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Postal Workers Protest Deal Between USPS, Staples

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A crowd of postal workers rallied outside a Staples Thursday to protest the company's partnership with the United States Postal Service.

The USPS said Staples is joining its Retail Partner Expansion Program, which means many Staples stores will have mini-post offices inside, counters where you can buy stamps and send packages.

However, union workers say the deal is taking away middle-class jobs.

"Postal workers were making a good, decent living wage," said one person at the rally. "They want to pay these people working the mail now $8 an hour."

"They’re not skilled. They're not trained. They haven't take oath of office. They haven't had a background check," said another.

"We don't mind Staples hiring people to do postal work," said a third. "We just want it to be postal workers."

The union said it's staging similar protests in 27 states.

USPS said there are currently 65,000 retail partner locations around the country.

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