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Big win for postal workers who waged a three-year campaign against Staples/USPS partnership that included a boycott, rallies, legal battles, outreach to customers and a successful effort to block the Staples/Office Depot merger

After Years of Protest and Boycott by APWU and Allies – The Deal Between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples to Sell Postal Services Ends

American Postal Workers Union Calls Off Staples Boycott

01/05/2017 - The U.S. Postal Service announced in a letter to the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO that the deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples has ended. Staples will be removing all signage and will discontinue postal services at the national retailer’s roughly 500 U.S. locations that handle postal services by the first week of March 2017. In response, APWU is calling off the boycott of Staples effective immediately and will notify its many supporters and allies.

APWU Web News Article 01-2017

We Won!!

The USPS and Staples Deal is Over!

01/05/2017 -


An East Point, GA, protest.

JAN 5, 2017 - Postal management informed the APWU in writing that the “Approved Shipper” program in Staples stores will be shut down by the end of February 2017. This victory concludes the APWU’s three-year struggle. The boycott against Staples is over! 

“I salute and commend every member and supporter who made this victory possible,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “I never doubted that if we stayed the course, stuck together and kept the activist pressure on, we would win this fight.”

International Solidarity

UNI Post and Logistics World Conference Endorses Staples Boycott

01/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The Stop Staples campaign has gone global. In October 2016, the UNI Post and Logistics World Conference passed a resolution, brought forward by President Dimondstein, in support of the APWU’s Stop Staples campaign and boycott.

NLRB Judge Orders Staples to Stop Handling U.S. Mail

Backroom Deal with Postal Service Violates Labor Laws

01/01/2017 -


Members of the Western Pennsylvania Postal Workers Solidarity Committee
protested in front of a location on McKnight Road 
in Pittsburgh, PA on Oct. 16. 
All APWU crafts attended, along with letter carriers,
retired mail handlers, and allies. 

(This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The Postal Service’s deal with Staples is indeed dirty.

APWU Web News Article 243-2016

In Stinging Rebuke, NLRB Rules USPS-Staples Deal Violated Federal Law

Dimondstein Calls Upon the USPS to “Do the Right Thing! End the Staples Deal Now.”

11/17/2016 - On Nov. 8, 2016, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge Paul Bogas ruled to uphold all of the charges leveled at the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) Staples Approved Shipper program. The APWU initially filed the complaint on Nov. 13, 2014.

The judge ruled the Staples deal was subcontracting within the meaning of Article 32 of the APWU/USPS Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The ruling stated USPS illegally and intentionally ignored its legal obligation under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to bargain with the APWU over the Staples deal and its effects on members of the union...

Stop Staples

Organizers Share Experiences

11/01/2016 -


Stop Staples Atlanta

(This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Stop Staples activists from New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Northern California shared their experiences – and what inspires them – in a series of videos recorded at the union’s National Convention in August. You can find the videos at facebook.com/APWUnational. Excerpts are below.

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