Postal Workers (APWU) members from eight midwestern states rallied outside a Staples store in Altoona, Iowa, Thursday evening as part of a drive to stop the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS's) privatization of retail operations. USPS is contracting services to Staples, with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees.
The USPS began contracting out postal services to Staples in October. So far, 80 Staples stores are part of the pilot program. But the USPS plans to expand the scheme to 1,500 Staples locations nationwide at the same time the USPS is eliminating public post offices.
APWU President Mark Dimondstein led the action with the 200 delegates to the union’s regional conference. The demonstration was the latest in a series of protests around the nation leading up to the April 24 National Day of Action.
For more information, text POSTAL to 91990, or visit StopStaples.com.