On top of email and private shipping companies, postal workers are now concerned with the outsourcing of basic retail services, such as stamp sales, to private companies. Next month, the National Labor Relations Board will rule on whether the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) contract with the office supply chain Staples violates the American Postal Workers Union’s (APWU) collective bargaining agreement. USPS claims that outsourcing is part of an effort to reduce costs, with the knowledge that a postal worker makes almost three times as much as a Staples sales associate. However, the union emphasized that their contract with Staples violates the APWU collective bargaining agreement. The union, which has been organizing around this issue for years, originally brought the case against USPS in Baltimore last fall, where the regional director ruled in favor of the union. “This ruling represents an important step forward in the battle against the privatization of our nation’s public Postal Service,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. The APWU has a hearing scheduled in Washington for August 17. Read more here. Photo courtesy of The Washington Post.
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