Staples and the United States Postal Service (USPS) have set up postal counters in the chain’s big box stores, where Staples’ low-paid, minimally trained staff can ship consumer packages. Hundreds of downtown business centers, major malls, and uptown shopping districts now operate with Staples’ “approved shipper program,” a privatization plan that weakens public services and undermines postal workers’ jobs.
We writers have a stake in a strong public postal service. We use P.O. boxes to receive mail, and media-mail rates to send out our publications. We want our correspondence and packages protected by professional handlers, and our post offices to keep regular hours.
Writers, we need you to support this boycott. Sure, Staples is convenient for office supplies and photocopying services, but if you hit the “easy” button for postal services, you’re making it difficult for postal workers to maintain their job security. Please protest with us against the downgrading of good jobs and basic services in our communities.
The STOP STAPLES boycott is endorsed by the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees, the American Federation of Teachers, the American Postal Workers Union (with other unions in the postal crafts) and our own union UAW. Go to Stop Staples now and take the pledge!