Staples: Don't Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare!
  • Petitioned Carrie McElwee

This petition was delivered to:

Media Contact, Staples
Carrie McElwee
CEO of Staples
Ron Sargent

Staples: Don't Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare!

    1. Sue Whistleblower
    2. Petition by

      Sue Whistleblower

      Framingham, MA

I am writing this petition as an anonymous person, as I fear my employer will persecute me if they knew my identity. My trust in the company I work for has been shaken, as they have enacted a new policy to reduce our hours, and I believe they are not telling the whole truth as to why.

I have worked as an Easy-Tech Representative at Staples, sold countless thousands of computers, protection plans, and services, and have made Staples far more money than they have paid me. I typically work 30-35 hours in a week, and have so for about 9 years now. I enjoy working at Staples, and the staff at my store have come to depend on me. I love my job.

However, in mid-December, the company announced to the staff at my store: A new policy of limiting ALL part-time workers to 25 hours a week -- with NO exceptions -- for reasons of "Scheduling Flexibility".

This left me heartbroken, as I knew 25 hours a week wouldn't let me make ends meet, let alone have enough to start a family! I questioned my co-workers as to why they would make such a drastic change. Even the General Manager couldn't get a straight answer out of the upper management. So I decided to do a little digging, and with the help of the internet, I came across what appears to be the answer: The Affordable Healthcare Act aka "Obamacare."

I read about how countless other companies were slashing part-time hours to use a loophole in the law: You don't have to pay for healthcare if your employees don't work more than 30 hours a week. I also learned that the Aetna medical insurance plan that Staples provided didn't count, as it didn't provide enough coverage to meet the minimums.

I was stunned. The TRUE reason was obvious: Staples didn't want to follow the law and provide better heathcare to its employees. Instead, its giving its part-time workers a de facto pay cut and saving money by using a loophole.

However, there is hope. Other major employers such as Darden Restaurants (owners of Olive Garden and Red Lobster) rescinded similar cuts after intense pressure. Our Government has also delayed the requirement until 2015, giving Congress time to sort things out. Corporations such as Starbucks and H-E-B have pledged NOT to reduce part time hours.

Will you join me in asking Staples to join companies like Starbucks and H-E-B to pledge NOT the cut part time employees' hours? 

Note: Any personal details are an amalgamation of several stories of Staples Employees and has been obfuscated for their protection.

Carrie McElwee, Media Contact, Staples
Ron Sargent, CEO of Staples
Don't Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare! Join Starbucks and H-E-B in pledging not to cut hours!

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Recent signatures


    1. Customer service scores are down because of the new policy!

      Sue Whistleblower
      Petition Organizer

      We just had the lowest customer service score on our CSAT in a long time at my store. What I feared most has come to pass: those that care about providing customer service quit, and the only people willing to accept 25 hours a week don't care.

      We are hard at work gathering evidence of lower CSAT scores at Staples locations. If you have any evidence or would like to report your scores at your Staples location, please e-mail me at

    2. The first call-in to Staples on Feb 3rd!

      Sue Whistleblower
      Petition Organizer

      We haven't heard from Staples yet, so we would like to encourage them to respond!

      We are scheduling the first Staples call-in for Monday Feb 3rd from 9a - 5p Eastern Time. Here's what we would like you to do:

      Call the Office of the President at 1-800-338-0252 and make a short statement. For example:

      "Hello! My name is (name). I signed a petition that was sent to your company on Monday, did your receive it? I encourage you to give a response as this issue is very important to me as a customer. Thank you for your cooperation!"

    3. Printed Petition to reach Corporate Staples Headquarters today!

      Sue Whistleblower
      Petition Organizer

      This is it! The moment we have all been working hard for is upon us. Over 200,000 printed signatures have been sent to Staples Corporate Headquarters and are scheduled for delivery today!

      If Staples Corporate still won't respond to us, I would like to schedule a Call-In to the Office of the President on Monday February 3rd.

      I want to keep pressure on Staples corporate until we hear back from them. Ignoring us is not an option!

      And thanks again to everyone who has participated, without your help, none of this would be possible.

    4. Phone Number for the Office of the President of Staples

      Sue Whistleblower
      Petition Organizer

      I want to thank a fellow employee for suggesting posting the number for the Office of the President at Staples!

      The number is:
      The office times are 9a - 5p EST

      My apologies for not updating the petition sooner, but we have been working hard with the folks at on this petition. Stay tuned for more news on how you can help!

