Boise postal worker union will protest at Staples

newsroom@idahostatesman.comApril 23, 2014 

The union that represents local postal workers is planning a march Thursday in Downtown Boise and a simultaneous protest at a Staples store on West Preece Drive off of Milwaukee Avenue in West Boise.

The protests — among dozens expected Thursday in 27 states — are a reaction to a deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples Inc. to put USPS retail counters in Staples stores.

The American Postal Workers Union says the deal puts untrained, low-wage Staples employees in charge of mail service at unsecured locations.

Union members from neighboring states Montana, Oregon, Washington and Alaska are expected to join the Boise Idaho Local 650 of the American Postal Workers Union in the protest activities, according to a news release.

The march will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Grove Hotel and finish at the Statehouse steps by 5:30 or 5:45 p.m., with speeches following the march. The protest outside the Boise Staples store will start at 5 p.m.

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