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September 25, 2018
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Posted On: Dec 29, 2016

Staples – USPS Affair Violated Federal Law

After a two year fight a decision was handed down by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge Paul Bogas upheld all charges filed by APWU against the USPS – Staples Approved Shopper Program.

Judge Bogas ruled the Staples deal was subcontracting within the meaning of Article 32 of our National Agreement. The ruling stated that the USPS illegally and intentionally ignored its legal obligation under the National Labor Relations Act to bargain with the APWU in regards to doing business with Staples and the effects on the members of this union. 

A cited internal Postal Service report of 2/12/2012, showed it was a fact that the goal of the “retail partnerships” was to mitigate the majority of volume both new and existing. The judge found that “the USPS failed to notify the union of this report at any time before it was subpoenaed in this litigation.”

President Dimondstein stated that it was clear from the Postal Services own testimony and documents they were intent on eliminating window services and closing Post Offices.

Further evidence proved that postal management hid their true intent to privatize retail operations from the union.

Among other remedies the decision ordered the USPS to “discontinue its retail partnership with Staples.” The Postal Service is expected to appeal the NLRB’s decision.

Until the deal is eliminated in its entirety the boycott and ‘Stop Staples” campaign continues.

Tri State Conference a success

The yearly Tri State Conference for Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky was held in early November. Over 140 representatives met for three days in Indianapolis for contractual updates and training. National Business Agent Mike Schmid cancelled his weekend in D.C. of the banquet and swearing in of the new National Officers to put on training classes and give updates on the new National Agreement for us.  OPWU Executive Vice President Daleo Freeman and I taught the new stewards class. We had about 12 hours of material to cover for the 35 stewards in attendance but only 2 1/2 hours to present it. To say the least they got a ton of information and when the room cleared at the end of the class there was not a single handout or piece of paper left behind. Indiana State president Doug Brown and Kentucky State president Michael Macho presented a class on Roberts Rules of Order. There was also a presentation by two Investigators from the National Labor Relations Board that was somewhat informative. All together a successful conference. Thanks to President Brown who did a lot of work and some last-minute scrambling for hotel rooms that weekend on a great conference.

Ohio fares well in National Election

I am exceedingly proud to report to you that Ohio now has four National Officers, an increase from two from the last election. They are long time National Business Agent of the Maintenance Craft Vance Zimmerman from the Greater Cincinnati Area Local as the new Director of Industrial Relations at headquarters. This position also comes with a seat on the National Executive Board.  Mike Schmid National Business agent from of the Clerk Craft from the Columbus Ohio Area Local was re-elected to his third term. Mike Funk President of the Greater Cincinnati Area Local was elected to National Business Agent of the Clerk Craft. And last but not least Craig Fisher President of the Tri County Area Local was elected to National Business Agent of the Maintenance Craft. Congratulations to all. I can personally assure you we are in good hands with the level of expertise these four bring to their respective positions. Best of luck to them in these high responsibility, huge workload jobs.

I want to thank the officers and staff of the OPWU for all the hard work they continue to do. And lastly, to wish all Union members a Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

Yours in Union

Steve Charles

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