The AFL-CIO Boycott of Staples in support of the members of the American Postal Workers Union is not over. A July 14 announcement by Staples that it is terminating its no-bid contract with the United States Postal Service is a ruse, stated American Postal Workers Union 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. They intend to continue to privatize retail operations, replace living-wage Postal Service jobs with low wage Staples jobs, and compromise the safety and security of the mail. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.” Dimondstein said in his announcement to ensure that there is no doubt that the Boycott of Staples continues.
In fact just a few days ago the 1.6 million American Federation of Teachers officially announced their boycott of Staples and last week the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Executive Council unanimously approved the Staples Boycott. Just hours ago, AFSCME passed a resolution in support of the boycott at their convention in Chicago.
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. Don’t shop at Staples and sign the online petition on the American Postal Workers website, www.apwu.org