USPS Workers to ‘Vigorously Oppose’ Staples/Office Depot Merger
"We will urge the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to block this monopolistic and unlawful merger now, just as they did 17 years ago," says APWU President Mark Dimondstein. "And we call on Congress to weigh in with the FTC and the Department of Justice to stop it."
At 3:33 p.m. on Wednesday, APWU sent an email to Target Marketing containing the announcement. Staples didn't immediately respond to Target Marketing's request for comment on Wednesday.
"The postal service continues to adapt to the changing demands of our customers by locating postal services inside established businesses, including through our Approved Shipper Program," USPS tells Target Marketing on Wednesday. "This program makes it convenient for customers to purchase stamps, mail a letter or ship a package in the same location where customers live, work and shop. Both Staples and Office Depot currently participate in the USPS Approved Shipper Program."
The union's main gripe with Staples is its deal with USPS to offer postal services. APWU began protests and a boycott in April 2014.
The APWU announcement says the merger would mean more postal worker layoffs.
"The transfer of living-wage jobs to low-wage, poverty-level jobs is not in the public interest," Dimondstein says in the union announcement. "Staples is an anti-worker corporation, and we don't want to see its reach expanded. We will vigorously oppose this merger. It's bad for workers and bad for consumers."
APWU didn't immediately respond to Target Marketing's question about whether more Staples protests are planned. *(UPDATE BELOW)
This announcement comes days after the new postmaster general took the helm and shortly before union negotiations begin.
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* UPDATE: At 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, the APWU adds:
"The American Postal Workers Union is not planning new protests on this specifically at the moment, but … protests in California, Pennsylvania, Georgia, [Massachusetts] and [New York] are continuing."