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APWU Rally to Tell USPS, Staples: ‘The U.S. Mail Still Not for Sale'

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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 (APWU) and allies will rally outside a Chicago Staples store. 

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Low-Wage Villain of the Week: T-Mobile CEO John Legere

In our regular feature, we'll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages. In this series, we're going to look past the usual suspects—for example, it's not only elected officials who get in the way of a fair economy.

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Staples’ Announcement a 'Ruse,' Says APWU

Staples’ Announcement a 'Ruse,' Says APWU

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 (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein. 

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AFT’s Calls for Staples Boycott During Convention

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In Los Angeles, AFT protested U.S. Postal Service’s privatization scheme centered on establishing “postal counters” at Staples stores staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees. Delegates from AFT’s convention and members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and allies rallied Sunday in support of a boycott of Staples.

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Temp Worker Safety in Danger: Sugar Plant Worker Dies Days After Removal of Safety Device

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A worker was buried alive in a sugar plant in Fairless Hills, Pa., revealing the challenges in ensuring that temporary workers have the right to be safe at work.

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Low-Wage Villains of the Week: USPS and Staples

Low-Wage Villains of the Week: USPS and Staples

In our new regular feature, we'll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages for all or some Americans. In this series, we're going to look past the usual suspects—for example, while it is true that too often elected officials get in the way of a fair economy, we want to dig deeper.

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U.S. Mail is Not for Sale: Join the Boycott of Staples—‘It’s That Easy’

U.S. Mail is Not for Sale: Join the Boycott of Staples—‘It’s That Easy’

More and more unions, community groups and other organizations are lining up with the Postal Workers (APWU) and backing the union’s boycott of Staples. You can join in, too. As the APWU says, “It’s that easy,” just don’t buy your office supplies at Staples.

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Low-Wage Villain of the Week: The NCAA

In our new regular feature, we'll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages for all or some Americans. In this series, we're going to look past the usual suspects—for example, while it is true that too often elected officials get in the way of a fair economy, we want to dig deeper.

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Shareholders to Sallie Mae: Disclose Your Lobbying Activity

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Sallie Mae, the United States’ largest student lender, got a wake-up call at its annual meeting on June 25, when more shareholders voted “for” than voted “against” the AFL-CIO’s stockholder proposal, calling for full disclosure of all company spending on lobbying in Washington, D.C., and each of the 50 states.

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6 Ways Walmart's Response to The New York Times Is Dishonest or Misleading

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A New York Times op-ed by Timothy Egan criticizing Walmart drew a response from the corporate giant that Ari Rabin-Havt at Slate called "juvenile." That's a nice way to say that the self-serving response is either wildly misleading or just plain dishonest in defending the country's largest employer against charges that it underpays its workers and harms the economy.

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