Bell Ringer

Amid protest, Staples rings NASDAQ opening bell

Today's Bell Ringer, March 15, 2016
Today's Bell Ringer, March 15, 2016

Office supply chain Staples rang the opening bell at the NASDAQ as postal workers gathered to protest the company's use of what they called low-wage, high-turnover employees at postal counters in its stores.

Staples was represented at the NASDAQ by Shira Goodman, who heads up the company's business services division and oversees the company's retail operations in North America, according to a statment. The event was meant to highlight new business strategies being employed to help streamline operations and boost profitability, according to the company.

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At the same time, postal workers gathered outside the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square.

"Staples employees are not properly trained to handle the nation'smail and letters, and packages customers drop off at Staples are nottreated with the same level of security as mail handled at yourneighborhood post office," said Dennis O'Neill in a pressrelease. O'Neill is a retired U.S. postal worker who calledStaples strategy is an "attack" on the U.S.Postal Service, which he calls an "Americantreasure."

Staples did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.