Postal workers deliver a message

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – A group accustomed to sending messages had a different one to deliver on Thursday as postal workers protested a move by the U.S. Postal Service.

About 50 postal workers lined Dorothy Lane outside of the Staples store. They’re part of a nationwide protest of a deal that the Postal Service signed with Staples that will allow some of its stores to provide postal products and services.

We asked workers why they’re upset by the move.

“They’re not just expanding services,” says Dayton Local American Postal Workers Union President Karen Byars. “They’re actually putting postal jobs in Staples. The employees that are being hired are not postal employees.”

In a statement the postal service says,  “The Retail Partner Expansion Program is an opportunity “to grow the business” and has never been an earmark to pave a way to privatization.”

That statement goes on to say, “This retail partnership program could be an innovative step towards generating revenue to ensure the long-term viability of the Postal Service.”

But workers say customers would be better served if they and not Staples employees handled things.

“What we want to do is we would work inside the Staple’s stores and provide what we’ve been providing for years,” says Nathan Grant with the Dayton Local APWU.

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