Official Northwest Illinois Area Local Website

Updated April 15, 2014

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Northwest Illinois Area Local 7140

American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO

194 West Lake Street                         Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
Phone:   (630) 833-0088                                                                Fax:   (630) 833-0248

Toll Free: 1-877-472-0140


Carol Stream P&DC                               Palatine P&DC                           Chicago Metro L&DC
 (630) 260-5169                             (847) 590-6627                            (847) 595-7369





Floorspread February 2014 

By NWIAL 601 Clerk Craft Director, Calvin Taylor



APWU to Hold ‘Telephone Town Hall’ Meetings
To Discuss Campaign to Stop Staples

The APWU will hold two Telephone Town Hall meetings to discuss the campaign to Stop Staples. 

President Mark Dimondstein will talk with union members about the threat the USPS deal with 

Staples poses to our jobs — and to the public Postal Service. The Telephone Town Hall meetings 

are expected to last approximately 30 minutes and will include time for questions from union members.



From New York to California,
APWU Saying ‘No' to Staples

Gearing up for the April 24 National Day of Action, APWU state and local 

organizations held demonstrations at Staples stores in several states in 

recent days. Across the country, union members were protesting the sweetheart 

deal between the USPS and Staples that set up postal “counters” in the office-supply 

stores staffed by low-wage Staples employees — rather than employees of the United States Postal Service.



Video Highlights Chicago
APWU Members 'Stop Staples' Protest

A three-minute APWU video highlights the union’s April 5 demonstration at a Staples 

store near Chicago to protest a no-bid deal between the company and the U.S. Postal Service 

that staffs “postal” counters in Staples stores with non-postal employees.



Locations Announced for
April 24 Protests to ‘Stop Staples’ 

APWU local leaders are hard at work organizing protests for the APWU’s National Day of Action 

on April 24 at Staples Stores around the country. Union members and supporters will oppose a 

sweetheart deal between the office-supply retail chain and the Postal Service.



Staples Deal Still a Secret —
But Hearing Reveals Disturbing Truths

The Postal Service and Staples are working overtime to keep the details of their 

sweetheart deal a secret, but a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board — and documents the USPS 

was forced to provide to the APWU — have revealed some disturbing truths.



‘Stop Staples,’ Chicago Activists Say 

Hundreds of APWU members, joined by hundreds of labor and community activists, 

took to the streets outside a Staples store in Elmwood Park, IL to protest a no-bid, sweetheart deal between the U.S. Postal Service 

and Staples to set up postal “counters” staffed by low-wage Staples employees rather than U.S. Postal Service workers.


PSEs Should Beware
Of ‘Voice of Employee’ Surveys

Postal Support Employees should beware of management’s latest ploy, 

union leaders are warning: Beginning in April, the Postal Service plans to ask non-career 

employees to take Voice of the Employee (VOE) surveys.  



Based on a Falsehood,
Ryan Budget Would Plunder Postal Service

The postal provisions in the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on April 1 

are a “thinly-veiled attempt to plunder the Postal Service — to slash service, 

cut workers’ benefits, and render our great national treasure ripe for privatization,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.



APWU, USPS Reach Agreement
On Filling Residual Vacancies
Settlement Will Result in PSE, PTF Conversions

An important March 20 agreement between the APWU and USPS outlines 

a procedure for filling residual vacancies in the Clerk, Maintenance and Motor Vehicle Crafts, 

and will result in the conversion of Postal Support Employees to career status and 

the conversion of Part-Time Flexible Clerks to full-time, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced.




Preparations Underway for April 24
National Day of Action to ‘Stop Staples’

APWU locals are gearing up for the National Day of Action to Stop Staples 

on Thursday, April 24, at locations across the country.



National Association of Letter Carriers
Stands with APWU to ‘Stop Staples’

The National Association of Letter Carriers is taking a stand in support of the APWU’s fight 

against the sweetheart deal between the USPS and Staples that puts postal retail 

operations in Staples stores — and staffs them with low-wage, high-turnover Staples 

employees rather than postal employees.



Postal Unions FormsAlliance
Declaration Promises Joint Efforts

“A congressionally-manufactured financial crisis drains the USPS of vital resources,” the union presidents 

write in a proclamation signed over the last several days. “Six-day delivery is under constant 

threat of elimination. The reduction of service standards and the elimination of half of the nation’s 

mail processing centers has slowed service and wiped out tens of thousands of good jobs. Post offices 

in cities and small towns are being sold or closed or having their hours cut back.



National Day of Action
To Stop Staples Set for April 24

The APWU has announced a National Day of Action on April 24 to protest the sweetheart 

deal between the USPS and Staples that puts postal retail operations in 

Staples stores — and staffs them with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees.



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The Northwest Illinois Area Local 7140 of the APWU represents more than 1,500 members in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, at Carol Stream P&DC IL, Palatine P&DC IL, and the Chicago Metro Surface Hub, and the following Associate Offices: Bellwood, Franklin Park, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Melrose Park, Mount Prospect, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Northbrook, River Grove, Winnetka, Glencoe, Glenview, Lake Forest, Golf, Techny, Wilmette, Wheaton and Winfield.

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