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    It’s Time to Stand Up and Fight Back

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 143-14

    “Attacks are being waged from all quarters – Congress, Wall Street and the Postmaster General himself,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in the opening of his “State of Our Union” message to the delegates at the union’s 22nd national convention. “Privatization is not a distant danger but a direct and immediate threat.  A congressionally manufactured financial crisis is being used to justify new assaults on postal jobs and on the 239-year old public Post Office.”

    “To survive the onslaught, we must transform our union into a fighting; activist organization and we must build a Grand Alliance with the people of the country to defend our national treasure, the United States Postal Service,” Dimondstein said.



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    Thousands to Protest in Chicago Loop Against Shift by USPS of Postal Services to Retailer

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    July 21, 2014
    For Immediate Release

    Thousands of members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), joined by supporters, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union, will protest the privatization of the U.S. Postal Service at a Staples store in the Chicago loop on Tuesday, July 22, beginning at 3:30 p.m.



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    APWU National Convention Gets Underway

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 142-14

    Delegates to the APWU National Convention are ready for action after several days of pre-convention workshops and conferences.

    Monday, July 21, will feature a State of Our Union address by President Mark Dimondstein, speeches by several  members of Congress, and messages of solidarity by postal union presidents from the U.S. and abroad.

    Plans are in full swing for a Stop Staples protest on Tuesday, July 22, in the Chicago Loop at 111 N. Wabash.



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    Updated Computer Program Goes Live July 22

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 141-14

    A highly-anticipated computer program – Version 2 of the Maximization Duty Assignment Tool (MDAT) – will launch on Tuesday, July 22.



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    AFT Strikes Fear in the Heart of Staples CEO

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    News Service Bulletin #: Vol. 44, No. 10

    When the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) voted to join the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement on July 12, it struck fear into the hearts of Staples bosses and USPS management. 

    So much so that just two days later Staples and the USPS resorted to trickery to try to derail the boycott. They announced they are terminating the no-bid deal and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program. 

    The problem? “It’s a ruse,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Staples and the USPS are changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers.



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