Staples has contracted with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to staff post offices installed within their stores. In pilot openings last fall, 82 post offices were launched inside Staples stores with low-paid, nonunion, non-postal workers (the average Staples worker makes $18,000 per year.
If the pilots are “successful,” the USPS plans to open post offices inside every one of the 1,600 Staples stores nationwide, beginning this September.
The postal service claims it is expanding service to postal customers by providing retail outlets in Staples stores, which are open evenings and on Sundays. The APWU, which represents postal retail workers, would accept the Staples deal if union-represented, highly trained, accountable and uniformed postal workers staffed the offices.