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The opening of Postal Service retail centers in dozens of Staples stores around the country is being met with threats of protests and boycotts by the agency's unions.
The new outlets are staffed by Staples employees, not postal workers, and labor officials say that move replaces good-paying union jobs with low-wage, nonunion workers.
"It's a direct assault on our jobs and on public postal services," said Mark Dimondstein, president of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union.
The dispute comes as the financially struggling Postal Service continues to form partnerships with private companies, and looks to cut costs and boost revenues. The deal with Staples began as a pilot program in November at 84 stores in California, Georgia, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania as a way make it easier for customers to buy stamps, send packages or use Priority and certified mail.
The union says it's not asking to shut down the program. It wants the counters to be run by postal employees, not workers hired by Staples. The average postal clerk earns about $25 an hour, according to the union, plus a generous package of health and retirement benefits. The Staples post office counters are run by nonunion workers often making little more than the minimum wage.
reply to post by ChesterJohn
That is just appalling. And they try and defend that?
Are you kidding me? That should be a lawsuit.
Or at the very least, force staples to pay minimum 75% of wages and benefits afforded to workers in the same space.
The problem that has happened and the reason behind many corporations moving their factories and head-quarters to other countries is because of the Very High and uncompromising wage and retirement package demands of the Unions.
When asked what organized labor wanted, Samuel Gompers (who became the first head of the AFL in 1886) replied "More". This remains the essential purpose of labor unions to this day: to get "more". More than what? More than "market".
People won't work for nothing. Even without unions, companies must offer an overall package (wages, benefits, working conditions) sufficient to attract and retain the workers that they need. The interaction between the company's needs and the workers' alternatives sets the "market wage".
Being part of the problem myself Sheet Metal Workers local #7, it does seem sometimes union demands seem outrageous to some.
But in reality these stores are taking their work. Essentially taking food off their childrens plate. I'm sure many of you won't see it that way but it is the truth.
Now if they have nothing more than a mail slot to drop mail into I don't see the need for a postal worker. But if they are offering full post office services, then they should have a postal employee.
$25 dollars an hour, why thats 50k a year. Who really deserves to be filthy rich like that? And overtime...the greedy bastards.
Shouldn't everybody work for $5 an hour 18 hours a day 7 days a week?
And a pension on top of that...
Did you enjoy your weekend? Thank the unions for that