LOS ANGELES — Postal workers scored a victory when Staples Inc. announced July 14 that it was ending a pilot program to set up mini post offices in the company’s retail outlets. Staples began the program last fall, offering U.S. Postal Service-branded counters in 82 stores in four states.
The Staples program is widely viewed by postal workers and their supporters as part of an anti-union privatization and cost-cutting campaign, targeting jobs and working conditions.
“APWU [American Postal Workers Union] rallies forced postal management to modify their agreement with Staples,” Maileen Au, a floor clerk from Huntington Park, told the Militant.