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April 24, 2014
Postal unions protest Staples program
Source: Times Leader

— Postal workers around the country protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service’s pilot program to open counters in stores, staffed with retail employees.

Rallies were planned at 50 locations in 27 states. In New York, about 100 workers marched from the main office on 8th Avenue to a Staples store about five blocks away, carrying signs and chanting, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Staples deal has got to go.”

In Washington, D.C., more than 200 people gathered at a Staples, drumming on buckets and holding signs that read: “Stop Staples. The US Mail is Not for Sale.”

One of them, postal service maintenance mechanic Robert Black, called the pilot program “a back-door way of privatizing the post office” and taking away jobs from postal workers.

Last year, Framingham, Mass.-based Staples Inc. began offering postal services under a pilot program that now includes about 80 stores. The American Postal Workers Union objects, because it says well-paid union workers have been replaced by low-wage nonunion workers. (A union spokesman said postal workers make $25 an hour on average, far more than retail clerks.) The union also worries it will lead to post office closures.

John Hegarty, president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, which represents about 45,000 mail handlers, also said the outsourcing endangers the sanctity and security of the mail.

Staples spokesman Mark Cautela would not address the workers’ concerns, only saying the store is always testing new ways to serve its customers.

The dispute comes as the financially struggling Postal Service looks to cut costs and boost revenues.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has said the Staples program has nothing to do with privatization.

 

 


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