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A Growing Climate Movement: People’s Climate Movement’s National Day of Action

More Than 150 Actions Nationwide Demand Bold Action at Paris Climate Talks

NEW YORK, NY – Just six weeks before critical U.N. talks in Paris, climate justice organizations, labor unions, faith-based groups and regular people from all walks of life are uniting to demand urgent action on climate at more than 150 events around the country.

Organized by the People’s Climate Movement, an outgrowth of the People’s Climate March, today’s National Day of Action (follow at #peoplesclimate) aims to put U.S. and global leaders on notice that the climate movement is growing and expanding every day and is even more committed to tackling the climate crisis than ever.

“Climate change is too big for any one organization or sector to address alone,” said Eddie Bautista, Executive Director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance. “That is why we are building a multi-sector, broad-based movement that that unites communities, led by those on the front lines, to demand bold action and to show those in power that climate change is everyone’s issue.”

The goal of the People’s Climate Movement is to engage communities across the U.S. and create momentum at the  grassroots level for bold action on climate. We strive to bring together diverse constituencies, communities and local leaders to collectively voice demands for climate action, particularly in places that are not typically associated with grassroots action on climate change like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado, Texas and Florida.

“Across our country today, from Denver to Miami, from Seattle to Pittsburgh, Americans are making their voices heard for climate action and a strong and just clean energy economy. Whether it’s faith leaders, working families, civil rights champions or just concerned citizens, communities nationwide are standing up for climate solutions and a strong international climate agreement in Paris this year to move us beyond dirty, dangerous fossil fuels to the health of our families and our planet,” said Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club.

Today’s actions are about fighting for a fair and just clean energy economy that provides new jobs and training for workers hardest hit in the transition from fossil fuels, so communities and families can benefit from clean energy technology. America can revitalize its manufacturing and construction industries by investing in energy efficiency, clean energy technologies and sustainable infrastructure. We don’t need to sacrifice economic growth, and we can protect the workers and communities who are most likely to be affected during the transition.

“We must address the human and economic threats that climate change poses while creating an economy that works for us all of us,” said Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). “Addressing growing global climate-related turmoil will protect our vulnerable communities while creating the good clean-energy jobs of the future.”

The movement for climate action is growing and getting stronger every day. Workers, farmers, parents, youth leaders, business owners, interfaith leaders, indigenous communities, immigrants’ rights advocates, social justice groups and environmental activists all understand that this fight is their fight.

Young people are also engaged. “I am overjoyed that Miami is anchoring a vibrant and decisive call for aggressive climate action. Our day of action is about uplifting our hopes for this beautifully resilient city that is home to our dreams of a climate legacy deserving of pride, joy, and admiration. A legacy that ensures that under resourced communities and affluent communities alike will not be left to drown as a result of willful neglect. Miami deserves climate action-now!,” said Kaydrianne Young, Organizer and Youth Leader with New Florida Majority.

The impacts of climate change are compounded by economic and social inequality. Low-income communities and developing nations are often hit hardest by the impacts of pollution and climate change, while wealthy communities and nations have disproportionately contributed to the problem.

People are already feeling the harsh effects of climate change in their own communities and backyards, and they’re mobilizing in a band of activism in cities from coast to coast. Reverend Leo Woodberry of Florence, South Carolina saw the human impact of climate change just days ago.

“Recent events like the floods in my home of South Carolina, and disasters nationally and globally, show climate deniers that their continued denial of reality is devastating not only to the planet, but to human lives as well,” said Reverend Woodberry.

Despite the importance of the Paris talks, the People’s Climate movement does not intend to stop there.

“Any agreement that comes out of Paris will not mark the end of our efforts, but rather, it will be an important step in the global process of ending the climate crisis. The next step is to hold nations accountable to their commitments and continue to set the bar high for actions in fighting climate change,” added Paul Getsos, National Coordinator of the People’s Climate Movement.

A sampling of the more than 150 events taking place today nationwide:

The Miami People’s Climate March included faith communities and business leaders as well as labor, social service, social justice, education and student organizations – all of whom are pressing for change. And taking to the streets to demand it.

In Milwaukee, Organizers held a demonstration and rally addressing the climate change crisis that brought together a broad coalition of labor, environmental, peace, interfaith, American Indian, African American and community justice organizations to plan and participate.

