STOP STAPLES! APWU and NALC Members to Rally in Front of STAPLES in Rochester, NY
Rochester, NY: The National Association of Letter Carriers, Mail Handlers Union and community supporters are standing with the American Postal Workers Union to rally in front of the STAPLES store on Ridge Rd. in Rochester this Thursday. The “STOP STAPLES” Campaign, in an effort to stop the cuts in Postal Services and the privatization of America’s Postal Service, is a campaign supported by all of Labor.
Despite the National Labor Relations Board’s order to the United States Postal Service to give the agreement with Staples to the American Postal Workers Union, and the Post Master General ‘s claims against privatizing and outsourcing Postal Services to the private sector, his agreement with Staples states in part, “ The pilot will be used to determine if lower labor costs can be realized with retail partner labor instead of labor traditionally associated with retail windows at Post Offices.”
WHO: Postal Workers, Letter Carriers, Mail Handlers, members of labor and supportive organizations, community supporters and elected officials
WHEN: Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. press conference at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Staples Store located at 1115 E. Ridge Rd in Rochester, NY 14621
NALC President Fredric Rolando announced the union was taking part in the April 24 National Day of Action to protest the USPS/Staples deal.
“Americans value and deserve postal services provided by highly trained, uniformed and accountable employees who work directly for the Postal Service, not for an office-supplies retail chain. Just as the members of the APWU stand with the NALC in our battle to preserve six-day mail delivery service, so do letter carriers stand with our brothers and sisters in this fight against privatization.”
“This is the true meaning of solidarity,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “This unity will strengthen our fight for a vibrant, public Postal Service.”
Since the deal was announced there have been a number of demonstrations by APWU members and their allies at Staples stores around the country.