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    Maintenance Craft Settles Dispute on Custodial Staffing; Will Convert More Than 3,150 PSEs

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 136-14

    The APWU and USPS signed a major settlement July 9 that resolves a long-standing dispute over custodial staffing and results in the conversion to career of all current Maintenance Craft Postal Support Employees, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced.



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    USPS Uses Trickery, Tries to Derail Staples Boycott

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 135-14

    “A Postal Service letter to the APWU dated July 7 indicating that it is terminating the no-bid deal with Staples and replacing it with an ‘approved shipper’ program is a ruse,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “The USPS is changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.

    “The USPS letter to the APWU makes it clear: The Postmaster General intends to continue to privatize postal retail operations, replace living-wage Postal Service jobs with low-wage Staples jobs, and compromise the safety and security of the mail,” he said.



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    Send a Postcard to Staples CEO

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 134-14
    With momentum building for the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, the APWU wants to make sure Staples CEO Ronald Sargent gets the message.

    The union is asking supporters to sign a postcard addressed to Staples CEO Ronald L. Sargent, telling him that until his stores staff their postal counters with USPS employees, they will take their business elsewhere.


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    Issa Tries to Derail Six-Day Delivery – Again!

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 133-14

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, can’t seem to give up his quest to eliminate Saturday mail delivery.

    On July 8, upset that the House Appropriations Committee restored protection for six-day delivery to a funding bill, the California Republican tried to employ a parliamentary maneuver to derail the measure.



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    APWU, USPS Reach Tentative Agreement for IT/AS Employees

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 132-14

    The APWU and USPS have reached a tentative agreement on a contract for employees in the IT and Accounting Services (AS) units. Union members will have the opportunity to vote to ratify or reject the agreement. Details of the ratification process are expected to be announced July 9.



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