In Louisville, community members gathered for a march and rally to celebrate Mayor Fischer’s proclamation of October 14th as “People’s Climate Action Day” in Louisville.

In Silver City, New Mexico, young people held educational events on food security, water conservation, solar power and recycling, along with a video and discussion.

In Cleveland, labor, community organizing and environmental groups gathered by the shore of Lake Erie to call attention to the impact of climate change on the local water supply.

In New York City, Participants gathered at Chase Bank’s Midtown headquarters and the Harlem State Office Building to publicly demonstrate against Chase Bank and other entities’ financial ties to climate change and to call for investment in a clean energy economy that addresses the needs of low-income communities, workers, the unemployed and communities of color.

In Chicago, a coalition marched through the city to urge the governor to implement the Clean Power plan in an equitable way.

In Seattle, a diverse group of marchers took to the streets of Downtown to show that everyone is invested in the fight against climate change, and all voices need to be heard when determining climate solutions.

For more information on today’s National Day of Action, visit www.peoplesclimate.org.

Follow the day’s events on twitter with the hashtag #peoplesclimate.

The People’s Climate Movement National Day of Action for October 14, is being led by organizations from across the movement to protect the planet, including:

32BJ Service Employees International Union, 350.org, Align: The Alliance for a Greater New York, Avaaz, Blue Green Alliance, Center for Community Change, Center for Popular Democracy, Climate Justice Alliance, GreenFaith, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, People’s Climate Movement NYC, Oil Change International, People’s Climate Art, Responsible Endowment Coalition, Sierra Club, Student Divestment Network, UPROSE, US Climate Action Network, League of Conservation Voters

IBEW And CWA FairPoint Strikers Rally In Concord (InZane Times)

“One Day Longer, One Day Stronger”


With an inflatable corporate pig hovering behind them, hundreds of IBEW and CWA members with their allies rallied at the State House yesterday calling for a fair contract with FairPoint Communications.

The two unions went on strike ten weeks ago following months of frustrated bargaining before and after their contract expired on August 2.

“In April, FairPoint came out with their one contract proposal,” IBEW leader Glenn PC190063Brackett said, waving his index finger while speaking from a stage attached to a Teamsters truck parked next to the State House.

The unions made three comprehensive proposals and even offered $200 million in concessions, Brackett said. But the company has refused to deal and lied to the public along the way. 

Meanwhile, hundreds of consumers have complained to the Public Utilities Commission that the company, which took over Verizon’s New Hampshire landlines in 2008, is not providing the services for which it is getting paid.  Vermont’s E-911 system has been among the casualties, as has the City of Nashua’s internet service. 

“This company has no credibility,” Brackett charged.

“The corporation is in North Carolina and this morning they have internet.  They’ve got 911 and their telephones work,” Brackett said.  “Why?  Because FairPoint does not provide services to the communities in which their executives live.” [see video

“How long will the State of New Hampshire allow its public safety to be threatened by a company frPC190054om North Carolina?,” Brackett asked. 

Strikers and supporters took a few circuits around the State House lawn, chanting and chatting, while  Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and retired IBEW member Linda Horan greeted them as they went by.  Other political figures in the crowd included State Representative Renny Cushing and State Senators Jeff Woodburn, Donna Soucy, and Lou D’Allesandro. 

The crowd left the State House at about 12:30 pm and walked a few blocks to the FairPoint office on South Street, where they chanted some more and tauntedPC190065 strikebreakers who were looking down from company windows. 

The conflict is not just about wages and benefits.  Central to FairPoint’s strategy is its intent to outsource jobs now held by union members.  The unions points out that the service problems consumers are experiencing now will become the norm if FairPoint can hire unqualified contractors to perform functions now carried out by experienced union workers. 

The conflict over contracting out is emblematic of developments in the larger PC190064economy, where outsourcing via staffing agencies is becoming the norm in ever larger sectors of the labor market.  Strong unions are about all that stops the slide toward a disposable workforce.

That may be why clergy from the United Church of Christ have decided to speak up about the FairPoint strike.  In a column published in the Valley News, they wrote:

So here we are today: hedge fund corporate owners versus dedicated New Hampshire (and Maine and Vermont) workers who have the courage to take a stand to protect the kinds of jobs that sustain families and strong communities. Shades of Moses standing up against Pharaoh’s hard heart, perhaps? Or David versus Goliath? Or Jesus challenging the greedy money changers?

