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Update: No exception for USPS in Trump hiring freeze order

Update: On January 31 2017, the Trump regime excluded the USPS from the hiring freeze. NBC News has posted a copy of the Trump hiring freeze executive order. The order, as reported earlier, excludes only military personnel. The order is to apply “across the board in the executive branch”. The US Postal Service, by law, is defined as an “independent establishment of the executive branch of the Government of the United States”. (As we’ve noted

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Installation of Officers

On Sunday January 22, 2017 Installation of officers were sworn in by Western Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez. Pictured from left to right, OMAR GONZALEZ-(Western Region Coordinator), ROBBIN C BUCCAT-(Treasurer), DANTE VIDENA-(Vice President), ED PERALTA-(President), BIRBAL BOLA-(Maintenance Craft Dir), MATT THOMAS-(Clerk Craft Dir), RON VIDAMO-(Secretary). Other elected Officers who could not attend are MILAN BALEJKA-(Legislative Dir), and SALVADOR ZAPIEN-(MVS Craft Dir)

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The USPS and Staples Deal is Over!

APWU NSB 01-2017 (845.75 KB) 01/05/2017 – Postal management informed the APWU in writing that the “Approved Shipper” program in Staples stores will be shut down by the end of February 2017. This victory concludes the APWU’s three-year struggle. The boycott against Staples is over! “I salute and commend every member and supporter who made this victory possible,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “I never doubted that if we stayed the course, stuck together and

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APWU Goals for the Upcoming Year

President Dimondstein’s installation speech Web News Article #: 03-2017   01/09/2017 President Dimondstein spoke about the recent victories and future challenges for the American Postal Workers Union during his address at the installation of officers on Nov. 5, 2016. Click here to watch a highlight video about the successes of the last three years and the goals for the upcoming term. Source: APWU Goals for the Upcoming Year | APWU

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Raffle Drawing Winner Jan 22, 2017

  Daryl Brown From the San Jose P&DC maintenance craft is the lucky raffle drawing winner of $50.00 Come join us on the next Membership Meeting, you could be the next lucky winner. Remember you must be present to win.

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Iowa Post Office Issued $44,000 Fine for OSHA Violations | APWU

Workers Exposed to Electrical, Chemical Hazards Web News Article #: 161-201608/04/2016 – On July 29, a post office located in Osceola, IA, was issued a fine of $44,000 for four serious and one repeated safety violations. The fines follow a complaint made in February alleging safety concerns at the facility. According to the investigation, the Postal Service: Exposed workers to electrical hazards by using a power strip improperly and creating a potential fire hazard. Allowed

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Des Moines Postal Facility Issued $119,000 Fine for OSHA Violations

Web News Article #: 118-2016 06/07/2016 – The University Station post office and sorting facility in Des Moines, IA was issued fine of $119,000 for two repeated and two serious OSHA citations on June 2. OSHA launched the investigation following a complaint in December that alleged various safety concerns.  Violations include: Workers are exposed to slip, trip and fall hazards because a jagged, metal conduit extended vertically into carriers’ walking path. A mechanical fire door located

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USPS halts Staples deal after union protest, judge’s order

SAN JOSE — The U.S. Postal Service has terminated an agreement that allowed Staples employees to operate post office desks inside the retailer’s stores, union and postal officials said Thursday. “The program is over,” Augustine Ruiz, a Bay Area spokesman for the USPS, confirmed Thursday. Ruiz didn’t know how many Staples stores in the Bay Area provide postal services. More than 500 Staples retail outlets around the country have been offering postal services. “A National Labor

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