WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees applauds this week’s ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that ends three years of outsourcing work from the United States Postal Service to Staples, Inc.
“It’s wonderful to hear that the short-sighted business arrangement between USPS and Staples will no longer continue,” said AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. Adding, “By moving on from this partnership, our mail will be back in the secure hands of trained federal working people. It will allow USPS to create good, living-wage jobs to replace the high-turnover, low-wage positions offered by Staples.”
The decision comes this week after the NLRB adopted an administrative law judge’s ruling from last year, and requires the business relationship to end by the first week of March. AFGE, standing in solidarity with the American Postal Workers Union, had been boycotting the office supply chain since 2014 in an effort to fight back against the privatization of the nation’s mail. And although USPS could have appealed the decision, they opted instead to accept it.
“We are so proud of our union brothers and sisters who have fought hard against this partnership for the last few years,” said Cox. “We would not be able to celebrate this victory without their effort and dedication. Now, instead of another private, for-profit corporation lining their pockets with government funds, there are more middle-class jobs for professionals trained and trusted to handle our mail.”