According to the Concord Monitor, a spokesperson for Governor Maggie Hassan said she is “concerned about the disruption in FairPoint services and its impact on the state’s communications infrastructure, our public safety systems and economy, as well as the company’s overall commitment to the people and businesses of New Hampshire.”

“One day longer, one day stronger,” the strikers chanted.  That’s great spirit, but some emergency funds for workers on strike more than two months will help.  You can contribute to the IBEW/CWA Solidarity Fund by clicking here.


US Postal Unions And Community Activists To Hold “Stop Delaying America’s Mail” Rally In Manchester, NH (and Nationally)

Postal-Unions-Set-Day-of-Action-to-Protest-Service-Cuts-Mail-Delays_blog_post_fullWidthOn Nov. 14 postal workers across the country will come together for a National Day of Action to tell Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!  Please join us! Whether you are postal employee, a small business owner, an individual customer, or someone who simply wants the U.S. Postal Service to survive and thrive, please get involved!

“The Postal Service is set to make severe cuts in mail delivery service that, if implemented, would cause hardships for customers, drive away business, and cause incalculable harm to its reputation,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.

Why Now?

The Postmaster General is poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service.

  • On Jan. 5, the USPS is slated to lower “service standards” to virtually eliminate overnight delivery – including first-class mail from one address to another within the same city or town.
  • All mail (medicine, online purchases, local newspapers, church bulletins, letters, bill payments, invitations) throughout the country will be delayed.
  • Beginning Jan. 5, 82 Mail Processing & Distribution Centers are scheduled to close.

These cuts will cause hardships for customers, drive away business, cause irreparable harm to the U.S. Postal Service, and lead to massive schedule changes and reassignments for employees.

Flawed Strategy

They are part of a flawed management strategy that has unnecessarily sacrificed service and failed to address the cause of the Postal Service’s manufactured financial crisis.

  •  More than 140 plants have closed since 2012;
  •  As a result, mail is delivered much later in the day, well into the evening;
  •  Retail work is being sent to Staples, at more than 1,500 stores throughout the country;
  •  Door delivery is being eliminated in most new housing developments;
  •  Chronic understaffing frustrates customers and slows the mail, and
  •  Six-day delivery is under constant threat.

The four postal unions are joining forces to protect service, fight for our livelihoods, and defend our great national treasure, the U.S. Postal Service. We have many allies in the fight against the proposed changes, including more than half the Senate and 160 U.S. Representatives.

Read the letter from the leaders of the four postal unions to Postmaster General Board of Directors.

Are the Cuts Inevitable?

The Nov. 14 date was selected because it coincides with the USPS Board of Governors’ last public meeting of 2014. On that day, the board will release the USPS financial reports for the fiscal year, and undoubtedly will once again bemoan “billions of dollars in losses.”

In fact, the USPS has earned more than $1 billion in profit from operations this year. The “losses” are the result of a bogus pre-funding requirement and have nothing to do with the cost of collecting, sorting and delivering mail.

The four postal unions, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), National Postal Mail Handlers Union(NPMHU) and National Rural Letter Carriers Association (NRLCA), are urging their members and postal customers to send a message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors:

Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

For those in New Hampshire, we will be hosting a candlelight vigil (details below) for others click here for a listing of events in your area

New Hampshire Candlelight Vigil

grim-reaperWhen: Friday, November 14, 2014

Where: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at City Hall Plaza, 904 Elm St., Manchester.

What: Those attending are encouraged to bring a candle/flashlight/ small light of some sort. Dress in Funeral attire. Even “Grim Reapers” would be appropriate.

Tee Shirts will be provided while supplies last. First come, first served.

Click here to download a sharable flyer for this event.

JUST ADDED! Informational flyers to be given out at Concord Post office and Nashua City Hall Plaza.  CLICK HERE for more details. 

Tell Governor Christie No Social Security or Medicare Cuts

Hands off my social security Rally to Oppose Cuts to Social Security and Medicare earned benefits

As budget hawks once again turn up the pressure to balance the federal budget on the backs of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens, activists demanding income security for New Hampshire’s seniors will take their case to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and GOP Leaders. Gov. Christie wants to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits. Our rally is to tell Christie and GOP Leaders how important Social Security is to our communities and our lives.  Medicare and Social Security are earned benefits—not welfare—and seniors are counting on our leaders to protect these benefits, not cut them. New Hampshire Seniors deserve better New Hampshire’s economy is threatened by cuts to Social Security benefits which bring $4 billion to our local communities serving 270,000 residents each year.

