US Postal Service to Halt Retail Sales at Staples Stores After Union Complaints

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Unionized Postal Service workers protest outside a New York Staples store in 2014. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Joe Davidson on January 5, 2017.

The US Postal Service will discontinue retail services at Staples stores by the first week in March, according to the labor organization that led the fight against the program.

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) said it was informed by the Postal Service that Staples will remove all postal signage at about 500 stores across the country. The union cast the decision as “a big win for the public as well as the 200,000 members of APWU and the union’s allies.” The union waged a national “Stop Staples” campaign and said it is immediately ending its boycott of the company.

The Postal Service said the move resulted from a November order issued by a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge. The order “requires the Postal Service to discontinue its retail relationship with Staples,” said Darlene Casey, a Postal Service spokeswoman. “The Postal Service intends to comply with that order.”

The NLRB case resulted from an APWU complaint that the Postal Service was improperly subcontracting work to Staples that could be done by postal employees. …

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