IIRC the USPS did offer money services back in the day when there wasnt a bank on every corner.
Sounds like a nightmare. It already ruins my day when someone in front of me has something 'passport' related at the Post Office. Can't imagine adding on top of that people who want to apply for a loan.
The American Postal Workers Union has organized protests at 50 of the office supplies stores in 27 states to oppose a deal where U.S. postal products and services are sold at Staples.
It's not the first postal worker protest against the Staples (SPLS, Fortune 500) mini post offices, but it will be the largest so far this year, according to the union. Members of other postal unions are also expected to join the protests.
Since November, 82 Staples stores have been selling traditional mail services as part of a short-term "pilot project" scheduled through September. According to the union, the postal service plans to expand the pilot project to 1,500 stores nationwide.
The unions' beef is that the mini post offices are operated by lower-wage Staples staff instead of U.S. Postal Service employees. They claim the move is a step toward privatization of the Postal Service, which will shutter standalone post offices and wipe out decent paying jobs.
"This isn't just about postal jobs," said Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union, which represents 220,000 current and retired mail workers. "Many people are outraged that a tremendous public asset is being turned over to a struggling private company."
I guess these workers don't realize that the USPS is struggling too?
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