Postal workers protest Staples pilot program

Hundreds of U.S Postal workers and activists protested a plan to outsource the postal service to Staples stores.
The protestors gathered outside the Staples store on North Harlem Avenue in Elmwood Park Saturday.
They were speaking out against a pilot program which the U.S. postal service plans to expand to 1500 Staples stores across the country.
The program makes postal services available at those stores but the postal workers union wants post office employees to staff those counters.
The post office says the Staples pilot program makes mail services more widely available to customers and increases revenue.
The agency has asked for financial help from congress.
At the end of 2013, it had more than $100 billion dollars debt for unfunded pension and health care benefits.
Postal workers and supporters are planning a National Day of Action on April 24th with more protests planned for Staples stores across the country.

4 comments

  • Ismael

    These people are causing their own demise. As long as there is a union involved any outside help is not welcomed. In the near future there will be no post offices thanks to the unions.

    • activism101

      The Unions are not at fault here nor in any workforce. The Unions are in place to provide better working conditions and a living wage to those employees. The American public really needs to understand how the labor movement began and why there are Unions in place. Idiotic comments such as yours shows that you do not know the history of what the workers in this country have struggled through. You can thank the Unions for the 5 day workweek, 40 hour work day, health benefits, equal pay, the family medical leave act, overtime laws, child labor laws; the list goes on and on. People need to wake up and realize that the Postal Service belongs to the American public. It was founded by our forefathers, it is written in the Constitution, and it is YOUR Post Office. Don't give it away to "for-profit" companies on Wall Street. Defend what belongs to YOU!

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