July 15, 2014 (San Diego) Staples announced yesterday that they are ending a pilot program to set mini Post Offices within Staples stores. Instead Staples will join the preferred shipper program. This is according to Kirk Saville, a Staples Spokesman, according to the Wall Street Journal.
This came after the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) called for a national boycott.
This action is a continuation of the AFT’s effort to reclaim the promise of an America where consumers are safe, workers are valued and well-trained, and middle-class jobs are protected.
“Postal workers are the most amazing public servants,” said Weingarten. “Who does Staples really want and need to come into its stores every single day? Teachers. The best way we can help is if we say to Staples: ‘You do this to the postal workers, and we aren’t buying supplies in your stores.’”
The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) has branded this effort as a part of the privatization effort that the Post Office is pursuing and came against this as early as last fall.
Darleen Reid, a postal agency spokeswoman, declined to say whether union opposition had played a role in deciding to end the pilot program, which will end by Aug. 1. “We respect their right to their opinion,” Ms. Reid said. “This decision is all about expanding service to our customers.”
Postal President Mark Dimondstein said that “This attempt at trickery shows that the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement is having an effect.”
He added that they intend to continue to privatize services and compromise middle class jobs and the safety of the U.S. Mail