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Union to rally In Altoona against Staples stores offering postal services


This news story was published on April 7, 2014.
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ALTOONA – As Staples office stores moves to integrate more postal services into their retail locations, a labor union representing postal workers will stage a rallies in opposition.

So far, 80 Staples stores are part of a pilot program between the retailer and the US Postal Service (USPS). The USPS plans to expand the program to 1,500 Staples locations nationwide at the same time the USPS is eliminating public post offices.

American Postal Workers Union National President (APWU), Mark Dimondstein, and other APWU officers will join an informational rally in front of the Altoona Staples store on Thursday, April 10. The rally will be at the Altoona Staples, 3500 8th St SW and (36 Ave SW) in Altoona, Iowa.

In a statement, the APWU said it is “against this joint venture and is staging rallies all around the country. There will also be a national Staples Day of Action, on April 24, to draw more attention to this issue. Des Moines will not have an event on April 24.

Staples announced on March 6 that the office-supply chain will close 225 stores by the end of 2015.  The closures  “Proves that it’s a bad idea to turn over public postal services to a private company that can close stores with no public input,” Dimondstein said.

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