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Postal Workers Rally to Stop USPS/Staples Privatization

Postal Workers Rally to Stop USPS/Staples Privatization

Postal Workers (APWU) members from eight midwestern states rallied outside a Staples store in Altoona, Iowa, Thursday evening as part of a drive to stop the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS's) privatization of retail operations. USPS is contracting services to Staples, with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees.

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USPS–Staples Privatization Scheme ‘Bad Deal’ for Consumers, Workers

Illustration by Berkeley Post Office Defenders

On Saturday, the Postal Workers (APWU) members take their fight against the U.S. Postal Service’s latest privatization scheme to Elmwood Park, Ill., where, with union and community allies, they will demonstrate outside a Staples store. The USPS began contracting out postal services to Staples in October through “postal” counters in the stores staffed with low-wage Staples employees.

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Letter Carriers Stand Solidly with Postal Workers Against USPS–Staples Deal

The Letter Carriers (NALC) have joined in the battle by the Postal Workers (APWU) to stop the U.S. Postal Service’s privatization of retail operations by contracting services to Staples with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees.

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What We’re Reading Today: Tuesday News Roundup

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Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Issa ‘Pure Enemy of Postal Service’ But Quiet Dems Are No Help Either

Issa ‘Pure Enemy of Postal Service’ But Quiet Dems Are No Help Either

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is a leading voice on dismantling and privatizing the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and the architect of legislation to do that. Today on Salon, Josh Eidelson talks with Postal Workers (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein, who has harsh words not only, as expected, for Issa, “a pure enemy of the Postal Service,” but for some Democrats, too, who he says have not stepped up to “defend the public good…[and] good jobs.”

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Don’t Let USPS Hit ‘Easy Button’ to Privatization

APWU photo

More than 200 Postal Workers (APWU) members and supporters demonstrated outside Staples stores in San Francisco and San Jose on Tuesday, challenging an arrangement between the company and the U.S. Postal Service that staffs “postal” counters in Staples stores with non-postal employees. The deal threatens good-paying union jobs and jeopardizes public post offices.

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Don't Forget: Republicans Are Still Trying to Kill the Postal Service

Photo courtesy Jonathan Tasini

As reported before, congressional Republicans are engaged in a long-term strategy to destabilize the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in what appears to be an effort to privatize mail processing and delivery and enhance profits for their campaign contributors in the corporate world. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has sponsored a bill (H.R. 2748) that would prohibit the USPS and postal unions from negotiating protection against layoffs in future contracts. Conveniently for Issa and his allies, the USPS missed a $5.6 billion payment to a fund to cover health benefits for future retirees.

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History of the Labor Movement Highlighted in Upcoming Mini-Series

Buzz is building around a new documentary film series, "Strength in Union," which is currently being filmed. Covering the history of the labor movement and highlighting the stories of workers, the series also will feature interviews from historians and labor leaders, including Leo W. Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers (USW); Cliff Guffey, president of the Postal Workers (APWU); Lawrence J. Hanley, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU); and Captain Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots (ALPA).

The NH Labor News reports it is likely the series will air on PBS, as well as in select theaters and film festivals.  

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USPS Honors Workers Who Built America. What About Its Own?

Courtesy of USPS

The U.S. Postal Service just released a series of “Made in America: Building a Nation” first-class Forever stamps. The 12-stamp series features images of industrial workers from the early 20th century, and 11 were taken by famed photographer Lewis Hine.   

While no one can argue with USPS’s decision to honor the coal miners, construction workers, textile workers and others who helped build the nation (and continue to do so), the gesture would mean a lot more if the USPS treated its current workers with the same respect.

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10 Jobs You Probably Didn't Know Were Union Jobs

When most people think about union members, they probably picture blue-collar workers in factories. Maybe teachers, police, firefighters and other government employees come to mind.

But workers in many more fields come together in unions to have a voice on the job to improve their lives and the lives of their families—from rocket scientists at NASA (members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers [IFPTE]) to actors like Alec Baldwin (a member of SAG-AFTRA) and all across the spectrum of work that goes on in the United States.

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