Monthly Archives: January 2014

On MLK Day, Protesters Called for No More Letter Carrier Deaths

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A Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march in Washington, D.C. brought together postal workers and family members of 26-year-old letter carrier Tyson Jerome Barnette, who was shot and killed while delivering mail in the dark in Landover, Maryland, in November. … Continue reading

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The Postal Service’s Latest Problem: Dilapidated, Unsafe Buildings

The U.S. Postal Service has slashed jobs, posted net losses for several consecutive years, raised its prices and cut back on services. The latest problem for the beleaguered agency? Decrepit post offices. USPS instituted a capital spending freeze in 2009, … Continue reading

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Postal Workers Rally To Make Their Job Safer

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Is Staples Cheating Its Employees?

APWU Web News Article #010-14, Jan. 21, 2014 Is Staples guilty of chronically cheating its employees out of their hard-earned wages? According to 2010 report by the National Employment Law Project [PDF]: “Our nation’s workers too often are cheated out of … Continue reading

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PSEs Not in Clerk Complement for Lead Clerks

  (01/16/14) In a decision [PDF] issued Jan. 10, Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that Clerk Craft PSEs should not be included in the Clerk Craft complement for the purpose of determining whether Lead Clerk positions must be created in a facility. … Continue reading

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OTDL Employees on Penalty Overtime To be Priority-Scheduled over Casuals

APWU Web News Article #007-14, Jan. 16, 2014 In a decision [PDF] issued Nov. 19, 2013 , Arbitrator Shyam Das sustained the APWU’s position that full-time employees on the Overtime Desired List (OTDL) must be scheduled for overtime ahead of casual employees … Continue reading

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Postal Service, union wrangle over Staples outlets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The opening of Postal Service retail centers in dozens of Staples stores around the country is being met with threats of protests and boycotts by the agency’s unions. The new outlets are staffed by Staples employees, not … Continue reading

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The Mall of America, free speech, and the labor movement

By Peter Rachleff, Conversations Between the Past and the Present January 12, 2014 From early childhood to old age, a “rights discourse” dominates Americans’ sense of the world and our place in it. Governments around the globe, we are told, deny their … Continue reading

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Thinking inside the PO Box

BY MARK JAMISON On January 26, postage rates are going up — about 6 percent across the board, which means a First Class stamp will go from 46 to 49 cents.  But there’s another rate increase going into effect on … Continue reading

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Union Sportsman Sunday Show

Bucks by Day and Coons by Night Tune in to Brotherhood Outdoors for the Adventure Sunday, January 19 at 11 a.m. ET Presented by:  Often busy helping youth fulfill their hunting tags, Adam McCormick – a youth archery instructor and … Continue reading

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Now Is the Moment to Save Our Postal Commons

For some, the postal service has become an ideological punching bag, proof that “government programs” don’t work and that the state inevitably bureaucratizes services better left to the private sector. In the case of the postal service, this narrative lacks … Continue reading

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How Amazon Crushed the Union Movement

Amazon.com, like many big businesses, isn’t a fan of labor unions. In contract negotiations, organized workers demand higher wages, layoffs by seniority and sometimes threaten to strike. Amazon has successfully fended off U.S. labor unions since its founding in 1994. … Continue reading

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Fewer Jobs, Longer Wait Times: The New Postal Service Slogan?

Jobs at the U.S. Postal Service will disappear at a faster clip over the next eight years than in any other labor sector, according to an analysis from the Labor Department. In its 2014-2015 Occupational Outlooks Handbook, the Bureau of Labor … Continue reading

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Staples Campaign

Attached is a mailing that was supposed to be sent to all APWU locals, state presidents, and retiree chapters. Some, like my local, did not get a copy It has a simple request – hand carry a letter (included) to … Continue reading

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Assistant Clerk Director Krueth Retires

APWU Assistant Clerk Craft Director Lyle Krueth retired on Jan. 3, ending  a career that spanned more than three decades. Assistant Clerk Craft Director Lyle Krueth Before becoming assistant director in 2010, he served as a Central Region  National Business … Continue reading

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