IAFF Stands With APWU to Boycott Staples

July 13, 2014 – The IAFF is urging members, friends and family to no longer shop at Staples stores. Staples and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) have entered an agreement that jeopardizes your mail service and your local post office by replacing full-service U.S. Post Offices with knock-off post offices in Staples stores that are not staffed with U.S. Postal Service employees.

Supreme Court Chips Away At Worker Rights… Again

June 30, 2014 – In another example of why elections matter, the politically appointed members of the U.S. Supreme Court handed down their decision today in Harris v. Quinn today. Harris involves a challenge by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation on behalf of eight in-home health care workers for Medicaid recipients against the state of Illinois (and indirectly SEIU. The Supreme Court ruled narrowly that the First Amendment prohibits a union’s collection of fees for the cost of representation activities (known as “agency fees”) from in-home health care workers who do not wish to join or support the union.