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Union Says Document Proves USPS Aims to Privatize the Post Office

The postal workers union says a document that came to light in a labor relations dispute is proof that the USPS is bent on privatizing the agency. The dispute between the APWU and the USPS and Staples is in front of the National Labor Relations Board – the union says the US Postal Service illegally subcontracted work to Staples.

The document in question shows that a third-party consultant hired by the US Postal Service made a number of proposals in a March 26, 2012 presentation, including that the USPS invest in high traffic postal service locations and that it eliminate the majority of the standard volume postal services locations and migrate that work to retail partners that are not staffed by union members.

The confidential document was not prepared by the USPS and does not, on its face, reveal whether the USPS adopted any of the proposals contained in it.

But APWU President Mark Dimondstein said, “The USPS claim that the Staples deal is about providing customers with better access is a hoax. It is clearly a privatization scheme to transfer postal services – and our work – to the private sector. This document proves we are on the right track and should double down to stop this dirty deal in its tracks.”

More information is found on the APWU website.

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Hat tip to PostalNews.com.

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