A new Staples postal services has Union Postal workers going…postal.
In a related report from The Inquisitr, not too long ago, Staples announced they would be providing Amazon lockers at hundreds of locations.
The recent announcement of a Staples postal service being offered in Staples stores around the country has many angered, and Staples has received threats of protests and boycotts. The new postal service will be staffed by Staples employees, not union postal workers and many are saying the move by Staples threatens the union positions. Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union weighed in:
“It’s a direct assault on our jobs and on public postal services. If Staples insists on continuing to refuse to staff those stores with postal workers, we’re going to urge people to take their business elsewhere. I think we have a lot of clout. We’re in every hamlet, town, city and state in the country.”
Part of the current argument is that Staples doesn’t seem to care for the idea of staffing their stores with expensive union employees when they can play less for non-union employees. The average salary for a union postal worker is $25 an hour plus benefits, while the Staples postal services seems to have every intention of staffing most of their postal service locations with minimum wage employees.
It’s no secret USPS has faced its share of hardships recently, with news of post office closures seeming to pop up all over the place. The answer to this has so far been partnerships with private companies such as Amazon, along with cost cutting measures. But let’s not mistake any of that to wholesale privatization. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe also had something to say about the Staples postal service and its effect on the privatization discussion:
“The privatization discussion is a ruse. We have no interest in privatizing the Postal Service. We are looking to grow our business to provide customer convenience to postal products.”
So what do you think of the Staples Postal Service, would you use one over traditional postal service?