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Contract Update and the Evolution to Privatization, By Ron Suslak, President
  NO CONTRACT ….. NO SURPRISE Neither I nor most other Union Officials across the country were surprised that the parties could not come to terms on a new contract.    The APWU and USPS are diametrically opposed when it comes to the future of the Postal Service. Read More...
Wages Are Stagnant Even As The Unemployment Rate Keeps Falling
The economy added 223,000 jobs in June while the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Analysts had expected 230,000 jobs to be added. That’s the lowest unemployment rate since April of 2008. Read More...
NLRB Strikes Major Blow to USPS-Staples Deal
In a major blow to the Postal Service’s deal with Staples, Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint charging that the USPS illegally subcontracted work to the office-supply chain and ordering the agency to return the work that existed on July 31, 2014, to the APWU bargaining unit. A hearing is scheduled before an NLRB Administrative Law Judge on Aug. 17. Read More...
Contract Mediation Gets Underway
Representatives of the APWU and USPS met with officials of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) on June 9 to begin mediation on a new collective bargaining agreement. APWU President Mark Dimondstein, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon and staff met with FMCS Acting Director Allison Beck, Deputy Director Scot L. Read More...
House Committee Approves Amendment To Restore Postal Service Standards
The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment on June 17 to restore postal service standards, in a bipartisan vote, 26-23. Six Republicans joined all of the committee’s Democrats to endorse the measure, which was introduced by Rep. Chakah Fattah (D-PA).  The legislation would rescind the lower service standards the USPS implemented on Jan. Read More...
APWU: The People Demand: Show Us The Text!
If you want to know what’s in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bill, you can go to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and read it for yourself.  That’s what the Obama administration said about the trade deal that’s been negotiated behind closed doors by the United States and 11 other countries. Read More...
APWU, Sister Postal Unions Win Right to Bargain Over Cyber Intrusions
In a precedent-setting agreement approved by the National Labor Relations Board, the APWU and its sister postal unions won the right to bargain with the Postal Service over a massive data security breach that took place in 2014. Read More...
APWU Contract Talks Hit Impasse – USPS Demands Cuts in Pay, Benefits, Job Security
Contract negotiations between the American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service ended without an agreement on May 27. The USPS scuttled any prospect of reaching a deal by insisting on severe cuts in pay and benefits, despite the fact that progress had been made on many non-economic issues, President Mark Dimondstein reported. Read More...
APWU Outlines How Proposed Staples/Office Depot Merger Would Harm Consumers
A report released today by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) outlines the harm that would come to consumers, small businesses and government entities if regulators approve the proposed merger of Staples and Office Depot. Read More...
Behind the Scenes, Corporations Influence Policy
In the last 10 years, more than 100,000 living-wage clerk craft jobs have been eliminated. Service standards have been reduced, lines at the windows have grown longer, and many cherished local post offices have been forced to close their doors or reduce their hours. Read More...
Contract Talks Extended One Week to Focus on Economic Package
The APWU and the U.S. Postal Service agreed to continue bargaining for an additional week after they were unable to reach agreement on economic issues by the May 20 expiration of the current contract. “We were unable to reach a negotiated settlement tonight,” Dimondstein said just before midnight. “We were too far apart on wages and benefits. Read More...
If You Get Memorial Day Off, You’re Lucky
On Monday, Americans celebrate Memorial Day and many have the day off to be with family, go to the beach, watch a baseball game, and barbecue in the backyard. But the ability to take a break from work is a privilege that not everyone enjoys. There is no law guaranteeing that workers get paid holidays in the United States. Read More...
America’s Housing Developers Are Almost Exclusively Building Luxury Units
America’s housing developers have been hard at work in the past three years. But their labor has only exacerbated the affordable housing crisis that afflicts most of the country’s population centers. Read More...
Senate Opposes USPS Service Cuts
The Senate approved a motion on S. Con. Res. 11 introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that instructs budget conferees to insist on a deficit-neutral fund to halt mail processing center closures, restore overnight mail delivery, and protect rural services. A deficit-neutral amendment may not increase the nation’s deficit. Read More...
Northwest Lawmakers Speak Out Against Consolidations
Oregon’s congressional delegation sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan, requesting a meeting, “as soon as possible,” to discuss consolidation plans and the future of mail delivery standards. Read More...
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