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MORE has signed on to the community letter, republished below, in response to Andrew Cuomo’s New York Times advertisement begging Amazon to reconsider its decision about its headquarters. 

The ad was, shamefully, signed by our union president, along with a slew of corporate CEOs and only four other union leaders, in yet another example of how our current union leadership cares more about currying favor with politicians and corporations than defending the interests and rights of working people in New York City. 

MORE is also a member of the Citywide Alliance Against Displacement, which wrote the this letter about why Amazon’s retreat is a victory for New Yorkers.  

Power to Billionaires and their Corporations over Our Communities’ Future

As New Yorkers we believe every person has the right to good union jobs, safe and dignified affordable housing, strong and stable communities, a great public education, and a voice in our democracy. Because of these values, we must oppose Governor Cuomo’s failed economic development policies that give more power over our communities’ futures to billionaires and their corporations.

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The UFT passed a resolution joining an AFL-CIO boycott of Staples to protest the use of nonunion workers to operate new U.S. postal counters in its stores around the country. “It’s important for us to stand in solidarity with the American Postal Workers Union,” Vice President Janella Hinds said in support of the resolution at the June 2014 DA meeting.

Additionally, the AFT (and NEA) had also called for a boycott of Staples in response to requests from the American Postal Workers Union and even led a huge rally at the 2014 AFT Convention.

This boycott is still in effect. A reminder can be found on the UFT website in the section about Teacher Choice Allocations:

Educators are encouraged to take advantage of the many deals on school supplies being offered throughout the city and online. The UFT supports the boycott of Staples, which is taking jobs away from unionized U.S. postal workers as the U.S. Postal Service outsources its work.

So why did our union spent $171,163 with Staples in Fiscal Year 2015 as reported in the UFT’s LM-2 FORM – LABOR ORGANIZATION ANNUAL REPORT for FY 2015?

Was this an oversight? We’d like to know.