Teachers. Back to school but not back to Staples.


– By Dennis O’Neil from the Stop Staples NYC crew.

Teachers! We need your help and we need it now! As you may know, the US Postal Service—very like public education itself–is being attacked on many fronts, by privatizers, union-busters, those who would dismantle an essential public service out of greed, ideology and contempt for the everyday people our work serves.

Right now, the biggest assault is the attempted hijacking of the Postal Service by the Staples office supply megachain, with the complicity of top USPS management. Every Staples outlet in the country is opening a little fake post office, staffed not by postal workers but Staples employees: minimum wage, hours held under 25 week to avoid paying benefits, no training and massive turnover, no record check. The result will be shorter hours at real POs, more mishandled mail, fewer postal workers and eventual post office closings.

In response the American Postal Workers Union, strongly backed by the US labor movement, including both the AFT and NEA, has called for a boycott of Staples. Here’s what we are asking you to do:

First and foremost, don’t shop at Staples (or their online subsidiary Quill.com) and tell co-workers, students, parents to boycott them as well. We know this can be an inconvenience; Staples’ ruthless tactics have driven national competitors and local stationary stores alike out of business.

But this month is crucial! What Christmas is for most merchants, August back-to-school business is for Staples. Every sale lost, every blow delivered now stings their management twice as hard, and makes them rethink their role in this program.

Second, let them know about it. Write Staples CEO Ronald L. Sargent at 500 Staples Drive, Framingham, MA 01720 and let him know that you aren’t buying at Staples and won’t until they get their greedy hands off the USPS. You can also send them an email from this url: www.staples.com/sbd/content/help-center/contact-us.html. (And let us know what you did, too. Forward a copy of your note or email to Staples to one of the Facebook Stop Staples groups like STOP STAPLES! Organizers.)

18 thoughts on “Teachers. Back to school but not back to Staples.

      1. Staples is in the midst of corporate takeover of Office Depot. They did the same thing to OfficeMax some time ago. This should, technically, apply to both chains, though many Office Depot locations have already been closed.

  1. The American Postal Workers Union is the single largest union in the U.S., and have a target on their back. Republicans seek to destroy them.

  2. Have not stepped inside one in three years. Smiled when the one in my neighborhood moved to a much smaller location!

  3. So why should I boycott Staples when most of the teachers’ union members will be voting for Trump and Pence anyway? They’re that stupid.

  4. Staples is not taking over Office Depot…http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/10/11653664/staples-office-depot-acquisition-blocked-federal-judge.
    We have local grocery stores that also have post offices in them. The service there is much better than at the United States Post office branches near our home. Hopefully the service at the Staples post office will be much better than it is at the US Post office. Not a decent reason for me to boycott Staples. The decision for Staples to house a post office is a corporate decision. Boycotting the Staples stores will not help the employees who rely on their paychecks, for a decision they had/have nothing to do with.

    1. This is one of several dozens comments with exactly the same wording. Staples had organized quite a little campaign. You are so busted Kathy.

  5. Local Staples Employee here. our shipping center doesn’t offer the same services as many other post offices. We cannot ship certain items that are too heavy or too large, unlike many other post services.

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