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Postal employees protest Staples

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Nicole Gerber

PROVIDENCE - A postal protest.

From right here in Providence to all across the country... postal workers are expressing their anger over staples Staffing postal counters with retail employees.

Dozens of postal employees came out this afternoon, t
aking a stand against Staples.

They're saying that they are worried about the integrity of the mail and the lack of accountability they believe Staples employees will have.

They came out with signs, t-shirts, and chants. It's one of 50 different protests in 27 states, marching against the proposed 1500 retail counters nationwide.

These union workers say postal counters in Staples stores could lead to layoffs, and post office closures, and that Staples employees aren't properly trained to handle mail.

"Staples employees get 4 hours of training on how to handle the mail. The postal employees get over 80 hours, the window clerks, so they're more familiar with the products and services that are available," said Ann Albro-Mathieu, President of the local postal workers union.

The union also says that USPS employees are required to take a federal oath to take care of the mail - something Staples employees will not be required to do.

These employees say this is a step toward the privatization of the post office, something they believe congress has been pushing for, for some time now.

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