Postal workers protest outside Staples

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Updated: 4/24/2014 9:33 pm
Postal workers in Lubbock protested Thursday against a deal between the USPS and Staples. Workers said the move will lead non-trained employees doing their jobs, and cause the USPS to reduce its workforce.
Many believe the deal could compromise customer service and jeopardize the security of mail.

"The clerks will know what they're looking for in certain mails and they know what not to send and what not to process. They're just going to throw everything in a big pile and we'll have to figure out the mess anyway. it could endanger people in the long run," said Robert Wentzel, President of the Lubbock Chapter of American Postal Workers.

It's known as the National Day of Action, a movement that is sweeping across more than 50 cities and 27 states. The Staples on Slide Road was posted up with concerned citizens.

"They're gonna think that that's a real post office manned by real postal employees and it's ran by the post office. And that's not the case. It's something that staples will set up to look like a real post office with their employees that they hire off the streets and with whatever training they decide to provide for them," said  postal worker Mike Sturm.

Staples is also struggling to stay afloat. It recently announced that it would close 225 stores by 2015.

Closing those doors is closing people's minds about the future of the postal service.

"Why would you go and put it in there when you know they're going to be closing and that'll result in having no retail services anymore," said Sturm.

Staples is the first chain store to participate in the 'Retail Partner Expansion Program,' which gives businesses an open door to growth. 

Wentzel said that opens the door to allow big chain stores to expand even further.

"Right now the deal was for 80 test pilot sites but the Postmaster General has already said once this goes well he's going to expand it to the entire staples service, and maybe to other distributors."

Staples declined to comment. The project so far is in the examination phase.
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Shark - 4/25/2014 8:58 AM
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USPS has already reduced their counter staff to only one person in many stations. Privately owned and operated mail boxes have existed for decades. The customers of such boxes understand that they are NOT P.O boxes, and are NOT owned by the U.S. Postal service. I believe that those who go to a Staples store will comprehend that they are at a Staples Store, dealing with Staples Employees. There is a great difference between someone "Going Staple" and someone "Going Postal"
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