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.