In New Jersey, Social Security accounts for over $24 billion of spending into the economy for 1.5 million of its residents.Social Security provides a lifeline to beneficiaries, families, and the local businesses which serve them. While some in Washington claim America can’t afford programs like Social Security and Medicare, the truth is states like New Hampshire can’t afford to lose the economic benefits they provide to every community in the state.

WHO:          Volunteers with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the Alliance for Retired Americans, the Granite State Organizing Project, and the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance

WHAT:        Rally to Oppose Cuts to Social Security and Medicare

WHEN:        Thursday, July 31 at 5:30pm

WHERE:     Fisher Cats Stadium, 1 Line Dr, Manchester, New Hampshire 03101

With millions of members and supporters across America, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is the nation’s #1 advocacy group fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare for all citizens from younger workers and baby-boomers to the nation’s 40 million seniors. The National Committee informs its members and other citizens about legislative and regulatory proposals, which will affect their working and retirement life. In turn, we take their concerns directly to the White House and the Congress with our staff of professional lobbyists and grassroots advocates.

For more information about the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare call 1-800-966-1935

The National Committee, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization acts in the interests of its membership through advocacy, education, services, grassroots efforts and the leadership of the Board of Directors and professional staff. The work of the National Committee is directed toward developing better-informed citizens and voters.

Postal Workers to Protest Privatization at Concord Staples Store Today, April 24

Local Activists Join National Day of Action

Many Details of the Deal Between USPS and Staples Remain a Secret

APWU Logo (small)Concord, NH — Members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), Manchester Area Local , will protest on Thursday, April 24, against a sweetheart deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples that is privatizing USPS retail services and replacing good, living-wage postal jobs with low-wage, high-turnover jobs at Staples. The deal will compromise service to customers and jeopardize the security of the mail. Details of the agreement are being kept secret and have not yet been made available to the public.

Who:         Members of the Manchester Area Local APWU, the National Association of Letter Carriers, The National Postal Mailhandlers Union, and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association will be joined by the NH AFL-CIO, members of numerous local unions, other working men & women throughout the state, and friends and allies who believe in maintaining a public Postal Service.

What:       Protest at Concord Staples, against privatization of U.S. Postal Service retail services.

When:       Thursday, April 24,4-6 pm

Where:     Staples, Fort Eddy Plaza

The protest in Concord is part of a National Day of Action, where participants will protest the USPS-Staples deal, which in October/November 2013 established postal counters in more than 80 Staples stores in four geographic areas. The Postal Service plans to expand the program to Staples’ 1,500 stores nationwide. All of this is occurring despite problems that make the future of some Staples stores very uncertain.

“Staples employees receive minimal training, and the company’s low pay results in high employee turnover,” said Dana Coletti, president of Manchester Area Local APWU.  “With so many concerns about privacy and identity theft, the U.S. mail should be handled by highly-trained, experienced postal employees, who swear an oath to protect your letters and packages and who are accountable to the American people. This program is compromising service to our customers.

“While many of the details of this pilot program are being hidden from the public, many things remain quite clear. The Postal Service, which is the largest civilian employer of veterans, requires postal employees to pass a test and a background check, to complete intensive training and to take an oath to protect the security and safety of the mail. It should be a matter of concern to the public that packages and letters at Staples stores are not even considered mail until they are picked up by the Postal Service. This program threatens both mail security and good, stable jobs” said Janice Kelble, Legislative & Political Director for Manchester Area Local APWU.  “It’s bad for postal workers, bad for our communities, and bad for our country.”

“But this isn’t just about postal jobs,” said national APWU President Mark Dimondstein said. “Many people are outraged that a tremendous public asset is being turned over to a struggling private company.”  Staples recently announced that it would close 225 stores by 2015.

Note: In NH a Hooksett Staples store suddenly disappeared only months ago. Will the same thing happen with postal services vanishing, based on Staples bottom line, with no regard to the needs of a community? 

“Staples makes business decisions based on the bottom line, not service to the people of the country,” Dimondstein said. “As a nation, we need to decide what kind of Postal Service we want. Are we going to have a vibrant, modern, public mail system that serves all of the people, or are we going to let privatizers kill this great institution?”

