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Will California Teachers Support the Staples Boycott?

The American Postal Workers Union has been calling for a boycott of Staples, to protest a plan by the U.S. Postal Service to open post offices in the the retailer’s stores. Now it’s trying to persuade teachers—as a group responsible for an estimated $1.3 billion in school-supply purchases every year—to do the same. On Monday, the 120,000-member California Federation of Teachers votes on a resolution calling on its members not to buy school supplies at Staples in solidarity with the postal workers.

The CFT’s endorsement would be the first big validation of Mark Dimondstein’s plan to create broad-based opposition to the Postmaster General’s efforts to downsize the agency, which reported a $5 billion loss last year and has seen its volume decline by more than 25 percent since 2008.