Aug. 27, 2014 (San Diego) The American Postal Workers Union (APWU), though their representative in Washington D.C. has informed Reporting San Diego that the privatization effort continues. According to Sally Davidow, when the American Federation of Teachers joined the “don’t buy Staples” movement, this created fear with both the United States Postal Service Management and Staples.
This is why July 14 they announced the end of the program, replacing it with an approved shipper program, which is similar to what Office Depot has. This was an attempt to end the boycott against the retailer.
What will the program allow? It will allow for Staples employees, making half of what a postal worker makes, to handle your mail. Moreover, Staples workers make half of the salary of the USPS workers, they are not as well trained, and they do not go through a background check like USPS workers do. There is also a very high turnover rate at Staples.
APWU president said, Staples and the USPS are changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers.”
According to a story in the Chicago Tribune “In practice, [USPS Spokeswoman Darleen] Reid said, the chain will still offer the same Postal Service products and services, but will be free to charge higher rates and offer the services of competing shippers, such as FedEx or UPS.” Acknowledging the reality of the program.
Davidow closed this way, “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.”
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