Thursday’s National Day of Action follows dozens of protests by postal workers and community allies in Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco and other cities.

For more information about the campaign to stand up for quality service and good-paying jobs, visit Stop Staples.com.  See also “Postal Union Fights Staples Partnership,” in the Huffington Post, and “The Postal Service Outsources Itself to a Company Doing Almost as Badly as the Postal Service,” in The New Republic.

A copy of the agreement between Staples and the USPS – heavily redacted – is available on the APWU website.


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The American Postal Workers Union represents 200,000 employees of the United States Postal Service, and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.


APWU Announces National Protest Of STAPLES Stores On April 24th

stop-staples-275Postal Workers to Protest Privatization at
More than 50 Staples Stores 
in 27 States on April 24

Message to Staples: The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale

WASHINGTON – Thousands of members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and community activists will engage in National Day of Action on Thursday, April 24, to protest the Postal Service’s sweetheart deal with Staples that is moving mail service into Staples stores.  Events will be held at more than 50 Staples retail locations across 27 states.

In October, the USPS announced a no-bid deal to open postal counters in more than 80 Staples stores. The U.S. Postal Service plans to expand this “pilot” project to Staples’ 1,500 stores nationwide.

Staples employees, who work for low wages and meager benefits – and who have received minimal training – operate these unsecured postal counters.

Although Staples and the Postal Service have worked hard to keep the details of their arrangement a secret, the APWU recently obtained a heavily-redacted copy of the agreement.  Despite the fact that many of the pages were blacked out, the document provides clear evidence that the Staples sweetheart deal will compromise the quality, security and reliability that consumers expect and deserve in the handling of their mail.

tumblr_inline_n44n7aUrw81sz6kfn“The American people have a right to know that their mail is handled by highly-trained uniformed postal employees who have taken an oath to protect the sanctity of the mail and who are accountable to the people of the country – whether it’s at the Post Office or an office-supply store,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

Research shows that consumers have high regard for postal employees and are skeptical about the Staples deal, according to InfoTrends, which recently completed a report for the USPS Inspector General. Many postal customers, the firm reported, “were uncomfortable with co-location of Post Offices not staffed by USPS employees, such as with the Postal Service’s recent partnership with Staples stores.”

‘I want a real postal employee to handle my mail,’ said one woman from an urban location. ‘It’s like when you go in to a drug store to get a flu shot. You don’t want to get it from a regular Walgreen’s employee.’

An internal USPS document makes clear that the goal of the program is to replace the good, living-wage jobs held by USPS employees with low-wage jobs in the private sector.

“But this isn’t just about postal jobs,” Dimondstein said. “Many people are outraged that a tremendous public asset is being turned over to a struggling private company.”  Staples recently announced that it would close 225 stores by 2015.

“Staples makes business decisions based on the bottom line, not service to the people of the country,” Dimondstein said.

“As a nation, we need to decide what kind of Postal Service we want. Are we going to have a vibrant, modern, public mail system that serves all of the people, or are we going to let privatizers kill this great institution?” The APWU supports expanding postal service – by improving accessibility as well as the variety of services offered, he said.

Today’s National Day of Action follows protests by postal workers and community allies in Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Berkeley and other cities since January.

Many teachers, who regularly buy school supplies at Staples, have joined the APWU in protesting this attempt to privatize postal services. On April 28, the California Federation of Teachers will vote on a resolution asking their members to buy school supplies from other retailers. This will likely be the first of many similar actions by educators to boycott Staples. It’s estimated that 30 percent of Staples revenue comes from back-to-school sales.


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For more information about the Stop Staples campaign, visit StopStaples.com.  A copy of the agreement between Staples and the USPS – heavily redacted – is available on the APWU website, at www.apwu.org

For additional background information, see these recent stories from the Huffington Post, New Republic and the Associated Press:





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The American Postal Workers Union represents 200,000 employees of the United States Postal Service. The union is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

How Are BAIN Capital, The Staples CEO, and The USPS All Connected?

Senator Bernie Sanders told me and other union members last weekend that if conservative ideologues get control of our government, then the Postal Service would be privatized in five minutes. This privatization will put all postal employees’ jobs/retirements in peril and eliminate our country’s most trusted government service that millions of people depend on. It seems like the USPS – Staples partnership may be the first step toward that outcome.

