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New Round of USPS Cutbacks Sparks More Protests - U.S. Postal Service workers plan protests in Bend, OR, and other cities around the country Friday, opposing the planned closure of more than 80 processing centers, including Bend’s, they claim will further slow mail delivery and damage the agency. The Friday afternoon protest at the Bend Post Office by the American Postal Workers Union members is part of a “national day of action” aimed at the latest round of what mail workers call “devastating cuts” planned by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors, including the scheduled April closure of the Bend facility.

Wisconsin Postal Workers to Protest Distribution Changes in Madison, Milwaukee - Postal workers are warning that moving outgoing mail operations from Madison to Milwaukee will mean job cuts and slower delivery. The change is scheduled for January.

Postal Union Protests Perceived Privatization Push Outside Chestnut Hill, PA, Staples - Despite a persistent, chilly rain, more than 20 members and allies of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) marched outside the Germantown Avenue Staples on Thursday afternoon to protest plans to expand a recent retail agreement with the U.S. Postal Service. 

"We want Staples service windows to be staffed by certified USPS workers," said Cindy Hayward, lead organizer for the APWU Stop Staples Campaign locally."If Staples continues closing stores, then where will people go to send their mail?" asked June Cohen, a postal worker for 33 years. "It's clear that this is part of a larger plan to privatize the postal service," Cohen said.