Mark Dimondstein

Heather Fletcher is senior content editor with Target Marketing.

Marketers who use Staples stores for their USPS needs may have to reroute to post offices after Aug. 17. That’s the day when the National Labor Relations Board will hear testimony from the USPS and one of its unions regarding the legality of the USPS outsourcing some mail processing to Staples — a practice the NLRB already says may be illegal.

On Wednesday, Staples announced it acquired Office Depot. That same day, a U.S. Postal Service workers union opposed the 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."

With union negotiations coming up very soon, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) picked Sunday—when Megan J. Brennan officially became postmaster general and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service—to "welcome" her. In a statement emailed to Target Marketing on Sunday and again on Monday, APWU President Mark Dimondstein says he'd like to see the USPS expand hours to handle the e-commerce boom and offer customers new services, such as postal banking. The union's contract runs out in May, with negotiations slated to begin 90 days prior, according to the APWU website. These negotiations come as the USPS Board of Governors lacks a quorum, due to congressional inaction on nominees.

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