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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 167-2014

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. 

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Standing Up, Fighting Back!

09/10/2014 - Brothers and sisters: We are under attack from all quarters – Congress, Wall Street and the Postmaster General himself. Privatization is not a distant danger; it is a direct and immediate threat. A congressionally-manufactured financial crisis is being used to justify new assaults on our jobs and on the 239-year old public Postal Service.

To survive the onslaught, we must transform our union into a fighting, activist organization and we must build a Grand Alliance with the people of the country to defend our national treasure, the United States Postal Service.

APWU Web News Article 166-14

Postal Workers, Teachers, Customers Take ‘Don’t Buy’ Campaign to Staples’ Home Turf

09/10/2014 - Opponents of a no-bid deal between Staples and the USPS are taking the fight to the Massachusetts-based company’s home turf.  In August, postal workers, teachers and customers staged rallies in and around Boston, and they’re planning to conduct continuing protests in the region. The APWU is also reaching out to workers and students at Harvard, whose president, Drew Faust, sits on Staples’ board of directors.

APWU Web News Article 161-14

AFGE President Seizes the Moment

09/02/2014 - At a training session sponsored by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the union’s president – a fierce supporter of the APWU’s campaign to Stop Staples! – collected 423 signatures on postcards to Staples CEO Ron Sargent and took them right over to the nearest post office. Solidarity in action!

Press Release

Hundreds of Postal Workers, Supporters to Protest on Steps of City Hall and at Adjacent Staples in Downtown Boston Wednesday

‘Don’t Buy Staples’ Campaign Picks up Steam in Home Market of Troubled Retailer

08/25/2014 - Postal Workers and supporters will protest a sweetheart deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Framingham-based retailer Staples at a rally in downtown Boston on Wednesday, August 27.

APWU Web News Article 156-14

Ruler Says:

Don’t Buy Your School Supplies at Staples!

08/21/2014 - With the back-to-school season in full swing, the APWU is asking union members and supporters to make sure parents and teachers get the message: Don’t buy your school supplies at Staples.

To spread the word, union members are being asked to pass out rulers with exactly that message in front of Staples stores. The back-to-school message is important because school supplies account for approximately 30 percent of Staples’ revenue. To order rulers for distribution, locals should visit www.StopStaplesStore.com.

APWU Web News Article 155-14

ALJ Rips the Lid Off Secret Staples Deal

USPS Guilty of Bad Faith, Unlawful Tactics

NLRB Orders Postal Service to Give APWU Info

08/20/2014 - The Postal Service engaged in delaying tactics that constituted an unlawful refusal to provide the APWU with information about the agency’s deal with Staples, an NLRB judge wrote in an Aug. 13 decision.

The USPS “did not want to provide the requested materials and was throwing straw arguments and roadblocks in the way,” Administrative Law Judge Eric M. Fine said.

 

Press Release

'Stop Staples' Boycott Comes to Hub as Troubled Retailer Releases 2nd Quarter Results

Postal Workers, Teachers Turn Up the Heat on Staples

Postal Workers to Pass Out Rulers Stamped ‘Don’t Buy School Supplies at Staples in Boston at 10 a.m.; Teachers to Join Protest at Saugus Staples at 5:30 p.m.

08/18/2014 - The ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, organized by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), will come to the Boston area – home of the troubled retailer – with two events on Wednesday, Aug. 20, the same day the company will release its second quarter results.

Press Release

Staples Can Run – But They Can’t Hide Online

Postal Workers Launch Online Boycott Targeting Staples’ Back-to-School Sales

Internet Ads: ‘It’s Easy’ to Buy Elsewhere

08/15/2014 - The American Postal Workers Union has opened a new front in its campaign against a secretive, no-bid deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples that established knock-off post offices in 82 of the office- and school-supply stores. These “postal” counters are staffed by low-paid, poorly-trained Staples employees rather than uniformed, highly-trained USPS employees who have taken an oath to protect the sanctity and security of the U.S. Mail.

The APWU has purchased web-based advertisements directed at parents, teachers and other online shoppers seeking school supplies. The advertisements encourage shoppers to take their business to retailers other than Staples. One-third of Staples’ revenue is derived from the sale of school supplies and half of its sales now originate online.

APWU Web News Article 150-14

APWU to Teachers, Parents:

Don’t Buy School Supplies at Staples

08/11/2014 - As the back-to-school season moves into high gear, the APWU is ramping up its ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, with online ads directed at educators and parents.

The ads ask them to buy school supplies elsewhere. The APWU has also developed a flyer for distribution to teachers that asks them to honor the boycott.

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