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Members of the American Postal Workers Union No. 32 protest a program between the U.S. Post Office and Staples to offer postal services without union workers. Jonathan Copsey. (click for larger version)
August 19, 2014
JOHNS CREEK, Ga – Protesters from the local American Postal Workers Union No. 32 gathered Aug. 12 at the corner of McGinnis Ferry Road and Peachtree Parkway in Johns Creek. They were out in opposition to a program started in conjunction with Staples to allow the retailer to handle some U.S. Postal Service functions.

In a statement, the protesters said, "A no-bid deal between Staples and the Postal Service set up postal counters inside 82 of the office-supply stores in four test markets – staffed with untrained, low-wage Staples employees. Staples and the USPS plan to expand the program to Staples' 1,500 locations nationwide."

The program gained significant opposition from the Postal Workers' Union as well as the AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Teachers. While the pilot program was halted after the opposition, the protesters claim the overall program will continue.

"The Staples deal will replace full-service U.S. postal offices with knock-off post offices in Staples that are not staffed with U.S. Postal Service employees. You have a right to post offices staffed by workers who are accountable to you and the American people. You have a right to postal service provided by highly trained, uniformed Postal Service employees, who are sworn to safeguard your mail – whether it's at the post office or Staples."

The protesters have set up a website at StopStaples.com.

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    Are they kidding?
    August 20, 2014 | 12:34 PM

    "A no-bid deal between Staples and the Postal Service set up postal counters inside 82 of the office-supply stores in four test markets "" staffed with untrained, low-wage Staples employees."

    The Post Office Lost $2 Billion In Just 3 Months. Any other questions?



    jim
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    Government unions at it again
    August 22, 2014 | 11:46 PM

    The postal service is run with the same inefficiency as any other government service. Thare plagued by increasing benefit costs that the same unions protesting helped to bring about. Government entities have no incentive to be competitive and dynamic enterprises which is why unions see them as the perfect fit for memmbership. Their solution is always more tax dollars.

    david
    Johns creek
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    Days are Numbered
    August 23, 2014 | 01:14 PM

    Like newspaper delivery, I think the days of the post office are numbered anyway. Ninety-five percent of what I get in my mailbox is junk mail I don't want. It's just killing trees. I don't receive bills by mail because I don't want them to get stolen. Other than an occasional letter, the only think I get at home that's rally useful is Netflix. I only do that by mail because you can't get the same selection online.

    I just took a trip to Highlands Ranch, CO outside of Denver and the trend there seems to be central delivery points in each neighborhood similar to how you get mail at apartments here. So, people don't even get mail delivered to the door.

    I say combine the passport and related services with the DMV or another government office, and let UPS take over the rest. They'll do an infinitely better job.

    On the subject of news papers, why does the company insist on littering their paper on my lawn when Imread online anyway?

    Not impressed
    Alpharetta
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