Hearings for Contract Arbitration End

On May 4, 2016, hearings for the APWU contract arbitration with the U.S. Postal Service came to an end. The hearings were an opportunity for the union and management to present their positions on the new contract. A three-member Arbitration Panel will likely issue its decision in the next thirty to sixty days, according to Mark Dimondstein.

Nomination and Petition Process Has Begun

The nomination process for election of national officers of APWU began on May 1, 2016. Petitions have been mailed out to all locals. We respectfully request and welcome your endorsement and encourage you to return the petitions at your earliest convenience.

Dimondstein Champions Voting by Mail

Today, our nation is in the midst of the most aggressive attempt to roll back voting rights in more than a century. While our allies fight to restore the Voting Rights Act in the Supreme Court, it is important to look at other ways to protect the right to vote. 

On May 13, Mark Dimondstein will participate on a panel hosted by the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights. Dimondstein will make the case for expansion of voting by mail as one way to increase access to voting as well as to strengthen our public postal service.

Staples in the News

A federal judge agreed with the Federal Trade Commission’s ruling against the proposed merger of Staples and Office Depot. Mark Dimondstein was quoted in the Courthouse News Service: “If the merger had been allowed to go through, Staples would be the only office supply superstore chain left standing. That would have led to higher prices and fewer choices.”

Also in Staples news, Mark Dimondstein will testify at the upcoming National Labor Relations Board hearing May 18. The NLRB is holding hearings on the legality of the secret deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples to transfer retail work from postal workers to Staples employees.