Staples' Announcement a 'Ruse,' Says APWU

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Staples' Announcement a 'Ruse,' Says APWU(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)Monday’s announcement by Staples that it’s terminating its no-bid deal with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program, “is a ruse,” says American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein.  “Staples and the USPS are changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.” Dimondstein says the Staples announcement, along with a July 7 letter from the USPS, “makes it clear. They intend to continue to privatize postal retail operations, replace living-wage Postal Service jobs with low-wage Staples jobs and compromise the safety and security of the mail.” He adds that “This attempt at trickery shows that the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement is having an effect. We intend to keep up the pressure until Staples gets out of the mail business. The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale.” Learn more here and send a message to Staples here.
- AFL-CIO Now Blog; photo: Dimondstein (left) and Nation’s Capital and Southern Maryland APWU president Dena Briscoe at April 24 demo; photo by Chris Garlock


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