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US Postal Police at APWU StopStaples Demonstration

APWU’s Rich Shelley sends USPS’s Postal Police home!

Elmwood Park (Chicago Area) Staples Pilot Program protest.

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NLRB: USPS Must Give APWU Staples Info

StaplesShrews14In a complaint issued Feb. 25, Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board found merit in APWU charges that the Postal Service has improperly refused to provide the union with information about its agreement with Staples. [NLRB decision-PDF]   The pilot program has placed postal counters in 82 Staples stores — staffed with Staples employees rather than postal workers. A hearing before an Administrative Law Judge has been set for March 31.

Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has also recommended that the board seek an injunction in federal court to compel the USPS to provide the requested information to the APWU.

The decision to recommend an injunction is extremely rare, according to the union’s attorneys. Violations carry heavy penalties for management officials who fail to comply, up to and including incarceration.

APWU President Mark Dimondstein applauded the ruling. “This is an important victory for the APWU and for postal customers. The Staples deal is a brazen attempt to privatize postal retail services and it has been shrouded in secrecy,” he said.

“Postal officials seem to forget that the Postal Service belongs to the people,” Dimondstein said. “We intend to keep reminding them.”

The union president said getting the complaint issued was a group effort. “Special thanks go to Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson and Assistant Director Lamont Brooks for all their work toward that goal.”

The information in dispute includes:

  • Measures to protect the sanctity of the mail;
  • Training of Staples employees;
  • Criteria for determining any Postal Service compensation to Staples;
  • Discounts, if any, to be offered by Staples, and
  • Cost analyses of the Staples project.

The APWU is demanding that postal employees staff the postal counters at Staples stores. If Staples refuses, the union plans to ask Staples customers to take their business elsewhere. Postal management, on the other hand, plans to expand the program to Staples’ 1,600 stores across the country.

The union submitted an extensive set of questions about the pilot program to postal management in November, shortly after the deal was announced. In January, management brushed off the request, claiming that the Staples project was a pilot that was not covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The APWU has filed a national-level dispute over the Postal Service’s contract violations.



APWU Ramps Up ‘Stop Staples’ Campaign

APWU Web News Article #021-14, Feb. 3, 2014

The APWU is ramping up its campaign demanding that Staples and the USPS agree to place postal workers at postal units in Staples stores. Join the campaign at or text POSTAL to 91990.

APWU President Mark Dimondstein has sent an email message to union members and supporters urging them to sign on to the campaign and the union has been sharing our message on Facebook and Twitter. The APWU has enlisted support from the AFL-CIO and others in the labor movement, and is expanding outreach to others groups that are likely to support the campaign’s goals: Staffing postal counters with highly-trained, uniformed postal employees who are accountable to the people; protecting good jobs, and defending a public Postal Service.

The deal between the office-supply chain and the Postal Service established postal counters at 82 Staples stores in four geographic areas, but staffed them with non-postal, low-wage employees. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told the Associated Press that he hopes to expand the program to Staples’ 1,600 other stores as soon as possible.

More than 200 APWU members and supporters participated in protests at Staples stores in San Francisco and San Jose on Jan. 28 and APWU locals and retiree chapters around the country have presented letters expressing opposition to the program to hundreds of Staples stores.

Read more: Sign On Now! APWU Ramps Up ‘Stop Staples’ Campaign.


Video: Bay Area postal workers protest new program with Staples stores in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO KGO — Bay Area postal workers are protesting in front of a San Francisco Staples store because they’re upset about a deal between the office supplies chain and the postal service.Postal employees are worried about losing their jobs because people can now mail packages and buy stamps at Staples.This is the first protest in the nation, but postal workers promise there will be more

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APWU: Staples protests set for tomorrow in California

APWU members and supporters in California are preparing for the first round of protests at Staples stores on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The first rally will take place at 10 a.m. in San Francisco, in front of the Staples store at 1700 Van Ness Ave, with a second set to begin at 4 p.m. in San Jose, in front of the Staples store at 121 Bernal Road.

The activities are designed to call attention to the deal between the Postal Service and Staples that jeopardizes the nation’s public post offices and threatens good-paying union jobs. Read More