NATIONAL CONFERENCE NEWS

by Vice President Carol Ann Santosusso, Summer 2014

THE U.S. MAIL IS NOT FOR SALE

During the APWU National Convention thousands of delegates were taken by bus to a Staples store where a rally was held to protest the privatization of good union paying jobs going to low paying jobs to be held by non postal employees.

Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, said Staples can do this the easy way and get out because the mail service already has the best workers in the world or they can fight us and spend a lot of time and money fighting us.

J. David Cox, President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), said "We will never shop Staples until they stop what they are doing to to the Post Office." The U.S. Mail is NOT for sale.

Reverend Jesse Jackson said this is a fight for a bigger picture; we must all stand together. They already closed 50 public schools, 50 drug stores closed and 72 grocery stores. He said do not sell the Post Office, Police Department and Fire Departments for everyone to fight privatization of public services.

Our APWU President Mark Dimondstein said about a week ago USPS and Staples attempted to derail the boycott by announcing the pilot was over but admitted Staples clerks would continue to do the work of uniformed postal workers under a program with a different name. This campaign will continue so long as the USPS tries to replace experienced, uniformed postal workers who are accountable to the American people with low wage, high turnover employees who have little training and who are NOT qualified to handle mail.

So instead of going to Staples to buy your back to school items, tell your family, friends and neighbors why they MUST NOT go to Staples for their supplies. Remember, the job you save may be your own.

Don’t Buy Your School Supplies at Staples

In union solidarity,

Carol Ann Santosusso
Vice President