The Letter Carriers (NALC) have joined in the battle by the Postal Workers (APWU) to stop the U.S. Postal Service’s privatization of retail operations by contracting services to Staples with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees.
NALC President Fredric Rolando announced the union was taking part in the April 24 National Day of Action to protest the USPS/Staples deal.
Americans value and deserve postal services provided by highly trained, uniformed and accountable employees who work directly for the Postal Service, not for an office-supplies retail chain. Just as the members of the APWU stand with the NALC in our battle to preserve six-day mail delivery service, so do letter carriers stand with our brothers and sisters in this fight against privatization.
“This is the true meaning of solidarity,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “This unity will strengthen our fight for a vibrant, public Postal Service.”
Since the deal was announced there have been a number of demonstrations by APWU members and their allies at Staples stores around the country. The APWU video above recounts a recent protest in Atlanta. APWU member Leroy Lavender said:
We are here to stop the sale of the mail. The U.S. mail is not for sale.