Policy: Labor

Postal services at Staples draw union protests

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CLAWSON, Mich. (AP) — Postal workers and retirees have protested in suburban Detroit over the offering of services in Staples stores.

They gathered outside a Staples store in Clawson, holding signs that said, "The U.S. mail is not for sale."

Staples last year began offering postal services under a pilot program that now includes some 80 stores. The Staples program allows customers to buy stamps, send packages and use Priority and certified mail.

Postal unions fear a loss of jobs to lower-paid workers. Retired Royal Oak carrier Mike Smith tells The Oakland Press (http://bit.ly/1nKQYl9) it's "terrible."

Union leader Roscoe Woods says it's a step to privatizing the mail.

Postal officials say they're just trying to reach customers where they shop.

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Information from: The Oakland Press, http://www.theoaklandpress.com

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