U.S. Postal Service Ends Retail Deal With Staples, Inc. (SPLS)

This will end a boycott of Staples stores by the union's members.

By early March, Staples will discontinue operations at the office supply retailer's approximate 500 USA locations that handle postal services.

Three years ago, the union challenged the USPS' idea to privatize postal retail operations and shift postal services from neighborhood post offices to Staples locations.

"The public Postal Service is a national treasure that was treated like a cheap trinket by the former Postmaster General", said APWU President Mark Dimondstein in a statement.

All of this resulted in a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board in November 2016.

The organization staged numerous protests about the partnership.

He also held that the USPS "resisted the union's requests for additional information", a step the judge said would have likely revealed plans for diverting work performed by union members.

Staples is down 1% after the United States Postal Service said it will halt its services at Staples stores, which allowed private employees to provide postal services at the stores.

The financially struggling USPS began its partnership with Staples Inc. because it was looking to strike deals with businesses in order to help reduce its costs and increase revenue.

Staples will remove Postal Services signage and branding from its a 500 USA locations that handle postal services by the first week of March.

Bogas held that the USPS had a legal obligation under the National Labor Relations Act to bargain with the union over the agreement with Staples and its impact on the union membership. The initial test markets were the San Francisco Bay Area, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and the Boston suburbs.

Staples and USPS announced in late 2013 that they would launch a pilot program operating mini post offices in the company's retail outlets.

Staples customers mailed hundreds of thousands of postcards to the CEO of Staples expressing solidarity and protestors leafleted in front of staples stores to educate their communities. It will continue to offer package services to its customers with United Parcel Service, she said.

  • Eleanor Harrison