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A Message from: APWU President Mark Dimondstein

 

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 Click Here to Sign the Petition

 

With momentum building for the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, it’s time we step up our game!  Send an e-postcard addressed to Staples CEO Ronald L. Sargent telling him that until his stores staff their postal counters with USPS employees, you will take your business elsewhere?

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Click here to submit an electronic postcard.

 It’s easy – just go to www.StopStaples.com/postcard and follow the simple step-by-step instructions to sign – that’s it! We’ll take care of the rest.

 

Staples Store Invaded by Postal Protesters

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Immediate Release – June 20, 2014

     Dozens of protesters, carrying signs and banners, stormed a local Staples this afternoon and attempted to present a petition, signed by 500 Portland residents who have pledged to boycott the office supply stores.

     When management of the store on NE 122nd off Glisan refused to accept the protesters petition, they began chanting “the U.S. Mail is not for sale” and “privatization has got to go,” blocking the store entrance.  After the person-in-charge finally agreed to convey their message to upper management, the activists filed out, chanting “we’ll be back.”

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     “Staples is setting up fake post offices inside their stores that  jeopardize our nation’s public post offices, the sanctity of the mail and thousands of good jobs at living wages,” said organizer Jamie Partridge of Communities and Postal Workers United, sponsors of the action.
      Staples has contracted with the US Postal Service to staff post offices installed within their stores.  In pilot openings last fall, 82 post offices were launched inside Staples stores with low-paid, non-union, non-postal workers (the average Staples worker makes $18,000 per year).    If the pilots are “successful”, the USPS plans to open post offices inside every one of the 1,600 Staples stores nationwide, beginning this September.

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     As community post offices are being closed and hours reduced, understaffed with lines out the door, the USPS is opening up private post offices, staffed by poorly trained, unaccountable Staples employees.  “The public should not be fooled by claims of better service.  Staples workers are not sworn to safeguard the mail.  The risk of theft from the mail deposited in a Staples post office is very real,” stated Partridge.

     Urging individuals and institutions to boycott Staples, the protesters vow to increase pressure on the office supply chain until they drop the postal contract.

Portland Communities and Postal Workers United           contact:  Jamie Partridge 503-752-5112

www.StopStaples.com

cpwunited1@gmail.com

Local Sponsors: Portland Communities and Postal Workers United, Portland Jobs with Justice.
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Union Alliance-140311To Download A Copy of the Proclamation  Click Here for Picture , PDF

 

To Report Dark Delivery Hazards

As a follow-up to our Dec. 2nd National Day of Mourning for Tyson Jerome Barnette, letter carrier killed while delivering in the dark –
Community and Postal Workers United calls on all letter carriers who are required to deliver unsafely, in the dark on December 21st (exactly one month after Brother Barnette’s death) to file a Form 1767 – Report of Hazard, Unsafe Condition, or Practice.
Submit the Form 1767 to your supervisor for receipt, keep the blue copy, and send us your description* of the “Hazard, Unsafe Condition, or Practice.  Corrective Action Recommended.”   (Your supervisor must respond within 24 hours).  Let us know if you brought the mail back and what happened.  Let us know if you were ordered out again and if you brought the mail back and filed another 1767.  Let us know how many carriers in your station, in your installation participated in this day of action.   Send us an email (cpwunited1@gmail.com) or post on our facebook page.
We will publicize reports from across the nation.  The more carriers who participate on Dec. 21st, the more carriers will participate in the future.
We call on USPS management to end unsafe delivery in the dark, to fully staff carrier and clerk positions to allow early start and end times for letter carriers, to adjust overburdened routes to eight hours, and restore mail processing capacity.
The tragedy of Tyson Barnette’s killing was set up by the “consolidation” of mail processing and understaffing in the clerk craft, which has forced carrier start times later in the day.  This tragedy was set up by flawed route adjustments and carrier understaffing.  This tragedy will be repeated unless major changes are enforced.END UNSAFE DELIVERY in the DARK!  NOT ONE MORE DEATH FROM POSTAL MISMANAGEMENT!

In solidarity,

Ken Lerch, Joe Piette, Jamie Partridge, Frank Couget, Dave Welsh, Richard Koritz,  David Yao, Tom Dodge, John Dennie, Johnnie Stevens, Shelley Pineo-Jensen, Mike Bates

for Community and Postal Workers United
& Community Labor United for Postal Jobs & Services

*examples of unsafe dark delivery hazards…being mistaken as a burglar and getting shot at; being assaulted by robbers who work at night; crossing dark streets in traffic; driving near dark-clad pedestrians, bicyclists or skateboarders; hard-to-see ice and oil patches or wet leaves/wet moss/tree branches/toys/equipment; wet painted steps; released dogs unseen

 

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JOIN US in endorsing this Call !

Send your Name, Affiliation ( Union or Organization), City and State to cpwunited1@gmail.com

Ask your Local, State, Regional or National Body to Endorse

 
 

 It’s a scam. Why would anyone want to intentionally bankrupt the USPS?

     The answer is so that a crisis can be created, like the fiscal cliff, to justify “reforms” that are in the interest of the 1 percent who now own much of the Congress and most of the wealth of the Unite States, and would like even more.

     “If You’re Not Outraged, You’re Not Paying Attention. Get Angry, Get Active, Rise Up

 

     The Postal Service is ‘community.’ The battle to save the public Postal Service is a battle for ‘community.’ 

“The 1% is attempting to pull off the greatest swindle in the history of our Nation, the theft of an entire National Institution and Treasure that is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States of America. The Postal Service has served the People for over two centuries, is the linchpin of the $1 trillion mailing industry, vital for commerce and supports over 7 million jobs. It must not be sacrificed for the sake of Wall Street criminal investment opportunities and private profits!

What is a  Community & Postal Workers United Coalition ?   ( CPWU )

     A CPWU Coalition is a grassroots organization of individuals or group of citizens which cooperate in joint action, each in their own self-interest, joining forces together for a common cause, uniting behind a common goal.
   Some of the possible activities of a CPWU Coalition may include Town Hall Meetings, Rally’s, Marches, Protests, Distributing Flyers to the Public, Participate in Parades, etc… 

To Find or Join a Coalition near you,  Visit our Local Coalitions Page

 

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Postal Workers Right’s to Protest

                                Any citizen, including Postal Employees under the 1st amendment of the U.S. Constitution,
                           have the rights of freedom of assembly. As long as they are off the clock and are not in uniform.
 
                                                     Documentation of what you can & can not do can be found here:
                                                                 1. Postal Workers Have the Right to Speak
                                          2. Rules and Regulations Governing Conduct on Postal Service Property
 
 

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