ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) - Postal workers picketed a Staples store on Friday in response to a United States Postal Service (USPS) announcement about a pilot program that would place postal services in Staples Stores.
A release from the Indiana State AFL-CIO, APW claims that the move would eliminate thousands of middle class jobs that support working class families across the nation and replace them with jobs that only pay about $18,000 annually and offer few, if any, benefits.
“Our goal is to let the public know what a bad deal this is for our customers, workers and communities,” said Doug Brown, the Indiana State President of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU). “Consumers will pay the same for less service, good-paying jobs will be eliminated impacting economies across the country and a huge corporation that has faced about $80 million in fines for employee wage theft will be reaping huge profits.”
Mary Dando, with the USPS, said partnerships like the one with Staples generate revenue and additional work for USPS employees. The Postal Service is working to meet the demands of today’s on-the-go consumers, to give them the convenient experience they demand, Dando said. She claimed the arrangement is win-win and will expand access to postal services and expand USPS’ reach.
The pilot program is currently only available in 82 stores in the following five cities:
- San Francisco, Calif.
- San Diego, Calif.
- Pittsburgh, Penn.
- Atlanta, Ga.
- Worcester, Mass.
The program will run until September 2014; no decision has been made on whether or not it will continue.