APWU members and supporters ramped up the fight to Stop Staples and its bid to open postal counters in 1,500 stores nationwide at events across the country on April 24, a National Day of Action. Protests were held in 56 locations in 27 states.

In Washington, DC more than 200 people marched through the streets to a Staples store holding signs that read, “Stop Staples. The US Mail is Not for Sale,” and chanting, “Whose post office? The people’s Post Office!”

Dozens of members of other unions participated in the protest and expressed support for the fight against privatization. John Hegarty, president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union; Tim O’Malley, vice president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, and John Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, addressed the crowd. A delegation from the American Federation of Teachers — who are key allies in this fight — also participated.

Members of the Nation’s Capital Southern MD Area Local APWU participated, along with members of the Montgomery County (MD) local, and the Northern Virginia Area Local.

APWU President Mark Dimondstein decried the Staples deal, which replaces good, living-wage jobs held by USPS employees with low-wage Staples jobs. “This is a fight against the Wall Street privatizers,” he said. “This is a fight we intend to win.”

Click here to see photos from protests around the country.

Send photos and reports to photos@apwu.org.


  1. enufisenuf says:

    Great photo opp! Guess Staples will bail and the jobs will be posted for APWU members to bid on?

  2. MVS says:

    The APWU will not win. They do not have a back bone. Peres Mark is work for the PO just the last two Pres. Talk big with a little stick. just look around the Post Office. What dose the union (Clerk) do for the rest of the APWU Members.

  3. Jimmy says:

    It is useless, Staples still running their business and people still doing business with Staples.

  4. Jim says:

    Why don’t go to PO headquarter for protests? Who offer the bid for Staples?

  5. Retired Mailman says:

    If you go to USPS HQ to protest, no one will see it.

  6. stevieg says:

    Privatize??????? Who would want to buy it?? Maybe UPS for the parcels but for the 3rd class junk mail????? Who??

  7. stevieg says:

    Exactly Jim, why didn’t they protest in front of the Post Office Headquarters??? Didn’t the post Office go to staples with the idea???