USPS Documents Show Hours Reduced at Post Offices Near Staples Stores; Public Postal Counters Are Shrinking, Not Growing, After Secretive Deal with Retail Giant
05/29/2014 - SAN FRANCISCO – In the wake of a secretive, sweetheart deal to outsource postal operations to low-wage, high-turnover Staples stores, the U.S. Postal Service is reducing customer service hours at 21 of 39 U.S. Post Office stations in San Francisco. Cutbacks in hours are also planned in surrounding Bay Area communities.
04/24/2014 - The U.S. Postal Service and Staples are working overtime to keep the details of their sweetheart deal a secret, but an April 1 hearing before the National Labor Relations Board – and documents the USPS was forced to turn over to the American Postal Workers Union – have revealed some very troubling facts. (See ‘Customers: Think Twice’ and ‘Is the Staples Deal Postal Privatization?’)
04/23/2014 - WASHINGTON –Thousands of members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and community activists will engage in National Day of Action on Thursday, April 24, to protest the Postal Service’s sweetheart deal with Staples that is moving mail service into Staples stores. Events will be held at more than 50 Staples retail locations [PDF] across 27 states.
Message to Staples: Staff Postal Counters with Postal Employees
04/04/2014 - Members of the American Postal Workers Union from the Chicago area, joined by hundreds of labor and community activists, will protest on Saturday, April 5, in Elmwood Park, against a deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples to move mail services into Staples stores.
11/15/2013 - “Headlines across the country are shouting that the USPS lost billions of dollars again this year, but that’s a fallacy,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said after the USPS released financial information for fiscal year 2013.
11/07/2013 - In an impassioned speech before more than 1,000 union members, the newly-elected president of the American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimondstein, issued a call for a “grand alliance” to save the USPS as a public postal service and to protect postal jobs.
08/20/2013 - "The American Postal Workers Union vehemently opposes the Postal Service's proposal to remove postal workers from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program," President Cliff Guffey said following the release of a GAO report on the plan.