career employees, most of whom are covered by collective bargaining agreements with the four major postal unions. The National Labor Relations Act gives employees and unions the right to file grievances, which are disputes between an employer and employee or unions…

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