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    California Lands 1-2 Punch Against Staples Deal: House Delegation Urges PMG to Reject Deal; Teachers Vote to Boycott Staples

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (04/30/14) California opponents of the USPS deal with Staples delivered two stunning blows to the program yesterday: Thirty members of the U.S. House of Representatives from California called on Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe to reject the program, and the California Federation of Teachers voted to boycott Staples. "The USPS-Staples program is a dramatic step in the wrong direction, as it threatens the livelihoods of thousands of USPS employees and jeopardizes the promise of universal mail service to all communities -- an obligation Staples, a private corporation, does not have," the U.S. representatives wrote in an April 29 letter to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe.

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    Saturday, May 10: APWU Supports NALC's Annual Food Drive

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (04/29/14) APWU President Mark Dimondstein is urging APWU members to actively support the 22nd annual Letter Carriers Food Drive, which is set for May. 10. "I urge every APWU member to make a generous donation" he said. "But I also encourage our members to do more. I hope APWU locals -- and individual union members -- will volunteer to help with the organizational tasks that are necessary to ensure the success of the drive."

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    APWU Members at BB Trucking Ratify Tentative Agreement

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (04/28/14) Members of the Great Lakes Area Mail Haulers Local APWU have voted to ratify a Tentative Agreement reached on March 29. Contract ratification ballots were mailed to the 100 APWU members of the local; 62 were returned, with 34 voting in favor of the agreement and 20 voting against. Eight ballots were disqualified.

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    Postal Workers, Supporters Protest at Staples Stores Across Country

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (Updated 04/25/14) APWU members and supporters ramped up the fight to Stop Staples and its bid to open postal counters in 1,500 stores nationwide at events across the country on April 24, a National Day of Action. Protests were held in 56 locations in 27 states. In Washington, DC more than 200 people marched through the streets to a Staples store holding signs that read, "Stop Staples. The US Mail is Not for Sale," and chanting, "Whose post office? The people's Post Office!"

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    Correcting Dues for Newly Converted PSEs

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    (04/25/14) A number of Postal Support Employees (PSEs) were converted to career positions recently, necessitating an adjustment in their union dues, reports Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell. "The Postal Service will change the employees' status to career," she said, "however, union dues will not be automatically adjusted."

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