The agreement between the USPS and Staples established postal counters in 82 Staples stores that will be staffed with low-wage, non-union Staples employees. Eventually these knock-off postal centers could be located in all 1580 Staples locations.

“We support the expansion of customer access to USPS services, but we insist that postal work must be performed by uniformed postal workers who have passed a background check, taken an oath of office and are accountable to the people,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

This USPS-Staples partnership seems like a dream scenario for the Koch Brothers and their political puppets. Shifting good solid union middle class jobs to a company that pays its workers about $9 an hour is exactly how America’s corporate elite plan to profit from dismantling our Postal Service.

Why Staples CEO Ronald Sargent — who over the last 6 years has averaged $15 million a year in pay — does not pay his sales associates and cashiers more than their $8.64 hourly wage is outrageous to anyone who believes in economic fairness. Considering Staples management roots come from Mitt Romney and Bain Capital this type of behavior shouldn’t be surprising.  It’s also not surprising that Staples employees are required to watch an anti-union video message from Staples when hired.

Ronald Sargent is clearly no friend of working people, or taxpayers for that matter. Sargent has been a long time Board of Directors Member for Aramark, one of the most of the most anti-worker companies in the country.  Aramark’s newest frontier is privatizing state prison food services.  It’s had some disastrous results like prison riots in Kentucky over its terrible product or across the river in Ohio where Aramark  billed the state for 1.7 million meals it never served.  Aramark seems to be a company that symbolizes everything that is wrong with this era of Crony Capitalism. Its RAP sheet of defrauding states and abusing workers is stunning.

Mr. Sargent is the perfect liaison to start the dismantling of the Postal Service. He is close to Romney (contributed tens of thousands of dollars to him) and the privatizers on the political side — and has experience in overseeing the privatization of public services on the business side.

History has shown that Ben Franklin founded the world’s best Postal Service and it united our country both in commerce and in spirit.

Will history also show that Ronald Sargent, the ultimate Crony Capitalist, is the first to profit from its dismantling?

Please join the Postal Workers on Thursday April 24, from 4-6 pm in Concord NH for a peaceful demonstration near the Concord Staples on Fort Eddy Road (across from LL Bean at exit 14 off of 93 N). Help us STOP the privatization & destruction of the U.S.P.S. before it’s too late.

More details here


RALLY April 5th: Not One More Deportation, Not One More Family Split Apart

NH groups join thousands across U.S. April 5 to demand an end to deportations now

Immigration reform for americaNASHUA – The NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees, the American Friends Service Committee and the NH Conference of the United Church of Christ will join thousands across the country on Saturday April 5, 2014 to demand that President Obama end deportations.

“This Administration is deporting more than 1,000 immigrants every day.  It’s time to stop the practice of tearing families apart. President Obama can and should act immediately to halt deportations. The purpose of this action is to strengthen his will to do so,” said Eva Castillo of the NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees.

The New Hampshire event will be held in the parking lot at St. Aloysius of Gonzaga Church, 48 W. Hollis Street, Nashua from 10 to 11 am, with art, music and reflections from families who have experienced deportation.  There will be parking available in designated areas.  In case of rain, the event will be held indoors.  All are welcome.

Across the country, immigrants and allies are taking action – including detainees refusing food in Tacoma, WA and Conroe, TX detention centers operated by for-profit GEO Group, Inc. – to stop the destruction of communities and the erosion of civil and human rights.

“New Hampshire people are raising our voices in support of our immigrant brothers and sisters who simply want to work hard and be with their families.  We say ‘Not one more deportation,’ ” said Maggie Fogarty of the American Friends Service Committee’s NH Program.

The USPS Teams Up With Staples: Taking Good Union Jobs And Turing Them Into Part-Time, Low Wage Jobs

Image by Nicholas Eckhart Flikr

Image by Nicholas Eckhart Flikr

The US MAIL IS NOT FOR SALE. The manufactured crisis that is being used to destroy the postal service is taking a new turn this spring. As ongoing efforts to eliminate Saturday mail delivery have come to a standstill in our deadlocked Congress. The USPS is moving forward with a plan to place postal counters, without postal employees in 8o Staples stores. In time they want to expand this misguided plan to over 1500 stores nationwide.

