Its back-to-school time, which means many children, parents, teachers and college students are shopping for supplies. But it's important to choose wisely—and to boycott products from companies that seem to go out of their way to hurt working families.
The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is asking everyone to show their support for postal workers and a vibrant, public U.S. Postal Service. In support of that goal, APWU is asking supporters to
fill out an online postcard
that they will print out and mail to Postmaster General Megan Brennan.
The American Postal Workers Union (
) and the U.S. Postal Service
Thursday over a new contract, the first time the two have bargained in four and a half
years. Heading into the negotiations, the USPS has a new postmaster general, Megan Brennan. Postal workers are calling not only for fair wages and benefits, but for longer and more convenient hours for customers. APWU has also endorsed a series of bold improvements, including postal banking, public notary services and the sale of licenses.
The U.S. Postal Service reduced delivery standards today and began a process that will slow first-class mail delivery. As
The Nation’s John Nichols
writes, the service cutbacks come on the heels of record-breaking and successful holiday deliveries of 15.5 billion packages, letters and parcels by postal workers, letter carriers, mail handlers and rural carriers in weeks of “intense demanding, long-hours, late-night and weekend work.”
The nation’s four postal unions are mobilizing a National Day of Action on Nov. 14, to send a powerful message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the United States Postal Service Board of Governor’s:
Stop Delaying America’s Mail
Some 9,000 new postal clerk jobs are on the way, thanks to action by the American Postal Workers Union (
). The U.S. Postal Service in 2012 cut the hours of operation at small post offices around the country and filled new jobs at the offices with part-time, nonunion workers. APWU filed a grievance.
Every AFGE member, every member of the AFL-CIO, every union member in this country is standing with the American Postal Workers. We are not shopping at Staples. We are not selling the United States mail.
The U.S. Postal Service’s attempt to divert attention from its privatization scheme
by changing the program’s name
isn’t stopping the union movement’s mobilization against the plan or the boycott of Staples. Tomorrow, thousands of members of the American Postal Workers Union (
) and allies will rally outside a Chicago Staples store.
The announcement by Staples yesterday, indicating it is terminating its no-bid deal with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program, “is a ruse,” says American Postal Workers Union (
) President Mark Dimondstein.