Young Workers: Step Up, Attend the APWU Convention

May 1, 2014 – (This article appears in the May-June 2014 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) Liz Powell, Secretary-Treasurer The APWU has a message for its youngest members: We need you! “We need the enthusiasm and creativity that young workers can bring to the APWU,” said President Mark Dimondstein. “We want young union…

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Postal Service finalizes decision to sell downtown building

Officials deliver ruling on appeal of Feb. 5 relocation decision The U.S. Postal Service has finalized its decision to close and sell its main post office building at 424 S. Kansas Ave. in downtown Topeka. Tom Samra, the postal service’s vice president for facilities, this week sent Mayor Larry Wolgast a letter informing him the…

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USPS OIG: Leave Benefits and Paid Holidays Benchmarking

White Papers – HR-WP-14-001 – 05/01/2014 Conclusion The Postal Service’s leave benefits have generally remained unchanged for decades, while the leave benefits of the private sector organizations have changed significantly. Although the Postal Service’s leave benefits and paid holidays are comparable in many ways to those offered in the private sector, some differences exist. For…

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Postal workers resist privatization plans

DEARBORN, Michigan — In a recent video message posted to the U.S. Postal Service’s YouTube channel, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe appeared incredulous and indignant about protests that have erupted across the nation over changes he’s instituted. “There’s no interest in privatizing,” he said. “Do not let people get you confused.” If that message was aimed…

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A Safe Workplace: It’s Not a Matter of Luck

May 1, 2014 – (This article appears in the May-June 2014 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) By Tony D. McKinnon Sr., Industrial Relations Director Our members want to be assured that we will leave work each day as healthy as we were when we arrived. And that’s not a matter of luck. It’s…

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Postal workers: Staples partnership is bad for government business

Since January, postal workers in 27 states have held protests objecting to a Staples-U.S. Postal Service (USPS) partnership that offers in-store postal services using non-union retail employees. In late April alone, rallies took place at 56 Staples stores where the company decided to expand its original 82-store pilot program. In Concord, N.H., more than 100…

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APWU Members, Supporters Ramp Up Stop Staples Campaign

APWU News Bulletin 07-2014, May 1, 2014 | PDF APWU members were exuberant after staging 56 Stop Staples protests in 27 states on April 24 — and momentum is building. Carrying signs and chanting, “The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale,” participants got the message across. The protests received extensive media coverage, including 1,196 television…

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