Unions threaten protests, boycotts over new Postal Service retail centers in Staples stores

  • Article by: SAM HANANEL , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 20, 2014 - 7:58 AM

WASHINGTON — The opening of Postal Service retail centers in dozens of Staples stores around the country is being met with threats of protests and boycotts by the agency's unions.

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furguson11Jan. 20, 14 8:13 AM

Par for the course when business is breaking the postal service and divvying up the work using low wage workers. Isn't that the whole point breaking the postal service by requiring that they pay upfront millions of dollars in retirees ahead of time, when the rest of the federal government pays benefits out of current cash flow?

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furguson11Jan. 20, 14 8:14 AM

Once the post office is broken, we'll all get to pay FedEx/UPS rates to ship anything, the workers will cost less and the greater margins will go somewhere....

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elmore1Jan. 20, 14 9:11 AM

If the postal union had their way the mail would be delivered by horses instead of trucks so that they could add a bunch of members. They need to become customer focused and part of the solution, not the problem.

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thunderJan. 20, 14 9:15 AM

No private company would attempt to provide daily mail service. Regardless, tough to justify $25 per hour to sell stamps, weigh packages, etc. There has to be a happy medium between minimum wage and Government scale.

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EleanoreJan. 20, 14 9:42 AM

Right on postal workers union. This is a clear violation of the line between public and private. And don't stop with staples, who else sells stamps that isn't actually employed by the US government?

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dorkeemnJan. 20, 14 9:50 AM

I fail to see the issue here. A lot of local businesses used to have postal centers - manned by store employees not USPS workers. There were some things they couldn't do - but they could do 90% of it. Synder drug stores come to mind. Plus who doesn't want to wait in line for 20 minutes to have the sole postal clerk put up a sign saying Break time - back in 1 hour - when there are still 20 people in line?

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lettem01Jan. 20, 14 9:51 AM

I would be willing to bet that customer service at a Staples store when buying stamps or sending a package would be a much better experience than that delivered by the post office.

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MongooseBJan. 20, 14 9:58 AM

The post office is an important employer, and one of the best places for a vet to work after serving their country. I don't want to see that go away.

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TRJan. 20, 14 9:58 AM

Someone is willing to do the same job for less in the open market. True market value.

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elvishoneyJan. 20, 1410:01 AM

furguson11, you fail to see that the USPS is a broken and antiquated. Also, you complain about that the lost cost the the USPS charges for shipping will be lost to FEDEX/UPS. Of course, the USPS does it at a loss.

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