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Staples/USPS plan: Bad for customers, employees

The NALC’s Executive Council has voted to endorse the boycott of the Staples office supplies chain because of the Postal Service’s plan to set up knock-off post offices in Staples stores staffed by store employees, not USPS employees sworn to safeguard the mail.

“The Postal Service was misguided in 2005-2006 when it tried to outsource letter carrier work, and it is equally misguided now,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The low road of outsourcing never works. Postal management rejected the APWU’s efforts to staff the Staples postal outlets with highly skilled career employees who serve this country so well every day. The USPS should either renegotiate the terms of its Staples pilot test with APWU or scrap it altogether.

“Our customers have a right to post offices staffed by workers who are accountable, highly trained and uniformed, whether it’s at a post office or a Staples store,” Rolando said. “This deal could jeopardize customers' mail service as well as local post offices.”

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