On May 30, 2014, the AFL-CIO officially added two new companies to the National Boycott list. Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel was added at the request of UNITE HERE President D. Taylor. Staples Office Supply stores have also been added to the list. The Staples boycott request comes after months of stonewalling by USPS management and Staples executives. The APWU National Executive Board voted to increase the pressure on the office-supply chain by officially calling for a “Don’t Buy” campaign for all products sold by Staples.
In accordance with policy on boycott endorsements adopted by the AFL-CIO Executive Council in April 2011, the Federation will maintain these companies on its published boycott list for up to one year from the date of endorsement unless the union(s) requests an earlier termination of the listing. At the end of the year, the union(s) may request to have the companies to continue to be included on the list for another 12 months.