Staples exec mocks postal workers at “town hall” meeting

shiraNH Labor News reports that Staples executive Shira Goodman mocked postal workers and their “jobs for life” at a “town hall” session for Staples employees. Goodman is a Mitt Romney protege who got the Staples job after working for Romney’s Bain Capital. Goodman may not have a “job for life”, but she and her colleagues seem to be pretty secure in their positions. While the Staples Annual Report doesn’t list Goodman’s salary, it says that her boss, CEO Ronald Sargent, has received compensation valued at about $26 million over just the last three years. During that time period, while the stock market boomed, with the S&P 500 up by 50%, Staples’ stock price has lost almost half its value.

Who needs a job for life when you’ve got a deal like that?

Shira Goodman, North American Commercial President for Staples couldn’t hide her contempt for Postal Workers when she spoke to hundreds of Staples employees in her first ever Town Hall style meeting. Ms Goodman chastised Postal Workers with several disparaging remarks including: “It must be nice to have a job for life” then adding ”those days are over, this country can’t afford to do business as usual”. In her world Staples workers are nothing more than temporary workers always at risk to have their jobs abolished.

It comes as no surprise that Shira Goodman was on the “Jobs and Economy” Steering Committee during Mitt Romney’s transition to Massachusetts Governor in 1992. Judging by her attitude towards workers there is no doubt she buys into Romney’s hateful 47% comment made during his presidential run.

It’s also hardly shocking that Shira Goodman’s job before joining Staples in 1992 was being a manager for Bain and Company (1986-1992). Staples was one of her clients. Bain was the leader in outsourcing workers jobs for management profit. She must feel quite comfortable in outsourcing postal jobs to her transient workforce.

Read more: I Cannot Believe What Shira Goodman (Pres. of Staples) Said About The Dedicated USPS Employees | NH Labor News.

  • RandyF

    Who would really need a “job for life” if one could receive $26 Million in just three years? Just another corporate clown that is out of touch with how things work in the real world for the middle class workers in America.

  • Sharon Brown

    Wow she really puts no value into any of her employees. If I were a staples employee I would use her words as a wake up call.

  • doorcoach

    More from the article on NH Labor News:

    “Shira Goodman must also feel quite comfortable in knowing her husband Senior Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz seems to have pretty close to a “job for life” at Temple Emmanuel in Newton, Massachusetts. I certainly am not anything close to a theologian but “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones ” is a popular twist on a biblical proverb that I am sure Shira Goodman knows of. Considering her situation It seems the height of hypocrisy to be attacking the hard-working employees of the worlds best Postal Service.

    I am sure the bible has plenty of verses about the evil of greed practiced by Bain Capital and Staples. Also many on the virtuousness of treating people with respect and dignity as is practiced by labor unions throughout this country.”

  • peeonpm

    I am a level 13 soon to be unemployed Postmaster. I ordered supplies today. Guess who I made sure didn’t get my business. Paybacks….come on Postmasters we can do it!

  • Carvin Marv

    WHAT?? The CEO of Staples makes $26 million in three years, yet the Postmaster General cannot even make $1 million in the same time frame. I bet Donahoe feels like a schmuck knowing this.

  • roger stuckey

    Ms Goodman needs to be enlightened by USPS and APWU.

  • piratesux

    Since she would curl up in a fetal ball if she had to carry a route for a week who cares what someone as obtuse as her says?

  • Bill Dusting

    I sent her my Staples points card, with a photocopy of my new Office Max card.

  • big time

    Ugly skank should be thrown in mailbox and sent back to uglyville !

  • hollywood

    She needs to be spanked .

  • not living the dream

    $26 million in three years and I am overpaid at the USPS making $56,000 gross a year – pathetic

  • Sonoma Joe

    The USPS has set up this huge contract to locate post offices in Staples stores. Funny thing is, if you go into a Staples today and something is out of stock and needs to be shipped to you, Staples will only send it by…you guessed it…UNITED PARCEL SERVICE!!! Patrick Donahoe needs to be ‘retired’.

  • Tony L

    Did you really expect anything less from someone with her background?
    There are only two kinds of people in this world…givers and takers! Now considering both her past and present experiences, what category do you think Goodman falls in? Additionally, if I had to look into the mirror in the morning and see that reflection, I would be a hater too! Good Riddance Lady!

  • pdbocc

    Please, would you want to have that over your knee, it’s takes all the fun out of it.

  • MrZip

    I find it curious that she refers to as a “…job for life”, when the rest of the world refers to it as a CAREER. It sounds more like she is jealous because she chose a profession that requires a change in employers in order to move up. She appears to be the type who doesn’t climb the ladder of success, but pushes the rungs below her down.

  • freecountry

    Look at her “pudgy” face. Wonder if she would know a hard days work if it bit her in the ars?

  • freecountry

    She’s friends with Mitt right? That is all you need to know

  • Gregg Grubbs

    Mean,hateful little thing isn’t she.She obviously has no idea what real work is all about.Typical bigwig nonsense!!

  • Disgusted

    Dumbahoe’s big pay day will come from the companies that will benefit from his destruction of the Postal Service after he retires.

  • Mr.Disgruntled

    Donaprick did retire with a nice golden parachute and a future payoff from the USPS competitors for ruining it.