Opposing a right-wing, big business privatization drive, 100 union and community activists took part in a field hearing to save the publicly-run United States Postal Service.
"If the NLRB sustains the allegations in the complaint, it could effectively end Staples' foray into the mail business."
"The Postal Service takes in $68 billion a year in revenue and Wall Street wants it."
The nation's four postal unions and their allies have taken at least one leaf from the movie "Back to the Future."
The service cutbacks come on the heels of record-breaking and successful holiday deliveries of 15.5 billion packages, letters and parcels.
The nation's four postal employee unions are uniting for the Nov. 14 protest against planned Jan. 2015 shutdown of 82 more distribution centers.
And half the U.S. Senate now opposes U.S. Postal Service management's plan to close 82 more distribution centers.
Letter carriers are concerned about the privatization threat and the threat to eliminate Saturday delivery, and about attempts to end door to door delivery service altogether.
Chants of "U.S. mail is not for sale" echoed through the canyons of Chicago's downtown skyscrapers as thousands of union postal workers, teachers and other supporters rallied
"This is a plan to close Post Offices and outsource postal work. A sign on the door that says 'We're closed, go to Staples.' It couldn't get much more obvious.