Don’t use Staples.


As a state-wide elected delegate to the NEA RA I get reimbursed for most of my expenses. I have to fill out forms and provide receipts as it is carefully monitored by the IRS.

And who knows? Maybe the NSA too.

Rather than make copies of the forms at home, I normally go to the neighborhood Staples.

But not this time.

I am boycotting Staples. And so should you.

The United States Postal Service and Staples have teamed up to place mini-post offices in Staples stores. But not pay union wages to the employees that work in these USPS outlets, employees will be paid minimum wage.

The American Postal Workers Union is saying hell no.

They are asking us to boycott Staples.

Last weekend the American Federation of Teachers voted to support the boycott.

Then the USPS and Staples pulled a sneaky bit of bait and switch.

They issued a statement saying that the plan was being dropped.

They told the Wall Street Journal:

On Monday, days after the 1.6 million member American Federation of Teachers said it would join the boycott, Staples and the USPS told the WSJ the pilot program would be discontinued. The 82 Staples outlets offering postal services will shift to the more established Post Office Approved Shipper program already available in thousands of retail outlets across the country.

But a statement from the American Postal Workers Union says not so fast.

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. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. A USPS spokesperson has confirmed the APWU’s claim, telling the Boston Globe. “We look forward to continuing the partnership whether it’s called Retail Partner Expansion or approved shipper. We just want our customers to know they can continue to get postal services at these 82 locations.”

The Staples announcement and a letter from the USPS dated July 7 make 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. A USPS spokesperson confirmed the APWU’s claim, telling the Boston Globe, “We look forward to continuing the partnership whether it’s called Retail Partner Expansion or approved shipper. We just want our customers to know they can continue to get postal services at these 82 locations.”

The people of this country have a right to postal services provided by highly trained, uniformed USPS employees who are sworn to safeguard the mail.

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.

I made my copies at home.

9 thoughts on “Don’t use Staples.

  1. The question came up at the RA; Is Quill a subsidiary of Staples? Since most delegates had laptops, tablets, or smartphones, the answer was literally at their fingertips. From Wikipedia, “Quill is owned by Staples, Inc. and is recognized as their most profitable division, accounting for nearly 25% of the company’s net income.”
    My district has discontinued its Central Warehouse and now we are told to order from Looks like I may be directing teachers to check out the Office Depot down the street.

    1. The US Postal Service is actually quite cost efficient, which is why UPS uses them to deliver their packages. They have been saddled with an unreasonable surplus requirement by the government that no private sector business would be able to sustain. The answer cannot be found in going around union contracts and hiring minimum wage workers.

      1. Wrong Fred, UPS has a HUGE fleet of planes! The postal service has a union. Take a deep look at the ups union, it is tough on members!

  2. We are trying to make a factual case in defense of the Postal workers, just as we tried to make a factual case in defense of our pension benefits. We are getting nowhere. Maybe its time to recognize that the dominant ideology of today, neoliberalism, rejects our facts – or any facts – as inconsistent with its world view.

    If we can’t bring ourselves to criticize the system, we will eventually be destroyed by it. We can start by developing a better understanding. Is the private sector really better than us? We ought to spend more time putting the right on the defensive.

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