150 Events Planned, To Take Place in All 50 States
11/13/2014 - On Nov. 14 postal workers will protest at 150 locations as part of a National Day of Action to send a message to Postmaster General and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors, the board that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, are poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they would 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, newsletters of religious organizations, bill payments, letters and invitations) throughout the country would be delayed.
Beginning Jan. 5, 82 Mail Processing & Distribution Centers are scheduled to close.
Full-page ad in Harvard Crimson says the university’s involvementwith Staples sullies Harvard’s reputation
10/22/2014 - The Harvard Crimson today features a full-page advertisement calling on Harvard President Drew Faust “to do the right thing or resign.” The right course of action, the American Postal Workers Union says, is to use her influence to end a no-bid deal between the office-supply chain and the United States Postal Service. The deal outsources postal services to Staples. In addition to her role as Harvard’s top administrator, Faust serves on the board of Staples, where she earns $300,000 per year.
10/07/2014 - Members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), joined by labor and community supporters, will protest outsourcing and privatization of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) jobs and services at a Staples retail store in downtown Philadelphia beginning at 11 am on Tuesday, October 7.
09/09/2014 - Since 2010, it’s gotten harder for minorities, young people, senior citizens and working people to vote, but easier for the super-rich to buy elections. Corporate money is drowning out the voice of the people.
The Senate vote on Sept. 8 to allow consideration of the “Democracy for All” Constitutional Amendment presents a good opportunity to address the issue, as do other measures.
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.
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.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Chicago Teachers Union Leaders and Other Supporters Will Join Postal Workers to Send Message: The U.S Mail is Not for Sale
07/21/2014 - Thousands of members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), joined by supporters, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union, will protest the privatization of the U.S. Postal Service at a Staples store in the Chicago loop on Tuesday, July 22, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
“This attempt at trickery shows that the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement is having an effect.”
07/14/2014 - A Staples announcement on July 14 indicating that the company is terminating its no-bid deal with the U.S. Postal Service and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program is a ruse. Staples and the USPS are changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers.
American Federation of Teachers Convention Delegates to Vote on Boycott of Office and School Supply Chain Store Staples and then Stage Protest, Joined by Postal Workers and Other Supporters, Outside L.A. Convention Center
07/12/2014 - Thousands of delegates to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Convention meeting in Los Angeles this week will vote to boycott the bulk goods retailer Staples today. Outside the Los Angeles Convention Center, at 6 pm, they will join postal workers and other supporters in protesting the outsourcing of U.S. Post Office jobs and services.