'Stop Staples!'


The APWU is fighting to stop a shady deal between the USPS and Staples, which jeopardizes mail service and local post offices – along with thousands of living-wage jobs.

News: 'Stop Staples!'

APWU Web News Article 239-2014

USPS Tells Customers: Get Postal Discounts at Staples

Union Says ‘Return-to-Sender’

12/19/2014 - Postal management has launched a new offensive – one that clearly reveals the sinister goals of its no-bid deal with Staples. The Postal Service has sent a mass mailing to “postal customers” advertising 20 percent discounts on USPS shipping services. But the coupon glued inside isn’t for use at your neighborhood Post Office. It’s for USPS shipping services at Staples.

The union's response? Return to sender!

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APWU to Harvard President: Stop Staples Deal or Quit Board

10/22/2014 - The APWU has placed a full-page ad in The Harvard Crimson calling on Harvard University President Drew Faust “to do the right thing or resign.” The right course of action, the ad says, is for Dr. Faust, who sits on the Staples Board of Directors, to use her influence to end the no-bid deal between the office-supply chain and the United States Postal Service.

One Year In: Looking Back, Looking Forward

10/14/2014 - It has been an exciting first year as your president. I am as honored today as I was the day I took office. I appreciate the help, insight and activism of so many members, local and state leaders, and national officers across the country. Together, we have made real advances in very difficult times.

We have forged a strong postal union alliance with our sister postal unions and we are supporting each other’s struggles. The APWU has joined the fight to protect six-day mail delivery, and the Letter Carriers, Mail Handlers and Rural Letter Carriers have enthusiastically backed our campaign to Stop Staples!

Together, we have sent a message to postal management, Staples and every other retailer in the country that the “U.S. Mail is Not for Sale.”

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PMG Expands Staples Dirty Deal

‘Don’t Buy’ Movement Grows

10/10/2014 - As the one-year anniversary of the Postal Service’s no-bid deal with Staples approaches, the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement is continuing to grow. The USPS and Staples are upping the ante as well: On Oct. 7 management notified the APWU that it plans to expand the program to all 1,500 Staples stores in the U.S. 

“It’s no surprise that Staples and postal management are making a last-ditch effort to salvage this disastrous program,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

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Michigan Democratic Party Endorses Staples Boycott

Urges Candidates to Avoid the Office-Supply Store

09/25/2014 - The Michigan Democratic Party voted to support the Staples boycott at a special meeting of the Executive Committee on Sept. 23 and urged all candidates for public office to avoid patronizing the office-supply chain. The resolution declares that the Democratic Party supports good jobs and public employees. Postal counters in Staples stores are not staffed by union postal workers, the resolution notes, but rather by low-wage Staples employees.

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PMG ‘Wanted’ in Salt Lake City

09/11/2014 - If Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe thought his speech to a group of business mailers in Salt Lake City on Sept. 10 was going to be a quiet, uneventful affair, he was mistaken.

A coalition of unions and postal customers showed up outside the Grand America Hotel, the site of the speech, to protest the PMG’s plans to privatize postal operations and cut service to the people.

“We are here today to tell Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe that his destructive cutbacks to the American people’s Postal Service will not be tolerated,” Charlie Cash, president of Salt Lake City Area Local APWU, told media outlets.