These Staples stores will be manned strictly by non-union Staples employees. This is the right-wing dream scenario of turning thousands of solid middle class union jobs into part-time/low wage jobs. Would you rather have a trusted postal worker, who is sworn to protect the mail,  handling your transaction or would you rather roll the dice on the credibility of a  low wage staples worker?  Its one step closer to dismantling the worlds best Postal Service, and one more affront on the war on workers.

The Postal Service is kicking the door open to privatize retail operations,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said. Staples is not a Mom-and-Pop operation, he pointed out, and, “If we don’t stop this program, we will soon get a letter from the Postal Service telling us management plans to contract out all of retail,”

A few weeks ago Staples announced its planning to close over 200 stores nationwide. This news did not deter USPS plans to pursue this contracting out program. This proves, more than ever,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein, “that it’s a bad idea to turn public services over to a private company that can close stores at will, with no public input and no public comment.

It’s easy to envision a scenario where a local post office is closed and its services placed in a nearby Staples store. Then without warning that Staples closes. Why would the Postal Service theoretically place its customers in that dire situation?

Instead of pursuing this misguided union busting partnership with Staples the USPS would be better off by working with Congress to provide banking services at the local Post Office. This would provide a valuable public service for millions of Americans, while at the same time providing a new revenue stream for the USPS.

There is a growing need for a postal banking system. With over 25% of the American public without bank accounts the demand is abundant. Currently they are being forced to pay exorbitant fees to non traditional banking services just to accomplish routine banking tasks.  These 68  million “unbanked” citizens paid over $89 billion in fees and interest in 2012, on average 10% of their income. The USPS is the only entity positioned in a way to provide these services.

The situation is especially acute in economically disadvantaged areas where banks have moved out leaving behind these shady businesses that profit off the misery of the poor. It is quite clear that establishing postal banking services is an idea whose time has come.

It’s not surprising to see in a country that is obsessed with money and power, that Congress would not take action on any legislation, like postal banking, that would help mitigate the exploitation of those in difficult economic situations.  Power rules in DC the marginalized are always further marginalized.

At a time when the USPS is making an operational profit you would expect them to look to build on that success. Instead, astonishingly,  they are looking at ways to dismantle the most efficient and popular agency of the US Government. The time is now to get involved and stop the next step of the sell off.

Please take part in the National Day of Action and join us at the  STOP STAPLES PROTEST – Thursday April 24th at the Staples on Ft Eddy Rd in  Concord from 4-6 PM


Manchester Newspaper Guild Plans Informational Picket To Protest Horrendous Contract Offer

NHLN Fans, the Manchester Newspaper Guild needs our help.  We need people to stand with the MNG and show our solidarity against the NH Union Leader and their horrendous contract proposals including an 18% pay reduction among other things.   Details below in the Press Release from the MNG.

The Newspaper Guild

Manchester Newspaper Guild Plans Informational Picket To Protest Horrendous Contract Offer

            Members of the Manchester Newspaper Guild — employees at The New Hampshire Union Leader — will take to the streets of downtown Manchester Sunday to protest a contract “Final Offer” from the newspaper that is one of the cruelest contract proposals ever.

            Guild members  will hold an informational picket and will leaflet outside The New Hampshire Union Leader’s annual sports banquet, “The Leaders: A Celebration of New Hampshire Sports Champions,” beginning at 11:15 a.m. in front of the Radisson Center of New Hampshire on Elm Street in downtown Manchester, the site of the banquet.

The Guild, which represents workers in the news, accounting, advertising, circulation, information technology and new media departments at The NH Union Leader and at Neighborhood News, was presented a contract proposal that includes an 18 percent, retroactive pay cut, a more than doubling of health insurance deductibles, elimination of job security language and a rehire list for laid-off employees, and an attack on the union’s ability to defend its members and the contract.

            Since 2009, Guild members have already agreed to pay cuts totaling 14.63 percent, a longer work week, elimination of personal days, reductions in sick time, and increases in health insurance contributions. In addition, they have agreed to a freeze on severance and have taken two weeks unpaid furlough.

            Currently, non-union and management employees have seen a smaller increase in health insurance deductibles but have not faced a pay cut.

            Guild members in the newsroom are in the middle of a 10-day byline strike, and are withholding their bylines and credits from their stories and photographs to protest and bring attention to the draconian company proposal. The local also has created a web page at http://www.wtf-ul.org where the potential effects of the proposal are explained and where people may send an email or tweet to Union Leader publisher Joseph W. McQuaid.

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