UPDATE: AFSCME Local 88 Joined Nationwide Boycott of Staples

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The nearly 3,000 Multnomah County employees represented by AFSCME Local 88 joined the nationwide boycott of the Staples office supply chain. 

In a letter to Staples CEO Ronald Sargent, Local 88 President Deirdre Mahoney-Clark said her union has voted to support the American Postal Workers Union in their call to boycott Staples, Inc.

Staples came under fire from unions for their pilot program that placed satellite post office branches in some 80 Staples stores nationwide that are staffed by Staples employees, not U.S. Postal Service personnel.

“We believe we have a right to postal services that are provided by uniformed USPS employees who have sworn an oath to safeguard our mail and who are accountable to the American people,” Mahoney-Clark told Sargent in her missive.

“We are opposed to turning good, living wage jobs into low-wage jobs. Our country needs more good jobs, not less!”

Mahoney-Clark concluded her letter to Sargent by telling him that until all postal counters in Staples stores are staffed by USPS employees, Local 88 “will take our business elsewhere.”

AFSCME — The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — represents about 25,000 public and private sector workers in Oregon and some 1.6 million nationwide. The Executive Board of Oregon AFSCME Council 75, the umbrella organization for Local 88 and all other AFSCME-affiliated local unions in Oregon, had previously voted to endorse the boycott and suspended its corporate account with Staples.

On August 17, 2015  The NLRB ruled against the USPS in the Staples case. In a major blow to the Postal Service’s deal with Staples, Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint charging that the USPS illegally subcontracted work to the office-supply chain and ordering the agency to return the work that existed <a href="http://airmail have a peek at this site.calendar/2014-07-31%2012:00:00%20PDT” onclick=”_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’, ‘outbound-article’, ‘http://airmail.calendar/2014-07-31%2012:00:00%20PDT’, ‘on July 31, 2014’]);” >on July 31, 2014, to the APWU bargaining unit. A hearing is scheduled before an NLRB Administrative Law Judge on Aug. 17th.  https://www.apwu.org/news/web-news-article/nlrb-strikes-major-blow-usps-staples-deal