The Postal Wire


Postal News Roundup

Postal Workers Staples Boycott Comes To Boston - Workers Independent News
The boycott campaign against Staples organized by the American Postal Workers Union was supported in Boston Wednesday by teachers who delivered a “don’t buy school supplies at Staples” message. Staples is being boycotted for taking postal jobs in a deal with the U.S. Postal Service to provide mail services at Staples stores. The Lynn Teachers Union joined APWU members in urging a Staples boycott. An August 27th rally is planned for City Hall Plaza in Boston. The APWU objects to outsourcing postal work to poorly trained, low wage workers at Staples. The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers both support the Staples boycott in solidarity with postal unions.

Postal workers protest Staples -
Protesters from the local American Postal Workers Union No. 32 gathered Aug. 12 at the corner of McGinnis Ferry Road and Peachtree Parkway in Johns Creek. They were out in opposition to a program started in conjunction with Staples to allow the retailer to handle some U.S. Postal Service functions. In a statement, the protesters said, "A no-bid deal between Staples and the Postal Service set up postal counters inside 82 of the office-supply stores in four test markets – staffed with untrained, low-wage Staples employees. Staples and the USPS plan to expand the program to Staples' 1,500 locations nationwide." The program gained significant opposition from the Postal Workers' Union as well as the AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Teachers. While the pilot program was halted after the opposition, the protesters claim the overall program will continue. "The Staples deal will replace full-service U.S. postal offices with knock-off post offices in Staples that are not staffed with U.S. Postal Service employees. You have a right to post offices staffed by workers who are accountable to you and the American people. You have a right to postal service provided by highly trained, uniformed Postal Service employees, who are sworn to safeguard your mail – whether it's at the post office or Staples."

American Postal Workers Union Pickets Closing of Processing CenterWSET ABC13
An informational picket took place outside of Congressman Bob Goodlatte's office Wednesday as a way to let the public know what's coming once Roanoke's mail processing center closes. The local American Postal Workers Union organized the picket. Earlier this month, the US Postmaster submitted changes to standards that will end overnight delivery standards. Instead there will be a two day standard. Roanoke is set to lose its processing center to Greensboro in April.