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Staples store boycott continues into sixth month

12.18.14

DECEMBER 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Staples store boycott continues into sixth month

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, December 5th- The national boycott by many labor organizations of Staples office supply stores is continuing.

In June the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), and the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Washington DC, announced a boycott of all Staples Inc. stores throughout the nation.

The APWU is boycotting all Staples office supply stores in the United States, Staples.com and Staples Advantage. The boycott also covers all Staples branded proprietary products.

In 2013 the United States Postal Service (USPS) entered into an agreement with Staples to establish a ‘pilot program’ that placed knock-off ‘post offices’ in 82 Staples stores nationwide. The APWU stated the office supplier chain was utilizing nonunion, low-paid Staples employees instead of unionized, and well-trained USPS employees. The APWU represents mail processing employees of the USPS throughout the nation.

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO labor federation in Harrisburg supports the boycott and has called on for their affiliated labor organizations to not purchase office supplies from the retailer.

On July 21st, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, which approximately 800,000 union members from throughout the state are affiliated through their local labor organizations, endorsed the Staples boycott.

The labor unions’ want Staples to stop selling postage unless they hire APWU members.

Northeastern Chapter of the Coalition of Union Women application to be sent

12.18.14

DECEMBER 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Northeastern Chapter of the Coalition of Union Women application to be sent

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, December 5th- Melissa Matoushek, a Staff Representative for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union District Council 87, O’Neill Highway in Dunmore, which represents AFSCME members throughout nine counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and who is working to form a regional Chapter of the Coalition of Union Women (CLUW), stated the application to the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation will be sent by the end of 2014.

The newspaper has exclusively published several news articles in previous editions on Ms. Matoushek attempt to form a local chapter of CLUW.

In the previous edition of the newspaper it was reported that enough people have signed-up to become members of CLUW, which is sanctioned by the AFL-CIO. Before a chapter could be awarded enough people must become members of the organization. The minimum amount needed before a chapter would be awarded is 25.

Ms. Matoushek told the newspaper that approximately 27 people have become members of CLUW, including several men. At least 24 of the people that have signed-up to join the organization are women, mostly members of labor organizations throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The first meeting of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter was held in August at the AFSCME District Council 87 building, 1258 O’Neill Highway in Dunmore, Lackawanna County.

CLUW is a organization within the labor movement that is sanctioned by the AFL-CIO. The organization was formed in 1974 and currently has more than 75 chapters throughout the nation and a membership of approxiamtely 20,000 women and men.

CLUW’s primary goal is to be a resource to all union represented women to develop action programs within the framework of the labor community to deal with women objectives in the workplace.

The basic objective of CLUW is to promote affirmative action in the workplace, increase participation of women in their labor unions, organize the unrepresented, and engage women in the political and legislative process.

Anyone wanting to join the organization or needs more information can contact Ms. Matoushek at (570) 352-8006. Her e-mail address is: nepacluw@gmail.com.