"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.
The Postal Service has set up U.S. mail service counters in 82 Staples stores throughout the country. The workers at those counters are non-union Staples employees, not union postal workers.
Chanting "Whose post office? The people's post office!" Postal Workers and their union allies marched in Washington protesting the USPS scheme to run postal services out of Staples stores.
Postal Workers members and community allies are rallying today at 50 Staples stores in 27 states as part of a National Day of Action.
As far as Mark Dimondstein is concerned, the members of the Postal Workers are going to be out in the streets even more than they already are.
AFT is launching a campaign to expose the for-profit charter school industry as more interested in profits for its CEOs and stockholders than it is in teaching kids.
Under this plan, financed by Pitney Bowes, the entire Postal Service would become a series of private companies.
If New York's 90,000 meters are sold, private owners would reap profits for years while the city would be left with an annual $150 million revenue hole for decades.
Postal Service employees say threats by the U.S. Postal Service to shut down this winter because of a $9.2 billion deficit are part of a "manufactured crisis" designed to privatize the world's largest mail delivery system.