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Postal workers protest Staples deal

April 24. 2014 8:56PM

CONCORD — Members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Manchester Area Local organized a protest Thursday afternoon at the Staples in Concord to call attention to a business deal between the national office products retailer and the U.S. Postal Service.

Last fall, Staples opened 80 postal counters as part of the deal, which New Hampshire union members were protesting Thursday as part of a national effort. Union officials say the program will lead to job cuts and puts mail at risk because the Staples counters are staffed by Staples employees rather than trained postal workers.

“This program threatens both mail security and good, stable jobs,” said Janice Kelble, legislative and political director for Manchester Area Local APWU in a prepared statement. “It’s bad for postal workers, bad for our communities, and bad for our country.”

The Postal Service, which has been beleagured by financial woes, has said the program will help it expand business.

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