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File #: 15-0211R    Version: 0 Name: Opposing Postal Service Privatization
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 3/9/2015 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 3/9/2015
Enactment #:
Title: Opposing Postal Service Privatization FOR the purpose of supporting the American Postal Workers Union in its efforts to protect livingwage jobs and its insistence on the highest possible standards of customer services, opposing efforts to privatize postal operations, and calling upon all residents of Baltimore to consider this issue when deciding whether to patronize Staples.
Sponsors: Robert Curran, Sharon Green Middleton, Mary Pat Clarke, President Young, Brandon M. Scott, Eric T. Costello, Bill Henry, Helen L. Holton, James B. Kraft, Carl Stokes, Warren Branch, Rochelle Spector, Edward Reisinger, Nick Mosby, William "Pete" Welch
Indexes: Opposing, Postal Service, Privatization
Attachments: 1. 15-0211R~1st Reader
* WARNING: THIS IS AN UNOFFICIAL, INTRODUCTORY COPY OF THE BILL.
THE OFFICIAL COPY CONSIDERED BY THE CITY COUNCIL IS THE FIRST READER COPY.
INTRODUCTORY*

CITY OF BALTIMORE
COUNCIL BILL R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Curran



A RESOLUTION ENTITLED

A COUNCIL RESOLUTION concerning
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Opposing Postal Service Privatization
FOR the purpose of supporting the American Postal Workers Union in its efforts to protect livingwage jobs and its insistence on the highest possible standards of customer services, opposing efforts to privatize postal operations, and calling upon all residents of Baltimore to consider this issue when deciding whether to patronize Staples.
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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has entered into a no-bid deal with Staples to operate postal counters in 82 Staples stores and to provide nearly all the services the USPS provides. The USPS and Staples plan to expand the program to Staples? 1,500 U.S. stores. ?

However, the USPS and Staples have been unwilling to staff Staples? postal units with unionized USPS employees who have the training and experience to properly handle U.S. mail, have sworn an oath to uphold the highest standards of public service, and are accountable to the American people.

If this policy is not changed, low-wage, non-union ?postal? jobs at Staples could ultimately replace the living-wage, union jobs of USPS employees, with Staples stores completely replacing US Post Offices. Using non-union employees to process mail at privately owned facilities would amount to a virtual, and unauthorized, privatization of the USPS. Which, in turn, risks jeopardizing the ...

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