    5. Reached 200,000 signatures
    6. Our Campaign was featured on BuzzFeed! And a Statement by Us

      Sue Whistleblower
      Petition Organizer

      I'm SO geeking out right now. One of my favorite news websites featured OUR petition in a recent article!

      A big thanks to Mrs. Sapna Maheshwari for bringing attention to our Cause!

      Staples PR issued BuzzFeed a statement that "Staples has had a policy in place for more than 10 years." We aren't sure what they are talking about, but we here at the Sue Whistleblower Foundation (a temporary name we are using for the group of people behind this petition) would like to issue a statement as well:

      "Thank you for your statement about your 40 hour policy for part-time workers. We eagerly await your truthful and candid statement about the 25 hour policy for part time employees you enacted on January 4th of this year."

      Staples Accused Of Cutting Employee Hours Ahead Of Obamacare

      Staples is limiting the number of hours part-time associates can work to 25 hours a week, a move that has drawn the ire of disgruntled workers who claim it is a way to skirt impending rules requiring companies to provide health insurance for full-time employees or face a steep penalty.

    7. Get the word out on Facebook and Twitter!

      Sue Whistleblower
      Petition Organizer

      Last week, Staples announced a new corporate slogan ("Make More Happen") by using the hashtag #WhatTheL on Twitter and Facebook. You can help increase the pressure on Staples by taking two easy actions now:

      1) FACEBOOK: Go to Staples' Facebook page ( and post a comment like this: "Staples: It is unfair to cut your employees' hours to take advantage of a loophole in Obamacare. That's why I've joined this campaign: Please reconsider your cuts to employees' hours or I may have to take my business elsewhere."

      2) TWITTER: Post a Tweet including @Staples and the #WhatTheL hashtag as well as the petition link like this: "Hey @Staples: #WhatTheL is with your cuts to employees' hours? Please #MakeMoreHappen by giving back their hours:"

      Thank you for all your support so far!

    8. The 25 hour policy starts Jan 7th!

      Sue Whistleblower
      Petition Organizer

      I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years. I fear this will be the last "good" holiday season for me and my husband if this goes into effect.

      I am starting to here rumors and whispers about our petition around work, but I want to take it to the next level. For this to work, we need to generate as much buzz at Staples Corporate that we can. The best way I can think of is talking to the management staff directly. Obviously I can't do this as they will fire me. What I ask is this: Next time you go into a Staples, ask to speak to the manager on duty. Tell him or her that you have signed a petition asking for the end of the part time hourly policy, and to please tell their District Manager. Please be nice, as the managers don't like this policy either! I've discussed it with my General Manager, and if he receives enough requests, he too will bring it up with the District Manager.

      Thank you for all your support so far!

    9. Reached 150,000 signatures
    10. Employee Forums Mysteriously Disappear!

      Sue Whistleblower
      Petition Organizer

      I wanted to reach out to my fellow employees about the hour-cutting policy using the employee forums we have on one of our websites. To my astonishment, those forums appear to be gone! The links to them still exist, but every one I tried gives an error message.

      Now there might be a perfectly reasonable explanation, but I received no notice that the forums were going to be discontinued. The timing of this is painfully convenient; as if our employer didn't want us to discuss their new policy among ourselves. I'll post more information about this if I find any.

    11. Reached 100,000 signatures
    12. Thanks for all your support!

      Sue Whistleblower
      Petition Organizer

      I'm truly moved by all of your generous support. I had no idea that this would get so many signatures so fast! From my family to you, Thank You!

      This includes my future son! I found out the sex of my baby-to-be today. Its a BOY! This petition gives me hope that I will be able to give him the support he needs.

      Merry Christmas Everyone!

    13. Reached 75,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Joanna Dotson SEVIERVILLE, TN
      • 2 months ago

      No one needs to be shorted hours. There are always bills to pay.

    • Loren Snow SURRY, ME
      • 5 months ago

      BECAUSE ITis corpraite wellfaire and taxe payers ,should not be left to pick up the billl.

    • James McElroy LAKE WORTH, FL
      • 8 months ago

      After 22 years on the job I no longer have health insurance. Employers should be held accountable. For the most part because I feel robbed after all my years as a loyal employe.

    • Loretta Yara Mery ARCATA, CA
      • 8 months ago

      STAPLES is using employees to make political point! shameful

    • Nick liszkiewicz MANTENO, IL
      • 8 months ago

      Staples employee affected by change.


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